The nexxworks Ignition Bootcamp

MeetDistrict, Ghelamco Arena, Ghent – 14 to 18 November 2016

Our Ignition Bootcamps are intensive 5-day perspective-shifting experiences. They are designed to boost your organisation's innovation DNA by showing your team the tools and the insights they need to innovate and experiment. 

We're very proud to host some of the most respected opinion leaders and innovators - among which Omar Mohout, Roeland Dietvorst, Ianka Fleerackers, Peter Hinssen, Steven Van Belleghem, Rik Vera & Lennert de Jong - in our program! Check it out below.

Innovation is never a one-shot project. It is something that should be done in a permanent and iterative manner. That’s why our bootcamps are part of a larger journey, in which our coaches will guide and advise your innovation core team to become their own most creative version.

Don't believe us, believe the participants of our June edition"The Bootcamp changed my perspective""I felt as if my brain had been rewired" and "I really felt ‘infected’ with the nexxworks innovation virus" are just some of their most striking reactions.



Check out our kick-ass program! We've got hands-on workshops & visionary keynotes from top opinion leaders like Steven Van Belleghem, Rik Vera, Omar Mohout & many others! You'll get the latest trends & insights about customer centricity, growth hacking, artificial intelligence, storytelling, virtual reality, selfs-steering organisations, blockchain & many other subjects. And let's not forget the practical cases from innovation pioneers like Uber, CitizenM, Deliveroo, Nanopixel, Flavr & many more!

All courses will be conducted in English.

Day 1:

November 14

9.00 - 21.00

Inspirational sessions + workshops

An Introduction to the Day After Tomorrow

Peter Hinssen (nexxworks)

The customer in the Day After Tomorrow

Steven Van Belleghem (nexxworks)

Organizing for the Day After Tomorrow

Peter Hinssen (nexxworks)

How to support your message visually

Axelle Vanquaillie (nexxworks)

Workshop: what are YOUR challenges?

Day 2:

November 15

9.00 - 21.00

Inspirational sessions + workshops

Understanding the inner workings of our (crocodile) brain

Roeland Dietvorst (Alpha.One)

Organizing around the customer in the Day After Tomorrow

Rik Vera (nexxworks)

Meet the disruptors: the hotel industry

Lennert De Jong (Citizen M)

Meet the disruptors: the energy industry

Vincent De Dobbeleer (June)

How can we explore new business models?

Annick Vandezande (nexxworks)

How can we design new business models?

Felix Garriau (nexxworks)

Workshop: first steps towards becoming a true disruptor

Day 3:

November 16

9.00 - 21.00

Inspirational sessions + workshops

How do you rapidly design and deploy?

Omar Mohout (Sirris)

Growth hacking in practice

Dieter Laevers (Movilitas)

Entrepreneurship: going from 0 to 1

Mathieu de Lophem (Deliveroo)

Big Data 101

Bart Van Der Vurst (Element61)

What can Artificial Intelligence do for you?

Jeroen ter Heerdt (Microsoft)

When robots become human

Bram Vanderborght (VUB)

How to tell great stories

Axelle Vanquaillie (nexxworks)

Workshop: when the robots come marching in

Isabel Allaert (Fyxxilab)

A wider perspective on Virtual Reality

Jochen van Lysebettens (Nanopixel)

Experience lab (with Microsoft HoloLens)

Fyxxilab, Nanopixel & Delaware Consulting (Nick Thienpondt)

Day 4:

November 17

9.00 - 21.00

Inspirational sessions + workshops

Biomimicry: how can nature inspire us to solve problems?

Leen Gorissen & Daphne Fecheyr-Lippens

Self-steering organizations: how far are you willing to go?

Jos Bakker & Wibo Haverkate (De Hele Olifant)

Corporate innovators: innovation culture in big corporates

Guy Wollaert (ex-Coca Cola)

Corporate innovators: why you should consider blockchain

Arno Laeven (ex-Philips)

Corporate innovators: how can you become one?

Peter Hinssen

Preparing restaurant food without being a chef

Alexander Van Laer (Flavr)

Driving a cab without being a taxi driver

Klaas Willaert (Uber)

Using powertools without owning a shed

Lieven Dhondt (Peerby/wijdelen)

Day 5:

November 18

9.00 - 17.00

Inspirational sessions + workshops

The future of digital food

Johan Langenbick (Foodpairing)

Preventing failure & financial loss by using data

Nadira Azermai (ScriptBook)

How can you make your story memorable?

Ianka Fleerackers

Workshop: what's next for you? 

Ianka Fleerackers & nexxworks

Final Pitch & Graduation Party


Speakers are ranked alphabetically. Stay tuned for more bios soon!

