Agoria paves the way for all technologically inspired companies in Belgium that strive for progress based on the development and application of innovations. More than 1,900 strong technology companies are members of Agoria. In a society in which technology contributes towards improving the quality of life, you can count on Agoria to connect everyone who is inspired by technology, increase the success of companies and plan for a sustainable future.
Headquartered in Leuven (Belgium) and with research sites across Belgium, in the Netherlands, Taiwan and the USA, an rep offices in China and Japan, imec leverages its state-of-the-art R&D infrastructure and its team of about 4,000 expert scientists, to drive open innovation across the globe. They unite world-industry leaders, Flanders-based and international companies, start-ups, and academia and knowledge centers, for R&D in nano-electronics and digital technologies, including advanced semiconductor scaling, silicon photonics, smart health, smart energy, smart mobility and smart cities solutions, artificial intelligence, beyond-5G and sensing technologies and more.
Next to its R&D offering, imec also leverages its expertise and large international industry network to support smaller organizations that have limited in-house R&D resources as well as larger companies with their innovation process from initial idea to fully functioning product, from the design of a product or chip, to prototyping, testing and optimizing, and manufacturing.
Finally, imec supports tech start-ups and scale-ups with a tailored offering. The imec.istart program is a business acceleration program that provides tech entrepreneurs with specialized coaching, facilities and overall support to help them grow their businesses, while the imec.scale-ups program focuses on larger innovative tech scale-ups looking to conquer the European market.
Commissioned by the Flemish government, Lantis is building connections that make the city and region flourish. Lantis is responsible for the realisation of the Oosterweel connection, which will increase prosperity and improve the quality of life. Lantis is contributing to this by promoting mobility, including the construction of numerous bicycle connections and multimodal junctions on the city outskirts of Antwerp.
Lantis strives for operational excellence in order to carry out projects as efficiently as possible and deliver quality. Thanks to intensive cooperation with the surrounding area, the organisation works transparently and with a focus on results. Innovation and transformation ensure future-oriented projects with a lasting impact on the dynamics of the region. This is the Lantis way of successfully realising large projects in an urban environment.
Lantis stands for Liveable Antwerp through Innovation and Cooperation and is a public limited company. The day-to-day management is in the hands of the management committee led by managing director Luc Hellemans. David Van Herreweghe chairs the board of directors.
As Europe’s second-largest port and largest integrated chemical cluster, the Port of Antwerp Bruges is a major lifeline for the Belgian economy: annually around 238 million tonnes of international maritime freight are handled. The Port of Antwerp Bruges accounts, directly and indirectly, for a total of around 143.000 jobs and more than €20 billion added value.
Innovation and digitisation enable our mission to be ‘a home port for a sustainable future’ as we aim to flexibly respond to a rapidly evolving maritime market. By supporting The Beacon, we want to ensure that our port platform finds relevant points of contact and vice versa. Furthermore, we want to facilitate the exchange effect created through the ecosystem being built around The Beacon.
The city of Antwerp welcomes businesses, researchers, citizens and city officials to experiment with smart technologies that aim to make urban life more enjoyable and sustainable. Antwerp is a living lab where solutions are tested and co-created with its inhabitants. The city is home to highly innovative businesses and with 171 nationalities that live in Antwerp, it is above all a very diverse, and international city. The Ecosystem in Antwerp is developing rapidly, over the past years the amount of start-ups and scaleups in Antwerp doubled.
Innovative companies are the driving force behind the Antwerp knowledge economy. Their growth is crucial for our future. The City of Antwerp therefore strongly believes in the power of digital networking and is developing an ecosystem for digital innovation in which large and small businesses, startups, scaleups, researchers and capital providers with an interest in the Internet of Things and Artificial Intelligence can meet each other. Thanks to the cross-pollination that occurs in The Beacon, innovative products are developed that are relevant to Antwerp’s ‘smart city’ ambitions and to our financial stakeholders: industry and logistics.
