The Future of IT

The Future of IT

Our annual look into the future of IT, with the best speakers, best topics and best crowd

20 September 2018 (9h30-20h30)
Location: Parker Hotel (Diegem)
Presented in English by Peter Hinssen, Dimitri Lambrecht, Omar Mohout, Ron Tolido, Jan Henderyckx, Patrick Van Eecke, Paul Delbar, Florian Goossens and Bram Lerouge
Price: 720 EUR (excl. 21% VAT)
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 Learning Objectives

What is the purpose of this unique, exclusive event ?

On the 20th of September, we organise the annual event "The Future of IT". During this special and unique event, we have selected various thought leaders in digital business and IT to talk about emerging trends, technologies, tools, techniques, and give you plenty of advice, tips and tricks to tackle the future.

Gathering several thought leaders like Peter Hinssen, Jan Henderyckx and Ron Tolido

We are still finalizing the full programme of this special event, but we can already confirm the cooperation of:

  • Peter Hinssen: "Disruption and IT: what is the Day After Tomorrow for IT ?",
  • Jan Henderyckx: "The Future is Data-centric: how to Unlock the Potential of Compliant Value Creation",
  • Ron Tolido: "Power to the People: the DIY Revolution will be Live" (brand new presentation),
  • Paul Delbar from Nallian: "How blockchain can enhance data sharing and collaboration in air cargo communities",
  • Omar Mohout from Sirris: "The Future of IT is Hyper-ScalabilITy",
  • Florian Goossens from "AI Essentials and the VDAB Case Study",
  • Bram Lerouge from Doccle on how Doccle is using and will use AI and Chatbots today and tomorrow,
  • Dimitri Lambrecht from Fagron: "Humanized Health Care"

At 19h00, we offer a presentation and discussion on the regulation of artificial intelligence and robotics by top lawyer and top speaker Patrick Van Eecke (DLA Piper).

If you are a business or an IT decision maker who is interested in the future of IT, the IT profession and digital business in general, don't miss this unique and special event on the 20th of September 2018.

SPONSORING Opportunities

If you are interested in sponsoring this event or cooperating with us to make this event even bigger, please contact us. Together, we can look at ways to increase your visibility and to generate leads, but always within strict "content is king" and "privacy is key" boundaries.

FREE BOOKS for all paying participants

Participants of the non-free part of "The Future of IT" (9.30-17.45h) get a free copy of these 2 fantastic must-read books:

 Full Programme

8.30h - 9.30h
Registration and welcome of the participants with coffee/tea, croissants and the opportunity to visit our exhibition area
9.30h - 10.45h
Opening Keynote: Disruption and IT: what is the Day After Tomorrow for IT ?
Peter Hinssen (Nexxworks)

Peter talks about an exponentially changing world and its consequences for organisations of Today, and particularly for the IT department, IT professionals and the role of IT and the CIO:

  • Technology is transforming Business, what is the role of IT ?
  • From Transformation to Disruption: is there a roadmap ?
  • The Bigger Picture: beyond Disruption, what's Next ?

Based on Peter's brandnew book "The Day After Tomorrow: How to Survive in Times of Radical Innovation".

10.45h - 11.15h
Humanized Health Care in the Digital Era
Dimitri Lambrecht (Fagron)

During this presentation, Fagron's Global Digital Transformation Manager, Dimitri Lambrecht will guide you through the future and disruption of health care as we know it today:

  • How technology is rapidly changing the way healthcare is being delivered and experienced today
  • Why a patient-centric approach is key, driven by data, sensors and augmented intelligence
  • Impact of emerging technologies like 3-D printing, blockchain, AI/machine learning, virtual assistants, ...
  • Why management support and vision is extremely important to drive innovation and opportunities
11.15h - 11.45h
Coffee/Tea, Refreshments and Networking
11.45h - 12.15h
How blockchain can enhance data sharing and collaboration in air cargo communities
Paul Delbar, Solution Architect, Nallian
  • Why data sharing is a key driver for community collaboration
  • Example data sharing use cases in air cargo
  • Blockchain solution patterns: when is blockchain the right technology for a supply chain use case?
  • Blockchain meets your IT architecture: when and how to combine the strengths of blockchain with other technologies
  • What can we learn from the first operational blockchain use cases?
12.15h - 12.45h
The Future of IT is Hyper-ScalabilITy
Omar Mohout, Sirris

Forget being disruptive. The real question is: are you hyper-scalable ?

Companies that ponder how to be disruptive or innovative are asking the wrong question, says Omar Mohout, Professor of Entrepreneurship at Antwerp Management School. Omar will discuss the limits of the disruptive innovation philosophy and argue that future success requires companies to adopt hyper-scalable thinking to succeed in winner-takes-all markets.

12.45h - 14.00h
Walking Lunch Buffet & Giant Networking Opportunity and the opportunity to visit our exhibition area
14.00h - 15.00h
The Future is Data-Centric: how to Unlock the Potential of Compliant Value Creation
Jan Henderyckx (Inpuls)

No need to convince you that data is a core element for the execution of your company strategy. However, bridging the gap from the understanding that data is a core asset to properly managing it and unlocking the true value, is still a big challenge for most organisations. Simply gathering more data and filling data lakes has proven not to be the way to move forward. Jan explains several steps in becoming data-centric:

  • Setting up-big data governance
  • Embracing agility through your Information Governance policy
  • Scaling up using AI
  • Framework for Data centricity
15.00h - 15.30h
AI Essentials & Case Study
Florian Goossens (

The future of IT is AI. Staying ahead requires IT professionals to make nimble, informed decisions about where and how to employ AI in their business. This presentation will provide you with the necessary essentials.

