HAPPY health

HAPPY health explores the impact of Smart Cities and related concepts and technologies on wellbeing and the prevention of illness.

HAPPY health functions as a platform for exchange between innovative projects from the Netherlands and relevant German institutions and actors.

HAPPY health focuses on health, the urban environment and lifestyle bringing together designers, experts and stakeholders to investigate current challenges and develop new scenarios and concepts.

Workshop & Public Lecture Program Embassy Lab HAPPY health @ DMY 2014, Tempelhof Airport, Berlin, 29 May 2014


Embassy Lab HAPPY health is a one-day workshop to be attended after invitation. Embassy Lab HAPPY health opens with a yoga session on the landing field of the historic city airport Berlin Tempelhof and integrates presentations and networking sessions.
The program also includes a series of lectures open to the public.
The public lectures are scheduled from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. as part of the Open Talks.

Change Agent

Can creative industry address social challenges, such as health and wellbeing.
Can designers contribute to the ongoing processes of social innovation?
Can designers act as catalysts to trigger unexpected partnerships and foster innovative health projects?

The motivation and circumstances to be active in relation to the urban and social environment, focusing on well being (‘happiness’) and the prevention of illness.
The interaction between physical and digital communities / social networks, concentrating on knowledge and behavior in relation to health.
New technologies that completely disrupt existing products, services and markets, such as big data, sensor, mobile and wearable technologies, and advanced robotics.

The need for developing innovative ideas for sustainable health care solutions is becoming increasingly important in our ageing societies. By initiating innovative health projects, creative professionals can function as catalysts. Design Thinking and creative problem solving methods and approaches can contribute to the ongoing processes of social innovation. This is the focus of the interdisciplinary Embassy Lab HAPPY health bringing together experts from the Netherlands and Germany with the representatives of the UNESCO Creative Cities Network.

Embassy Lab HAPPY health explores the impact of Smart Cities and related concepts and technologies on wellbeing and the prevention of illness. The creative workshop addresses upcoming technological developments from the perspective of human wellbeing.

Embassy Lab HAPPY health focuses on innovative projects that have as a primary goal the strengthening of the autonomy and wellbeing of citizens. The examples range from the “Games for Health”- network (which promotes the use of gaming and gaming technology in health care) and the use of nursing robots with ‘social intelligence’ to projects that are developed by local communities, such as the “Health Lab” by “Amsterdam Smart City” or the project “Smart Ageing”, a cultural project of the Eindhoven region.

Current developments in digital technology such as “Quantified Self”, “Internet of Things” and “Big Data” raise exciting challenges, for example, on the ‘ownership’ of our personal data. These are issues that need to be addressed in an interdisciplinary international dialogue. Embassy Lab HAPPY health contributes by placing such issues on the agenda of the UNESCO Creative Cities Network.

Embassy Lab HAPPY health develops ideas and concepts on how creative professionals can contribute to social innovation. It investigates how creative industries can contribute to the responsible and sustainable development of social processes and services. Design is addressed here in it’s principal role: as a creative problem solving approach.



Dingeman Kuilman, former Head of Dutch Design Foundation


Prof. Elizabeth Sikiaridi, Prof. Frans Vogelaar, Hybrid Space Lab


Prof. Dr. Valerie Frissen, Head of Topsector Creatieve Industrie innovation strategies
Marleen Stikker, President of the Waag Society in Amsterdam Smart Health and community
Mary-Ann Schreurs, Alderman for Innovation, Culture and Public Space city of Eindhoven co-creating the Smart City
Prof. Dr. Vanessa Evers, University of Twente robotics and human media interaction
Tim Vermeulen, Het Nieuwe Instituut design-innovation and society
Felix Hahn, Fluct DIY prototypes for Internet of Things / Internet of Body: enabling technologies and design


Embassy Lab HAPPY health is a project by Dingeman Kuilman and Hybrid Space Lab (Prof. Elizabeth Sikiaridi and Prof. Frans Vogelaar) in collaboration with the Embassy of the Kingdom of Netherlands in Berlin.

Embassy Lab is a prototype for experimenting with future functions of embassies in the current age of EUization, globalization and digitalization.

Embassy Lab Happy Health is developed by Hybrid Space Lab together with the Embassy of the Kingdom of The Netherlands Embassy in Berlin and Kingdom of The Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs in The Hague.

Workshops, Lectures & Symposia Embassy Lab @ Kingdom of The Netherlands Embassy, Berlin, Germany & Kingdom of The Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs, The Hague, The Netherlands, 2014~2021

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