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European Meetup 2020

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, we are unfortunately not having a physical meetup this summer. We are working on an Online Meetup, so stay tuned!


9 - 18th August 2020


University of Twente, The Netherlands


Summerschool in festival style

Want to be able to make an impact?

Do you want to leave your mark? Do you want to learn how to share knowledge and inspire people? Throughout this meetup you will discover and develop your ability to provide workshops that matter, one of the key methods used to share knowledge. We will help you learn how you can become a change agent and leader of innovation and impact. Within an interactive educational setting and through workshops you will develop skills for your future and master the art of hosting such a workshops with peers at your own university.

The World Economic Forum has published 10 essential skills that 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. Not only learning these skills is important, but being able to effectively teach these skills to other people and spread the message might be even more crucial. This course offers you a series of sessions that address not only skills required to give inspiring workshops, it will also teach you the ins and outs of design thinking that will allow for a step-by-step process of approaching complex projects and problems. 

The next UIF European Meetup, Leaders of Innovation and Impact, will be an 8-day festival style, student-driven experience of a life-time! The European Meetup is organized as part of CuriousU, an European Summer School with an international taste. Check out all details of the program, including costs, housing and a day-by-day schedule on the CuriousU page! Can't wait for August 2020? Get even more excited with the after movies of the last two meetups, 2018 and 2019!

The Organizing team

The European Meetup 2020: Leaders of Innovation and Impact will be organized by the following fellows, supervised by Mascha van der Voort, Professor Human Centred Design.













Previous editions of the European meetup

UIf European Meetup 2019: Leaders of Innovation and impact

From August 11 to 20, 2019, the University of Twente Innovation Fellows hosted their regional meetup in the Netherlands. With 31 students from over 15 countries joining the program, the stage was set for an amazing nine days full of design thinking, leadership, innovation and entrepreneurship, as well as some truly EPIC team dynamics. The central spot of the meetup was the DesignLab, the futuristic student-driven makerspace of the University of Twente. Developing leadership skills and an entrepreneurial mindset cannot be done overnight, but apparently, with the right circumstances. Next to the program for the students, several faculty champions joined the first-ever Champions Meetup, which was hosted at the same time as the meetup. 

An inspiring quote that reflects the meetup: “Leadership is the art of accomplishing more than the science of management says is possible.” – Colin Powell

UIF European Meetup 2018

The summer of 2018 at UTwente was colored black and white! UIF UTwente took over the entrepreneurial Twente region in the Netherlands for the first ever UIF European Meetup. During the 4-day meetup Fellows from all over the world joined us for design thinking workshops, company visits, inspiring speakers and the festival vibes. From CEOs of the largest companies in the region, such as the former CEO of and the CEO of NEDAP, to decision makers in politics, such as the Major of Enschede Onno van Veldhuizen, to repelling down campus buildings, this meetup was fully packed with inspiration, innovation and High Tech Human Touch!

Want to know more about the meetup? Check out the after movie and our experiences video:

 UIF European Meetup Aftermovie

University of Twente Experience

University Innovation Fellows

The University Innovation Fellows are a group of excellent and passionate students driving change within higher education around the globe. Through a training organized from Stanford’s d-school these students share and receive the knowledge and skills to do epic shit on their campuses! Check out the UIF program here.


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