03 Apr 2020
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Leuven MindGate MashUp

General info

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Do you fancy discussing common issues with fellow Leuvenites in an informal setting? Do you have experiences to offer and want to hear about how others have tackled similar situations? These MashUps offer the perfect venue!

What is a Leuven MindGate MashUp?

The idea is to bring to life the very heart of the Leuven MindGate mission: cross-overs and strength through collaboration.

We'll pick a theme - something our members have brought to our attention - and give YOU the opportunity to get together with members of the Leuven ecosystem to exchange ideas, experience, and solutions with each other.

The goal is not to create a 'lecture' setting where one expert speaks ex cathedra. Rather, we will give the word directly to participants. You will bring the content, talking about your issues and past experiences - both positive and negative - as well as asking and answering each other's questions. Each session will have a moderator to keep things on track. The most technical themes will have an expert in the room who can answer more in-depth questions.

How Does it Work?

At this web page you'll find the most up-to-date information on the entire series of MashUps for 2020. Under each edition you'll find a registration button. This will allow you to register for that specific MashUp. If you want to register for several MashUps, you'll have to go to each individual registration page. This will make sure that we have all the right information and smooth attendance! In some cases you'll be asked to give some information beforehand -- a case study or specific questions, for example. The more you can bring to the table, the more you'll get out of the MashUp. And the more information we bring together, the more interesting the end result.

Leuven MindGate members enjoy free entry to all MashUps. Non-members pay 50 euro (excl. VAT). Since they're informal gatherings and we want all participants to have a chance to speak, places are limited to 20 people per MashUp. Please also only one participant per company. (If your company would like to have an internal workshop about a given theme, you are welcome to contact us directly to see about possibilities.)

When: 28/05/2020, 09AM-10AM

Where: Cronos, Gaston Geenslaan 11, 3001 Heverlee (1e verdieping).

What: Digital assistants - Chatbots

Experts: Karel Kremer (CTO, Oswald)

The evolution of chatbots has already made our lives easier. From assisting customer support to carrying out everyday tasks like booking a taxi or reserving a table in our favorite restaurant, chatbots are becoming integral to our lifestyle. But did you know that chatbots can imitate human conversations, and understand emotions too?

Chatbots are getting more sophisticated and functional thanks to advanced technologies such as machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI). Make no mistake, chatbots aren’t just a passing trend!

Curious to see some examples? Do you need some insights on how to leverage chatbots in your organization? Expert in the field Karel Kremer (CTO, Oswald) will guide you to everything you need to know about digital assistants!

When: 08/09/2020, 08AM-10AM

Where: Business Brewery (Interleuvenlaan 62, 3001 Leuven)

What: International Talent Retainment

Experts: Olivia Cardinaels, Senior Talent Acquisition Specialist bij Imec

This Mash-Up focuses on two questions : how to attract expat profiles and how to retain international talent?

In this war for talent, companies and HR should think differently and holistically about attracting and retaining international talent. It’s not just about the recruitment, once you’ve found your top-talent expat, how can you make sure they stay with you? What are the specific needs of international employees in Belgium ? How can you build a long-lasting professional relationship with your international employees?

Interested in learning more from our expert and discussing these questions with fellow entrepreneurs ? Then come and join us ! The session will be moderated by Olivia Cardinaels, Senior Talent Acquisition Specialist for Imec.

When: 05/10/2020, 14PM-16PM

Where: i&i, Kapeldreef 60, 3001 Leuven

What: Doing Business with China: Exporting or Sourcing as a Region

Experts: Liang Sun (Generate)

You are looking for an interesting export-market? You are planning on, or already are entering the Chinese market with your products, technologies or services? Then this Mash-Up is thé place to be for you !

We are aware of the difficult situation due to the coronavirus, but China remains a very interesting market to discover so please be very welcome!

With expert Liang Sun, CEO of Generate, at the table, you’ll learn everything about new business opportunities emerging in China under COVID-19, export opportunities and distribution models, marketing entry strategy, how to successfully transfer technologies to China, how to find a right distribution or supply chain partner in China …