Summer school: Design the Future

Admission & participation info

ARE YOU KEEN TO SHAPE THE FUTURE THROUGH DESIGN?

The world is changing faster than ever. New advances in technology are shaping the ways we act as societies, raising new needs and problems. In the midst of these shifts, designers have the task of thinking about how the future will look like and how to use technology to respond to these challenges. During this course, we will focus on how to design for the future. In line with the strategic vision of the University of Twente, we will not only create an outlook of the future, but also discuss how we, as designers, can shape the coming decades. Throughout the course, a number of design cases and workshops will be given by pioneers from various industries and academia, with the goal of addressing the following questions:

CuriousU will take place on 13-22 August, 2023. Have a look at our admission requirements or the fee. If you have questions about your admission you can try our admission check. Undecided? Sign-up for our newsletter.

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Course topics 

  • Design for Wellbeing

    How can design foster people’s wellbeing and happiness? In this block, you will learn various roles that emotions play in design processes, and the techniques to positively influence wellbeing through design. You will be introduced to a mixture of tutorials and hands-on exercises with tools that can help you measure and implement emotions and wellbeing in design processes.

  • Value-Driven Design

    A value means what people think is important in their lives. As designers, it is important to understand how to derive important values from diverse contexts to make sure their design supports these values. You will be introduced to the concept of values in design and useful methods that help designers to envision important values in the future of society and use them to shape design vision for designing products and services.

  • Responsible Design

    Responsible Design, with awareness of ethics and societal impact, is at the heart of designing technologies for the future. In this block, you will be introduced to the importance of developing technologies from a perspective of human and societal values and dilemmas. 

  • Scenario-Driven Design

    The aim of this block is to develop a long-term vision on how societies will look like, for instance in the next 15 or 20 years. You will learn how to use existing research and data to identify trends and future predictions, and then learn how to write and design tools that fit into these futures.  

  • Prototyping

    Prototyping is an important skill to explore and evaluate (interaction) design concepts. Using cutting edge facilities at the university of Twente’s Design Lab, you will develop various prototyping skills ranging from working with microcontrollers (such as Arduino) to 3D printing.

Learning outcomes

Stay tuned for more upcoming information regarding the 2023 course!

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Design the Future 2022

Days
Value-driven design
Time:09:30 - 12:30
Days:Tue. 16-08

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

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Breakfast & keynote
Time:08:15 - 09:30
Days:Tue. 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: Artist for a day
Time:12:30 - 14:00
Days:Tue. 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 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 get to know the different student teams of our university.

Working on design challenges & Creating meaningful scenarios
Time:14:00 - 17:00
Days:Fri. 19-08

After lunch you’ll dive back into your course.

Lunch: Playland
Time:12:30 - 14:00
Days:Thu. 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.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
Time:18:00 - 20:00
Days:Mon. 15-08
Free
Time:17:00 - 18:00
Days:Mon. 15-08

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

Free
Time:17:00 - 18:00
Days:Tue. 16-08

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

Free
Time:17:00 - 18:00
Days:Wed. 17-08

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

Free
Time:17:00 - 18:00
Days:Thu. 18-08

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

Free
Time:17:00 - 18:00
Days:Fri. 19-08

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

Free
Time:17:00 - 18:00
Days:Sun. 21-08

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

Free
Time:17:00 - 18:00
Days:Mon. 22-08

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

Beach volleyball tournament & DJ
Time:20:00 - 23:00
Days:Wed. 17-08

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

Meet-up and pizza
Time:18:00 - 20:00
Days:Sun. 14-08

Eat pizza and meet up with your fellow students!

Dinner
Time:18:00 - 20:00
Days:Mon. 22-08

Every night we serve you a fantastic dinner.

From concepts to prototypes 2
Time:09:30 - 12:30
Days:Mon. 22-08

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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Dinner
Time:18:00 - 20:00
Days:Fri. 19-08

Every night we serve you a fantastic dinner.

Dinner
Time:18:00 - 20:00
Days:Sun. 21-08

Every night we serve you a fantastic dinner.

Facility visit & Creative prototyping
Time:09:30 - 12:30
Days:Thu. 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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Breakfast & keynote
Time:08:15 - 09:30
Days:Mon. 22-08

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

From concepts to prototypes 1
Time:14:00 - 17:00
Days:Sun. 21-08

After lunch you’ll dive back into your course.

