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fontys pulsed culture

Embrace student writing in her notebook
Peter Biekens & Scott Ruigrok at the Master event - Engineer of the future
A big audience applauding during the Pulsed celebration event

why we exist

The world we live in is evolving every second. Our society is being changed fundamentally by the impact of the internet, connected economies and disruptive technologies. But the institutions supposed to prepare the youth for this quantum shift - our schools still seem to be stuck in the status-quo.

That’s why we were born.

what we do

Through our immersive educational programs, hackathons, workshops and expeditions, we create ambitious learning environments to help students, educators and professionals unleash their full potential.

Our curriculum is never finished.

how we do it

We don’t obsess about passive text-book teaching. We practice design-based learning. We believe in radical collaboration, open-ended challenges, practice based research, rapid prototyping, failing forward and agile working.

Education is our passion.
Design is our process.

risk takers
+
rule breakers
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game changers
Peter Biekens and his colleagues from Fontys are working on the new Pulsed - Master DTE.

pulsers

We are a team of interdisciplinary, international education re-designers at Fontys based in the Brainport region, known as the world’s cradle for innovation.

Meet the team.

jochemjochem

Jochem Goedhals

coreteam

  • educational designer
  • teamlead

A founding partner, Jochem strongly believes that schools should be anything but boring, that’s why he set out on a mission to totally re-design the learning experience. A fast multitasker, his energy is contagious and very hard to miss. When not designing workshops or iterating curriculums, he uses his degree in engineering to build stuff, like a very own family-caravan to escape into free nature.

jochemjochem

Jochem Goedhals

coreteam

  • educational designer
  • teamlead

A founding partner, Jochem strongly believes that schools should be anything but boring, that’s why he set out on a mission to totally re-design the learning experience. A fast multitasker, his energy is contagious and very hard to miss. When not designing workshops or iterating curriculums, he uses his degree in engineering to build stuff, like a very own family-caravan to escape into free nature.

peterpeter

Peter Biekens

coreteam

  • educational designer
  • program lead - master dte

A specialist in creative problem solving skills, called Brainnovation, Peter instinctively knows what’s needed in the design process. When not building Pulsed, he loves exploring the beautiful hills of Nijmegen on his mountain bike, of course with some good music for company.

erikerik

Erik Frey

coreteam

  • educational designer
  • program lead - associate degree & (re)boost

Calm on the outside, a full speed idea factory inside, Erik possess a 24hr creative mentality. He truly believes in empowering his students by helping them uncover the true talents hidden in their authenticity.

lornalorna

Lorna Minkman

coreteam

  • philosopher
  • personal and professional identity expert

A seasoned coach with expertise in personal and professional identity, Lorna’s focus lies on talent development and personal growth. A philosopher, passionate reader, writer of children’s books and a happy granny with flair for knitting, She strongly believes that every human is unique and is capable of transferring this uniqueness for a better world.

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Elkie Blokhuis-Oerlemans

  • personal and professional identity expert
  • program lead - empower

As a personal identity and development coach, Elkie loves to see her students get to know themselves better and achieve things they thought they couldn’t. Her own coaches described her as a calm, structured person with great sense of humour. In her free time she enjoys going on walks with her family, reading books and kicking arse in tennis.

daveydavey

Davey Smulders

  • art director
  • graphic designer

A Graduate in Digital publications and Multi-media graphic design, Davey’s interest lie at the intersection of advertising, print publications and product design. As a kid his passion for drawing fuelled him to explore the myriad possibilities in graphics. Now, more a native of creative cloud, he can still sometimes be seen with a pencil sketching new tattoo designs to expand his collection of self-designed ink. When not behind a screen, he’s always up for some Urbex (Urban exploring) across the border or going out with friends to discover new and interesting beers.

steffiesteffie

Steffie Ballemans

coreteam

  • educational designer
  • design-based working expert

A driven educational designer with solid degrees in fine art, design and education, Steffie blends art and technology effortlessly. When not encouraging her students to push the boundaries, she loves exploring Europe with nothing more than her motorbike and a tent. Fun Fact: Not a day goes by when she doesn’t wear a brooch from her crazy collection.

