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Digital transformation and innovation are imperative for all businesses, from the small to the enterprise. They play a critical role in a business’ ability to evolve with the market and continually increase value to costumers – it’s a survival issue for many.

What’s not clear to many business executives is what digital transformation and innovation mean. A recent study* reports that 20,8% of executives from EMEA region consider that competition from market disruptors presents a risk to the growth of their company in the next 12 months.

A clear understanding of what new market innovation can mean for your industry is crucial: it can be a threat but also an opportunity.

  Our “Insight Talks” aim to answer some of the common questions      around digital transformation and technology trends 

In small groups of max 15 participants, enabling better sharing of experiences, an expert vision on the subject will be documented by real entrepreneurial use cases and best practices. The sessions will conclude with a networking dinner.

Practical Information

PRICE: 350euro VAT excl. per session or 1.500euro VAT excl for 6 Insight Talk sessions. Price includes dinner and speakers slides.

LOCATION: Co.Station Brussels, Gent or Charleroi. An invitation will be sent to registered participants for each session.

The registration to these Insight Talks can be done via Eventbrite, an invoice will be sent after registration to subscribed participants. If you have any questions, please contact Beatrice de Mahieu beatrice@co-station.com

6 sessions in 2018

April 24 — Smart Cities · Co.Station Brussels 

The mix of technology, data capture, communication flows, transparency and security make the concept of Smart Cities a complex subject to understand.

By demystifying a few key topics, we propose with this first Insight Talk an open and interactive session to answer fundamental questions: what’s the impact of IOT on GDPR? Can blockchain be the adequate technology for secure, decentralized data transfer?


17:30 – 18:00: welcome
18:00 – 18:30: Smart Cities: what are the challenges and opportunities for the future? (Joachim Van den Bergh – Vlerick)
18:30 – 19:00: IOT and GDPR (Lionel Anciaux – IOT Factory)
19:00 – 19:30: Blockchain and decentralised cities (Sébastien Arbogast – ChainSkills)
19:30: dinner and open discussion on best practices

May 29 — Industry 4.0 · Co.Station Charleroi

Get a clear introduction on the Industry 4.0 principles and the main technology drivers shaping this 4th revolution. How to get prepared for the impact of this industrial change on the main operational functions? How digital will impact efficiency of traditional production relationships between suppliers, producers and customers? Industry 4.0 is not a vague concept anymore, it’s a reality for many companies.


17:30 – 18:00: welcome
18:00 – 18:30: Concepts informatiques mis en jeux dans l’industrie 4.0  (Stéphane Mouton – CETIC)
18:30 – 19:00: Les initiatives 4.0 au sein de Thales (Daniel Bouric – Thales Alenia Space)
19:00 – 19:30: Objets connectés et industrie 4.0 (Lionel Anciaux – IoT Factory)
19:30: dinner and open discussion on best practices

June 12— AI and big data · Co.Station Ghent

AI and big data can expand human capacity in many ways. Should we be afraid of all AI possibilities, or embrace the transformation it can generate in your industry? Get acquainted with the main AI buzzwords and domains. AI is crucial for our customer experience.


17:30 – 18:00: welcome
18:00 – 18:30: AI for All (Myriam Broeders – Microsoft Belux)
18:30 – 19:00: Data strategies and Machine Learning impact (Jos Gheerardyn – Yields.io)
19:00 – 19:30: Are we moving towards an AI-first world? How can you enable IA for your business (Jonathan Berte – Robovision)
19:30: dinner and open discussion on best practices

September 18— Cyber Security and cloud computing · Co.Station Brussels

According to Gartner, by 2020, a corporate ‘no-cloud’ policy will be as unusual as a ‘no-internet’ policy would be today. Cloud computing is everywhere, and is today not only the work environment for startups. But this “way-of-working” is also often linked to cyber-security questions, and makes it often a reason why corporates are questioning these cloud practices due to fear of cyber attacks. During this session, we will receive an opening on both opportunities and learnings in both domains.


17:30 – 18:00: welcome
18:00 – 18:30: How to approach cloud computing in relation to cyber security (Öykü Isik – Vlerick)
18:30 – 19:00: Mobile Applications Security (Heidi Rakels/Roel Caers – Guardsquare)
19:00 – 19:30: How to hack the talent supply chain on cyber security in your organisation (Rosanna Kurrer – CyberWayFinder)
19:30: dinner and open discussion on best practices

_________Fall schedule_________

October— Circular Economy · Co.Station Charleroi
November— New Way of Working · Co.Station Ghent