Every year in October, Dutch Design Week (DDW) takes place in Eindhoven, the Netherlands. DDW is the biggest design event in Northern Europe, where thousands of designers from all over the globe present their work and ideas. This year, from the 22nd until the 30th of October, University of Twente will take part in lectures, workshops, an exhibition and other activities in three programmes: Up Close & Personal by Design United, Embassy of Health and DRIVE festival.
Every year, Dutch Design Week is an exciting event for the UT community. It is perfect moment for students, student teams and researchers to showcase their (design) research projects to a varied audience from all over the world. Have you been waiting for the perfect moment to join? Now is the time: Call for entries is open! Final deadline: 1 July 2022.
Every programme has its own themes and its own manner of showcasing, but they all connect to this year's overarching theme: 'Get Set'. Miriam van der Lubbe, Creative Head of Dutch Design Week 2022: "Get Set means we – as designers, as citizens – must get in the right mindset. It’s where we are now at this moment. But we have to brace ourselves for what is coming. We're facing enormous challenges like the climate crisis, the war in Ukraine, inequality, and many other social challenges. To make changes together, we must get set for the right mindset!"
Researchers and students from various study programmes and faculties at University of Twente showcase Design Research projects that represent ways to co-create the future that we, as a society, want to live in. Proving to work with UT's mission in mind (People-first University of Technology), they have been welcomed to join at least three programmes at DDW.
Thanks to this opportunity, the UT community of creative (design) engineers and researchers, passionate health care specialists, ambitious student teams and curious behavioural scientists (in training) will present their outcomes, scenarios and wishes for the future, to hundreds of thousands of visitors from all across Europe.
Behind the scenes, we have exchanged innovative concepts and combined our forces with those of our external partners Embassy of Health, the four Dutch technical universities (4TU's Design United) and ClickNL (Top Consortium of the top sector Creative Industries), getting ready to tackle challenges that may seem impossible at first.
More than ever, it is important to work together as a society, in order to come up with workable solutions for today's AND tomorrow's issues. Do you think it is time too and would you like to participate in and experience citizen science, #chronichealth, and solutions thanks to (unexpected) encounters? Come and visit us online or live in Eindhoven at Up Close & Personal, Embassy of Health and DRIVE Festival! Tickets available soon.
Kris Pals-Krukkert, project manager UTxDDW 2022, would be happy to answer your questions!