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JOHN BAEKELMANS, IMEC
MANAGING DIRECTOR & VP


John Baekelmans is Managing Director & Vice President at imec. As Managing Director for the Netherlands, he is responsible for the overall business and operations. Imec NL develops technologies for wireless autonomous sensing solutions, innovative health solutions and flexible electronics in an open innovation setting and in dedicated research trajectories.

Before imec, John spent 21 years at Cisco where he held various global leadership positions within Engineering, Services and the M&A departments and has authored numerous US and European patents. John was also the co-founder of a Belgian residential solutions startup called fifthplay. Before Cisco, John designed, implemented and operated large PBX-networks at Siemens.

John obtained a Masters degree in Computer Science from the University of Antwerp, Belgium and is a former Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert (CCIE). In his spare time, he is engaged in Belgium’s National fast response rescue team to assist in global disasters. He loves to ski, is an advanced scuba diver and currently lives in Eindhoven.

 

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IMEC SMART CITY STRATEGY & A PEEK INTO THE CITY OF THINGS

The explosive growth of IoT applications within Smart Cities create many challenges that call for creative research efforts from both academia and industry, especially for the development of efficient, scalable and relevant Smart City deployments. John will explain imec’s Smart City strategy and will explain how the Antwerp City of Things project fits into that strategy.

 

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