EYE@Eindhoven 2019

Shaping Future Society



Young KIVI Engineers



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EYE welcomes you in the Netherlands!

Mark your agenda, EYE@Eindhoven19 is coming up! We look forward to welcoming you to Eindhoven, the Netherlands, from 10-12 May 2019 for the 25th anniversary of EYE. Eindhoven is a city in the south of the Netherlands. Known for being a technology and design hub, Eindhoven is the perfect spot for another great edition of a European Young Engineers conference.

To give you the opportunity to get to know typical Dutch engineering we provide you with 3 tracks for this conference.


10. – 12. May 2019

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What will a truck in 2050 look like? What features will it have?
Get a sneak peak of the automotive future with our automotive track!

Dutch people have water in their genes, being their friend and foe.
Learn more about this special relationship and the dutch art of water management.

High tech made in the Netherlands –  high  complexity  systems  that  achieve  high  end  performance.
Sign up for the high tech track to learn more!
  • The City
  • Tracks
  • Agenda
  • Prices & Packages
  • Locations & Directions
  • Sponsors
  • Meet the team

Find out more about Eindhoven on www.thisiseindhoven.com and learn about the variety of activities this city has to offer.


Water management

High Tech


Over 200 trucks per day are manufactured in Eindhoven, the Netherlands has a strong innovative automotive industry. For this track the exploration day will be held at the headquarters and main production plant of DAF Trucks! This central question for this track will be, the truck of 2050. How will it look like? What features will it have? How will it impact our society?

Dutch people have water in their genes, being their friend and foe. Having three major rivers (the Rhine, the Meuse and the Scheldt) running through our country and relatively long coastline (Wadden sea/North Sea) the Netherlands is connected to water everywhere you look. Due to this landscape the Dutch are well know for our water management skills. Some of the world’s best engineering firms in the field of dredging, land reclamation, coastal engineering and other water technology areas can be found in the Netherlands. For the exploration day one of these leading companies will be visited.

It is remarkable that Dutch companies past years have been able to compete globally in manufacturing despite high costs due to extensive regulations, labour and facilities. One of the reasons why can be found in high tech industry around Eindhoven. To differentiate on the global market manufacturing companies have focused on the volatile development and flexible production of high complexity systems that achieve high end performance. Thanks to an ecosystem raised on the foundations of the former Philips imperium tremendous economic growth has taken place and is still going strong. Subscribe to the High Tech track to find out all about it!

The preliminary agenda below will give you an overview of the planned activities. It is subject to frequent changes while we confirm specific workshops and speakers.


Friday – Exploration Day

“Explore society shaping industries, improve your knowledge”

  • Registration
  • Track excursions
  • Onsite sessions
  • Get-together drinks

Saturday – Development Day

“Think about the future society, improve your skills”

  • Opening ceremony
  • Workshops
  • Lectures
  • Young KIVI meetup
  • Council Meeting
  • Gala Dinner

Sunday – Cultural Day

“Enjoy society of today”

  • Closing Ceremony
  • Optional: Cultural programme
  • Optional: Work groups

Premium package

  • conference participation
  • track excursions transportation
  • lunch during the conference days
  • Gala Dinner on Saturday
  • 2 hotel nights (shared room, incl. Breakfast)

Regular price Premium Ticket

member: 199€ (*)

no member: 249€ (**)

Basic package

  • conference participation
  • track excursions transportation
  • lunch during the conference days
  • Gala Dinner on Saturday

Regular price Basic Ticket

member: 125€ (*)

no member: 175€ (**)

* Member of the EYE member organizations. An extensive list can be found here. Proof of membership will be required.

** No member of any EYE member organization or EYE itself. Contact your national engineering association to become a member!


AG  Zaalverhuur Eindhoven

Parklaan 93

5613 BC Eindhoven




Holiday Inn Eindhoven

Veldmaarschalk Montgomerylaan 1

5612 BA Eindhoven




Arrival by plane

Within central Europe you can comfortably travel to Eindhoven by train.

If your home country is further away, you can fly to one of the shown airports by plane and take the train to Eindhoven.

The following train connections are available:

Schiphol Airport (Netherlands) – Eindhoven: ~ 1h 30 min

Dusseldorf Airport (Germany) – Eindhoven: ~ 2h

Brussels Airport (Belgium) – Eindhoven: ~ 2h

Tickets can be purchased on the homepage of the Dutch or German Railways.
Another possibility to travel to Eindhoven is to get on a coach like Flixbus.

The conference EYE@Eindhoven 2019 still has to announce the sponsors.

If you are interested in sponsoring the Event please get in touch with the conference organisers.

Karsten Hoekzema


Toon Lamers


Leon Jetten


Merlijn Chardon


Jorrit de Vries


Chris Waters


Frederik Schulze Spüntrup


Victoria Fiebach



The EYE@Eindhoven 2019 conference is organized by the Young KIVI Engineers and the Task Force of the European Young Engineers. It is financed entirely via the non-profit organisation European Young Engineers MTÜ (registered in Estonia). The program of the conference is subject to changes. In case of unforeseen circumstances (breach of sponsorship contracts or insufficient registrations) will be canceled and the ticket fee will be refunded (reduced by the transaction costs).

