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,
Co-Founder

About Ina >

Anne Sallaerts,
Co-Founder

About Anne >

Current and previous Board members of the Designathon Works foundation:

 

Evelyn Doyle

Chair woman

Maarten Nelissen

Treasurer

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Rajiv Ball

 Founding Board member

Michele Ernsting

Board member

​Amazing team members and freelancers who collaborate with us regularly.

 

Dylan Hyman Educationalist

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Sophie Conijn

Facilitator

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Suruchi Srikanth

Researcher

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Anna Zwezerijnen

Project manager

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Iris van den Berg

Facilitator

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Mohaimen Abdulraheem

Facilitator

Terence Teitsma

Brand designer

Youth facilitators and children collaborators

 

Kïera

Design-athon'r
& Youth facilitator

Rigmundus

Design-athon'r
& Youth facilitator

Florian

Design-athon'r 
& Youth facilitator

Luna

Design-athon'r
& Youth facilitator

Francis

Design-athon'r 
& speaker

Joppe

Design-athon'r
& speaker

Breno

Design-athon'r
& speaker

Mijntje

Design-athon'r 
& speaker

Our Partners

 

 

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

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Designathon Works Foundation

Keizersgracht 264
1016 EV Amsterdam

The Netherlands

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

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