Successful first edition of Dutch Technology Week in Tilburg

Dad, what a great day this was', one of the children cried out spontaneously after a visit to the High Tech Discovery Route on Saturday, June 9th at Discover Station013. The organization of the Dutch Technology Week (DTW) in Tilburg looks back on a successful first edition. Tilburg participated for the first time in the DTW, an event that received at least 37,000 people in six days at one or more of the more than fifty events. Tilburg offered a four-day programme and received some 750 interested participants. 

Launch of the Delta Plan Technology

This year, the Delta Plan Technology was launched at the DTW in Tilburg on 6 June. An initiative of the municipality of Tilburg, Midpoint Brabant, education and the technical business community to promote the influx of technical personnel and the influx into technical education. The action plan with ten concrete action lines was launched with great interest. 

A lot of attention for - future - talent

There were many one-to-one meetings between young people, students and high-tech professionals. Tuesday 5 June there was a special day for secondary school students (Young Talent Tour) with in the morning company visits to Tilburg companies Capi Europe, Focal Meditech and Fuji film (Open Innovation Hub) and in the afternoon a visit to the Textile Museum. Thursday 7 June students of ROC Tilburg visited Hoppenbrouwers Techniek in Udenhout with the MBO On Tech Tour program. The visit was linked to projects that Hoppenbrouwers carries out for the Efteling which resulted in a look behind the scenes at the attraction The Baron in the Efteling. "I can't remember that they have done this before", said Hoppenbrouwers.


Apart from young talents, there was of course also a lot of attention for the professional during the DTW. In addition to the launch of Delta Plan Technology on 6 June, the second matchmaking event between researchers from Tilburg University's Cognitive Science and Artificial Intelligence department and various (inter)national companies took place at MindLabs in the Spoorzone on Thursday 7 June. MindLabs brings together research, business and education in which the boundaries of how technology and people interact with each other are pushed back.

High Tech Discovery route: high tech manufacturing industry in the spotlight

The week ended with the High Tech Discovery Route on Saturday 9 June, a DTW wide program at eight locations including Eindhoven, Tilburg, Drachten and Assen. Tilburg opened the doors of Discovery Station 013 for this day. It was therefore an interactive and educational programme for young and old, in which companies and educational institutions showed what high-tech Tilburg has to offer. For the organization this week one thing is clear: next year Tilburg will participate again. 

The Dutch Technology Week 2018 in Tilburg was made possible by: 
Hoppenbrouwers Techniek, Tilburg University, Livewall, Discover Station013, Bosch, ROC Tilburg, Focal Meditech, Capi Europe, Textielmuseum, De Efteling, Dynamag, Ellemarie van Laanen, from PET to Pret, JanHein van Stiphout, Dynniq, Shapelab, 2College, municipality of Tilburg, Het Ambachtshuis Brabant, Citymarketing Tilburg.