The Innovation Expo 2018 is open to visitors from 09.00 a.m. until 08.00 p.m. The bustling expo hall (closing at 06.00 p.m.) features a host of interesting and amazing innovations for you to enjoy throughout the day. In addition, you may participate in in-depth substantive sessions. Furthermore, three keynote sessions will be held during the day, which you can attend on the plenary grandstand or watch on screens located elsewhere on the RDM premises.
Welcome to the Innovation Expo 2018 on October 4th:
Global Challenges, Dutch Solutions.
Taking innovations further, realising breakthroughs, and thus contributing to the social challenges we are facing in our country and in the world. That is the ambition of the Innovation Expo 2018 (IE2018) in Rotterdam. On 4 October 2018, the RDM Submarine Wharf in Rotterdam South will be transformed into one big Living Lab. A while ago, under the flag of the National Programme Rotterdam South, we started to work on improving education, employment, safety, and living conditions in this area. Here, in these remarkable, dynamic surroundings, participants in the IE2018 will experience the latest trends and innovations that help to keep our country safe, liveable, and accessible.
The IE2018 is a sample sheet of the most recent and high-profile developments that the Netherlands has to offer. We will present Dutch solutions to the major social challenges in the fields of the circular economy, energy, water, mobility, the built-up environment, health, and food, as well as the required enabling technologies.
The focus of this day will be on new meetings and setting down concrete deals. All the participants, from the Netherlands and abroad, will be working together this day on expediting innovations.
With the IE2018, the Dutch government offers businesses, research institutes, NGOs, and government bodies a platform for showcasing innovations to a wide national and international audience.
Why an Innovation Expo?
Innovation is not an isolated phenomenon; it is a precondition for progress. Never before have we been so aware of the need for innovation in order to keep our country safe, liveable, and accessible. The Innovation Expo 2018 is focused on major social challenges. Across the globe, increasingly more people are migrating to the cities. This has brought about a fundamental change in our ways of life. The pressure on our living environment is increasing. More than ever, we want to combat scarcity and we are taking different stances with respect to consumption and waste. Modern ways of living and working call for a modern infrastructure. In addition, climate change calls for innovation in our use of water and energy. And we are faced with the challenge of having the same planet Earth produce better food for more people and distributing such food efficiently.
In the Netherlands, we tend to join forces in national and international public-private cooperatives. This concerted action, the Dutch Solution, is an element of the formula for success: from an initial idea to a new product or service, ready to be upscaled. Innovators, decision-makers, policy-makers, enablers, and consumers collectively come up with innovative solutions. Taking innovations further, realising breakthroughs, and thus contributing to the social challenges we are facing in our country and in the world. That is the ambition of the Innovation Expo 2018 on 4 October 2018.
Below you find a selection of the keynote speakers of the Innovation Expo 2018.
Below you find a selection of the exhibitors of the Innovation Expo 2018.