The International Festival of Technology wants to show everything TU Delft has to offer.
The first Zomerfestival in Delft was held exactly 10 years ago. Back then it was a one-day festival on the university grounds and its main focus was music. Over the years, the event expanded to include more days, more locations in Delft, and more emphasis on technology. Last year, the name changed to the International Festival of Technology (IFoT). “It shifted from a party for Delft to a showcase for the entire world of everything we have to offer,” says Timo Kos, director of Education and Student Affairs, who represents TU Delft in the festival’s steering committee. “But it’s still growing; each year new things are added. This year for example we focused more on the region, whereas next year we want to include the entire Zuid-Holland knowledge axis, also known as the InnovationQuarter.”
The festival aims to make technology more accessible to everyone. Inspiring lectures, performances, research projects and innovations are presented at locations all over the city and campus. The knowledge institutions open their doors for a look behind the scenes, too. For example, a temporary home built from greenhouses will be set up on the festival grounds around the Aula building. A variety of projects involving home and life in the future will be on display in the living room, bedroom and kitchen. In the bedroom, you can curl up with cuddly robot Somnox, which simulates human breathing. The idea is that it helps you sleep better. “You can see, touch and in some cases wear and experience everything. We don’t want to present a static expo; we hope people will actually experience things,” says Kos, who is eager for as much interaction as possible with visitors. “I don’t want to just put people in contact with technology; I want to put them in contact with each other, too. In addition to alumni, researchers and students from TU Delft and The Hague University of Applied Sciences, entrepreneurs from companies in the region will be on hand, too. Simply listening to music and having a beer is fine, too, of course.”
What can you experience at the International Festival of Technology (IFoT)? Here is a selection from the programme:
Wednesday, 1 June
The first day of the festival is all about sports innovations. We will demonstrate sports of the future. Student association Gezelschap Leeghwater is organising the CampusRun, which will feature numerous technological aspects. The association is also urging alumni to join the run and support the charitable cause Meedoen=Groeien!, a collaboration between Revalidatiefonds, the Prinses Máxima Centrum voor Kinderoncologie and TU Delft.
Thursday, 2 June
The theme of day 2 is cooperation and innovation. During the IFoT, co-creation will not only be celebrated and demonstrated but also encouraged by bringing students, alumni, employees and Delft companies together. TU Library will host the Research Exhibition. Following the overwhelming success of the first edition in 2014 and in anticipation of the next big Exhibition in 2017, we will provide a scientific update on new research projects combined with a variety of speed lectures. The Alumnus of the Year will be announced on this day, too. We will organise a HackingLab in which seasoned hackers will go up against a reputable software company. There will also be a hacking workshop for anyone interested.
Friday, 3 June
The festival will conclude in spectacular style on Friday afternoon with a line-up of today’s hottest artists. All elements will come together around the TU Delft Aula, allowing you to experience how technology can make an impact on the way we live and work. An inspiring mix of technology, music, art and a very special array of food.