sandrasandra

Sandra Bedaf

coreteam

  • practice-based research expert

An enthusiastic researcher with a passion for human robot interaction, Sandra has a background in Industrial Design Engineering and a PhD in care robotics. Outside of Pulsed you’re likely to find her at a local theatre; in the audience as well as on stage with “de bend van Oz”. Dancing and singing make her extremely happy.

jeroenjeroen

Jeroen Keijzers

coreteam

  • business innovation expert

Being a driven and analytical innovation management & business expert, Jeroen has his roots in the intersection of industrial engineering and industrial design. As passionate as it gets, whether it comes to coaching students, practice-based research or challenging multi-stakeholder projects, Jeroen gets it done. When it’s time to put his mind to rest, he is always fond of playing board games, taking care of his ever-growing collection of plants or seeking the thrill in rollercoaster rides.

zeynepzeynep

Zeynep Gürsel

  • art director
  • graphic designer

Zeynep finds inspiration in society and its ways of communication. With her roots in Graphic Design, she wrote her masters dissertation on social media usage and addiction. She was born and raised in the transition era that had the last chance to taste the ‘romantic’ and non-digital ways of communication without the internet. Amazed by the duality of existence in both worlds, she strives to make her work both physical and digital. Before 2007 you didn’t know her, today you can find her @zepzey. Aside from designing, she loves sharing Turkish sayings and a furious game of ping-pong.

stellastella

Stella Lo Giudice

coreteam

  • digital technology expert

Innovation and technology enthusiast, driven Biomedical Engineer, Stella has a strong passion for wearable devices, smart algorithms and data analysis. Her goal is to make innovation accessible to students and let them experience the potential of the techn-world we live in. When she is not nerding around, you can most likely find her at the gym lifting weights, or in the kitchen unleashing her Italianness.

gertgert

Gert van der Stelt

  • educational designer
  • personal and professional identity expert
  • program lead - embrace

Having worked as an English teacher, personal coach, surfing instructor, educational designer and publisher, Gert has been active in different fields that all come together at Pulsed. His strengths lie in having genuine interest in every person he speaks to, creating safe spaces to develop in, and sharing the enthusiasm he naturally has. Often times you can find him outside where he surfs, bikes, climbs or peacefully lays in the grass, dreaming away.

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Linn Kennes

  • organization expert
  • teamcoach

Why do we do the things we do and how can we improve them? As a team and organization coach Linn is all about optimizing processes, improving the way of working and setting up clear, lean and mean structures. Her knowledge and background in communication makes for a solid base so she can get everyone aligned and on the same page. When Linn is not structuring others she’s working on projects in and around her own house, plowing around the garden and going on crazy adventures with her little kid.

jopjop

Jop van Laanen

  • maker & prototype expert

A real hard-to-the-core technical guy, always busy creating new tools and improving everything he gets his hands on. Meet Jop, the critical but sometimes stubborn, soon-to-be graduated electrical engineer with a special talent of consistently finding the right solution to the problems related to his hardware-based mindset. With a background in industrial automation and product design, Jop now builds anything from prototypes to full-on toolkits and constructions to better the environment and technical knowledge of the students. When he finally puts down the tools, you’re likely to spot him on his outside walk, either with or without the scouting kids he guides, or in the local bar having a blast with his friends.

susannesusanne

Susanne van den Wildenberg

  • educational designer
  • program lead - empower vo/mbo

A driven educational designer who loves to spark the energy to get processes going! Susanne is a creative thinker but also a pragmatic doer. Once the goal for change is set, she is determined to achieve it. With a wide range in educational roles and responsibilities from the front end to the back end she now steps into the game of pulsed. When she is not guiding students or connecting to new co-creators, you will find her cooking a lovely meal or dreaming about the next mountain to climb.

mathijsmathijs

Mathijs van Gageldonk

  • product & service designer

One with a broad educational background in construction & architecture, anatomy & physiology and design. Mathijs always had his focus on combining these assets in the context of social design. He believes designing for the people and to strive for a better society is one of the most important aspects of design. Now an expert in the field of makership and product design you can still find him outside of work enjoying cinematic masterpieces or playing board games with friends, preferably with a good crafts beer. It is the aspect of creativity, storytelling and attention to details, what he finds interesting.

