Inspired by children and their capacity to imagine better futures, social designer and educator, Emer Beamer, founded Design-a-thon Works in 2014 in Amsterdam, NL. What began as a one-day design-a-thon in one city has expanded into over 55 cities and regions worldwide with multiple design-a-thons taking place each year. Design-a-thon Works is powered by an incredible network of people who believe in preparing the world’s nearly 2 billion children to prosper in a rapidly changing and increasingly technological world. 

 

From teachers to parents, to concerned policy-makers and contributing organizations, we’re on a mission to enable children to design a better world for themselves and for the planet. 

WHAT IF WE RADICALLY REIMAGINED THE WAY WE SEE CHILDREN?

It all began with a single question:

Leadership Team

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Emer Beamer

Founder

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Nancy Sumari

Global director for strategic partnerships

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Ina Conkic

Co-Founder

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Raisa Cole

Director of business development & impact

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Anne Sallaerts

Co-Founder

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Michele Tjeenk Willink

Learning designer

Network Partners

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Karkhana

Kathmandu, Nepal

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JengaHub

Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

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Board Members

of the Design-a-thon Works Foundation

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Michele Ernsting

Chair woman

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Maarten Nelissen

Treasurer

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Roshan Paul

Board member

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Rajiv Ball

Founding board member

Core Team

Our committed collaborators

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Anna Zwezerijnen

Project manager

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Sonja Garenfeld

Project manager

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Terence Teitsma

Brand designer

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Elise Richards

Facilitator

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Mohaimen Abdul

Facilitator

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Noa Tegeltija

Facilitator

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Iris van den Berg

Facilitator

Youth Facilitators

and children collaborators

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Kíera

Facilitator

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Breno

Speaker

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Luna

Facilitator

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Florian

Facilitator

International Network

Design-a-thon Works is a member of a global community of the following networks:

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