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.

Empowering future-proof companies with Eindhoven Engine

In August of last year, Kay Smits, a fourth-year student of Business Innovation, embarked on his graduation assignment with Eindhoven Engine. The purpose of his assignment is to identify a systematic approach that stimulates accelerated innovation.


In this task he conducted extensive field research and organized brainstorming sessions with creative business innovation professionals and Eindhoven Engine’s office team. Kay’s efforts led to the conceptualization of the ‘Innovation Tool’, a gamified tool to propel projects with innovation objectives in a more cutting-edge direction. The goal was to provide tangible support to projects and organizations in accelerating their innovations. This tool represents a significant step forward in Eindhoven Engine’s commitment to overseeing innovation projects, serving as a visual aid in project management and future-proofing strategies.

Innovation Tool

The ‘Innovation Tool’ fosters a culture of innovation by promoting creative problem-solving and encouraging the establishment of ambitious long-term goals. Its framework enables projects to gain a broad perspective, allowing for a systematic approach to accelerating innovation and getting ready for the market.

This tool, presented to the management of Eindhoven Engine, has been identified as a pivotal asset for the organization. Recognizing its potential to accelerate innovation with social impact, the management has expressed a desire for its further development.

Consequently, Kay has been tasked with exploring the feasibility of creating a digital version of this tool. His role as project owner of Innovation Development for Eindhoven Engine commenced last summer, marking a significant milestone in the organization’s pursuit of sustained innovation.

The digital edition is set for release in early 2024. For more information on the tool or to initiate a detailed discussion, please reach out to us by clicking the button below. 

Innovation Tool

This innovation tool gives its users an overview of an introduction to the many existing methodologies that are useful in making impact from knowledge. It is not only easy to use, it is also fun!

Janne Brok
Managing Director Eindhoven Engine