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Robert Overweg

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Creative Director and expert on technology and innovation guiding some of the world's leading companies

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My daily job is to drive innovation in corporates, and to me that is all about bringing new perspectives. Robert is a master in just doing that. He uses inspiring, fun examples that are touching and tickling at the same time. He has found an unique way to connect his artistic background to this techy world we are living in. The only way to survive in this fast paced world, is to be able to adapt constantly. Robert's program about the adaptable mindset is a great way to get surprised and inspired!

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  • Speaker Robert Overweg shows audiences the boundless possibilities of how to use design and technology to improve lives! 
  • Robert shows his audience the powerfull impact of Virtual Reality and the possibilities to improve treatments, reduce pain or desensitize traumatic experiences with VR.
  • His custom made keynotes are based on the newest technologies and  include elements which are directly applicable to you or your business.
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Speaker Robert Overweg is an artist and presenter who dwells in virtual worlds. He is the creative director of the tech company Triple where he is responsible for 160 employees. Robert works closely with top companies like Vodafone, Heineken, Ebay and Liberty Global to facilitate their digital transformation through concept development and strategy. Moreover, Robert is also an expert of smaller businesses as he contributed to establish several start-ups throughout his career.

Your keynote speaker on Artificial Intelligence & Virtual Reality

  • Speaker Robert Overweg shows audiences the boundless possibilities of how to use design and technology to improve lives! 
  • Robert shows his audience the powerfull impact of Virtual Reality and the possibilities to improve treatments, reduce pain or desensitize traumatic experiences with VR.
  • His custom made keynotes are based on the newest technologies and  include elements which are directly applicable to you or your business.

Robert wants people to be able to easier deal with disruptions and change that comes their way. This can be done by experimenting with different technologies, using design and customer centric thinking. 

With over a decade of experience in innovation, speaker Robert Overweg found out that fixed mindsets are often at the root cause for unsuccessful innovation and many people subconsciously are against creativity and innovation. At the same time, however, the world keeps on evolving with new technologies and changing markets every few months. 

To fix these issues,  Robert founded the Adaptable Mindset program in collaboration with the University of Applied Sciences in Amsterdam to help people become free, creative and to help them see opportunities. 

Speaker Robert Overweg doesn’t just run and build innovation teams and startups. He also often gives lectures at MIT, SXSW and the European Commission about the balance between mankind and technology. He also held exhibitions at the Centre Pompidou and the media biennial in Seoul. 

Robert is a speaker who offers a diverse and broad range of inspiration which surely move your teams forward. If you are still in doubt, check out a few testimonials! Be sure to expect a very visual and fast paced presentation – where you are sure to be inspired and challenged. 

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    How to develop an adaptable mindset and survive the future

    An adaptable mindset helps you expand your horizon, teaches you to see things from multiple perspectives, and can even show you a bit of the future. Creating such a mindset for yourself can make it much easier to embrace disruption and adapt to it, both in your personal and professional life. A lot of people talk about the necessity of having an adaptable mindset but how to actually build one?

     

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    Build teams for ‘radical innovation’ to save your company’s creativity

    For most companies that have been around for a while, rigidity and corporate processes eventually creep into the system. They slowly start to see innovation as simply the next iteration of an existing product or service. Resulting in just iterative ‘innovation’ which isn’t a sustainable way for a business to stay ahead.
    If someone is working on something that could potentially disrupt your business, it better be you. In order to achieve this, you’ll need teams that have a radical mindset and are hungry for disruption. A team that works according to the principles of radical innovation.

    Having worked in the trenches of innovation, Robert has learned a lot from building his own teams towards a company of 160 people and building teams at Vodafone, Liberty Global, Ebay and many others.

    In this presentation speaker Robert Overweg will show you what type of people you should have in your teams, how to streamline innovation by setting goals that give direction, in addition to discussing Amazon’s and Google’s surprising approach to the use of data in innovation. And finally he will provide you with the principles you need to make radical innovation thrive — all the while making sure you have some fun along the way.

