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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.

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Landscape architect
Enikő Tóth
Gyöngyös, Hungary
Innovation & Service design
Fei Feng
Beijing, China
Communication specialist
Mónika Simon
Budapest, Hungary
Designer
Maciej Budzisz
Lodz, Poland
Service designer at Globant
Silvia Romano Redondo
Madrid, Spain
Brand manager
Júlia Eszter Ürmösi
Cluj-Napoca, Romania
Architectural designer
Csaba Szalai
Budapest, Hungary
Design Engineer at Delft Hyperloop
Maciej Zawierucha
Delft, The Netherlands
Business Administration
Merle Niester
Vienna, Austria
Service Designer
Zsófia Szatmári-Margitai
Innsbruck, Austria
Strategic Product Design
Gunjan Singh
The Hague, Netherlands
Theology
Anna Diósy
Budapest, Hungary
Product and Industrial Design
Tamara Olbrys
Warsaw, Poland
Innovation & service design
Meijin Li
London, UK
UI/UX Designer
Daniela Haas
Cologne, Germany
Artist, Freelance Graphic Designer
Daniel Kozma
Budapest, Hungary
UX Design
Gábor Suhajda
Budapest, Hungary
Project manager
Magdolna Györgyei Szabó
Hungary
Programme Manager at Prime Minister's Office
András Stefanik
Budapest, Hungary
PhD student
Monika Favara-Kurkowski
Warsaw, Poland
UX designer and researcher
Zsófia Czémán
Vienna, Austria
Design and Innovation consultant
Eliana Vargas
Quito, Ecuador
Co-founder at LAVOR
Sarolta Szonja Molnár
Budapest, Hungary
Industrial Design/ Speculative Design
Dominika Majewska
Kolding, Denmark
Social designer
Eliza Chojnacka
Vienna, Austria
Urbanism
Emese Burista
Louvain, Belgium
Product design
Bálint Eckhardt
Budapest, Hungary
User Experience Researcher at GE Transportation Lab
Archana Mani Srinivasan
Atlanta, USA
Service Management
Kitija Matisone
Copenhagen, Denmark
Engineering Project Manager at Hello Wood Group
Nóra Láng
Budapest, Hungary
Experience Designer at Mirum Agency
Larasati Larasati
London, UK
Event manager
Bettina Alscher
Budapest, Hungary
Product designer at Studio Rygalik
Gabriela Szałańska
Warsaw, Poland
Researcher
Áron Miszlivetz
Budapest, Hungary
Architect
Beáta Bartha
Cluj-Napoca, Romania
Industrial, Product Design
Dan Pikalo
Ljubljana, Slovenia
E-commerce entrepreneur
Aniko Brachmann
Budapest, Hungary
Architect
Zoltán Takács
Bratislava, Slovakia
Product Designer
Michał Kociszewski
Łódź, Poland
Architect at Paradigma Ariadné
Szabolcs Molnár
Budapest, Hungary
Graphic designer
Karolina Styczeń
Cracow, Poland
Geoinformatics
Karolina Sielicka
Warsaw, Poland
Luca Elek
Budapest, Hungary
Singer
Andrea Vâță-Diénes
Romania
Consultant, project manager
Alvaro Valls Boix
Elche, Spain
UX team lead at Emarsys
Zsuzsanna Polgár
Vienna, Austria
Bence Bán
Budapest, Hungary
Vype Activation Manager at British American Tobacco
Dóra Németh
Budapest, Hungary
Customer Experience Designer at O.P. Holdings
Hitomi Tachikawa
Tokyo, Japan
Architect
Erdenejargal Rinzaan
Budapest, Hungary
Industrial Designer
Simon Izidor Rozman
Ljubljana, Slovenia
Human Centred Design, Ergonomics
Robin Hancock
Bristol, UK
Communication in Social and Economic Context
Vitalia Safronova
Berlin, Germany
Architect at Paradigma Ariadné
Dávid Smiló
Budapest, Hungary
PhD student
Zuzana Waszczuková
Bratislava, Slovakia
Digital Storyteller Designer at Yello Strom GmbH
Miguel Lobato
Mexico City, Mexico
Integrated Design / Landscape Design
Shumin Luo
Cologne, Germany
Innovation Consultant & Agile Coach
Jennifer Pauli
Leipzig, Germany
Strategic Designer
Sara Galan
Mexico City, Mexico
Architect
Attila Ágoston
Romania
Architect at Paradigma Ariadné
Attila Róbert Csóka
Budapest, Hungary
Service Designer
Pieter Overgoor
Copenhagen, Denmark
Graphic design
Hermina Csala
Romania
Google Ads Specialist at Majorel
Lóránt Korodi-Vass
Romania
Service Designer
Collyn Cooper
Düsseldorf, Germany
Project manager
Eszter Kalóz
Berlin, Germany
Preservation of Cultural and Architectural Heritage
Anna Regina Enyedi
Romania
Biology
Enikő Molnár
Romania
Architect and graphic designer
Sára Dányádi
Budapest, Hungary
Mathematical Modeller at Hungarian Academy of Sciences
Beáta Tünde Szabó
Budapest, Hungary
Service Designer at Cocomore
Miriam Schmalen
Cologne, Germany
Account manager at Mito
Anna Mészár
Budapest, Hungary
Business analyst
Andrea Szilágyi
Augsburg, Germany
Media & Communication / Urban Studies
Monika Domanska
Gdynia, Poland
Head of Global Marketing at OnRobot
Nóra Bereczki
Budapest, Hungary
Market research analyst
Szvetlana Juhász
Budapest, Hungary
Fashion and textile designer
Zsófia Papp
Budapest, Hungary
Designer at ChemAxon
Gábor Lukács
Budapest, Hungary
Product designer at Frontíra
Zsófia Elek
Budapest, Hungary
Communication & PR
Sarolta Lapohos
Romania
Art history
Beáta Bordás
Romania
Digital Communications Manager at Legrand
Tamás Ádám Vedres
Budapest, Hungary
Integrated Design / Communication Design
Sophia Nan Wu
Cologne, Germany
Ludmiła Lesisz
Warsaw, Poland
Product designer
Zsolt Sarkadi
Budapest, Hungary
Industrial design
Tamara Lašič Jurković
Ljubljana, Slovenia
Architect
Márk Kendernay
Bath, UK
Project engineer
Melánia Gál-Joó
Cluj-Napoca, Romania
Philosophy
Bence Makkai
Cluj-Napoca, Romania
Furniture designer
Amira El Shawarby
Cairo, Egypt
Media design
Evelin Horváth
Budapest, Hungary
Textile design
Petra Debnárová
Berlin, Germany
Service Design
Marta Salas
Madrid, Spain
International studies
Zsófia Méhes
Berlin, Germany
Designer
Eszter Horváth
Budapest, Hungary
Finance
Ágnes Marczinkó
Budapest, Hungary
Urban planner
Zsuzsa Czeiz
Budapest, Hungary
Ecology
Anikó Bakos
Romania
Cultural anthropology
Lili Varga
Budapest, Hungary
Pattern designer and illustrator
Lili Veszprémi
Budapest, Hungary