Emer Beamer founded Designathon Works in 2014 to empower children globally to design a better world. Previously she co-founded Butterfly Works to co-create social change with young people in the Global South. The eLearning programs she co-created, ‘the World starts with Me’ (Uganda 2004) and ‘Learning about Living’ (Nigeria 2007) have been adapted for 15 countries in Africa and Asia and won prizes from the United Nations. Her very first social enterprise was NairoBits, a web design school for young people from informal settlements of Nairobi. What began as an art project in 2000 is now a family of schools in 5 African countries with graduates securing jobs in the formal tech sector.
Emer was elected as an Ashoka Fellow in 2016, and a Global Innovator of Dubai Expo 2020. She holds a Bacherlor of Commerce from University College Dublin and studied Design at the Rietveld Academy. The connecting principle in her work is empowering learners to learn by becoming the author, creator and maker of their own world.
School of Creative Leadership, an international post graduate program in creativity, innovation and leadership.
University of Amsterdam, Netherlands
Youth participation in NGO’s
Gerrit Rietveld Art Academy, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Design (graphic / web / interaction)
University College Dublin, Ireland
Bachelor of Commerce