In recent months, a group of eleven students from ArtEZ/AKI and ROC van Twente worked on the nano-challenge ' Events in nature ', with Twenthe Airport as a case study. Niek Scholten (Mechanical Engineering, ROC van Twente) and Mira ten Wolde (Cross Media Design, ArtEZ/AKI) look back.

Mira: “It's a shame that we're done. I liked it more than I expected beforehand. How so? Well, we were given the choice to participate in this challenge, or to design a piece of furniture. When we opted for the nano-challenge, we first received such a briefing document, which I thought… Oh, this is getting boring! That turned out to be great.”


Niek: “We are students of the top track of the ROC van Twente, and we participate voluntarily, so that we can continue studying at HBO. We often work with real projects, so I kind of knew what to expect. What I found to be a real addition to previous projects is the collaboration with HBO students, and that we did that in English!”


Mira: “Yes, working together was fun. We had a nice mixed group of students, with sometimes some tension between similar characters in our team. Looking back, my role as a 'mediator' came in handy, haha.”


Niek: “I think I was a 'campaigner'. During this challenge, I also roughly fulfilled the role I often have in my group of friends: bringing people together. I tried to get everyone involved. What I learned from them was mainly broader thinking. Brainstorm like we did now; I had never done it like that before.


Mira: “What I also liked was seeing that diversity of perspectives. Each time different speakers, cycling across the airport, an event organizer speaking: very varied and instructive.”


Niek: “And always at different locations with good food on the side. I really enjoyed taking a look inside the DesignLab, the Fablab and the Aki and hearing more about it.”


Mira: “Indeed, very diverse and valuable. And also really a way of thinking to use more often, as we learned during this challenge: from different perspectives.”


Niek: “With a really concrete result at the end, I thought that was nice. Hopefully it is also appropriate and will be continued!”

Unlike previous times, this nano-challenge consisted of six meetings, always in the evening. We first enjoyed a joint meal at ever-changing locations, after which we listened to or put to the test a person or professional involved and then started working on it as a team. For example, we had representatives from Landscape Overijssel and the Lonnekerberg Foundation as guests, we visited Twenthe Airport, UT lecturer Veronica Junjan gave a lesson on 'external analysis', Peter-Richard Beeksma of Event Engineers told us about sustainability at Oerol, and We use a role-playing game to get the different interests involved on the table. And: specific solutions were worked on, which can be found on the challenge page, and which were explained at 1Twente Today.

In the video below you can see (from minute 7 approximately) participants Owen Scholten and Britt van der Aa talk about the past nano-challenge.