January 28 2021
Featuring Telenet, Agentschap Informatie Vlaanderen, Melexis, Golazo, Deliverect, Etex and S-Square
CIONET Belgium Community Event
Get inspired at the start of the year! Learn from different thought leaders and digital experts, and network with over 100 of your peers at this insightful gathering.
Find out more about the speakers
Speaker, cross-industry expert & ideaDJ
Ramon Vullings is an engaging international keynote speaker, author of 3 management books on business creativity and cross-sector innovation, Ramon helps business leaders with strategies, tools & skills to look beyond the borders of their domain to transform their business in a smarter way. Ramon is also a cross-industry expert consultant & ideaDJ wowing audiences around the globe.What is an ideaDJ? Someone who creates impactful and beautiful combinations which add value.
Ramon Vullings studied 'industrial engineering & sociology', already a cool combination.
Co-founder & CEO
Co-Founder & CEO of Deliverect.Deliverect helps restaurants and delivery services like Uber Eats, Deliveroo, Glovo, and Doordash streamline and automate their business by connecting delivery platforms directly into their POS. With Deliverect, restaurant staff no longer need to monitor multiple devices or manually re-enter orders into the in-house system.
Agentschap Digitaal Vlaanderen
Barbara Van Den Haute is administrateur-generaal van Informatie Vlaanderen, het digitaliseringsagentschap van de Vlaamse overheid. Ze is ook voorzitter van NxtPort.
Co-founder & Managing Director
Geert Hendrickx is advisor and coach in bringing success to the collaboration between organisations and their IT service providers. Combining advisory with a passion for continued research on best practices and experience sharing. He founded S-Square with that vision. Geert has 27 years at Accenture, of which 15 as managing director. This experience has build his passion for helping clients and IT service providers succeed together. He has a passion for evolving contracts into relationships, for connecting people, for helping both parties to get to best in class collaboration.In his spare time he helps start-ups get to the next level of professionalism.
Co-founder & Managing Director
Co-founder of S-Square and PartnershipBenchmark.com.Vikrant Sarin is advisor and coach in bringing success to the collaboration between organisations and their IT service providers. He is an analyst with a deep understanding of the IT service provider landscape.Vikrant has over 20 years in the IT industry working with leading global service providers like Accenture and TCS, mostly in sales roles with expertise in contracting, pricing and negotiations.He has a deep understanding of the service provider strengths, areas of focus and differentiation and uses this knowledge to help clients in selecting and contracting the right service providers and executing for success. At the same time he helps service providers to improve their service offerings and go to market strategy.He is passionate about the potential of IT to transform the way we live and work and writes about cloud, responsible AI and digital transformation.
CTO & CIO
Micha Berger joined Telenet Group in July 2013 and leads the Technology and Innovation department (this includes technology strategy, engineering, network build and operations). He also joined Telenet’s Senior Leadership Team at that moment.Micha has worked for Liberty Global since 2006, initially as Manager of the Engineering Department at UPC Nederland. As Vice President at Liberty Global since 2010, he was responsible for Horizon Next Generation digital TV development and product roll-out.Before these endeavours, he gained his first experience in the cable industry at HOT Israel, where he was responsible for the development of the interactive digital service platform and the roll-out of video-on-demand.
Founder & CEO
Robert "Bob" Verbeeck is a retired Belgian long-distance runner. He is best known for winning the gold medal in the 3000 metres at the 1985 European Indoor Championships. In addition, he represented Belgium at the 1984 Summer Olympics reaching the semifinals of the 5000 metres.Golazo strives for a healthier world focussing on daily exercise. Exercise 30 minutes every day!
An accomplished CIO/CDO, global IT and Digital executive and board member with demonstrated achievements in directing global information technology and digital alignment with the business strategy of global operating companies.Proven leader with a strong “get it done” attitude who “walks the talk” while demonstrating a clear direction for the team and organisation.Experienced strategic planner known especially in the areas of "digital strategy", disruptive business models and multi-channel-strategies as well as ERP implementations especially SAP.Managed global rollout of Office 365 (10.000 users), move of SAP landscape (over 90 systems) to a private cloud provider and move of the rest into the public cloud (Azure) to achieve “data centre free” IT operations incl. new network and security design and successful implementation of several strategic initiatives like SAP Ariba, SAP SuccessFactors, global web platform incl. PIM/DAM as well as Salesforce.com implementation as future CRM solution.
