World Open Innovation Conference 2021 Pre-Conference Day December 8, 2021

Brainport Eindhoven, situated in the south of the Netherlands, is one of Europe’s most innovative technology regions. Known for its innovative strength and multi-disciplinary way of working.

You will have the opportunity to visit this unique region and visit a number of campuses where innovation takes place. You can buy a ticket for this exciting visit when registering for the conference. Below, you will find more information about Brainport Eindhoven, the campuses you can visit, and the programs for a full day and afternoon only options (for which you can register later). Registered participants will receive more information about these options in the weeks following their registration.


Key technologies and markets
In the Brainport region the smartest minds and most skilled workers collaborate on developing innovations that make our future better, safer, and cleaner. Brainport’s unique high-tech competences and strong cooperation between industry, educational and knowledge institutes, and governments have turned the region into what it is today. A prosperous region where breakthrough technologies are developed that shape tomorrow’s society. Collaboration continues to be the main recipe for the future. Together, companies and organizations ambitiously work on enriching and strengthening the region.


Open innovation and co-creation on and between campuses
In Brainport Eindhoven, technologies and networks are clustered on five campuses in order to create economic value and facilitate business development. Each of these campuses houses a mix of companies, talents, and educational and knowledge institutes, each with a specific expertise. They collaborate on inventing, developing, and producing tomorrow’s technologies. At the campuses, knowledge, experience, world-class research facilities, and technical infrastructure are shared in an open innovation setting.


Collaboration and crosspollination on and between campuses
All campuses are located in a relatively compact geographical area, and together they form a value chain that covers all technology readiness levels. An excelling physical infrastructure and efficient public transport between the campuses and main transportation hubs enable cross-pollination, collaboration, and co-creation to happen in a spontaneous way. Sharing knowledge leads to multiplying knowledge.

During the pre-conference day you will have the opportunity to experience the open innovation ecosystem of Brainport Eindhoven up close.


Brainport Industries Campus is a unique location in the Brainport region, where several companies in the high-tech manufacturing industry and educational institutions are located under one roof. It is the place where the high-tech manufacturing industry meets and where companies learn from each other and work directly with the new generation of technically trained people. In this way, optimal use is made of knowledge and skills to come up with innovative solutions. Brainport Industries Campus offers all possibilities and facilities to enable such innovations based on a climate in which one dares to share and work together. Brainport Industries Campus, therefore, houses the Factory of the Future. This innovation program has as purpose to realize faster and leaner products and production processes and to share (innovation) R&D facilities. In the Factory of the Future, research is carried out within eight different areas of expertise into data-driven innovations aimed at Smart Industry themes, e.g. 3D metal printing, Flexible Manufacturing, High Tech Software Cluster and Digital Factory. This is done in formed Field Labs, in which partners use research and existing new technologies to apply them in practice. The ultimate goal? The realization of an actual Factory of the Future, with which the ecosystem of the high-tech manufacturing industry in the Brainport region and beyond is different from other regions in the world.



Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) believes that universities should not stand by but lead the change when it comes to three major challenges: sustainability, the technological revolution, and the increasing impact of technology. These require universities to be responsive toward multiple topics: student learning needs; industry needs for new knowledge and talent that enable new solutions; regional needs to act as innovation hubs with global impact, and the need of society to benefit from a technological revolution to enhance the welfare of its people. TU/e’s campus is in the center of one of the most powerful technology hubs in the world: Brainport Eindhoven. Globally, it stands out when it comes to collaboration with advanced industries. Together with other institutions, it forms a thriving ecosystem with one common aim: to improve quality of life through sustainable innovations. This is also connected to teaching, for example through TU/e’s Innovation Space, which enables challenge-based learning projects. Examples of cross-disciplinary research institutes are the Institute for Complex Molecular Systems (ICMS), the Eindhoven Artificial Intelligence Systems Institute (EAISI), the Eindhoven Institute for Renewable Energy Systems (EIRES), and the Hendrik Casimir Institute for next-generation photonics and quantum technologies. To enable entrepreneurship, The Gate is furthermore the platform for tech start-ups in the Brainport region in the first stage of their existence. Finally, the example of Eindhoven Engine shows how interdisciplinary teams of people from multiple organizations work together to bridge the gap between scientific findings and commercial development. Visiting TU/e you will learn about how the university engages in meeting its ambitions through close cooperation with the Brainport ecosystem. 



High Tech Campus Eindhoven, which has been called the smartest square kilometer in Europe, is an ecosystem of 235 high-tech companies. Every company at High Tech Campus Eindhoven shares a common goal: to develop new technologies and applications that help solve social problems and challenges and successfully bring them to the market. This combination of technology and business is central to the many collaborations on the campus – and it shows. Multinationals such as Philips, NXP, and Intel, small and medium-sized high-tech companies, research institutes, service companies, scale-ups, and start-ups are working together on the technologies and products of tomorrow in an Open Innovation environment. Together, more than 12,000 international researchers, developers, and business people on the campus provide an enormous amount of knowledge and dynamics. They have made High Tech Campus Eindhoven one of the global hotspots in the field of Health & Vitality, Sustainability, Applied Intelligence, Smart Environments & Connectivity, and Software & Platforms.



The Automotive Campus has over 60 organizations where 1250 people – including around 500 students – are working on the mobility solutions of the future. They do so at leading automotive businesses, knowledge institutes, innovative start-ups, and educational institutes. In barely fifteen years, the campus has grown into the top national and international hotspot when it comes to green mobility and smart mobility. Our open ecosystem is the perfect place to easily make new connections. The campus is also located in the heart of the top technological Brainport region. Working together and sharing knowledge are standard practice here; the traits that make this region so smart and strong. The organizations on campus make successful connections with the leading high-tech businesses in the Netherlands, as well as leaders in other sectors, such as IT, energy, and infrastructure. This cross-pollination encourages innovation and creates partnerships which mean ideas can be turned into the technology of the future faster than ever before.  The Automotive Campus is also unique when it comes to education. No other campus in the Netherlands has both global businesses and hyper-modern test facilities as well as educational institutes at different levels. Everyone, from student to experienced professional, has the opportunity for lifelong learning thanks to the many different possibilities for further training and retraining. Thanks to educational institutes and businesses on and off campus working together, this is where the latest generation of technicians, engineers, and researchers will flourish. Professionals with exactly the knowledge and skills the sector needs now, and in the future.



Pre-conference programme