Robot Amigo met koningin Maxima. Foto Bart van Overbeeke

We recently had a discussion with a group of people about the future of our region, and what the long-term goals and challenges could be. What are our strengths, where is development heading, and how can we best respond to all this? We must combine major societal challenges with our high tech strength and spirit of cooperation that characterises us. We often think, and I certainly do, from a purely technological point of view. Today, we express the extent to which innovation comes to the market in so-called Technology Readiness Levels: TRL 1 (basic research) up to TRL 9 (sales and use by the customer).

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