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MyMachine is a unique collaboration of all educational levels to create dream machines invented by kids.


3 educational levels co-creating: 1] Primary schoolchildren invent (IDEA) a 'dream machine'; 2] together with university students they design a CONCEPT for it; 3] and together with students from technical/vocational secondary schools they build a WORKING PROTOTYPE.

MyMachine. Small Dreams, Big Ideas.

Sir Ken Robinson, Creativity Expert
“We need inspirational, practical examples of the vitality of creativity, the dynamics of collaboration and the power of possibility. That's exactly what you'll find in this inspiring work of MyMachine”

Sir Ken Robinson, Creativity Expert

MyMachine is a unique inter-generational co-creation process: in one school year: 

  1. Step1: Primary School Children invent a “dream machine” (IDEA). Anything goes, as long as they really, really want it. 
  2. Step2: University Students (engineers, product designers, digital designers etc.) step in to translate that into a CONCEPT. 
  3. Step3: Technical Secondary Students make a WORKING PROTOTYPE. 

While collaborating as peers, the students can use the expertise of local corporations & organizations that share a common view on STE(A)M, creativity, entrepreneurship, project-based, maker-centered learning. 

MyMachine is an organised free haven in the education system in which students learn that having ideas is important and what it takes to bring an idea to life.  

Our mission:

The MyMachine Global Foundation is a non-profit organisation eager

  • to make an impact on communities around the world by enabling young people to drive their own futures, to become the self-motivated, problem solving, creative, self-employed or team workers that companies, organisations and the world are looking for;
  • to make an impact on all students involved by bringing them 21st-century skills that will serve them for life. When students see that what’s happening in the classroom can impact the real-world, they see their education in a whole new light. They learn how they can contribute to society, rather than just be a consumer of it;
  • to make an impact on teachers and professors involved and show them how, through project-based learning in an open education context, they can contribute to better the education system;

by bringing our unique, multi-award winning and proven MyMachine 3-step methodology around the globe, to strong local driven partnerships. And of course because it’s so much fun to bring your dream machine idea to life!

The Challenge

We are at the beginning of a revolution that is fundamentally changing the way we live, work and relate to one another, which the World Economic Forum now calls The Fourth Industrial Revolution. 

One thing is clear: the old knowhow is failing short. Twenty years into this century, we need new answers, new ideas, new concepts. And these come from people who are confident to use their imagination, to think outside of silos and to be inspired by the possibility to improve our society; for some it is an idea for a solution in their personal life or in their community, while others come up with a solution for a global challenge. But where do these people get their ideas from? The answer is, they are in and around us. It is up to us to open our eyes and minds to it. 

It is very wrong to say that only a handful of intelligent, brave and lucky women or men are capable of being successful in bringing new ideas to life. The problem is that most of us have never learned this at school or in our homes, and we most likely work in an environment that doesn’t allow new ideas to pop up and grow.

These challenges we face today require a fundamental change on how we prepare students for their adult lives. The challenge is that many people when they graduate, infected by the outdated 200 years old context of the education system, have lost the ability to understand how they can be creative, problem solving team-players and how to take on an idea and bring it to life. That’s because we still run systems where mistakes are the worst thing you can do. 

In times like these, it is not just important to look for short-term ideas, but it is imperative to invest in long-term solutions. The most powerful one would be to give young students -in a safe environment like education- the possibility to express their ideas, no matter what (small, big, personal, global) and learn how to bring those ideas to life. 

This would mean we start preparing a new generation that is not afraid to give ideas the time to grow, even if the idea in the beginning is challenging or sounds impossible. The important reason behind it is this: just like in the upbringing of children, if -as a parent- you don’t do the effort of listening to the -probably inconsistent- stories of your six year old, your child will most certainly not confide in you when they become teenagers and adults to come to you with the important stuff. Same goes for schools: if we do not succeed in running an education system in which young students can work on their own ideas, without putting them down as “stupid”, “nobody wants this” etc., then they will most likely not grow up to become the engaged change makers we need.

Read MyMachine Co-Founder Piet Grymonprez's article for Arianna Huffington's Thrive Global: click here to go to this article.

Read our book with foreword by Sir Ken Robinson

What Is Your Dream Machine? How Children Change The Education System Worldwide  

out now worldwide and in many online stores, including Amazon: find your copy here:

Impacting more then 11 thousand students on 4 continents

While still growing the model, MyMachine has reached out to schools in Belgium, France, Portugal, Slovenia, Slovakia, Norway, USA, India, Mozambique, Ecuador, Mexico and South Africa. We are currently prospecting potential new chapters in Brazil, USA and Finland.

MyMachine is endorsed by a.o.:

  • United Nations WSA
  • The New York Academy of Sciences
  • Harvard University
  • Sir Ken Robinson
  • Tom Vander Ark
  • Sir Richard Branson
  • Peter Gamwell
  • The William & Flora Hewlett Foundation
  • The European Foundation Centre
  • Agoria Belgian Technology Industry Federation
  • Voka Chamber of Commerce Belgium


  • United Nations World Summit Award
  • Reimagine Education Presence Learning Gold Winner Award
  • HundrED Innovator 2020
  • Designmanagement Europe Award
  • Lern Award
  • Belgian Chamber of Commerce Award
  • Most Entrepreneurial Higher Education Institute in Flanders (Howest for MyMachine)
  • Best Flemish Project bridging Economy & Education
  • Entrepreneurship Ambassador of the Province of West-Flanders.

MyMachine was founded by Filip Meuris, Jan Despiegelaere and Piet Grymonprez.

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