Digitized during the second wave

Twente Alliance

How can we ensure that in a second lockdown the group of people who are not online / technically skilled can still maintain their social contacts? The 'lockdown' during the Corona crisis has taught us that this question is relevant. Several vulnerable people were then confined to their homes. Where many people could continue to work or study and keep in touch with others thanks to digital tools, this group was deprived of that. With possibly a second wave on the horizon (if we are not already in the middle of it): how do we ensure that this group of people remains involved?

Over this one challenge

Twente Alliance


This was one of the challenges addressed in the first nano challenge, about 'post-Corona issues'.

Two mixed groups of students were working on it. The solutions they presented can be seen below, both in the form of a 'one minute pitch' and the presentation that the two teams put together.

The presented solutions have been fed back to the client, but have not yet been implemented. Do you find them interesting, or can you contribute to them? No doubt that is possible. Be sure to contact us to check what the options are.

Progress / results

During nano-challenge # 1, two teams worked on the question of how residents themselves could ensure that healthcare is less burdened in the future, in other words, how we can ensure a vital future together. The two solutions that were devised for this are shown below. In the Talkshow of D'RAN Digitaal, these solutions were also discussed and guests responded to them. You can watch that talk show here.

Team 1

Team 1 soon discovered that a crucial aspect for not being able to participate digitally is the lack of a working device. That is why this group came up with a solution in which existing devices can be collected and reused. They even discovered that there is considerable enthusiasm among students to hand in old telephones or tablets for this. Below you can watch the presentation of this team, as well as their video pitch.

Team 2

Team 2 discovered that many of the seniors they asked are best equipped with digital devices, and also know how they work. According to them, the real problem is that people don't meet enough. That is why they came up with the idea of having generations interview each other, in order to make a personal auditory portrait of the vulnerable. Below you can read and see how this team envisions this.


Solution : Recycle points for old laptops, tablets and phones.

Requirements : enough devices, find a good match between the device and the right person, make sure the devices work

Future challenges:

  • What can attract people to donate old appliances?
  • How can we find the best receiver for a recycled device? Who is digital literate?
  • How can we make sure the recipient knows how to use the device?
  • How can Eurus raise funds for this project?
  • How can receivers set up their devices and get to know / use their device?