2016 Annual Conference & General Assembly: Inspire through Innovation

Event Info

Date 29 October 2016
Location The Globe Den Haag

Event Description

What does innovation mean in your field? What skills do you need to innovate? What is the secret of recognised innovative organisations? How can you successfully approach innovation? The 2016 HUTAC Conference addressed these questions and many more. With six inspiring speakers and all talented HUTACers around the table, truly thought-provoking ideas emerged and we all left the event with a newfound ambition to take on new challenges. In addition, the Opening Plenary featured an innovative music performance with two Turkish multi-instrumentalist composers, Yankı Bıçakçı and Cengiz Arslanpay, exploring a combination of musical elements such as traditional Eastern micro-tonality, technology and improvisation. The performance was prepared particularly for the HUTAC conference. 2016 was also the first year in which the General Assembly (GA) took place on the same day of the conference. HUTACers got the chance to review the accomplishments of the past year and elected the 2016-2017 Leadership. We of course also got the chance to chat and network over some delicious snacks and drinks. See the conference programme below:

13:30 – 14:10 Opening Plenary: Disruptive InnovationBrian Fitzgerald
14:20 – 15:20 Technological innovations for international developmentReinier van Oorsouw
Planting a (sky)tree: how to turn CO2 into a resource Alexander Gunkel
Resilience reload Alexandra Dawe
16:00 – 17:15 Crowdfunding your big idea – what (not) to do!Jasper Mutsaerts
 A glimpse into the future of our societies Yori Kamphuis
17:30 – 18:30 2016 General AssemblyBoard members
18:30 – 20:00Networking Reception n/a


Get a glimpse of the event by browsing the photos, check out the minutes of the General Assembly and watch Brian Fitzgerald’s keynote speech below (The digital evolution of Greenpeace and the future of activism). Brian is an activist and innovator who spent 35 years at Greenpeace International serving the organisation from the decks of its ships to the desks of senior management. He pioneered Greenpeace’s earliest efforts in web activism before stumbling down the rabbit hole of storytelling as a theory of change. In February 2016 he started his own creative agency, Dancing Fox, which is dedicated to mischief, mind bombs, and magic, and the art of helping world changers tell their story, and helping storytellers change the world.