The nexxworks Ignition Bootcamp - Ghent - Fall ‘17

MeetDistrict, Ghelamco Arena, Ghent - 25 to 29 September 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 editions!

"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.

Sign up now! Registrations are limited and close on Monday September 18, 2017!


All courses will be conducted in English.​

We are still building a jaw-dropping program for you, but in past Bootcamps we've worked with 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!

We're offering a balanced mix of visionary keynotes from top opinion leaders, hands-on workshops, practical cases from innovation pioneers like CitizenM and the very latest trends and insights about customer centricity, growth hacking, artificial intelligence, storytelling, virtual reality, self-steering organisations, blockchain and many other subjects.

To get a taste of what's to come, check the program of our latest editions:

Utrecht, March '17
[find links to recap videos and daily reports in the program desctiption!]

Ghent, May '17
[find links to recap videos in the program desctiption!]

Scroll down to find a list of currently confirmed speakers - work in progress!

Day 1:

September 25

9:00 - 21:00

The Day After Tomorrow

Setting the scene

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 meet some entrepreneurs and companies with a clear vision on their Day After Tomorrow. How do they tackle their 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 lungs the moment it actually does.

These first sessions will open your eyes to a new reality. The rest of the week will help you on your own way to survive this jungle.

Day 2:

September 26

9:00 - 21:00

Who is our customer, really?

Spotlight on the customer

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 the mind makes 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 inside the building ...

Day 3:

September 27

09:00 - 21:00

A little bit more than gadgets...

Cutting-Edge Tech Day

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:

September 28

09:00 - 21:00

A Copernican revolution!

The network always wins

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:

September 29

09:00 - 18:00

What's your next chapter?

A little party never killed nobody

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!


We are still building a jaw-dropping program for you. Subscribe to our events newsletter to be first to receive updates about the program of our upcoming bootcamps.

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    Leslie Cottenjé

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

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The fee to participate is € 4999 + 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.



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