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and& is a one of a kind
summit & festival
at the intersection of health, tech & creativity
curated for the curious

4 days & nights
10 citywide venues
+100 speakers & artists
+8000 attendees

A well-selected worldwide collage of +100 thinkers, inventors, entrepreneurs & artists of all backgrounds will explore the impact of health, tech & creativity on future city life. Expect 4 days & nights of inspiring talks, avant-garde music acts, a start-up & scale-up forum, a tech expedition & art interventions in public space.

The very first edition of and& is on May 2 3 4 5 2018 in various citywide venues in the intimate city of Leuven, Belgium.

speakers & artists




Daan Roosegaarde  Stefan Sagmeister Lucy McRae  Prof. Hiroshi Ishiguro Shigeru Ban  Carlo Ratti  Sophie Vandebroek  Andrew Keen  Carla Camilla Hjort  Steven Keating  Johan Thijs  Duco Sickinghe  Luc Van den hove  Peter Hinssen Dimitri Hegemann  Lutz Leichsenring  Eve Turow Paul  Maroš Šefčovič  Prof. Koen Kas & Jasna Rok  Prof. Bart Preneel  Kenric McDowell discover more speakers & the program by day here

startup demoday

A selection of the cream of the crop of Belgian startups will be presenting their business, innovative technologies & services. The present audience decides who wins the € 50 000 worth of prizes. Click here to participate as a startup or for more info. Partners include KBC - 30CC & many others.

scale-up forum

The scale-up forum is an attractive technology investment event introducing major success stories and the next generation of scale-ups. The invitation-only event is about promising technology companies with market traction and great scaling potential. Partners include KBC - imec - PMV - Capricorn - KU Leuven - LRD - Startups.be - Deloitte.

Einstein or Da Vinci

How does artistic creativity relate to the perceived rigidity of economic life? Is our search to modify human genetics limitless? What about today’s culture of ephemeral visuals? Philosopher Antoon Vandevelde and artist Koen Vanmechelen invite you to discover, to discuss and to contemplate the perceived tension between aesthetics and ethics, between feelings and thoughts. Presented in partnership with Lannoo Campus & 30CC, buy tickets here.



Bicep - live  Joy Orbison  Jlin  Laurel Halo  Jordan Rakei  STUFF.  Legowelt - live  Project Pablo  Donna Leake  Le Motel  Binkbeats  Kamaal Williams  Dengue Dengue Dengue  Africaine 808  Orpheu The Wizard  Laura Misch  Ross From Friends  Up High Collective  Nosedrip  Dijf Sanders  more acts tba soon

art interventions

Art interventions in public space exploring the interfaces between technology, innovation and future city life. Interventions by Studio L A & Harry Nuriev & AMO & Dries Depoorter. Curated by Samir Bantal.

tech expedition

An intervention-filled parcours connecting the audience with immersive, high-tech experiences. Free of access & expands on Saturday with a playful & educational kids & family offer.

AI-infused opera 'Fausto'

An artificial intelligence-infused opera composed by Luc Steels & Oscar Vilarroya, based on the legend of Faust, with a twenty-first century twist. A classical music piece delivering a contemporary take on the blurred boundaries of a digitized world. Presented in partnership with 30CC, buy tickets here.

Failing Forward

Let's break the stigma associated with failure in our country, it's a healthy result of risk taking. This evening is about sharing entrepreneurial fuckups to fail forward.

Children's university

In an academic auditorium real professors teach 200 children about the future of our cities. Afterwards all children get to roll up their sleeves during one of the many workshops. A unique experience offered in partnership with KU Leuven. More info here.