Conference Connecting the dots

Conference Connecting the dots

Connecting the Dots – Acceleration, breakthroughs and co-creation in food, mobility and buildings


The conference took place on 30 January 2015, Utrecht, the Netherlands.


Drones, 4D printing, DNA-sequencing, lab-on-a-chip, synthetic biology and artificial intelligence are just a few examples of disruptive innovations in food, mobility and buildings. They will inevitably interact, creating new dynamics and challenging society and governments. But what exactly are these challenges, and will we be able to adapt to them? Can we proactively leverage technology to help us cope with major societal and environmental issues?

This conference provided a platform for a discussion of these burning questions by people from different disciplines and backgrounds. Five internationally acclaimed keynote speakers shared their thoughts and invited participants -live and online-  to shift horizons in time and thinking.

Survey of technological innovations in the living environment

The 'Survey of technological innovations in the living environment' is presented as a digital magazine at the conference. On behalf of the Minister of Economic Affairs, the Secretary-General Maarten Camps took receipt of the digital magazine and gave an initial response.

Read more about the 'Survey of technological innovations in the living environment'

Download Survey of the technological innovations in the living environment

Download (Dutch) Verkenning technologische innovaties in de leefomgeving

Read press relase: Technology requires a differrent role form government

Read Dutch press release: Technologie vraagt andere rol overheid

Report of the conference

Twitter storify

Video - impression of the day

Photo’s of the conference ‘Connecting the Dots’


Logo Jaar van de ruimte

The conference Connecting the Dots is organised within the context of the ‘Jaar van de Ruimte’ initiative.