We’re super excited to announce that imec will be at Hack Belgium 2019 (28 › 29 › 30 March) in full force with several workshops and activities in the Science & Technology Experience Zone. They’ll also be taking a closer look at the teams taking part in Hack Belgium to discover possible candidates for the imec.istart business accelerator.
Imec is the world-leading R&D and innovation hub in nanoelectronics and digital technologies. As a trusted partner for companies, startups and academia they bring together brilliant minds from all over the world in a creative and stimulating environment. By leveraging their world-class infrastructure and local and global ecosystem of diverse partners across a multitude of industries, imec is accelerating progress towards a connected, sustainable future.
What will imec be doing at Hack Belgium and who from imec is attending?
Tap into imec’s expertise in City of Things
Jan Adriaenssens, director of imec’s City of Things initiative, will give a Tech Inspiration Workshop on day 1, sharing his expertise and insight.
Technology has always been used by individuals, governments, corporations and other innovators to improve life in cities. We now live in an age where the next (industrial/urban) revolution is taking place, mainly driven by radical advances in artificial intelligence and the internet of things. But what is (and/or should be) the impact on public life, and public space? How should we design real solutions in smart cities (and how not)?
Experience the power of biosensors with Love 2 the Beat
This experience in the Hack Belgium Experience Zone is all about connections. See how you and your friends and teammates biologically connect and determine the love heartbeat. Do our hearts find the same rhythm when we touch, look in each other’s eyes? Is there a difference between couples, friends or family? Can we help one another to relax? Dr Love checks your compatibility based on an algorithm analyzing the synchronization of your hearts. The participants wear noise cancelling headphones and the imec Chill+ on similar wrists. The experiment itself takes about 2 minutes.
User Testing with imec.livinglabs
imec.livinglabs offers researchers and entrepreneurs the chance to co-create and test their innovative solutions thoroughly with their target audience and stakeholders. The involvement of the end users at an early stage of the development process makes it possible to tailor the innovation from the outset to real needs, habits, attitudes and contextual factors. In that way products and services are better and have every chance of success on the market.
You can visit Olivier Rits and Sofie De Lancker from imec.livinglabs in the User Testing zone for advice and mentoring about how to involve users in your design process and how imec could help you in this regard. They’ll also be giving a workshop on how to work with users on day 2 of Hack Belgium. Finally, if you’re excited about technology and digital services imec will invite you to join their user testing panel.
See you in the User Testing Zone!
Life After Hack Belgium with imec.istart
Imec will be watching Hack Belgium with keen interest to see if there are any great candidates for their business accelerator, imec.istart. Serious teams with an excellent tech product pitch will be invited to imec’s offices for a thorough assessment and coaching session, to help you prepare your application to imec.istart. If you want to apply to imec.istart this is the best preparation you can get!
Imec.istart is there to help you launch your business idea successfully. The imec.istart program offers an initial financial injection (50,000 EUR pre-seed funding), professional coaching and mentoring, access to technology and working facilities, and access to a broad network of partners and investors. Since its launch in 2011, imec.istart helped more than 150 tech start-ups in diverse fields – ranging from multimedia and logistics to the healthcare sector – to develop into sustainable ventures. In 2018, imec.istart was granted first place in the European ‘Top University Business Accelerators’ ranking by UBI Global and was ranked fourth best in the world!
I’m PhD or Post-doc researcher at imec. Can I take part in Hack Belgium?
If you’re a PhD or post-doc researcher at imec and want to take part in Hack Belgium to explore entrepreneurial opportunities in your research, you can make use of the Imec ticket discounts (50% on the PRO ticket, more than 50% discount on the Student ticket). Ask Nadia Van de Maele at imec for your discount code. See you at Hack Belgium!