The Future of IT

The Future of IT

Building Blocks and Strategies for the DigITal World

20 September 2017 (14-22h)
Location: Parker Hotel (Diegem)
Presented in English by Peter Hinssen, Ron Tolido, Patrick Van Eecke, Sam Wouters, Filip Maertens, Isabel De Clercq and Gert Vonck
Price: 720 EUR (excl. 21% VAT)
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 Learning Objectives

What is the purpose of this unique, exclusive event ?

On the 20h of September, we organise a special event where we gather various thought leaders about future trends and technologies, like Peter Hinssen, Ron Tolido, Sam Wouters, Filip Maertens, Isabel De Clercq, Gert Vonck and lawyer Patrick Van Eecke. We look at opportunities and challenges, and the future role of the CIO, the IT department and the IT profession.

Over the past 25 years, we have seen the growing importance of information technology, data processing and process automation. Perhaps surprisingly, the rate of change has not slowed down, but has only accelerated over the past 2 to 3 years. There have never been more innovations in IT, automation is everywhere and businesses need to reinvent themselves to take advantage of these innovations.

Technology has moved from supporting the back office to driving revenue streams at the front of the organisation. IT is no longer just an enabler but IT has become a game-changer. Some call this the "second machine age", the "fourth industrial revolution" or "The Internet of Everythng". Being aware of what is happening, and embracing the potential of the "digital transformation of IT" can make a huge difference in the survivability and competitiveness of your company.

During this event, we gather several top speakers about IT, digital transformation, big data, blockchain, citizen development, conversational interfaces, social technologies, privacy, and look at how they see the future.

Gathering several thought leaders like Peter Hinssen, Patrick Van Eecke and Ron Tolido

We are still finalizing the full programme of this special event, but we can already confirm the cooperation of Peter Hinssen ("The Day After Tomorrow"), Patrick Van Eecke ("Robot and AI Regulation"), Sam Wouters ("blockchain-enabled business"), Filip Maertens ("AI-centric business"), Ron Tolido ("No Digital") and various other top speakers.

If you are a business or an IT decision maker who is interested in the future of IT and the IT profession, don't miss this unique and special event on the 20th of September 2017.

This event is also special because we celebrate our 25th anniversary in 2017. More about this later.

If you are interested in sponsoring this event or cooperating with us to make this event even bigger, please contact us.

 Full Programme

13.30h - 14.00h
Registration and welcome of the participants with coffee/tea and croissants + Networking opportunity
14.00h - 15.15h
Opening Keynote: The Day After Tomorrow: How to Survive in Times of Radical Innovation
Peter Hinssen (Nexxworks)

Peter talks about an exponentially changing world and its consequences for organisations of Today. He introduces those pioneers who managed to move (way) beyond Tomorrow-thinking in innovation and were able to change the course of entire industries.

Above all, he talks about the business models, the organisational structures, the talent, the mindset, the technologies and the cultures needed to maximize our chances for survival in the Day After Tomorrow.

Based on Peter's brandnew book "The Day After Tomorrow".

15.15h - 15.45h
Will blockchains change the world ?
Sam Wouters (Duval Union Consulting)

Sam believes blockchains will change the world, and he hopes this simple introduction to blockchains will help you understand:

  • why they exist,
  • how they work and
  • how they are going to change the world
15.45h - 16.15h
Coffee/Tea, Refreshments and Networking
16.15h - 16.45h
Low-Code and Citizen Development: a Curse or a Blessing for IT ?
Gert Vonck (Appfie)

Gert takes a look at low-code, no-code and citizen development tools, and how these can be used in your company.

16.45h - 17.15h
Are Social Technologies the Ideal Catalyst for Organisational Transformation ?
Isabel De Clercq (Wolters Kluwer)

Isabel believes social technologies (Slack, Yammer, Workplace by Facebook, ...) are a vital catalyst for organisational and individual transformation. They bring more agility, increased productivity and employee engagement. What are the critical success factors in their implementation?

Based on Isabel's brandnew book "Social technologies in Business" and filled with many hands-on tips.

17.15h - 17.45h
AI, Machine Learning en Chatbots: Think AI-first
Filip Maertens (

What do AI & machine learning, robotic and smart process automation, and conversational/transactional interface bots mean for your company and the future of IT ?

17.45h - 19.00h
Walking Dinner Buffet & Giant Networking Opportunity
19.00h - 19.50h
Rise of the Robots: Should we Regulate AI ?
Patrick Van Eecke (DLA Piper)

Machines are getting smarter and smarter, and software robots like chatbots and robo-advisors can now do routine jobs better and faster than humans. What are the legal implications ? Patrick examines the new European legal initiatives to tackle AI and robotic automation in the digital society and workplace.

19.50h- 20.40h
Closing Keynote: No Digital
Ron Tolido (Capgemini)
  • How does the post-digital world look like ?
  • Which of the tested and proven IT concepts go for a BrexIT ?
  • And which technologies will BrexIT ?
  • Is Enterprise Architecture still relevant ?
  • What if we no longer have to make any decisions ?
End of the Presentations, Conclusions and Summary
Networking Opportunity Continued with Dessert and Drinks
End of the Seminar, Let's Go Home and Apply what we have Learned


Peter Hinssen (Nexxworks)

Peter Hinssen is one of Europe's thought leaders on the impact of technology on our society. He has a focus on the consumer adoption of technology, on the impact of the networked digital society and on the alignment between Business and IT. Peter co-founded Across Group in 2005, is the Chairman of Across Technology, and founded Nexxworks in 2014.