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    Isabel Allaert

    Project Manager Fyxxi @ eduCentrum

    Isabel has a tremendous passion for technology and making. She's also a strong believer in how education needs to change in order to keep up with the world. That's why, as the leading lady of Fyxxi, she only has one purpose: making sure all of Fyxxi's students learn 21st century skills (through coding, 3D-printing, robotics, ...) so they are prepared for the world of tomorrow.

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    Nadira Azermai

    CEO @ ScriptBook

    Nadira is the founder of ScriptBook NV, an artificial intelligence start-up that targets the movie industry.

    When a short stint as an intern on a Hollywood movie triggered the conception of Scriptbook, Nadira has ever since been on a mission to unify technology with entertainment.

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    Jos Bakker

    Systems Coach @ De Hele Olifant

    Jos has been working over 10 years as a driven and passionate systems coach. With his background as an information architect and his strong focus on process improvement, he is now specialized in analyzing and adjusting the organizational system that determines the behavior of employees.

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    Lieven Dhondt

    Co-founder & communications @ wijdelen/peerby

    Lieven works for 2 sharing economy initiatives, (Peerby and OpWielekes) and got inspired about P2P thanks to the book "De wereld redden" by Michel Bauwens. He is enthousiastic about bottom up and local initiatives that make the world a better and nicer place.

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    Roeland Dietvorst

    Scientific Director @

    Roeland studied biological and cognitive psychology at the Erasmus University of Rotterdam and finished his PhD in cognitive neuroscience at the Erasmus School of Economics. Roeland publishes regularly in internationally renowned scientific journals. 

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    Dietrich De Blander

    Managing & Creative Director @ Nanopixel

    Dietrich, architect and founder of Nanopixel, is passionate about delivering top quality and truly immersive virtual reality-experiences for leading brands. He prouds himself on making business models 'virtual reality-proof' for the future.  

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    Vincent De Dobbeleer

    Co-founding CEO @ June

    Vincent is an engineer turned marketer with a strong focus on delivering the best customer experience through the use of digital technology. After years of experience in the energy market he launched an innovative new business model with the goal to accelerate the future of energy.

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    Lennert De Jong

    CCO @ citizenM hotels

    Lennert de Jong has been the commercial director for citizenM - one of the most disruptive and customer centric hotel chains out there - since its inception in 2006. He leads the company's digital marketing, demand management and sales strategy. 

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    Mathieu de Lophem

    General Manager @ Deliveroo

    Mathieu is a true foody with a real belief in the opportunities within the peer-to-peer economy. He studied business management in Louvain-la-Neuve and then started a career in consulting and investment banking. He is now the General Manager of Deliveroo in Belgium, a start-up specialized in the delivery of meals from quality restaurants.

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    Daphne Fecheyr

    Biomimicry PhD Candidate

    Biochemist and blogger Daphne is a Biomimicry PhD Candidate at the University of Akron (Ohio) and a co-founder of two start-ups. She is specialised in how natural strategies can help teams optimize how they collaborate, communicate or organize themselves.

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    Ianka Fleerackers

    Public speaking expert

    Public speaking expert & renowned actress Ianka Fleerackers trains and coaches people in bringing their message, vision or story to the public in a passionate, charismatic and authentic manner that delivers real impact. 

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    Leen Gorissen

    PhD in Biology

    Leen is the founder of Studio Transitio, a consultancy supporting innovation and transformation processes inspired by nature. She's also the Transition Research Coordinator at VITO, the Flemish Institute for Technological Research. Leen has a PhD in Biology and is a Lifelong Student of Nature.

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    Wibo Haverkate

    Systems Coach @ De Hele Olifant

    Wibo is a trained organizational anthropologist. In his role as a systems coach, he is always looking for things that connect (with) customers, stimulating the individual employees within a company to act and think as a collective. To accomplish this he often leverages the methods of Systems thinking and Lean Thinking.

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    Peter Hinssen

    Partner @ nexxworks

    An entrepreneur, advisor, keynote speaker and author, Peter is one of the most sought-after thought leaders on radical innovation, leadership, and the impact of all things digital on society and business. He lectures at various business schools like the London Business School, the MIT Sloan School of Management and the Paul Merage School of Business at UC Irvine.

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    Arno Laeven

    Blockchain Entrepreneur

    Arno has been working in tech strategy and innovation for almost 20 years. Early 2005 he started exploring the topic of distributed computing and blockchain for Royal Philips. He was the initiator and head of the Philips Blockchain Lab researching and building Proofs of Concept for the use of blockchain technology in Healthcare. 

