Co-challenge 2018

Scroll down to discover the winning team and their solution!!! 


The Challenge

Based on the most recent health assessment, it has been concluded that 40% of adult citizens feel lonely and that 1 in 10 experience extreme loneliness. The Municipality of Utrecht asks your help in order to reduce the feeling of loneliness, by making Utrechters feel more connected to each other and the society.

The students are asked to find a 
solution to this problem based on an interdisciplinary approach and design. This should be an innovative and creative idea that will improve the quality of life for citizens. The aim is to decrease the feeling of loneliness and provide the inhabitants of Utrecht with a feeling of belonging.

Due to the complexity of the problem, it will be a challenge to identify the causes of loneliness, the target group and possible interventions. The solution can be out-of-the-box, as long as it is applicable in the Municipality of Utrecht!


 The 2018 Winning Team


This year’s winning project was introduced by the +Pack team (picture on the right). This team of four interdisciplinary students came up with the concept of “Wijze Woorden (Wise Words), aiming to connect elderly and primary school students. These two groups are called to create a “spreekbeurt” (school presentation) or artwork, that will promote the exchange of knowledge and experiences among them, decreasing at the same time the feeling of loneliness that some elderly are facing.


If you are interested in their solution or have any input, please contact us and we will be happy to share more information with you or bring you in contact with the team! 




+Pack and the members of the Jury

From left to right: Toke Tom, John de Wit, Fabienne Derks,
                                                                                                Midas Ratsma, Angie Luna Pinzon, Nardie Eijsberg