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If you mean business

DesignLab University of Twente helps businesses, governments and non-profit organisations find innovative solutions to societal challenges.

We mobilise and match talented students, researchers and design thinking moderators to engage in various ways with you and your employees. This leads to a better understanding of the underlying problems, out-of-the box ideas and concepts, advanced prototypes, new ways of working and - in some cases - new products.

OUR ROLE

In our collaborations, we function as a:

  • centre of expertise, that can be of service with its very own method to connect research to societal questions and their implications through design
  • ‘broker’ between societal questions and expertise from the University of Twente, from both students as (research and educational) staff
  • party in public-private collaborations, in which businesses and societal organisations co-finance scientific research

In our collaborations, we function as a:

  • centre of expertise, that can be of service with its very own method to connect research to societal questions and their implications through design
  • ‘broker’ between societal questions and expertise from the University of Twente, from both students as (research and educational) staff
  • party in public-private collaborations, in which businesses and societal organisations co-finance scientific research

themes we love to work on

Our projects fall within the 'High Tech Human Touch' profile of the University of Twente. A couple of examples:

  • Technology in Society 
  • Design Thinking & Interactive Product Design
  • Ethics of Human-Technology Relations
  • Human - Machine interaction
  • Smart wearables & materials
  • Healthcare
  • Smart & Liveable Cities & Citizens
  • Digital Democracy & Participatory Governance
  • Changing roles of Designers

Does the theme of your proposal not fit DesignLab’s scope specifically? We will happily explore whether other departments within the University of Twente / our network can help you out instead.

projects we're proud of

Get an impression of different types of projects we contribute(d) to - and how you can work with us.  

Projects by DesignLab
NWO Project: Responsible Smart City Design

The growing municipality of Amersfoort stands on the brink of major change. Its main issues revolve around sustainability, smart technology and democratic participation. How can you give substance to these developments and ensure that the interests of various groups in the “smart” city are all represented? >> Find out more about this project

Citizen Science - Measuring Groundwater levels (Grondwater peilen)

A new approach to groundwater issues has started in Enschede: its residents are monitoring the groundwater level themselves. This will be done within the framework of the Citizen Science pilot called Monitoring Groundwater, coordinated by DesignLab University of Twente. >> Find out more about this pilot

Sheltersuit: Urban Safety Kit

Sheltersuit – a water repellent and windproof suit with removable sleeping bag for refugees and the homeless – will receive an update. With the help of electronics, DesignLab, the Saxion lectorate Smart Functional Materials and the Sheltersuit Foundation are transforming the suit into an 'Urban Safety Kit'.

>> Find out more about Sheltersuit: Urban Safety Kit

A Vital Ecosystem of Knowlegde: Province of Overijssel

The Province of Overijssel and University of Twente – with DesignLab as its project driver – collaborate for a vital ecosystem of knowledge in the province. This is done in the context of challenges we face at a regional and worldwide level.

 More info coming soon

EnschedeLab

Mixed student teams from ROC of Twente, AKI ArtEZ, Saxion and the University of Twente work on social issues to make Enschede more sustainable and self-sufficient.

>> Find out more about EnschedeLab 

Keeping Talent in Twente

A group consisting of the University Innovation Fellows, Gemeente Enschede and Novel-T work together on a more attractive and welcoming Twente, so it becomes more worthwhile for talents to live and work in the region. >> Find out more about Keeping Talent in Twente 

ways to work with designlab

An impression of what we can work on with you. If you have a radical proposal for a completely different way to work with us, feel free to contact us for tailor-made solutions.

Ideation sessions

So-called “pressure cooker” ideas are developed with a group of students around a concrete question, that requires cooperation between science through design and for society. 

Science2Design4Society workshops

With a multidisciplinary team of scientists and students, a concrete problem is tackled, by bringing together technical and social-scientific knowledge in creative solutions.

These workshops are usually held in IDEATE or INFORM, but can be extended to the whole DesignLab. See our facilities to see what room is the right one for you!

Student projects

Graduation projects or assignments within an educational module, assigned by a company or an organisation.

These projects can last for an extended period of time and students will be offered a place to set up their projects for a longer period of time to enhance research efficiency. Student-driven projects are also welcome in the Designlab. Examples of this kind of projects are the Solar Team, and the RoboTeam

The projects have to be in the mind set of Science2Design4Society. As long as this mind set is met, the DesignLab is very flexible, and a lot is possible.

Public-Private collaboration

Externally financed promotion trails or postdoc projects and joint research requests.

Collaboration between de UT and external partners for financed PhD- or postdoc projects and joint research questions (EU and national) is possible. The DesignLab will function as a central point for the externally financed PhD, PDEng or postdoc researcher on the theme of Science2Design4Society design research.

The DesignLab strives for structural research collaborations. These are long term tracks which have to be coordinated on UT-level, but in which the DesignLab can have an added value on top of the infrastructure and knowledge of the faculties and institutes (S2D4S method with focus on reframing and disruptive innovation).


VISIT OUR EVENTS FOR BUSINESS

Many of our events are open to public.
They're a great way to get acquinted with DesignLab, and get inspired.

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