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Digital Transformation: A New Way of Working

The ever-increasing flow of new, digital developments is causing a great deal of controversy within organizations today. People feel the pressure to change within almost every sector. Making an organization ‘digitized’ is a great change, though modern DNA within an organization seems just as important. The vision, the goal and especially the culture of an organization need to be aligned concerning modernization. Because, only in this way an organization successfully run in the digital world.

Digital transformation is the term that goes beyond marketing, business activities and the latest technologies. It describes the way in which technologies are integrated in an organization, with the aim of fundamental change in the core activities. Moreover, digital transformation is the way in which an organization brings value to the customer after these new technologies are actually integrated.

Precisely this value for the customer is a big aspect within this theme. Change must be carried out carefully. Above all, the right aspects within an organization need to be changed. The inclusion of technology, the creation of an organizational culture that embraces this and subsequently creates value for the customer together, constitute the concept of digital transformation. The concept that started as a trend, but has become a crucial component of the business strategy. The concept that is necessary in the world of digital change and simultaneously brings a major challenge for students and empires of the future. The theme of the 35th Congress of Industria catches up on this:

“Digital Transformation: A New Way of Working”.


The location of the Industria Congres 2018 is not yet established.



December 4th, 2018

The preliminary program for the 35th Industria Congres on 4 December 2018 is shown below:

09:15 Welcome
09:45 Opening 
10:15 Plenary Lecture 1
11:00 Workshop Round 1
12:30 Lunch
13:30 Workshop Round 2
15:00 Short Break
15:45 Plenary Lecture 2
16:15 Closing
17:00 Network Drink & Speed Dating
17:45 End of the day


33rd Industria Congres


Below are some impressions of the 33rd Industria Congres that took place on December 13th 2016 at The Pullman Hotel in Eindhoven.

32nd Industria Congres


Below are some impressions of the 32nd Industria Congres that took place on November 17th 2015 at The Philips Stadion in Eindhoven. The remaining pictures are visible here.

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31st Industria Congres

Below are some impressions of the 31st Industria Congres that took place on November 18th 2014.

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More photos.

30th Industria Congres

Below are some of the photos taken during the Industria Congres 2013.

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During the network drink, Master students will have the opportunity to speed date with some interesting companies. The speed dating will be in Dutch.



The participants of the speeddating sessions are:


The duration of the workshops of the 34th Industria congres will be 90 minutes instead of 75 minutes as was the case at the 33rd Industria Congres. The workshops will take place in two rounds. An overview of the workshops is presented here



The subscription for the Industria Congres 2017 will open on Monday November 13th at 9.00. The target audience consists of TBK third year bachelor students and master students from OML, BIS, IM and MSE. Click here to subscribe!

Industria Congres 2017
On Wednesday 6 December the Industria Congres will take place. Two plenary speakers will present theories and practices centered on the theme “Sustainable business: The road to green profit”. There will be two rounds of workshops where students can actively engage themselves with the companies present. At the end of the day master students can meet one-on-one with representatives from companies during the speed date session. During the lunch and the network drink, several companies host a stand.



In 2018 the Industria Congres will be organized for the 35th time. The organisation consists of five students from the faculty of Industrial Engineering at the Technical University Eindhoven (TU/e). The “Stichting Bedrijfskunde Congres Industria” (SBCI), primarily called the “Congrescommissie” is supported by the study association Industria.

During the Industria Congres lectures and workshops are organized. The aim of this one-day event is to inspire the participants and engage the students with business on relevant topics in engineering management.

Every year a theme is carefully selected based on news, talks with scholars from the TU/e and relevance with the study Industrial Engineering. Themes from previous years are:

“Sustainable business: The road to green profit” (2017)
“Partners in Excellentie” (2016)
“Changing Technologies: The Impact on Business Operations” (2015)
“Business Agility: Flourishing in a Constantly Changing Business Environment” (2014)
“Big Data: Big Business or Big Brother?” (2013)
“Selling Technology” (2012)
“Dynamic Business Networks: Collaborate to Compete” (2011)
“Entrepreneurship” (2010)
“Open Innovation” (2009)
“Total Cost of Ownership” (2008)


The committee of the Industria Congres is responsible for the whole organization of the conference, from determining the theme till selecting the speakers, retrieving the sponsorship, the promotion of the conference, and the day organization. The professionalism of the conference and the contact that students and academics will gather with business is a central aspect.

The 35th Industria Congres committee consist of:

Robbert de Jong
Chairman and Coordinator Speakers

Daphne Mey
Secretary and Treasurer

Raymond Suur
Commissioner External Relations

Maurice Bressers
Commissioner Day Organisation

Maud Crooymans
Commissioner Promotion


Committee of Recommendation 34th Industria Congres

The committee of recommendation of the 34th Industria Congres consists of:

John Jorritsma
Mayor of Eindhoven
The era that profit and sustainability are two opposite strategies, is far behind us.