  • What are Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning and Deep Learning ?
  • How are other companies using Machine Learning? How can you ?
  • A case study: matching jobs and profiles using deep learning for VDAB
15.30h - 16.00h
Coffee/Tea, Refreshments and Networking
16.00h - 16.30h
How Doccle will use Chatbots and AI on a Large Scale
Bram Lerouge (Doccle))
  • Chatbot for customer support
  • AI for categorisation of documents and automated decision taking on which code and technology to use, making it easier to launch new organisations on the Doccle platform
  • Using AI to perform daily administrative actions
  • Conversational interfaces to access information and perform actions
16.30h - 17.30h
Closing Keynote: Power to the People – the DIY Revolution will be Live
Ron Tolido (Capgemini)
  • Do-it-Yourself / Citizen AI, data science, app development, BI, etc
  • Making business more productive and more digital-savvy by using AI and automation
  • Does this take power away from IT ?
  • How should IT respond to the DIY revolution?
17.30h - 17.45h
End of the Seminar "The Future of IT"
18.00h - 19.00h
Walking Dinner Buffet, Giant Networking Opportunity & Inspiration Sessions in every corner of the Parker Hotel - Combining Food for Thought with Real Food
19.00h - 20.00h
The Future of AI: Rise of the (Software) 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.

Discussion and Q & A
End of the Day, Closing Networking Drink


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.

Jan Henderyckx (Inpuls)

Jan Henderyckx is a highly-rated advisor, speaker and author who has been active in the field of Information Management since 1986. He is the founder and managing partner of Inpuls cvba, a consulting company focussing on enabling data driven, compliant and sustainable business value creation.

Jan's experiences, combined with information architecture and management expertise, have enabled him to help many organisations to optimise the business value of their information assets. He has advised internationally and in different industries on the setup of CDO and DPO roles. Based on these experiences Jan has defined an approach for bridging the gap between big data architectural blueprints and regulatory- and ethical compliant big data use cases.

He has presented, moderated and taught workshops at many international conferences and User Group meetings worldwide. He is the President of the Belgium and Luxembourg chapter of DAMA (Data Management Association) and is a DAMA International Board member being the Chair of the Presidents Council. He has published articles in many leading industry journals, and has been elected to the IDUG Speakers Hall of Fame, based upon numerous Best Speaker awards. Jan is certified at the mastery level: DAMA Certified Data Management Professional and Data Governance and Stewardship.

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.

Bram Lerouge (Doccle)

Bram Lerouge is CEO of Doccle, thé Belgian platform where you receive, pay, share and store your administration in one place. More and more energy, telecom and water providers, health insurance, banks, government agencies, job agencies, hospitals, B2B retailers and industries are recognising the simplicity and safety of Doccle.

The Doccle platform is now used by 1.3 million users, doing approximately 100 million transactions every year with nearly 100 (and counting) business partners that have chosen the Doccle platform. Its use of artificial intelligence, chatbots and conversational interfaces will impact the every day life of a lot of Belgians.

Dimitri Lambrecht (Fagron)

Dimitri Lambrecht is Global Digital Transformation Manager at Fagron, a market leader in pharmaceutical compounding. He is responsible for the development and execution of the Fagron digital business development strategy. He continuously examines, identifies and initiates e-business opportunities in line with Fagron's business goals and ambitions.

Omar Mohout (Sirris)

Omar Mohout, currently Entrepreneurship Fellow at Sirris, is a former technology entrepreneur, a widely published technology author, C-level advisor to high growth startups as well as Fortune 500 companies and Professor of Entrepreneurship at the University of Antwerp, the Antwerp Management School and Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management.

He is author of a number of books: "Pricing Strategies for Startups", "The Belgian Startup Landscape", "Crowdfunding in Belgium", "99 reasons why startups fail", the brand new "Corporate Venturing" and the popular "Startup Master Class series". He is a contributing author to the "100 Days Digital Marketing Plan" and "The Future of Business" books.

He is an active member of the General Assembly at and serves at the board of high growth technology companies and He joined recently the Board of Directors of venture capital fund imec.iStart.

Omar is a keynote speaker and panelist on technology, entrepreneurship and innovation topics at leading conferences.

Paul Delbar (Nallian)

Paul Delbar is a Solution Architect at Nallian. He started his career in software development before joining i2 Technologies (now JDA), where he ran the EMEA Customer Service organisation. After running an online fundraising platform startup, his supply chain background and a passion for solving business issues brought him to Nallian, where he is responsible for solution architecture and product management.

Florian Goossens (

Florian Goossens is the co-founder and project lead at, which brings the power of AI to business, from strategy to execution:

  • Coming up with ideas and prioritising use cases
  • Building proof of concepts on real data
  • Deploying end-to-end AI solutions

At, Florian is the bridge between the team and the client. Before founding, Florian worked as a data scientist for several successful Belgian startups.

Florian is a strong proponent of demystifying AI:

  • If you read the news, everyone seems to be using AI, for everything
  • Yes, AI will change the world for the better
  • But to get there, you need a clear picture of what AI can do, and what not

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", ...

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