Eindhoven Engine News – July 2022

Eindhoven Engine can look back on a great first half of 2022. We welcomed seven new OpenCall 2022 projects and the Hack2Impact hackathon that took place at the end of May was fantastic. Take a look at the photos and after-movie. You can feel the energy and the ambition to create something meaningful together.

What else is happening at Eindhoven Engine?

A ‘homecoming’ at Eindhoven Engine: introducing Dimitri van de Kelft

Following the retirement of Kees Adriaanse, Dimitri van de Kelft has stepped in as the liaison manager between Fontys University of Applied Science and Eindhoven Engine. Where will his focus lie and how does he intend to accelerate innovation? Dimitri shares his initial impressions of the Engine and his vision of an ever-wider impact on society.

Reconceptualizing education

“There are two sides to what I do,” begins Dimitri. “One is that I help the office team with a combination of technical learning and social innovation. Second is making the connection between Fontys and everything Eindhoven Engine does – not just the technical engineering but all the disciplines.”

Dimitri van der Kelft

“More and more students from Fontys are getting involved with Eindhoven Engine and it’s great to see.”

Dimitri van de Kelft, Liaison Manager Fontys at Eindhoven Engine

This is an area in which Dimitri has deep experience, having spent 15 years at Avans University of Applied Sciences. There, he developed innovative education in which the research questions of companies in Eindhoven’s high-tech industry formed the basis for the learning experience. Practice-oriented research in a joint learning environment was used as a vehicle to link education to companies and, in this co-creation, knowledge sharing was stimulated and innovation processes were accelerated. With a focus on smart industry and data science, this led to novel concepts such as the reconceptualization of teachers as coaches that help students create their own learning experiences in industry-led projects and challenges.

“That was seen by Fontys and they found me an interesting candidate for the position of research manager for the Centre of Expertise High Tech Systems & Materials,” Dimitri continues. “The great thing about my new position is that I now also act as a liaison for Eindhoven Engine on behalf of Fontys. It felt like a homecoming! Here, people look at the world not as it is but at how they can change it.”

Reaching further out

In terms of what Fontys and Eindhoven Engine mean to one another, Dimitri emphasizes interdisciplinarity and co-creation – after all, fundamental knowledge from technical universities such as Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) has no hope of reaching society unless it can applied. “Eindhoven Engine attracts all kinds of students from Fontys and we form an innovation accelerator for start-ups and (SME) companies. Fontys therefore has a bigger impact,” says Dimitri. “More people understand that technical universities should work with universities of applied science, which is very different to just a few years ago.”

As an example, Dimitri looks to the recent Hack2Impact Health@Home hackathon that brought together Eindhoven Engine, Fontys, TU/e and MIT Hacking Medicine to generate solutions for healthcare and industry. “It was a really inspiring group: students who didn’t know each other but worked together constructively and positively,” he smiles. “More and more students from Fontys are getting involved with Eindhoven Engine and it’s great to see.”

Sustainability is high on Dimitri’s agenda for future innovation. He is therefore very interested in the projects at Eindhoven Engine, such as on circular food packaging and air quality. “At Fontys, I’m now looking for parties with whom we can connect in the field of battery recycling. Perhaps a nice connection with Eindhoven Engine can be created for this special challenge,” he concludes. “After a few months here, I see their vision and the way they’re evolving. The most important thing is an impact for both society and the university. And I want to participate in making this even bigger.”

“The most important thing is an impact for both society and the university. And I want to participate in making this even bigger.”

Dimitri van de Kelft

Energetic and successful Hack2Impact 2022

We have long been looking forward to it and, after being postponed twice, it finally took place. On the weekend of 20-22 May, students with different backgrounds and professionals from industry came together and experienced how to work in a multidisciplinary team on creative solutions that can make an impact on Health@Home challenges.

Do you want to feel the energy of Hack2Impact 2022? Have a look at the after-movie.

