Welcome to my website! Perhaps you know alot about me already, if not let’s give you some heads up below about my life and career as from misfit, activist to practivist also referred as changemaker, or in business terms (serial) social entrepreneur.
Did you know…
…That I have spoken internationally on Innovation, Science & technology conferences in Brazil, San Francisco, New York, Spain, Austria & Portugal so far. About the future of work, health, labor, banking, living, organizations and education. Pinpointing where micro-communities are shaping society towards, from transhumanists and biohackers towards digital nomads and conscious world citizens.
…I have organized and helped 50+ hackathons create innovative solutions for SDG’s, business challenges, schools, municipalities and the Ministry of Education since 2014. Check out my biggest hackathon event on Eduhack.nl & 27 hackathon challenges that I have coordinated on Campus Party Europe in the Netherlands where 1650 people from 52 nationalities worked together on SDG’s for one week. Want to know which challenges click here.
…I have directly coached over 30.000 people, indirectly around 80.000 to date since I quit video gaming in thinking about how they could make an impact in society while following their passions and strengths. That is on average 16 or 46 individuals a day. Ever stuck with a question regarding your life, perhaps I can help you out! Definitely, check out my toolkit4Change if you are wandering now.
…I lived together with 400 refugees/non-statusholders from October 2016 until October 2018 in an asylumseeker centre called Plan Einstein, an award-winning concept where 15 stakeholders help both formally and informally to integrate people with a traumatic background/out of war-situations on a human-way, creating equality by offering free classes in Entrepreneurship, Business English, Dutch and many more activities like neighborhood festivals, cooking and singing together and learning how to bike. Please do visit us before 1 November 2018 as the project will end then and will continue elsewhere upcoming year (2019), everyone can participate in making the lives of the less fortunate better!
…I have spoken on over 25 conferences next to giving 2 TEDxTalks about overcoming my video game addiction, pursuing a purpose and creating leadership to tackle SDG’s with serious games. Check out my TEDxtalks via bit.ly/TedxNick & bit.ly/TEDxNick2. It definetely describes how I have become who I am now. Underneath a video portrait and blog about my life in Dutch made by MaatschapWij.
Below you can find more activities I have done professionally. You can take a look at some of the presentations I have given as a speaker, innovation consultant, and trendwatcher. The foundations I have helped set up locally, the schools I have helped in changing their curriculum and way of working with students and stakeholders, plus several projects like setting up an escape room for primary school with new technologies. This by co-hosting Permanent Future Labs to enable more people to start working with technology.
Hack het veranderend gedrag van kids! – Co-organizer (July-currently 2019)
We invite 30 persons to come up with innovative ways to get children not dropping out of school in a creathon of 12 hours. Feel welcome to join us if you are a designer, developer or creative/craftsperson via bit.ly/DoeMeeCreathonEpe sign-up is open till the 10th of September.
Change Ahead Business event – Co-organizer (May – June 2019)
For 110 persons of our network I co-organized the Change Ahead event initiated by Fountainheads and the Attentiongroup. We teamed up with Eric Mijnster and STUDIO.WHY to give a present 24th of June where everyone was fully surprised by our secret program. We entertained, educated and inspired 110 people to make the world a better place in het Muntgebouw Utrecht.
Collaborator @ Hyperloop Transportation Technologies (Dec. 2017- Now)
This August, 2019 I am visiting the factory in Toulouse as a R&D developer and Marketeer for Hyperloop Transportation Technologies. I have been actively in educating others in how to organize businesses on a flat way cultivating digital collaboration tools. Now we are with over 700 people working at Hyperloop, without having a standard paycheck every month, all based on a community of talents, like the inventor of the Vacuum tube towards employees of Tesla and Google joining the mission of bringing this new sustainable way of transport into reality. Check out our timeline and start believing in clean and superfast travel by levitating in vacuum tubes. See more at Hyperloop.global
Innovation Games Noord-Brabant (Sept. 2018)
Hosted technology inspiration shots to inspire both participants and personnel working at the province Noord-Brabant to change mindsets towards possibilities today. Showcased how everyone can start with building their own prototypes with 3D printing, how everyone can train meditation and reduce stress using EEG (Brainwave sensors) connected to a drone and how to overcome fears with VR like fear of heights. Many of today’s consumer technologies are perfect solutions for problems in many industries, from further personalizing education or healthcare towards re-imagining the photo industry with 360 footage. 500 people enjoyed while playing with technology and some of them are now taking action in using EEG scanners for improving healthcare for handicapped people.
‘Het Geheim van de Monnik’ is an escape room built together with the Religieus Museum Uden to train 800 primary school students in Literature and new media. I took care of project managing the new media part with design expert Luc Thijssen. We implemented VR, AR, QR, Gaming, literature but also math and storytelling in this temporary Escape room from February to June 2017.
We train teachers into organizing their own alternative way of doing education, with hackathons, education tours and tools we develop mostly open-source. Organizer 2015/2016/2017/2018/2019 editions of the worldwide 24h Eduhack, an initiative launched by Presenté in 2013. Check out educationhack for our upcoming editions. Feel free to participate in hacking Education, here in the Netherlands with us or globally with partners. For updates join our community.
Co-Founder Articulum, Writer Influencive & Startup Grind, I wrote over 200 articles around entrepreneurship, startups, purpose, management and cultural differences.
Co-organizer INNOVATIONHACK May 2015
Pressure cook for businesses and students to solve business cases within 4 to 6 hours. With teams of 4-5 multidisciplinary students and Studio Doon Innovation Cards they learn how to work with a Lean Startup Method while they are helping a business further in finding new business models or a modern strategy approach.