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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 employees of the future. The theme of the 35th Congress of Industria catches up on this:

Digital Transformation: A New Way of Working”.


The Industria Congress 2018 will be held at the Hotel Pullman Eindhoven Cocagne. This location offers us the professionality to ensure the quality of the event.


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
16:30 Closing
17:00 Network Drink & Speed Dating
18:00 End of the day


Below there are some impressions of the previous edition of the Industria Congres. This 34th edition took place on December 6th 2017 at Van der Valk Hotel Eindhoven.

“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.”

Therefore, the theme of the 34th edition was “Sustainable Business: The Road to Green Profit”.


During the network drink, Master Students will have the opportunity to speed date with some interesting companies. It should be noted that the speed dating sessions will be in Dutch.


The participating organizations of the speeddating are IG&H, Vanderlande and Boels Rental.



During the Industria Congres day at the 4th of December 2018 there will be two workshop rounds. The duration of the workshops will be 90 minutes. During these 90 minutes there will be an interactive session between the students and organizations. The content of the workshops depends on the organization, however they will all have to do with the theme: “Digital Transformation: A New Way of Working”.

Click here for workshop descriptions


The subscription for the Industria Congres 2018 is open! The target audience consists of Industrial Engineering third year bachelor students and master students from OML, BIS, IM and MSE. Student tickets will be €10.-.

Click here to get your ticket



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

Left to right: Maurice Bressers, Maud Crooymans, Robbert de Jong, Daphne Mey and Raymond Suur.


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 Congress

Welcome at the website of the Industria Congress 2018!

The Industria Congres is set up for Industrial Engineering students from Eindhoven University of Technology. About 200 students take part of this congress every year. As Congress Committee of Industria we would like to offer these students a chance to get in touch with companies for a possible bachelor end project, to graduate during the master, for a traineeship or for a permanent job. On the other hand, we offer companies the opportunity to get in touch with these enthusiastic students at this congress through offering them different ways of collaboration. On top of that there will be two plenary speaker sessions during the day and we will close with a small drink.

This year’s theme is “Digital Transformation: A New Way of Working”. Digital Transformation describes the way in which technologies are integrated into an organization with the aim of fundamental change in the core activities. Moreover, Digital Transformation describes the way in which an organization brings value to the customer after this technology is actually integrated.

The Industria Congres is organized every year by a new committee and with a different theme. For more information about the theme and other practical matters you can visit the corresponding pages. Also, feel free to contact us if you have any questions!