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Holis was founded by Maxim Dedushkov in 2014 but the idea of interdisciplinary learning was born around 2010. Maxim was heading the design agency of Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design in Budapest. He was running client-facing projects with teams of university students and realised quickly that designers are not capable of doing everything (despite some of them claiming the opposite). Thus the idea of a project-based interdisciplinary learning experience was born.

Maxim had to wait 4 years to put his idea in practice when he became the Head of Research and Education at Design Terminal, a governmental organisation to support the Hungarian creative industry. With the generous support of this organisation and an exciting opportunity in a small Hungarian town, Kőszeg, Holis started.

The first Holis focused on the future scenarios for an old felt factory, which at the time was suffering from a 90% loss of income due to the rise in popularity of synthetic felts. As a result of the solutions that Holis participants helped to identify and implement, the felt factory now has new owners, new products, and other thriving business activities. Since then we’ve been working on many social challenges in many places around Europe.

Early Childhood Development System in Visegrad Region

Early childhood experiences affect the development of brain architecture, which provides the foundation for all future learning, behavior, and health. How might we improve the system of early childhood development in the Visegrad Region?

Live Online Sessions
October-November 2021
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Open School for Village Hosts

Training programme to connect the rural pioneers, across Europe to share their knowledge & create a community around village hosting.

Online Platform / Study visit at Grottole, Italy
March - August 2023
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HOLIS SCHOOL: Building resilience of NGOs

What lies ahead for NGOs and non-profit organizations on a local (global) scale? How does the cultivation of a flexible yet resilient organizational culture impact daily operations? How can we support them?

Centrum Veronica Hostětín / Czech Republic
27th of August - 4th of September 2023
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Revitalizing Economic and Social Fabrics

We partnered with CLARA - Center for Rural Future to revitalise the economic and social fabric of the Odemira Region in Portugal

Sabóia, Portugal
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Rural social innovation

In 2018 we explored what are the challenges of rural Poland and what can we do about them.

Sobole, Poland
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Community and business

We partnered up with Spomlek, a local cheese factory and asked ourselves: how a local business can serve the community around it?

Sobole, Poland
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Future of a castle

Interdisciplinary teams developed future scenarios for the reconstruction of the ​Rákóczi-Bánffy castle which was built in the 15th century.

Gyalu, Romania
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Ageing opportunities

We focused on the issues and opportunities inherent in ageing, with the support of international experts and team facilitators. The aim was to give long term solutions to keeping senior citizens economically and socially active with the help of design.

Ajka, Hungary
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Future of a felt factory

The first HOLIS was organized in July 2014 in Kőszeg, Hungary. The participating university students and fresh graduates explored the possible future scenarios of an old felt factory which by the time lost the 90% of its market.

