Published on 17 October 2019

'SMARTcafé - Making sense with data' event on 7 November 2019

Do you want to be inspired by digital innovations, data and art?

'It is by logic that we prove, but by intuition that we discover', according to 19th-century French science philosopher Henri Poincaré. A very apt comment on the interface between art and technology, despite these two fields initially appearing to be complete opposites. Both in art and in our engineering and consultancy work, inspiration, creation, problem-solving skills, multidisciplinary partnerships and the use of data are important elements. During our new knowledge event ‘SMARTcafé - Making sense with data’, we are therefore bringing together innovation, technology and art in an inspiring setting. We look forward to welcoming you at our head office 'Leeuwenbrug' in Deventer on Thursday 7 November 2019.

As consulting engineers, we are currently undergoing a digital transition, where data-driven working plays an increasingly important role in our daily activities. At the same time, it helps us achieve new, smart and innovative solutions. We can use new technologies to enable stakeholders to experience engineering solutions, for example by allowing them to move through a design or to experience the effect of a new noise barrier in a VR environment. This technology offers the senses a new experience of something they haven't been able to see before in that way.
Witteveen+Bos Art+Technology Award 2019
Artist duo Evelina Domnitch and Dmitry Gelfand also create works offering a sensory experience. In their artistic explorations, they strive to achieve a synergy of science, technology, art and philosophy, enabling us to experience processes we know through science. They have been so successful that this year they have won the Witteveen+Bos Art+Technology Award. During the SMARTcafé, Karin Sluis, managing director of Witteveen+Bos, will present them with the award.

The SMARTcafé is a new concept, in which we will bring art and engineering even closer together. It is a next step for the Award after having organised the award ceremony in the Bergkerk Church in Deventer in previous years. You can read more about this change here.

Create your own SMARTcafé programme
The SMARTcafé consists of different components with which you can compose your own varied programme. You may choose to take part in the entire SMARTcafé programme, including various lectures, or join us from 17.45 hrs, when the presentation of the Art+Technology Award will begin. To register for the SMARTcafé, please use the registration form.


15.30 hrs   

16.00 hrs
Welcome (in Dutch)
by director Stephan van der Biezen

16.30 hrs
Two rounds of parallel sessions. Each session lasts half an hour. You can attend one session per round (in Dutch)

  1. Meer impact met digitale ingenieursoplossingen (Otto Schepers van Witteveen+Bos
  2. Machine Learning is mensenwerk (Erik de Ruijter van Lime b.v.)
  3. Innovaties in de praktijk: 5 pitches (Diverse medewerkers van Witteveen+Bos)
  4. De potentie van kunst voor innovatie en maatschappelijke impact (Rodolfo en Lija Groenewoud van Vliet van In4Art)

17.45 hrs

18.00 hrs
by managing director Karin Sluis

18.15 hrs
Award ceremony 

18.30 hrs
Drinks and walking dinner

19.00 hrs
Performance by artist duo Evelina Domnitch and Dmitry Gelfand



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