DEME disrupt conference

Country: Belgium & International
Client: DEME
Sector: Dredging
  • The Context
    In the past, DEME has been at the forefront of multiple technological innovations, such as offshore wind and environmental remediation. Yet, since technological change is exponential, it stands to reason that an incremental, sustained approach to innovation will largely be inadequate to lead the industry. This is the reason why DEME put together a three-day conference focusing on disruptive innovation.

    The Challenge
    The goal of the conference was to tap into the young talent at DEME and look at 5 global challenges (increasing CO2 emissions, rising sea level, scarcity of resources, growing population and pollution) through the lens of disruptive innovations. 
In other words, the participants started from DEME’s global challenges and used insights on disruptive innovations to identify relevant business opportunities to meet those challenges.

    The Trajectory

    • Mapping, resolving, launching and inspiring in three days. Futureproofed joined DEME in this three-day conference in Rotterdam. DEME’s employees have bee disrupted and inspired by various speakers. They have then been encouraged to identify, weigh and filter areas of opportunity that arise from the threats and disruptions. From there, they have imagined and designed new business concepts.

    Results and Resolutions
    1600 innovative ideas from DEME’s young potentials came out during this conference, resulting in 200 potential business opportunities. These will be used to guide and focus future initiatives.
    In the end, this conference triggered team recognition, inspiration, motivation, buy-in and connectedness.

    Alain Bernard, 

    Greet Vanderheyden“Think differently, unconventionally and from a new perspective. Serge and his team assisted us in the organisation of a three-day conference in Rotterdam on disruptive innovation. We experienced Futureproofed as a highly professional and competent facilitator. They’ve challenged our youngsters and I was more than happy with the quality of new ideas that came out of the conference. Plans are already underway for a next event.”

    Philip Hermans, 
General manager DEME;

    Greet Vanderheyden“Futureproofed assisted us in the conception and organisation of a convention on disruptive innovation for DEME’s young high-potentials. Serge and his team were very pro-active, quickly familiarised themselves with the very specific challenges DEME as a marine engineering concern faces, and moreover, really helped us define ways to turn these challenges into opportunities for our company over the course of the process. I cannot recommend Futureproofed enough as project facilitators - their input and structured approach enabled our employees to come up with no less than 1600 innovative ideas resulting in 200 potential business opportunities. Futureproofed will continue to accompany us in refining these further.”

    Luc Vandenbulcke, Deputy COO, Managing Director GeoSea;

    Greet Vanderheyden“Futureproofed has supported DEME and GeoSea to discover the real force of innovation, always in line with true sustainability!”