The University of Antwerp is a research university where pioneering, innovative research is conducted at an international level. Research and education are closely linked, with 20,000 students and 6000 staff spread across our nine faculties. As a driving force in the Antwerp innovation ecosystem, innovation is a constant focus.
The Beacon is the university’s pioneering pre-incubation structure for the domain of Metropolitanism, Smart City, Mobility & Logistics. It houses the IDLab research group and the Design Sciences Hub.
The IDLab research group of the University of Antwerp and imec performs fundamental and applied research on Wireless technologies, Artificial Intelligence and Internet of Things. IDLab, headed by prof. Steven Latré, targets the most daunting challenges industry is facing to deliver digital transformation, connecting everything and extracting high value from data. Bringing researchers and industrial partners together at the same location facilitates knowledge transfer and enables the cross-fertilization and co-creation insights on smart cities, IoT and AI towards the industrial partners in The Beacon.
The Design Sciences Hub of the Faculty of Design Sciences is an interdisciplinary innovation and valorization lab. They offer design solutions for urban challenges and wicked problems in the triangle of urban planning, built environment, and urban health.
Leer direct van de experts hoe je met Edge AI beveiligingstoepassingen slimmer maakt. Scailable. organiseert samen met Advantech en MCS een gratis workshop over de Scailable AI Manager.
Je krijgt een technische update en er worden nieuwe kansen gepresenteerd. Sinds de introductie van de MCS AI Gateway vorig jaar zijn er namelijk grote stappen gemaakt in de technische mogelijkheden van Edge AI.
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📆 Dinsdag 28 februari 2023
⏰ 12.30 - 14.45 uur, inclusief broodjeslunch
📍Kiotoweg 719 in Rotterdam (MCS hoofdkantoor)
#innovatie #beveiliging #artificialintelligence #kunstmatigeintelligentie #iot #workshop
Looking for an exciting way to spend your evenings? Join us for an evening of inspiration, connection, and fun with a community of like-minded professionals and enthusiasts.
Each event you'll discover the latest buzzwords, cutting-edge innovations and emerging concepts in the digital world explained by field experts. Not only will you soak up knowledge and make connections, but you'll also have a blast! Don't miss out on this opportunity to expand your horizons!
Our first session will be filled with interesting, funny and eye opening facts and insights about the Metaverse brought to you by Jeroen Baert, computer scientist and comedian known from Podcast Nerdland and many other radio and tv shows.
After the show, all this new information can be digested during a networking dinner.
Seats are limited!
In order to be sure of a seat, register via https://b-robots.be/connect
We are pleased to announce a new partnership between NxtPort International and BigMile. Both our companies are at the forefront of driving supply chain sustainability.
This collaboration will combine NxtPort's expertise in secure data exchange between supply chain partners with BigMile's innovative Emission API, a tool that offers automated CO2 calculations for any shipment using any mode of transport. The Emission API will soon be available on NxtPort's digital marketplace, making it even easier for platform users to access and benefit from this valuable resource.
Following the European Parliament's recent approval of the Carbon Sustainability Reporting Directive (CSRD), it is becoming increasingly important for companies to accurately report on their carbon emissions, including those caused by outsourced goods transport.
The BigMile Emission API enables you to provide yourself and your customers with insights into the transport-related carbon footprint and identify opportunities for further improvement.
We are excited to work with BigMile to drive sustainability in global supply chains and provide value to our clients through this partnership.
Citymesh is happy to invite you to CO-OP, the connectivity fair of the year. Learn more about connectivity in practice and get inspired by new trends. The name of the event reflects what Citymesh stands for: connecting opportunities, or CO-OP for short.
Why you shouldn't miss our exhibition:
-Learn how connectivity can support your business, regardless of size or sector
-Get up close and personal with practical use cases that address real challenges
-Gain new knowledge from speakers with a wealth of experience
-Take advantage of valuable networking opportunities
What do you think: fancy combining knowledge, inspiration, conviviality and networking? Want to know how connectivity can make a difference for you and your organisation?
