Speaking opportunities

I love speaking at conferences and events. In the past, I was a speaker at events such as JavaOne / Oracle Code One (San Francisco, California), the Great Indian Developer Summit (Bengaluru, India), Devoxx (Antwerp, Belgium), SXSW (Austin, Texas), the Tech Startup Day (Brussels, Belgium), the ETDA Conference (Bangkok, Thailand), the Open Source India Days (Bengaluru, India), and The Big Squeeze (Brussels, Belgium). I was a guest lecturer at the Antwerp Management School, the University College Leuven-Limburg, and the Solvay Brussels School for Business & Economics.

Currently, I have some great presentations about valuation in practice (not the Math, but a real-world example), about going global with your business (e.g. where to open an office abroad, cultural differences), monetizing open source software, and obviously also about my book Entreprenerd.

2022

  Event Topic

June/14

Shake It / Make It: iText Customer event

Keynote: From FOSS to COSS, Shaking Software Business Models Since 1998

May/31

Smartfin Capital

Book Presentation "Entreprenerd"

March/24

Solvay Brussels School, Business & Economics, Brussels, Belgium

Guest Lecture about Valuation (Master in Innovation and Entrepreneurship - Finance)

2021

  Event Topic

Nov/19

Panel Discussion Key Figures, Sint-Amandsberg, Belgium

From Start-Up to Exit: a discussion with Tom Van de Voorde (GIMV), Sara Lambrechts (Morrow Ventures), and Bruno Lowagie (Wil-Low). Moderator: Bright Obeng (Key Figures)

Oct/30

Morietur in Armis, Lexmond, The Netherlands

Book presentation of the book "Morietur in Armis" (an anthology of medieval stories, including my story "Sakura"); I talked about finding inspiration to write short stories about the Middle Ages.

Oct/6

Readers' Group, Library of Ypres, Belgium

Book presentation "Nijlpaard voor Kerstmis"; I held a long lecture about the writing and publishing process (working with a publisher versus self-publishing).

Aug/26

CIONet Summer Celebration, Kemzeke, Belgium

Keynote: "The Rise of the Entreprenerds"

Feb/23

Director's Day 2020, by Guberna, Brussels, Belgium

Member of the panel discussing personal experiences with a board of directors.

2020

  Event Topic

Dec/18

Open Core Summit, California / Online

Breakout session about the upcoming book "Entreprenerd"

Nov/19

Director's Day 2020, by Guberna, Brussels, Belgium

Member of the panel discussing personal experiences with a board of directors. (postponed due to SARS-CoV-2)

Nov/4

Readers' Group, Library of Ypres, Belgium

Book presentation "Nijlpaard voor Kerstmis" (postponed due to SARS-CoV-2)

Oct/3

Et in Ventum, Kampen, The Netherlands

Book presentation writing contest Middle Ages: Anthology "Et in ventum" (featuring my story "Het land van de vrijheid")

2019

  Event Topic

Dec/25

Library of Dilbeek, Belgium

Award Ceremony: Winners Fantasy writing contest(fourth place for my story "Jeremia 29:11")

Nov/17

Leidschendam-Voorburg, The Netherlands

Book presentation thriller writing contest: Anthology "Dood door onschuld" (featurning my story "De houdbaarheid van rattenvergif") / reading my story "Stamboom"

Oct/5

Kampen, The Netherlands

Book presentation writing contest Middle Ages: Anthology "Et Ille" (featuring my story "Jonker Galgenaas")

May/23

Gorcums Theater, Gorinchem, The Netherlands

Award Ceremony: Gorcumse Literatuurprijs

May/17

University College UCLL, Leuven, Belgium

Guest Lecture: Culture in Business

May/2

Solvay Brussels School, Business & Economics, Brussels, Belgium

Guest Lecture: Master in Innovation and Entrepreneurship - Finance

Feb/28

The Big Squeeze, Brussels, Belgium

Speaker session: Building scalable companies

Jan/22

Belgium's Cutting-Edge Entrepreneurs, Ghent, Belgium

Book presentation; short presentation of the chapter I wrote for this book.

Jan/17

Max Ophüls Preis Film Festival, Saarbrücken, Germany

World Premiere "Electric Girl" (Bruno Lowagie credited as "executive producer")

2018

  Event Topic

Nov/22-23

CFO Conferenz, Cadzand, The Netherlands

Presentation: Blockchain: use cases for the future

Nov/11

UGent Legal Techaton: Gent, Belgium

Member of the jury

Oct/15

ING Innovation Night, International Film Festival Ghent, Belgium

Keynote: The Secret of Your Success

Sep/25

Bank Van Lanschot, Kortrijk, Belgium

Info session: An introduction to Blockchain

May/29

Agentschap Ondernemen / KPMG, Kortrijk, Belgium

Testimonial: Hoe pas je de nieuwe innovatie-aftrek toe? (bedrijfsgetuigenis)

Apr/25

GIDS 2018, Bangalore, India

Keynote: Blockchain, threat or opportunity?

