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.
Exciting news from our community members at Verhaert.
To boost their customers’ capacity to innovate, they are proud to announce the acquisition of the AfCE - Academy for Corporate Entrepreneurship. With the shared vision of turning that statistic upside down, AfCE will complement Verhaert’s services by offering courses, incubation & acceleration programs, tools and services to support internal innovation.
Amazing news from our community members at Rombit.
They have raised 25 million and with their series B funding round, led by the Belgian government, they are ready to scale their operations further and provide their customers the products to ensure real-time risk management.
NxtPort international have launched a new movie to highlight their activities for ports.
You can check it here
In our ninth blog, Our community members at Citymesh wrote about the health & safety concerns about 5G and the risks attached to it.
Two arguments keep coming up: the fact that 5G's radio frequency would be harmful, and the fact that 5G requires a larger number of antennas than its predecessors. Citymesh will take a closer look at these arguments and what scientific research on the subject tells us.
Note : The Blog is in Dutch
Pauline van Ostaeyen, the co-founder of dockflow has given an in-depth interview about the journey that dockflow already has walked so far.
You can find the full interview here
One of the mail partners of The Beacon, The Port of Antwerp is deploying drones using an in-house developed machine vision model.
You'll find more about this exciting innovation here
In the eight blog Imec's Maikel Peeters explains in a virtual talk how to tackle the big challenges as we move into the era of 6G pre-competitive research.
You can find the full presentation here.
In the 7th blogpost - ML6's ML engineer Maximilian Gartz takes a look at the new Vertex AI managed TensorBoard pricing model and provides an alternative, serverless and cost-efficient solution on GCP
You'll find the full blog here
In the sixth blog you'll find the definition of the perfect product and the innovation principles behind it.
Verhaert's Frederik wouters discusses how data-based intangible innovation can improve user experience, product efficiency & process, to give you a competitive advantage.
Read the full blog here
Exciting news from our community members at Cegeka.
Cegeka have acquired a majority stake in the data specialist Solver Sweden. This strategic partnership is part of Cegeka's strategy to respond to the ever-growing demand for data and AI partners.
Congrats to Cegeka for this milestone.
Exciting news from our community members at Aloxy.
They are expanding into the North American market. This is another milestone on the growth path of Aloxy and strategically important to develop Their business in the US.
More information here
Our community members at BubblyDoo are starting the BubblyDoo Engineering Blog where they will dive into the most interesting programming topics at their company.
Want to know more about the plugin Founder & CTO Hans Otto wrote to keep their deploy times short?
Our community members at Faktion are looking for a lot of talent with technical backgrounds.
Are you interested or do you know people that fit these profiles ?
Be sure to check it out here.
Congrats to our community members at ML6.
Once again they are nominted for Trends gazellen East Flanders.
More info here
The Tedx Talk of Dewi Van De Vyver, CEO of Flowpilots is online.
The talk is about 𝘄𝗶𝗰𝗸𝗲𝗱 𝘁𝗵𝗶𝗻𝗸𝗶𝗻𝗴, searching for 𝘀𝘂𝘀𝘁𝗮𝗶𝗻𝗮𝗯𝗹𝗲 𝘀𝗼𝗹𝘂𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻𝘀 and 𝗰𝗵𝗮𝗹𝗹𝗲𝗻𝗴𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗯𝗶𝗮𝘀𝗲𝗱 𝗺𝗶𝗻𝗱𝘀𝗲𝘁.
Click here to watch the full version
In this blog, ethical AI expert Caroline Adam from ML6 takes a look at the importance of explainability for building trust and realising business value with AI.
Read the full blog here
Amazing news from our community members at Helicus.
Helicus have completed the first long distance remotely controlled flight from the Helicus Command and Control Centre (C2C) at The Beacon
This flight forms the next step in the in-field test program, coupling drones with automated fleet ground control (C2C) enabling economic viable (medical) services by drone.
More about this amazing news here
Our community members at Flowpilots are currently looking for an administrative support profile.
More information here
In this blog Co-founder & CTO of Inuits, Kris Buytaert talks about how you can Introduce CD/CI to engineers teams.
Listen to the full podcast here
We are thrilled to announce that E-bo enterprises have joined The Beacon Community.
e-BO Enterprises develops smart content distribution platforms and delivers network operation services, secure cloud computing solutions and network infrastructure.
Find more about them here