Even now that Digital Dutch Tech Week is taking place entirely digitally – at least for this year – its importance remains unabated. Gerard Zwartkruis, Rabobank Regio Eindhoven business director and since this year the DTW’s main sponsor, sees the event as an important means to “stimulate growth in a vital living environment.”
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“Digital Dutch tech education teaches young people how to function in the technology sector. Also how fun it is to work there”. Zwartkruis says.” The DTW is an important way to make people aware of this: what’s going on there, how beautiful it is to work there, and how important technology is now so necessary in the societal transitions.
Zwartkruis says, “Unknown makes you unloved”. Overall, we ‘re going to have a huge challenge if we don’t get in fresh stars and hold them around.
According to the director of Rabo, part of that interest lies in the fact that our society will demand transitions for which new technologies will have to be deployed, even after the Corona crisis. “We are, of course, in a strange time, but that need for transitions will not go away. For example, in the medical field too, because you can be sure that another pandemic will come after Corona sometime. All in all, that makes the need for new digital Dutch tech talents immense. And for that very reason, the DTW is an excellent resource. So we can see clearly how beautiful technology is and what it can do with it.
Paul van Nunen, one of the DTW’s key protagonists as director of Brainport Development. He points out that this is not a long-term necessity. “Even now, in the midst of Corona times and a severe economic crisis, there are lots of technological jobs. Transitions are here to stay so in the coming years this need will remain. So all partners in the DTW have a great collective interest in continuing to focus on education.”