If there was one thing we were sure about during these uncertain times, it’s the fact that and& was to be postponed, not canceled. After discussing all possibilities with our stakeholders, we’ve set a new date!
Innovate for the better
Our 2020 edition would’ve revolved around ‘Innovate for the Better’. It’ll be no different for our 2021 edition. Moreover, in the light of COVID-19, this is the perfect time to rethink how we function as a society, how we can collaborate on a global scale and how innovation can contribute to this. We’re glad to see that, besides the daily updates about the Coronavirus and its impact, there are changemakers all over the world who share their long-term vision and dare to ask the right questions. “What happens post Corona?!” This situation pushes us to reassess how we’re going to shape our future and to re-evaluate how we can innovate for the better.
In general, the program will stay the same for 21 - 25 April 2021. As you know, and& revolves around a two-day conference and an entrepreneurial summit - a platform to connect entrepreneurs, start-ups, scale-ups and investors. Initially this would have taken place on a Thursday and Friday, but in 2021 we’ll push this to Wednesday April 21st and Thursday April 22nd. In the coming weeks, we’ll keep you updated about what our program will look like when it comes to our Curious program, the art expo, kids festival and more.
We do want to share that we would like to consider this an opportunity to fine-tune our festival. In addition we’d like to reassert our baseline ‘Stop Talking, Start Doing’ by engaging you more actively during the festival.
Speakers & artists
We’re working on reconfirming most of our booked keynote speakers. We’re excited to already (re)announce the following names:
Jimmy Wales, founder of Wikipedia; Uri Levine, co-founder of Waze; Dr. Payal Arora, author of ‘The Next Billion Users’ and digital anthropologist; Chris Messina, inventor of the hashtag; Theo Priestley, technology evangelist and anti futurist; Erika Cheung, Theranos whistleblower and ethical entrepreneur; Cal Fussman, world-renowned interviewer and author.
More reconfirmations and new names will follow.
Given the impact of COVID-19, we had to confirm the rescheduling of and& 2020 in order to honor the formal advice of the national public health authorities. Please find our full statement here.
In the meantime, we’d like to refer to the following platforms to keep informed about all COVID-19 developments and measures taken to flatten the curve and keep us safe.
and& will take place from 21 - 25 April April 2021 in the city of Leuven, Belgium.
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The (Belgian) Minister of Economy and Consumer Affairs has taken measures for the entire affected event sector. Exceptionally and under strict conditions, a credit in the form of a voucher can be granted instead of a refund. A measure that protects both the consumer and the impact of the current crisis on the organizers. Read more about it on saveyourticket.be.
In concrete terms, this means that a voucher is granted worth the full amount spent on and& 2020 tickets. As of mid-October 2020, this voucher will be available through the and& website. The voucher can be spent on tickets for and& 2021.
We will send you an email in October 2020 to confirm that your voucher is available.
You can decide how you spend the voucher. You can place the same order as in 2020, but you can also opt to order other ticket types. You choose.
On saveyourticket.be you can read why the voucher measure is so important to the broad sector. Together we can ensure that we can continue to enjoy unique experiences in the future.
Many hardworking and passionate companies, associations, and people are facing particularly difficult times. The entire event sector will, therefore, have to remain resilient and hopeful in order to overcome this crisis. Support from you, our visitors, is crucial for and& to emerge stronger from this. If nonetheless, you have a pressing reason why you cannot come to the festival in 2021, you can request a refund from andleuven.com from mid-October.
and& festival is not responsible for travel or accommodation. We recommend getting in touch with the companies you booked with.
We believe in innovation that drives the world to a better place, thrives on interdisciplinary exploration. Being an open platform, we want to invite you to share ideas that could contribute to what and& stands for. Tap into what we mean with ‘innovate for the better’ here and feel free to pitch any idea at firstname.lastname@example.org.