Creathon: a wonderful international project with a Howest laureate
Creathons are 'creative marathons' in which students and young professionals collaborate internationally in multidisciplinary workshops. In March, two Howest students took part in a four-day (online) creathon with young people from the Netherlands, Belgium and the Lille region. This wonderful internationalization initiative also had a laureate in its own ranks.
The creathon focussed on the interaction between design, sport and health, on which, subsequently, student entrepreneurship was unleashed. In total, 21 students and young professionals worked in varied groups of four to five people on prototypes of solutions that can improve 'urban health' through sport and design. These prototypes, together with an infographic and business plan, were presented on 19th March during a ten-minute pitch to a multilingual jury.
Games on the ground
Ode Carron, a Howest student from the Network Economics (NEK) study programme, participated with the ActiveGround project, a public installation that uses projections and light on the ground to encourage people in public places to move, in the form of games and workout routines. For this, she worked together with teammates Hanan (France), Quintin (France), Juan (The Netherlands) and Thomas (Belgium), united under the name of ActoGather.
"The kick-off took place on 9th March, where we were introduced to each other and got to know our coaches," she says about her experience. "Right away, our mission became clear: to develop a concept that brings design, sport and health together. Via the five phases of the design process - empathize, define, ideate, prototype and test - we arrived at our final product in a number of intensive workshops. On Friday, 19th March, we presented our ActiveGround project to the multilingual jury." That jury was immediately convinced of its potential and declared ActiveGround the laureate.
In early September, the participants will be received in Lille for a follow-up and networking event. In 2022, on the occasion of the thirtieth anniversary of the Maastricht Treaty, there are plans to organize a so-called cross-creathon between Lille and Maastricht, with, of course, Belgian partners. Hopefully, this will be a physical rather than a digital encounter!