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Winners design contest put Master-Insert’s theory into practice

With their “Enschede Innovation Toolbox” a team of three students won the design contest Bright IDEa of S.G. Daedalus, the study association of Industrial Design Engineering. The toolbox benefits Enschede’s neighborhoods and is partly inspired by the knowledge and skills of DesignLab’s transdisciplinary Master-Insert on Shaping Responsible Futures.

Design Contest

The contest took place from July 4 to 7 and centered around the question how students can be a catalyst for realizing ideas and initiatives in neighborhoods of Enschede. S.G. Daedalus set up the contest, while EnschedeLAB created the case and sponsored the awards. UT’s DesignLab is one of the partners of EnschedeLAB.

Design thinking and transdisciplinarity

The winning team consists of Sefora Tunc (Industrial Design Engineer), Nora Tunc (Industrial Design Engineer) and Michael Bui (Electrical Engineer). As a true multidisciplinary team, all students contributed to the Toolbox concept adding their own skills and expertise. Amongst that were the lessons learned from the transdisciplinary Master-Insert ‘Shaping Responsible Futures’ that Sefora recently completed and Michael will be taking part in.

This program is hosted by DesignLab and prepares students to deliver more societal value in their upcoming careers. Design thinking methods and working in teams with various disciplines allow students to become true collaborators. The students used the insights and skills of the Master Insert in their plan and combined it with other expertise to bring together citizens of Enschede and support them in making a positive impact in their part of town.

Next steps

By finishing first, the team won 500 euros. Both the municipality of Enschede and EnschedeLAB consider their approach very feasible and wish to support the students in further developing and implementing their idea. “This is a realistic, scalable toolbox that we see working not only for students, but also in Enschede neighborhoods”, jury member Wiro Kuipers (EnschedeLAB) commented.

More information

Read more about the contest on EnschedeLAB’s website (in Dutch). The transdisciplinary Master-Insert on Shaping Responsible Futures starts again in November.