Together with University of Antwerp and Service Design Network (SDN) Belgium, iDROPS organized the Antwerp Summer University in July 2018: a summer school on Product-, Service- and System Design within the healthcare sector. During this practical, inspiring and engaging 5-day program, professionals and master degree students got acquainted with Human Centered Design, social innovation and the role of the creative sector within healthcare.

Product, service and system designers from local and international agencies, social innovators, academic researchers, and multiple other experts from profit and non-profit organizations and governmental institutions guided 20 participants in this first edition.


Thanks to one of our participants, we can look back at a recap our first succesful edition:


DAY 1 – Digital storytelling and new media in the medical context

International keynote on the use of VR in the medical context
Panel discussion with experts: using VR and new media in the medical context
Hands-on workshop: new media and storytelling in healthcare

DAY 2 and 3 – Human Centered Design and Caregiving

Fast forward through the Human Centered Design process
Case study background (methods, process and outcome)
Focusing on specific challenges that caregivers are facing today
Passing all stages: ideation, conceptualisation, prototyping, usertesting and pitching
Involvement of experts and experts by experience through the whole process

DAY 4 – Thematic Day

International Keynote on creative industries and care
Informal and peer-to-peer learning using the ‘unconference’ format
In-depth session with experts on ‘Science as Care’
In-depth session with experts on ‘Neighborhood care’
In-depth session with experts on ‘Migration and care’

DAY 5 – Personal Wellbeing

Morning yoga session
Energy Lab on work/life balance
Closing moment
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