13 years an engineer

13 years an engineer

a snowy March 6th 2006 – faculty of IDE at DUT

13 years ago [March 6th 2006], i drove down to the faculty of Industrial Design Engineering at DUT, set up my working prototype in the van Grinten Hall and held my final thesis talk about LAGOM (an interactive music mixing experience). After the laymen Talk, came the engineering exam with my 5 supervisors, which eventually culminated in my title of:

“Master of Industrial Design Engineering”
, with an [at the time] citation in the direction of DfI – “Design for Interaction”.

After 12 years at the faculty and 8 months at Philips Media Interaction Group [part of Philips Research], I was done.

me with my main DUT supervisor , Prof. Dr. Rene van Egmond

My first experience after graduation was the reception at the ID-Kaffee, where emotions ran freely as did the beer…;). When I finally got home at my parents house, I was confronted with a bolted door. I was sent on a quest by my JAMMED brothers, to find the tools that would help me break down the door. During the reception I got one sledgehammer and one axe. I tried using them but ended up needing a tool with a little more finesse…;). I was handed a chainsaw… the door went down like “butter”. What a great way to start on the road of engineering solutions, breaking and tearing down my own door.

I was done with the beginning.
Because with this MSc. title in my pocket and a young company to develop, at 33 i could finally START sharing what I had learned, with people in need of that knowledge. What came after was a great flood stream of experiences challenging the chainsaw, which if I look back at the last 13 years have kept me learning constantly.

Today is my engineering day!

Blog edco: “Changing the game”

Blog edco: “Changing the game”

Blockpost on www.edco.global by Ruud Janssen:

Rinse, wash, repeat. The stale formula of most events.

Well not for this one!

“We’re not here to play the game, we’re here to change it!”

Here is what you missed if you were not one of the 300 participants to the Game Changing European Meetings & Events Conference in Den Haag (The Hague) in the Netherlands from 9-12 February 2019:

Great Event Design paired with the power of volunteerism and determination to deliver the event narrative with a slice of Dutch ingenuity has led to an event that sets a new milestone. See a glimpse of this in action in the #EMEC19 live blog .

Off course, the airport pickup was arranged so MPI Netherlands members personally drove their participants to the first venue. After the escape room opening event at the legendary Louwman Museum on Saturday evening , the Sunday morning started in a relaxed manner.  Beach jog, Yoga, City stroll and then, pick and choose from one of the 7 Experience Learning Journey. Out of the 7 options (including options for Ape Management, A Scenario Based Risk Simulation, being part of a Symphonic orchestra or exploring your bespoke DNA health & lunch) our team was enroute to Monster (literally).

We practiced what we preach and so the team at the Event Design Collective hosted Learning Journey #7 at Koppert Cressand here is a quick look at that 5 hour experience in 159 Seconds:

Next at the Fokker Terminal, we explored Design thinking through the lens of the epic Daan Roosegaarde  and subsequently got Sherlocked into the venue with 30 minutes to escape through a deeply immersive extraordinary collective experience where only through an massive collaborative effort we could obtain the special QR code to open the locked hangar doors to get to the buses.

Well and that was just the beginning of a series of experiences that just sucked you into the story of what needs to be done to change the game.

How did they do that?

The team that designed and subsequently created the event took the liberty to tell you how they did that in a session recorded just for you.

It’s recapped in a post by the team here and photos of the event.

PS: Did you know how the European Meetings & Events Conference #EMEC19 was designed for Meeting Professionals International by a dedicated team of volunteers in the Netherlands using the #EventCanvasRoel Frissen facilitated the Event Design sessions, see them in action here:

+ the next edition #EMEC20 Event Design is already getting underway. Onsite at #EMEC19, team Event Design Collective has mapped out the timeline of past editions of #EMEC (the European Meetings & Events Conference) and as it used to be called PEC (Professional Education Conference) in a series of Event Design Sprints using the #EventCanvas.

Keep a lookout for the 2020 edition at #EMEC20 in Sevilla Spain.

Were you there? Or do you have questions about this Event Design using the #EventCanvas? Leave us your observation, comments or questions below this article. We’re keen to hear from you.

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Happy collective greetings!

Happy collective greetings!

The Event Design Collective, EDCo for short, is growing somewhere in BETWEEN steady and exponentially…;). This year we have successfully partnered with 3 new licensees who head up their countries as regional directors! Holland, Italy and France now all have great new champions to help us spread the word about great Event Design through a methodical teamwork.

During the holidays when you have some time…Check out our new website on: www.edco.global.

Happy holidays and a collective greeting to everyone!