iRail started around September 2008 as the mobile website that still exists today (www.irail.be). Yeri Tiete ("Tuinslak") noticed there was no mobile alternative for the NMBS/SNCB site and decided to create it himself. The idea of iRail was to provide a simple interface to quickly look up train departure times in Belgium.
In January 2011, the iRail NPO was established. iRail is now much more than just a mobile website. They are specifying an API for anyone to implement or use, and are further developing the iRail site and the accompanying BeTrains applications for various platforms. Some other projects, like BeLaws, found a place under the iRail NPO umbrella as well.
The iRail members continue developing the mobile website and applications. Furthermore, they advocate for the benefits of open data, for example by organizing or attending events and workshops.
At TEDxUHasselt both Yeri Tiete and Pieter Colpaert will be speaking.
Tom Demeyer is most known for his work and dedication at the Union for Students in Flanders (VVS), as board member and later as chairman, he had serious influence on higher education in Flanders. After finishing his studies Tom went to work at VOKA, a network of entrepreneurs in Flanders.
During his time at VVS, Tom found out that the new generation of students are very keen on working with new and noteworthy tools and social networks during their studies. Yet most universities and professors are not used to teaching in a way that is adopted to those new technologies.
Tom Demeyer has his own views on how those millenium students should receive their education and how social media and new technology has an impact on that. He will present those ideas in his talk at TEDxUHasselt. He also pitched those ideas at the Indigo conference this year in his presentation "generation now".
Koen Delvaux describes himself as someone who combines market and technology insights to discover new business opportunities. Converting ideas into winning projects by bringing people and partners together is his speciality.
He has 16 years experience of managing innovative projects, 11 years of telecom experience and 6 years experience in internet marketing.
In 2010 he founded mobile phone operator Mobile Vikings, for which he served as chief marketing officer.
At the moment he is CEO of MedeMerkers, a social media consultancy company.
Clo Willaerts is a longtime internet- and media professional with expertise in mainly online and offline media, online communities, viral marketing and social media.
She wrote the book "The Conversity Model" and is business unit manager of conversity.be, which focuses on tracing and influencing the impact of digital channels on consumers' brand preferences and buying decisions. Her advices are based on her in-depth experience with social media.
She organizes Brussels Girl Geek Dinners, writes a personal blog (www.bnox.be) and writes for targetwomen.be.
Dr Ann-Pascale Bijnens received her PhD in Pharmacutical Sciences in the year 2000, at the Catholic University of Leuven. After graduating she worked as a post-doc researcher and assistant professor at the Universtity of Maastricht, Cardiovascular research institute.
In 2007 she founded the Tech Transfer UHasselt, an organization that forms the link between the academic world and the industry.
She is a board member of several groups including NV Ondernemerstalent, NV wetenschappark Limburg and several Hasselt University spin-offs.
Jan Borchers is full professor of computer science and head of the Media Computing Group at RWTH Aachen University in Germany, after holding faculty positions at ETH Zurich and Stanford University.
He is interested in human-computer interaction, in particular interfaces for smart environments, ubiquitous, wearable and physical computing, user interfaces for personal fabrication and rapid prototyping, interactive exhibits, and time-based media such as audio and video. He has published the first book on HCI design patterns, several book chapters, and over 100 articles at ACM conferences such as CHI, UIST, ITS and DIS, and in journals such as ACM interactions, IEEE Multimedia, and others.
His group is Germany's best-published research group in terms of archival publications at CHI, the premier international conference on Human-Computer Interaction, and received several awards at recent CHI conferences. In his spare time, he enjoys creating interactive gadgets and playing jazz piano.