Summer Camp 2018August 2018

in August 2018, Catch, IDA, Open Entrepreneurship and DTU Fotonik hosted a learning programme that encouraged its participants to develop entrepreneurial skills by exploring opportunities at the intersection of technology, art, design and science.

The Summer Camp took place in Catch’s workshop area in Helsingør, Denmark, and three 6 days long courses were offered. The course topics were:

  1. Future Climate Solutions (sold out)
  2. Future Digital Health
  3. Future Food Solutions

The participants worked towards a prototype and a business plan, as they collaborated with people from diverse disciplines. They had to address the challenges and opportunities of the future, as they developed and tested their ideas and set the ground for bringing their projects to life.

Not only did the participants gain solid business insights, but they were also introduced to the concept of critical design. A way of working with design where methods such as design fiction and speculative design are often applied to create critical perspectives, cause public debates and speculate on the future. It is often issues of social, cultural and ethic nature that are investigated. 

The Summer Camp built on the broad range of social and economic development issues as defined by the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals. It aimed to offer new knowledge, skills, inspiration, methodology and network to the participants, so that they can, among others:

  • Strengthen their creative confidence and collaborative skills
  • Embrace a new set of tools to imagine new solutions
  • Learn to prototype
  • Develop and communicate ideas
  • Identify business opportunities
  • Create sustainable business models

The participants were entrepreneurs, students, artists, professionals, makers and creatives of all sorts. The courses were full-time, English-taught, intensive programmes that started in the morning and finished with late evening talks. In order for the participants to fully immerse into the programme and enjoy the side activities, shared accommodation in Helsingør were arranged and included in the course fee, along with breakfast and dinner.

it was a possibility to transfer ECTS credits obtained (2,5) to your degree programme, depending on your home university’s regulations.

The 2018 Summer School was a joint project between Catch, Open Entrepreneurship, The Technical University of Denmark (DTU), The Danish Society of Engineers (IDA) and other partners (companies, artists, cultural and public institutions).




‘Blurring the lines between art, science and engineering’ – Talk by Christoffer Thon at the summer school 2018