On 26 September, the Day of Digital Times is celebrated at Utrecht University School of Economics. Bringing together keynote speakers from science, government, and business, and four workshops combining science and practice.
Day of Digital Times
Registration, coffee + tea
Opening – Erik Stam (Professor Strategy, Organization and Entrepreneurship & Head of the Utrecht University School of Economics)
Lunch (venue: Main Hall, Adam Smith Hall)
Workshop round 1
Session 1 (venue: Spinoza Hall, room 010)
Jan-Maarten van Sonsbeek (Chief Science Officer of the Dutch Ministry of Social Affairs and Employment). Title: “The research agenda of the Ministry of Social Affairs and Employment and the platform economy”
Ronald Dekker (Policy Adviser with the Dutch Ministry of Social Affairs and Employment). Title: "A conceptual framework for regulating platform enterprises”
Marcel Das (director of CentERdata and professor of Econometrics and Data Collection at Tilburg University). Title: "Innovations in Data Collection and New Possibilities for Research"
Workshop round 2
Session 1 (venue: Spinoza Hall, room 0.10)
Bert Willekens (Economic Advisor in Chief Economist Team at Belgian Competition Authority) Title: “Competition Policy in the Digital Economy”
Wiljan van den Berge (Economist with CPB Netherlands Bureau of Policy Analysis) Title: “The Impact of Automation on Firms and Their Workers”
Session 2 (venue: Spinoza Hall, room 1.06)
Guido Berben, (Tikkie Partner Manager bij ABN AMRO) Title: "Tikkie, from A to Open-Banking"
Coffee + tea (venue: Main Hall, Adam Smith Hall)
Plenary speaker - Scott Stern (David Sarnoff Professor of Management at the MIT Sloan School of Management). Title: “The Impact of Artificial Intelligence on Innovation”
Discussion moderator – Anna Salomons (Professor of Employment and Inequality at Utrecht University School of Economics)
Wrap-up by Erik Stam
Drinks + live music (venue: Main Hall, Adam Smith Hall). Organized by ECU’92 - the student organization of U.S.E.
Marieke Blom is the Chief Economist of ING in the Netherlands. The research team in Amsterdam covers a broad range of themes: from monetary policy and trade to specific industries, sustainability and technology. Marieke is a member of ING’s global leadership council and member of the board of the Dutch Royal Economic Society (KVS). She regularly appears in the media. Before joining ING, Marieke worked as a senior manager at start-up Amsterdam consultancy “De Argumentenfabriek”. She was a political advisor at the Dutch Labour Party (PvdA). She started her career as a trainee at ABN AMRO in 1999. Marieke holds a Master’s degree in monetary economics and wrote her thesis at the research department of the Dutch Central Bank. Marieke lives in Amsterdam with her husband and two daughters.
Marcel Das has been the director of CentERdata since September 2000. He graduated (cum laude) in General Econometrics / Statistics at Tilburg University and later received his PhD from the same university. He worked as a researcher following his PhD and later as a senior research at CentER Applied Research – an institute for applied economic research affiliated with Tilburg University. Marcel has led a large number of national and international research projects and published scientific articles in international journals in the field of statistical and empirical analyses of survey data and methodological issues in web-based (panel) surveys. He has been professor of Econometrics and Data Collection at the Department of Econometrics and Operations Research at the Tilburg School of Economics and Management since 2009.
Dominique Guellec is Head of the Science and Technology Policy Division (STP) of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). This division covers notably: innovation policies, science policies, biotechnology and nanotechnology issues, national innovation studies, innovation for development, the STI Outlook, the Innovation Policy Platform, the Space Forum, and the ocean economy activity. Mr. Guellec joined the OECD in 1995, working on statistics and economic policy analysis of science, innovation and growth. In 2004-05, Mr. Guellec was Chief Economist of the European Patent Office (EPO). Mr. Guellec has authored several books and many articles on patents, innovation and economic growth. His (co-)publications in English include The Economics of the European Patent System (Oxford University Press, 2007); and From R&D to Productivity Growth: the Sources of Knowledge Spillovers and their Interaction (Oxford Review of Economics and Statistics, 2004). Of French nationality, Mr. Guellec is a graduate of the École nationale de la statistique et de l’administration économique (ENSAE, Paris).
Anna Salomons is Professor of Employment and Inequality at Utrecht University’s School of Economics in the Netherlands, having obtained a PhD in Economics at the University of Leuven in Belgium. Anna’s research focuses on the labor market impacts of technological progress, and has been awarded research grants from the Strengthening Efficiency and Competitiveness in European Knowledge Economies (SEEK) program and the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research. Anna is an affiliated researcher at the University of Leuven and a fellow of the Research Centre for Education and the Labor Market (ROA, University of Maastricht) and has held positions as a visiting researcher at Boston University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the London School of Economics, and the Center for European Economic Research (ZEW). She has provided policy advice to among others the European Commission, the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE) and the Dutch government.