Challenges

  • ‘How can you help people with MS manage a healthy lifestyle?’
    Provided by De Tolbrug, an expertise center for rehabilitation in north-east Brabant.
  • ‘How can we take advantage of data about behavior, health and households to help less self-reliant people?’
    Provided by Tzorg, an organization that provides home care.
  • ‘How to keep the social network strong for elderly people and help with isolation in general?’
    Provided by Fontys Verpleegkunde.

The winning teams!

Team MySide – Entrepreneurship Award
Team MySide accepted the challenge ‘How to help people with MS to manage a healthy lifestyle?’.
Their idea, the MySide board game, helps MS patients to communicate their well-being, needs and limitations to their family and friends. The game is easy to play, educational and quickly scalable to other patient groups. Their disruptive thinking won them the Entrepreneurship Award, powered by BW Ventures. Myide gets access to a Lean Startup course by BW Ventures and will be coached by an experienced serial entrepreneur to learn how to turn an idea into a successful product and company.

Team Connect! – Compliance Award
Team Connect! worked on the challenge ‘How to help people with MS to manage a healthy lifestyle?’. Their winning solution is to develop an app, called Connect, that connects MS patients in order to motivate them through therapies for a healthy lifestyle. The affordable app has an interesting sustainable and scalable business model. This award is powered by MD squared B.V. and consists of a compliance assessment of the Connect app to help them to further develop their idea into a market-ready product.

Team OHMAATJES – Innovation Award
Team OHMAATJES worked on the challenge of keeping the social network strong for lonely elderly people. Submerging themselves in the world of elderly people, they interviewed potential users at (super)markets to identify their needs. A great example of a human-centered approach. Using 1) intake via a website or on paper, 2️) matching and 3) confirmation, solitary elderly can connect with new people and groups based on interests in terms of activities and location. A combination of new small groups and meaningful connections has won team OHMAATJES the Innovation Prize, awarded by TMC. This award consists of six-month access to the TMC Entrepreneurial Lab at the High Tech Campus, where they will have plenty of tools to further explore and share their idea.

Currently, each challenge owner (De Tolbrug, Tzorg and Fontys) is working together with the teams on the solutions to the challenges. We look forward to the next edition! See you next time.

Facts

  • 1 location
  • 1 weekend
  • 3 challenges
  • 6 judges
  • 7 teams
  • 20+ mentors
  • 40+ participants 
Backgrounds of the participants
Applied Physics
Biomedical Engineering
Biomedical Technology
Chemical Engineering
Design and Innovation Engineering
Design Research
Graphic Design
HealthTech
ICT Media Design
Industrial Design
Industrial Engineering and Management
Mathematics
Mechanical Engineering
Mechatronics
Medical Imaging and Radiotherapeutic Techniques
Microbiology
Nursing

Seven new innovation projects worth a total of nearly 17 million euros get underway at Eindhoven Engine

Eindhoven Engine is backing seven projects from the OpenCall 2022 to the tune of 2.4 million euros in total.

Eindhoven Engine, the innovation accelerator of the Brainport region, is launching seven new innovation projects. These projects in the fields of energy, health and smart mobility will undertake research in the coming years with a total budget of almost 17 million euros, to which Eindhoven Engine is contributing a total of over 2.4 million euros. The investment for the Eindhoven Engine OpenCall 2022 comes from the Brainport Region Deal.

The seven projects can bring their innovations to market faster by continuing their research within Eindhoven Engine, collaborating on the Eindhoven Engine co-location on the TU/e campus, and building the internal community together. The new projects have the time until 2025 to use the impetus from Eindhoven Engine to further develop their innovations.

“We have received iconic project proposals that meet the call’s stringent requirements and are of high quality. In addition, I also see a balanced mix of partners representing the chain. In addition to knowledge institutions, including our shareholders Fontys, TNO and Eindhoven University of Technology, we also welcome new partners from industry and other education and research institutions in very diverse consortia.”

