Designathon Works


Worldwide there are 2 billion children of school going age. How can we prepare them to prosper in a rapidly changing, increasingly technological and complex world? How can they learn to design a better world for themselves and the planet?

Armed with these urgent questions, 15 years experience in designing education programs in widely diverse contexts from Afghanistan to the Netherlands, plus a belief that all children can contribute to designing a better world, we at Designathon Works are attempting to answer this challenge with our unique design thinking method.

A designathon is a structured workshop in which children invent, build and present their self-devised solutions to a social or environmental issue around the Sustainable Development Goals. A workshop lasts four to six hours and is facilitated by education professionals.

The Designathon method combines aspects of Design thinking and Maker Education, both approaches which are gaining ground in education systems around the world.

The team at Designathon Works is led by Emer Beamer, Ina Conkic and Anne Sallaerts.

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Name: Emer Beamer, Founder
Company: Designathon Works
City: Amsterdam
Expertise: Social designer

“Imagination can be more powerful than reality”


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