• Youth Innovation

    Design for Healthcare

  • Youth Innovation

    Two-week Summer Course, July 29th till August 8th 2019

    Course description

    Youth care innovation platform Garage 2020 has conducted research on the state of foster care family recruitment in The Netherlands. Based on their data analysis a customer journey was developed, which showed a need to improve the process of a placement. Main issue; how to keep already interested potential foster parents engaged throughout this process, in oder to enforce successful placements? There is a need to develop new ideas for guiding and supporting potential foster parents. Giving the current availability of foster parents, there is a big need for successful placements.


    During this course, we will work as a design studio, working on this specific project. You will design with and for foster parents and the foster care system. We will teach you co-design methods to do this properly. Two weeks of intense and applied design training which will expand your design skills.


    You will be working in small teams and guided by various coaches and an involved client. We want to create a creative, fun and productive project where you will learn!

    Course Aim

    During this course we aim to introduce you to techniques of co-design, as well as working with societal issues within the Dutch youth care system. Together with Garage2020 Amsterdam we will be working with the target group and other stakeholders to create new designs that will help innovate foster care. We invite everyone to join this course.

    Target audience

    We accept students who are in their third year of the bachelors or further, or in their masters. Students from all backgrounds can participate, we want to create multidisciplinary teams as everyone will have a different perspective, which will benefit your designs. Applicant from Europe are always welcome. If you're applying from outside of Europe, please reach out to us first.

    Course Leaders

    Jens Gijbels BSc MBI and Ivar Kraaijevanger MSc will lead this summer course. They are both known to the field of design for healthcare and have been guiding many projects in this expertise.

  • Fee

    950 euro (incl VAT, excl housing) for two weeks.

    Minimum subscriptions

    We can offer this course from 8 participants on.


    This summer course will run from July 29th till August 8th, 2019.


    This summer course will not grant you ECTS. We will offer a certificate.

    Work load

    Nine full days, at least 9AM-6.30PM.


    This summer course is offered in English or Dutch.