Immerse your urban future enabled by wearable technology
15-06-2016 :: The Leuven Institute for Ireland in Europe, Janseniusstraat 1, 3000 Leuven, Belgium

Organizer: DSP Valley

Urban areas are melting pots for new opportunities.  They function as connecting points for people who live, work, meet and enjoy their spare time at the same place. In this way, urban areas represent the getting together of the known past and the unknown future.  People are eager to adopt new products and services which make their life, work and spare time more enjoyable and efficient. These new features will make them more resilient to future and often unknown events.
Wearable technology can enable these products and services.  However, to apply wearable technology  and to realize new solutions for citizens in urban areas cooperation between citizens, innovators, technology experts, policy makers and other stakeholders is key.

So, let us start with our collaboration

On June 15th  2016, DSP Valley initiates a new Fast Track to Innovation in cooperation with its Flemish and international partners. This fast track innovation aims at speeding up the innovation process by adapting cross-sector and cross-discipline collaboration.  The first step is to think big by defining moonshot projects which can then be transformed into concrete and realistic projects that lead through a facilitated process to conceptual ideas, prototypes of new products and/or new services ready to be launched. Achievements in which we all believe and which are invaluable to pursue if we want to realize our moonshot ideas.

How do we start?

On June 15th we embark on this innovation journey.  Experts from the business areas of mobility, health, nutrition, retail, sports and other sectors are brought together in a facilitated moonshot workshop.  This workshop will deliver moonshot ideas as answers to the key question: ”How can wearables enhance quality of life in urban areas?”

What is next?

Through a sequence of inspiration sessions, workshops, hackathons and matching events we will further elaborate on the moonshot ideas, give insight into concrete projects in specific domains and develop spider-consortia which can set up projects and make those ideas happen. Follow on activities which are already scheduled are:

  • 16/6/2016: Leuven - Build partnerships with Smart Systems experts (DSP Valley B2B Forum). More information:
  • 17/6/2016: Leuven – Learn from experience: personalized healthcare on the interface of nano-electronics and life science
  • 27/6/2016: Beringen – Moonshot project on the interface of biking and wellbeing
    More information:
  • 23/8/2016: Leuven – From moonshot ideas to concrete concepts.
  • 20/10/2016: Gent – Inspirational Workshop: Wearables for sports
  • 18/11:2016: Leuven – Hackathon Wearables for sports
  • Tbc: November 2016: Follow up workshop smart systems in health
  • Tbc: November 2016: Follow up workshop smart urban systems for mobility

Why do you have to join this journey? 

It is about your future!  It is highly innovative.  You will cross borders and develop invaluable partnerships with motivated, likewise thinking people.  We therefore would like to cordially address this invitation to people whose belief it is that active collaboration is the key for shaping our urban future and who are eager to find an answer to a key question: “How can wearable technology enhance our quality of life?”

First encounter:

June 15th, 2016: The Leuven Institute for Ireland in Europe, Janseniusstraat 1, 3000 Leuven, Belgium: 12-8pm. Please find a complete outline of our event program standing below.
In the event of any queries from your part concerning our event please do not hesitate to contact us.

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Draft Program

12:00 - 13:00 Registration and Lunch
13:00 - 17:00 Innovation workshop - Towards moonshot project
  Objective: This workshop will initiate a “Fast track to innovation”, a facilitated process to speed up innovation through cross-sector, multi-disciplinary collaboration. This workshop focuses on the following key question: “How can wearable smart systems enhance the quality of life in urban areas”.  This project will lead to some ideas for ”moonshot projects” which will be further co-elaborated during the subsequent phases of the “Fast track to innovation”
17:00 - 17:30
17:30 - 19:00 CLINES: Why Smart Cities ? Why now ?
  Objective: Within the CLINES project Aalborg University, DSP Valley, GAIA and BICCnet developed a joint action plan to drive the development of smart system applications for smart cities forward. This action plan will evolve into the SmartCityTech partnership. A partnership which will mobile all international stakeholders involved in smart systems for smart cities.  This workshop will justify why it is worth joining this Smart City journey through 4 short presentations
  • A view on European Smart City Cases
  • The Clines Joint Action Plan – Peter Axel Nielsen (Aalborg University)
  • From Clines to Smart City Tech – Mark De Colvenaer (DSP Valley)
  • Smart Cities? Why Now – Prof. Dr. Pieter Ballon (VUB)
19:00 - ... Walking dinner
  Objective: Enjoy Belgian food and informally network with other Smart City stakeholders in the gardens of the Leuven Institute for Ireland.  During the walking dinner the Moonshot Ideas developed during the afternoon will shortly be pitched.

CLINES project

This event is co-organized by DSP Valley (BE), Aalborg University (DK), GAIA (ES), Tecnalia (ES), BICCnet (GE) as part of the CLINES project.  This project received funding from the European Unions Seventh Framework Program for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement no 320043.  With this event the CLINES consortium aims at sharing the knowledge built through the project and hand over this experience and deliverables to the SmartCityTech partnership a follow on initiative aiming at driving the development of new applications for urban areas enabled by smart systems.

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