     

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    AR / VR / XR how to add value

    How to find added value of Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality. Robert has developed several branches in VR. With Beyond Sports he creates VR solutions for professional sports teams. Pioneering together with the Dutch National team, Ajax and others. With Beyond Care the focus is on makings people’s lives better through Virtual Reality. By improving treatments, reducing pain, or desensitizing traumatic experiences through VR. Enjoy a complete market overview of the pitfalls and possibilities of AR and VR.

     

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    How esports is disrupting the sports industry

    Even if you’re not into gaming, it’s hard to deny the popularity of esports. Viewership is increasing year over year, there’s constant experimentation with new revenue models and it’s redefining the way we engage with online content. It’s a fresh, digitally native take on watching competitive sports, and it’s here to stay. Get a overview of what is happening in the market and what you can learn from this.

     

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    What blockchain will disrupt and what new companies will arise

    Starting of with a basic 101 on how blockchain works, what it can bring for the world but also what it can’t do. After a brief introduction we dive into possible outcomes and why you should care. One possibility is a new wave of companies which share revenue with their users by default. This vision is fixed in code, written down in smart contracts on a blockchain protocol. These contracts automatically secure and execute the vision, and the operation of the company. Robert believes that in due time, these companies could sprout new economic models, empowered by its tech and a vision for a more fairer world.

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My daily job is to drive innovation in corporates, and to me that is all about bringing new perspectives. Robert is a master in just doing that. He uses inspiring, fun examples that are touching and tickling at the same time. He has found an unique way to connect his artistic background to this techy world we are living in. The only way to survive in this fast paced world, is to be able to adapt constantly. Robert's program about the adaptable mindset is a great way to get surprised and inspired!

Simone van Neerven - Head of Innovation

Vueling Airlines
14.11.2019

Adaptable Mindset - Fuel Your Creativity

The goal is of the Adaptable Mindset program is to develop people who are free to create and free to change. So that it gives them and the company they work for the ability to move with any disruption or change that comes their way. 

We can actually create open creative mindsets if we just give people the right inspiration, toolsets and ways to reflect. 

What you will get from this?

  • Inspiration to kick-start creativity
  • Ways to make people open to change
  • How to train to be OK with ambiguity and uncertainty
  • Work on critical thinking
  • See disruptions as opportunities 

To kick-start this mindset we start by generating a lot of input. We will expand the mind through the latest inspiration from the outliers in art, movies, games philosophy, anything that can stretch the notions of what is possible. You will, without a doubt be inspired and energized for change. 

This inspiration is what I also use to guide the larger companies like Heineken, Vodafone, Liberty Global, and Ebay in strategy and digital transformation tracks. The insights I share at MIT, SXSW and the European Commission I will more than gladly share with you, combined with my other digital explorations and insights as an entrepreneur and artist. 

The hack here is, to make the process fun and playful. This creates a better flow and makes the learners more receptive to the knowledge. This is scientifically backed but we actually know this by heart already. 

When we have the energy flowing and our minds are receptive. We also need methodologies to train our mind to see opposing views, use our subconscious brain, practice critical thinking to have greater success in innovation and critically assess what to focus on. 

Finally to help people cope with our busy society and the endless possibilities we also look at scientifically proven methods to create a calm 

and free mind. To deal with the noise and to get rid of our default mode of thinking. 

In the end it’s about making people more happy, resilient and innovative. One of the most beautiful gifts one can give. In return this creates more value for the company and more creativity and innovation. 

I look at innovation and change in a holistic way. We need to water and nurture all of the aspects for people and innovation to succeed. 

Every team, project and person is different. The program can be customized to your needs. Let’s find the blockers and opportunities within your company and use the ingredients of the Adaptable Mindset. To let you and your people move forward.

05.02.2018

Interview with Robert Overweg

What got you interested in virtual reality?

