The concept is simple. KINTalks is an event where inspiring practitioners are invited to talk about their work experience in the field of innovation, digital technology, business and/or design. Key here is sharing knowledge and firing up the debate.

It seems that there are (too) little moments where academics and practitioners meet. KINTalks helps: 1) to encourage a conversation around shared interests; 2) to learn from each other and 3) to network and nurture lasting relationships. Overall, it is an opportunity to get inspired and energized.

Each KINTalks event includes one or two speakers and an audience of researchers and other interested people. Each speaker presents for (about) 30-45 min. After the talk, the audience has the opportunity to pose questions. The presentations promise to be creative and thought-provoking, sparking a conversation that we continue afterward with drinks.

The talks will take place at VU University Amsterdam (Main building, De Boelelaan 1105, 5th floor). Please note that participation in KIN Talks is free of charge, but registration for KIN Talks is required.

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We look forward to welcoming you to our KINTalks!

The KIN Talks are organised by (from left to right): Lauren, Dennis, Jovana, and Julia.


05/04/2019: KINTalk: Digital Innovation in Architecture: towards a circular economy

Partner architect at the Amsterdam based firm de Architekten Cie, Marten de Jong works on retail, housing, office and education projects. The focus of his experience is with the sustainable (re)development of areas, buildings, recent heritage, and protected cultural landscapes, where he champions adding value in an increasingly dense urban environment.

Join Martin for our upcoming KINTalk, where he will give us more insight into how he and his company are using digital innovation in bringing the circular economy to the building industry.

Sign-up for the event here.


18/01/2019 Being where your customers are

In our KINTalk on January 18th, we invited Lydia van Schaik, Manager Mobile Apps and Capabilities at KLM Royal Dutch Airlines to give a talk about innovation and mobile apps at KLM.

09/11/2018: Fighter Pilots and Open Innovation

Fighter pilot Patrick is working as “Chief Air C2 Cell” at the Operation Center of the Air Force Command. He focuses on the planning and steering of large air force operations, thereby combining people and technology. On November 9, Patrick will come over with colleagues of the Belgian Army and Royal Netherlands Navy, to talk about the struggles and opportunities of managing the closed-off defence organization and the need for open innovation to remain on top of current technological developments.

21/9/2018: Innovative mobility solutions to defeat the personal car?

Patrick Studener will present the talk. Bird is a fast growing Los Angeles based startup focused on reducing personal car ownership. Patrick is responsible for bringing Bird’s electronic scooter “last mile solution” to the EMEA region. Patrick is currently the Head of EMEA & VP at BIRD where he is the first international employee. In previous roles Patrick was the COO of the Nordic food delivery startup WOLT and before that he managed International Growth and the EMEA expansion for UBER as one of the first employees in the region. Patrick is from Vienna but was internationally raised. He holds degrees in Economics and Business from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He currently lives in Amsterdam.

15/06/2018: Re-framing Luxury for Millennials

Martin Johnston (founder of Crafted Society; presents his and his wife’s pioneering approach towards transparency, ethics, sustainability, and social responsibility in their luxury sneaker and accessories brand. He will explain how they have embraced the digital world to sell their products and build an online community and fan base.

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23/03/2018: The Power of Blockchain

Arjan Bartlema and Ad Rietberg unravel the potential of blockchain technology. Arjan dives into the progress of blockchain and its enormous potential, while Ad presents a concrete example of how blockchain can be used to empower African farmers by presenting Coin 22’s invention – Agri-wallet.

Click here for a nice overview of the event

16/02/2018: Amsterdam – City of the Future

Jaïr Halevi and Aik van Neemeren from the Chief Technology Office present the Amsterdam municipality’s plan for the city of Amsterdam. They discuss the Future Government paradigm and elaborate on the Start Up residence program, which aims to use the innovative power of start-ups to change the city.

Check our Blogpost for a nice overview of the event.

09/12/2016: Moonshot Thinking – Digital Innovation at Google 

Anneke Bakker, Industry Manager Travel & Telco at Google talks about how innovation takes place at Google.

Check our Blogpost for a nice overview of the event.


18/03/2016: Healthcare & Digital Innovation – Willem Herter & Wouter Kroese (Pacmed)

Willem Herter and Wouter Kroese tell all the ins and outs of how they came up with the idea of Pacmed, how the development process looked like, what the difficulties are of working with big data in the healthcare sector, and how Pacmed is changing healthcare around the world.

Check our Blogpost for a nice overview of the event.

KINTALKS - Healthcare and digital innovation

09/10/2015: Big, Bigger, Biggest Data – Nicola Villa (Cisco)

Nicola Villa is the managing director of Cisco Consulting Services’ global Big Data and Analytics practice. Nicola established and manages one of Cisco’s fastest growing practices, focused on helping customers transform their business by leveraging on actionable, replicable, network based business insights.

Check our Blogpost for a nice overview of the event.


10/07/2015: The Future Quantum World – Leo Kouwenhoven (TU Delft, QuTech)

Leo Kouwenhoven studied technical physics at Delft University of Technology and gained his doctorate with distinction there in 1992. From 1993 to 1998 he was a Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences fellow at this university; he spent part of this period at Berkeley. In 1999 he was offered a professorship by Harvard. He turned this down to become a professor at Delft. Since 2001 he has been a member of the physics faculty at Harvard. In June 2015 he received a 135 million euros subsidy from NWO for a 10-year programme on the development of quantum computers. In so doing, Leo and his team will be of significance in the scientific race to develop the first quantum computer.

Leo Kouwenhoven is a world leader in the area of electronic properties of nanostructures. His exceptional scientific talent was already apparent in his student years. As a student he was involved in the discovery that electrical conduction in point contacts is quantised. This means that the degree of conductance can only be in whole multiples of fundamental units. His doctoral thesis contained no less than 6 top publications. Kouwenhovens impact on the research field of mesoscopic phenomena was already considerable before he obtained his doctorate. Kouwenhoven’s work is of major significance from a practical as well as a scientific viewpoint. He works very closely with industry. More than one-quarter of his articles have been co-authored with industrial partners. He is a hugely motivating force, never failing to inspire budding young talent. Kouwenhoven is a very productive scientist. During his relatively short career to date he has published more than 180 articles, of which 17 in Science and Nature. Seven of his articles have reached the front cover of a journal.


29/05/2015: Open Access – Victor Henning (founder Mendeley) and Leo van der Wees (Tilburg Data Science and founder