Our Mission

With constant innovation in technologies like genetics, robotics, nanotech, and information technology, we can expect great changes to many aspects of our lives in the coming years. How can we prepare the nearly 2 billion children of school-going age to prosper in a rapidly changing and increasingly technological world? How can we help them to consider the challenges of their generation, and to design a better world for themselves and for the planet? 


At Designathon Works, we are working to meet these challenges by developing and sharing our unique Designathon method in classrooms and after school programs around the world.

This future-ready method allows children to conceptualize, build, and present their solutions to social and environmental issues based on the UN's list of Sustainable Development Goals.  The method includes access to easy-to-understand teaching materials for ages 4 to 12, and guides children to apply their knowledge in math, science, and technology to develop a set of skills to help them design innovative solutions for a better future. 


In addition, the Designathon method focuses on the individuality of each child - regardless of background, race, or level of ability - recognizing that every child is unique and has something valuable to contribute.


Our efforts culminate in the annual Global Children's Designathon - a one-day event where children in cities worldwide come together to design innovate concepts for the SDGs. The theme of 2019 was Food & Climate Action.

Designathon Works is a non-profit entity.  All income is invested in making Designathon method accessible to children around the world.

Our Team


Founders & Partners:

Emer Beamer, Founder

About Emer >

Ina Conkic,

About Ina >

Anne Sallaerts,

About Anne >

Board members of the Designathon Works foundation:


Evelyn Doyle

Chair woman

Maarten Nelissen


Rajiv Ball

 Board member

​Amazing individuals guiding us on our mission to conquer the world:


Dylan Hyman Educationalist


Isabel Brenner

Junior designer

Mar Cuervo



Anna Zwezerijnen

Project manager


Iris van den Berg


Maeve & Zoë




Terence Teitsma

Brand designer

Click here to see the list of our Global Children's Designathon hosts.


Our Partners



We've been lucky to work on amazing projects with some wonderful organizations:


Here's what they say about us:

Designathon Works
(Foundation / Stichting)

Keizersgracht 264
1016 EV Amsterdam

The Netherlands


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

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