Innovation and networking evening 2021

The online innovation & networking evening by Technovation Hub & teams will take place on Thursday 6 May, at 7 p.m.

The theme of the event is 'the challenge of (global) networked engineering communities'. After the official part with an inspiring panel discussion and speakers such as Koen Verhaert, CEO of Verhaert Masters in Innovation, you will get the chance to choose between six innovative workshops led by one or more members of our student teams.  

We will use the platform 'Hopin' to host our event. Please note that you will have to make an account beforehand in order to join our event. Registration works best using the browsers Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox.


19.00 - 19.10 h | Introduction to the teams

19.10 - 19.20 h | Welcome speech by Bert Lauwers, Dean of the Faculty of Engineering Technology (KU Leuven)

19.20 - 19.35 h | Keynote by Koen Verhaert, CEO of Verhaert Masters in Innovation

19.35 - 20.00 h | Panel discussion (moderated by Pieter Jan Jordaens, chairman Technovation Hub)

        • Koen Verhaert (Verhaert Masters in Innovation)
        • Päivi Oinonen (Design Factory Global Network)
        • Gerard Govers (KU Leuven)
        • Roemer Spreij (team Aether)

20.00 - 20.20 h | Innovative workshops led by the teams

20.20 - 20.30 h | Closing session by Gerard Govers, Vice Rector of the SET Group (KU Leuven)

20.30 - 22.00 h | Networking 


The event is free, but registration is mandatory. You can register for the event using the form below. The deadline for registration is Sunday evening 2 May. 


Aether - the do's and don'ts for a beginning team

Aether is a new team that started this year with as goal to design, build and launch a CubeSat that is able to perform a re-entry mission. A CubeSat is a small satellite of 10x10x10 cm that has enabled countless new innovations in the space industry. In this workshop, team Aether will give a short presentation about who they are, what they have done this year and what they will do next year. After the presentation, the goal is to have an open discussion about the do's and dont's for a starting team. 

Formula Electric Belgium - The challenge of (global) networking for engineering companies

COVID-19 strengthened everyone’s opinion on the need for networking and broadening the reach of your company. During this workshop, Formula Electric Belgium will discuss all the crucial elements that are needed for a successful event with networking at its core. The goal of the workshop is to develop the outline for a networking event by debating on various proposed element options. 

Agoria Solar Team - How to brand a new solar challenge to engage our network?

The Belgian Solar Team, reigning World and European Champions, will not race in Australia due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Instead they will race in another country where they have never raced before. During this interactive workshop, you can help us determine how we will brand this new challenge and engage our whole network to follow our journey.

Circl-e - Business models to make healthy food more accessible to people living in vulnerable conditions

How can we make healthy food more accessible to people living in vulnerable conditions? During this interactive workshop, team Circl-e will discuss examples of models used during their projects in 2020-2021 (e.g. design thinking used for the development of a pasta sauce etc.)

iGEM KU Leuven - Our approach to brainstorming and student outreach during a pandemic

A pandemic not only affects activities, communications and overall engagement within a group, but also that of externals, such as students. During this workshop, the iGEM KU Leuven team will present the difficulties they had with brainstorming and student outreach during COVID-19 and, most important, the solutions they created to tackle these problems. Hopefully, this will inspire you to find solutions for similar problems you might experience in the future.

CORE - How to implement a circular mindset and get rid of our disposable culture?

Focusing on sustainable consumption makes an important contribution to climate goals. The production and use of consumer goods, as well as their transport have a big impact on our climate, environment and planet. Therefore we need to find ways to make people aware of the need of circular consumption and implement a circular mindset. During this interactive session, we will discuss circular economy experiences and brainstorm on how we can encourage circular consumption behaviour.