Brainport, the region around Eindhoven and Helmond, is a top technology region on the global stage. High-tech and design go hand-in-hand with high-quality manufacturing and innovative entrepreneurship. Cooperation and knowledge sharing is in Brabant's DNA, and forms the foundation for the characteristic open innovation that makes Brainport smart and strong. Top companies like ASML, Philips Healthcare, DAF and FEI Company come together with almost 350 companies in the immediate vicinity to form a unique eco-system that together forms the supply chain for international high tech. A unique environment, much praised, and the motor of the Dutch economy.
In 2011, Brainport was named the smartest region of the world and since then developments have not stood still. Education, government and entrepreneurs work closely together and attract the brightest knowledge workers from all over the world to Brainport, and with them leading companies including Tesla, Shimano and Huawei. But just as important are the many start-ups that find a breeding ground in the unique ecosystem of Brainport. There's nowhere else in the world where there are so many patents pending as in Brainport! Brainport is the epic centre in the field of high tech open innovation and hosts leading international conferences.
At the end of 2017, it was officially announced that the Netherlands will host the leading European Congress in the field of Smart Mobility in June 2019. The European ITS Congress will take place between 3 and 6 June 2019 in the Brainport region Eindhoven-Helmond. The congress gives centre stage to innovation and projects to do with smart mobility, such as self-driving cars, traffic jams avoidance developments and logistics.