Peter is currently involved as a coach to executives to develop perspectives on the future and how to drive innovation. He is also a board advisor on subjects related to innovation and IT. He develops executive education workshops and awareness sessions to bring business challenges with IT solutions, and to leverage the innovation potential of IT.

Peter lectures at various business schools in Europe such as London Business School (UK) and Antwerp Management School (Belgium). Peter is a passionate keynote speaker who is frequently welcomed at forums and conferences around the world. His first seminar appearance was for I.T. Works in 1995, and he co-presented over 100 events for I.T. Works since.

Patrick Van Eecke (DLA Piper)
DLA Piper

Patrick Van Eecke, Lic.Iur., LL.M., is a lawyer and leads the e-business department of the international law firm DLA Piper, which has 4200 lawyers in 30 countries and more than 60 offices.

Patrick Van Eecke is recommended by the Legal 500 and the European Legal Experts as one of the top lawyers in ICT law in Belgium. He is ranked as 1st Belgian lawyer in the "Guide to the World's Leading Technology, Media & Telecommunications Lawyers" and is also in the world's Top 20.

Patrick is a professor at the University of Antwerp, teaching European Information and Communications Law. He is also a guest lecturer on Internet law at various universities, such as Solvay Business Institute, Kings College London and Queen Mary University of London (LL.M. Information Technology Law).

Patrick is member of the Brussels bar (since 1994) and is an associate member of the American Bar Association.

Participants of previous sessions with Patrick were very excited, making remarks like "Heel veel interactie, zeer positief!", "Very interesting discussions", "Great examples and use cases", "duidelijke, concrete voorbeelden, pertinent", ...

Duval Union Consulting

Sam Wouters is a Consultant at Duval Union Consulting who specialises in Blockchains and Artificial Intelligence. He helps organisations understand the impact of digital on their business, what this means for their future and how they can take digital transformation in their own hands.

Sam helped write the Digital Transformation book which has been sold in over 50 countries.

Sam got into Bitcoin and the Blockchain in 2013 and has been learning about them every day since. As a speaker he helps people without any background understand these complex topics.

Filip Maertens (Faktion)

Filip Maertens has a background in cryptography and machine learning, and has successfully co-founded companies in the space of cyber-security and artificial intelligence.

He has been named as Belgium's Top 50 Innovator and Top 50 Entrepreneur, and is a public speaker on technology and startups, at high profile conferences such as TEDx, Cannes Lions, Internet World, LeWeb, TheNextWeb and more.

He is politically active as an intermediary and advisor on various topics of artificial intelligence, privacy and ethics.

Currently he is the co-founder of Faktion, an applied Artificial Intelligence company in Belgium, with offices in Antwerp. The company is specialized in computer vision and natural language processing in the finance, automotive and retail.

Isabel De Clercq (connect|share|lead )

Isabel De Clercq is Keynote speaker, Consultant, Author, Fire Starter, Sparkle Architect, and last but not least, the Founder of connect|share|lead.

She is passionate about the vibrant interaction between people, brands, social technologies and organisational change, and her current focus is on the impact of technology on business, culture and work.

She is the author of the international bestseller book "Social Technologies in Business" (published in June 2017 by Die Keure, republished in Germany by FAZBUCH).

Some of Isabel's statements, with which we completely agree:

  • Business will be about eco-system and community-thinking
  • Social Technologies will change the culture of an organisation
  • It's not about man versus machine, it's about man and machine
  • I am a crusader against Digital Detox
  • Knowledge Sharing and Working Out Loud is about Self-Leadership

Ron Tolido (Capgemini)

Ron Tolido is Senior Vice President of Capgemini's group CTO network. He is also Advisory & Architecture lead at Capgemini's global Insights & Data Practice. He is also a Director at The Open Group, a blogger for Capgemini's multiple award-winning CTO blog, and a frequent international speaker. He is also Lead author of Capgemini's TechnoVision and the global Application Landscape Reports, as well as a Digital Transformation ambassador.

Ron currently takes interest in the new data landscape, cognitive systems, API management, digital strategy, enterprise architecture, DevOps, application rationalization, disruptive technology and - above all - radical simplification.

Ron absorbs technology and business trends, filters out what matters and guides Capgemini's clients in understanding how to apply technology to transform their business. He believes in finding natural balance between business and IT, in proper timing, in seeking the Zen within technology. He is an architect, an IT strategist, a publicist, an inspiring speaker and a certified disruptor.

Gert Vonck (Appfie)

Gert is a strong believer in low-code and citizen development, and watches this market develop and grow, particularly with the recent entrance of Microsoft.

Gert currently runs the startup Appfie, which focuses on Microsoft PowerApps & Flow, and gives guidance to companies in using Microsoft's low code platform.

Before starting Appfie, Gert was a business consultant, helping customers define and implement CRM strategies, roadmaps and organisational change.

Patrick Van Renterghem (I.T. Works)
I.T. Works

Patrick Van Renterghem is the Manager of I.T. Works, one of the leading seminar and workshop organisers in Belgium. Since 1992, Patrick has organised over 1000 events with over 100 different speakers.

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