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IO BitesS1E23: Tech Xperience
There will be a new version of the Tech Xperience Week, which was conceived in 2018. This time with more candidates (not ten but twenty), a stricter selection and several ‘challenges’. The goal, however, remains the same: to grow ambassadors who tell the story of Brainport Eindhoven and Brabant in their own country. “So that their colleagues, family or friends have our region on their minds when they consider looking for work or setting up a start-up in high tech”, says Brabant Branding’s Sandy van den Hoogen. The set-up of the Tech Xperience is slightly different from the first edition. “This time we try to match interested candidates based on their profile as well as a possible fit with the companies they will be visiting so their background fits with what the companies are doing”, says Yvonne van Hest of Brainport Development. “That makes the visit more interesting for both the talent and the company. At the same time, we also want to appeal to people with more different backgrounds.” The campaign focuses on people from outside the Netherlands, but within Europe. Want to join a challenge? Visit for more info.
January 31, 2020
IO Bites S1E22: reha buddy
Physical therapy following, for example, hip surgery is fine. But what does a patient do when he is back home? Physical therapists and doctors can now follow that with the help of the app reha buddy. Reha Buddy is designed to facilitate the rehabilitation process. The app of this Viennese start-up registers movement data and can provide feedback on the course of physical therapy by means of special algorithms. By 2050, the number of people over the age of sixty will have doubled worldwide. This demographic change will also be reflected in an increase in the number of people in need of some form of physical rehabilitation. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), there are currently 75 to 110 million people worldwide who suffer from joint arthrosis (wear and tear of cartilage). Consistently implemented physical therapy can significantly improve patients’ lives. However, only one in three manages to perform the prescribed exercises on a regular basis. More on
January 30, 2020
IO Bites S1E21: social robots
Studying together with a social robot can help children learn. Researchers at the University of Twente (UT) discovered that primary school children are better able to explain what they are studying if they do that together with a robot. This is stated in the study ‘Now we’re talking: learning by explaining your reasoning to a social robot‘ presented by UT. The study continues to build on the understanding that explaining out loud to yourself or to others what you are learning about leads to a better grasp of a subject. However in situations where someone is working on their own, it’s not such an obvious thing to do. A social robot can be of help. More on
January 29, 2020
IO Bites S1E20: German Startups
German start-ups raised more money last year than ever before. This is a ray of hope following the realization that the German economy has seen the weakest growth in six years. The favourable news about the appeal of German start-ups to investors can be found in the start-up barometer published by Ernst & Young. These concern companies that are no older than ten years old. German start-up entrepreneurs were able to raise more capital in 2019 than ever before. This amounted to €6.2 billion in total. Which was an increase of more than a third (36%) compared to the previous year. Aside from that, the number of investment rounds increased by 13% to 704. Berlin profited the most from this sum. Start-ups in the capital were boosted by €3.7 billion, divided over 262 financing rounds. This represents an increase of 41% in comparison to 2018.
January 28, 2020
IO Bites S1E19: e-bus
15% of all public transport buses in the Netherlands are now electric, e-bus builder Ebusco says. “The European Union has set stringent objectives for reducing CO2 emissions in the very near future. The Netherlands is the most progressive EU state in this regard. In 2016 the Dutch government signed an agreement with all public transport providers stipulating that no new diesel buses may be sold from 2025 and that from 2030 no diesel buses will be allowed to operate.” By the end of 2018, there were 360 electric buses in the Dutch public transport system, by the end of 2019 the number had already reached 770. This represents 15 per cent of the entire Dutch fleet (5,236 buses).
