Open Day: High Tech Campus Eindhoven invites the public for a day of fun, insights on 11 June

(Editor’s note: This post about Open Day at High Tech Campus Eindhoven 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.)

Participating companies for Open Day 2022

This is an event you really shouldn’t miss if you want to understand the giant tech research and development campus that drives this tech ecosystem.

Open Day on 11 June isn’t just an invitation to explore High Tech Campus Eindhoven. It’s an invitation to get up close and personal with some of the most innovative companies in the world from startups to global tech giants such as Philips.

The theme of the day will be “Turning Dreams into Reality,” which is pretty much what happens on campus every day at the tech companies and research centers.

Because of the pandemic, this is the first Open Day since 2018. So, this will be a mega-event to celebrate welcoming the families of the 12,000-plus people who work on campus, along with everyone interested in knowing more about this tech ecosystem and even maybe finding a new careers.

Philips, Signify, Shimano, NXP, the new 5G Hub and AI Inovation Center and many other companies will open their doors for displays, demos, and activities. At least 48 companies have signed up as of early May, with that number expected increase.

Highlights of Open Day 2022 include:

• Eindhoven’s fabled football/soccer team, PSV, will put on football clinics,

• There will be Formula E race cars on display

• AI workshops and mini-coding sessions courtesy of IBM with Casper the robot. 

• There will be a mini-career day event on the first floor (second floor, to Americans) in the campus Conference Center.

• High Tech Campus has the largest startup/scale-up complex in the Netherlands. But you can sample HTCE’s newest companies all in one building, the new AI Innovation Center in HTC 5.

• This is the Greenest campus in Europe, if not the world, and you can visit the sheep that keep the grass cut during the summer and see other environmentally friendly innovations.

• You can also join a mini-safari guided by campus urban ecologist Nuno Curado, as well as visit the campus garden.

• You can test your nautical skills in a rowboat on the lake in the center of campus.

• There will be food trucks, music, and an international festival-within-a-festival.

Campus executives are expecting a record crowd after years of COVID-19 restrictions. Also, we should note that casually visiting High Tech Campus is a relatively new phenomenon for locals because the campus used to ultra-secure when it was Philips headquarters. In fact, many people in Eindhoven didn’t know it existed. So, HTC’s open campus is an anomaly. Apple has its $5 billion campus in Cupertino and there are other celebrated corporate complexes from Munich to Dubai. But those are closed to outsiders.

As we noted in 2017, High Tech Campus Eindhoven is an accessible oasis of innovation, not a walled garden of tech.

The details:

Open Day is part of the High Tech Discovery Route, kicking off the Dutch Technology Festival

Date: Saturday, 11 June 2022

Time: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

There will be information points around the campus directing you to various attractions.

Entry is free

Click here for a map of the campus.

You can read more about Eindhoven’s world-changing innovations here in Dispatches’ archives.

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