Dutch Digital Impact Session

Product Design

You probably know the Netherlands from its ingenious waterworks, bicycling residents and tulips, but the Netherlands is also well known for its innovative and successful creative industry. In a dynamic session Innovative Dutch companies will present their most talked-about cases. Join us for Dutch success stories on digital strategies, 3D scanning, Virtual Reality and new music services. How do these Dutch agencies help brands use new technologies to tell their brand stories? How can brands benefit from the services of these young companies? How do the Dutch master the digital shift en how do they get there?

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Monique van Dusseldorp

Monique van Dusseldorp has been involved as the international Program Director of NEXT Berlin since 2010, since 2012 working alongside Peter Bihr to define themes and speakers for the event. Monique van Dusseldorp (48) is a well-known curator of seminars and conferences on creativity, innovation, and technology. Over the last ten years she initiated and organised a series of internationally renowned events, all with a top line of speakers. She was the Program Director of PICNIC, an Amsterdam cross media festival, from 2006 to 2008, and since 2009 has been the Program Director for the Dutch iMMovator Cross Media Network, focused on changes in the broadcasting industry. She helped launch the first Wired Event in London, and she is on the board of TEDxAmsterdam and a number of other industry events, mostly in the field of media and technology.

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Robert Overweg

Robert Overweg is an artist and expert in the field of Virtual Worlds. He guides some of the most leading international companies in making the digital transformation. Robert gives lectures, creates art, offers companies guidance in concept development, strategy and the execution of this.

He believes that design and technology can also facilitate in making the world a better place. Robert has developed several branches in VR. With Beyond Care the focus is on makings people’s lives better through VR. By improving treatments, reducing pain, or desensitising traumatic experiences through Virtual Reality.

As an international speaker, he asks his audience to embrace technology, but with a critical view, just like he tries to maintain.

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Noortje van den Eijnde

Noortje van den Eijnde is VJ Noralie at Veejays.com. She will present her work as an example of new video culture. Veejays.com is a band of passionate visual artists based in Amsterdam. They produce visuals for clubnights, festivals, fashion shows, theatre plays and other events. Veejays.com is developing as one of the the most vibrant video art communities you’ll find anywhere.

No night out clubbing is complete without those hypnotic images projected on giant screens. And more and more, you see spectacular video backdrops and 3D creations used during concerts, business events, and television shows. This video art is created by Video Jockeys.

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Rene van Engelenburg

Rene van Engelenburg is founder of Dropstuff, a design studio specialised in public screens and VR experiences. Dropstuff specialised in interactive projects for public spaces, bringing interactive experiences to a large audience. The #BigArtRide tour is their most recent project. Part of the Europeana280 campaign to launch Europeana Art History Collections – it celebrates European culture through a fun interactive installation. Delegates are invited get on their (stationary) bikes, put on virtual reality ‘Oculus Rift’ headsets, and navigate through a virtual city experiencing centuries of Europe’s art along the way. 


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John Ashley Burgoyne

John Ashley Burgoyne will present MineExplorer, a VR application that combines archive material with storytelling. Maarten works at the Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision, a cultural-historical organization of national interest. It collects, preserves and opens the audiovisual heritage for as many users as possible: media professionals, education, science and the general public. In addition, the institute develops and disseminates knowledge in the area of audiovisual archiving, digitization and media history. Sound and Vision has one of the largest audiovisual archives in Europe. The collection contains more than a million hours of television, radio, music and film from the beginning in 1898 until today. The Institute plays a leading role in creative archive use – they work on making music databases searchable.

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Pieter van Rijn

Fuga builds technology and provides services for content owners, record labels and distributors, enabling them to optimize their business processes and successfully execute their strategy. Pieter van Rijn, CEO, will share his views on the industry. The products & services of Fuga provide a complete ecosystem for the digital product cycle. With a catalog of over 2 million tracks, the content management & delivery platform provides instant delivery of more than 2.5 million music tracks and videos per month to over 250 DSPs worldwide for over 5000 labels. Fuga is a preferred partner to iTunes, Spotify, Amazon, Beatport and Google Play and works for music services and labels such as Domino, Ministry of Sound, Spinnin’ Records, Armada.

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Tom van der Velpen

Tom van der Velpen, co-founder of Gigstarter, presents the service of Gigstarter. Gigstarter is the market place for booking live music. Started in the Netherlands, the service is now also available in Spanish speaking countries, and expanding to the rest of the world. Get in touch with hundreds of bands, DJs ensembles and solo-artists. Because there are no more expensive intermediaries in the process of booking live performance it become affordable, convenient and transparent with Gigstarter. Gigstarter is the only platform that doesn't charge fees for booking live music, and has become the preferred platform for both bookers and artists. No hassle. Just music.

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Bas de Haas

Bas de Haas, Co-Founder and CEO of Chordify, will demonstrate the newly released Chordify App for iOS and elaborate on the Chordify growth strategy. Chordify is a music e-learning platform that transforms any song into chords. Chordify’s state-of-the-art music technology reshapes music education by creating affordable, engaging and personalized products, enabling everyone to become a musician. With 1.5 million monthly visitors, 500,000 registered users and over 4,000,000 Chordifyed songs in their catalogue Chordify is likely to become the number one platform for aspiring musicians.

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Meindert Kennis

Meindert Kennis, CMO of Spinnin’Records, will be interviewed about their digital strategy. Spinnin' Records is a Dutch independent record label, founded in 1999. Besides their main imprint, Spinnin' Records hosts approximately forty sub-labels. It meteoric rise in the industry was fuelled by a hugely succesful online strategy, including an open Talent Pool for aspiring music talent, and dedicated media productions for all media channels. This has amongst others resulted in close to 15 million Youtube subscribers (best watched video: 850 million views)

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Elly Doek

Elly Doek, Strategic Client Relations Manager of Info.nl will present on mastering the digital shift & how to get there. Info.nl is a creative technology agency dedicated to crafting real and relevant digital products. They work together with forward thinking companies actively seeking out the next step. As a partner info.nl enables these companies to be leaders in the fast-changing digital economy and offer better services to their customers. Info.nl strives to continuously improve products and services based on actionable insights from users. The unique approach of incorporating lean UX in agile software development has been proven successful for clients like Greenwheels, BVA Auctions (Dechow Auktionen) and Adyen.

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Chris Byrne

Chris Byrne, Partnership Monk, will present some of their most spectacular VR work of Media Monks, the biggest creative digital production company on the planet. The company specializes in working for and with advertising agencies to craft amazing digital work for global brands. MediaMonks boasts an in-house team of 450 Monks and offices in Amsterdam, London, Stockholm, Dubai, New York, LA, São Paulo, and Singapore. Versed in an infinite range of digital disciplines, from film, games and mobile to virtual reality. Mediamonks works for Google, Lego, Intel, Pirelli, recognized by over fifty institutions worldwide, including Cannes, Eurobest, the Webbys and the Awwwards. MediaMonks is a member of SoDA and part of the FWA Hall of Fame.

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Sezer Karaoglu

Sezer is CTO and Co-founder of 3DUniversum. Sezer has more than 10 years of experience in the field of Computer Vision and Machine Learning. He holds a double master degree in computer science and is making final preparations for his phd defence on Computer Vision, pursued at University of Amsterdam (under supervision of Prof. dr. Theo Gevers). Following the dreams to turn research into practice, Sezer is passionate about bringing artificial intelligence to consumer daily life.

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