Ella Hueting, Chair of Advisory Board Eindhoven Engine

AUXSTENT

Unlocking mechanical limitations of synthetic heart stents with auxetic, fiber tubular scaffolds

In the fight against cardiovascular disease, stents and grafts are implanted in patients to support or repair damaged or high-risk vessels. These stents and grafts provide robust mechanical support, but do not provide tissue repair. It would be better if such implants actively promoted tissue repair and regeneration over time. The AUXSTENT project addresses these challenges and is already working on 3D-printable and bioresorbable stents that encourage and stimulate regeneration. At Eindhoven Engine, AUXSTENT will take the next step: developing a functional prototype. In this project, the focus is on combining the functional design of these stents with available engineering and materials knowledge.

Partners: Fillip Studios, TU/e

CoLLidE

Co-creation in Living Labs as impact Engine. Living labs as catalysts for circular societal impact

The CoLLidE project focuses on the market introduction of reusable food packaging. The Circulware system, developed by project partner Haval, replaces single-use food packaging with reusable and recyclable, bio-based packaging and will be applied in a living lab in this project. This will enable the use of the new packaging to be investigated from a technical, economic and social perspective. In the living lab, entrepreneurs, students, researchers, public authorities and companies will collaborate and learn together. The living lab will act as a catalyst for circular societal impact and will also investigate how a behavioral change towards food packaging can be achieved.

Partners: Fontys, Haval, Innovatiehuis de Peel, VNO-NCW, Midpoint Brabant, Avans

Direct Air Capture 2.0

Carbyon is developing technology to capture CO2 directly from ambient air (Direct Air Capture, DAC). The captured CO2 can be converted into a renewable carbon source in various ways. Net-zero solutions are made possible by using this CO2 in processes and products, such as in greenhouses to improve crop growth or for the production of renewable synthetic fuels (e.g., for aviation). Net-zero solutions involve the permanent storage of CO2 underground, for example in depleted gas fields.

During the previous Eindhoven Engine project (OpenCall 2020), Carbyon achieved breakthrough results in proving the working principles of the key components of Carbyon’s DAC solution. The current project (OpenCall 2022) aims to further develop this innovative technology and its key factors on an industrial scale.
Partners: Carbyon, TU/e, DIFFER

DynaPopeX

The concentration of nitrogen dioxide and particulate matter is still too high in the Netherlands according to WHO guideline values in 2021. In the Eindhoven region, several technical developments and research and innovation initiatives have been started in this field. As a result, a lot of information on population dynamics, such as commuting traffic and air pollution, is readily available. In DynaPopeX, this information is brought together for the first time and visualization techniques can be used to make connections to the sources of air pollution. The combination of data, location and human movements in Eindhoven makes it possible to take tangible measures to reduce the exposure of people on the street to harmful particulate matter and limit possible harm to health.

Partners: TNO, ZichtopData

PowerLift

In the Powerlift innovation project, research is being done on a sustainable battery for the electric aviation industry (eFlight). This battery not only has a long lifetime but can store an extraordinary amount of energy and delivers a lot of energy when used. Within Eindhoven Engine, PowerLift will further develop this technology into a standardized platform for the production of customized eFlight batteries.

Partners: LeydenJar Technologies B.V., Titan Batteries B.V., Wingtra AG

Smart Heat Shed

The Smart Heat Shed (smart heat storage) project addresses the rapid energy transition by combining two international breakthrough technologies, a heat façade and a heat battery. The heat facade (developed by TNO-Emergo spin-off Calosol) is an innovative, aesthetically versatile solar thermal facade collector, which effectively harvests solar energy at low outdoor temperatures. The heat battery (developed by the TNO-TU/e spin-off Cellcius) is the first completely loss-free heat storage solution. The latter is also 10x cheaper than electrical storage and much more compact than water or phase transition materials (PCM).

Partners: Cellcius, Emergo, TBRM, TNO, TU/e

WECARE

Currently, there are 55 million people worldwide with dementia. This number is expected to rise to 78 million by 2030 and 138 million by 2050 according to the WHO. There is currently no medical solution for dementia. In addition, there is a shortage of caregivers. This is putting the healthcare system under pressure. Technology should and can provide the support needed for dementia sufferers and their caregivers.

