Week programme

Get to know everything about social innovation and human centered design in the city context!
We will be thinking and doing on superdiversity, creative storytelling, citizen driven design, creative democracy and even your own city challenge case.
This 5-day Climathon Summer school is organised by the University of Antwerp in collaboration with Stadsform. It is supported by Climathon - an international movement set up by the European Institute of Innovation & Technology (EIT)’s Climate Knowledge and Innovation Community (KIC) as well as by the King Baudouin Foundation. Climathon Antwerp is one of the many climathons taking place in other cities around the world.

DAY 1 

  • Welcome and introduction into social city design
  • Human centered design in the city: methodology, tools and cases – Part 1
  • Evening inspiration and reception 

DAY 2 

  • Creative studio tour in the city with Antwerp Powerd By Creatives (APBC)
  • Hands on workshop brought by Sanne Vanderstraeten and Jolien Bamps from Telraam - using technology and citizen-collected data to cover blind spots in research

DAY 3 

  • Let the city inspire you, let's explore the city and grasp the meaning of social innovation in an urban context 
  • Human centered design in the city: methodology, tools and cases – Part 2

DAY 4 

  • Your conference: informal and peer-to-peer learning
  • International keynote by Luca Bussolino from Carlo Ratti Associati on the impact of digital technologies in urban design
  • Evening networking at Stadsform and related surprise hackathon

DAY 5 

  • Human centered design in the city: methodology, tools and cases – Part 3
  • Expert talk by Kathelijne Put and Jade Blondeel from Knight Moves on prototyping and how to visualise your ideas into testable and tangible concepts
  • Closing moment


6 challenges are offered to us by the Innovation Network of the Flemish Government (INO) and are looking for a solution:

1. How do we create secluded oases as part of green-blue networks in neighborhoods with lower socio-economic status.
2. How do we design the mobility hub / neighborhood hub of the future in which we bring together e.g., shared mobility, local economy (traditional, circular, e-commerce) and social life.
3. How can we motivate (professionals within) basic services (primary schools, childcare,...) to strengthen and invest in the neighborhood in which they work?
4. How can we bring more elements of play to the city for children?
5. How can we make community work attractive again?
6. How can we create caring neighborhoods in which people, regardless of age and type of support needs, can (continue to) live comfortably in their home or familiar neighborhood.
7. How do we hack renewable energy for all?


The used methodology during this week will be Product-Service System design. 
More information: www.uantwerpen.be/product-service-systems

Study credits (ECTS)

3 ECTS credits will be awarded upon successful completion of the program. All certificates of completion are issued as a micro-credential.

  1. Participants will prepare themselves for this summer school with a literature study.
  2. Participants have to be present during the full summer school.
  3. Participants will research, participate, design, present, etc. their work (different themes). There will be a form of permanent (forming) evaluation grade and curative grading at the end with a comprehensive retrospect on the summer school topics, lessons learned and how it affects their future work.


The target groups of this summer school are:

  • master students
  • design and other professionals related to social innovation
  • Service Design Network (SDN) Belgium members

Depending on the profile, we can exceptionally take in 3rd Bachelor students too.


​Julie Dhont
Design Lead & Project Manager at iDROPS
As Design Lead, Julie is responsible for the human-centered methodologies that iDROPS uses to tackle projects. Since the projects focus on vulnerable audiences, she consciously opts for a tailor-made approach for each project by looking at the context, listening to the target group, and coordinating with the stakeholders. This way, she always strives to achieve the right impact.

Ivo Dewit
Principal Research Fellow Strategic Design | Product-Service Systems
University of Antwerp | Fac. of Design Sciences | Dept. of Product Development
Co-founder Service Design Network Belgium 

Sarah Rohaert
Guest professor at the Antwerp School of Education
University of Antwerp | Fac. of Design Sciences | Dept. of Product Development
European Project Semester - challenging international, multidisciplinary teams on real-life projects

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