Scott Stern is the David Sarnoff Professor of Management at the MIT Sloan School of Management. Stern explores how innovation and entrepreneurship differ from more traditional economic activities, and the consequences of these differences for strategy and policy. His research in the economics of innovation and entrepreneurship focuses on entrepreneurial strategy, innovation-driven entrepreneurial ecosystems, and innovation policy and management. Recent studies include the impact of clusters on entrepreneurship, the role of institutions in shaping the accumulation of scientific and technical knowledge, and the drivers and consequences of entrepreneurial strategy. Stern has worked widely with practitioners in bridging the gap between academic research and the practice of innovation and entrepreneurship. This includes advising start-ups and other growth firms in the area of entrepreneurial strategy, as well as working with governments and other stakeholders on policy issues related to competitiveness and regional performance. In recent years, Stern has developed a popular new MIT Sloan elective, Entrepreneurial Strategy, co-founded the MIT Regional Entrepreneurship Acceleration Program, advised the development of the Social Progress Index, and served as the lead MIT investigator on the US Cluster Mapping Project. Stern started his career at MIT, where he taught from 1995 to 2001. Before returning to MIT in 2009, he held positions as a Professor at the Kellogg School of Management and as a Non-Resident Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution. Stern is the director and co-founder of the Innovation Policy Working Group at the National Bureau of Economic Research. In 2005, he was awarded the Kauffman Prize Medal for Distinguished Research in Entrepreneurship. Stern holds a BA in economics from New York University and a PhD in economics from Stanford University.
Erik de Bruijn has a passion for disruptive technologies that empower people. He was core contributor to the RepRap open source project, which aims to create 3D printers that can produce the parts to make more 3D printers. In 2011 he went on to start Ultimaker B.V. with his two co-founders. Since then, Ultimaker has become the global leader in desktop 3D printing by making professional 3D printing technology accessible. Today, Ultimaker has over 300 employees. Ultimaker is a strong advocate for open source software and hardware and has published design files and software of its 3D printer. Ultimaker has a thriving global community of innovators. Currently, Erik runs a platform to find and share design files that can be 3D printed.
Erik likes to explore emerging technologies such as blockchain and deep learning and is developing platform technology for a solar powered smart charging hub for shared electric vehicles. In addition, Erik is investing in and coaching entrepreneurs that have products with a combination of hardware and software and is dipping his toes in writing a dystopian science fiction novel.
Maarten Goos is Full Professor of Economics and Institutions at the Faculty of Law, Economics and Governance at Utrecht University. His research focuses on labor markets including technological progress, labor market intermediation, inequality and institutions.
His award-winning research is published in international peer-reviewed journals, books and magazines. He is a regular speaker at international conferences in the areas of innovation, productivity, economic growth, labour markets and the ethical, legal, socio-economic and political consequences of ongoing technological progress. He is also an award-winning teacher, and has taught courses on European macroeconomics, economic growth and labour economics at various schools and organizations.
Maarten received his PhD from the London School of Economics (LSE) and held positions at Erasmus University Rotterdam, University College London and KU Leuven before joining Utrecht University. He also held visiting positions at Princeton University, the Centre for Economic Performance at LSE, Fudan University Shanghai, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Boston University. He is currently coordinating the Future of Work initiative at Utrecht University and is involved in various initiatives by the European Commission, national policy institutes and multinational corporations.
Bert Willekens is currently working as economic advisor at the Belgian Competition Authority. He is also lecturer at the Economics Department of the University of Leuven (KU Leuven), teaching undergraduate labor economics. He obtained his PhD at KU Leuven in 2014 and has visited Stanford University. His research focusses on the competitive aspects of real estate and labour market platforms.
Jan-Maarten van Sonsbeek has been Chief Science Officer at the Ministry of Social Affairs and Employment (SZW) since 2016. Between 2000 and 2012 he also worked at this ministry as an economic advisor in the field of disability insurance and pensions, among other things. From 2012 to 2016 he worked at the Employee Insurance Agency (UWV) as head of the fund management department. In 2011 he obtained his PhD at VU University Amsterdam on a dissertation on microsimulation models in social security policy.
Jeroen de Jong is professor of marketing and business development at USE. He studies open and distributed forms of innovation, initially developed for non-commercial reasons. Thus, his concern is much more with do-it-yourselfers, open source contributors and technology geeks, rather than commercial R&D workers and professional designers. Jeroen wants to find out when open and distributed innovations emerge and diffuse across society, and how marketing and policy can be supportive. Jeroen has worked with entrepreneurs, policy makers, businesses, colleagues and students to see how open and distributed innovation changes society and how social welfare can be advanced by this intriguing phenomenon, and still does. In 2019 he co-organizes the annual Open and User Innovation Conference at Utrecht University, bringing > 200 leading innovation, entrepreneurship and marketing scholars from across the globe.
After obtaining his masters degree in International Business at Maastricht University in 2007, Guido Berben started his career at ABN AMRO. First as an accountmanager and relations manager for clients in small and medium enterprises (SME’s). Since 2011 he specializes in Cash Management. He became an advisor for top-SME relations in the field of Cash Management. There are various disciplines under Cash Management; domestic cash management, international cash management, liquidity management, documentary payment transactions and E-commerce.
He focused on innovation in (mobile) payment traffic for merchants. In 2016 ABN AMRO introduced Tikkie, a free app that allows users to pay via WhatsApp. Guido Berben has been responsible for the business development and sales of Tikkie since 2017 and is now a Partner Manager of Tikkie. The app now has more than 3 million users.