By popular demand, we will be sticking to last year’s recipe for success. We will increase the size of the portions and make sure they are spread out over more time, so you can fit it all into your busy schedule:
Would you prefer just a taste, or to try the whole menu? You set your own pace during the Digital Connect Week. We will be providing exciting content for the daily programme (online sessions), and a digital platform – available all week – to connect with others when not attending sessions.
13:30 – 15:00
While a lot of companies start their digital journey by optimising processes to achieve higher operational efficiency, it is clear that becoming a digital company entails much more. It includes finding out how digital can help you create value for your customers, e.g. by offering digital services, by sharing insights from data, by exploring new business models, …
This sessions offers an insightful and inspiring keynote discussing possible routes companies can take to really reap the benefits of digitization, followed by a panel where our keynote speaker, Prof. Dr Ivanka Visnjic, is joined by 4 leaders from a diverse group of Belgian companies. While the panel shares insights from their experience, the audience can also pose their own questions.
This session is for everyone involved in strategy, development and sales of new (digital) products and services and the evolution towards a more digital company culture. For anyone who wants to understand what it really means to be a digital company.
Agoria welcomes you to the Digital Connect Week and presents how we are joining forces to accelerate the digitisation of Belgian companies, both during the Digital Connect Week and in the coming years.
Prof. Dr Ivanka Visnjic, ESADE
Digitalization is more important than ever. Yet, how to approach the digital technology is a question that keeps executives awake at night. The experiences of successful and unsuccessful manufacturers show that focusing on the right digital business models, at the right time, is the key that separates winners from losers. Moreover, successful companies start from the business models that ensure efficiency of internal operations and accountability of the supply chain but then proceed to the digital business models that allow them to innovate with the broader ecosystem. How to proceed along this journey? We´ll cover the key success factors in this talk.
Dewi Van De Vyver, CEO @ Flow Pilots
Mustapha Azzouzi, VP Connected & Sharing Solutions @ AW(TC) Europe
Stefan Top, Managing Director @ AVR
Marc Mertens, Technology Resources Manager @ Magotteaux International
13:30 – 15:00
Connectivity has become a cornerstone of society: people are interconnected and can always be reached. The same increasingly applies to devices and machines. 5G is the technology of choice in environments where wireless connectivity needs to be guaranteed. A good example is industrial production and logistics, where connected Internet of Things (IoT) systems form the basis for a more flexible and agile approach. All it takes is one single session to get bang up to date:
A virtual hands-on workshop, to discover the power and potential of 5G. The first part will be a general introduction to the technology, including its concrete applications. In the second part, you will be working in a small group, with expert guidance, to think of potential use cases for your company: either by optimising production or by taking logistics processes or mobility to a higher level. At the end of the workshop, all the proposals will be presented in detail to make sure you finish the week inspired to take action.
Luc Vanfleteren, Member of the BIPT Council
Emmanuelle Duquenne, Business Group Leader Telecom @ Agoria
2 possible topics (free to chose):
13:30 – 15:00
Cybersecurity has become a decisive factor for success in any business. This is the case during periods of ‘business as usual’, but also during the implementation of digital transformation projects. Has your company considered a practical vision for the security of its digital data and processes? Or, even more importantly, have you converted this vision into a consistently applied action plan? This session is an absolute must if you want to play it safe. Better safe than sorry!
A blended learning experience, including a live debate, ample opportunity to ask questions and active networking.
Highly recommended for anyone who would like to bolster their cyber security and sees digitisation as an increasingly important business enabler. Relevant for companies from all industries and government bodies, large and small.
Anneleen Dammekens, Board member of the Cyber Security Coalition
Maxwell Keyte, Security Leader BENELUX @ IBM
Geert Ostyn, VP Technology and Operations @ Picanol
Ive Akkermans, Director Information Technology @ Asco Technologies
Steven Vermeeren, Emergency planning coordinator @ City of Mechelen/Willebroek
Moderated by Benoit Watteyne, Director @ KPMG Advisory - Digital Risk Management & Assurance
Anne-Sophie Coppens, Senior Client Advisor @ Marsh
Alain Wayenberg, Business Group Leader Automatisation @ Agoria & Kurt Callewaert, Head of Research Applied Computer Science @ Howest
13:30 – 15:00
Almost 10 years after the launch of Industry 4.0 in Germany, many companies still have the perception that integrating IT and OT into production environments is expensive and complex. At the root of this distorted perception is not so much the unwillingness to invest as a lack of understanding of the enormous potential of this technology leap. It is therefore high time to correct a few misconceptions and approach the subject from a positive angle:
The visionary presentation "The journey towards smart factories" takes your thoughts straight to the heart of the matter. This allows you to fully immerse yourself in the testimonials of a number of leading manufacturing companies and their digital technology partners. Still have questions? Ask them directly to the experts present in this session, during a panel discussion moderated by experts.
