Innovation Bootcamp - Utrecht Youmeet, Creative Valley

27 Nov till 01 Dec 2017
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So sorry! This Innovation Bootcamp is unfortunately over. Check our agenda for all our upcoming bootcamps!

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, biomimicry, self-steering organisations, blockchain & many more subjects.

Practical cases from innovation pioneers like & 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.

"I was genuinely mesmerized to discover how nexxworks could open my eyes to a new dimension of innovation so quickly."

Pablo Izquierdo
Pablo Izquierdo Senior Strategy Analyst Edf Luminus

All courses will be conducted in English.

Full program

DAY 1 November 27

Setting the scene - The Day After Tomorrow

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 November 28

Who is our customer, really? 

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 November 29

A little bit more than gadgets... 

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 November 30

A Copernican revolution!

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 December 01

What's your next chapter?

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!

Our speakers

Bernie Caessens
Bernie Caessens
Bernie Caessens holds a Ph.D. in Psychology. As a post-doc he switched to the neurosciences, and investigated how the brain makes decisions. After several years he moved from the university to corporate life, and worked in consumer electronics and...
Leslie Cottenje
Leslie Cottenjé
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...
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Lennert de Jong
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. He...
Roeland Dietvorst
Roeland Dietvorst
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...
Lucien Engelen
Lucien is founder and leader of the "Radboud REshape Center for Innovation" which follows trends and, whenever possible, brings healthcare innovations into reality. His motto: stop talking, start doing with and for the patients.
Ianka Fleerackers
Ianka Fleerackers
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. Ianka regularly speaks at...
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Leen Gorissen
Leen Gorissen, Ph.D. in Biology, is specialized in ecology, transition science, regenerative development and bio-inspired innovation. She is the author of the recent book ‘Building the Future of Innovation on millions of years of Natural...
Peter Hinssen
Peter is a serial entrepreneur, Forbes contributor, LinkedIn Influencer, best-selling author and one of the most sought-after thought leaders on organizing for the Day After Tomorrow, radical innovation, leadership and the impact of all things...
Eveline Klumpers
Eveline studied business administration at the Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University. She is an entrepreneur at heart always setting up and building businesses.
Arthur Le Boudec
Arthur Le Boudec
Arthur is a thought leader in Video Strategy.  After finishing his Master in Marketing Management at the Vlerick Business School, he became part of the StoryMe team, to help companies win with video. As a Video Strategist, he activates you with...
Omar Mohout
Omar Mohout
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...
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Nancy Rademaker
With over 20 years of experience in IT and training, amongst which five years working for Microsoft in the Netherlands and Europe, Nancy has always and above all passionately focused upon people: how technology influences their behaviour, how it...
Wim Rombaut
Wim Rombaut
Wim is a performance coach, trainer, speaker and author. He inspires and stimulate leaders and their teams to outperform. Keep the balance right, mental and physical: that is the core message that he’s sharing with you. His vision: management is a...
Michel Schaeffer
Michel Schaeffer was marketing director at from 2001 until 2015. Under his commercial lead became the largest (and fastest growing) online store in the Netherlands.
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Eefje Seijsener
Eefje is an expert in (re)designing the customer journey in collaboration with customers. She is a marketing professional with a strong focus on improvement of the customer journey through design-oriented research. She facilitates multi-disciplinary...
Xander Steenbrugge
Xander is a young engineer fascinated by data science and machine learning. Through his thesis on brain-computer interfaces at Ugent, he first came into contact with the vast opportunities provided by data driven computer algorithms. After his...
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Bram Vanderborght
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...
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Axelle Vanquaillie
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...
Steven Van Belleghem
Steven is an expert in customer focus in a digital world and in how our customers will behave in the Day After Tomorrow. He is a popular speaker at home and abroad. In his keynote presentations, Steven takes his audience on a journey to the world of...
Matthijs Van De Peppel
Matthijs van de Peppel
Matthijs van de Peppel has been working in the newspaper industry for over ten years. As Director Marketing and Data at NRC Media, a quality Dutch news organisation, Matthijs is responsible for acquisition and retention of subscribers, bringing data...
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Annick Vandezande
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...
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Xavier Van Leeuwe
Xavier van Leeuwe has over ten years of experience as a marketing executive at news groups NRC, Telegraaf Media Groep, and de Persgroep. At the Amsterdam-based news organisation NRC, Xavier lead the transformation of his team by building a...
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Rik Vera
Rik is a renowned thought-leader, worldwide keynote speaker and author of business bestseller “Managers The Day After Tomorrow”. He’s a trusted advisor on the topics of extreme customer centricity, innovation in the digital era, business model...
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Koen Vingerhoets
Koen Vingerhoets combines a Master in Law with a sound passion for IT. He caught an interest in bitcoin early 2013 and is currently responsible for Blockchain & Digital Transformation at Belfius' The Studio. He is often praised for making...
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Guy Wollaert
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,...

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