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and& is a one of a kind
summit & festival
at the intersection of health, tech & creativity
curated for the curious

4 days & nights
10 citywide venues
+100 speakers & artists
+8000 attendees

A well-selected worldwide collage of +100 thinkers, inventors, entrepreneurs & artists of all backgrounds will explore the impact of health, tech & creativity on future city life. Expect 4 days & nights of inspiring talks, avant-garde music acts, a start-up & scale-up forum, a tech expedition & art interventions in public space.

The very first edition of and& is on May 2 3 4 5 2018 in various citywide venues in the intimate city of Leuven, Belgium.




Daan Roosegaarde Stefan Sagmeister Lucy McRae Prof. Hiroshi Ishiguro Shigeru Ban Carlo Ratti Sophie Vandebroek Andrew Keen Carla Camilla Hjort Steven Keating Johan Thijs Duco Sickinghe Luc Van den hove Peter Hinssen Dimitri Hegemann Lutz Leichsenring Eve Turow Paul  Maroš Šefčovič Prof. Koen Kas & Jasna Rok Prof. Bart Preneel Kenric McDowell Tiffany Pham Nelly Ben Hayoun discover more speakers & the program by day here

opening night

Inspiring keynotes by Maroš Šefčovič, Prof. Koenraad Debackere, Lucy McRae, Canay Atalay, Johan Merlevede & Mohamed Ridouani. Presented by Thomas Vanderveken, who will also interview Pieter Goiris, curator of and&. Kelly Lee Owens will showcase what you can expect from the music program.

self-driving car

Maroš Šefčovič, vice-president of the European Commission, will discover Leuven in a self-driving car. This Belgian premiere underlines the objective of Leuven & Europe: more sustainable mobility in a smart city.

startup demo day

A selection of the cream of the crop of Belgian startups will be presenting their business, innovative technologies & services. The present audience decides who wins the € 50 000 worth of prizes. Acces for business pass holders only. 

scale-up forum

The scale-up forum is an attractive technology investment event introducing major success stories and the next generation of scale-ups. The invitation-only event is about promising technology companies with market traction and great scaling potential. Partners include KBC - imec - PMV - Capricorn - KU Leuven - LRD - Startups.be - Deloitte.

innovation station

Learn how you can transform an idea into a working business plan at Innovation Station. Register on andleuven.com to participate in workshops or come down to watch their pitches.


Interdisciplinary teams of students present there Product Innovation Project, a solution for a societal challenge.



Bicep - live Joy Orbison Jlin Laurel Halo Jordan Rakei STUFFLegowelt - live Project Pablo Donna Leake Le Motel Binkbeats Kamaal Williams Dengue Dengue Dengue Kelly Lee Owens Forest Swords and a lot more

AI Opera 'Fausto'

An artificial intelligence-infused opera composed by Luc Steels & Oscar Vilarroya, based on the legend of Faust, with a twenty-first century twist. A classical music piece delivering a contemporary take on the blurred boundaries of a digitized world. Presented in partnership with 30CC, buy tickets here.

art interventions

Art interventions in public space exploring the interfaces between technology, innovation and future city life. Interventions by Studio L A & Harry Nuriev & AMO & Dries Depoorter. Curated by Samir Bantal. Free of access.

tech expedition

Discover multidisciplinary projects combining next generation technology with refreshing creativity. The tech expedition is an intervention-filled parcours connecting the audience with immersive, high-tech experiences. For more info click here. Free of access.

failing forward

Let's break the stigma associated with failure in our country, it's a healthy result of risk taking. This evening is about sharing entrepreneurial fuckups to fail forward

children's university

In an academic auditorium real professors teach 200 children about the future of our cities. Afterwards all children get to roll up their sleeves during one of the many workshops. A unique experience offered by KU Leuven in partnership with and&. More info here.

and& play

A free innovation festival for children (4 - 14 years). At HAL 5 children and parents explore the wonderful world of technology, innovation and creativity. Through workshops and installations you learn more about drones, robots, VR, 3D scanners and printers, laser cutters ... A must!

speakers & artists