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Summer school: Leaders of Innovation and Impact

want to be able to make an impact or improve your skills in doing so? 

Do you want to leave your mark? Do you want to innovate new technologies that can change thousands of lives? Throughout this course you will discover and develop your creative skills to become a leader in this ever changing world, where students are gaining a stronger voice in the challenges of tomorrow. These challenges require students to lead innovation and entrepreneurship that has a positive impact on the future of our planet. By integrating both the technical and the social, this course will dive into the tools you need to affect change.

The World Economic Forum has published 10 essential skills people need to  develop in 2020 in order to thrive and be able to cope with the changes happening around us every day. Problems are becoming more and more complex as technology is rapidly evolving, which requires a different approach in thinking, identifying, designing and implementing solutions to these complex problems.  This course offers a series of sessions that address the development of skills all aspiring young leaders should develop, using a methodology that will allow for a step-by-step process of approaching complex projects and problems.

This course is designed by students for students under the supervision of Mascha van der Voort, professor Human Centered Design. We will share our experiences, delivered by students to students aiming towards sharing experiences, getting out of our comfort zones and starting to learning new things and developing our skills together. The course features company visits, where you meet leaders of the industry, as well as talks by young entrepreneurs, who will share best practices and tell you about the do’s and don'ts of kickstarting your (entrepreneurial) journey. You will talk to influential local stakeholders, who will share their experiences on being strategic in your communication. You will explore sustainable development in the region as well as innovation and entrepreneurship practices in some of Europe’s leading companies. You will use design thinking to understand stakeholder needs and develop sustainable solutions. Let’s join forces and develop our generation into the leaders that our future deserves.

This course is co-organized by the University Innovation Fellows (UIF) of Twente, which is a group of students who have followed the program on innovation and entrepreneurship organized by Stanford University. Curious about some impressions of last year, check https://www.utwente.nl/en/uif/meetup/.

FESTIVAL SCHEDULE

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Day
Free
Time:17:00 - 18:00
Day:Fri. 16-08

This hour is 100% free time: relax or use our sport facilities :-)

Music Night
Time:20:00 - 23:00
Day:Fri. 16-08

Tonight we will have a great band night in our main tent! Next to that, a dj to play music and karaoke activity are planned for you!

Dinner
Time:18:00 - 20:00
Day:Fri. 16-08

Every night we serve you a fantastic dinner.

Visualize ideas
Time:09:30 - 12:30
Day:Fri. 16-08

Learn while having fun! You’ll join in the morning session of your course for the day. That might be a workshop, a lecture or a project depending on the course you choose.

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Visualize ideas
Time:14:00 - 17:00
Day:Fri. 16-08

After lunch you’ll dive back into your course.

Breakfast & keynote: TBA
Time:08:15 - 09:30
Day:Fri. 16-08

Get your day off to an inspiring start by listening to one of our uplifting keynote speakers over breakfast. Once you’re all fired up, you’ll join in the morning session of your course for the day. 

Lunch: ExploreU
Time:12:30 - 14:00
Day:Fri. 16-08

After the first course sessions of the day you’ll then join the other festival-goers for a themed lunch in an informal, interactive setting. You will have the opportunity to learn more about yourself by doing some career and personality tests !

Free day
Time:09:30 - 20:00
Day:Sat. 17-08

This is your day off. There is no CuriosU programme today but you can arrange your own city trip to Amsterdam (The Netherlands), Rotterdam (The Netherlands) Münster (Germany) or Osnabrück (Germany). Have fun!

Breakfast
Time:08:15 - 09:30
Day:Sat. 17-08

Breakfast served!

Quiz Night
Time:20:00 - 23:00
Day:Sat. 17-08

We will host a cool pubquiz.

Free
Time:17:00 - 18:00
Day:Sun. 18-08

This hour is 100% free time: relax or use our sport facilities :-)

Dinner
Time:18:00 - 20:00
Day:Sun. 18-08

Every night we serve you a fantastic dinner.

Movie night & Scavenger Hunt
Time:20:00 - 23:00
Day:Sun. 18-08

We'll watch a cool movie together and join for a unique scavenger hunt game!

Finalize project
Time:09:30 - 12:30
Day:Sun. 18-08

Learn while having fun! You’ll join in the morning session of your course for the day. That might be a workshop, a lecture or a project depending on the course you choose.

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Evaluate & reflect
Time:14:00 - 17:00
Day:Sun. 18-08

After lunch you’ll dive back into your course.

Lunch: Dance Workshop & VR Parachute Jumping
Time:12:30 - 14:00
Day:Sun. 18-08

After the first course sessions of the day you’ll then join the other festival-goers for a themed lunch in an informal, interactive setting.


During this lunch you can join a dancing workshop and experience the unique VR parachuting jumping activity!

