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 a serial entrepreneur,
transitionist and changemaker.
Did you know…
…That I have spoken internationally on Innovation, Science & technology conferences in Brazil, San Francisco, New York, Spain & Portugal so far. About the future of work, health, labor, banking, living, organizations and education.
…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 coached over 30.000 people since 2012 in thinking about how they could make an impact in society while following their passions and strengths. That is on average 16,4 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 currently live together with 400 refugees/non-statusholders in an refugee 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 someday, 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 videogame 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.
Below you can find more activities I have done professionally. You can take a look into some of the presentations I have given as a speaker, innovation consultant and trendwatcher. The foundations I have helped setup locally, the schools I have helped in changing their curriculum and way of working with students and stakeholders and several projects like setting up an escape room for primary school with new technologies and co-hosting Permanent Future Labs to enable more people to start working with technology.
Speaking at 25+ conferences, at schools, for decisionmakers and sectors to help them reach innovation targets
Future Flux Festival
Started as project manager in March 2018 to replace the creative director who started Future Flux Festival in 2016. Had to make a shift to better connect the festival to the Rotterdam Maker District and the new maker movement. For that we invited 150 inventors to showcase students, gruduates and startups to experience what the new maker industry is all about: Making an impact in 9 themes on various societal questions. Finished the project in July 2018. Check out the aftermovie on http://futurefluxfestival.nl
Aventus Leert Inspireert (800 persons serious game, April 2018) – Co-organizer
Was part of the external advisory board of the Aventus Leert Inspireert annual event to setup a one day training for all employees of MBO Aventus. Trained several teachers in a train the trainer course before the event for organizing hackathons and facilitating the design thinking process this training and the organization of Aventus Leert was provided by Nick van Breda Consultancy together with STUDIO.WHY. I took the role of trendwatcher in the serious game we organized for 800 of Aventus employees and together with 50 facilitators we were able to let all sectors within Aventus work together on 4 education challenges collected by the AMT. 130 teams enjoyed this serious game and at the same time were able to solve their own challenges and the 4 best teams for each challenge was able to pitch a solution on the end of the day. Challenges were: how to make sure the school and it classrooms stay clean, how to make sure the school becomes future proof with technology and new learning materials, how to make sure the learning environment becomes better for everyone and how to get rid of the YES, but… culture in school, turning it into YES, and.. the winners are granted time and budget to further implement their outcomes. Other teams can work on their outcomes as well and ideas are taken into consideration by the school directors.
Aventus – Hack je Plek
Innovation Games Gelderland (Gelderse Einsteinweek 2017) Co-organizer
Supported the Innovation Games Gelderland in technologysupport, including bringing in over 60 technologies, mentors and tech makers to support teams in building their first prototypes resulting in the winning team that made a prototype with our support.
Summa Hackathon co-organizer
Organized a hackathon to improve the quality of future proof education for the Processtechnology course. Reducing 40% of students that lack motivation to finish school after working in (now) completely automated factories without work for production employees anymore. Outcomes of April 2017 are still being developed and turned into new lesson materials. Check one of the final pitches to create an escape room learning environment
Pitch trainer for WhatTheHackathon
Project manager of the first Educational Escape Room for Primary School
‘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.
Became the Youngest host & advisor for the Erasmus+ & Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs program
Searched for a partnership with Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs to work on my iCity Tender project Stamboom. Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs was so enthusiastic about my experience and knowledge about changing education that I was invited to be the first host that has a business less than 3 years registered plus they asked me to host a mini-hack and give a keynote on the annual Erasmus LEO-NET consortia conference in Barcelona, March 2017.
Won the Dutch Open Hackathon 2016
With a team of 5 people, we ended up winning 4 prizes including the overall prize and the public prize on this massive Dutch Open Hackathon
with 300 participants between 9-11 December 2016. As a result, we started the startup “Find It, the Pokémon Go for lost and stolen items”. We are still developing
Find It and looking for launching partners in 2017.
Advising & participating Donders Brainhack Education Hackathon
Helped with the marketing and program of Donders Education hackathon
, over 30 Phd students and graduates participated in November 2016 with amazing results. Check out our pitch here
Became a professional speaker for Wiseass Agency
After my TedxTalk & my scientific research presentation, I got the opportunity to speak for an agency for young ambitious leaders in the Netherlands. With Wiseass Agency
every element of speaker events can be done for organizations.
Campus Party meets Education Hackathon Co-organizer
24h Education Hackathon
Organizer 2015/2016/2017 editions of the worldwide 24h Eduhack, an initiative launched by Presenté in 2013. January 2015 – Currently
Check out educationhack for our upcoming editions. Feel free to participate in hacking Education.
Co-Founder Articulum, Writer Influencive & Startup Grind + Community catalyst Under30Changemakers. November 2013 – Currently
Building the biggest NGO Startup & (Social) entrepreneur communities across the world further with writing interesting articles, guiding startups, from misfits to rebels and drop-outs through organizing workshops or impact events. Everything to encourage people to stand on their own feet and start businesses out of own beliefs and passion.
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.
RUUW & Misfits
Co-founder Foundation RUUW, Misfits member Jan 2014 – Jan 2018
Together with 15 ambitious youngsters from Uden and Veghel we set up RUUW. A local initiative to support and thrive forward local entrepreneurship. We do this by activating the community and organizing 3-4 events a year for the age group between 18-35-year-old. After organizing several events a new group of young entrepreneurs approached me to join Misfits and currently 40 entrepreneurs arranged themselves a homebase in the city centre of Uden thanks to a collaboration with Rabobank and Gemeente Uden.