Colruyt Group IT

Event: IT Connect

  • IT CONNECT is the professional IT networking and technology event organised by Colruyt Group IT and partners.
  • Be there on Thursday 22 September 2022, from 18.00 to 22.00 at De Montil in Affligem
  • Attending IT CONNECT is free.

What You’ll Get

Stimulating keynote topics by renowned keynote speakers in the field of IT and digital. This in a choice of two elective groups, along with interactive booths, plus some great refreshments (drinks and food) and extensive networking opportunities.

What You’ll Need

  • An open mind to innovation, with a strong focus on working in a fully engaged IT environment. 
  • An interest in the impact of the digital revolution on business and society.

The Programme in Detail

As a participant, you can choose to join one of two groups, each featuring two enthralling keynote presentations (in English).

Having two groups ensures that you can participate in the subject areas which most interest you, so please indicate when registering which group you wish to be in.


18.00 - 19.00

19.00 - 20.00

Group 1

Welcome + catering

In Keynote room:

Introduction by Peter Vanbellingen, CIO Colruyt Group and Bélise Songa, Young ICT Lady of the Year

Keynote 1: Brecht Van Craen - The Rise of Crypto Assets.

Keynote 2:  Marc Vael - Online Privacy & Security.

Group 2

Welcome + catering

In Main room:

Interactive booths and showcases of Colruyt Group IT projects and partners

20.00 - 21.00

In Main room:

Interactive booths and showcases of Colruyt Group IT projects and partners

In Keynote room:

Introduction by Peter Vanbellingen (CIO Colruyt Group) and Bélise Songa (Young ICT Lady of the Year)

Keynote 3: Thierry Geerts - The Impact of the Digital Revolution on Humans and Society.

Keynote 4: Gerrie Smits - The Metaverse - Immerse or Curse?

21.00 - 22.00

Inspiring networking moment 

Inspiring networking moment 

Renowned keynote speakers

Brecht Van Craen is Co-founder of the Digital Currency Academy, the largest crypto school and community in Belgium, as well as being a full-time Ambassador for the Institute for the Future. An experienced consultant and strategist, he is a frequent speaker on Crypto matters. His book ‘Investeren in Crypto’ (Investing in Crypto) will be published in October.

Marc Vael is a popular international keynote speaker and panellist who inspires with practical solutions and examples, based on over 20 years’ experience in Security & Privacy compliance. He is also a Mentor and Author, exploring real cases and solutions to simplify information protection. His books, ‘Cyberrisico's’ (Cyber Risks) and ‘Informatiesystemen’ (IT systems) were published in 2017, and 2015.

Thierry Geerts has been Google CEO in Belgium and Luxembourg since 2011, and is an in-demand speaker at events and meetups. His book Digitalis (2018), describing the potential of the digital world, is already a bestseller. His latest book, Homo Digitalis (2021) is about the impact of the digital revolution on people and society.

Gerrie Smits is a Digital Strategy Consultant at the Left Right Centre, helping organisations make the most of digital and the internet, and reworking organisations for the digital world. He has more than 20 years’ experience in corporate and governmental environments, and is an expert in blockchain technology: the hype, and the potential impact. He is the author of ‘Blockchain is WTF*’ (*Wondrous and Totally Fundamental).

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