Jochem Goedhals

jochemjochem

coreteam

  • educational designer
  • teamlead

Peter Biekens

peterpeter

coreteam

  • educational designer
  • program lead - master dte

Erik Frey

erikerik

coreteam

  • educational designer
  • program lead - associate degree & (re)boost

Lorna Minkman

lornalorna

coreteam

  • philosopher
  • personal and professional identity expert

Elkie Blokhuis-Oerlemans

elkieelkie
  • personal and professional identity expert
  • program lead - empower

Davey Smulders

daveydavey
  • art director
  • graphic designer

Steffie Ballemans

steffiesteffie

coreteam

  • educational designer
  • design-based working expert

Sandra Bedaf

sandrasandra

coreteam

  • practice-based research expert

Jeroen Keijzers

jeroenjeroen

coreteam

  • business innovation expert

Zeynep Gürsel

zeynepzeynep
  • art director
  • graphic designer

Stella Lo Giudice

stellastella

coreteam

  • digital technology expert

Gert van der Stelt

gertgert
  • educational designer
  • personal and professional identity expert
  • program lead - embrace

Linn Kennes

linnlinn
  • organization expert
  • teamcoach

Jop van Laanen

jopjop
  • maker & prototype expert

Susanne van den Wildenberg

susannesusanne
  • educational designer
  • program lead - empower vo/mbo

Mathijs van Gageldonk

mathijsmathijs
  • product & service designer

external experts

When we need reinforcements or inspiration from the outside world, we know  who to count on. Our circle of closely connected external experts are top of the line in their respective fields.

Explore our community.

Ramon Vullings

Ramon Vullings

cross-industry expert & idea DJ

A renowned innovation consultant and an international speaker, Ramon is the author of 3 books on Business Creativity. An acting senior advisor to NASA, he has delivered inspirational keynotes at organisations such as Nike, Volkswagen, TEDx, Siemens, Rabobank & Audi. Read more at: ramonvullings.com

Camilla van den Boom

Camilla van den Boom

strategy expert & keynote speaker

Author, lecturer and a renowned speaker, Camilla has over 20 years experience in leading business strategy. After stints at Accenture, Andersen and Deloitte, she currently heads the strategy consulting firm Sturrm. More about her at camillavandenboom.nl

Yori Kamphuis

Yori Kamphuis

future technology expert & detoxer

Yori is among the select list of people considered essential to the Dutch start-up ecosystem. Awarded as FutureMaker50 (2018),101Greatest Nerds in the Country, Futurist of the Year (2013), he has mastered the art of founding start-ups. A renowned speaker on AI, Yori spends most of his time at ITvitae - a social venture committed to training people with autism to become IT Experts.

Nienke Fabries

Nienke Fabries

social entrepreneur & field guide

Nienke aims to blend the outside world and higher education. She developed the centre of expertise for social innovation and was the program manager for “Mentors of Rotterdam” - which grew to become one of the biggest mentoring programs in the Netherlands.

Rens van der Vorst

Rens van der Vorst

technology philosopher & lecturer

Rens is on a mission to help students, teachers and companies understand the impact of technology on our society. He is the author of “Smartphones are the New Smoking” and a renowned columnist for online journals such as cio.nl, bron.fontys.nl,emerce among many other platforms. Read more at technofilosofie.com

Lotte Geertsen

Lotte Geertsen

entrepreneurial expert & advisor

Director of the TMC entrepreneurial lab, Lotte is an eternal optimist with a passion for turning ideas into businesses. As an innovation architect, she develops future-oriented strategies, and is fully committed to building ecosystems for a better tomorrow.

Chirag Bhasin

Chirag Bhasin

brand & marketing expert

A multidisciplinary creative director with roots in copywriting, design and narrative media, Chirag has spent a decade+ leading brand comms for some of the biggest clients at top network agencies. Besides an obsession for detail and a yearning for slow-life, he’s known to possess a ridiculous propensity for soup. Read more at slowman.co

Scott Ruigrok

Scott Ruigrok

web designer & developer

Scott finished a bachelor in ICT, works on all ICT projects that support Pulsed, but still doesn’t like it when he is called ‘the IT guy’. He is working hard to change the stereotype that it brings. After having left Pulsed to diversify his experience he leaves the legacy of fontyspulsed.com behind, find more of his work on scottruigrok.nl.