The WECARE project focuses on extending human care by applying the Warm Technology concept to interactive agents, such as chatbots and companion robots. Warm Technology ensures that this technology is made accessible and appropriate for the environment of people with dementia and their caregivers, thereby also taking this environment into account. In this project, work is being done to develop more advanced behaviors and representations in interactive agents.

Partners: TU/e, Alzheimer Netherlands, Fontys, SARA Robotics, Tinybots

Accelerating at the Eindhoven Engine co-location

In the Eindhoven Engine OpenCall 2022, projects were again invited to come up with innovation proposals that contribute to solving societal challenges. This time a team of independent experts selected the projects on the basis of predefined criteria.

“I am extremely satisfied with the result. The project proposals are of very high quality,” says Maarten Steinbuch, scientific director Eindhoven Engine. “Two current Eindhoven Engine projects, Carbyon and iHeat@Home, have even successfully submitted a proposal for a follow-up project. These projects, which are currently still in the startup phase, will grow into impactful businesses with the help of the Eindhoven Engine ecosystem.” Katja Pahnke adds: “This call once again confirms that there are plenty of technical innovations with societal impact emerging from the region. Eindhoven Engine’s co-location and cross-sector collaborations offer project partners and their innovations the place to get to market faster and more successfully.”

Funding for the 2022 OpenCall comes from the final Brainport RegioDeal. Eindhoven Engine is working hard on a follow-up to the OpenCall.

Maarten Steinbuch, Scientific Director and Katja Pahnke, Managing Director

Regio Deal Brainport Eindhoven compilation video

Brainport Eindhoven is a top technology region that is known for its unprecedented innovative strength. In this way Brainport contribute to solving the social challenges of tomorrow. To maintain this strength, the central government and the region jointly invested 370 million euros from the Brainport Eindhoven Region Deal. By supporting 26 projects, like Eindhoven Engine, the Regio Deal gave and continues to give the region an enormous boost.

Eindhoven Engine News – February edition

For Eindhoven Engine, 2022 has been kickstarted with the new name for our co-location: Disruptor. Disruptor fits Eindhoven Engine and the other tenants perfectly as we’re all working on innovations that will make a difference to industry and society!

In April, we will broaden our portfolio by adding new projects from the OpenCall 2022. Together with the new and ongoing projects, we will have more impact and cross-over innovations. Other interesting news to share with you includes:

  • The insights of almost-retired Fontys Liaison Manager Kees Adriaanse. He looks back on a variety of achievements at Eindhoven Engine, as well as the wicked challenges he’d like to see solved.
  • Developments in Eindhoven Engine projects: the NEON EE project addressing societal challenges and the next phase in the Smart Mobility project.
  • The first pilot of the Business Model Innovation in an Exponential World course for the NEON EE project.
  • Our societal impact by committing to reusable isolation gowns and durable mouth-nose facemasks in the Netherlands.
  • Building the community from the viewpoint of PDEng trainee Anand Thamban.
Read more…

“We achieved a lot in these last three years”: parting words from Kees Adriaanse

“I’ve played an active role in Eindhoven Engine by making the right connections between my Fontys colleagues and the members of the Eindhoven Engine community. I inform my colleagues of interesting subjects so that they can connect or write a proposal for a call. You could call me an ‘in-between’.”

After many years at Fontys University of Applied Science and three years as their liaison manager in Eindhoven Engine, Kees Adriaanse is stepping away from both organizations. How has the Engine changed during this time and what are his hopes for his successor? Kees looks back on a variety of achievements, as well as the wicked challenges he’d like to see solved.

Back to the start

As one of the three Eindhoven Engine stakeholders (alongside TNO and Eindhoven University of Technology), the main benefit for Fontys is increased collaboration with partners in both industry and academia – something which Kees has also shaped by bringing together research groups and students in relevant projects. He also emphasizes the unique nature of collaboration within the Engine as a major advantage: “The most important aspect is co-creation. It’s very important that people from different projects can meet each other at the coffee corners to inspire each other. In the near future, I hope that the coffee corner will be the boardroom of Eindhoven Engine!”