Anouk Schoenmakers, Partner @ Bluecrux
All previous participants
13:30 – 15:00
Some employees see digital transformation as a threat. Because they think it is too complex. Because it goes hand-in-hand with organisational changes. Because it is an intangible change, but has a huge impact... This results in resistance, best addressed by change management, not by traditional project management. Good planning, communications and systematic follow-up are essential to get your employees on board, and even to drive the change themselves. By the end of the session, you will have gained a different perspective on change and how your employees perceive it. And you will be able to get the ball rolling straight away!
This highly interactive session provides specific steps to work on change within your company and to ensure digitisation is successfully implemented. A general approach and practical tips will both be discussed. The participating companies will explain how they dealt with this challenge and the lessons they learned. During the break-out sessions, you can discuss your specific situation in detail with your fellow companies.
Change management is traditionally a theme for project leaders, but this session could be on everyone's agenda. Anyone involved in the preparation and implementation of strategic changes will learn something during this session. The discussed themes and examples are interesting for decision makers and executives, both in production and office environments.
Robrecht Janssens, Expert Labour Organisation @ Agoria
Willy Van der Steen, Production Engineer @ Etap
Pierre Meunier, Innovation Director @ Alstom
Samantha Esteban, Manufacturing Manager @ Alstom
In small groups we will work on the various phases of Change Management and the impact of digitisation projects. We focus specifically on communication planning and on steering groups/project groups. We will emphasise sharing do's and don'ts and sharing our own experiences.
The Digital Connect Week is much more than just another series of webinars. Like last year, the new online formula focuses on digital immersion and lively interaction between the participants. This is the case during the sessions, but certainly also every day in the hour before and after the official programme (12:30-16:00). The virtual stands will allow you to get to know the range of digital service providers and proactively arrange appointments with other participants, colleagues from similar companies or possible future technology partners.View the exhibitors
Associate Professor @ ESADE
CEO @ Flow Pilots
VP Connected & Sharing Solutions @ AW(TC) Europe
Managing Director @ AVR
Technology Resources Manager @ Magotteaux International
Member of the BIPT Council
Business Group Leader Telecom @ Agoria
Teamleader Smart Factory @ Airtec Atlas Copco Airpower n.v.
Chief Digital & Innovation officer @ Port of Antwerp
Board member of the Cyber Security Coalition
Security Leader BENELUX @ IBM
VP Technology and Operations @ Picanol Group
Director of Information Technology @ Asco
Emergency planning coordinator @ City of Mechelen/Willebroek
Senior Client Advisor @ Marsh
Head of Research Applied Computer Sciences @ HOWEST
Business Group Leader Automatisation @ Agoria
Partner @ Bluecrux
Director @ STAS
Solution Architect @ Squadron
Director Operational Excellence @ Niko
CEO @ Ometa
Managing Director @ Roltex
Operations Manager @ Helioscreen
CEO @ CimPro
Managing Partner @ OQuila
Technical Director @ Factry
Expert Labour Organisation @ Agoria
QRM Program Manager @ Etap
Section head @ Etap
Innovation Director @ Alstom
Manufacturing Manager @ Alstom
From 1 to 7 October 2020
- Members and guests of Agoria, Belgian Cyber Security Coalition or BIPT: free of charge.
- Non-member have free access to the keynote session on Thursday 1 October.
- Non-members can attend all sessions at an all-in price of €150.
Are you interested in being an exhibitor? This is free of charge, only for members of Agoria with an offer to help digitise companies. Register here and select one of the 6 categories.
Attention, registrations will close on 28 September. So book your booth quickly!REGISTER AS AN EXHIBITOR