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Admission requirements

The course is open for all students that are enrolled in the LDE Minor Frugal Innovation for Sustainable Global Development.


The importance of Frugal Innovation has begun to thaw; people, companies and governments are exploring and grasping the importance of embedding society within business practice to achieve longer-term survivability and positive growth prospects. The question for this three day bootcamp is how you can design an inquisitive and explorative process to tackle your field assignment. It will be the first time that the groups for the field assignments will work intensively together. Therewith the bootcamp is an important stepping stone towards a more precise formulation of your field assignment and getting the experience of working in a multidisciplinary group. At the end of the course, you present your outcomes to experts in the field. This is a high-paced, innovative course that allows you to apply your skills. As such, be prepared to work fast and think creatively!

Course objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Define a problem by using a user story

  • Apply creative problem solving methods to generate unexpected ideas

  • Critically assess identify the riskiest assumptions underpinning your solution

  • Develop a proposal to test your assumptions during your field assignment

  • Present and pitch their solutions to real multiple (real) stakeholders

  • Reflect on the experience of working in a group consisting of diverse backgrounds



22, 23 and 24 September 2020.

Mode of instruction

Assessment method

Evaluation of presentations and intermediate and final written assignments. Details will be presented in the syllabus for the minor.




Inspection and feedback

Reading list

Scientific and professional papers and teaching cases, to be provided or indicated via Brightspace.


You register for this course through uSis, Leiden University.
Registration via uSis is verplicht.

Information about uSis website

Inschrijven voor vakken en tentamens

Registration Studeren à la carte en Contractonderwijs

Registration Studeren à la carte.
Registration Contractonderwijs.
Not applicable.


If you have questions about this course, please contact the course coordinator Ir. Sjoerd Louwaars,, or send an-email Minor Frugal Innovation
Onderwijsadministratie: Reuvensplaats


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