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Theme: Innovation

This event occurred on
February 8, 2019
6:00pm - 10:30pm CET
(UTC +1hr)
Mechelen, Antwerpen (nl)

Each of us has a choice to make at such a moment. Either passively, incomprehensible but also powerless, watching what is happening before our eyes. Either constantly exposing yourself to new information, exploring and understanding, and actively asking yourself how you can use this knowledge in your life. How to get ahead of the curve.
We are choosing for the second option, and will be organizing this TEDx conference for others who strive for the same. Not your background, your color, age or diploma are important, but the attitude with which you live. That unrelenting curiosity that typifies every TED (x) fan.
After all, our choice for "Innovation" also says something for the ambition level that we want to impose on ourselves. Every speaker must be able to outline the Innovation within his or her field in 18 minutes. If we won’t see our participants’ jaw drop from time to time, we cannot consider our mission a succes.

Stadsschouwburg Mechelen
Keizerstraat 3
Mechelen, Antwerpen (nl), 2800
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Frederik Imbo

Public Speaker & Owner @ Imboorling
Frederik Imbo studied theatre at the Royal Conservatory of Ghent and has acted in lots of television series. He became a Master Practitioner in NLP (Neuro-linguistic Programming) and completed a two-year course on ‘Transpersonal Coaching and Counselling'. Early on Frederik also explored Marshall Rosenberg's philosophy on 'Nonviolent Communication' at home and abroad. He founded Imboorling and now has over 15 years' experience in stimulating and supporting people. With the aim of improving their communication skills Frederik gives presentations, workshops, training courses and personal coaching sessions to anyone prepared to make their two ears available..

Jurgen Ingels

Founder @
Jurgen Ingels is the Founder of Clear2Pay, a leading payments technology company. Under his leadership, he grew the company to one of the world leaders in payment software with more than 1,200 employees in 14 countries and successfully sold the business to FIS in October 2014. Following the sale of Clear2Pay, Jurgen co-founded Smartfin Capital (private equity fund targeting late growth and scaling up tech companies), B-Hive (European Fintech Hub based out of Brussels) and In 2015, Jurgen also co-founded The Glue, a provider of infrastructure solutions for financial institutions. He currently holds Board positions at several technology companies such as Materialise (NASDAQ:MTLS), MariaDB, Itiviti, Trendminer, NGData, Guardsquare and Itineris among others.

Liesbet Geris

Professor @ University of Liège and Louvain
Liesbet Geris is Research Professor in Biomechanics and Computational Tissue Engineering at the universities of Liège and Leuven. Her research focusses on the multi-scale & -physics modeling of biological processes. Together with her team and their collaborators, she uses these models to investigate the etiology of non-healing fractures, to design in silico potential cell-based treatment strategies and to optimize manufacturing processes of these tissue engineering constructs. Liesbet is scientific coordinator of the Prometheus platform for Skeletal Tissue Engineering (50+ researchers). She has edited several books on computational modeling and tissue engineering. She received 2 prestigious ERC grants and rewards to finance her research. She is the current executive director of the Virtual Physiological Human Institute, she advocates the use of in silico modeling in healthcare through liaising with the clinical community, the European Commission and Parliament, regulatory agencies,....

Mark Pecqueur

Automotive Research Developer
Mark Pecqueur is teaching car-technology at the Thomas More Hogeschool and has a firm opinion around mobility. He sees it as his duty to innovatie the automotive industry as we know it today. He is active mostly around emission-free, autonomous driving cars. Mark follows the evolutions in the automotive industry from very close and likes to share his future vision with others.

Peter Van Riet

Designer @ Van Riet
Inventor, speaker, author, entrepreneur, innovator, thinker-out-of-the-box,… Passionate about surfing, snowboarding, Kung Fu,… The list goes on and on, but Belgian Peter Van Riet is probably best known as an internationally recognised designer and co-author of the book Create Meaningful Stuff. Recently, he said goodbye to his previous career as a creative consultant and industrial designer, inspired to change the way creativity is used in a modern consumption society. Eager to go back to his roots in search of the essence of design, he’s starting up The Journey. The Journey is a continuous search for alternatives, offering valuable products and honest marketing, with attention to sustainability. A search for function, beauty, shape, emotions,…

Steven Maes

Owner @ MotorMusic
Steven Maes has been experimenting with sound tools for the past twenty five years, using everything from lamp microphones to 360 video and Ambisonic immersive sound technology. Passionate about classical music, he has directed television programs, made hundreds of recordings and mastered CDs for popular music artists from Adamo to Lost Frequencies. His recordings have been praised in BBC Music Magazine Diapason and Gramophone. His DVD 392 (on Pieter Wispelwey’s recording of the Bach Cello Suites) was met with great acclaim. Classica selected his recording of Debussy’s La Mer (Brussels Philharmonic) as the best classical reference of all time. Recently he made recordings with London Philharmonic and London Symphony Orchestra, in 2016 & 17 Steven made two recordings that won the prestigious Echo Classic in Germany. Currently Steven owns MotorMusic studios in Mechelen and works at the Music Research faculty at PXL University College in Hasselt.

Organizing team


Mechelen, Belgium
  • Tom Proost
    Team member