– PRESS RELEASE – Save the Date: 18 – 21 March 2019, first Dutch Digital Conference

The Hague, 15 November 2018 – from 18 to 21 March 2019, the first Dutch Digital Conference will take place at the Theater Gooiland in Hilversum. The aim of this four-day conference is to enable science, industry, civil society organisations and government to jointly give direction to and seek solutions for societal and economic challenges in a society and economy that are rapidly digitising. The theme for this first edition of the conference is: Smart applications in the area of artificial intelligence (AI).

The “Nederland Digitaal” Conference is an event that consists of several linked events. These include the Smart Industry Annual Event, ICT.OPEN and the concluding digital day. The Dutch economy and society are digitising rapidly, and that offers opportunities. With an outstanding digital infrastructure and a well-trained professional workforce, the Netherlands has a solid starting position to make the most of those opportunities. We want the digital opportunity to be available to everybody: young and old, students and starters, SMEs and large companies. The relevant parties can integrally tackle the digital challenges and learn from each other. This will result in a stronger Dutch economy and consolidate the Netherlands’ position as a digital trailblazer in Europe. The Nederland Digitaal Conference brings parties together and is a catalyst for integral collaboration. During the conference, the Dutch Digitisation Strategy will be further developed and the results of this will be presented.

Theme artificial intelligence (AI)

The overarching theme of the week will consider artificial intelligence and its applications in various sectors. This is a golden thread in the programming. Furthermore, the programme will focus on connecting and sharing inspiration, available knowledge and innovations in the digital field. This will happen by means of debates, workshops, training sessions and a continuous innovation market, and more. The programming of the various activities is in full progress.
The Nederland Digitaal Conference 2019 is being organised upon the initiative of the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate, on behalf of the Dutch government. Organising parties include the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO), Smart Industry and the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy.

About ICT.OPEN2019

ICT.OPEN is the event for ICT research in the Netherlands. More than 500 researchers from academia and industry, working in all disciplines of ICT, will meet during this two-day conference. The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) and ICT Research Platform Nederland (IPN) are jointly organising ICT.OPEN2019, with the aim of bringing together the ICT research field and building bridges towards innovative applications of ICT research.

About Smart Industry

The team Smart Industry inspires and encourages companies of all sizes to use the explosive growth of technology and digitisation to create new business opportunities. It does this through advice, practical tools, events, workshops, experiences of trendsetters, knowledge experts, networks and regional testbeds for experimentation and learning.
The Nederland Digitaal Conference will be held from 18 to 21 March 2019 in Theater Gooiland in Hilversum.
Further information about the programme and the event will shortly be available at: www.nederlanddigitaal.nl.
See also www.ictopen.nl and www.smartindustry.nl