debriefing for Dutch delegates in The Hague
THE HAGUE, June 30 2004 -- High Tech Connections (HTC) conducted a debriefing
and reception for its Dutch delegation that attended the successful launch
of HTC in San Jose, California in January 2004. The purpose of the debriefing
was to inform delegates about planned HTC activities in the Netherlands
and in the United States. U.S. Ambassador to the Netherlands, Clifford
Sobel, opened the debriefing. It also included a panel discussion with
HTC anchor companies ASML, HP, IBM, Microsoft, Oracle and High
Tech Campus Eindhoven (Philips) as well as a question-and-answer
session. This was followed by a networking reception.
and enthusiasm of both HTC delegates and organizing parties was clear
during the debriefing. Anchors participating in the panel discussion confirmed
once again their dedication to HTC and attendees provided constructive
feedback and suggestions for future HTC activities during the Q&A
session. There was plenty of networking during the ensuing reception.
- HTC is a strategic
initiative with tangible results and actions in the pipeline six months
after its successful launch in San Jose
- HTC is a unique
platform that has created conditions for government, business and knowledge
institutions to work together as well as a platform for competitors
- HTC 2004 has contributed
to positive image and reputation building of the Netherlands as a high-tech
location both in California and in the Netherlands
HTC success story - IBM
In addition to the 15 new business contacts in the area of broadband and
grids as a result of HTC, the 2004 San Jose Forum speeded up the discussion
within IBM to open up a special innovation center to help business partners
work on innovative applications on IBM platforms. The IBM Innovation Center,
opened on May 13 in Amsterdam, provides education, porting and testing
services to IBM business partners. It is intended to help business partners
lower their development costs, reach broader business opportunities and
get products to market faster.
adds new theme to its strategic fields of technology life sciences
HTC's strategic fields of choice are market segments in which both the
Netherlands and the United States play enabling roles. In addition to
the initial three strategic fields of choice - broadband & grids,
embedded systems and nanotechnology a fourth theme has been added,
i.e. life sciences.
calendar of follow-up activities
November 16, 2004 - HTC network reception during IST 2004 in The Hague
Autumn 2005 - HTC Forum in Boston, USA
network reception during IST 2004 in The Hague
This year's edition of the European Commission's most important Information
Society Technologies (IST) event is designed in cooperation with the Dutch
Presidency. The IST 2004 event will once again include a conference, an
exhibition of research results and networking facilities for the participants.
The overall themes are People and Economy. This
year the event will bring together not only researchers and companies,
but also politicians and interested citizens of Europe. During IST 2004
HTC will host a network reception on Tuesday November 16 following the
official IST program.
Forum in Boston, USA
The next major HTC Forum will be held in Boston, USA in the Autumn of
2005. Boston was chosen as the location for this next Forum as it is the
high tech center on the US East Coast. Furthermore, the link with the
renowned research university MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
is of importance, university research being one of the mainsprings of
growth in an economy increasingly defined by technology.
HTC's anchor or member companies include some of the most prominent Dutch
and U.S. high-tech leaders. The current HTC anchor companies are: ASML,
Cisco Systems, HP, IBM, Intel, Microsoft, Oracle and Philips.
To help U.S. and Dutch companies, universities and institutes involved
in high tech to create opportunities for new business and technological
High Tech Connections
High Tech Connections (HTC) is a unique public and private consortium
dedicated to promoting technological exchanges to drive innovation and
pioneer new business matchmaking among American and Dutch companies, institutions
and universities. HTC was successfully launched in Silicon Valley, USA
on January 11-13, 2004.
by the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs, the Netherlands Foreign Investment
Agency (NFIA), the U.S. Embassy in the Netherlands and the U.S. Commercial
Service, this initiative allows each country to draw upon its respective
strengths to develop and deliver new products, services and technology
essential for future growth.