What if we saw children as creative changemakers, engaged humans, scientists and inventors? What if we then helped them to develop those abilities? 

For six years Designathon Works has been advocating for a radical rethink on how society and education systems see children. We do so by working with educators, NGOs and entrepreneurs from all corners of the world. We help them to grow their creative mindset and in turn enable the next generation to design solutions to the Sustainable Development Goals. Step by step we are co-creating a better world!


We focus on building the inner capacities of all children, regardless of their gender, race, class, skill or learning situation. We recognise that all children can and want to contribute. A few examples of the diversity of the children we work with includes children growing up in the slums in Nairobi, newcomer children in Amsterdam, and gifted children in Shanghai, who have won the Shanghai Science fair competition.


We are convinced that all children benefit from developing skills such as creative & critical thinking, changemaker skills, technological literacy and global citizenship.



Our method combines aspects of Design Thinking and Maker Education. In our design hackathons children (ages 7 - 12 years) ideate, build and present their self-devised solutions to a social or environmental issue around the Sustainable Development Goals. The programs vary from one day workshops to 10 week challenge.


The experience helps children practice and apply their creative thinking, changemaker skills, technological literacy and intercultural awareness. The power of the method lies in the combination of scientific knowledge, creative thinking, world problems, collaborating, making things and reflecting.

Our story

Designathon Works Foundation

Keizersgracht 264
1016 EV Amsterdam

The Netherlands

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

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