19th edition of Belgian Days 2017 took place 20-24 November.
From icons to cuisine, attendees of Belgian Days discovered what Belgium has to offer without flying to Brussels. Organised by the Belgian Business Chamber, the week was packed with various events.
Discover Belgian Icons
To kickoff this year’s Belgian Days, the BBC invited journalists to a press breakfast at Chopin Airport in Warsaw for a chance to see the iconic aircraft Amare as it arrived for the first time in Poland. The Airbus A320 is the fourth in the Belgian Icons series and was handpainted as an ode to Tomorrowland, one of the largest electronic dance music festivals in Europe. After the presentation with Her Excellency Colette Taquet, Ambassador of the Kingdom of Belgium to Poland, guests were invited to watch the landing and board the plane to get a first-hand look at the interior.
Tastes of Belgium
On the second day, 100 guests tasted Belgian cuisine at Cook Story by Samsung located at Royal Wilanów. Mussels, fries, waffles and other dishes were served, in addition to Belgian chocolate and beer while Chef – Rafał Wronka performed a live cooking show.
Special guests, including Mr. Jerzy Kwieciński, Secretary of State at the Ministry of Development, were invited to a gala dinner at the Embassy of the Kingdom of Belgium. During the forum, three companies received the BBC Award 2017: Amber Winner – ABC Wiedzy, Silver Winner – Brussels Airlines, and Platinum Winner – CFE Polska. The BBC recognises member companies that strengthen business relations between Belgium and Poland. The awards were presented by the Ambassador of the Kingdom of Belgium to Poland, the Chairman of the Board of the Belgian Business Chamber and by the event’s Guest of Honor.
Construction and Real Estate Day (CRED)
During the 3rd edition of CRED, experts presented digital solutions used in construction and real estate. Additional topics included digital walk-throughs, latest construction and real estate applications, Real Estate Tech Programme, Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, mobile solutions, asset tracking. Speakers and presenters included representatives from Ghelamco Poland, CFE Polska, Indoorway, SmartAR, The Heart Warsaw, and Immersion. The discussion was moderated by Mr. Richard Stephens, Editor in Chief of Poland Today.
The last day of Belgian Days 2017 concluded with a view of the city from The Heart Warsaw office in the The Warsaw Spire. The meeting was an opportunity to showcase the startup environment in Belgium and Poland and to bring them together. The event was opened by Mr Pierre Detry, Chairman of the Belgian Business Chamber, followed by a speech by Mr. Krzysztof Szubert, Secretary of State at the Ministry of Digital Affairs, The Government Plenipotentiary for Digital Single Market. Minister Szubert spoke about Poland’s startup community and the importance of international cooperation.
After the introduction, panelists discussed how companies and startups can work together, possible solutions to problems both Polish and Belgian startups face, and other topics. Experts from various fields participated, such as a professor from Liège University, representatives from Venture Lab in Liège, The Heart Warsaw, Polish Development Fund, and CRIDO Taxand.
After the discussion, six startups presented their innovations. Among them were Swing Development, a company that develops 3D visualisations, virtual reality walkthroughs and AR applications. With only one photo or sketch, they can create a virtual reality of a real estate property. Similarly, Ronis Vision also creates interactive 3D and VR experiences for clients. Mcorpus is a medical training and learning platform that uses mixed reality technology to allow users to see reality and virtual elements simultaneously. While textbooks show human anatomy in 2D, Mcorpus’s special glasses allow students to see a life-size human body and organs where ever they are. The presenter gave a live demonstration of the device and how medical students can use it to learn surgical procedures, practice surgeries, track progress and accuracy of surgery. Brain Attach developed a program that analyses users’ engagement and emotions when viewing content or playing video games. Vreego transforms ordinary luggage into ad space. Individual clients or businesses can customise and design the front part of the suitcase, making it a great alternative to traditional ads. Finally, Soti Natural produces unsweetened teas from Japanese tea leaves. The drinks are high in antioxidants, with no sugar or calories and are sold in major retailers in Poland.
Photos source: Belgian Business Chamber