Last week, representatives of Leuven MindGate attended the High Level Forum in Montreal, Canada, organised by Grenoble GIANT. Many leading innovative ecosystems from all over the world gathered for cross-border talks and sessions about innovation and smart living. Leuven MindGate is the first Belgian ecosystem to receive an invitation for the High Level Forum.
With the Smart City project and the Shaping Future City Life creed of and&, this year's central theme at the High Level Forum was right down Leuven MindGate's alley. So much even, that Leuven MindGate (with a capital 'G') President Gilbert Declerck featured as a panelist in a discussion about what the impact of a Smart Society will be on an Innovation Ecosystem.
Participants with a background in research, education, industry as wel as regional policy makers represented their ecosystem. Among them world leaders such as Silicon Valley, Taiwan, Tsukuba, Haifa, Hsinchu but also leading European ecosystems like Lund, Tampere and Oxford.
Leuven MindGate had talks with representatives from all the ecosystems present at the High Level Forum. Many bilateral contacts were made. Especially Lund, Tampere and Oxford showed an interest in a future cooperation or exchange with the Leuven MindGate ecosystem.
The next High Level Forum will be organised in Grenoble in 2018.
More about the High Level Forum here.