April 5 2017 | Open Innovation for all.
Hack Belgium becomes free for individuals

Brussels, 06 April 2017 – Hack Belgium, the biggest Open Innovation Festival in this country, gives everyone the opportunity to start a new business, a non-profit organisation or a spin-off that contributes to a better Belgium.  For that 500 free tickets are made available today for students, researchers, individuals and start-ups.

Meaningful work, an environmentally friendly economy and good education. These are the top answers Belgians give when asked how they imagine Belgium in the future. Over the last year the Hack Belgium team conducted research with individuals, companies and (trade) associations, and identified 14 challenges where Belgium needs to do better.

To solve these challenges on 4, 5 and 6 May 1000 people will ideate solutions, team up and launch new projects. 200+ experts will add business and technology knowledge to make sure these projects have financial legs to stand on.

Organizers have already sold over 300 tickets to companies and individuals who want to make Belgium and their own business better.  Enterprises and governmental organisations like BNP Paribas Fortis, Proximus, MSD, INNOVIRIS, Elia, DEME, Athlon, EDF Luminus, and IBM are supporting the event and taking part in it.

Now Hack Belgium is extending an open invitation to 500 students, freelancers, professionals, startups and all other motivated individuals to come and hack Belgium for free.

“Participants will have free access to a 3-day process that takes them from an idea to an actual project,” says Leo Exter, Chief Energizer at Hack Belgium. “To help them, there will be more than 200 of Belgium’s brightest and creative minds, 12 emerging technologies like AI, robotics and drones to play with and dozens of business experts to bring about solid business models.”

“It’s not a walk-in kind of event though,” reminds Leo Exter. “It’s a process that has a beginning, a middle and an end. That’s why we ask participants to engage themselves for the whole 3-day journey of rewarding work and great fun.”

Individuals, organisations and companies interested in participating in Hack Belgium can purchase tickets or register for free on hackbelgium.be.

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