Date: 21 March 2023 from 10:00 to 18:00
Location: Skyhall, Brussels Airport
CactusSoft and Flanders Space signed an agreement to boost New Space developments in the Flemish region. As a cluster that supports initiatives that contribute to shaping the space economy and industry Flanders in Space represents the ideal platform to scale the initiatives that CactusSoft has been developing in space topics.
“Flanders in space represents for us not only an opportunity to access financing for our feasibility studies or prototypes, establish valuable networking relationships or beyond. The fact of belonging to this ecosystem of companies and entities means for CactusSoft to belong to a coordination and shared knowledge platform, and to be in the spotlight of the development of the aerospace economy in our region.”
"Bram Van Nieuwerburgh CEO CactusSoft"
Nowadays the CactusSoft Space Solutions division is dedicated to advancing the field of satellite-based communications by developing cutting-edge technologies. A team of experts in wireless communications, systems engineering, satellites, and signal processing will be working to create state-of-the-art solutions and products in the domains of satellite and 5G networks.
Also, The Belgium-based software development company has recently gotten involved in several initiatives in the field of New Space such as the launching of the first Andalusian-made CubeSat (Mision Alpha) and also in advanced communications systems for Satcom.
If you have a tech idea or a digital challenge in a Space topic we can help you with, contact us at [email protected] or [email protected] and tell us what you devise as a Space Explorer!
CactusSoft is a Belgium-based software development company working on Digital Transformation for more than 15 years. CactusSoft provides services of Custom Software Development, Custom Software Extension, and Dedicated Teams for many IT and Technological companies in Belgium and abroad helping them with staffing opportunities and full project delivery.
Track & share live container #shipment data ! A new collaboration between two Beacon members, NxtPort International & Dockflow!
Proud to announce that the “Container Visibility” application of Dockflow is now available on the Nxtport International digital marketplace covering Asia, Americas and Oceania!
It combines powerful features with a wide range of #data integrations. Customers and their logistics partners always have access to the right information while saving time.
Dockflow users also have instant access to: Ocean carrier updates, Vessel position (#AIS) & Cargo monitoring devices!
Belgian ClimateTech start-up ClimateCamp raises 700k€ to reduce suppliers’ ecological footprint in the food & beverages industry
This interactive and practical course is the perfect introduction to Design Thinking. In 2 days we arm you with all the fundamental knowledge and tools that designers and innovators apply.
- Learn to empathize with your customers, faster and more practically.
- Create clear personas and customer journeys
- Devise and facilitate interactive and inspiring brainstorming sessions yourself
We guide you through a set of tools that will bring you closer to your customer and allow you to react faster to changes in the market.
Digital technologies can definitely support the sustainable growth of companies in the port economy. We selected four technologies that are rising steeply, and on which we'll host a discussion between technology providers and port economy companies.
The format of this event is a moderated and dynamic round table, that will be strictly moderated. In one hour time, participants will be informed about the state-of-the-art of the particular technology, and engage in a structural debate. The objective: to define the enablers to make your company future-proof with digital technology.
There are two rounds of four parallel sessions. Every participant can attend two sessions (e.g. AI and cyber security).
The purpose of this event is to raise awareness among port economy companies, but also to capture latent or manifest innovation cases of challenges.
Build a modern data lake using AWS Glue and Lake Formation (Engels)
Speaker: Brajendra Singh – Senior Solution Architect – AWS
Organisations are breaking down data silos and building petabyte-scale data lakes on AWS to democratise access to thousands of end users. Learn how to use AWS Glue and Lake Formation to build data lake to help businesses navigate data challenges, optimize analytics processes, and deliver insights to the business faster.
Monitoring the Covid pandemic with a modern AWS Cloud Data platform (Nederlands)
Speaker: Thomas De Block – DevOps Engineer – Big Industries
Big Industries helped the Flemish Government design & set up a modern AWS Cloud Data platform to map Covid contamination outbreaks. Thomas De Block tells us how data from hospitals, residential care centers, general practitioners, contact tracing, etc. gives an idea of where and when infections occurred. The new platform also makes it possible to investigate and communicate where the contamination clusters originate.
