The Crowd Economy to Take Center Stage at CSW Summit Brussels

Focusing on customer-led innovation, the two-day CSW Summit Brussels conference on June 5 & 6 will connect an expanding crowdsourcing community in Belgium to European and global innovators in crowdsourcing and open innovation. Crowd participation is transforming the way the world does business and finance. The CSW Summit Brussels, to be held at the city’s premier […]

Written by Priti Ambani

May 8, 2014

CSW Summit Brussels

Focusing on customer-led innovation, the two-day CSW Summit Brussels conference on June 5 & 6 will connect an expanding crowdsourcing community in Belgium to European and global innovators in crowdsourcing and open innovation.

Crowd participation is transforming the way the world does business and finance. The CSW Summit Brussels, to be held at the city’s premier location for innovation – Living Tomorrow, will explore the crowd tools and tactics that empower organizations to drive creativity, growth, efficiency and agility. With premier partner, BNP Paribas Fortis, Crowdsourcing Week is bringing to Brussels 15+ experts at the frontier of crowd-centric solutions for the 21st century.
The 2-day event, on June 5 & 6 will feature talks, panel discussions, a LIVE Crowdfunding event and roundtable discussions that will be interactive and insightful. Discover what this shift means for your industry, and learn how to leverage the crowd for your organization. View full agenda here.

What are some of the key highlights of the Summit?

The Venue – Living Tomorrow, Belgium 

Living Tomorrow is a futuristic innovation platform and meeting ground. It is a homegrown initiative in Brussels, that communicates about today, tomorrow and the future – making it an ideal venue for the launch of the Crowdsourcing Week movement in Belgium. It connects the most innovative global companies, enforcing synergies between them and serves as a marketing and communication tool for open innovation at companies, governments and associations all over the globe.

The Living Tomorrow platform highlights the future – a collaborative one. The time has gone when companies wanted to and could be innovative on their own. This initiative seeds genuine collaboration; it allows cross-fertilization by getting various sectors together through unconventional partnerships to give birth to new ideas and concepts.

The Partners

BNP Paribas Fortis is the premier partner behind the CSW summit on the Crowd economy in Belgium. With an eye on emerging paradigms that include customer-led transformation, BNP Paribas Fortis is keenly looking at the EU to lead breakthroughs in the collaborative economy. 

“BNP Paribas Fortis believes that banks have an important role to play in the emerging open & collaborative economy, and it is looking at extending its internal innovation and co-creation initiatives towards customers and business partners”, says Yvan De Cock, Head of Corporate & Public Bank Belgium of BNP Paribas Fortis, who has also leads the Management of Creativity and Innovation at the Bank.

In addition, Crowdsourcing Week enjoys the association of pioneers like CogniStreamer, TomorrowLab, Batenborch, APACHE News lab, 3DEE, Loyens and Loeff, Optimistan, bmt.

The Content

The 2-day Summit is packed with over 15 sessions from global experts that will elaborate on how crowdsourcing and crowdfunding can better enable you to innovate with your customers. Whether crowdsourcing is a term that’s sparked your curiosity or a practice you use every day, these sessions will inspire you with new ideas, insights, and skills to embrace the new approaches and business models. The featured talks include –

  •  The Global Status of Crowdsourcing – Breakdown of the 1st Annual Global Survey & Implications for Europe – Sean Moffitt
  • When Crowdfunding Can Be More Than Just Finance – How to Seek Customer Led-Innovation while Crowdfunding – Nick NM Yap
  • Crowdsourcing Brand and Product Innovation for Enterprises – Shelley Kuipers
  • Code of Commerce – Legal and Transactional Implications of Reward Based Crowdfunding – Arnaud Burgot & Koen Panis
  • What will an Investment Portfolio Look Like in the Next Decade? – Darren Westlake
  • Companies, Communities and Collaboration- Powering Enterprise Innovation through Web 2.0  – Wim Soens
  • From Proprietas to Usus: Towards a Genuine European Way of Life – Domenico Rossetti
  • How to Seed a Culture for Innovation through Internal and External Collaboration – Siham Belouadheh
  • Managing a Global Digital Community for Creativity and Content Creation – Bruno Pellegrini
  • 3DPrinting: the Impact of Personal Fabrication on Business Models – Deepak Mehta
  • Online Co-Creation: How Naïve Experts Can Help Brands Generate Breakthrough – Nicolas Borgis

The Interaction

The content for the Brussels Summit has been designed to provide a hands-on, interactive approach to assimilating all the new, disruptive information on crowdsourcing and crowd finance. There is plenty of opportunity for one-to-one discussions during networking sessions and conference breaks. In addition, panel discussions titled, “New Directions in Crowdfunding” and “The Sharing Economy: The Promise, Potential and Problem”, will open the forum for questions and debate on the day’s key takeaways. 

What does a crowdfunding round for a startup look like? MyMicroInvest will present a LIVE crowdfunding session that will present startups to the audience of investors (participants) in the room and online. The audience can interact and invest live in the presented companies with a smartphone application. 

In-depth roundtable discussions on Day 2, June 6 will enable enterprise and government leaders to hear our expert curators present case studies and discuss crowd applications to different verticals. Specific strategies to integrate crowd solutions into organizations will be the highlight of these roundtables on four topics namely (attendees will participate in all four tables through rotation),

1. Co-Creation & Customer-Led Innovation 
2. Improving Innovation & Efficiency in Large Organizations
3. Crowdfunding & Finance (reward, donation, equity)
4. The Maker Movement & New Business Paradigms

CSW Summit Brussels has all the makings of a one-of-a-kind, historic conference that will unite pioneering leaders, crowdsourcing evangelists and practitioners in Belgium and the EU. The response has been fantastic so far with early bird tickets sold out within the first week of ticket sales going live.

Come, be part of the conversation in Brussels. Regular registration is now open

About Author

About Author

Priti Ambani

Priti Ambani is the Global Media Director at Crowdsourcing Week, a thought leader and prominent writer on social enterprises, start-ups and web 2.0 businesses. Previously, Priti grew Ecopreneurist, a nascent green business blog into a notable social business resource as site director and managing editor. Working from the ground up, she has developed successful business and communications strategies for impact organizations that aim to create social, environment and economic wealth. Priti is a Professional Engineer and holds a Master’s degree in Biological Resources Engineering from the University of Maryland, College Park.Priti lives in the Washington DC Metro area with her husband and sons, is a lover of the outdoors, traveling and from-scratch cooking!

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