The method used by the EnschedeLAB every quartile is that of the nano challenge. We offer a four-day program, based on the Design Thinking approach of the DesignLab (University of Twente). In this program (in connection with Corona measures) there is room for a total of thirty students from the participating institutions, who work in mixed teams .

The nano challenge is structured as follows. On day 1 we form those teams and we become familiar with the issue at hand. On day 2 we delve into the issue and those involved, to arrive at ideas, concepts and possible solutions on the third day. We will shape this and present it on the fourth day. In between, we offer in-depth knowledge, we consider team formation and cooperation and we reflect on the working method.

In the infographic below you can see the steps of a nano challenge visually explained. If you scroll further down you will see the complete manual.


The issue that we focus on in quartile 2 has to do with the nuisance caused by smokers in the neighborhoods around schools and knowledge institutions. With the entry into force of the smoking ban on (among others) schoolyards, smokers find their place elsewhere. In those places, nuisance can only arise, from waste, odor, noise and the like. What kind of products or concepts can we come up with to limit that nuisance? We are going to work on this in nano-challenge 2.

Nano-challenge 2 will take place on November 26, December 3, 10 and 17 from 9:00 AM to 3:30 PM. Where possible, we do this physically (at the DesignLab at the University of Twente), otherwise virtually. We use Microsoft Teams as a platform to work together. Do you want to participate, and can you (in consultation with your teacher) ensure that you are available on (all) mentioned dates? Welcome! Then register no later than 19 November! There are still about ten places available!

This method is also described in the 'Manual nano-challenge' below ( also available for download as PDF ). In this manual you will also find more information about the EnschedeLAB itself, the challenge for the second quartile and the location and contacts that are important.