The Summer Labs are ready for takeoff!

Eight teams will spend their summer further developing their innovative idea. The adventure starts now.

After receiving 42 applications, the Class of 2018 could finally be formed. A check for applicability by The Spindle team, a pitch during the Audition & Feed Forward and a firm assessment by our jury of experts followed. Eight diverse teams have survived and will kick-off The Spindle Summer Labs 2018 this Friday!

Pitching for participation
The serious, yet uplifting pitches covered many topics. From introducing new technologies to improve the needs assessments for refugees to educating children on the risks of mines. Despite the obvious efforts, the jury was strict and decided that only eight teams could enter the Spindle Summer Labs. Take a look at this short clip of the Audition & Feed Forward to get an insight into the cheerful afternoon. 

These are the teams:

  • GameUP! An experiential learning experience for young entrepreneurs – This Oxfam Novib team will create a game that teaches potential entrepreneurs how to run a business, be attractive for investors and respond to unpredictable elements as climate conditions and strikes.
  • Protection Power – This team of Help a Child will introduce a bracelet with an alarming system, which emits a nauseating scent that will scare off attackers.
  • Umbra: A step-by-step youth-led shadow reporting tool – A blended learning approach that includes video, images and texts that will simplify shadow reporting. This will engage youth in political decision-making and standing up for their rights.
  • The Girl Code – Creating an ICT and code learning lab for girls after primary school to reduce the digital divide and reduce gender inequality.
  • Land Rights Unchained! – Applying the tools and principles of blockchain to create an active role for the rural poor in land administration processes.
  • Collect data from affected populations through social media – Making use of chatbots to collect data from affected populations, such as refugees, to execute accurate needs assessments for those in need.
  • Mine Mark – An app that educates children on the risks of mines in their surroundings and that maps found mines.
  • Cash transfers for all for life – Creating an eco-system in the Netherlands focused on cash transfers for all for life with relevant partners based on research in three African countries.


So what’s next?
This Friday the first Summer Lab will take place in Amsterdam. The teams will get to know each other through (n)icebreakers and get an overview of the challenges and adventures that are lying ahead of them. If you are interested in getting to know more about The Spindle Summer Labs or the teams: contact us! You can call us (+31 20 320 99 01 from 09:00 to 17:30 during weekdays) or! We are more than happy to tell you everything about our exciting programme. Of course, you can also always follow the news on this website.


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