Breakfast & keynote: TBA
Time:08:15 - 09:30
Day:Sun. 18-08

Get your day off to an inspiring start by listening to our inspirational speaker over breakfast. 

Free
Time:17:00 - 18:00
Day:Mon. 12-08

This hour is 100% free time: relax or use our sport facilities :-)

Get inspired
Time:14:00 - 17:00
Day:Mon. 12-08

After lunch you’ll dive back into your course.

Dinner
Time:18:00 - 20:00
Day:Mon. 12-08

Every night we serve you a fantastic dinner.

Introduction
Time:09:30 - 12:30
Day:Mon. 12-08

Learn while having fun! You’ll join in the morning session of your course for the day. That might be a workshop, a lecture or a project depending on the course you choose.

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Lunch: Taste the Netherlands & Friend-ing
Time:12:30 - 14:00
Day:Mon. 12-08

After the first course sessions of the day you’ll then join the other festival-goers for a themed lunch in an informal, interactive setting. You can try the blind tasting activity and of course make some new friends!

Escape Rooms
Time:20:00 - 23:00
Day:Mon. 12-08

Have fun and enjoy our evening programme while playing escape rooms.

Breakfast & keynote: TBA
Time:08:15 - 09:30
Day:Mon. 12-08

We will kick-off breakfast and CuriousU with the first inspirational speech!

Free
Time:17:00 - 18:00
Day:Mon. 19-08

This hour is 100% free time: relax or use our sport facilities :-)

Presentations
Time:14:00 - 17:00
Day:Mon. 19-08

After lunch you’ll dive back into your course.

Lunch: Cherishing Memories & Pinatas
Time:12:30 - 14:00
Day:Mon. 19-08

After the first course sessions of the day you’ll then join the other festival-goers for a themed lunch in an informal, interactive setting. Here is the chance to lock all the memories you made the last days into pictures! During that lunch break you also have the chance to break some pinatas!

Overcome your fears
Time:09:30 - 12:30
Day:Mon. 19-08

Learn while having fun! You’ll join in the morning session of your course for the day. That might be a workshop, a lecture or a project depending on the course you choose.

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Farewell Ceremony
Time:20:00 - 23:00
Day:Mon. 19-08

This night we'll close off CuriousU 2019 with everyone and you'll receive your certificate.

Breakfast & keynote: Neil Sheridan
Time:08:15 - 09:30
Day:Mon. 19-08

Get your day off to an inspiring start by listening to our keynote speaker over breakfast.

Dinner
Time:18:00 - 20:00
Day:Mon. 19-08

Every night we serve you a fantastic dinner.

Free
Time:17:00 - 18:00
Day:Wed. 14-08

This hour is 100% free time: relax or use our sport facilities :-)

Generate ideas
Time:09:30 - 12:30
Day:Wed. 14-08

Learn while having fun! You’ll join in the morning session of your course for the day. That might be a workshop, a lecture or a project depending on the course you choose.

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Breakfast & keynote: TBA
Time:08:15 - 09:30
Day:Wed. 14-08

Get your day off to an inspiring start by listening to one of our inspirational speakers over breakfast. Once you’re all fired up, you’ll join in the morning session of your course for the day. 

Generate ideas
Time:14:00 - 17:00
Day:Wed. 14-08

After lunch you’ll dive back into your course.

Dinner ΒΒQ
Time:18:00 - 20:00
Day:Wed. 14-08

We will serve an amazing BBQ dinner tonight!

Volleyball
Time:20:00 - 23:00
Day:Wed. 14-08

Enjoy a unique volleyball tournament together with your fellow CuriousU participants! Are you gonna be the winning team? Let's find out!

Lunch: C-the future of research
Time:12:30 - 14:00
Day:Wed. 14-08

After the first course sessions of the day you’ll then join the other festival-goers for a themed lunch in an informal, interactive setting. You can do one of the following lab tours: Behavioral Management and Sciences LabWearable Robotics Lab, combined tour in AeroAcoustic WindTunnel & Rapid Prototyping LabNanoLab or the Experimental Centre for Technical Medicine.  

Free
Time:17:00 - 18:00
Day:Th. 15-08

This hour is 100% free time: relax or use our sport facilities :-)

From idea to practice
Time:09:30 - 12:30
Day:Th. 15-08

Learn while having fun! You’ll join in the morning session of your course for the day. That might be a workshop, a lecture or a project depending on the course you choose.

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City Centre Summer Sounds
Time:20:00 - 23:00
Day:Th. 15-08

Enjoy the night in the city listening to some musical entertainment at Grolsch Summer Sounds.

Lunch: Playland
Time:12:30 - 14:00
Day:Th. 15-08

After the first course sessions of the day you’ll then join the other festival-goers for a themed lunch in an informal, interactive setting.This is one of the most popular lunch activities where together with your fellow participants you can enjoy some outdoor games in the main festival area! Join us!

