Barack Obama is coming to Flanders as part of Antwerp tech festival

Former US president Barack Obama is coming to Flanders to give a lecture as part of the Flanders Technology & Innovation (FTI) Festival. An Evening with President Barack Obama will take place on 17 March at the Studio 100 pop-up theatre in Puurs, Antwerp.

The FTI Festival is an umbrella term for festivals in six cities, all of which will take place between 15 and 24 March. An Evening with President Barack Obama is part of FTI Antwerp, also known as FTI Supernova.

Obama's talk will take place a few days before the event itself, on 21 and 22 March. He will "take part in a moderated discussion about the challenges we face and his vision for the future". According to FTI SuperNova, Obama is a strong believer in the potential of entrepreneurship to improve society.

The Antwerp technology festival will also feature speakers from renowned technology and innovation companies such as IDEO, Tesla, NASA, Apple and Wired. Promising start-ups and scale-ups will also have the opportunity to pitch to a panel of international investors.

Food of the future

Other FTI festivals will take place in Hasselt, Leuven, Ghent, Brussels and Kortrijk, and will all focus on different aspects of technology. FTI Ghent, for example, will highlight the biotech industry, including a pop-up restaurant that serves the "food of the future", made with cultured proteins and oils.

The event aims to "reinforce Flanders' reputation as an ambitious, open region and one of the world's leaders in scientific innovation".



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