Plenary sessions

22 June 10:45-12:00 hr

Official Opening Industrial Technologies 2016- Creating a Smart Europe

Conference chair: Richard Engelfriet

In the plenary conference opening diverse speakers will emphasise the actions that need to be taken to accelerate the European pace of adopting the 4th industrial revolution. Ineke Dezentjé Hamming-Bluemink will welcome all participants on behalf of the Dutch technology industry. After that speakers will talk about the Netherlands EU Presidency, the role that SMEs play in a smart Europe, the importance of innovation ecosystems for the growth of businesses, the vision of the European Commission on the future of the European industry. Finally His Royal Highness Prince Constantijn of the Netherlands will enter the stage.

Keynote speakers


22 June 16:45-17:45 hr

Industry 4.0 - A Global versus European perspective

Industrial leaders around the world are digitising essential functions within their internal and vertical operations process, as well as with their horizontal partners along the value chain. In addition, they are enhancing their product portfolio with digital functionalities and introducing innovative, data-based services. Companies are expecting a dramatic increase of their overall level of digitisation, from 33% rating themselves as advanced in 2015 to 70% in 2020.

Industry 4.0 describes the journey which industrial companies are taking towards a complete value chain transformation. At the end of this transformation process, successful industrial companies will become true digital enterprises, with physical products at the core, augmented by digital interfaces and data-based, innovative services. These digital enterprises will work together with customers and suppliers in industrial ecosystems. These developments will fundamentally change individual companies, as well as transform market dynamics across a whole range of industries.

The question is how Europe can consolidate in the best way to create the highest added value to customers and suppliers?

Read more: PwC Study Industry 4.0: Building the Digital Enterprise


23 June 8:30-9:30 hr

6 Myths of Global Innovation

  • Richard Engelfriet, conference chair
  • Max von Zedtwitz, Director, GLORAD Center for Global R&D and Innovation, Professor at KTU, Tongji University, GGS Heilbronn, ESC Grenoble, University of St. Gallen, Tsinghua University

23 June 16:00-18:00 hr

Inspirational lecture

17:00 hr Presentation for the Policy Agenda for Creating a Smart Europe

24 June

New companies for a smart Europe

In this session startup facilitators and several start-ups will share their experiences and lessons learnt.

Keynote speaker of this session is Sigrid Johanisse, Director StartupDelta. She will give an inspirational speech about how StartupDelta created an attractive ecosystem for startups in the Netherlands. The overall goal of StartupDelta is to establish a thriving and competitive ecosystem in the Netherlands, listing a top 3 position in Europe on the Global Startup Ecosystem Ranking. The StartupDelta team is working on empowering the Dutch startup ecosystem. Together with Special Envoy Neelie Kroes, they are smoothing the path on the way to Europe’s largest and most successful startup ecosystem.

Different startups will give inspirational elevator pitches about their company and developed products. Finally, in this session the Industrial Student Challenge teams will give short pitches about the results they came up with for the different challenges that had to solve during the conference. Guido Dierick, Executive Vice President and general counsel of NXP, will present the award to team that came up with the best solution.