Patrick studies Nanoscience. Furthermore, he is active in the social start-up BuyAware (www.buyaware.org) which tries to establish an online-database with information about the ecological and ethical background of electronic products. The gathered information is then processed and merged in a spiderweb diagram from which consumers can immediately see where the strengths and weaknesses of specific products lie. By providing such information to the consumer, we hope to achieve a mind-shift, ultimately leading to more reflected buying decisions. So far, we have released a first prototype comprising of nine different smartphones. From the feedback we got on this prototype, we are currently improving our website and rating system which will result in a second prototype scheduled to go online in Summer 2017. Beyond BuyAware, Patrick is also active in the political think-tank foraus (Forum Aussenpolitik) and is generally interested in issues concerning sustainability.
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