Melexis is a global supplier of micro-electronic semiconductor solutions and stands for engineering that enables the best imaginable future - a future which is safe, clean and comfortable. All of these aspects are reflected in the applications that our technology empowers.Françoise Chombar has made Melexis one of the four world leaders in automotive semiconductor sensors. Melexis is also a trailblazer in the development, design and application of integrated semiconductors for motors, car networking, wired and wireless communication. Françoise Chombar co-founded the company in 1988. It was publicly listed in 2002 on Euronext, has grown to 1400 employees in 14 countries. Every new car in the world has on average 10 chips made by Melexis.The company launches approximately one new product per month and two-thirds of these have innovative features to make cars, including electric ones, trucks and off-road equipment safer, more reliable and more energy efficient. Melexis is also active in smart appliances, home automation, industrial and medical sectors.As CEO, Françoise Chombar puts great emphasis on anticipating future challenges so as to ensure tomorrow’s business success, but also to contribute to making a better world.
Don't miss these insightful keynotes and 1-on-1 discussions with your peers!
Update on the CIONET community globally and in Belgium specifically. What are the plans for 2021 and what are our latest initiatives?
Great Leaders Mix and Match
Our world is changing rapidly. We are running out of space, time and nature. More than ever, we need solutions that provide an elegant answer to several challenges simultaneously. Single-point solutions are not enough. Complex problems require truly combined solutions and next level cross-border collaboration. Ramon will speak about bringing the outside world in and why remixing of ideas cross-sector is a smart strategy.
Zhong Yuan Xu will tell us about his extraordinary journey as entrepreneur.
In 2011 Zhong Yuan Xu founded POSIOS, a company that build the first iPad based cloud POS solution in EU. POSIOS wanted to elevate the restaurant experience and close the gap between the restaurant and their customer. In 2014 POSIOS was acquired by Lightspeed.In 2018 Zhong Yuan Xu founded Deliverect still with the vision to connect restaurants and their customer in particular to help them manage all their online delivery and takeaway channels and integrate them directly into the POS. In 2020 Deliverect raised €16.25 million to fund new R&D investments and international expansion.
During the 15 minute break you can
- try out speed networking. You will be matched with the next person available. A meeting takes between 30 seconds and 5 minutes. If both participants agree it can be extended or business cards can be exchanged.
- go to one of the barsUp to 20 people can have an informal video call together.
- visit the expo areaHave a look at the booths of our business partners.
- invite other participants to a private video callFirst agree via the chat to join the video call at the same moment. Additional people can be invited to the call bu sharing the URL.
The post-Corona plan of the Flemish Government called "Vlaamse Veerkracht" (Flemish resilience), contains an important chapter on digitalisation.
During this corona crisis, technology has made our lives better and more bearable. That is why it is the ambition to establish a Flemish data utility company with the mission to lift Flanders to the top of nations that use technologies such as artificial intelligence, robotics and the internet of things to make society better.
S-square advises and coaches companies globally around IT (out)sourcing and assist them in the collaboration with IT service providers. With its Research PartnershipBenchmark.com S-square has a continuous ear in the market on IT sourcing best practices and the service provider landscape. Geert Hendrikx & Vikrant Sarin will speak about this partnership benchmark and what makes it unique. Based on their research they will highlight the overal trends in the market.
How has Covid impacted the need for network capacity and how is it expected to evolve in the next 5 years?
On October 18th, 1990, former Olympic athlete Bob Verbeeck founded sports marketing agency Consultants in Sports (CIS) in Belgium. Starting with a small team and a few customers, the company quickly grew to organise events in more than 15 different sports. A year ago Golazo was an organisation with 300 people organising more than 1000 physical sports events per year. The organisation was obviously hit hard by the lockdown. How did it survive and what are the plans for the future? How did it make the switch from physical events to virtual events? How did it become a marketplace for everything sports related?
How was it achieved? By transforming a heterogeneous setting into a holistic IT organisation, by developing a "great place to work" organisation, and by introducing innovation to meet the business needs.
Françoise Chombar is also the chairwoman of the STEM PLATFORM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics) and will share her passion to demonstrate to kids, and in particularly to girls, how societally relevant STEM subjects are and how they benefit people and planet.
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