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Section 1: Terms and conditions Event Tickets

Article 1.1: Definitions

In these General Terms and Conditions, the following terms are defined as set forth below:

  1. Participant: the legal person visiting an event organized by Techwatch bv.
  2. Techwatch: publisher, Techwatch bv, located in Nijmegen, organizing the event as described in 1.3.
  3. Event: specific day or days a participant enrolls for, for the purpose of knowledge and information transfer.

Article 1.2: General

  1. Unless explicitly agreed to the contrary, these General Terms and Conditions apply to all event agreements between Techwatch and the participant. By enrolling, the participant accepts these General Terms and Conditions.
  2. The rights and/or duties of the participant are not transferable to a third party, without prior written permission from Techwatch.
  3. Techwatch is entitled to change the program and venue at any time.

Article 1.3: Enrollment

  1. The enrollment is completed via the website. The participant receives a confirmation of enrollment.
  2. Techwatch is entitled to refuse any request to participate in an event, without due reason.
  3. The participant is required not to act contrary to these General Terms and Conditions by the enrollment.

Article 1.4: Invoicing and payment

  1. The entrance fee is to be paid in advance or at the event. Without payment, access to the event can be denied.
  2. Payment term: two weeks after invoice date.
  3. Prices in Euros, excluding VAT, unless indicated otherwise.

Article 1.5: Cancellation

  1. Cancellations must be made in writing to
  2. Cancellation of a visitor registration is possible until two weeks before the event date, without any costs. For cancellations within two weeks before the event date, the full entrance fee will be charged. On request, an entrance ticket can be transferred to a colleague.
  3. Techwatch reserves the right to cancel an event due to unforeseen circumstances.

Article 1.6: Program

The program is subject to changes at all times. Techwatch is not liable for any changes and the damage it causes to participants and/or third parties.

Article 1.7: Distributing flyers

Participants are not allowed to distribute flyers or to advertise for any third party in any other way, without prior written permission from Techwatch.

Article 1.8: Photos, video and/or audio recordings

Participants are not allowed to make video and/or audio recordings without prior written permission from Techwatch.

By accepting the Techwatch Events Terms and Conditions you give permission for photography and (video) recordings during the event, by the organization of the conference. The pictures and recordings may be used for promotional purposes. If you do not give permission to be in photo and/or video coverage, please announce this at the registration desk of the event. These participants will receive a mark on their badge.

Article 1.9: Liability

  1. Techwatch is not liable for lost property or theft.
  2. Participants are liable for the damage caused by their direct or indirect action founded on fault or negligence, as well as the damage and costs incurred by Techwatch via third parties.
  3. Techwatch cannot be held liable for damage that a participant may suffer as a result of a cancellation of an event.
  4. Techwatch cannot be held liable for any damage that a participant may suffer due to or during an event.

Article 1.10: Providing personal information – participant list

The personal information, participants provide to Techwatch, is included in a database used for the implementation of the participant agreement. On the application form for events, participants are able to state whether they allow Techwatch to pass on their personal information to partners, sponsors and exhibitors of the event. Partners, sponsors and exhibitors can use these data for own purposes.

Section 2: Terms and conditions Subscriptions

Article 2.1: Definitions

The following definitions apply in these terms and conditions:

  1. Member: the natural person or legal person with whom Techwatch bv has concluded a membership agreement. Wherever the member is mentioned, subscriber can also be read.
  2. Techwatch bv: publisher established in Nijmegen, who has issued the membership agreement as referred to under 1.4.
  3. Membership: the legal relationship within which Techwatch bv commits itself to provide information to the member periodically, against a predetermined payment obligation that the member must meet at agreed times. Wherever membership is mentioned, subscription can also be read.
  4. Membership agreement: the agreement between Techwatch bv and a member regarding a membership.
  5. Client: Third party that has signed an agreement with Techwatch bv.
  6. Bits&Chips: publication of Techwatch bv.
  7. Bits&Chips Subscription: the free membership form of Bits&Chips.
  8. Bits&Chips Premium Member: the paid membership form of Bits&Chips which included free access to all content during your membership.
  9. Bits&Chips Member: the paid membership form of Bits&Chips for specified content.
  10. Bits&Chips events: events organized by Techwatch bv.

