Innovation Now!

From guts to glory

innovation now 2022

Innovation Now!

Innovation Now!

From guts to glory

Join our conference and learn more about AI, Automation & (cyber)security in the logistics market

Save the date! Thursday 29th September, 2022

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Eddy Thans, CEO & Founder of Prime Vision, is delighted to invite you to ‘Innovation Now!‘

With Innovation Now we celebrate the 25th anniversary of our CEO Eddy Thans and for this occasion we will be settling down for a day at CORPUS Congress Center in Leiden to bring you up to speed on AI, automation and (cyber) security in the logistics market.

To top it all off

The event will be flavored with culinary delights and some fascinating entertainment. Come and celebrate Eddy’s 25th anniversary at Prime Vision together with industry peers in an eclectic venue near Amsterdam.
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Our speakers

We are proud to announce the following guest speakers

These speakers will host workshops on specific topics, more information can be found below.

Herna Verhagen PostNL

Herna Verhagen


Herna Verhagen joined one of the legal predecessors of PostNL in 1991 as a sales manager. She went on to occupy roles including Marketing & Sales Director, Coordinating Managing Director Mail NL in the Mail division and Managing Director Group HR at TNT.

Herna’s portfolio includes corporate strategy, public affairs, communications, corporate responsibility, human resources and internal audit. She is responsible for Mail in the Netherlands, Parcels, International (Spring) and IT.

Ms Verhagen is a member of the supervisory board of ING Group and Philips. She is a member of the executive committee and general board of the Confederation of Netherlands Industry and Employers (VNO-NCW) as well as a member of the supervisory board of the Concertgebouw.


Steve Kenis

Sr Manager, Data Protection Solutions (DPS) – BeNeLux Dell Technologies

Steve serves as Sr. Manager Dell Technologies Belgium, Netherlands and Luxemburg for Data Protection Solutions. He has over two decades of experience in the technology industry. Steve is passionate about the role technology can play in accelerating a economic recovery in a post Covid world. Over the past year he has virtually travelled across Benelux, meeting with customers and discussing issues such as the importance of the digital economy and the opportunities as well as risks that follow this and what make that industry and governments need to work together to build a safer future. Steve is a respected commentator on business, innovation, leadership and data protection. He speaks frequently at local conferences and events.

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Angeli Hoekstra & Dr. Oliver Hanka

Angeli: Partner Cyber Security, Forensics & Identity at PwC Netherlands.
Oliver: is a Director at PwC Germany

Angeli Hoekstra is a Partner in the CyberSecurity, Privacy & Forensic practice at PwC Netherlands. She started her consulting career with PwC in The Netherlands 30 years ago after completing her MSc in Computer Science. She was leading in South Africa the Security & Technology Consulting practice for many years and also the African Energy Sector for PwC

Oliver is a Director at PwC Germany, leading the Industrial and IoT Security team. He has over 14 years experience in hardening embedded systems, OT, enterprise IT as well as development of safety critical systems. He is an (ISC)² Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP).

Prior to his work at PwC, Oliver held different positions related to Industrial and IoT Security at G+D Germany, IBM Australia, Airbus Germany/France and ESG in Germany. This industrial experience includes topics regarding enterprise IT, operational technology as well as embedded/product security.

Oliver achieved a PhD at the Technical University Munich in Electrical Engineering 

Kober Jens

Jens Kober

Associate Professor from the Cognitive Robotics Department at Delft University of Technology (TU Delft)

Jens Kober is an associate professor at the TU Delft, Netherlands. He worked as a postdoctoral scholar jointly at the CoR-Lab, Bielefeld University, Germany and at the Honda Research Institute Europe, Germany. He graduated in 2012 with a PhD Degree in Engineering from TU Darmstadt and the MPI for Intelligent Systems. For his research he received the annually awarded Georges Giralt PhD Award for the best PhD thesis in robotics in Europe, the 2018 IEEE RAS Early Academic Career Award, and the 2022 Robotics: Science and Systems Early Career Award. His research is at the intersection of machine learning/AI and control, with applications including manufacturing, care, agriculture and food production, and retail environments.

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Michiel de Rijcke & Lorenzo D’Arsiè

Head of R&D – Product manager artificial intelligence

Michiel de Rijcke has led the research and development department of Prime Vision since 2001. With a solid background in computer vision and a PhD and cum laude graduation in mathematics, Michiel’s ingenuity brings applied research to innovation.

Lorenzo d’Arsie has a background in physics and over four years of research experience at the University of Cambridge. Five years ago, he began working as a researcher in Prime Vision’s R&D department.

