Julien de Wit named Innovator of the Year Belgium 2017 by MIT Technology Review


Julien de Wit named Innovator of the Year Belgium 2017 by MIT Technology Review

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  • As the Belgian Innovator of the Year, he has become the second confirmed laureate to join the 2017 generation of Innovators Under 35 Europe.
  •  The complete list of 35 Innovators Under 35 Europe 2017 will be announced on September 14th during the Summit Europe 2017.

MIT Technology Review, the prestigious magazine property of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), presented yesterday the Top 10 Belgian Talents of 2017 that are competing for a spot among the final list of 35 Innovators Under 35 Europe. The local ceremony, celebrated in Brussels, was organized with the support of BNP Paribas Fortis and L’Atelier, Partners of the project.

As CEO of BNP Paribas Fortis, I am very proud to be partner of MIT Innovators under 35 for the third year in a row. It is important to recognize young people who are tackling societal problems and who are finding innovative solutions which can drive profound changes in our society. Through this partnership, the bank wants to stimulate entrepreneurship and encourage innovation in Belgium.” says Max Jadot, CEO and Chairman of the Executive Board of BNP Paribas Fortis.

The Belgian finalists were selected by a jury panel of 165 experts in technology and business from more than 130 Belgian applications related to different sectors such as: biotechnology, medicine, software & hardware, telecommunications, materials and energy.

During the event, Julien de Wit was selected as the Innovator of the Year Belgium 2017. This recognition makes him the second confirmed laureate to join the 2017 European generation of Innovators Under 35, alongside Sylvain Gariel, whose name was announced on June 8th during the France Gathering.

The Top Belgian Talents of 2017 are:

  1. Bert Conings –  Hasselt University

            Perovskite materials to develop a new generation of solar cells.

         2. Jelle De Smet – EYEco eyeCo

             Tunable lens that can adapt to different situations and be used in eyeglasses.

         3. Julien de Wit – Massachusetts Institute of Technology, (MIT)

             Novel techniques for studying planets orbiting stars other than our Sun.

         4. Victor Dillard – Desktop Genetics

             AI that enables the design and production of safe and effective genome editing therapies.

         5. Mohamad Hasan Bahari – Sensifai

             Automatic video semantic concept recognition (AVSR), able to process both audio and visual information.

         6. Damya Laoui – Myeloid Cell Immunology Lab, VUB - VIB

             Dendritic cells to develop new cancer immunotherapies.

         7. Malgosia Ratajska – Yagram Health

            Mobile health apps to enable healthcare providers to offer therapeutic guidelines to their patients.

         8. Vincent Spruyt – Sentiance

            Machine learning platform for explaining and predicting human behavior through Big Data.

         9. Felix Van de Maele – Collibra

             Data governance platform for helping businesses worldwide to use data as a competitive advantage.

      10. Samuel Van de Velde – Pozyx Labs

            Novel wireless technology and sensors for developing the indoor positioning systems of the future.

The complete list of 35 European laureates – which includes Julien de Wit and Sylvain Gariel- will be announced on September 14th during the Summit Europe 2017. It is not excluded that other Belgian and French finalists will be on this European list.



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About MIT Technology Review 

MIT Technology Review is the oldest tech magazine in the world, published by the Technology Review Inc., an independent company property of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Founded in 1899, it’s the leader of its sector and a world authority on the future of telecommunications, energy, information technology, materials, biomedicine and internet. Its main goal is to promote the knowledge of emerging technologies and analyze its commercial, political and social implications. Its innovation perspective helps and guides the leaders in the technology industry (entrepreneurs, researchers and investors) improve the global economy.

About the Innovators Under 35 

For more than a decade, the MIT Technology Review recognizes, each year, the young innovators and most talented entrepreneurs in the world, through Innovators Under 35, the global edition takes place in Cambridge, Massachusetts in the United States. The objective of these awards is to recognize innovation, the development of new technologies and the creative application of the already existing innovations in order to solve current problems, and stimulate the progress in global issues.

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