Article 2.2: General conditions

  1. Unless explicitly agreed upon otherwise, these General Terms and Conditions apply to all membership agreements between Techwatch bv and member. By entering into a membership, the member accepts these General Terms and Conditions.
  2. The rights and / or obligations of the member cannot be transferred to a third party, unless previously agreed upon in writing with Techwatch bv .
  3. Techwatch bv reserves the right to unilaterally change these membership conditions. Changes to the terms and conditions take effect at the end of the current payment / membership period.

Article 2.3: Offer and acceptance

  1. The membership agreement is concluded via the website (My Account).
  2. Techwatch bv is entitled to refuse a request to enter into a membership agreement without giving a reason.
  3. You can arrange a new membership agreement throughout the year. Membership will commence with the next edition to appear after confirmation from both Techwatch bv and the member, with a minimum duration of one month.
  4. Techwatch bv is entitled to change the scope, content and layout of the publication at its own discretion, at any time, whereby Techwatch bv ensures that the publication is also reasonably and qualitatively in proportion to the membership rate after changes.

Article 2.4: Extension, cancellation and termination of agreement

  1. Membership applies until cancellation (unless stated otherwise) and for at least the agreed membership period.
  2. A membership will be tacitly extended by one year or month (depending on your choice of subscription) at the current membership price, unless the member has canceled the membership via My Account with due observance of a notice period of at least 1 month after the first period of the Membership.
  3. Any cancellation for can only be made via My Account or in writing at the end of the current membership period or with due observance of 1 month of cancellation, after the first period of the membership.
  4. The termination is approved after written confirmation is received from Techwatch bv per e-mail.
  5. In the event of the death of a natural person, the membership agreement will be terminated the moment the death is notified to Techwatch bv .
  6. In the event of death, a refund of the membership fee is possible for the membership period that has not expired at that time. Reimbursement can only take place if there is an amount in excess of fifteen (15) euros.

Article 2.5: Pricing policy

  1. Techwatch bv can adjust the membership prices unilaterally, on an annual basis.
  2. The price increase for members starts after the end of the current membership period for which payment has already been made.
  3. If the address where the magazine should be delivered gives rise to additional costs, Techwatch bv is entitled to charge these costs to the member.

Article 2.6: Invoicing and payment

  1. The membership fee must be paid in advance. The invoice is issued in the first week of the following month after the membership is closed.
  2. In the event of an extension, invoicing will take place prior to the month in which the membership will be renewed.
  3. Payment must be made within the specified payment period. This period always expires on the fourteenth (14th) day after the invoice date.
  4. Each membership is invoiced separately by Techwatch bv to the member, unless the parties have agreed otherwise.
  5. If payment arrears arise, Techwatch bv is entitled to suspend (further) receipt. Suspension of membership will never result in the member being relieved of his contractual (payment) obligations.
  6. The absence of an invoice as referred to in Article 6.1 or 6.2 does not lead to the lapse of any right. Techwatch bv may, within twelve (12) months after sending the invoice to the member, regardless of whether the invoice has already been paid, correct inaccuracies or other defects in the invoice and debit or credit the invoice in accordance with it.

Article 2.7: Delivery and addressing

  1. A member must inform us of a move at least three (3) weeks before the relevant date via My Account or by email at
  2. Techwatch bv puts its utmost effort to having the magazine delivered on the agreed day. If the member has not received the magazine on time, he / she can report a complaint about the delivery to the Memberships department of Techwatch bv . Techwatch bv will then make every effort to deliver the magazine free of charge. This only applies to paid memberships for which payment has already been paid to Techwatch bv . As far as possible, this post-delivery will take place within one (1) week after the complaint has been submitted, provided that the complaint is submitted within two (2) weeks of the intended delivery date.
  3. Complaints regarding the delivery do not give the member the right to suspend the payment of the membership fee in whole or in part.
  4. Techwatch bv is in no way liable for any (consequential) damage that the member suffers or could suffer due to the magazine not being delivered or not delivered on time.
  5. The member is not entitled to a refund of part of the membership fee paid by him / her if the magazine is not delivered once or more by Techwatch bv or the shipping company concerned as a result of a force majeure situation that makes delivery impossible.
  6. Inaccuracies in the address or the name of the member can be changed in My Account or must be reported to Techwatch bv as soon as possible.