I was at a museum in New York back in 2008 where I saw an application which could distract children with burn wounds from pain during their treatment. The combination of Virtual Reality, distraction of the brain, and the element of play gave impactful results. A decrease of 70-80% of pain while using VR. From that moment on I said to myself I want to create tools like this as well.

What would you like to achieve in the next 5 years?

I have been around the block of innovating and digitizing companies a few times now. However, in five years, creating a positive impact over the axis of large corporates is still really important to me. The reach and size alone of these companies can make such a large positive impact. Using design and tech to facilitate this.

I am also interested in supporting new eco-systems and building new models. Whatever moves us forward. Currently I support several projects, to name a few: a fact checking platform which is empowered by blockchain technology. Another project my team and I are working on is a health project to treat people’s PTSD through a virtual therapist. One could say that these are all projects that give tools for people to improve their lives. In the next five years, if the timing is right, several of these directions should have succeeded.

What is the biggest misconception people have about digitalizing their business?

  • There are a few pitfalls. That data in itself holds no insights on what you should create. AmazonGoogle, and the MIT School of Management all say that data is important in the innovation process, but mostly as a means of validation.
  • Other misconceptions include: That every new tech you read about on Tech Crunch or The Verge is essential for your digital strategy.
  • That once you set up your innovation department you’re done. In reality innovation is incredibly difficult to do and even more so to do it successfully.

Could you tell us 3 tips for embracing an adaptable mindset?

1. Stretch your brain

The most important thing to remember is that you’re looking to build a flexible mind that’s comfortable with being exposed to different kinds of thinking. Don’t be afraid to make your brain stretch in ways it hasn’t done before! It’s important to always stay curious so try to explore areas like visual arts, philosophy, science, cartoons, games, and design.

 

Listen to artist and philosophers for an example to stay ahead of the zeitgeist. If you would’ve listened to Keith Haring in ’78 or David Bowie in ’99 you would’ve been ahead in the computer and internet development. To understand how people interact with the technology you could’ve listened and read the late philosopher Zygmunt Bauman “In a liquid modern life there are no permanent bonds, and any that we take up for a time must be tied loosely so that they can be untied again, as quickly as effortlessly as possible, when circumstances change — as they surely will in our liquid modern society, over and over again.” You can imagine how these new relations open up new business models for companies and can shatter old models.

2. Accept multiple truths

An adaptable mindset has taught me to work with multiple truths simultaneously — which can be difficult to experience — but can be mastered. It has made my mind more open and has shown me market insights way ahead of other people.

3. Result

Since my mind has visited many strange and opposing theories which made me totally at ease with everything new, strange, and different that life throws my way. Embracing new technologies like AI or blockchain has become something fun and normal. I’m looking forward to working together with AI to create my designs and have been active with blockchain for years because I support the thinking behind it. This adaptable mindset has given me a constant advantage in technology. Simply because I adopt and adapt sooner than other people.

Read more here on The Next Web how music and art can help you in developing an adaptable mindset. Or read the full story here

How do audiences gain from your keynote presentations?

I always try to deliver an information dense independent presentation. To inspire people, show new possibilities but always with a critical view. It’s always a custom made story specifically for the client, with elements which are directly applicable to you or your business.

Who or what inspires you most?

  • A lot of things and people inspire me.
  • I get my inspiration from working with great people.
  • Art and artists.
  • I try to seek out people who think differently than me.
  • Traveling, speaking to people who want to create change.
  • Gathering the crazy and talented ones around me. Give me a call if you’re one of them
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My daily job is to drive innovation in corporates, and to me that is all about bringing new perspectives. Robert is a master in just doing that. He uses inspiring, fun examples that are touching and tickling at the same time. He has found an unique way to connect his artistic background to this techy world we are living in. The only way to survive in this fast paced world, is to be able to adapt constantly. Robert's program about the adaptable mindset is a great way to get surprised and inspired!

Simone van Neerven - Head of Innovation - Vueling Airlines See all references

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