You can check out the photos made at the event in two albums.

Event photos made by Twycer

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Portraits made by the Satellietgroep (Hugo Schuitemaker)



Please find a short overview of Making Waves media coverage below (mostly in Dutch).



Radio and TV:

During Making Waves seventeen innovations battled to represent the Netherlands at the semi-final of Ideas from Europe. The difficult task to choose one of them was in the hands of the Making Waves jury. Besides one winner, four runners-up were invited to the semi-final to broaden their international network. A worldwide audience of 1500 voters chose one innovation for the Making Waves Public award.

Jury chooses Micreos

Micreos, a company that produces an alternative to antibiotics under the same name, was selected by the jury as the winner of the Making Waves event and Dutch representative for Ideas from Europe. The jury spoke highly of its simple applicability.

Jury chair Kajsa Ollongren and winner Mark Offerhaus © Twycer /

Public award goes to Rain(a)way

A worldwide audience of nearly 1500 voters chose Rain(a)way for the Making Waves public award. Rain(a)way, a paving in which rainwater is visibly integrated, shows the natural beauty of water and addresses the rainwater problem.

Member of the jury Henk Ovink hands out the Public Award to Rain(a)way © Twycer /

Invitation for the Ideas from Europe semi-final

Four innovations received invitations for the semi-final of Ideas from Europe in Estonia in 2018: Slow Mill, Bluerise, aQuista and Villagepump. These innovators have the opportunity to travel to Estonia and broaden their international network and bring their innovations forward.

Bluerise, Slow Mill, aQuista and Villagepump received an invitation to the Ideas from Europe semi-final © Twycer /

was all about Making Deals: throughout the day deals were made on and offline. Find a selection of the deals that were photographed by LEF and Studio Moio here. We call on everyone to follow up soon and really make it happen!


Trying to memorize that fantastic quote from one of our keynote speakers today? You can find them online here by clicking the links:

Keynote speech Kofi Annan

Keynote speech Melanie Schultz van Haegen

Keynote Tom Middendorp


For those of you travelling by special bus shuttle from The Hague or Amsterdam Central Station, this is the information you need. Haven’t signed up for this busservice yet? Please fill out this form first.

Busses back to The Hague and Amsterdam will depart from the venue at 6pm. Busses will be ready 15 minutes before departure time. Make sure you’re on time, at least 15 minutes before departure.

Van Heugten Tours is our operator. The busses from van Heugten Tours have a white color. In case you have any questions on the busses, please contact mrs Sies (van Heugten Tours) on +316-19710197.

In case you’ve missed the bus, you can take public transportation to busstation Den Oever and the special busservice to the venue from there.

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See you at the Afsluitdijk!

During the Making Waves event seventeen innovations will compete to become the Dutch representative in the Ideas from Europe semi-final in Estonia. The innovations pitch their idea on stage and a professional jury selects the winner. Making Waves proudly presents the jury:

Kajsa Ollongren (chair) – City Counsel Member and deputy mayor of Amsterdam
Jim Stolze (secretary) – innovation expert and founder of TEDxAmsterdam
Marjolein Helder – founder of innovation Plant-e, generating electricity from plants
Peter Frans Pauwels – co-founder of the Dutch navigation company TomTom NV.
Pieter Waasdorp – Ideas from Europe initiator and director of entrepreneurship at the Ministry of Economic Affairs
Henk Ovink – Special Envoy for International Water Affairs at Kingdom of the Netherlands

Making Waves wishes the jury good luck with the nearly impossible task of selecting the winning innovation!

As you might have noticed, the Making Waves website has a brand new design! Check out all innovations on stage and in the acceleration sessions in the Innovation section, take a look at the Making Waves trailer video and get a sneak peek on the events location at the Afsluitdijk. The full program will be online soon. Stay tuned on Twitter @makingwavesNL.

Share and connect ideas during two interactive sessions on stage at the Making Waves Event! How does innovating with local communities look like and what are the challenges? And in what ways can we use waste water to provide fresh water, bioplastic, construction materials or protein? The interactive sessions are live on stage in the afternoon. Register for Making Waves to secure your seat → Or read more about the interactive sessions →