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DSP Valley International Day & Smart Systems Industry Summit

The events will take place in Mechelen (Belgium), 13-14 October 2014.

When 13 October 2014 10:00 AM to
14 October 2014 05:00 PM
Where Mechelen, Belgium
Contact Name Jan Verlaak
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The DSP Valley International Day on 13th October 2014 is dedicated to international companies and clusters, willing to discover the Flemish high tech eco-system on Smart Electronic Systems. The International Day offers a unique opportunity to discover this vibrant and dynamic eco-system in depth. We will present to you, together with Flanders Investment and Trade, the outlook and opportunities for Electronics Systems in Flanders. On top, we arranged visits to some of the DSP Valley state of the art high tech and most innovative companies: imec, Tombra Sorting and NXP Leuven.

The Smart Systems Industry Summit on 14th October 2014 is the combination of an international conference and exhibition on Smart Electronic Systems. The Summit will bring together all major stakeholders, businesses and innovators in the field of Designing Smart Products. With more than 6 conference tracks, 32 speakers and 30 exhibitors, the SSIS offers a unique networking and business platform. We are planning an inspirational program in true Belgian tradition, known for its quality, hospitality and open-innovation.


Programme for DSP Valley International Day on 13 October 2014

10.00: Pickup participants staying in Mechelen (in front of Novotel Hotel). Arrival in Leuven around 10.30.

10.30 – 11.00: Welcome & registration for participants staying or arriving on Monday in Leuven or Brussels Airport. Venue: Vlaams Administratief Centrum Leuven (route: see below).

11.00 – 11.20: Introduction to DSP Valley and the eco-system, Peter Simkens, Managing Director DSP Valley.

11.20 – 11.40: New technologies and opportunities in the Healthcare and Medical Devices Market, Frederik Horemans, Project Coordinator DSP Valley.

11.40 – 12.00: Flavors of Flanders, Claire Tillekaerts, CEO Flanders Investment and Trade.

12.00 – 13.00: Lunch

13.15 – 14.15: Presentation by imec and demonstrations, including 300mm Cleanroom Window Tour.
Company profile: Imec performs world-leading research in nanoelectronics. Imec leverages its scientific knowledge with the innovative power of its global partnerships in ICT, healthcare and energy. Imec delivers industry-relevant technology solutions. In a unique high-tech environment, its international top talent is committed to providing the building blocks for a better life in a sustainable society. Imec is headquartered in Leuven, Belgium, and has offices in Belgium, the Netherlands, Taiwan, US, China, India and Japan. Its staff of over 2,080 people includes more than 670 industrial residents and guest researchers. In 2013, imec's revenue (P&L) totaled 332 million euro.

14.15 – 14.40: Travel to Tomra Sorting – Leuven

14.40 – 15.40: Presentation by TOMRA and demonstrations.
Company profile: TOMRA Sorting creates vision and sensor-based technologies for sorting, peeling and process analytics. It unites four strong brands under one roof: TITECH for recycling, CommodasUltrasort for mining along with ODENBERG and BEST for food. This powerful alliance makes TOMRA Sorting a leading provider of vision and sensor-based sorting solutions worldwide. There are many benefits and synergies provided by this alliance including 15 test centers worldwide, access to a vast array of technologies along with a large R&D department and an enhanced service offering with a shared service network ensuring we get even closer to our customer.

15.40 – 16.00 Travel to NXP- Leuven

16.00– 17.00: Presentation by NXP and demonstrations.
Company profile: NXP Semiconductors N.V. (Nasdaq: NXPI) provides High Performance Mixed Signal and Standard Product solutions that leverage its leading RF, Analog, Power Management, Interface, Security and Digital Processing expertise. The innovations are used towards creating secured connections for a smarter world, with applications in the areas of connected cars, cybersecurity, portable and wearable products and the internet of things. Headquartered in Europe, the company posted sales of USD 4.8 billion in 2013. NXP Semiconductors Belgium is the headquarter of the product line ‘Personal Health’, and also performs R&D activities in the area of sound and acoustics, ultra low power DSP, wireless, mixed signal connectivity solutions, systems security & cryptography, and CMOS Sensors.

17.00 – 17.30: Travel to Mechelen – Carolus

17.30 – 19.00: Social event. Tour in Mechelen (old town) and visit of the Carolus brewery, including beer tasting. The Board of Directors of DSP Valley will join for the social event.

19.00: End of the International Day and free time.

Programme for Smart Systems Industry Summit on 14 October 2014

The programme is available here 


  • 13/10: International Day:
    Vlaams Administratief Centrum Leuven (Diestepoort 6, 3000 Leuven). Entrance is next to the railway station if coming from Brussels Airport.
  • 14/10: Smart Systems Industry Summit:
    Congres Center Lamot (Van Beethovenstraat 8, Mechelen)


The Fee is 290€ and also includes:

  • All presentations, visits, lunch and social event on Monday 13th of October 2014
  • Full participation to the SSIS (conference and exhibition), including lunch on Tuesday 14th of October 2014

To register for the International Day and Smart Systems Industry Summit, please send an e-mail to Jan Verlaak  stating the following information:

  • Name
  • Company / Organization name
  • E-mail address
  • Street (nr), city and country
  • Optional: pickup in Mechelen or registration in Leuven
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