Embrace Technology, Entrepreneurship and Creativity (Eindhoven)

  • Programme in brief
  • Content of the programme
  • What to expect from us
  • What do we expect from you
  • How to apply and contact
  • Study coach

Programme in brief

Why Embrace TEC?:

  • Recognizing technologies (3 weeks): Technological journey. Makey, makey, programming, 3D printing, virtual reality. You’ll have the opportunity to learn the basics and meet some interesting and inspiring people.
  • Blue banana (1 week): A week filled with blue bananas! Your mind will be filled with disruptive thoughts. Do it yourself versus do it together.
  • Meaningful challenge (3 weeks): By using the steps of Design Thinking you’ll adopt and transform one of the global challenges into a community ready solution.
  • Offline week (1 week)
  • Future solution realisation (12 weeks): You are going to design for impact! Together with a fellow student you’ll will develop a product. After pitching your idea, you’ll receive valuable feedback from a jury of external experts. Your team creates their own deliverables: design strategy, what is a realistic end product, and is it ‘community ready’? Main goal is to come up with a blueprint, a prototype that will be a solution to a global challenge.

Content of the programme

  • Recognizing technologies (3 weeks): Technological journey. Makey, makey, programming, 3D printing, virtual reality. You’ll have the opportunity to learn the basics and meet some interesting and inspiring people.
  • Blue banana (1 week): A week filled with blue bananas! Your mind will be filled with disruptive thoughts. Do it yourself versus do it together.
  • Meaningful challenge (3 weeks): In three weeks you’ll learn the steps of Design Thinking. One of the global challenges from the previous weeks are adopted and transformed, step-by-step, into a community ready solution. Your team will explore and identify opportunities throughout divergent thinking and trendanalyses. Create human-centered and technology supported concepts and finally realise a meaningful product, service or solution. In a ‘Grande Finale’ your team presents the end result with well thought-out arguments.
    This end result is an upbeat to the Future solution realisation mode.
  • Offline week (1 week)
  • Future solution realisation (12 weeks): In the Future Solution weeks you are going to design for IMPACT. We are going to coach you through an interesting process. Sometimes this will be challenging; but don’t worry, there is no right or wrong: you learn from the biggest mistakes. We have created a design program where you will apply and strengthen all the skills you have developed the previous weeks of the minor.
    You and your team create your own deliverables: design strategy, what is a realistic end product, is it ‘community ready’?

    Work on your own idea; be a future shaper!

    At the beginning of the minor you will be inspired, and you will receive a lot of new input. A seed will be planted that will flourish while working on your future solution of a global challenge. During the Future Solution you are going to work on your idea, and you will prototype your solution according the Design Thinking process. Creativity is part of the Design Thinking process. To be able to support your creative process as much as we can, it is important that you have the opportunity to work on your own idea. We believe in the importance of autonomy and intrinsic motivation for your creative process, in which you will experience a high degree of self-ownership.

EmbraceTEC is a talent and competence development minor. During the first weeks you will be inspired and challenged to experience, to perform and to explore all kinds of technologies. Teachers, practitioners and technical specialists will challenge you to search for technologies that will improve the world. You will choose a big or a small challenge, related to your own major. What matters is the impact it will have on humanity.

At the beginning of the minor you will receive a lot of new input (skills, knowledge and inspiration from practitioners inside and outside Fontys). During the whole 20 weeks you will receive intensive and individual guidance by a coach. The feedback and the learning outcomes agreed on during these coaching sessions are essential. Autonomy and intrinsic motivation for this creative process will be supported and is of great importance.

Since autonomy and intrinsic motivation is of great importance, you need to have the ambition to experience a high degree of self-ownership.

Together with other students you’ll adopt one of the global challenges (energy, environment, health, food, security, water, sustainability). Working on this challenge in a multidisciplinary team you’ll learn the steps of Design Thinking. Step by step you’ll be working towards a community ready solution. You will explore and identify opportunities throughout divergent thinking and trend analyses. Together you’ll create human-centered and technology supported concepts and finally realize a meaningful product, service or solution.

After completion of the minor EmbraceTEC you:

  • Demonstrate your creative potential 

  • Show that you have an entrepreneurial attitude 

  • Are able to transfer a global challenge into a concrete technological application 

  • Act as a professional partner in a multidisciplinary team 

  • Demonstrate how your creative and innovative skills have developed 

  • Analyzed different perspectives of the impact of technology on human life 

  • Demonstrate the development of ethical skills based on his global citizenship
  • Demonstrate a sensitivity to moral issues followed by a moral judgment 


How to apply as an exchange student

Applications should always be submitted via the International Exchange (or Erasmus) Officer at the home university. If several versions of the programme are offered, please indicate for which version you would like to apply to (Programme I, Programme II, Programme III, etc.) This officer will send your application request (nomination) to Fontys. Once Fontys has accepted the application, your Fontys study department will send you a link to a web application called Mobility Online. Added to the link you will receive all necessary information and a manual. Please take a look at this website to see how it works.

How to apply as a Fontys or other Dutch UAS student

Fontys and other Dutch UAS students, apply for this minor via https://www.kiesopmaat.nl

Deadline for application:

Fall semester15 May
Spring semester15 November

*For more information concerning the start date, please get in touch with the contact person of the study department of the concerned exchange programme.

Please contact Lorna Minkman (embracetec@fontys.nl) for application or more information.

During the whole 20 weeks you will receive intensive and individual guidance by a coach.



Location

Rachelsmolen 1, Eindhoven

Locatiekaart op adres: Rachelsmolen 1, Eindhoven

Facts

Duration:20 weeks
Contact hours:20-25 per week
Period:Sep 2017- Feb 2018
ECTS Credits:30 ECTS
Location:Eindhoven
languageEnglish

Contact person

Name: Lorna Minkman
E-mail: embracetec@fontys.nl