January 27, 2020
IO Bites S1E18: Sleep
A human being needs eight hours of sleep. That this long-held statement doesn’t apply to everyone across the board has been known for quite some time. That’s because individual sleep needs vary from person to person. That’s also dependent on age. Children, in particular, need significantly more sleep as they are still growing and developing. Schoolchildren between the ages of 6 and 13 should sleep between nine and eleven hours. Adolescents up to the age of 17 – between eight and ten hours. Yet more and more children are suffering from a lack of sleep and sleep disorders. This not only leads to them being tired during the day and unable to perform well. In the long term, it can also lead to health problems such as obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular diseases and depression. Researchers at the Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche (CNR) in Avellino (Italy), have now developed a simple blood test that reveals whether a child is not getting enough sleep. This is evident from the concentration of certain molecules in the blood. These are linked to the amount of sleep children and adolescents get. The so-called microRNAs show whether the sleep behavior “corresponds to the standard recommendations,” Giuseppe Iacomino and his colleagues explain.
January 24, 2020
IO Bites S1E17: Phosphorus
Without phosphorus, there would be no life as we know it. The mineral is present in our DNA and cell membranes and is an important building block for our bones and teeth. Besides calcium, phosphorus is the most common mineral in our body and it provides the cells with important energy. Scientists have long been trying to solve the mystery of how and where it came to Earth. A group of international astronomers has now used the new results of the Atacama Large Millimeter/Submillimeter Array (ALMA) and the ROSINA-InstrumeAstronont on board the Rosetta (Rosetta Orbiter Spectrometer for Ion and Neutral Analysis) to trace the origin of phosphorus from star-formation regions to comets. This revealed where phosphorous-containing molecules are formed, how they get into comets, and how a particular molecule may have played a crucial role at the beginning of life on our planet: phosphorous monoxide. “Life appeared on Earth about four billion years ago, but we still don’t know what processes produced it,” says Dr. Víctor Rivilla, a researcher at the Arcetri Astrophysical Observatory of INAF, Italy’s National Institute of Astrophysics.
January 23, 2020
IO Bites S1E16 The German Car Lobby
Germany is split on the subject of electromobility. On the one hand, “green scientists” are in a hurry to make the transition from combustion to electric motors. This is the only way to become CO2 neutral and the only way for the automotive industry to survive. On the other hand, there is the car lobby that puts on the brakes, supported by “grey scientists” who think the German energy transition is too expensive and nonsensical as long as the rest of the world doesn’t participate. Volker Quaschning, professor of sustainable energy systems at the University of Technology and Economics (HTW) in Berlin, is clearly in the first group.
January 22, 2020
IO Bites S1E15: species and climate change
Earthworms, polar bears, bees and buttercups. Which animals and plants are best equipped for climate change? Which species can adapt or migrate and which ones will simply disappear? This is a question that researchers at the Senckenberg und LOEWE-Zentrum für Translationale Biodiversitätsgenomik (Senckenberg and LOEWE Center for Translational biodiversity genomics) want to answer on the basis of genetic material. A study in the journal “Evolution Letters” shows this.
January 21, 2020
IO Bites S1E14 Hydraloop
The Dutch water-recycling system for both households and businesses came out on top at the American Consumer and Electronics Show 2020 in Las Vegas. During the award ceremony on 9 January, Hydraloop founders Arthur Valkieser and Sabine Stuiver received the main prize, the BEST OF THE BEST award. The company also won in the categories Best Startup and Best Sustainability Tech. These came in addition to previous accolades won by the Dutch start up – the Best of Innovation award for the best product in the category Sustainability, Eco-Design & Smart Energy.
January 20, 2020
IO Bites S1E13: Volumetric Video
The recently opened Volumetric 3D Videostudio in the Eindhoven Effenaar will also get a research branch. In the project ‘Chronosphere‘, creative content makers, research institutes and technology companies will investigate the possibilities of 3D scanned persons. In the Volumetric 3D studio dozens of cameras simultaneously record all the movements of a living subject. These recordings are converted into a fully moving and digital image, creating an image that can hardly be distinguished from the real thing.
