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Engineering (in) the Metaverse and Web3: beyond the hype?

Oct 25, 2023
19:00 - 22:30
Auditorium Campus Group T
Andreas Vesaliusstraat 13
3000 Leuven
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A new chapter of the Internet is coming. What was until recently dismissed as hype is now making considerable inroads into business, industry and everyday life. While consumers can benefit from new immersive and co-creative experiences, the enterprise and industrial metaverse is using immersive digital networked experiences to increase the efficiency of design, manufacturing, maintenance, marketing and sales.

But what exactly are the metaverse and Web3? How will they affect your job? And -last but not least- what risks are associated with the fast-paced uptake of these new digital paradigms?

Experts from business and academia will answer these questions and debate with each other and the audience.


  • 18:30 Doors open & registration
  • 19:00 Opening by Professor Wim Dewulf, Campus Chair of KU Leuven - Group T Campus
  • 19:10 Welcome by Professor Gerard Govers, Vice-rector Science, Engineering and- Technology, KU Leuven
  • 19:15 Introduction to the Metaverse by Jeroen Baert, Science communicator
  • 19:45 Keynotes:
    • Wim Hoogedeure, Global Client Service Partner, AI Innovation & Operational Excellence at Ernst and Young Belgium
    • Bart Demaegdt, Digitalization Technology Manager at Siemens Belgium
  • 20:30 Debate
    • Lawrence Landeloos, Founder & Venture Lead at OneGrid
    • Els Meyvaert, Blockchain Strategist at Fujitsu and Founder of Web3 Women Belgium
    • Martin Meganck, Professor of Ethics in Business and Engineering at KU Leuven-Ghent
    • Evarest Schoofs, Co-founder of OneBonsai-Metaverse Solutions
  • 21:30 Networking reception: with info stands, demos and good practices.


Group T Leuven Campus & EY Belgium

Theme night sponsored by Alumni Engineers KU Leuven

KU Leuven

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