Live from Eindhoven: HighTechXL’s in-person FasTrackathon will build teams around 10 NextGen technologies from Philips, TNO, TU/e, PhotonFirst

(Editor’s note: This post about FasTrackathon is part of our Tech Tuesday series. Dispatches Europe tracks the tech scene – startups, scale-ups and mature companies – in Eindhoven because so many of our highly skilled internationals are engineers, physicists and developers.)

HighTechXL has a simple proposition: They give you technology from the most advanced R&D labs in the world, then invite you to come play in the sandbox that has, since 2015, produced deep-tech startups such as Accerion, Aircision and inPhocal.

Our deep-tech startups turn advanced technologies from institutions such as European Space Agency, CERN, TNO, PhotonFirst and Philips into solutions the market – and humanity – are waiting for.

You start at the beginning with FasTrackathon.

FasTrackathon was retired for a few months because of the pandemic, but the signature reverse-hackathon concept is back on 8 March. The event runs from 3:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. in Building 27 at High Tech Campus Eindhoven.

You can register here.

The concept is, HighTechXL builds teams around technology from the most advanced research centers and tech companies in the world including TNO, Philips, European Space Agency, PhotonFirst and other global innovators. You get to see this tech first and possibly join a team along with entrepreneurs, engineers, physicists, tech experts, business professionals and students to generate bold, creative ideas. At the event, participants collaborate to identify application areas and business propositions for the technologies, then pitch their ideas at the end of the event.

‍You’ll collaborate with other deep-tech lovers, brainstorming ways to take these advanced technologies to market.

These are the 10 technologies up for grabs at FasTrackathon:

Philips: Fiber Optics Microscope – This technology is a result of years of research by Philips and supported by number of patents. This miniaturized inspection microscope is suitable for various medical applications such as in-vivo histology. Given the ultra-small size of the device, it can also be used to collect tissue from brain tumors without the current invasive biopsy procedure.

Philips: Electro Active Polymers – Philips is opening its extensive portfolio of knowledge and intellectual property on electro-active polymers to explore cool, new applications for this emerging technology. 

TU/e: Photonic Switching – Photonic switching and processing the traffic in the optical domain has been extensively investigated as a future-proof solution in supplying unlimited bandwidth in data center networks. 

TNO: High Viscosity Fluid Printer – A range of technical solutions were developed to overcome issues related to the jet processing of high viscosity fluids and create more homogeneous droplets. The improved homogeneity enables better process control, quality and efficiency.

PhotonFirst: Multi-sensor Integration for Security – Through a combination of techniques, the Fiber Optic Sensing solution can measure up to 2000 sensors over thousands of meters based on a single optical fiber. Moreover, the sensors can be scanned continuously with a high refresh rate.

PhotonFirst: Optical Displacement Encoder – The Chiroptera is an optical displacement encoder able to measure sub-μm and even sub-nm displacement at longer ranges of tens of meters. It is designed to be integrated in high-tech control systems and improve accuracy and stability. 

Lukasiewicz Research Network/PORT: Anti-icing Coating – Ice formed on surfaces can cause multiple issues in numerous industries such as drop in efficiency, higher service costs or even failure of parts. In response, a new coating material has been developed that has low ice adhesion and hydrophobic properties, delays water freezing and can be used in passive anti-icing systems and buildings corrosion protection. 

Lukasiewicz Research Network/PORT: Electron Beam for Micropatterning of Ionic Liquid – Researchers at the Łukasiewicz Research Network/Polish Center for Technology Development (PORT) developed technology using a focused electron beam to micropattern ionic liquid (IL) films. Patterning by high-energy electrons results in solidification of ILs in exposure areas, whereas unexposed areas are easily removed using a simple solvent such as ethanol, for example.

BioGraph Sense Inc.: BioGraph Sense Technology – BioGraph Sense has developed a graphene-based gel that can be used to create large transistors with high carrier mobility. By specializing this gel, it is possible to detect selected viruses and biomarkers with a sensitivity several orders of magnitude better than existing methods.

Cmosaix: X-ray Imaging Technology – CMOS image detectors offer numerous advantages, including the ability to record smaller image details at higher resolutions. This allows diagnoses of medical anomalies at earlier stages and significantly increases the probability of early intervention, patient recovery and reduced treatment costs.

You can get more program details here.

You can register for FasTrackathon here.

Co-founder profiles

The C-profiles in a startup are able to deal with uncertainty, setbacks and changing insights. They are resilient and able to adapt. They are dedicated to making the startup a success, benefitting from the support and coaching offered during the program and from the network of the Eindhoven Startup Alliance.

Here is an overview of important characteristics of each profile. We believe startup teams should consist of – at least – a CEO, CTO and CBO (Chief Business Officer).


HighTechXL, the premier deep-tech venture builder in the Netherlands, is based at Building 27 on High Tech Campus Eindhoven.

Read more here about Eindhoven’s tech ecosystem.

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