Future of digital technology taking shape in Brussels with DigitYser
There is no lack of ambition in the digital world: the Internet of Things, big data, artificial intelligence, virtual and augmented reality, blockchain and so on. To make these dreams a reality, a new meeting and exchange place has opened in Brussels, backed by ENGIE. Code name: DigitYser.
DigitYser hopes to become the place to be for the digital economy: 2,000 square metres entirely dedicated to the technologies of the future. It will be home to some 20 start-ups and already organises training courses, hackathons and meetings. The aim is to test and accelerate the generation of new ideas, solutions and products relating to big data, artificial intelligence, virtual and augmented reality, the Internet of Things and blockchain.
Places like this normally focus on one type of technology. DigitYser is breaking ground by bringing together several digital communities. It was only natural for ENGIE to become associated with this public-private partnership. “Digitisation is part of our business”, says Philippe Van Troeye, CEO of ENGIE Benelux. “It’s revolutionising our products, services and operating methods. DigitYser will facilitate exchanges between the start-ups based there, the communities that will gather there and our teams.” The fact that DigitYser and ENGIE’s registered office are both in the Brussels North District makes sharing even easier.
Innovation, co-creation and open innovation are the key success factors in keeping up with digitisation and the energy revolution – areas in which ENGIE wants to be a forerunner. DigitYser makes all of this possible.
This is not the first time that ENGIE has branched out into the digital transformation. Just over a year ago, the Group created the Digital Factory, which led to a number of partnerships being forged with new companies in the fields of big data and smart objects. In Belgium, ENGIE M2M uses Sigfox technology, a global network exclusively dedicated to the Internet of Things via low-speed communications. Products like boxx, the digital brain for homes, and Smatch, a solution for the intelligent charging of electrical vehicles, are other examples of how important digitisation is for ENGIE’s strategy, to ensure that everyone can ‘better experience energy’.
Do you have an idea that could revolutionise digital technologies? Stop by at DigitYser. Every day, a free meeting space is open to starters in the central atrium where you can get advice from an accountant, a lawyer or an expert from 1819, the regional structure that helps young entrepreneurs getting started. And who knows, maybe one day you will join DigitYser and be part of ENGIE’s digitisation.