EnschedeLab Nano Challenge

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Nano challenge method

The method used by the EnschedeLAB every quartile is that of the nano challenge. We offer a four-day program, based on the Design Thinking approach of the DesignLab (University of Twente). In this program (in connection with Corona measures) there is room for a total of thirty students from the participating institutions, who work in mixed teams .

The nano challenge is structured as follows. On day 1 we form those teams and we become familiar with the issue at hand. On day 2 we delve into the issue and those involved, to arrive at ideas, concepts and possible solutions on the third day. We will shape this and present it on the fourth day. In between, we offer in-depth knowledge, we consider team formation and cooperation and we reflect on the working method.

Open to all students in Enschede

Nano Challenges are open for registration for all students in Enschede, no matter at which institution you study!

Nano Challenge: Events in nature

How do you organize events in or near nature reserves in a sustainable way, taking into account the location, the organizer and the visitor?

The next nano-challenge is about this question, in which we work with concrete design solutions on behalf of the Lonnekerberg Foundation and Landschap Overijssel. We use Twenthe Airport as a case study.

This nano-challenge ( see an explanation here ) takes place on

Wednesday 6 October: kick-off / introduction / group formation
Wednesday 13 October: gathering knowledge (including Sustainability Week)
Thursday, October 28: Gathering in-depth information
Wednesday 10 November: coming up with solutions
Thursday, November 18: thinking through and designing solutions
Wednesday 24 November: reflection and presentations

Each meeting lasts from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm, and takes place at one of the knowledge institutions (ROC van Twente, Saxion University of Applied Sciences, University of Twente, ArtEZ/AKI) – or on location. If that is not possible, we work together virtually. And good to know: the program is offered bilingually (English/Dutch), depending on who participates.

Because we work in small groups, we expect you to be there for the entire program. And it can happen that – also because we work in the evenings – you have some homework to do between meetings: approach people, gather information, test solutions. It won't be more than a few hours.

Do you think it would be interesting to work with other students, to learn how to use the design approach and to contribute to a social issue? Then sign up! Or… if it doesn't fit this time: show your interest so that you can participate next time!




Entrance fee €0


Date & time

Thu. 28 Oct 2021

From 17:00 until 21:00

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