Lorenzo has developed innovative and complex models to solve detection- and classification problems in – among others – handwriting recognition, address block detection and natural language processing.

Donatello Piras

Donatello Piras

Moderator, Communication expert & chairman-for-the-day at Innovation Now

Donatello Piras is a much sought-after moderator, presenter, discussion leader and debate facilitator with many years of experience at home and abroad. As a television host he worked for RTL-Z where he presented the talkshow Z in Zaken (Business), and where he took care of the television column Dunk. Donatello can be booked as a presenter, events host, debate facilitator, trainer, coach, and speaker.

Choose your workshop!

There will be two rounds of workshops and five workshops to choose from. You can pick any workshop for the first or second round. Read more about your options below and confirm your decision in the form at the bottom of the page.

Do note: You are able to pick the same track (topic) twice, each track has two workshops to choose from!

Choose two workshops you’d like to attend:

Dark warehouses will solve many problems, but they also introduce additional risks from a security perspective. All the devices and software which are operating a dark warehouse are prone to security attacks. What is the threat profile of a dark warehouse, what are the security risks and how can dark warehouses be protected against the ever growing security risks?

Across industries and among organizations of every size, cyberattacks are on the rise. Protecting your organization starts with protecting your data — against ransomware and other sophisticated cyber threats. It’s not a matter of “if” but “when” you will be faced with such an attack. The modern threat of cyberattacks and the importance of maintaining the confidentiality, availability and integrity of data require modern solutions and strategies to protect vital data and systems. Cyber resilience cannot be achieved without a major component: The Vault! Or do you want to trust on the alternative: paying ransom, insured or not, as a solution.

Robotics has seen tremendous success in highly structured environments, such as factory automation. Deploying them in semi-structured environments (e.g., warehouses) or even unstructured environments (e.g., private homes) still poses major challenges as robots need to be endowed with the capabilities to deal with inherent variability in objects, environments, and tasks. For example, a robot in the postal and logistics industry should ideally be able to cope with a broad mix of unstructured parcels with varying or even unknown size, weight, form, packing material, center of gravity, etc. I will discuss specific challenges in robot manipulation, present some recent results where AI and machine learning have enabled robots to deal with such variability, and finally outline perspectives for future developments.

We are happy to announce two of Prime Vision’s in-house AI specialists will take the Innovation Now participants on a journey into the world of Deep Learning and Dark Warehousing.

Originally, AI and Deep Learning were used primarily to reduce the cost of operations, but today, these techniques are being used to help solve a wide range of problems, such as staff shortages. In an interview with chairman-for-the-day Donatello Piras. Michiel de Rijcke and Lorenzo d’Arsie will explore the many possible ways Deep Learning can be used in (Dark) warehousing.


Registration & welcome drinks
12.20 – 13.30
13.30 – 13.45
Welcome by Donatello Piras

Welcome by Donatello Piras, Chairman of the day.

13.45 – 14.15 
Interview with Eddy Thans

Interview with Eddy Thans, CEO Prime Vision. Celebrating 25 years in the Logistics industry.

14.15 – 14.45
Keynote: Herna Verhagen


14.45 – 15.15 
Coffee break
15.15 – 17.00 
Workshops (two rounds)

Round one:

Round two:

17.15 – 18.00
Lets look into the future

An interactive session with all speakers and a special guest

18.00 – 18.30
Network drink
18.30 – 20.30
Diner & live music

Meet the team and car of the Nuna Solar challenge and attend the Prime Vision Robotic Sorting demonstrations

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Hotels to stay overnight

If you decide to attend the Innovation Now conference, and wish to stay overnight in or around Leiden, there are several options from which we have made a selection. 

Right next to CORPUS Conference Center you will find a 4-star Hilton Garden Inn for your convenience. Attendees who want to be in the city center will find Fletcher WellnessIBIS and Golden Tulip/Tulip Inn near the Leiden central train station. A charming small-hotel option is the Boutique Hotel d’Oude Mosch in the heart of the old town.

Outside Leiden center there are two hotels from the Valk brand: Hotel Leiden and Hotel Sassenheim Hotel Leiden is a 7-minute shuttle ride from the city center. Hotel Sassenheim is bit further out: on the A44, a 7-minute drive by car from CORPUS in the direction of Amsterdam.

Lovers of chic rural hideaways will feel comfortable at Villa De Beukenhof in Oegstgeest, only 4 minutes by car from our conference location.

Join our conference

Come and celebrate Eddy’s 25th anniversary at Prime Vision together with industry peers in an eclectic venue near Amsterdam

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