iMinds The Conference - recap & presentations

The 2016 edition of iMinds The Conference, held on 28 April in SQUARE Brussels, brought together 1,300 digital minds to experience the bright opportunities of digital transformation. The full-day program featured 30+ renowned expert speakers, 50+ interactive demos of tech solutions by researchers and start-ups, and plenty of networking and consultation moments.

Demo Floor

iMinds The Conference was where research and business meet. Our vast exhibition floor invited researchers, industry experts, entrepreneurs and organizations to experience digital technologies and get a taste of the exciting tech solutions offered by some of iMinds’ expert researchers and most promising start-ups.

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Program and Presentations



Danny Goderis (CEO iMinds), Opening Keynote (PDF, 22,4MB)
Luc Van den hove (CEO imec), "The IoT Era" (PDF, 20,2MB)
Jamie Bartlett (author, 'The Dark Net'), Keynote (PDF, 6,6MB)


Plenary session "Data-driven economy"

Erik Mannens (iMinds), Data-Driven Economy (PDF, 13MB)
Paul Chong (IBM Watson), "Coping with Humans" (PDF, 7,2MB)
Steven Noels (NG DATA), "The Value of Customer Data" (PDF, 4,7 MB)
Toon Vanagt (, "Economic Value of Open Data" (PDF, 14,8MB)


Digital Manufacturing

Piet Verhoeve (iMinds)
Ger van den Kerkhof (Flanders Make), "The Digital Workplace" (PDF, 6,4MB)
Martin Hägele (Fraunhofer IPA), "Robots as Co-workers in Flexible Manufacturing" (PDF, 8,3MB)
Kurt Debbaut (LVD), "Industry 4.0: The Tool" (PDF, 14,3MB)
Dennis Vandenbussche (RS Print), "3D Printing for mass customization, a trigger for more effective care and service" (PDF, 17,6MB)


Digital Trust

Jan Adriaenssens (iMinds), Digital Trust (PDF, 1,3MB)
Gerdy De Clercq (Baloise), "Digital trust in Insurance: mission impossible in times of IoT & Big Data?" (PDF, 5,3MB)
Florian Kerschbaum (SAP), "Privacy in the Internet of Things"
Estelle Massé (Access Now), "The Value of our Data" (PDF, 562KB)
Bart Preneel (iMinds), "Crypto Wars Revisited" (PDF, 15,6MB)


Building International Companies

Sven De Cleyn (iMinds), Introduction (PDF, 1,5MB)
Nick Stafunski (UBI Global), "Measuring Incubation Impact Globally" (PDF, 3,7MB)
Daniel Michel (EIT Digital), "Financing your international expansion" (PDF, 2,7 MB)
Jeroen De Wit (Teamleader), "Building an International Scale-Up" (PDF, 19,8MB)
Jan Dheedene (d!NK), "Customer-fuelled Growth"


Plenary session "Everything connected"

Thomas Kallstenius (iMinds), "Lessons from the pioneers: how to connect things and make them smart" (10,6MB)
Piet Demeester (iMinds), "Connect, Deliver, Act" (PDF, 69,2MB)
Stijn Melis (NIKO), "Switch to Smart" (PDF, 6,5MB)
Kathleen Philips (imec), "Building an Intuitive Internet of Things" (PDF, 38,6MB)
Dominique Leroy (Proximus), "Everything Connected: how to connect things and make them smart"


Closing plenary

Philippe Muyters (Flemish Minister) & Lieven Danneels (Chairman iMinds).