Article 2.8: General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

  1. The (personal) data provided by the member to Techwatch bv is included in a database that is used for the implementation of the membership agreement, as well as for informing the member about relevant services and products from Techwatch bv , or third parties carefully selected by Techwatch bv . This will be done in accordance with the provisions of the General Data Protection Regulation (AVG) and the type of membership that has been entered into.



Article 2.9.1: Bits&Chips Subscription

  1. Bits&Chips Subscription is intended for everyone with an interest in the Dutch and Flemish high tech ecosystem, eg engineers developing technical software, electronics and integrated circuits.
  2. The subscriber agrees to receive (e-) mailings from Techwatch bv, Techwatch Events, Techwatch Books, High Tech Institute  and carefully selected third parties.
  3. Shipping is limited to the Netherlands and Belgium.
  4. Bits&Chips Subscriber can be stopped by Techwatch bv at any time.
  5. There are no costs associated with Bits&Chips Subscriber

Article 2.9.2: Bits&Chips Premium Member

  1. Bits&Chips Premium is intended for individuals.
  2. The current membership rate of Bits&Chips Premium can be found on the Bits&Chips website and in the magazine.
  3. The member must complete the entire registration form.
  4. Bits&Chips Premium gives further specified benefits, which are only valid if the personal details are entered correctly.
  5. The premium member receives Bits&Chips at the address in his/her account.
  6. Bits&Chips Premium members receive 1 (one) code per person for free access to all Bits&Chips events. This discount code is personal and not transferable. The discount code can be exchanged once per Techwatch bv event for a discount determined by Techwatch bv.
  7. Techwatch bv determines how many Bits&Chips events are organized per year. Techwatch bv determines each year how the organization of the Bits&Chips events is shaped. Numbers, content and themes are subject to change and no rights can be derived from this.
  8. The free code for the Bits&Chips events are sent to the member by email prior to the event in question.
  9. It is the responsibility of the member to provide the correct email address available to Bits&Chips at all times.
  10. No rights can be derived from codes that were not received properly or on time by the member. Bits&Chips is not liable for the possible consequences of discount codes not being received or received too late.
  11. Once a year, the member must check his / her data for accuracy.
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  13. Shipping of the print magazine is limited to the Netherlands and Belgium.
  14. This membership applies until cancellation, subject to the notice period of two (2) months after the first year.
  15. Your Premium Membership will renew each month or year, depending on your choice of membership

Article 2.9.3: Bits&Chips Member

  1. Bits&Chips Member is intended for individuals.
  2. The current membership rate of Bits&Chips Member can be found on the Bits&Chips website and in the magazine.
  3. The member must complete the entire registration form.
  4. Bits&Chips Member gives further specified benefits, which are only valid if the personal details are entered correctly.
  5. The premium member receives Bits&Chips at the address in his/her account.
  6. It is the responsibility of the member to provide the correct email address available to Bits&Chips at all times.
  7. Once a year, the member must check his / her data for accuracy.
  8. The member agrees to receive (e-) mailings from Techwatch bv, Techwatch Events, Techwatch Books, High Tech Institute and carefully selected third parties.
  9. Shipping of the print magazine is limited to the Netherlands and Belgium.
  10. This membership applies until cancellation, subject to the notice period of 1 month after the first period.
  11. Your Membership will renew each month or year, depending on your choice of membership
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Taking formal methods mainstream