Responsible design
Time:14:00 - 17:00
Days:Tue. 16-08

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

Excursion: Philips Museum (Eindhoven)
Time:14:00 - 17:00
Days:Wed. 17-08

After lunch you’ll dive back into your course.

Summer sounds
Time:20:00 - 23:00
Days:Thu. 18-08

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

Free day
Time:08:15 - 20:00
Days:Sat. 20-08

Enjoy your weekend and see you Monday!

Lunch: Cherishing Moments
Time:12:30 - 14:00
Days:Mon. 22-08

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!

Arrival day: check in
Time:10:00 - 18:00
Days:Sun. 14-08

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 

Design for wellbeing
Time:09:30 - 12:30
Days:Mon. 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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Lunch: Dutch Olympic Games
Time:12:30 - 14:00
Days:Sun. 21-08

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 sand castle competition and a graffiti workshop!

Breakfast & keynote
Time:08:15 - 09:30
Days:Sun. 21-08

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

Breakfast & Inspiration
Time:08:15 - 09:30
Days:Fri. 19-08

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. 

Music night
Time:20:00 - 23:00
Days:Fri. 19-08

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!

CuriousU Participants Departure
Time:09:00 - 10:00
Days:Tue. 23-08

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).

Lunch: ExploreU
Time:12:30 - 14:00
Days:Fri. 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. You will have the opportunity to learn more about yourself by doing some career and personality tests ! Do not miss the chance to try the VR Parachuting experience!

Breakfast
Time:08:15 - 09:00
Days:Tue. 23-08

Have a breakfast first.

Breakfast & keynote
Time:08:15 - 09:30
Days:Wed. 17-08

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. 

Breakfast & keynote
Time:08:15 - 09:30
Days:Thu. 18-08

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

From ideas to concepts
Time:09:30 - 12:30
Days:Sun. 21-08

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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Healthcare of the future
Time:14:00 - 17:00
Days:Mon. 15-08

After lunch you’ll dive back into your course.

Dinner & Barbecue
Time:18:00 - 20:00
Days:Wed. 17-08

We will serve an amazing BBQ dinner tonight!

Excursion: Philips Museum (Eindhoven)
Time:09:30 - 12:30
Days:Wed. 17-08

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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Pitches
Time:14:00 - 17:00
Days:Mon. 22-08

After lunch you’ll dive back into your course.

Lunch: Taste the Netherlands
Time:12:30 - 14:00
Days:Mon. 15-08
Game Night
Time:20:00 - 23:00
Days:Tue. 16-08

During this evening activity you can join our lean simulation game, dungeons and dragons and many more!

CuriousU Closing Ceremony
Time:20:00 - 23:00
Days:Mon. 22-08

This night we'll close off CuriousU 2022 with everyone and you'll receive your certificate.

Dinner
Time:18:00 - 20:00
Days:Tue. 16-08

We serve you a fantastic dinner!

Lunch: C- your future
Time:12:30 - 14:00
Days:Wed. 17-08

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. Enjoy our dance workshop too!

Stand Up Comedy
Time:20:00 - 22:30
Days:Mon. 15-08
Breakfast & keynote
Time:08:15 - 09:30
Days:Mon. 15-08

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

Escape Rooms
Time:20:00 - 23:00
Days:Sun. 21-08

We'll watch a cool movie together!

Dinner
Time:18:00 - 20:00
Days:Thu. 18-08

We go out for dinner at the city: Happy Italy

Facility visit & Creative prototyping
Time:14:00 - 17:00
Days:Thu. 18-08

After lunch you’ll dive back into your course.

Design the Future Scenario
Time:09:30 - 12:30
Days:Fri. 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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Course details

Date: 13-22 August 2023 (on campus)
Methods: Interactive lectures and workshops
Course Level: Intermediate/Advanced
Target group: Students at least in their second Bachelor's year with an interest in design
Required knowledge: Basic understanding of Engineering and/or Desing, at least B2 English level
Credits: 2 ECTS for successfully completing the summer school

Course leaders

dr. R.H. De Freitas Gouveia (Rúben)
Assistant Professor

Want to know more?

If you need to know more, we have information available about the fee & programme, an admission check, registration & payment, visa, accomodation and the terms & conditions.