Design for Humanity works according to a year cycle. During the Dutch Design Week in October, we organize a well prepared ideation session with a large group of young designers, focussing on a different social issue every year. Throughout the year, Design for Humaity ensures continuity being a platform for policy makers, ngo’s, entrepreneurs, experts and designers.
Design for Humanity is a small foundation working with young designers from various disciplines (industrial, product, social, services), in close collaboration with users, (non) governmental organizations, universities and entrepreneurs.
Design for Humanity wants to create value for humanity by finding practical and sustainable outside-the-box solutions for complex social issues. We facilitate and accelerate the realization of user centred products, methods and services resulting from our Social Innovation Challenges, while giving young designers the chance to gain their first professional experience and expand their network.
About two hundred concepts have been developed on Friday, October 23rd 2015 during the Design for Humanity Refugee Hackathon. The hackathon brought together about 100 designers from technical universities and academies in the Philips Lichttoren in Eindhoven, during the Dutch Design Week 2015. They were supported by the expertise of refugees, design coaches, politicians and administrators. Mary-Ann Schreurs, city counselor of innovation, culture, design and sustainability in Eindhoven, labelled the hackathon as “the pearl of the Dutch Design Week” because of the theme, the process and the level of social design & innovation.