In today’s insanely fast, highly uncertain, multi-disciplinary economy no company can stay at the crest of the innovation wave on its own.
Every company – no matter how small or large – has to build and maintain an ever-growing network of partners, and remain aware of new opportunities at all times, both in its current sector and across the entire economy.
However, networking and opportunity scouting are hard work. To make that work easier, together with BECI (Brussels Chamber of Commerce) we created Hack-and-Cheese: an event where innovation professionals can do both.
With the first successful trial under the belt, we’re now kicking off the new series of Hack-and Cheese as part of our season of professional-grade events for innovators.
WAIT, WHAT IS THAT HACK & CHEESE THING AGAIN?
About 60 innovation professionals from the private sector (established companies of all sizes and startups), from government and from academia will come together. They will compare notes on the challenges that keep them up at night, and on the opportunities they see – and figure out where collaboration would be meaningful.
The basic formula is very simple:
– Two hours on Friday at lunchtime (from 11:30 till wine and cheese run out) at Cercle de Lorraine in Brussels.
– A quick buffet lunch.
– Introduction to the day’s topic by a Hack Belgium Curator.
– Intense brainstorming and rapid-fire pitches.
– Networking over coffee. And cheese, obviously.
What makes this formula powerful is diversity of the combined network of BECI and Hack Belgium. And of course, the touch of Hack Belgium creative madness and “hacker” attitude guarantee a superlative ideation session and truly outstanding networking.
To give an example: earlier this year, nearly 70 people worked together on promising new ideas at the very first Hack-and-Cheese Mobility event led by Professor Doctor Cathy Macharis (head of Mobility lab at the VUB).
Among them were public transport operators (De Lijn), insurance companies (Touring), payment providers (MasterCard), mobility app creators (Poppy), government folks and a few technology transfer people (UAntwerp and VITO), even a couple of engineering (Tractebel) and technology (IBM) companies.
OK, I’M SOLD. WHAT ARE THE DATES AND THE TOPICS?
NOVEMBER 16, 2018
Why energy? We urgently need to speed up the shift toward a cleaner, CO-neutral energy system – but we must do so without compromising on affordability and reliable supply.
Who should join: Energy companies, energy users (chemical and transportation companies), construction and infrastructure companies, regulators and government, scientists in battery tech, bioscience, data scientists, engineers, etc. etc…. you get the picture.
DECEMBER 14, 2018
Our shared responsibility today within the entire healthcare sector, is to effectively and sustainably deploy such healthcare innovations for the benefit of all layers of society.
Who should join: Healthcare professionals active in all levels of care, health-tech and digital health engineers, technologists and entrepreneurs, biotech and pharma professionals, medical scientists, healthcare administrators, policy makers, regulators, e-health professionals, health insurance professionals etc.
UTILITIES (water, waste, energy)
JANUARY 18, 2019
Utilities – they’re the companies that keep our households functioning. Switch off water and energy, stop managing sewage, and we’re back in the dark ages.
Who should join: Water companies, electricity companies, construction and infrastructure companies, regulators and government, NGOs & startups active in the field, scientists & engineers etc.
FEBRUARY 8, 2019
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MARCH 8, 2019
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HOW DO I GET IN?
All Hack & Cheese events are free. They are – however – invitation-only.
If you’d like us to invite you, hit the invite me button below.