On 4 October 2018, the private sector, knowledge institutes, civil society and government agencies will be coming together at the RDM Onderzeebootloods in Rotterdam. This former submarine hall will serve as the venue for Innovation Expo 2018, an initiative of the Dutch government that is intended to bring innovations to the next level and realise new breakthroughs. As such, the event will contribute to new solutions for the challenges that we face as a society – in the Netherlands and worldwide.
The theme of Innovation Expo 2018 is ‘Global challenges, Dutch solutions’. The event is expected to draw between 3,000 and 6,000 professionals from the Netherlands and abroad to Rotterdam, where they will share their expertise and discuss new state-of-the art applications and solutions. The focus of the day will be meeting new people and entering into concrete deals and covenants. Throughout the day, the attendees will be working together to accelerate new innovations.
The fact that RDM Rotterdam has been chosen as the venue for next year’s Innovation Expo is by no means a coincidence. The former site of the Rotterdamsche Droogdok Maatschappij serves as the innovation showcase for the Rotterdam port area and as a strong catalyst for innovation. Over the past few years, the former shipyard has been redeveloped into a true innovation cluster. Here, in the heart of the port area, educational institutions, researchers and private companies are jointly shaping a new advanced manufacturing industry for the port and the city.
Rotterdam aims to be the world's smartest port. To maintain our leading position, we need to keep on innovating. Innovation is a crucial means of realising the envisaged changes in energy transition and digitisation in the port of Rotterdam.