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Author: Sharina Helderop

New spouses company fights for dual expat careers

The Expat Spouses Initiative and the Eindhoven branch of EY have established ESI B.V. Together they want to make sure that partners of international workers have more work opportunities in the region, allowing them to integrate better. For years already, the Brainport region tries to attract highly skilled knowledge workers from abroad, and with them their partners move along. They are often highly educated, according to the Expat Spouses Initiative, but integration remains difficult for this group. The opportunities for jobs are lower, because of the language barrier. But ESI and EY know for sure: if the partners can also work...

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No more counting cells as a full time job, thanks to CytoSMART

Culturing biological cells is still a very old fashioned process, CytoSMART CEO Joffry Maltha found out. “We still have to count them in the lab, one by one, with a clicker in your hand, to know how many cells there are in a container. In fact, this is a full-time job for some in our team.” But not for long, as far as Maltha is concerned. CytoSMART is an Eindhoven company that is trying to make research easier, cheaper and faster for biologists.6 The start of the company, which is located at the TU/e campus, was caused by a failed stem cell research. “Simply said,...

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A High tech Campus Community Garden

The vegetables in the community garden at the High Tech Campus are in full bloom and the first strawberries have already been picked – notwithstanding the bad weather. All campus staff can help, and some even bring family their members to the so-called “Community Garden”. The Google and Microsoft campuses already had their community gardens for a long time, says Stefan Pfundtner. Early 2013 Pfundtner, along with two colleagues, took on the idea to start a vegetable garden at the High Tech Campus. “Mark, Nestor and I all have an interest in sustainability and nature. We saw the opportunity on campus, because...

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Robots to open a door, pass a threshold, serve a drink

The robot battle is on. The Markt – right in the city center – will be the spot where 15 health care robots are competing for the CCM mechatronics Trophy. Fifteen student teams from the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany built a care robot. At the end of the day the winner will be known. The robots have to open a door, pass a threshold, and serve a drink. These orders were not chosen by accident by Sioux CCM, organizer of the contest. These seemingly small actions can have a really added value for a bedridden elderly. Exactly this is the purpose of...

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DTW’s Permanent Future Lab is also an exhibition-for-a-week

On a stage in the back of the Seats2Meet at Strijp-S the Permanent Future Lab (PFL) is located. Eindhoven is one of the three locations for this nationwide initiative. Companies, preferably from the region, have been donating material that can now be used by both children and adults. The aim of all projects is connected to technology and all of its functionalities. For example, there is a model railway by the Eindhoven Model Society. Each mini-wagon has a number and by using spatial understanding and controlling the components, the visitor must get them in the right order. Not as easy as...

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Looking around at ASML and MMC during DTW

It’s not every day that you get the opportunity to get a close look at ASML or the Maxima Medical Centre (MMC). During the Dutch Technolgy Week both are opening up the doors – especially for children and their parents. Under the name ‘step into the future of healthcare and technology’ ASML and Máxima Medical Centre present their ‘open day’. On Saturday, May 28, both neighbours from Veldhoven will show that they have more in common than it seems. Operating room Normally you would not want to enter an operating room, but this Saturday you really see what the work...

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“Art On The Dommel” with remotely controlled inflatable animals

Art, music, energy and De Dommel all combined into a work of art. That’s what a group of artists was asked to deliver for the art route Rabo Art on the Dommel. On Sunday, May 22, the route opens with ten works that will be a two weeks lasting connection between the High Tech Campus and the TU/e campus. Each year a special theme around energy is chosen for the route. This year has become the theme of water. Quite logically, organizer Erik de Jong  immediately thought of water energy. “In response, we came up with the idea of...

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Killer demos and science show in Evoluon

Philips is not the only one celebrating with its 125 year anniversary, but the Evoluon also has a reason to party on its 50th birthday. This weekend on the 14th and 15th of May the city has organized “Eindhoven vier de toekomst” (Eindhoven celebrates the Future). The Evoluon is doing its part with a Inventors Plaza and science show on sunday 15 May. Killer demos and science show in Evoluon “Different things are being done to put Philips in the spotlicht”, says Anton Ganzeboom, Evoluon. “The company from Eindhoven gave the Evoluon as gift to the city. They now...

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“You just can’t prepare for Quiz Night XL”

Music and entertainment are not the specialty of the team “Limited by Experience” (Beperkt Door Ervaring). Fortunately, that’s not what last year’s Quiz Night XL was about. That might have been the main reason why Joost Rooze and his team won the quiz. E52 publishes a series of articles in preparation for the Dutch Technology Week (23-29 May). This is the eigth part. Here the earlier parts.   Rooze’s team is made up of friends who met at the university and at fencing. Two years ago they debuted at the Quiz Night XL. “At ASML, where I work, they did a lot of...

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The Internet of things in an NXP truck that moves through Europe

Just a few steps up and you can find yourself in NXP‘s Internet of Things (IoT) truck: “a world of innovation“. Or as the Dutch company says: an ecosystem full of solutions. All kinds of products of the Dutch company and its partners are brought together in the truck: from the micro:bit to multimedia thermostats and security cameras. Today The High Tech Campus is visited. It is a tour through a variety of applications and products by chipmaker NXP. The IoT truck, as the huge yellow vehicle is called, is divided into different sections of which smart home applications is one. Security...

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