On 4 October 2018, the RDM Submarine Wharf in Rotterdam South will be transformed into one big Living Lab. The IE2018 is a sample sheet of the most recent and high-profile developments that the Netherlands has to offer. With the IE2018, the Dutch government offers businesses, research institutes, NGOs, and government bodies a platform for showcasing innovations to a wide national and international audience.
Innovation is not an isolated phenomenon; it is a precondition for progress. Never before have we been so aware of the need for innovation in order to keep our country safe, liveable, and accessible. The Innovation Expo 2018 is focused on major social challenges.
In the Netherlands, we tend to join forces in national and international public-private cooperatives. This concerted action, the Dutch Solution, is an element of the formula for success: from an initial idea to a new product or service, ready to be upscaled. Innovators, decision-makers, policy-makers, enablers, and consumers collectively come up with innovative solutions.