January 17, 2020
IO Bites S1E12: Cyber Attacks
According to experts, the current crisis in the Middle East is not going to lead to a large-scale international war on land any time soon. But there is a chance that a new form of strategic attack could take place. A cyber attack. Modern Western society, especially in urban areas, has a vast number of critical infrastructures that provide electricity, water or gas. But it is as much about the supply of food or fuel as it is about communication structures and railways. If targets like these are hit by a so-called cyber attack, then that will have a major impact on our society.
January 16, 2020
IO Bites S1E11: CO2 converted into fuel
Simply reducing CO2 emissions is probably not enough to meet the Paris climate targets. The amount of CO2 that’s already in the air must also be lowered. Students at Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) have come up with an innovative solution: They want to convert CO2 into formic acid. A chemical that can be used as a sustainable fuel, among other things.
January 15, 2020
IO Bites S1E10: Propeaq
Doctors, nurses or shift workers often suffer from an irregular work schedule. They are more easily irritated, more tired and their normal sleep/wake rhythm is completely disrupted. In order to solve this problem, Toine Schoutens devised special light therapy glasses to support a healthy sleep-wake rhythm. Propeaq. His invention was viewed with scepticism for quite a while at first. But those days are far behind him, as Olympic athletes have been using Propeaq products since 2006 and their number is increasing. Meanwhile, the Tilburg company already supplies its glasses to fourteen countries so that athletes can start their competitions in peak condition and without any jet lag. Schoutens travelled to CES for the second year in a row to promote his glasses.
January 14, 2020
IO Bites S1E9 Lithium Sulfur Battery
Australian and German researchers have applied for a patent for a new type of lithium-sulfur battery that is much lighter, cleaner and more powerful than the current standard lithium-ion batteries used in electric cars and mobile phones. The universities involved are Monash from Australia, the Technical University of Dresden and the Fraunhofer Institute IMS in Duisburg.
January 13, 2020
IO Bites S1E8 - Dirk van Meer
Students of today are the engineers of the future. They are facing major societal challenges in areas such as sustainability and the environment. But what is it like to work on a groundbreaking innovation when you are in your twenties? A new year offers new opportunities. This year Dirk van Meer, a student at Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e), and his team will build the first factory capable of recycling metals like cobalt and lithium. This might resolve the impending metal shortage. As the captain of Team CORE, he is determining the course and at the same time pursuing his own dreams. This isn’t always easy. Especially since he has Asperger’s, a form of autism.  Much more on
January 10, 2020
IO Bites S1E7: Peter de Kock, Pandora Intelligence
An American soldier who was released after a period of captivity by a terrorist organization is planning an attack on his own turf. This is the beginning of the first season of the TV series Homeland. But could a series like this help you prevent these kinds of attacks in the real world? Well, yes, according to Peter de Kock from Pandora Intelligence, an independent security company specialized in security risks. The company uses a scenario-based approach to discover narratives in unstructured data, which helps organisations to mitigate risks and enhance opportunities. The company combines historical information about such attacks with books, series and other stories in order to do this. At the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, De Kock hopes to bring new investors on board. It’s buzzing with rumours: is Pandora Intelligence going to be the next Dutch unicorn?
January 09, 2020
IO Bites S1E6: SeaFarm
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January 08, 2020
IO Bites S1E5: Electric Auke
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January 07, 2020
IO Bites S1E4: Carrypicker
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January 06, 2020
IO Bites S1E3: Kingfish Zeeland
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January 03, 2020
IO Bites S1E2: Carlo van de Weijer / robots
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January 02, 2020
IO Bites S1E1: AlphaBeats
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January 01, 2020
IO Innovation Bites, intro
Innovation Bites, that’s what this series is called. Bites as in little chunks of content you can easily consume - but also as a verb. Because innovation can bite sharply if it forces you to change your behaviour. Yes, we will all be affected by innovation’s consequences. Mostly in a positive way, sometimes not so much. So we will constantly be on the look-out for those bites. Where do they hurt society? Where do they eat our tradition? Where do they benefit certain companies over society as a whole? Where can we find our own gains and losses? Where do all those bites lead to?
December 21, 2019