Milan Lenters

Milan Lenters is a writer and editor. Through IO, he got to know his native city Eindhoven in a different way and sometimes looks with amazement at the many stories that lie ahead.

Follow-up: Should Covid-19 measures override privacy?

This week we’re taking another look at the corona crisis here in the ‘follow-up’ section. Where do we stand when it comes to the ethical side of all this innovation that aims to contain the virus? In countries such as China, Taiwan and South Korea, smartphone location data is...

Follow-up: What will we do differently after the corona crisis?

You can’t open a newspaper these days without frightening reports about companies that are about to collapse or self-employed people who won’t make it to the end of the month. The Dutch cabinet is doing everything in its power to limit the damage. All of a sudden we turn out to be a...

Electric Auke #13: “Why fly when you can teleport?”

Each week we take a look with EV specialist and Innovation Origins columnist Auke Hoekstra at what caught his eye on topical issues or what he runs into where the preservation of our planet is concerned. This week Auke swaps planes for a pair of VR glasses. Auke can’t ignore the current news...

Drones are targeting the Corona virus in China

The ever-widening spread of the corona virus is dominating the news. It seems likely that a pandemic is inevitable. The world is in crisis. Yet history has taught us that it is precisely at these moments that humankind comes up with creative solutions, innovations and new insights. This week,...

Follow-up: Where are the self-driving trucks?

In the weekly ‘follow-up’ section we present a sequel to the best-read article of the past week. This week: Mercedes is sweeping the test tracks with an autonomous snow shovel. However, Mercedes wants more. With this project from Lab1886 (the innovation unit behind new business models...

Follow-up: Will drones make aviation greener?

In the weekly ‘follow-up’ section we present a sequel to the best-read article of the past week. This week: how are we going to make aviation greener? No money for a business class ticket and still enjoy a good night’s sleep on a flatbed during your flight to New York? Delft...

Follow-up: The massive dam that hopefully will never be built

In our weekly ‘follow-up’ column we feature a sequel to the best-read article of the past week. This week: A North Sea dam to protect half of Europe against rising sea levels. We already mentioned Rutger Bregman, who in his pamphlet ‘Het water komt’ (The water will come,...

Start-up of the day: save money on unused subscriptions

One in five Dutch households has to cope with financial difficulties. This is evident from the 2018 figures from Nibud (Dutch National Institute for Family Finance Information). According to the Amsterdam start-up Dyme, a lot of debts are the result of a lack of an overview of what the financial...

Electric Auke #10: ‘Train world lacks an Elon Musk to shake things up’

Each week we take a look with EV specialist and Innovation Origins columnist Auke Hoekstra at what caught his eye on topical issues or what he runs into where the preservation of our planet is concerned. This week Auke explains why hydrogen trains are a good alternative to diesel. After a lengthy...

Start-up of the day: air bubble screen against plastic in rivers

Eight billion kilos. That’s about how much plastic ends up in the ocean every year. 80 % of all that plastic ends up into rivers via the land and flows straight out to sea. In order to reduce the amount of plastic soup in the sea, Boyan Slat set up The Ocean Cleanup in 2013. But what if you...

Start-up of the day: Finding hotspots in an instant

Finding great places to travel often takes a lot of time. It’s easier to hear from your friends which hotspots you shouldn’t skip. That’s the idea behind Urban Journalist, an Amsterdam-based start-up that allows travelers to explore cities using highlights from their network....

Follow-up: Will hydrogen finally break through?

Anyone who drives a hydrogen-powered car knows: the nearest petrol station is never just around the corner. But that’s about to change. According to plans contained in the climate agreement, fifty hydrogen refuelling stations are to be added in The Netherlands in 2025. After the summer, a...

Electric Auke #7: “Storm on the way in car industry”

Every week, together with Electric Vehicle (EV) specialist and Innovation Origins columnist Auke Hoekstra, we look at what has caught his attention in current affairs or what he has encountered when it comes to making our Earth more sustainable. Volkswagen CEO Herbert Diess said last week that...

Follow-up: How shipping will become greener

If The Netherlands intends to meet the Paris climate targets, sea and inland shipping must also commit to them. As in become climate-neutral vessels. In the Port of Rotterdam, a number of companies are planning to supply power to ships that dock via a shore-based power station. This means that the...

2019 High Tech Piek Award for Steef Blok

Steef Blok won the 2019 High Tech Piek Award on Thursday night. Blok received this award for his contribution to the high tech and start-up scene in the Brainport region. Steef Blok is in charge of the Innovation lab at the TU/e. There he is responsible for the cooperation between the university...

Start-up of the Day: When the difference of half a degree can be fatal

For some products or processes, the smallest fluctuation in temperature can be fatal. For IVF labs, for example, a change of only 0.5 degrees can affect the viability of an embryo. Therefore it’s important to monitor the temperature carefully so that researchers can take action when something is...

Follow-up: Become a unicorn? Get through the valley of death first

In our weekly ‘follow-up’ column we feature a sequel to the best-read article of the past week. This week: Is Pandora Intelligence to become the next Dutch unicorn? Unicorn? At first Peter de Kock of Pandora Intelligence had no idea that this is a start-up worth more than 1 billion...

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