Mar/11

SXSW, Austin, U.S.A.

Presentation: Startup Cities: Brussels, Belgium

Feb/12

University College UCLL, Leuven, Belgium

Guest Lecture International project week: Culture in Business

2017

  Event Topic

Nov/6

Hoek af roadshow / Vlerick Venture Talks, Ghent, Belgium

Talk: Writing a table of contents for your business idea

July/27

ETDA Conference, Bangkok, Thailand

Info session: PDF standards, eTax invoices and ZUGFeRD, Blockchain for documents

June/26

Hoek Af roadshow, Ghent, Belgium

Talk: "Don't Believe the Hype"

May/29

Watt Factory, Ghent, Belgium

Presentation: Sales before funding: Bootstrapping your Business

May/18

University College UCLL, Leuven, Belgium

Guest Lecture: International Business Culture

May/16

PDF Days, Berlin, Germany

Presentation: Next-Generation PDF: Server-side applications - view presentation

May 1

B-DNA, Singapore

Presentation: Belgian Startups.be Mission: why iText started a company in Singapore - view presentation

Apr/25 - Apr/28

GIDS, Bangalore, India

Keynote: Why you can be like Zuckerberg - view presentation

2016

  Event Topic

Dec/15

VOKA, Gent; Belgium

Presentation: Doing business in the US

Nov/21

University College UCLL, Leuven, Belgium

Guest Lecture: International Business Culture

Oct/22

OSI Days, Bangalore, India

Keynote: How can large open source projects be monetized?

Oct/21

OSI Days, Bangalore, India

Presentation: Open source: an introduction to IP and Legal

Oct/5

Eurostaff Connect, Gent, Belgium

Info session: How can large open source projects be monetized?

Sep/18-Sep/21

JavaOne, San Francisco, United States

Presentation: Oops, I broke my API

June/14-June/15

PDF Days, Berlin, Germany

Presentation: Disrupting the world of document creation & distribution

May/18

University College UCLL, Leuven, Belgium

Guest Lecture: Doing business in the US vs doing business in Europe

Apr/28

GIDS, Bangalore, India

Technical talk: PDF is dead; long live PDF!

Apr/26

GIDS, Bangalore, India

Technical talk: what's new in iText and iTextSharp?

Apr/26

GIDS, Bangalore, India

Keynote: PDF, from simple to powerful

Mar/13

SXSW, Austin, Texas

Participant Global Innovation Forum (panel)

Feb/18

Tech Startup Day, Brussels, Belgium

Talk: StartUp! ScaleUp! MoveUp!

Feb/02

BRYO Sounding boards, Ghent, Belgium

Milestones & Challenges

2015

  Event Topic

Dec/14

City of Ghent, VOKA, Ghent, Belgium

Discovering Silicon Valley: what to expect?

Dec/5

Singapore: Smart Nation, FIT, Brussels, Belgium

Why iText went East

Oct/25–Oct/29

JavaOne, San Francisco (CA), USA

IANAL: What developers need to know about IP and Legal

Oct 19–Oct/20

Technical PDF Conference North America, San Jose (CA), United States

ZUGFeRD: the Future of Invoicing; panels discussions: "Who's Afraid of XFA?" and "PDF 2.0 and the Future of PDF"

Aug/28

Masterclass Investor Readiness, Antwerp Management School, Antwerp, Belgium

Guest Lecture: "Hare Corp. and Tortoise LLC; fables and facts"

Jun/08–Jun/09

PDF Days, Cologne, Germany

Who's afraid of XFA?

May/20

Guest lecture at the UCLL, Leuven, Belgium

Doing business in the US vs doing business in Europe

Apr/02

eaZySign (Zetes), Ruisbroek Castle, Belgium

Digital signatures, how it's done in PDF

Mar/12

Tech Startup Day, Brussels, Belgium

Keynote speech, 'Four failures and one hit'

Mar/10

National Digital Invoice Forum (FNFE), Paris, France

ZUGFeRD, an overview

Jan/27

What's Next (CIONet), Vilvoorde, Belgium

How startups think

Jan/ 05

Founder Institute, Brussels, Belgium

Startup legal and IP

2014

  Event Topic

Dec/11

PDF Days, New York City (NY), USA

How standards drive business

Dec/10

PDF Days, Washington DC, USA

How standards drive business

Dec/06

Startup Weekend, Ghent, Belgium

Bruno Lowagie, Unplugged

Nov/10–Nov/13

Devoxx, Antwerp, Belgium

The founder's dilemmas

Sep/29

JavaOne, San Francisco (CA), United States

PDF is dead. Long live PDF... with Java

Sep/16

GlobalSign XChange, Leuven, Belgium

Digital signatures: how it's done in PDF

Sep/05

Business success in the US, VOKA East Flanders, Belgium

Doing business in the US: Yes, you can!

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