“The most important aspect is co-creation. It’s very important that people from different projects can meet each other at the coffee corners to inspire each other.”

Kees Adriaanse
Fontys Liaison Manager

 

Regarding changes over the last few years, Kees also notes that Eindhoven Engine was initially an organization with low TRL projects and few students. “I’m proud that we’re getting more students in most of the projects,” he says, pointing to SmartMan as an example of the intersection between academia and SMEs. “Compared to my dreams at the beginning of Eindhoven Engine, we went much further than I thought was possible and have achieved a lot in these last three years.”

Reaching all parts of society

As for the future, Eindhoven Engine’s focus in increasingly turning to societal problems and the use of technology in areas such as health, energy and agri-food. “I think it will be important to get even more new research areas,” Kees suggests. “For example, there are many people who learned to read and write at school but no longer really know how to do either. How can we help these people? That’s a dream for me: that Eindhoven Engine projects can help low-literate people or people without good mobility, for instance.” Such societal challenges need to be tackled and give Eindhoven Engine the opportunity to showcase how we co-create and come to meaningful innovation. One example of such a project in the Brainport region is Eindhoven Engine’s work with Eindhoven Library on a technical solution to improve the connection between low-literates and society.

Despite reaching retirement age, this isn’t quite the end of Kees’ career. “For three days a week, I’ll go back to where I started as a physics teacher many years ago. That’s because physics is a nice discipline and I want to spend the last years of my working experience in a secondary school,” he concludes. “I want to say one more thing to my successor: make project teams not only with people from universities and polytechnicals but also with more surprising groups of people, like schoolchildren, people of 70 or 80 years old or actors and painters. Of course, it’s important to have people with high qualifications on technical subjects. But people from other parts of society can give you another view. Inclusivity means making sure that not only highly educated people benefit from the Brainport region but also the people living here, and we can help with that.”

POWEr FITTing – Hans Brombacher, PhD candidate

Hans, PhD candidate in the POWEr FITTing project, researches the improvement of a healthier and active environment for people in (home) offices. By the combination of data acquisition, integration and application for the validation and acceleration of user-oriented solutions, Hans is optimizing the relationship between vitality and the (home) office environment. Check out the video how Hans does these measurements with Sensorbadge and StimuLight!

In full speed with students and young professionals

We are already over a month into the new year and, despite COVID, we kicked off at full speed! This started with a new name for our co-location building, DISRUPTOR! Also, a few new students started in the office team to help us with increasing organized serendipity. And it’s not just about looking at how to create serendipity: we also have reinforcements – again in the form of students – in the Emergence Lab projects ‘Low Literacy’ and ‘Future of Work’ so that we can actually experience this serendipity!

As for now, the upcoming period looks promising from a COVID perspective and we hope to see you soon at one of the upcoming events in DISRUPTOR to further DISRUPT!

PDEng trainee Anand Thamban

Alongside students at Eindhoven Engine, we have a group of PhD candidates and PDEng trainees working on one of the Eindhoven Engine projects. One of them is Anand Thamban.

Hi, my name is Anand and I’m a PDEng trainee in the Smart Buildings and Cities program. My PDEng project is about the development of a fault detection and diagnosis tool for cooling systems in buildings and I am working with Kropman Installatietechniek. My project is funded and supported by Eindhoven Engine under the main project ‘CM-HVAC-FDD’. By being part of Eindhoven Engine, I get to interact with researchers and students from various other projects where there is active knowledge sharing and learning, especially in the field of energy efficiency and human comfort. The networking with other project members and start-ups helps in expanding my professional outreach, which I find to be a very valuable advantage while working within Eindhoven Engine. It would be really nice to interact with more people from other projects so that we can share our experiences with each other, get some ideas and gain some knowledge.

“By being part of Eindhoven Engine,
I get to interact with researchers and students from various other projects.”

Anand Thamban
PDEng trainee

Do you want to share some thoughts with Anand? You can meet Anand on Wednesday and Fridays in Disruptor @ TU/e Campus! The door is open!