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    Dieter Laevers

    Managing Partner @ Movilitas

    After a career of 11 years at SAP Belgium, Germany and also France, Dieter founded several start ups. One of those start ups was Inxites, that grew to 80 people with offices in Belgium, France and USA and was acquired by Movilitas in 2014, where Dieter holds the role of Managing Partner, overlooking the Go-To-Market activities within the group.

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    Johan Langenbick

    Co-founder Foodpairing

    Johan is entrepreneur, co-founder and ceo of The Foodpairing Company. Creativity and innovation has been a red line throughout his work. He is fortunate to be given the chance to dedicate his life to cutting-edge startups on the intersection of innovation, food tech and sustainability. 

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    Omar Mohout

    Professor of Entrepreneurship

    Omar is a tech entrepreneur turned advisor and mentor. As an advisor he tries to practice a "hands-off unless requested" approach. If required, he has hands-on experience with executing go-to-market, with a major focus on scaling cloud and web based services.

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    Jeroen ter Heerdt

    Technical Evangelist

    Jeroen is Technical Evangelist on Data and Advanced Analytics with Microsoft. He is passionate about "all things data"; whether it is about databases, data warehousing, BI, big data, data visualizations, self-service BI, Hadoop, real-time BI or anything even remotely related to data or insight. He strives to apply these concepts in his life as much as possible.

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    Nick Thienpondt

    Solution Lead Mobile, Web & IoT @ Delaware Consulting

    With a strong digital background and as Solution Lead for the Mobile, Web & IoT Team at Delaware Consulting, Nick is highly focussed on the real life use of mobile, virtual and augmented reality apps as well as the impact of HoloLens on the work environment.

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    Steven Van Belleghem

    Partner @ nexxworks

    Steven is a thought-leader on the transformation of customer relations and the future of customer-centric marketing. He is an expert in inspiring companies to become true customer-centric organizations in our high-speed digital world. His talks inspire companies about the smart usage of technology in customer relations without forgetting the human side of business.

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    Bram Vanderborght

    Professor Robotics

    Bram is a professor in robotics at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel. He is focussed on developing a new generation of robots that will physically and socially support humans in the form of prosthetics, exoskeletons, co-workers and social robots, with direct applications in the healthcare sector and the manufacturing industry.

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    Bart Van Der Vurst

    Advanced Analytics and Big Data Architect

    Bart is passionate about making impact happen through the use of (Big) Data & (Advanced) Analytics. Bart’s focus area is to guide organizations in translating their business needs into working tech-enabled solutions.

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    Annick Vandezande

    Partner @ nexxworks

    With more than 15-years of experience in the big 4 consultancy firms and as a former Director of Technology Consulting, Annick has a true passion for bridging business and IT. Her in-depth knowledge of IT strategy, roadmap design and creative pragmatism are a perfect match for converting the nexxworks inspiration into actionable plans.

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    Jochen Van Lysebettens

    Business Developer @ Nanopixel

    Jochen is a virtual reality inspirator at Nanopixel and focussed on offering an extended experience in advertising. He makes sure his customers' innovative and tailormade VR experience fits in with their sales and marketing strategies.

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    Axelle Vanquaillie

    Visual Strategist @ nexxworks

    Axelle had been an HR and communications entrepreneur for 10 years when she discovered the power of (live) visual storytelling for corporate purposes. Since that day,  She has been combining her passion for drawing with her skills as a facilitator in a uniquely energetic way.

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    Rik Vera

    Partner @ nexxworks

    Rik is a renowned thought-leader, worldwide keynote speaker, acclaimed author and trusted advisor on the topics of extreme customer-centricity, disruption, business model change, sales, marketing and making companies ready for the Day After Tomorrow. 

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    Alexander Van Laer

    Co-founder @ FLAVR

    Alexander is a result-driven entrepreneur with a strong vision on the future of the peer-to-peer economy. Hij combined his entrepreneurial dream with his passion for cooking and started FLAVR, a peer-to-peer platform that enables foodies to buy homemade meals from the best homechefs in their neighborhood. 

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    Klaas Willaert

    Marketing Manager @ Uber

    Klaas is the Marketing Manager of one of te most disruptive organisations of the moment: Uber. He has "one" job: grow the Uber community and keep them happy so it can keep changing the way the world moves. A natural entrepreneur, Klaas founded his own start-up Tyreset prior to joining Uber: it was “wheelie good” at selling car tires online.

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    Guy Wollaert

    Innovation strategy advisor

    Guy is a renowned advisor on innovation strategy for large, established corporations, while offering back what he learns through the mentoring and advising of start-ups. Prior to that, he worked for 23 years at the Coca-Cola Company, where he was, among other things a Senior Vice President and Chief Technical and Innovation Officer.

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