In academia, we refer to computing science. In industry, we refer to software engineering. An engineer is a skilled technician who develops and applies scientific knowledge to solve technological problems. Too often in practice software people must resort to skillful tinkering as opposed to sound engineering. That’s why at Verum, we’ve dedicated ourselves to the development and application of scientific knowledge to solve the technological problems underlying this phenomenon. To meet these challenges head on, we’re developing a language that enables building reactive systems at industrial scale. The language offers built-in verification and allows for reasoning about both the problem and the solution. It’s complemented by tooling that automates every development aspect from specification, construction, and documentation to verification and validation. In this talk, we’ll present what we’ve achieved and what will come tomorrow, when we stop tinkering in software development.
Rutger van Beusekom holds an MSc in mechanical engineering from Eindhoven University of Technology. From 1999-2005, he worked as a software engineer at Philips CFT. From 2005-2007, he was a software engineer and team lead at Philips Research. Since 2007, he’s been at Verum, in the roles of consultant, software engineer, team shepherd, architect and CTO, working together with and at ASML, Ericsson, FEI, Philips and other customers.
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Developing for safety and security

Software systems have exploded in complexity, leading to an enormous increase in the number of vulnerabilities available for exploitation by bad players. This effects safety as safety and security are inexorably linked. Cars today have one hundred million lines of code, but should we be proud or ashamed? Developing systems that need to be safe and secure will require a shift in thinking away from huge monolithic to minimalistic, component-based that enables components to be fully validated and tested, to eliminate vulnerabilities. This talk explains how we need to change software development to make security and safety the main criteria.
Chris Tubbs is an industry veteran with 46 years’ experience in the avionics, simulation, medical, automotive and software industries. After 15 years in the aerospace industry managing safety-critical systems, he co- founded companies in the simulation and medical-imaging markets in the roles of commercial and managing director. He then spent eight Years in the automotive industry in Germany and the Netherlands as a development and business development manager, after which he joined Green Hills Software in 2008. He was promoted to Director of Business Development EMEA in 2012, since when he has specialized in safety and security.
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Remodeling legacy software

Have you ever considered remodeling your kitchen, while continuing to cook in it? It may not sound obvious, but that’s exactly what this talk is about. Within Kulicke & Soffa, high-tech pick & place machines are developed for the semiconductor industry. For the development of these machines, a software stack is used, the development of which started more than a decade ago. Over the course of years, different machine types were developed from this codebase, which led to a situation where alternative flows are implemented in various areas of the code base. Therefore, the decision was made to group product-type-specific code. Constrained by feature development, that should continue in the same code base. Remodeling while cooking! This talk will take you through the remodeling and the challenges that come with it.
Corné van de Pol is a software architect and trainer at Alten Nederland. This gave him the opportunity to work for a range of companies, including Philips, Vanderlande, ASML and Kulicke & Soffa. He enjoys learning and helping others and with over 10 years of experience as a professional software engineer, he got specialized in agile software development and object-oriented design and clean code.
Erik Onstenk is lead software architect at Kulicke & Soffa Netherlands. He joined Kulicke & Soffa (formerly Assembléon) in 2007. Over the years, he worked on the control software of the entire machine portfolio. His current focus is redefining the reference architecture to better suite recent developments and facilitate future expansions.
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Why high process compliance is no guarantee for good software quality

In the automotive industry, Aspice is used for measuring an organization’s capability to develop high-quality software. Companies supplying software to automotive manufacturers  are required to have a minimum maturity level to ensure that they deliver that high quality. Still, having high-quality processes in place and complying with them is no guarantee. To see why that is and what else is needed to assure high quality software, we first need to understand the many different aspects of software quality and the influence they have. In this talk, Ger Cloudt will present a holistic view on software quality using the 1+3 SQM approach, addressing the consequences of high or low quality for each of the four defined quality types.

Ger Cloudt studied electronics at the University of Applied Sciences in Venlo (the Netherlands). At companies like Philips, NXP and Bosch, he has gained more than 35 years of experience in in-product software development across different industries, including industrial automation, healthcare, automotive, semiconductors, security and building technologies. After having developed software for over 15 years, he became a software development manager, leading numerous engineering teams. During all these years, he developed a vision on what really matters in software development, which he has encapsulates in his book “What is software quality?”.
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Opportunities and challenges of high-throughput 3D metrology equipment for semiconductor process control

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Mastering the edge: critical factors to enabling edge computing

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