China's Smart New Normal: How China sets the standard for Innovation in AI

Wednesday  12 June  2019  5:00 PM    Wednesday  12 June  2019 9:30 PM
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Pascal Coppens (Nexxworks) will tell us about China's impending leading position in the development and implementation of artificial intelligence, what we can learn from it, and why we better should speed up at lightspeed in Europe, and in particular in The Beacon and its community. Pascal recently returned from a roundtrip in China, and will disclose his very fresh findings. 

Pascal will tell us more about all the Chinese wonders lying below the waterline of the iceberg, and which will have a huge impact on us in the coming years: from the hundreds of fast growing innovators which are completely unknown to the rest of the world to the red thread of the book: China's impending leading position in the development and implementation of artificial intelligence.

You will be able to read more after the session, because Pascal's new book about this theme is included in the price of the event: China’s New Normal. 

As an intro to an interactive debate, Wim De Waele, as CEO of The Beacon involved in the AI4Belgium consortium, will place some critrical notes to the Chinese tech story and facts and figures, and put it in perspective on how we should act in Europe.

This inspiration session is supported by Vlaio in the context of the IBN (Innovative Company Network) "IoT ValueChain", integrated in The Beacon. More info on our website and


17:00 - 18:00: Welcome Drink

18:00 - 18:15: Welcome at The Beacon & general introduction by Ronald Hermans & Wim De Waele

18:15 - 19:00: Keynote Pascal Coppens: China’s New Normal - How China sets the standard for Innovation

19:00 - 19:30: Wim De Waele: some comments and questions on the story

19:30 - 20:00: Dialogue with Pascal Coppens moderated by Wim De Waele: How can we speed up innovation and AI implementation in particular, fromout The Beacon or beyond

20:00 - 21:30: Network Drink & Bites


Rate: Free (without a personal signed book of the author himself) or 24,50 EUR (excl VAT) if you want to have a signed book "China's New Normal".

So please take your confirmation mail or eventbrite ticket with you, because it’s your entrance ticket and you’ll need it to receive your  copy of the book (Dutch version) if you opted for it.

Practical info: discover The Beacon

Practical sidenote: to avoid traffic congestion stress, all participants are welcome from 2 PM onwards in The Beacon in the Open Space on Floor 5 where you can work, and/or network with The Beacon community. Free wifi, coffee & water. First come first served principle.

About Pascal Coppens

Pascal Coppens is the expert in all things innovation and Day After Tomorrow in China, rooted in his deep understanding of the country as a sinologist.

He is an entrepreneur at heart with more than 20 years of experience in China and Silicon Valley. Pascal has employed, partnered and competed with hundreds of Chinese innovators. Currently he is a trusted advisor and an inspiring keynote speaker.

About Pascal’s brand new book: China’s New Normal

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