The nexxworks Ignition Bootcamp - Ghent - Spring ‘17

MeetDistrict, Ghelamco Arena, Ghent - 29 May to 2 June 2017

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.



Hands-on workshops & visionary keynotes from top opinion leaders like Peter Hinssen, Steven Van Belleghem, Rik Vera, & many others!

The latest trends & insights about customer centricity, growth hacking, artificial intelligence, storytelling, virtual reality, self-steering organisations, blockchain & many more subjects.

Practical cases from innovation pioneers like CitizenM & many more!


Our disruptive bootcamps are NOTHING like any other training program in the market! Prepare for radical subjects, unexpected coaches and real impact on how you think and solve problems. 

Don't believe us, believe the participants of our latest 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.

Or read this testimonial by one of our Alumni, Anja!


All courses will be conducted in English.​

Watch a recap video of the bootcamp here!

Or read all about our last bootcamp in Utrecht here: day 1, day 2, day 3, day 4, day 5 or watch this playlist!

Day 1:

May 29

9:00 - 21:00

What's it all about?

Setting the scene

Watch the recap video HERE!

Our nexxworks partners will introduce you to how new technologies and business models are changing the world. We'll dig deeper into how our customers and society are changing as a result of this. To conclude, we'll investigate how other companies have been succesful in handling these challenges.

Even if you think you know a lot about radical innovation, the first day of the Bootcamp might be just a little bit scary. It's like watching a scary movie: you know something is about to happen, still you scream from the top of your longs the moment it actualliy does.

These first sessions will open your eyes to a new reality. We'll use the rest of the week to explore ways to cope with it.

Day 2:

May 30

9:00 - 21:00

Who is our customer, really?

Spotlight on the customer

Watch the recap video HERE!

Are you up for another round of changing the way you look at the world? Today we move forward full force on a journey into the mind of our customer. We start out by literally exploring the unexpected ways by which their minds make decisions. After that, we can start rebuilding up our entire proposition from scratch.

You'll learn how to use technology to better serve your customer, not merely as a cool gadget. You'll learn how to ideate and design products and services which are truly customer centric. Make sure to pay close attention, because it's about time to get your hands dirty!

There really is only one goal today: how close can you get to your customer? Maybe you can even get them in the building ...

Day 3:

May 31

9:00 - 21:00

Gadgets are cool, after all!

When digital becomes human

Watch the recap video HERE!

Technology is not only about bright and shiny gadgets. It can actually assist you in achieving some pretty impressive results. That's what day 3 is all about: how technology can help us, humans or businesses, to become a better version of ourselves. The learnings can be applied in any part of your business, from manufacturing to marketing!

We'll span a whole range of technologies, from digital (data) to physical (robots) and everything in between. Some may be applicable today - your competitors might already be using them - while others could make you jump the competition in quantum leaps.

We can't tell you whether you'll end this day with a revised sales and marketing plan, or a new best robo-friend. That's all up to you

Day 4:

June 1

9:00 - 21:00

A Copernican revolution!

The network always wins

Watch the recap video HERE!

In these times of protectionism, walls and closed borders we are preaching the exact opposite. Take a look outside! And yes, you can take that quite literally. Nature is still lightyears ahead of us when competing on innovation skills. So maybe it can teach us a thing or two? These learnings are applicable from product improvements to the org charts of multinationals.

And we continue on this track by further exploring how technology is also moving in this direction. From the Personal Computer to distributed computing. And companies are moving in the same way too. From siloed fortresses to places of enlightenment.

By now you might think you'll never be able to take on all the learnings of this bootcamp. And that's exactly right, you'll have to engage a network!

Day 5:

June 2

9:00 - 18:00

What's next?

A little party never killed nobody!

Watch the recap video HERE!

Can you still handle it? You're almost ready to head back to work. Though we suggest you first spend a weekend with family and friends to digest this intensive week. Your colleagues will be looking forward to hearing your stories. Those closest to you maybe even more so!  Don't worry, we've got you covered on this last day.

Today is about wrapping it all up. Together, we'll summarize this week. More importantly, we'll take a look into the future and the challenges ahead of us. Both for ourselves as professionals, and also the businesses we are working in.

We'll make sure to go out with a bang. But no worries, this is no goodbye!


Speakers are ranked alphabetically.

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    Isabel Allaert

    Coordinator Fyxxi & eduCentrum vzw @ eduCentrum vzw

    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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    Leslie Cottenje

    CEO @ Hello Customer

    Leslie Cottenjé is the co-founder and CEO of Hello Customer. She started her career in online marketing and social media at Vlerick Business School. She started her own company when she realized that many wanted to put their customers first, but had trouble walking the talk and bringing customers and employees closer together.

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    Vincent De Dobbeleer

    Co-founder @ June, Smart Energy

    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

    Chief Commercial Officer @ citizenM

    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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    Dries Depoorter

    Digital Creative & Artist @

    The work of media artist and digital creative Dries Depoorter focuses on Internet’s place within society and the impact it has on the fields of privacy, identity – both online and off – and surveillance.

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    Nicolas Deruytter

    Managing Director @ Datatonic

    Nicolas holds masters in Electromechanical engineering and Operations Research. Being a huge data geek, Nicolas started Datatonic Belgium right after graduating cum laude. Now, Datatonic is applying machine learning techniques to solve the hardest business challenges. Datatonic was elected global google cloud platform services partner of the year by Google. 