Kőszeg, Hungary
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Few alumni

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Product designer
Robert Raimann
Gdansk, Poland
Media design
Evelin Horváth
Budapest, Hungary
Furniture designer
Amira El Shawarby
Cairo, Egypt
Consultant, project manager
Alvaro Valls Boix
Market research analyst
Szvetlana Juhász
Budapest, Hungary
Product design
Bálint Eckhardt
London, UK
Industrial Design/ Speculative Design
Dominika Majewska
Eszter Horváth
Budapest, Hungary
Product designer
Zsolt Sarkadi
Budapest, Hungary
Service designer
Mishell Orta
Milan, Italy
Bence Bán
Budapest, Hungary
UI/UX Designer
Daniela Haas
Cologne, Germany
Service Systems Design
Simona Mancusi
Copenhagen, Denmark
Architect and graphic designer
Sára Dányádi
Budapest, Hungary
Vype Activation Manager at British American Tobacco
Dóra Németh
Budapest, Hungary
Service Designer at Cocomore
Miriam Schmalen
Cologne, Germany
Cultural anthropology
Lili Varga
Budapest, Hungary
Industrial design
Tamara Lašič Jurković
Ljubljana, Slovenia
Áron Miszlivetz
Budapest, Hungary
Landscape architect
Enikő Tóth
Gyöngyös, Hungary
Innovation Consultant & Agile Coach
Jennifer Pauli
Leipzig, Germany
Ágnes Marczinkó
Budapest, Hungary
Karolina Sielicka
Warsaw, Poland
Luca Elek
Budapest, Hungary
Curatorial Practice
Kasia Zawada
Glasgow, UK
Graphic Designer
Panna Júlia Petró
Budapest, Hungary
UX designer and researcher
Zsófia Czémán
Vienna, Austria
Design student
Jarmila Martinková
Ede, Netherlands
Zoltán Takács
Bratislava, Slovakia
Maciej Budzisz
Lodz, Poland
Andrea Vâță-Diénes
Integrated Design / Landscape Design
Shumin Luo
Cologne, Germany
Social designer
Eliza Chojnacka
Vienna, Austria
Urban planner
Zsuzsa Czeiz
Budapest, Hungary
Creative Direction
Sandra Dernbach
Cologne, Germany
Communication specialist
Mónika Simon
Budapest, Hungary
Project manager
Eszter Kalóz
Berlin, Germany
Founder at Stilblog
Petra Hoffmann
Budapest, Hungary
Project engineer
Melánia Gál-Joó
Cluj-Napoca, Romania
Product Designer
Michał Kociszewski
Łódź, Poland
Erdenejargal Rinzaan
Budapest, Hungary
Artist, Freelance Graphic Designer
Daniel Kozma
Budapest, Hungary
Service designer at Globant
Silvia Romano Redondo
Madrid, Spain
Visual communication
Adrienn Gréta Schönberg
Art history
Beáta Bordás
Human Centred Design, Ergonomics
Robin Hancock
Bristol, UK
Product and Industrial Design
Tamara Olbrys
Warsaw, Poland
Architect at Paradigma Ariadné
Dávid Smiló
Budapest, Hungary
Event manager
Bettina Alscher
Budapest, Hungary
Preservation of Cultural and Architectural Heritage
Anna Regina Enyedi
Innovation & Service design
Fei Feng
Beijing, China
Architect at Paradigma Ariadné
Szabolcs Molnár
Budapest, Hungary
Graphic design
Hermina Csala
Service Designer
Collyn Cooper
Düsseldorf, Germany
Customer Experience Designer at O.P. Holdings
Hitomi Tachikawa
Tokyo, Japan
PhD student
Monika Favara-Kurkowski
Warsaw, Poland
Integrated Design / Communication Design
Sophia Nan Wu
Cologne, Germany
Strategic Product Design
Gunjan Singh
The Hague, Netherlands
Service Design
Amber Francis
Savannah, GA, USA
Service Designer
Pieter Overgoor
Copenhagen, Denmark
E-commerce entrepreneur
Aniko Brachmann
Budapest, Hungary
Business Development Director & Brand Specialist
Beatriz Segura Garcia
UX team lead at Emarsys
Zsuzsanna Polgár
Vienna, Austria
Project manager
Zsófia Anna Rutkai
Budapest, Hungary
International studies
Zsófia Méhes
Berlin, Germany
Fashion and textile designer
Zsófia Papp
Budapest, Hungary
Programme Manager at Prime Minister's Office
András Stefanik
Budapest, Hungary
Service Design
Marta Salas
Madrid, Spain
Strategic Service Designer
Mani I
London, UK
Innovation & service design
Meijin Li
London, UK
Product Designer
Fanni Csöbi
Düsseldorf, Germany
Mathematical Modeller at Hungarian Academy of Sciences
Beáta Tünde Szabó
Budapest, Hungary
Production Coordinator
Katarzyna Witkowska
Katowice, Poland
Sadaf Uddin
London, UK
Strategic Designer
Sara Galan
Mexico City, Mexico
Sustainable Design Consultant & Facilitator
Justyna Turek
Ludmiła Lesisz
Warsaw, Poland
Experience Designer at Mirum Agency
Larasati Larasati
London, UK
Business analyst
Andrea Szilágyi
Augsburg, Germany
Head of Global Marketing at OnRobot
Nóra Bereczki
Budapest, Hungary
Anikó Bakos
Architect at Paradigma Ariadné
Attila Róbert Csóka
Budapest, Hungary
Pattern designer and illustrator
Lili Veszprémi
Budapest, Hungary
Digital Design
Miriam Loos
Amsterdam, Netherlands
Anna Diósy
Budapest, Hungary
Business Analyst
Katalin Zsuzsanna Nagy-Szabó
Budapest, Hungary
Product designer at Frontíra
Zsófia Elek
Budapest, Hungary
Project manager
Magdolna Györgyei Szabó
Attila Ágoston
Service Designer
Zsófia Szatmári-Margitai
Innsbruck, Austria
Architectural designer
Csaba Szalai
Budapest, Hungary
UX Designer
Karina Rachwał
Wrocław, Poland
Communication & PR
Sarolta Lapohos
Fine Arts
Sarah El-Haddad
Cairo, Egypt
User experience researcher, design strategist & speaker
Archie MS
Atlanta, USA
Customer Success Manager
Iwona Kastunowicz
Warsaw, Poland
Design Engineer at Delft Hyperloop
Maciej Zawierucha
Delft, The Netherlands
Media & Communication / Urban Studies
Monika Domanska
Gdynia, Poland
Account manager at Mito
Anna Mészár
Budapest, Hungary
UX Design
Gábor Suhajda
Budapest, Hungary