Dave Hakkens (born 1988) is a Dutch industrial designer. He gained fame with his two graduation projects: Phonebloks, a concept for modular telephones, and Precious Plastic, a movement to develop and promote machines and organizations for plastic recycling. Hakkens is seen by many as an example of a new generation of designers who have set themselves the goal of improving society by sharing knowledge.
In 2009, Hakkens graduated from Sint Lucas Academy in Boxtel, after which he graduated cum laude from Design Academy Eindhoven in 2013.
Hakkens gained fame with his two graduation projects: Phonebloks, a concept for modular telephones, and Precious Plastic, a movement to develop and promote machines and organizations for plastic recycling.
He also created "The Dust Ball", which is a honeycombed spherical cleaning robot for public spaces. John Pavlus of FastCompany called it "a cute, clutter-eating robot that looks like a futuristic vacuum crossed with a Tribble," and said Hakkens's best idea was to make the outer shell strong and flexible enough that you can push or kick it out of the way.
The Toilet 2.0 is a lighter and stronger toilet made of Corian, with water jets using grey water. Charlie Sorrel of Wired called the Toilet 2.0 concept a modern take on the old-fashioned WC, and said it collects waste water from the bath and sink and stores it to use for flushing.
Esmée Denters (born 28 September 1988) is a Dutch singer and YouTube celebrity. Having started promoting herself as a musician online in 2006, she covered songs by artists, including Justin Timberlake and Natasha Bedingfield. By mid 2008 she became one of the first music artists to exceed 100 million views on YouTube. Denters was signed by Timberlake as the first artist to his label Tennman Records. In May 2009, she released her debut studio album, Outta Here, and toured the United States with Timberlake. After the label dropped her, Denters moved to London, where she competed in BBC One's The Voice UK.
Denters was born in Arnhem, Gelderland, The Netherlands. Denters lived in Westervoort next to Arnhem until she was fifteen, when her family moved to Oosterbeek, Gelderland. She graduated from high school in Arnhem in 2006 and subsequently attended the HAN University of Applied Sciences where she was working towards a Bachelor of Social Work until she dropped out in her first year in February 2007 to join Tennman Records.