Innovation Hub Launch Highlights

4 June 2016

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On 2 June, SingularityU The Netherlands was officially opened in Eindhoven by Queen Máxima, in the presence of numerous representatives of the corporate community, government, innovators, and experts, who will be showcasing their technology at the Innovation Hub, an essential part of SingularityU The Netherlands.

The Hub will feature interactive displays of more than 65 examples of the most recent technological innovations that will soon have a far-reaching impact on our world. Almost half of these are Dutch inventions. During a tour of the premises, the queen was introduced to food scanners, nano satellites, DIY drones, solar-powered and self-driving cars, laboratory-grown meat, personal robots, VR & brain headsets, and a Refugee Response Center.

Diederick Croese, CEO and co-founder of SingularityU NL, says “Working from the Innovation Hub, we aim to involve as many people as possible, so that they can experience the possibilities offered by exponentially developing technology. As a center for innovation, the Netherlands will be able to discover solutions using new technologies that could have an impact on the entire world.” Other members of the SingularityU The Netherlands team include Yuri van Geest (CXO), Jim Stolze (CSO) and Maarten den Braber (COO).

The Netherlands was chosen thanks to its strong entrepreneurial spirit and flourishing start-up scene. Singularity University sees the Netherlands as a strong technical ecosystem in Europe. In addition, a large and active group of alumni lives here: more than 300 Dutch executives have completed a training program at Singularity University in Mountain View.

Partners that support the mission of SingularityU The Netherlands
Right from the opening, several leading Dutch institutes in a variety of public and private sectors such as TMG, Deloitte, Philips and KPN, have decided to become a partner of SingularityU The Netherlands.

  • Geert-Jan van der Snoek, CEO of TMG, says, “We take great pride in acting as both a Founding Partner and a Media Partner of SingularityU The Netherlands. Our collaboration will be visible in the future through various TMG brands, particularly in De Financiële Telegraaf.
  • Peter Bommel, CEO of Deloitte Nederland, says, “Deloitte is proud to be a founding partner of SU NL. By entering into a three-year partnership with SU NL, we will be joining forces to build a strong and innovative country.
  • Janine Vos, CHRO of KPN says, “KPN is aware of the impact created by digital technology applications on our society and considers SingularityU The Netherlands an important link to help us stay in touch with these developments.
  • Hans de Jong, CEO of Philips Benelux, says, “Philips aims to contribute to a healthy and sustainable world by having a positive impact on people’s lives and retaining its position as a renowned player in the medical sector, particularly in the field of digital technology. We are pleased to be associated with innovative movements such as SingularityU The Netherlands.

Images of the official opening by Queen Maxima on 2 June: https://www.flickr.com/photos/ter-burg/albums/72157668831445021

Images of the public opening of the Innovation Hub on 4 June: https://www.flickr.com/photos/ter-burg/sets/72157668903451691