Aloxy, a spin-off of imec and University of Antwerp, that develops plug-and-play Internet of Things technology for the chemical and energy industry, closes its next funding round. A consortium of investors, Industrya, QBIC II, Innovation Fund, imec.istart and the University of Antwerp have joined forces with the team to invest € 3.8 million in the scale up and further growth of Aloxy. In the coming year, the company will focus on growing its sales activities as well as expanding the product range and further developing the Aloxy Industrial IoT Hub platform.
With this new round, Aloxy welcomes Industrya as a new investor who led this round. Industrya is a hands-on investment fund that operates exclusively in the industry 4.0, energy and new materials sectors.
Energy efficiency and material circularity are the new innovation must-haves in the construction industry. How do you encourage productivity growth and digitization speed? How do you make fundamental changes to meet the rising circular demands?
Join us on Tuesday June 28th at 9h30 to get inspired by experts from UAntwerp, Vandersanden, ETAP and Verhaert on how to unleash your sustainability potential.
- 9h30: Energy-neutral district architecture with Sven Verbruggen (UAntwerp) & Joris De Lamper (Verhaert)
- 10h05: Sustainability in building materials with Maarten Leën (Vandersanden) & Thomas Van Kerkhoven (Verhaert)
- 10h40: The challenges for a profitable circular business model with Dominiek Plancke (ETAP) & David Pas (Verhaert)
📅 June 28th at 9h30 CEST
📌 Online event
Join us on Thursday, June 23rdh at 15h30 to get inspired by experts from Henkel, TK Home Solutions, Verhaert and Pegus Digital and find out how they overcame their IoT project challenges and how they made their smart products successful.
📅 June 23rd at 15h30 CEST at 📌Verhaert Kruibeke
Exciting news for our community members at Cubitec.
Their project for Bebat has been nominated for IT project of the year in the Enterprise sector by Computable
Bebat is a forerunner when it comes to digital transformation and Cubitec is proud to work with them on a safe future for batteries
Massive news from our community members at Dockflow.
The Port of Antwerp, Europe’s second-largest container hub, in collaboration with, Foodcareplus an integrated international logistics provider offering specialty services in the food transportation industry, Dockflow the world’s first integrated logistics enablement platform offering container visibility, and TrakAssure, a leading provider of cargo monitoring solutions based on the ever-growing global LoRaWAN IoT network, have announced a service offering cargo temperature condition monitoring service for logistics assets and cargo, providing exception alerting solutions for cargoes for both shippers and 3PLs.
The solution uses existing LoRaWAN infrastructure at the port, where TrakAssure monitors are installed at load location and data streams into Dockflow’s servers via API, allowing it to be shared with relevant stakeholders in the cold chain.
You can read all about this exciting news here
Great news for our community members at Geosparc.
GEOSPARC announced at the Intertraffic conference a partnership in the development of data-driven mobility management.
A Geosparc platform trusted by numerous cities and municipalities across the Benelux region will now be powered by Mobilisis parking sensors.
Urban Sense is the consortium between Cegeka and Sirus and offers a data platform on which cities and municipalities can disclose all possible types of data.
In this Blog - Cegeka and Sirus go in depth on the dataplatform that urban sense offers.
Click here for the full blog
Blog is in dutch
Aloxy is happy to announce the US patent is granted for the Aloxy valve position sensor.
Great news for our community members who are working hard on expanding in the US market.
Read the full article here
Great news for our community members at Skyebase.
On the M+R fair in Antwerp, Skyebase was presented the innovation award with their new wall-and coating thickness measurement drone solution
A wonderful recognition for the Skyebase Team
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Amazing news from our community.
Our community members at Inuits are investing in an other community member, Dockflow !
Kris Kerremans invests in this logistics company, and the Inuits community will support them with scaling the technology and developing a future-proof solution.
This is what the beacon is all about - companies getting together and coorperate
read here all about the partnership