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Flanders Technology & Innovation: Health meets Hardware

Mar 20, 2024
13:30 - 22:00
Philipssite 6
3001 Leuven
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During 'Health meets Hardware' on Wednesday, March 20, we cross-pollinate Flemish, Belgian and European pioneers in product development and health care. On our 'Catwalk of Innovation' we show the pinnacle of what Flanders has to offer in health care devices: with keynotes, panel discussions and a real catwalk show for top devices. We bring both content and entertainment!

At 'Health meets Hardware' we combine innovation with bold ideas and new perspectives, aimed at the 'Future Generations'. This is the go-to event for the innovative health sector in 2024!

The event will be entirely in English.

A real catwalk for health care devices?

  • A dazzling show with lights, music and visual effects? Check.
  • Top-notch keynotes that will amaze you? Double check.
  • Inspiring stories from and by patients whose lives have been dramatically changed for the better? Triple check.

'Health meets Hardware' highlights the innovations of the future, starting from the patient's perspective, now and in our 'Future Generations'.

A dazzling catwalk show with visual effects takes you through the innovations of the future from the patient's point of view. Hand-tailored to our 'Future Generations'.

Top speakers with catching content

Listen to our keynote speaker Jo De Boeck, CTO/CSO at imec, the Flemish flagship of the microchip and nanotech world. Or get carried away by the compelling testimonial from Julie Verlinden, an SCI patient who tells how her life has drastically been improved, thanks to the Dutch company ONWARD Medical and the Flemish technology of Comate!

In the 'Policies for the Future Generations Debate' we map out how Flemish policy makers, network organizations and entrepreneurs can strengthen each other to make Flanders the hub where healthcare and hardware development go hand in hand.

During the 'Patient Perspectives Debate' we focus on innovations within the deep brain stimulation world. Deep brain stimulation can alleviate symptoms of various conditions, such as Parkinson's and Alzheimer's. Did you know Flanders has a leading role in this domain?
In this debate - co-curated by Health House - we bring together a patient, a surgeon and the industry within the DBS world, for the very first time in Flanders! How does a Parkinson patient experience everyday reality? And where can the medical professional make a difference? Thanks to which innovative technologies?

Innovative showcases from all over Flanders

Companies from all over Flanders are coming to Leuven with their most talked-about health care devices. From smart contact lenses, multi-deployable satellite rescue watches, medical drone transport, ... to AR glasses that convert the most complicated data into understandable data!

Expect a wide range of innovations: at 'Health meets Hardware' you'll see the Champions League of medical devices and health care devices.

Networking with more than 600 professionals

Come network and make contacts on a professional high and international level.
We're targeting:

  • Medical professionals (doctors, surgeons, Innovation Managers, key decision makers, ...)
  • Hardware professionals (product engineers, designers, business developers, ...)
  • Entrepreneurs (from startups to C-suite)
  • Researchers in health care and/or hardware
  • Investors in health care and/or hardware
  • Curious enthusiasts within these domains, looking for new opportunities

Don't want to leave anything to chance? Via the Conversation Starter application you can register and have targeted conversations with entrepreneurs, investors, researchers and medical professionals.

Or why not go all the way? Thanks to the 'Tables for the Future Generations', selected companies will have the opportunity to continue networking with professionals of different stripes after the event. During an exclusive three-course dinner, you can showcase your business expertise to partners, clients and prospects - while enjoying a high-end culinary experience.


  • 13u00 - Doors open
  • 13u15 - 15u00 : Conversation Starter + Innovative Showcases
  • 15u00 - 18u00 : Content on the Catwalk (with break)
    • Keynotes
    • Debates
    • Catwalk show
  • 18u00 - 20u00 : Reception + Innovative Showcases
  • 19u30 - 22u00 : Tables of the Future Generations


Leuven MindGate, UZ Leuven, Comate, KU Leuven, Health House, UCLL en Flanders Make

UZ Leuven
KU Leuven
Health House
UC Leuven - Limburg
Flanders Make

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