About the cluster

The Brainport region produces the most advanced software in the world. High Tech Software enables High Tech companies to distinguish themselves, to compete and to win on the world stage. The High Tech Software Cluster brings software developers together, to reinforce each other and to work on the opportunities and possibilities of tomorrow.

MISSION

The High Tech Software Cluster takes care of recognizability and visibility of her member companies nationally and abroad, and offers a platform on which new products & services that meet the conditions of the present and future markets (from manufacturing to Smart Industry 4.0) are very rapidly and innovatively developed. These new products and services create value for companies that are active within the HTSM sector (High Tech Systems & Materials) and contribute to strengthening competition and innovation power of her customers.

THE CLUSTER IS BUILT AROUND FOUR THEMES

Together the members have defined four important themes of which the developments around the Industry 4.0 and the questions this raises are key. What do we need to be well prepared for the ‘networked future’? The companies in the cluster provide the possibilities and solutions together.

The four current topics for the cluster are:

  • Visibility
  • Collaboration & technology
  • Internationalization
  • Labor market

VISIBILITY

A life without the application of software is no longer imaginable, high tech software is everywhere and very important for all (top) sectors. A complicated operation, an intricate process of mixing raw materials, the generation of energy or the development of an innovative care robot: unimaginable without the application of software. The members of the cluster are continuously working on expanding software developments and applications, so system builders are more flexible, can build even more complex machines and can realize faster lead times without increasing costs. Besides general awareness, the cluster helps with the marketing and visibility of the individual members. The members are asked by the cluster as speakers at events, as columnists, as bloggers or as participants on social media and share their knowledge on different online platforms

MEMBERS MEETINGS

Five to six times a year meetings are held concerning a certain theme, news item, activity or some other thing worth knowing. Besides the members, guests are also welcome. Are you interested in joining one of our members meetings? Then please contact our cluster manager Wim Renders.

COLLABORATION & TECHNOLOGY

All cluster members develop software or have software development in a strategic role within the company.

INNOVATION AND KNOWLEDGE HOTSPOT

Brainport is the most important innovation and knowledge hotspot of the Netherlands and is also internationally acclaimed for it. The European Commission sees the region as an innovation leader in Europe and as part of the ‘technological backbone of Europe’. The companies work together on developing new technology. The cluster actively works on contacting and connecting with intermediary organizations, such as the Brabant Development Agency (BOM), Brainport Industries or HighTechNL.

The cluster is also closely involved in the innovative developments in the region such as the Brainport Industries Campus.

The world is big and does not stop at the Dutch border! One of the worldwide mega trends is Industry 4.0. As Europe we want to stay ahead in this field, and this asks for collaboration on an international level. In the area of internationalization, the companies within the cluster work closely together as well, for example by sharing their openings into the foreign markets.

These contacts are made and shared on the basis of trust.

SIMILAR CLUSTERS

The cluster is also a good instrument to be introduced to other clusters. Especially in Germany, where there are many opportunities and being part of a cluster opens doors.

TRADE MISSIONS & CONFERENCES

Joining German trade missions to and from the Netherlands, such as a delegation from Nuremberg who comes to visit and seeks cooperation from its ‘Automation cluster’, is also a part of the cluster.

The strengths and opportunities of hardware and software are emphasized through joint participation in the largest fairs in Europe, such as Embedded World and the Hannover Messe.

LABOR MARKET

The demand for software is growing exponentially! A different, innovative view on the composition of the workforce and naming the required abilities of the staff is essential. Internet of Things, big data: a selection of current topics for which we must prepare if we want to be ready for the future.

The cluster companies are aware of this and work together on solutions. Consider for example setting up an additional flexible shell with high quality and qualified software staff.

COLLABORATION WITH EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTIONS

To ensure an optimal connection between education and the current, complex labor market, there is a cooperation with educational and research institutions such as the TU/e. This cooperation is partly reflected in the creation of relevant internships and giving lectures by members.

The TU/e has committed itself to the cluster as an associate member.

ARE YOU INTERESTED IN ATTENDING A MEMBERS MEETING? PLEASE CONTACT US

Wim Renders
Clustermanager

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