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    Katrien De Schrijver

    Aeronautical Guide @ TaPasCity

    Katrien guides you and your organisation through the process of recognizing and developing the talents and passion (TaPas) within your organisation that enable you to transform and adapt.

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    Lieven Dhondt

    Co-founder & Communications @ wijdelen vzw/

    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

    Co-founder & 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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    Daphne Fecheyr-Lippens

    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 @ Queen of Speech

    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

    Founder & Innovation Biologist @ Studio Transito

    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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    Peter Hinssen

    Chairman & Co-founder @ nexxworks

    A serial 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.

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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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    Thomas Leysen

    Co-founder & CEO @ GTL Studio

    Building the bridge between reality and what can be achieved with new computing technologies, 3D tracking and real-time visualisation. Integrating 3D scanning and real-time computing and rendering for more immersive and interactive projects.

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    Erik Mannens

    Professor Data Science @ Ghent University

    Erik is Innovation Director @ imec.SmartApplications and Professor @ IDLab - Ghent University. He heads a lab of about 70 top-notch researchers on Semantics and Artificial Intelligence. Before joining imec and Ghent University in 2005 as Research Manager, he was a software engineering consultant and Java architect for over a decade.

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    Koen Meeusen

    Founder @ NeurOp

    Koen is an entrepreneur in artificial intelligence applications, making AI available in various concrete situations. He helps companies getting ready for the day after tomorrow and leaving the competition behind.

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  • /assets/files/team/Omar_Mohout.jpg

    Omar Mohout

    Growth Engineer @ Sirris

    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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    Nancy Rademaker

    Partner & Customer Centricity Expert @ nexxworks

    With over 20 years of experience in IT and training, Nancy has always and above all passionately focused upon people: how technology influences their behaviour, how it helps them share knowledge and how it enables them to create and innovate.

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    Steven Van Belleghem

    Partner & Board Member @ nexxworks

    Steven is a thought leader on the transformation of customer relations and the future of marketing. He is an expert in inspiring companies to become true customer-centric organizations in this high speed digital world. 

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    Levi van Dam

    Maverick @ Spirit Jeugd en Opvoedhulp

    Levi is a trailblazer: ‘the first person to do something or go somewhere, who shows that it is also possible for other people’. Levi currently develops new impact-models at youth care organization Spirit and is PhD candidate on collaboration between formal and informal networks.

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    Anja Vandendriessche

    Marketing Manager & Innovation Champion @ UNILIN

    Anja Vandendriessche converts research insights into actionable marketing plans. Recently, she has taken up the challenge as global shopper and retail marketeer, which bridges business, brand and communication and leaves also room for new channel development.

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    Annick Vandezande

    COO & 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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    Henrieke van Diermen

    Sr Advisor P&O & Coach @ Spirit Jeugd en Opvoedhulp

    Henrieke is an expert in personal development. She has more than twenty years of work experience at commercial and non-profit organizations. At Spirit, they want to achieve that everyone strives for the same goal: create a society in which youths can grow up in safety, are socially accepted and get opportunities. 

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    Stefaan Vandooren

    Plant Logistics Manager & Innovation Champion @ UNILIN

    Stefaan holds a masters in Energy Engineering and started his career in consulting. Today, he is involved with the launch of a start-up within UNILIN, next to his main occupancy as Integrated Business Planning Manager. Being passionate about ideas that can help businesses grow, he was asked to organize UNILIN’s first innovation contest back in 2016.

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    Alexander Van Laer

    CEO & Co-founder @ FLAVR

    Alexander is a result-driven entrepreneur with a strong vision on the future of the peer-to-peer economy. He 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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    Jochen Van Lysebettens

    VR Inspirator & 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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    Johan Van Mol

    Design Thinker & Managing Partner @ Before the Wave

    Johan van Mol is a Belgian strategist, entrepreneur, thinker and writer on innovation and design thinking. He is managing partner at Before the Wave.

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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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    Peter van Riet

    Creative Director & Partner @ Before the Wave

    Inventor, speaker, author, entrepreneur, innovator, thinker-out-of-the-box. Passionate about surfing, snowboarding, kung fu,… the list goes on and on. But Belgian Peter Van Riet is probably best known as an internationally recognized designer and owner of Before the Wave.

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    Rik Vera

    CEO & 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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    Frank Verstraete

    Quantum Physics Professor @ Ghent University

    Frank Verstraete is a theoretical physicist working in the fields of quantum computation and of exotic quantum materials. After research positions at the Max Planck Institute for Quantum Optics and at the California Institute of Technology, he became full professor at the Universities of Vienna and Ghent, where he is currently leading a team of 15 researchers. He is the recipient of several prestigious grants and prizes, including two ERC grants, an Odysseus grant and the Lieben prize.

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    Guy Wollaert

    Innovation Strategist & Owner @ idea-value-impact

    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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  • MeetDistrict, Ghelamco Arena - 
Ottergemsesteenweg Zuid 808 - 9000 Ghent - Belgium

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The fee to participate is € 4.999 + VAT per person. This fee includes all sessions, parking fees, coffee breaks, lunches and dinners.

Hotel fees are not included, but we can help you find a room at a favourable price at a nearby hotel.

Cancellation policy

  • Refunds in case of cancellation are not allowed.

In all circumstances, you are allowed to send someone else to take your or your colleagues' place, if it does not work out for your own agenda or personal life.