World Technology Mapping Forum, 's-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands

date: June 14 2017 - June 16 2017     |     comments

Latest update: May 21st 2017

Karin Appeldorn

Message to Delegates:

We note that some recent emails sent out by us have been returned because they got caught up in spam filters. It may be linked to heightened security as a result of recent global cyber-attacks. If you have any difficulties registering with the link you have been sent, or have not heard back from us, please don't hestitate to get in touch with the conference organisers. Contact Karin Appeldoorn, at the PhotonDelta Project Office in Eindhoven. Send an email to or call us on +31 40 247 3258 during office hours or leave a message.  (we're on GMT/UTC + 2 hours - click this link to see the time in Eindhoven now).  

PhotonDelta and the AIM Photonics Academy are organising the first meeting of the World Technology Mapping Forum. The goal of the forum is to produce the first International Photonic Systems Roadmap, looking ahead to global technology needs in 2030 and beyond.

The three-day gathering will be held from June 14-16th 2017 in 's-Hertogenbosch, in the heart of the Netherlands high-tech sector. We are fortunate in having the full support of the regional government of North Brabant who realise the significance of this gathering of technology leaders. Attendance is by invitation only.

Agenda Details of the 3-day Programme

Full details of the proceedings, as well as the more information on the product emulator groups and technical working groups have been posted on a separate page. We will keep this page up to date. The last revision was on June 9th 2017. Please note that the starting time is 9 am on Wednesday June 14th

Forum Venue

The World Technology Mapping forum is being held in the delightful city of ‘s-Hertogenbosch, also called ‘Den Bosch’. It is the capital city of the province North Brabant in the Netherlands. The city is full of historical buildings and monuments with a diversity in architectural style, from the Gothic cathedral with its Romanesque towers, neo-Gothic buildings and Dutch Classicism. It is the perfect setting for a global forum on the future of technology. 

The Province of Noord-Brabant is delighted to be hosting this important international gathering.

The forum will be held in the “Provinciehuis”, which is the regional seat of government. The street address is Brabantlaan 1, 5216 TV, 's-Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands. 

There is no charge to delegates for attending the forum. But you need to arrange your own travel to the venue in the Netherlands and hotel accommodation.

Preferred Hotels

We have negotiated a special rate for Forum delegates with three hotels in 's-Hertogenbosch. We will provide transport to and from these preferred hotels to the forum and evening events.

1. Hotel Central is a 4-star Golden Tulip hotel, located on the charming medieval market square in the heart of the city of 's-Hertogenbosch. Transport to and from the forum will be provided. 


2. Movenpick. This is a 4-star business hotel located at the waterfront next door to the Provinciehuis where the Forum is being held. The forum location is within easy walking distance.

3. Ruwenberg. This 4-star business hotel is located on a beautiful country estate, 6 km from the forum location in the neighbouring village of Sint-Michielsgestel. Transport to and from the forum will be provided.

Hotel Discount & Transport

If you decide to select one of these hotels, please use the relevant discount booking codes as indicated below.

Hotel Central - Please send an email to to get a special WTMF discount. Use the reservation number 189302.

Movenpick - Please send an email to to get a special WTMF discount. Use the booking code 140617.

Ruwenberg- Please use promotional code PNB2017 on the hotel website.

You can also find alternative hotel properties in 's-Hertogenbosch listed on websites such as and

Please note that if you are not in a preferred hotel, you will need to arrange your own transportation to and from the Forum location.

Forum Background - Roadmaps have made today's technology possible

Many of today’s technologies like the search engine, satellite communication, the Internet the relational database, or modern voice controlled services like Siri, Cortana or Alexa owe their existence to long-term planning conferences organised decades ago.

The International Technology Roadmap for Semiconductors (1998-2016) was also an excellent initiative, bringing together just under 1000 global companies to map the next 15 years. That contributed to the development of smart chips in consumer tablets today containing over 2 billion transistors.  However, semiconductor innovation is slowing as industry faces fundamental technological limits and rapidly evolving markets.

Long term Roadmapping Needed for Photonics

We believe coupling light technologies (photonics) with electronics offers paths to next generation smart devices that are 1000 times faster, process 1000 times more data and yet use much less energy. 

As Photonic Integrated Circuits using Indium Phosphide, Gallium Nitride and Silicon Nitride ramp up in a global market, there is an urgent need for the World Technology Mapping Forum.

Technology road mapping is the process of creating a shared vision of the future. Roadmaps guide our progress toward that vision. This long-horizon road mapping forum is essential for government, research and industry to identify the crucial technologies and make the necessary strategic investments for decades ahead.

The Photonic integration ecosystems are growing exponentially, with many new players entering the field. We’re seeing a trend for high-tech companies, chip design, packaging houses and pure-play foundries to work collaboratively. This enables cost-sharing as well as faster prototyping and production. For this to succeed, we need a global discussion on “real-world” needs for specific technologies. Good roadmaps will filter out the most crucial technologies and define some broad metrics which they need to achieve over the next 10-15 years to be successful in high volume products.

Successful gatherings like this work because they organise a high-level technical discussion between research and industry leaders on a strictly non-competitive basis. The closed workshop sessions in June will be held in private, so frank and meaningful discussion is possible. We believe this technology mapping forum adds to the pioneering work they are doing to accelerate this important industry.



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