Designathon Works
(Foundation / Stichting)

Keizersgracht 264
1016 EV Amsterdam

The Netherlands

info@designathon.nl

CoK: 60140615
RSIN: 853781606
Bank: NL77 TRIO 0197 9551 85

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© 2019 by Designathon Works. All rights reserved.

Our mission is to unleash the creativity of 1 million children, teaching them to become changemakers for a better future. We work with children both from regular environments and children in disadvantaged situations in equal measure. During a designathon workshop, children learn to design, prototype with electronics and present their solutions to the SDGs, and in so doing contributing to and co-creating a better world.

Designathon Works is located in the Netherlands and works through network of partners in China, South Africa, Tanzania, Aruba, India, UAE, Croatia, Serbia, Aruba, Mexico, Bahrain, Romania, Poland and Spain. Our annual global event is hosted in 40 cities around the world.

Click here to learn more about our unique method or click below to find out how we work with our communities.

Our impact

41

COUNTRIES

367

CERTIFIED TEACHERS

9.800

INVENTIONS

29.632

CHILDREN

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DESIGNATHON VIA SKYPE IN THE CLASSROOM

September 2019

Every Thursday, from September to November, you can take a 45-minute Designathon class via Skype in the Classroom: "Inspire & Act: how to tackle the causes of deforestation." In collaboration with Our Planet Live.

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WINNERS AMSTERDAM DESIGNATHON CHALLENGE ANNOUNCED

May 2019

Primary students of Montessori school De Regenboog in Amsterdam have designed a new learning concept for the library of tomorrow. The design, which won the final of the Amsterdam Designathon Challenge is included in the plans for OBA NEXT, the new library in Amsterdam Zuidas, which will be opened in 2025.

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GLOBAL VOICES OF THE NEXT GENERATION

March 2019

Global Voices of the Next Generation provides an opportunity to amplify the voices of the children on what is identified by children as the main concern and future focus area for solutions to deforestation.

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SELECTED BY HUNDRED.ORG AS ONE OF THE WORLD'S MOST INSPRING EXAMPLE'S

Nov 2018

HundrED’s Spotlight on Sustainability Announces

Designathon as one of the world´s most inspiring innovations to educate youth on how to help save the planet

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DESIGNATHON WORKSHOP ON BURNING MAN 2018

September 2018

Is it possible to do a designathon workshop with children at Burning Man? Yes it is!

DESIGNATHON WORKSHOP FOR THE ELECTION OF THE FIRST JUNIOR BICYCLE MAYOR OF THE WORLD

June 2018

Lotta Crok (8 yr) became the first junior bicycle mayor of the world. Her idea is to make public transport bicycles child-friendly.

DESIGNATHON WORKS CROATIA

May 2018

Designathon Works is from now also active in Croatia. Watch the video of the first designathon workshop in Croatian classroom.

GCD 2018

March 2018

The fourth edition of the Global Children's Designathon will be hosted in 25 cities around the world on November 3rd 2018.

SINGULARITYU

November 2017

Designathon children sharing their ideas and thoughts on creativity at the SingualrityU Summit 2017.

EXPO LIVE 2020

July 2017

Designathon Works is one of the 29 Expo Live Global Innovators of the World Expo Dubai 2020!

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DESIGNATHON WORKS AT UN, HLPF

July 2019

Last week Designathon Works was present for the first time at the UN High Level Political Forum 2019 in New York. An amazing and very interesting experience!

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SCIENCE TEACHERS TRAINING IN SHANGHAI

April 2018

In April, we spent a week in Shanghai, China, conducting workshop with children and a training sessions for 120 science teachers! Just like everywhere else, children there too are concerned about the planet and love creating and making.

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AMSTERDAM DESIGNATHON CHALLENGE

February 2019

Job Cohen (former mayor) festively opens the Amsterdam Designathon Challenge as part of the OBA100 celebrations.

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DESIGNATHON WORKSHOP FOR ESA

October 2018

There are so many awesome projects that we've worked on this year. With so many awesome organizations! One of them that we find very, very exciting is the designathon for the ESA - European Space Agency.

CHILDREN THINK MUCH MORE OUT OF THE BOX THEN WE SOMETIMES THINK

July 2018

Interview with Ger Pannekoek from the Urban Rainshell, a filtering system we used in D-RAIN. Read about the two concepts, similarities between them and Ger's perception on children’s creativity.

CHANGEMAKER CHALLENGE JUNIOR

June 2018

Dopper Foundation and Designathon Works are challenging Dutch elementary school children to come up with creative solutions on preventing the use of single-use plastic. Visit the website (Dutch only).

DESIGNATHON WORKSHOP FOR BUGABOO

May 2018

Since 2017, Bugaboo have supported Designathon Works with high quality scrap materials, a donations and volunteers. In 2018, they are organizing their own in-house Designathon where children of employees as well as children from outside Bugaboo will be invited to design together. As innovators and designers, Bugaboo know that a good idea can make a difference in people's lives.

WATER REPORT

November 2017

This report shows that children care for our planet, are aware of water-related issues, believe these issues are pressing and offer concrete solutions to solve them.

GCD 2017 IN INDIA

November 2017

Shammy Jacob, founder of New World Fight Club and our GCD host in Chennai, India talking about Designathon methodology.

POSITION PAPER

June 2017

Our paper: Co-design with children on societal challenges reveals their empathy and radical innovations.

Written for IDC conference in Stanford.

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DESIGNATHON WORKS GOES MEXICO

June 2019

Designathon method is now official part of the Mayama education model. Their purpose is to transform the lives of children and their families living in high marginalization and violent conditions.

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EXPO 2020 DUBAI VIDEO

April 2018

Designathon Works is one of the 29 Expo Live Global Innovators of the World Expo Dubai 2020. In this video we talk about children’s creativity and enthusiasm to build a better future.

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CHANGEMAKER CHALLENGE JUNIOR

November 2018

Together with Dopper Foundation we have created the national Changemaker Challenge Junior. In the challenge, 15000 Dutch children worked on topics such as: How to prevent plastic use, How to improve recycling plastic and How to make people aware of the plastic problem.

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DESIGNATHON WORKS GOES ARUBA

September 2018

In September 2018, Designathon Works traveled to Aruba to train 20 educators to implement the Social Inspiration LAB designed by Designathon Works and HopeAruba Movement Foundation. This is an interview with Lisette M. Malmberg, Founding Leader of HopeAruba Movement.

UNVEILING OF A DESIGNATHON INVENTION

June 2018

Unveiling of D-RAIN, a Designathon invention, during the Co-Creating the City conference at the WeMakeThe.City festival.

RESEARCH PAPER

May 2018

Cultivating children’s potential as changemakers.
Read our paper on rethinking how society sees children’s role in shaping the future.

DESIGNING FOR IMPACT

April 2018

THNK interview with Emer and Anne (THNK alumni) about Designathon Works and unleashing the power of a million innovative minds.

THE MINOCT

October 2017

Designathon children presenting their invention to Mark Rutte, Dutch Prime Minister, during the Amsterdam International Water Week 2017.

GCD 2017

November 2017

On 11th of November 2017, 600 children from cities all around the world, worked in parallel to design and develop solutions and innovative concepts around the water issues.

SCHOOL CHALLENGE

March 2017

On the 1st of March 2017, five elementary schools and two high schools joined our first Designathon School Challenge: Waste Sorting at Schools.