Last week we were in Lisbon attending the biggest tech-summit on the globe, Web Summit! That should be old news to you if you follow us on Instagram or Twitter, because I spammed you big time. But since there is only so much you can share in 140 characters, I decided to write a little wrap-up blog, highlighting some of the key takeaways, best quotes and formulating some questions that matured while being there but weren’t answered by the end of the week.
A few of us went to the second edition of ‘Bump Festival’, a festival in Kortrijk, where every type of digital creative can get some inspiration and meet new people. This festival is organized by Devine (Digital Design & Development), a three-year bachelor degree at Howest. The festival is a great way to keep their students motivated and stimulate their inspiration and creativity.
Like I’ve said in my previous post, I wondered if there wasn’t a more sustainable relationship possible between nature and the technology resulting from our human nature, a relationship with mutual benefit, because we are all intertwined and dependent on each other, soil and people, earth and the species living on it.
I went to a lecture some time ago and half way his talk the person giving the keynote put a black-and-white slide on the huge screen behind him with a quote that made quite an impact on me. The slide said “You are probably the most natural thing in this room.” This moment was the beginning of a journey in to the magical and complex relationship of Nature & Technology.
When the iconic OUDAAN building in the center of Antwerp was for sale, our imagination went wild! We wanted that top floor, the view is amazing and the building is the prettiest ugly building you’ve ever seen, built by Renaat Braem. A collective of sociologists, architects and city planners joined forces for the same reason and when they started communicating about their initiative to actually buy this building we just had to join.