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.

Start-up of the Day: Zero waste shopping made easy

The packaging industry accounts for a large proportion of the plastic soup. A number of shops solve this problem by allowing customers to fill their own jars. “But this is only part of the problem,” explains Mirek Lizec, executive director of the Prague start-up MIWA, which stands for...

Electric Auke #2: Solar panels don’t pass eco-label certification

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 when it concerns the preservation of our planet..  Hoekstra is busy building a fully sustainable house. “I have had that plan in my head...

Best read: are algorithms taking over our shopping decisions?

Grown-up women rolling around on the floor like sumo wrestlers for cut-price clothing. Shoved and yanked everywhere and huge queues at the cash registers. Black Friday. The day after Thanksgiving when Americans are already getting their Christmas shopping done with major discounts. This chaos is...

‘A Tesla for people who like to play Rambo’

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 when it concerns the preservation of our planet. Nobody will have missed it: The presentation of the Tesla Cybertruck. The opinions are divided...

Two ex-Lightyear employees present budget solar car for city use

Munich already had its own budget solar car, so today a Dutch version will be added especially designed for the city: the Squad (solar quad). The idea came from two former Lightyear employees who wanted to design an affordable solar car for a large group of consumers. Two passengers can sit next...

Best read: why a German-Flemish-Dutch megacity is not such a good idea

More and more people are moving into the city. In fact, in the coming years megacities are emerging where more than thirty million people live and work. It is by no means inconceivable that between now and 2025 about 70 percent of the world’s population will be living in these kinds of...

Best read: Mobility all the way from Helmond

The Automotive Campus in Helmond is ten years old this year. In this week’s best-read article, we looked back on the origins and evolution of the site that once housed Volvo’s factories. Today: which technologies, modes of transport and ideas first saw the light of day at the...

Could you live in a cardboard house?

The Dutch Design Week is not all about new gadgets or cool gadgets. Instead it gives designers the space to explore the future. What will our life be like in ten years time? For instance, how will we build our houses and can we do that in a more sustainable way? Oep Schilling makes and sells...

EU awards three start-ups with €50,000 each to reduce plastic waste

Today, the European Commission announced the winners of the 2019 European Social Innovation Competition.  The three winning projects from the 2019 “Challenging Plastic Waste” Competition will each receive 50.000 euro for demonstrating outstanding potential to reduce plastic waste and improve...

Demand-driven agriculture- the solution for more sustainable farming?

We should all be self-sufficient by 2050. With that idea in mind, Simone and Arend Koekkoek have launched Campus Almkerk. They bought a secluded farm in 2016 and completely rebuilt it. No gas connections anymore, instead solar panels on the roof. It is a place where people can go for advice on...

Dutch Design Week Hidden Gem # 9: How two cultures come together

Before she graduated from the University of the Arts Utrecht (HKU), Samira Charroud was never busy with her origins. The daughter of a Moroccan father and a Dutch mother switches effortlessly between these two worlds. She stands with one foot in her mother’s Western culture, while her other...

Dutch Design Week’s Hidden Gem # 4: Bouwjaar Blitz

Mr. De Wit had hardly even opened the door before he started enthusing: “The other day a former pupil stood on my doorstep, he brought a bottle of wine with him. I love to hear about what they have been up to. Whether they’ve become carpenters or lawyers, it doesn’t matter to me....

Best read: How to live in a more climate-neutral way

Earth Overshoot Day fell on July the 29th this year. On that day, we had used up all the natural resources for this year that the earth is capable of providing in a single year. That means that from this day on, we are living off our planet’s reserves. As of now, 1.7 earths are needed in...

Best read: doing puzzles with the king

Did you see it? How King Willem-Alexander was as happy as a kid when he finally managed to get the coin into the right spot. With two thumbs up and a grin from ear to ear, the king almost made a jump for joy. It was a bit of a puzzle to get the stainless steel coin with 12 pins into the right...

TNO and TU/e receive 7 million euro EU subsidy for heat battery on salt

The Technical University Eindhoven (TU/e) and TNO receive a 7 million euro subsidy from the European Union to further develop a heat battery that stores energy in salt. The two knowledge institutes are leading a partnership at European level (HEAT-INSYDE). They use the money from the Horizon2020...

Lowlands Science: Suffering pain in the name of science

Pain and stress, not the first association you have when it comes to festivals. Okay, admittedly finding a good place for your tent when you arrive can be quite stressful. Or that one beer too many from the night before that is giving you a headache as you walk across the festival grounds. But...

Smart toilet offers dietary advice to Lowlands festival-goers

We all visit the bathroom. But what does such a trip say about our health? Imec Nederland is trying to find out during the Lowlands music festival by using toilets full of sensors. During a visit to the toilet, the Smart Toilet from the research institute takes a closer look at the festival-goers....

Protective cycling gear: useful, but not the answer to every hazard

Was the death of cyclist Bjorg Lambrecht, last week after a crash during the Tour of Poland, a stupid accident? Should the course have been made safer? Or is there something structurally wrong with the safety of the cyclists? Riders throw themselves off the mountain tops at dizzying speeds....

Who should be our Startup of the Month?
  • Field Factors 51%, 151 vote
    151 vote 51%
    151 vote - 51% of all votes
  • Drone Analysis 39%, 116 votes
    116 votes 39%
    116 votes - 39% of all votes
  • Grow X 5%, 16 votes
    16 votes 5%
    16 votes - 5% of all votes
  • We4Sea 5%, 16 votes
    16 votes 5%
    16 votes - 5% of all votes
Total Votes: 299
2 December 2019 - 7 December 2019
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