Amsterdam Designathon Challenge’s Live Final: “How Do You Become a Real World Citizen?”


The Amsterdam Public Library Foundation (OBA) has partnered with Designathon Works and de Waag for their 2020 Amsterdam Designathon Challenge, bringing over 300 primary school students (between the ages of 9 and 12) to answer the following question: How can we connect all the different citizens of Amsterdam? The students have pushed themselves to conceptualize technological and innovative solutions, coming up with a medley of protoypes.

Stream the live final to discover the winning concepts on December 16 here.

With so many different people, cultures and languages ​​in Amsterdam, it is important that we get along well. But unfortunately we don’t always do that yet, so the question arose: how can we connect all those different citizens of Amsterdam with each other? Who better to ask that question than to children! They can really surprise us. Children still think freely, nothing is impossible for them and as a result they come up with refreshing ideas and designs- Martin Berendse, director of the OBA

The Amsterdam Public Library Foundation (OBA) is a cultural public benefit organisation whose mission is to encourage Amsterdam’s free flow of information.

Designathon Works is an Amsterdam-based education center with its own education method. The Designathon method incorporates structured workshops for children between 4 and 12 invent, build and present their self-devised solutions to a social or environmental issue around the Sustainable Development Goals.

Waag is a middle-ground organisation composed of research groups that work with both grassroots initiatives and institutional partners across Europe.

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