Techruption Kickoff at Brightlands Smart Services Campusjanuary 29, 2017
On Friday, January 20, 2017, the Techruption kick-off was held. This new community is made up of small and large enterprises and organizations, start-ups and academic institutes working together to build further on technological innovations in blockchain and artificial intelligence, and on new smart solutions to fight climate change and its effects. This new community is part of the ecosystem at the Brightlands Smart Services Campus in Heerlen. Taking the lead in these efforts are TNO, BISS Institute (consisting of Maastricht University, Zuyd University of Applied Sciences, and Open University), APG, the Province of Limburg, and the Brightlands Smart Services Campus.
The kick-off consisted of a plenary program in the Brightlands Smart Services Campus auditorium, followed by various parallel break-out sessions. The organizations contributing content during the kick-off included TNO, BISS Institute, APG, Accenture, IBM, Eneco, PGGM, Rabobank, Monax and the Brightlands Smart Services Campus.
The event was opened by Willem Vermeend, former minister and currently the Fintech Special Envoy for the Ministries of Economic Affairs and Finance. Vermeend is affiliated with the new community as the chairman of the Techruption Advisory and Program Council.
Willem Vermeend: “Over the course of time, the topics of artificial intelligence, blockchain and climate change have attracted an increasing amount of attention from start-ups, knowledge institutes and businesses. In spite of this, these stakeholders rarely join forces. The Techruption initiative offers a unique opportunity to unite the various initiatives and enable them to flourish within an ecosystem. The result of this will be strength, synergy and accelerated change. This initiative will make Brightlands Smart Services Campus the ultimate breeding ground for concrete, practical applications in these fields.”
Peter Verkoulen, CEO Brightlands Smart Services Campus: “This new initiative gives added momentum to the Brightlands Smart Services Campus that was recently set up to build an ecosystem designed to stimulate open innovation in the fields of smart services and data science. It will make the connections between business, knowledge institutes and start-ups even closer. Additionally, it will create new opportunities for cross-over activities between the Brightlands campuses themselves. Together with Brightlands Chemelot Campus, the sustainability of production processes through digital transformation, among other things, will also be examined. This area offers tremendous opportunities, also within the context of the plans for Chemelot 2025.”