Early last week, Materialise founder and CEO Fried Vancraen was a panelist at the EU Innovation Convention in the session: Which Markets? Choose the Future. Innovation Union is the name of all the initiatives that the European Union rolled out in the last years to make sure that Europe becomes an innovation friendly environment. With its 'Innovation Union' project, the EU wants to make sure that brilliant ideas can become great products and services that bring growth and jobs to the economy – like 3D printing, for instance.
Fried Vancraen was one of many distinguished speakers – including a panel of Nobel prize winners, Peter Vesterbacka of Rovio (aka ‘the company that makes Angry Birds’), Prezi founder Peter Arvai and Eze Vidra from Google for Entrepreneurs. During his talk and subsequent participation in the Which Markets? panel discussion, Fried introduced key components from today’s 3D printing industry, the ecosystem in which this technology can flourish and the role that 3D Printing can play in creating a better and healthier world. The European Convention tweeted some of the highlights from Fried’s contribution to this lively panel discussion, which you can read below:
@MaterialiseNV 3D printing is about an entire evolution happening in different industry sectors #EUIC2014 — InnovationConvention (@IUConvention) March 10, 2014
@MaterialiseNV Let's develop technologies that really make life better #EUIC2014 — InnovationConvention (@IUConvention) March 10, 2014
@MaterialiseNV We need to learn to appreciate people in their different roles not only in companies, but in society. #EUIC2014 — InnovationConvention (@IUConvention) March 10, 2014
Materialise was also on hand with a booth in the Innovation Showcase, where we demonstrated 3D printed objects, answered questions posed by convention attendees and, at the end of two days, got a lot of people excited by the possibilities opened up by 3D printing technologies.
For those unable to attend, you can check out the highlights for the two day convention below - they are both well worth a look.