Bliksem en Donderdag #8

A Thursday enlightening event

07 Dec
December 7, 2017
7:30 PM - 10:00 PM
De Kazerne, Paradijslaan 8, Eindhoven
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A Thursday enlightening event

Bliksem en Donderdag, ‘a Thursday enlightening event’, is all about inspiration, interaction, connection and acceleration. This new platform gives makers, thinkers, doers and dreamers a chance to share, test and accelerate their ideas. VPRO Medialab took the initiative and invited TU/e, Baltan Laboratories and High Tech Campus to work together on this platform. 

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Join in and register for this enlightening evening! Everyone is welcome, but we only have 90 places available. The evening if free of charge, including a drink voucher. Use this form to register. Official language is English.  Tickets 

Pitch your idea? Sign up!

Do you have an original or innovative idea but are looking for extra inspiration in the development of your concept, help with the technical issues or the right partners? Pitch your plan and make unexpected connections! Send a mail with your idea to

The Muppets

Two ‘Muppets’ are present for each edition. Two experts from a certain discipline such as technology, design or media listen from the sidelines just like Statler and Waldorf from The Muppet Show. They give each pitcher feedback or pose a critical question. 

Danielle Arets is an experienced design researcher with a background in culture and science studies (University of Maastricht), media science (Aarhus University, Denmark) and journalism.

Danielle is enthusiastic about complex system challenges and the development of a strategy that is both useful and tangible. She therefore works in her studio CAPADA together with a large network of design researchers, anthropologists, journalists and innovative experts.

Furthermore, Danielle is also associate lector of Strategic Creativity at the Design Academy Eindhoven where she shapes the research minor Radical Ecologies.

Jorge is the Lector Media, Interaction and Storytelling at the Fontys FutureMediaLab (Schools of Arts, Communication, Economy, ICT and Journalism).

Also is he a PhD candidate in responsive environments at the TU/e and a member of the advisory board of the Dutch Design Week. He is an international designer from Lisbon, living in Eindhoven since 2007. He works in the intersection between academia, business and culture, and his work is related with experience design, new media, interdisciplinarity and value creation. The Faculty of Industrial Design TU/e was his first Dutch stop (as communication designer and researcher), followed by the ING Bank (as a customer experience strategist), the Designhuis (as creative leader) and the STRP Biennale (as business leader). He is an idealist and believes in the power of the creative industries as enabler for a better world. His human approach and work in Eindhoven made him one of the top-10 expats of Eindhoven in 2016. 

Moderator: Geert-Jan Bogaerts - Head of Digital Media at VPRO

The pitchers

We’ll announce this editions pitchers soon. Want to pitch yourself? Send us an email:

Studio Connecting Cultures celebrates diversity. Therefore they find it important that all newcomers can merge into society and feel at home. Accordingly, their mission is to create a sustainable connection between natives and newcomers. Together we build an environment that triggers people to expand their horizon, exchange perspectives and learn from each other.

Studio Connecting Cultures provides a set of workshops that guides people from different cultures to build up a strong friendship. In these workshops, the studio makes use of the Connecting Cultures Toolkit. This toolkit contains small games and exercises in four steps that support the participants to build up a mutual understanding and celebrate diversity. Studio Connecting Cultures started in August and is trying out several formats and contexts, in order to explore where they could add the most value.

The short movie '6 OBJECTS – Projecting Identity Expressions' (2017) explores the emotional attachment between body and objects – such as clothing or accessory. For this movie the term 'artistic documentary' is invented. 'Documentary' because 6 people from various backgrounds are interviewed and 'artistic' because artistic choices are made in order to guide the focus of the audience attention.

Jella and her team invented the term 'artistic documentary' to describe the genre of the short movie. Jella would like to discuss with the audience how to communicate and connect such a new term to a broader audience. is a new way of designing, producing, using and re-using shoes. We are building an ultra-personalised product service system enabling artists, designers, researchers, engineers and wearers to co-create their shoes, initiating the shift towards a co-created economy.

With a Design United grant we developed a demonstrator of our design vision presented the Dutch Design Week & Dubai Design Week 2016 using a custom-built e-textile foot scanner, 3d printing and generative parametric design algorithms.

To further develop the technology and launch Solemaker as a business we’ve received funding from WEAR Sustain. We are currently setting up a deployment ready web-platform, further developing our shoe models and design stories with designers Vera de Pont and Eva Klabalova and setting up collaborations with partners in developing wearable in-shoe sensor technologies. Our aim is to go to market with a low-volume initial beta-launch in Q1 2018.

Doctors spend 50% of their day time in administrative tasks, giving them the feeling of burn out and taking them away from patient care. With ‘Sight’, Miguel and his team from Medinreal, aim to take doctors away from computers, helping them focus on what matters most: patients. They aim to bring back the human connection to medicine.

Smart glasses are proven to increase efficiency in the medical field, reducing liability and increasing privacy of the doctor-patient relationship. Existing solutions show features of engineering with the aim to make them look impressive but lack to express user's personality, when it comes down to usability and practicality we often struggle to find many benefits.

‘Sight’ is a pair of glasses that fit the users face and work with their eyes, they fit their personality and professional life, preventing unnecessary distraction and allowing them to focus on what is important. Medinreal aims to make technology to work for the user. Miguel is looking for advice on how to design a wearable that helps the wearer to connect with the world, instead of isolating him or her. is a social design innovation brand. They gamify the public space to stimulate physical movement and social interaction among people. does this in 2 ways. Social design projects in challenging neighborhoods, and tech projects to utilize our future world possibilities. For the latter they have recently designed, developed and launched a first application for the Citybeacons in the city center of Eindhoven. Urban bootcamp in the city, to use objects in the public space in a creative way for your exercises. The urban bootcamp is a 45-minute full body workout with 18 different exercises that you can do by yourself, together & in a group.

Amorphous Revolution is a conscious shoe line, made from the biological substance melanin. Melanin is an amino acid found in all organic life, which stimulates and accelerates the production of mycelium. Mycelium, the dense root structure of mushroom, could be used to create a type of leather. This leather, Stephannie used to create the Amorphous Revolution Shoe. During the first launch, she ran into problems trying to make the shoe. The mycelium was not strong enough material for the prototype.

She is now looking for a substitute. She found the company which makes MuSkin; a 100 % vegetable eco-alternative to animal leather. It comes from the Phellinus ellipsoideus, a kind of big parasitic fungus. The total absence of toxic substance makes Muskin ideal for the use in close-to-skin applications. Stephannie is looking for tips to relaunch her shoe.

Join us for dinner

Prior to Bliksem en Donderdag you can join us for dinner. Get to know the pitchers and Muppets and other visitors in an informal setting. You can choose a meat, fish or vegetarian main course with delicious bread and oil from the Vlaamsch Broodhuys as a starter. Cost are €20 and dinner starts at 6pm.

-Meat: Wildstoof - candied potato - red cabbage - salsify
-Fish: Salmon - beetroot - horseradish - cauliflower - white wine gravy
-Vega: Cavolo nero - burrata - mushrooms - almond

Mail to or call 040 304 1388 to make reservation and mention Bliksem en Donderdag.