On 25 November 2015 the EIT Digital Innovation Day took place, in the Conference Centre High Tech Campus, Eindhoven. The Day showcased a mix of activities that addressed students, industrials, entrepreneurs, researchers, decision makers, academics, technology scouts, investors and everyone who has a passion for digital innovation.
Innovation Day examined and showcased how the latest advances in health and wellbeing, energy, privacy & security matters, the public space, the huge pool of big data and the iot can be turned into sustainable businesses. The day was not only packed with visitors but also with activities tapping into the interest of the diverse audience. Looking back, one may state that the Day was successful, attracting more than 200 visitors and press.
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Patrick Essers, Node Director of EIT Digital the Netherlands, welcomed the guests and he kicked off the Day with a short introduction. Then the conference track started with a mind blowing key note on tech trends by market analyst and trend watcher Rob Creemers. In an up tempo he took the audience through mega trends and developments, to show where we are today and where it’s likely to lead us tomorrow. Disturbing…and challenging...
After the avalanche of tech trends, the companies Bosch, TomTom, Philips and NXP, all partners of EIT Digital, showed a tip of the iceberg on their strategy on their company vision and strategy on future trends in digitization. Check their presentations:
Bosch presented by Ildiko Suveg, Color scientist and vision specialist
NXP by Wouter Leibbrandt, Senior Director Systems and Applications
Philips by Reinder Haakma, Senior Director, Principal Scientist at Philips Research
TomTom by Hans Aerts, VP Software Development
Final Idea Challenge 2015
The final of the Idea Challenge in Health and Wellbeing 2015 was embedded in the Innovation Day Eindhoven. 10 competing Idea Challenge finalists battled each other with a sharp 5 minute pitch on stage; before a live audience and an expert panel. One could feel the nerve racking tension on stage as there was a lot in stake to win one of the 3 prizes. Prizes include a guaranteed place in the European Business Accelerator plus seed money. Hence, to be selected out of 81 European startups meant already to be a splendid achievement and the subsequently pitching in front of a 200+ audience went together with that. Of course it was not only the art of the pitching performance that defined the winners. The expert panel had a FAQ in a separate room with each finalist. And the 3 winners were: 1 st prize: DAMAE Medical, 2nd prize: SENSOLUS, 3rd prize: 7Mind GmbH
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The exhibition showcased a broad perspective of activities popping up out of diverse EIT Digital action lines. Several activities of the Action Lines Education, Health and Wellbeing, Smart Spaces, Cyber Physical Systems, Privacy Security & Trust activities next to startups took the floor exhibiting their innovations. In total 24 stands lined up at the lively and dynamic networking floor of the exhibition.
Adjacent to the Innovation Day, the Investors’ Dinner took place in restaurant the Lounge at the High Tech Campus. EIT Digital Investors’ Dinner provides access to funding to a selected number of startups from the accelerator. It is a select matchmaking happening where investors and top-notch startups meet each other in a speed-date manner. Founders meet up with potential financial backers in a confidential environment and have the chance to present their businesses and make important new contacts. A total of 12 investors and 16 startups shared the meal together making the ambiance of doing business a personal and effective experience.
Startups were: Capio, Dink, Elitac, Idea Challenge Winner DAMAE Medical, Kite Robotics, Media Distillery, MediWatch, Minze, Mobyface, Proctorexam, Revisely, Security Matters, Sjoprz, Sketchdrive, Synergetics, Wellmo