Prof.dr. Wim van den Donk
Commissioner of the King Noord-Brabant
The scarcity of materials, and climate change force us to fundamentaly change the way in which we produce and live. Frank Baaijens
Rector Magnificus TU/e
The relation between profitability and sustainability is not a difficult challenge, but a unique opportunity, especially for our smart engineers! Jan Fransoo
Dean of the TU/e Graduate School
Companies that think carefully about their environment occur to be more robust against uncertainty. Paul Grefen
Research director of the TU/e
The use of green and social goals can contribute to the competative postion of a company.”



A selection of the comments on the 34th Industria Congres that took place on November 6th 2017:

Company participants:

“Wij als DOW hebben dit event als erg waardevol ervaren, met name omdat we direct in contact konden komen met de studenten. Op deze manier konden wij ons verhaal vertellen en de studenten laten zien dat Supply Chain niet alleen in de retail uitdagend is maar juist ook in een sector als Chemie. Het was de eerste keer dat DOW aanwezig was op het Congres en dat is erg positief bevallen. De organisatie zat goed in elkaar, zowel vooraf aan het event als tijdens het event. De contacten waren goed en jullie medewerking en flexibiliteit was voor ons ook erg prettig. Kortom heel erg bedankt voor dit leuke en interessante event, een groot compliment aan de gehele commissie.” – Arno van den Hemel, DOW

“Wij hebben de dag als erg leuk ervaren. Goed ontvangst, leuke locatie, goede lunch en een leuke, proactieve groep. Wij waren erg tevreden en doen de volgende keer graag weer mee.” – Loes Hofstee, Chipsoft

University participants:

“Ik kijk terug op een ontzettend goed georganiseerde dag met veel interessante informatie voor de studenten. Ontzettend goed geregeld en netjes verzorgd.” – Baukje Osinga, Studieadviseur Tbdk

Student participants:

“Het was een strak programma, maar ontzettend goed ik elkaar gezet.”

“Ik vond de workshops zeer goed van opzet, mooi interactief. Lezing van Groen sloot erg mooi aan op het thema van het congres.”

“Heel positief vond ik het dat er de mogelijkheid was om Linkedin foto’s te laten maken! En André Kuipers had van mij best wat langer mogen praten ten koste van de borreltijd, maar ik begrijp dat dat niet zomaar kan. Echt een geweldige spreker!”

“Erg goede sprekers met Helga van Leur en André Kuipers, verder ook leuke (nieuwe) bedrijven geregeld!”

Industria Congres

New Committee

Hereby we would like to announce the 35th Industria Congress Committee. The organization of the 35th Industria Congres is in hands of the following executive committee consisting of five students of Industrial Engineering:

Robbert de Jong: Chairman
Daphne Mey: Secretary & Treasurer
Raymond Suur: Commissioner External Relations
Maurice Bressers: Commissioner Day Organization
Maud Crooymans: Commissioner Promotion


New Committee

The organization of the 35th Industria Congres is in hands of the following executive committee consisting of five students of Industrial Engineering:

Robbert de Jong – Chairman
Daphne Mey – Secretary & treasurer
Raymond Suur – commissioner external relations
Maurice Bressers – Commissioner day organisation
Maud Crooymans – Commissioner promotion


Theme 34th Industria Congres

Sustainable business: the road to green profit

The future offers many opportunities. The Dutch economy is growing and new innovations are everyday’s business. This combination offers Dutch companies, both large and small, the possibility to grow rapidly in the future.

To find the balance between a sustainable future and a healthy  financial position on the short term is a challenge to a business.  Current students and future employees are facing an unique, yet difficult task: the unification of what seems to be each other’s  opposites in order to establish a sustainable profit. The theme of the 34th Industria Congres catches up on this:

“Sustainable business: the road to green profit.”

Location 34th Industria Congres

Van der Valk Hotel Eindhoven

The Industria Congres 2017 will be held at the Van der Valk Hotel in Eindhoven. This location offers us the professionality to ensure the quality of the event. The Green Key hallmark is in line with the theme of the Industria Congres 2017, which makes Van der Valk Hotel Eindhoven the perfect location for the event.


Conference chairman 35th Industria Congres

Helga van Leur

The conference chairman of the Industria Congres 2017 is Helga van Leur. For the past 20 years, she has presented the RTL weer. She has been awarded best meteorologist of the world. Helga van Leur is currently ambassador for climate and sustainability in the context of People, Planit, Profit and Passion. She has taken part in the Solar Team Twente in 2011 as meteorologist.


Speakers 34th Industria Congres

Maurits Groen

The first lecture of the day will be given by Maurits Groen. He initiates in sustainable coalitions and founder of several companies. With his company Off-Grid Solutions, he has found the wakawaka powerbank for the population third world countries. It contains a LED light powered by solar energy. He ranks high in the Trouw sustainable top 100. He even reached the first place in 2015.





André Kuipers

The plenary lecture in the afternoon will be given by austronaut André Kuipers. He is the first Dutch austronaut to visit space twice. His second visit lasted 193 days, the longest stay in space for a European astronaut. He is ambassador for several organisations, including WNF. At the moment he focusses on climate and sustainability, which is perferctly in line with the theme of the conference.





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