Innovative flat shareInteractive furniture, talking household equipment, networked rooms
On 1 October, designer Thomas Petrig (28, left) and ICT specialists Daniel Geppert (29, middle) and Johannes Neumaier (27, right) moved into an old building in Berne and what is surely the most unusual flat share in Switzerland. As part of “Project 365d” by Swisscom, the three men work on ICT projects in the Swisscom innovation department four days a week. On the fifth day, they stay at home and work on designing the flat of the future: “Who knows, maybe the three of them will develop a fridge that knows whether I still have butter. Or a coffee machine that starts itself before I get out of bed,” says Judith Oldekop, Head of Personnel Marketing at Swisscom. As the name “Project 365d” reveals, Swisscom is providing the young men with rooms in the shared flat and jobs for 365 days.
Unusual personnel marketing
The three were selected in an unusual assessment. In the online advert for the place in the shared flat and the job, there was a specially created knowledge quiz. “Only those who are knowledgeable about IT could answer the quiz as the questions were quite complex,” explains Judith Oldekop. For the students, this was a playful element and Swisscom was able to test who actually had programming skills. The aim of this project is namely to fill ICT vacancies with the right people in the shortest time.
On the ICT blog, the three are documenting their time in the shared flat. Do you have ideas about which gadgets the flat geeks should connect with one another to make everyday living easier? Then you’re welcome to contribute on the blog.