Supporting an HIV-Project in Kenya

April 4, 2018 by Paula Weidinger0

By Christian Behrens (VDI)

Since I was young I wanted to become an engineer. School and university had been difficult, but the hardest part is done and my perspective to be an engineer is great. I know that I am lucky to be born and raised in Europe and have had the possibility of getting educated in Europe.

When I did finish my Bachelor’s Degree, I wanted to visit Africa and learn more about its people and cultures for a few months. Doing my research I found a newly-founded, small HIV-Project, called WAGEGO, on a small island in Lake Victoria, Kenya. There, the project needed helping hands for organic farm work and social work activities. I decided to join this project, go to Mfangano Island and stay there for two months. I met David Agagwa WAGEGO’s founder, and helped him with the project. What I learned about living on a Kenyan Island, the unique community and the beneficial work of WAGEGO is really noteworthy!

About the project

An extraordinarily high percentage (30%) of Mfangano’s population is infected with HIV/AIDS, resulting in high numbers of orphaned children and widows struggling to get by. The aim of WAGEGO is to provide access to basic education, and economic empowerment to the most vulnerable: those orphaned & widowed by HIV/AIDS on Mfangano Island.

David Agagwa is a resident of Mfangano and the founder of WAGEGO. He was born in 1989 on Mfangano Island. When he was in primary school, David noticed that many of his class mates had to drop out. Low-income families on Mfangano cannot always afford proper nutrition for the children. Without substantive and healthy foods, it is difficult for them to attend and succeed in school. If the father dies, the family often lose the main breadwinner and in many cases, there will be no money left for school. The Kenyan government does not provide any kind of support in such situations so children are often forced to support the family financially and nutritionally. They work for “loose” money – often fishing and other low wage labour – rather than attending school. Many of David’s class mates had to drop out either because their families could not afford the school fees or because their parents died of HIV/AIDS. He also saw many of his class mates fail in school due to malnourishment and a lack of educational support at home.

In 2010, David bought a piece of land and planted an organic farm. The crops and earnings from selling them at local markets are used to support children who cannot afford their education.

As a young adult, David worked hard to save the money he made from farming and fishing to be able to go to Maasai Mara University in Narok, Kenya, to study Communication and Public Relations. It was during his studies that he founded WAGEGO to support his home community. David personally experienced the difficulties with high education fees and was forced to take a one year break to save up for the rest of his education.

Once David finished his Bachelor degree in 2014, he returned to Mfangano with a first class honors degree and a vision to expand WAGEGO to further help the children and women on Mfangano Island

My time with Wagego

When I visited David in June 2016, the project has been supporting 12 local widows and 18 children. On the one hand, he supports the widows with giving payday loans and material to make handmade jewelry. On the other hand, David assists the kids by paying school fees, follows their performance in school (gives additional educational support) and makes sure that they receive proper nutrition. They all came to David’s family house, got lessons at one small table and had to sit on the ground because there was no proper place for teaching and learning. Nevertheless, the kids I had met were enthusiastic, eager to learn and appreciated David’s support.

My everyday tasks were helping with farm work and teaching the kids English. But David has also had the idea of building a community building for all the widows and orphans. David and I designed a small, cheap and easy-to-build house with a local architect that was quite easy. The problem was the financial funding. For material, transport, and working loans we need roundabout 4000$! For that, we explored ways of fundraising, e.g. selling the handmade jewelry in local tourist attractions. But that was not exactly the ideal solution, since the island is quite rural and not many tourists visit Mfangano during the year. For me, the way of collecting enough funds was to generate it back in Germany.

Back there, I found a student initiative, called ‘Weitblick e.V’ (English: Vision). ‘Weitblick’ promotes and supports equitable access to education worldwide. Rather than acting impulsively, Weitblick strives to achieve its goals in a well-organized and sustainable manner.

With the help of Weitblick and smaller donation campaigns, we were able to make the first step: Building the house! But it is not over yet. We are still fundraising for furniture, books and other school equipment. For what I experienced on Mfangano, this kind of support is fitting to WAGEGO’s purpose. No funds will seep away in bureaucracy because the campaigns are completely run by volunteers and the funds will be transferred to WAGEGO directly.

Visiting WAGEGO was great to broaden my horizon and doing things besides engineering activities. And I won’t forget: Little efforts here can create big effects at another place!

If you are interested in more, see www.wagegokenya.wordpress.com or www.weitblicker.org/english

About the author

I, Christian Behrens, am doing my Master of Science in Industrial Engineering/ Mechanical Engineering at the Otto von Guericke University in Magdeburg, Germany. In 2012, I became a member of the Association of German Engineers (VDI) and in 2015 I got elected deputy chairman of the VDI local team in Magdeburg. My first contact with EYE was in 2016 as part of the organisational team for the conference in Hannover, Germany.

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