Digibite during the second wave

Twente Alliance

How can we ensure that during 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 confined to their homes at the time. Where many people could continue to work or study thanks to digital tools, and keep in touch with others, this group was not able to do so. With a possible second wave in the offing (if we’re not already in the middle of it), how do we ensure that this group of people remains involved?

About this challenge

Twente Alliance


This was one of the challenges addressed in the first nano-challenge, on ‘post-Corona issues’.

Two mixed groups of students worked 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? That is undoubtedly possible. Please do not hesitate to contact us to see what the possibilities are.

Progress / results

During nano-challenge #1, two teams worked on the issue of how residents themselves could ensure that healthcare becomes less burdensome in the future, so how we can ensure a vital future together. The two solutions that were devised for this are shown below. These solutions were also discussed in the D’RAN Digital Talk Show, 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 quite a bit of enthusiasm among students to hand in old telephones or tablets for this. Below you can see the presentation of this team, as well as their video pitch.

Team 2

Team 2 discovered that many of the elderly they asked have digital devices and 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 create a personal auditory portrait of the vulnerable. Below you can read and see how this team envisions it.


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 devices?
  • How can we find the best receiver for a recycled device? Who is digitized?
  • How can we make sure the recipient knows how to use the device?
  • How can Eurus raise funds for this project?
  • How can recipients set up their devices and get to know/use their device?