Dinner City Centre
Time:18:00 - 20:00
Day:Th. 15-08

We go out for dinner at the city: Happy Italy

From idea to practice
Time:14:00 - 17:00
Day:Th. 15-08

After lunch you’ll dive back into your course.

Breakfast & keynote: TBA
Time:08:15 - 09:30
Day:Th. 15-08

Get your day off to an inspiring start by listening to our keynote speaker over breakfast. 

CuriousU Participants Departure
Time:09:00 - 10:00
Day:Tu. 20-08

The last day: please check out (i.e. returning the keys) and saying goodbye to all your new friends. By returning your key you will get back your deposit for the log cabin or student dorm (online refund).

Breakfast
Time:08:15 - 09:00
Day:Tu. 20-08

Have a breakfast first.

Jogging & sightseeing campus
Time:15:00 - 21:00
Day:Sun. 11-08

Want to do some sports and see some cool locations on campus? During this activity you'll do both! Jogging around campus will start 15:00 and 17:00. During the sightseeing activity you'll walk around campus with a tourguide. Tours start at 16:00 and 21:00.

Meet-up and pizza
Time:18:00 - 20:00
Day:Sun. 11-08

Eat pizza and meet up with your fellow students!

Arrival day: check in
Time:10:00 - 18:00
Day:Sun. 11-08

The registration point will be in the biggest tent. Please register as soon as you arrive. If you arrive earlier or later please contact us via curious@utwente.nl 

Free
Time:17:00 - 18:00
Day:Tu. 13-08

This hour is 100% free time: relax or use our sport facilities :-)

Breakfast & keynote: TBA
Time:08:15 - 09:30
Day:Tu. 13-08

Get your day off to an inspiring start by listening to one of our uplifting keynote speakers over breakfast. Once you’re all fired up, you’ll join in the morning session of your course for the day. 

Exploring organizations’ needs
Time:09:30 - 12:30
Day:Tu. 13-08

Learn while having fun! You’ll join in the morning session of your course for the day.

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Dinner
Time:18:00 - 20:00
Day:Tu. 13-08

We serve you a fantastic dinner!

Best practices
Time:14:00 - 17:00
Day:Tu. 13-08

After lunch you’ll dive back into your course and have some discussion and exercises on the topic.

Lunch: Curious about your future?! & VR Robots Showcasing
Time:12:30 - 14:00
Day:Tu. 13-08

After the first course sessions of the day you’ll then join the other festival-goers for a themed lunch in an informal, interactive setting. You will have the chance to get to know the programmes of our university and speak with representatives from our admissions office in case you are interested in continuing your studies here! During this lunch activity, you can also experience some VR Robots showcasing.

Lean Simulation Game
Time:20:00 - 23:00
Day:Tu. 13-08

During this evening activity you can join our Lean Simulation game!

 course aim

At the end of the course, you will be able to understand and apply the Design Thinking techniques used at the Design Lab of the University of Twente. These techniques will provide you with a solid foundation to build up on your solutions for complex problems. Before you can come up with a solution, you need to understand the scope of the problem and the stakeholders’ needs. You will learn how to employ techniques using your creativity and eventually convert your creative ideas into innovative solutions. You will learn and discuss about the responsibility of innovation. The course will also look into the ethics related to innovation and more specifically the responsibility for the possible side effects caused by innovation. Convincing the stakeholders that your idea is the best is vital, therefore you will work on how to communicate effectively with your stakeholders and how to present your ideas. At the end of the course, you will have received all the skills and knowledge to look on a strategic level to the complete process of complex problem solving.

The course will focus on the following skills and methods:

  • Design thinking
  • Complex problem solving
  • Defining problem scopes
  • Critical reflection
  • Effective communication
  • Presenting ideas
  • Prototyping
  • Creativity
  • Responsible innovation
  • Creating confidence
  • Multidisciplinary collaboration

COURSE CONTENT

  • Inspiring presentations of young entrepreneurs who will honestly reflect on the do’s and don’ts of their innovation approaches
  • Series of workshops that will train your skills regarding
  • Identifying stakeholder needs
  • Design thinking
  • Critical reflection and reframing
  • Skills on how to turn your ideas into reality
  • Prototyping
  • Pitching your ideas 

Course leader

Mascha van der Voort Professor Human Centred Design

 COURSE DETAILS

  • Target group: advanced bachelor students
  • Course leader: Mascha van der Voort 
  • Credits: 2 ECTS for successfully completing the summer school

WANT TO KNOW MORE?

If you need to know more, we have information available about the fee & programme, an admission checkregistration & paymentvisaaccomodation and the terms & conditions.