General information for ENOLL, Eurocities and ICF visitors

This side programme is only applicable for international guests

Hereby we gladly invite you to participate in the Connected Future Conference 2014 (CFC 2014), organized by e-Society Platform, Municipality of Eindhoven and the Province of North-Brabant. On Wednesday 29 October 2014 hundreds of conference visitors will gather in Eindhoven, elected as “the worlds’ smartest region” in 2011, to get inspired and to mobilize the further progress of digitalization.

Advancing digitalization of our society is of great importance for a new economic growth perspective, a healthy and affordable welfare level and a sustainable society. At the same time we have to safeguard our security and privacy, by identifying and managing possible threats. Digitalization touches upon all of this and it would be senseless to have individual sectors take on this problem in isolation. To fully make use of the possibilities of digitalization and have the implementation run efficiently it is of great importance that government, science and business join forces and jointly create a new and sustainable future. CFC2014 shows how sectors can cooperate to create a new future!

The conference day will start off with a warm welcome from the Vice-President of Brainport Development; Joep Brouwers. After this, there is a field visit to the Andromeda Apartment Building; one of Eindhoven’s Smart Living examples, so you will see how digitalization can change living conditions. Next is a talk with an open discussion with ICF co-founder Louis Zacharilla. Following this you will enjoy a great lunch, before continuing with a masterclass by Geert Duysters (Professor Entrepreneurship and Innovation at Tilburg University) on building alliances between quadruple helix partners. Later on we will be inspired by surprising Open Data business cases by René Paré (director MAD Emergent Art Center), after which we debate about them. We conclude the conference with a drink, before continuing to the international-invitees dinner. During this dinner Bob van Oosterhout (Sports Marketing-entrepreneur) will give a spectacular lecture at Strijp-S, a former Philips industrial site transformed into an inspiring Living Lab, in the presence of the Mayor of Eindhoven, Rob van Gijzel. For more information (including timetable) on the Conference Schedule visit this page (hyperlink naar Engels programma).

Members of the networks of ENOLL, Eurocities Knowledge Society Forum and the Intelligent Community Forum will be present during this conference. Moreover we hope to welcome other international visitors to this conference. To make sure you get the most out of the day use this link to see who is going to the conference and schedule appointments with each other!