InnoDays 16, 17 & 18 November
In many areas, we face new wicked societal problems which can only be solved when markets adapt. How do you change the way your company innovates in order to tackle these wicked problems today? How do you incorporate new development tools in successful products to meet sustainability, digitization and a higher level of experience? How do you use new technologies to create new values in order to render innovation more successfully? 15 webinars over 3 days are giving you an answer to these questions:
Tuesday 16 November 2021 • MyFutureProduct
New products need to answer the strong, rising demand of digital, more sustainable products and business models. Development methods and tools need adaptation to address these new focuses, while at the same time allowing to speed up the time-to-market even more.
9h00: Agility in innovation to maximize speed
Bert Verbruggen, Program Manager for Project ONE at imec
Yorick Koumans, Project Manager Product Innovation at Beacon
Tom Stefels, Partner at Beacon
To accommodate innovation for the societal problems because of the Covid pandemic, we had to adapt the way we innovate. Together with imec we developed a novel platform for disease detection within 9 months. Learn how the Verhaert Group organized this ambitious project using the 80% rule and a high-risk/high-gain strategy to do the “almost impossible”.
9h30: Edge Computing, AI & IoT enabling truly new applications
Joris De Lamper, Business Development Manager Services – Digital Innovation at Verhaert
Dany Robberecht, Director Strategic Innovation at Verhaert
How can you create opportunities by combining edge computing, AI and IoT? How do you make them successful? During this session we share learnings from early adopters for the late majority to keep up with or even overtake the innovators.
9h55: Gear up your products for sustainability
Laurent Houtsaeger, Coordinator MechLab at Verhaert
Finally, we’re seeing momentum in the market to focus on the ecological side of products. Which engineering decisions have to be made and which options are available when designing green(er) products? How do you approach sustainable product design practically? If you didn’t start yet, it’s time to get in front of the curve as new legislation will be coming soon.
10h25: Design for all senses
David Pas, Coordinator DesignLab at Verhaert
The next leap in user interaction shouldn’t be limited by the current sensory experiences: tactile, visual and auditive. The future is multisensory aligning the existing senses and adding new sensory experiences like aroma. Let’s dive into how today’s technologies allow us to create and measure the effectiveness of multisensory experiences.
10h50: The perfect brew. The perfect serve. The perfect product.
Frederik Wouters, Director Business Development & Board Member at Verhaert
The perfect delivery process can stimulate further premiumization and personalization. Why will future products be destined to go beyond the edge in serving your drink, dosing your soap or cleaning your dishes? AI will help in identifying the unidentified parameters. Parameters that defined the uncertain and variable outcomes to get it really right, to get it perfect.
Wednesday 17 November 2021 • MyTechnology
Robots, connected products, AI-enabled MEMS and longer battery life designs are new key technologies for market-leading companies. Each of them brings new design challenges to enable to new applications. Development approaches and strategies have shifted accordingly to meet these new challenges.
9h00: Robotic innovation, the intersection of our digital & physical realm
Michiel Celis, Business Development Manager Services – Product Innovation at Verhaert
Model-driven engineering isn’t the sexiest term to use in meetings, but drop “digital twin” and you’ve got everyone’s attention. The development of complex systems like robotic manipulators and AGVs uses empirical data gathering and theoretical modelling. Let’s explore the opportunities and pitfalls of virtual and hybrid prototyping techniques combining advanced system modelling and testing in real-life.
9h30: IoT cloud architecture
Pieter Zuliani, Operations at Pegus Digital
Creating a secure, solid, scalable and connected digital product backbone requires a lot of expertise and effort. This session will cover topics ranging from device provisioning, data collection and dashboarding, to connection and mobile end-user interaction.
9h55: High-current battery-powered handheld devices
Jan Buytaert, Consultant PhysicsLab at Verhaert
Christophe Van Bavinchove, Coordinator PhysicsLab at Verhaert
Moving from corded to cordless battery-powered handheld devices can be a challenge in high-current drain and high-battery discharge cycles. We discuss the successful development of an example device that is on the limit of the current battery technology, focussing on the development and testing strategy.
10h25: Technology building blocks as benefit for agility in development
Dirck Seynaeve, Program Coordinator at Verhaert
Using standard designs optimizes the development process for reusing key components and applications as well for systems using several components. Your projects will benefit from this method by reducing development times and lowering risks. This leads to more focus on the criticalities, and in the end a better product and happy customer.
10h50: Creating true smart homes & appliances powered by edge AI
Niels Verleysen, Consultant AILab at Verhaert
Today’s smart home devices and appliances are not really smart, it’s the cloud that is smart. This approach limits the possibilities of these devices and gives rise to privacy concerns. We’ll discuss how edge AI can be employed to solve these problems and more.
Thursday 18 November 2021 • MyInnovationFactory
Organizations will only solve world problems by developing new methods for new markets. Covid pointed it out clearly. Organizations need to adapt their IR&D structure and talent to accommodate new challenges opposed from new occurring market needs or even new markets. Now even more than ever before, tailoring organization to a specific innovation focus is a prerequisite, whether IOT, personalised medicine or sustainability.
9h00: CASSINI, European Commission’s new initiative to support innovative entrepreneurs
Pieter Deleye, Business Development Manager Services – Strategic Innovation at Verhaert
Tomas Jonsson, CASSINI Space Entrepreneurship Initiative at European Commission
CASSINI has the ambition to put European new space and space back on the map by creating a new market space of both upstream (e.g. nanosats, launchers, etc.) and downstream (e.g. products/ services enabled by space data) companies.
9h30: Systemic design, a framework for tackling wicked problems
Ornella Torres Melkebeek, Consultant DesignLab at Verhaert
Benoit De Vrieze, Consultant OpenLab at Verhaert
Unveiling the why’s, what’s and how’s of systemic design. Why do wicked problems need a custom framework? What are the differences between system thinking and design thinking? Where do they meet? How do you apply the systemic design framework? Which tools can you use?
9h55: Finding the balance between user, (adjacent) market & technology
Bart Van Remortel, Senior Product Manager Energy at Niko
Launching a successful product that fills the needs of the customer, has a large market potential and is technically feasible is a bumpy ride. Multiple iterations and lots of communication is a necessity to get to the right solution. Act with the end in mind: continuously validate the iterations with the end-user and potential sales channels to start with a successful launch from day 1.
10h25: Lean start-up, a method to increase your success rate of innovation
Quintijn Innikel, Owner at Beacon Masters in Innovation
Successfully launching new products in new markets with new usage by new companies is extremely risky. What can corporates learn from start-ups? How to adopt their methods?
10h50: N=1/R=G The driving formula for collaborative innovation
Koen Vriesacker, Consultant OpenLab at Verhaert
In the network economy, mastering innovation means mastering collaboration. In this session, we cover why (or when) you should approach innovation in an open and collaborative way. We highlight the main pitfalls and best practices and provide a couple of typical organizational set-ups that actually work.