Innovator in the Spotlight

Sietse de Vries

A photorealistic simulation of dynamic natural light for perception in VR

EngD trainee Sietse is working on a photorealistic simulation of dynamic natural light for perception in virtual reality (VR). His research is part of the IntelLight+ project.

Festival of Disruption


We are very pleased to invite you to the Eindhoven Engine Festival of Disruption. The festival will be all about disruptive innovations and you are invited to help our projects and yourself further accelerate your innovation!

Date: Thursday 13 October 2022
Time: 10:00-17:00
Location Disruptor Building

The Festival of Disruption will be an innovation festival you never experienced before, packed with interactive workshops, pitches, networking opportunities, opening keynote by Kees Klomp (‘Existential Economics’) and closing keynote by Walter Baets (‘The one who sows order, will harvest chaos’). You will also get the opportunity to meet all our 26 projects, our Emergence Lab projects and other student teams who will present their accelerated innovations and who are inviting you to join forces to disrupt together.

Here’s what you can learn:

More details will follow soon.

We are looking forward to welcome you at the Festival of Disruption!

Keynote: Existential Economics

Existential Economics is a new economic system approach. Kees Klomp will take you through the main characteristics of this new paradigm.

Kees Klomp

Kees Klomp studied Political Science and Communication at the University of Amsterdam. Since 2008 he focuses on the development of a new economic narrative: Existential Economics. Klomp is currently Professor of applied science at the Rotterdam university of applied science, where he researches and develops economic system change. He is also co-founder of Thrive Institute, where he activates economic system change. Klomp is author of various books; amongst others Thrive, fundamentals for a new economy.

Keynote: The one who sows order, will harvest chaos

(reference the book: Wie orde zaait zal chaos oogsten)

Walter challenges the audience with a perspective on organizations and management that questions the need for too much stucture and control, but rather suggests to re-instate the role of ‘entrepreneurial’ employees: autonomous and co-creating. This gives the building blocks for meaningful life long learning. Using Machado’s words: ‘there is no path, you lay down the path in walking’, Walter explains why this is so true, but also, how every manager/leader could create his or her own impactful path. 

Walter Baets

Walter Baets is Professor Emeritus at the University of Cape Town (South Africa), professor at the Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences and Learning Officer at Eindhoven Engine. He is a renown international speaker and teacher in the areas of complexity and the quantum interpretation of innovation and transformation, an area in which he specialized over his academic career. At the University of Cape Town he was Dean/Director of the Graduate School of Business and the Allan Gray Chair in Values Based Leadership.  He graduated in econometrics and operations research at the University of Antwerp in Belgium. After a corporate career in financial modeling and strategic consulting, he obtained a PhD (at Warwick Business School) and a Senior Doctorate (HDR, Aix-Marseilles). He has then developed an academic career which brought him in 7 countries on 2 continents. His key publications include Complexity, Organisations and Learning:  A Quantum Interpretation of Business (Routledge, 2006), Rethinking Growth: Social Intrapreneurship for Sustainable Performance (Palgrave, 2009 co-author Erna Oldenboom), Values Based Leadership in Business Model Innovation (Bookboon, 2013, co-author Erna Oldenboom) and Une Interprétation Quantique de l’Innovation (Editions Universitaires Européennes, 2017).  He is the Past Chair of the Association of African Business Schools (AABS). He is an astute photographer, and his life goal is to become a flamenco guitarist.