When Digitization Strikes: Disruptive Technologies and the Future of Mobility and Contracting

2 October 2017

Opening Academic Year 2017-2018
Date: 2 October 2017

The world is at the start of what has been called a ‘Fourth Industrial Revolution’ driven by various technological innovations including in digitization and connectivity. These technologies have been forecasted to disrupt business models and labour markets, bring both threats and opportunities.  As we celebrate our 65th anniversary in 2017, Maastricht School of Management is organizing a special program for the Opening of the 2017-2018 Academic Year, around this theme of disruptive technologies. Two expert speakers, Dr. Ir. Carlo van de Weijer from the Technical University (TU) Eindhoven and SingularityU, and Prof. Dr. Nicola Dimitri from Sienna University and Cambridge University, will respectively share their views on the future of mobility and contracting (blockchain technology).

Date and time: 2 October 2017, 9:15-11:45
Location: Maastricht School of Management, Endepolsdomein 150, 6229EP Maastricht, Conference Hall

Disruption in Practice: The Future of Mobility
Dr. Ir. Carlo van de Weijer

When digitization strikes an industry, changes come faster than most traditional players can prepare for. Yet, with all unpredictability that comes along with disruption there are some fixed rules that one can prepare for. Carlo van de Weijer has a broad executive experience in high tech companies, most in the automotive area, and is a faculty member of Silicon Valley bases Singularity University. He will highlight the most important future trends within mobility as an example of how disruption can strike, and how to deal with a future that is harder to predict than ever before.

The Blockchain Technology: Some Theory and Applications
Prof. Dr. Nicola Dimitri

How to reach consensus, within a distributed system of computers, has been an area of discussion for a quite a long time in theoretical computer science and applications. Broadly speaking the problem can be formulated as follows. Under what conditions distributed computers would correctly implement an agreed upon protocol, when the information in some of the machines could be strategically manipulated, or when the machines can make mistakes? In recent years the problem appears to have been solved by the cryptographic Blockchain technology, and a number of economic applications are now being implemented. In the lecture Nicola Dimitri will discuss some of the Blockchain foundations as well as some of the most successful applications such as Bitcoin and the Smart Contracts.


09:15 Arrival of guests
09:30 Opening Video
09:35 Opening Remarks:
Professor Wim Naudé, Dean
09:50 Welcoming the new Cohorts of MSM Students in Maastricht
Oliver W. Olson, Director of Global Education Programs
10:00 Keynote lecture: Disruption in Practice: the Future of Mobility

Dr. Ir. Carlo van de Weijer
Faculty, Mobility & Automotive, SingularityU and Director, Strategic Area Smart Mobility,  Technical University (TU) Eindhoven

10:45 Guest Lecture: The Blockchain Technology: Some Theory and Applications

Dr. Nicola Dimitri
Corvers Chair in Innovation Procurement, MSM and Professor of Economics, University of Siena (Italy), Visiting Professor IMT Lucca (Italy)  and Life Member Clare Hall College, Cambridge (UK)

11:30 Closing Remarks:
Professor Wim Naudé, Dean
11:45 Lunch Reception in Business Lounge

Welcoming our New Students
We are delighted to welcome around 210 students in the following programs on our Maastricht Campus: Full-time Master of Business Administration, Executive Master of Business Administration, Master in Management, Online Master in Business Administration, Master of Science in Management and Engineering, and various Executive Education Programs.

Entry is free and depending on available seats. External guests can register below.

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