Innovator in the Spotlight

Ayda Golahmadi EngD trainee Smart Cities and Buildings

Improving indoor air quality in schools in the Netherlands

My research is focused on improving indoor air quality (IAQ) in schools in the Netherlands as part of the ECOS-IAQ project.


Festival of Disruption

We are very pleased to invite you to the Eindhoven Engine Festival of Disruption 2023!

The festival will be all about disruptive innovations and you are invited to help our projects
as well as accelerate your own innovation!

Date: Thursday, 19 October 2023
Time: 09:00 – 17:00
Location Disruptor Building, TU/e Campus

Festival of Disruption is an innovation festival, packed with interactive workshops, pitches, demos and networking opportunities!

This year we will kick off with Floris Alkemade, architect and urban designer. He will deliver a keynote on the transformative changes needed to address complex issues such as climate change, aging, and energy transition in the Netherlands. He emphasizes the importance of changing our way of life and choices to ensure a sustainable future.

You will also get the opportunity to meet all our OpenCall projects and the Emergence Lab project about low literacy. These projects will present and showcase their accelerated innovations!

To secure your spot at this extraordinary festival, please visit our website and register today!


Link to PDF of program booklet

09:00 – Walk-in & registration
10:00 – Welcome | Opening by Maarten Steinbuch & Janne Brok | MAIN STAGE
10:15 – Keynote ‘Transformative changes to address complex issues’ | Floris Alkemade | MAIN STAGE

11:15 – Coffee & tea break

11:40 – Disrupt your Mind workshops | DIFFERENT ROOMS
>The Walkable City Revolution: Shaping a Brighter Tomorrow Together
>Moving beyond the edge of our known solution space: accelerating transitions via disruption?
>(Re)Design with nature’s genius
>Design Doing
>Advancements in Energy Efficiency: Unveiling Innovations of the Smart Heat Shed
>Crafting equality by building inclusive bridges with the Emergence Lab of Eindhoven Engine
>Documentary 1+1=3: Overcoming the barriers of interdisciplinary research
12:40 – Lunch break

13:40 – Deep Dive Pitches | DIFFERENT ROOMS
15:45 – Wrap-up quiz | Tom Sligting | MAIN STAGE

16:15 – Closing with drinks, bites & networking
17:00 – End

Program is subject to change

Keynote speaker Floris Alkemade

Floris Alkemade is a renowed architect and urban designer, graduated with honors in Architecture from Delft University of Technology in 1989. Afterwards, he worked with Rem Koolhaas for eighteen years and was one of the six partners of the renowned Office for Metropolitan Architecture, a design firm employing about 350 people. In 2008, he founded his own design firm FAA and later BAU+ operating out of Sint-Oedenrode, Brussels and Paris. From 2015 to 2021, he held the position of Chief Government Architect.

He combines his work as an architect and urban designer with teaching, lecturing and he serves on various professional juries. He was a visiting professor at the University of Ghent for nine years and a lecturer at the Academy of Architecture in Amsterdam from 2014 to 2018. In 2018, he was chosen as Dutch Architect Of The Year. He has several publications to his credit. His essay The Future of the Netherlands is now in its sixth printing. With the Academy of Architecture in Amsterdam, he published the book Rewriting Architecture, a study of the creative process involved in reuse design. In July 2021, he was a guest on VPRO’s Zomergasten (Summer Guests).

Disrupt your Mind workshops

The Walkable City Revolution: Shaping a Brighter Tomorrow Together

Golnoosh Sabahifard | Eindhoven Engine

At the Livable City Emergence Lab, we’re all about creating a brighter future for our society. Our vision extends far beyond just technology – it’s about the well-being of every individual. In this journey towards a better tomorrow, we’re focusing on something close to home: the walkability of our city. We invite you to share your personal experiences and insights as we harness the power of cutting-edge technology to enhance not only my life but your life too! Join us in shaping a more livable, connected, and prosperous city.

Moving beyond the edge of our known solution space: accelerating transitions via disruption?

Amber Geurts | TNO Vector, Centre for societal innovation and strategy

The magnitude and complexity of the global societal challenges requires fundamental, radical and disruptive changes in our society and economy. We should, therefore, pay more attention to the concept of ‘disruption’ to facilitate such systemic changes. However, little is known about what kind of role disruption plays in transitions and, especially, what it means beyond technological disruption. In this workshop, we debate the value, potential and pitfalls of ‘disruption’ towards accelerating transitions and broad prosperity. Can we leave the long-established solution space, and dare to move beyond?

(Re)Design with Nature’s genius

Yvonne van Lith | Fontys Expertise Centre Circulair Transition

Discover what can be the benefits of Biomimicry and how to start your (re)design inspired by nature. In this workshop Yvonne will give an introduction to Biomimicry, a design tool and methodology that incorporates lessons from nature into your design. Explore what Biomimicry can bring your company or organization and discover common challenges to start a (re)design process inspired by nature. How do we open up, connect with and tap into Nature’s genius?

Design doing

Walter Baets | Eindhoven Engine

As the keynote speaker nicely indicated: we need to change our way of life and choices. How can we do that? Let us find out what it means in this workshop. In a first step we are going to identify (individually) the choices we make ourselves, and that contribute to the major challenges of society. Next we bring the ideas of the participants together in order to, finally, connect some of the choices in order to make a systems map of the necessary attitudinal changes. In a short period of time, we see the problem as it is, and we can start dealing with it. Experience first-hand how useful it is to love your problem.

Advancements in Energy Efficiency: Unveiling Innovations of the Smart Heat Shed

Michiel Brebels | Eindhoven University of Technology

We will delve into the forefront of energy efficiency innovations, featuring the Smart Heat Shed project. This project is poised to address the accelerating energy  transition by synergizing two groundbreaking international technologies: the heat façade and the heat battery. You will gain insights into how these pioneering advancements can revolutionize our approach to energy efficiency.

Crafting equality by building inclusive bridges with the Emergence Lab of Eindhoven Engine

Low Literacy team | Eindhoven Engine

Discover and connect, through a tangible experience, how you can become an innovative bridge builder within your own community or company to promote equality.

Documentary 1+1=3: Overcoming the barriers of interdisciplinary research

Anke de Vrieze | Centre for Unusual Collaborations

This documentary  takes you along on a 1-year journey of interdisciplinary collaboration, presented by the Centre for Unusual Collaborations. The  Structures of Strength project team encounters the challenges, pitfalls and the great joys of exploring an out-of-the-box collaboration. Discover which tools, methods and approaches are out there to foster interdisciplinary ways of working together. Prepare for a unique insight of what it means to be a young academic longing to think unusually!

Previous edition Festival of Disruption

Festival of Disruption 2022 was a full day of inspiration, innovations and positive energy. Throughout the day, we showed our way of working and the latest developments of our innovation projects. We can look back on a very successful day.