2015 Technology and development

Green Tech Aircraft (GTA), a new industry-leading innovator that develops and produces next generation, sustainable sport aircraft, based itself in Leuven and announced the development of an innovative electrically powered airplane called Ypselon GT.

The Ypselon GT presented at the beginning of April, at the Aero Expo 2015 in Friedrichshafen, Germany. GTA said that it wants to provide a solution for the biggest challenge facing owners and pilots of recreational airplanes: keeping operational costs at a reasonable level.

GTA’s mission is to revolutionise the new class of electric sport aircraft and to provide an optimised solution for existing general aviation challenges, and to offer a high added-value aircraft at a significantly lower total cost of ownership.

By combining the best of both worlds – high performance and sustainability – it promises a unique, united experience.

Their unique and game-changing electrically propelled sport aircraft, initially aims at the kit-built aircraft market. Meant for flying enthusiasts, the air-plane comes with a high performance capacity but is also sustainable because of its electric motor and low operational cost.

“The power consumption will only cost about €8 per hour in the air,”

said David De Ridder, GTA founder and managing director.

“That is unique because for current similar recreational airplanes this cost can easily be more than tenfold.”

The Brussels-based cyber-security company Ticto was recognised at the RSA Conference in San Francisco where the industry’s annual pow-wow crowned Ticto the second-most innovative company of 2015, behind Dublin’s Waratek.They received the award for the first smart badge to boast a new feature called “visual crowd authentication”. The concept is modelled on electronic ID and bank cards.

Ticto founder and CEO Johan Vinckier also had a hand in the development of the Mobib pass, which has become the bedrock of Brussels’ public transport system.

Engineer in materials science at the Free University of Brussels (VUB) Yves Van Ingelgem won the first MIT Innovator Under 35 of the Year award in May, for Zensor, a digital sensor that turns raw industrial data into practical information.

In June, nineteen Flemish companies and organisations launched MedTech Flanders, a platform to boost the medical technology industry in the region. The sector develops software and devices for medical imaging and the development of implants. The ambition is to double Flanders’ production and export of medical technology over five years.
The goal of MedTech Flanders is to support the growth of existing companies, start up new activities –by bringing together doctors, technology experts and entrepreneurs – and make sure that the technology effectively reaches patients.

Supercomputers have allowed scientists to take their research to the next level, enabling them to carry out projects that used to be unaffordable because of the huge computing power and data storage capacity they required.

Flanders got its first supercomputer installed: Tier-1, housed at Ghent University (UGent). The supercomputer Tier-1 has been helping scientists in Flanders to achieve the unimaginable, from predicting weather patterns in deep space to solving complex mathematical equations, but the powerful machine is underused by industry, say analysts.

For every one of her 700 virtual worlds, postdoctoral researcher Ludmila Carone, built advanced 3D models, each with over 1,000 years of climate history – just long enough to identify average weather patterns.

In Belgium we find that most youngsters are not so much interested anymore in watching television. They prefer to see what they want to see at their laptop, i-pad or tablet.

In the states 24% of teens go online “almost constantly,” facilitated by the widespread availability of smartphones, in Belgium that is more than 80%. Aided by the convenience and constant access provided by mobile devices, especially smartphones, 92% of teens report going online daily — including 24% who say they go online “almost constantly,”

In the United States of America,  nearly three-quarters of teens have or have access to a smartphone and 30% have a basic phone, while just 12% of teens 13 to 17 say they have no cell phone of any type. African-American teens are the most likely of any group of teens to have a smartphone, with 85% having access to one, compared with 71% of both white and Hispanic teens. These phones and other mobile devices have become a primary driver of teen internet use: Fully 91% of teens go online from mobile devices at least occasionally. Among these “mobile teens,” 94% go online daily or more often. By comparison, teens who don’t access the internet via mobile devices tend to go online less frequently. Some 68% go online at least daily.

Nearly two-thirds of American adults (65%) use social networking sites, up from 7% when Pew Research Center began systematically tracking social media usage in 2005. Pew Research reports have documented in great detail how the rise of social media has affected such things as work, politics and political deliberation, communications patterns around the globe, as well as the way people get and share information about health, civic life, news consumption, communities, teenage life, parenting, dating and even people’s level of stress.

Digital technology is racing across the world.

Six out of every seven people are armed with mobile phones – and more than three billion, out of the world’s 7.1 billion people, have access to the Internet.

More and more apps are taking their place. We already can find restaurants where there are no waiters taking orders but where you just give your order in the computer when you enter (like in McDonalds) or at the app at the table.

While advanced technologies are accelerating progress, there are also emerging threats. Extremist groups made total use of social networks to spread their hateful ideologies and to get their ideologies to lure lots of youngsters in a terrible war.

The world’s terror networks have been more adept at spreading their politically-loaded messages of hatred and religious extremism through the use of modern communication technologies – and keeping one step ahead of the governments pursuing them.

Islamic State fighters pictured here in a 2014 propaganda video shot in Iraq's Anbar province.

Islamic State fighters pictured here in a 2014 propaganda video shot in Iraq’s Anbar province.

Closing the gap between developed and developing countries depends on first closing investment gaps in international science, technology and innovation, says a report released in July.

“If countries wish to break the poverty cycle and achieve (post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals), they will have to set up ambitious national minimum target investments for STI, including special allotments for the promotion of basic science and science education and literacy.”

In many countries the digital era also entered the classrooms and museums. Though the computer doesn’t replace the direct experience of a museum, it indirectly allows access to historical and scientific sources, images, films, not only purely educational but with educational content. Lots of youngsters got a huge quantity of information at their fingertips.


Preceding articles

2010-2015 words delivering a Sunshine Award

2015 In the Picture

2015 Economy


Additional background reading:

  1. Flanders’ supercomputer makes “unthinkable” research a reality
  2. Teens, Social Media & Technology Overview 2015
  3. Terror Groups May Be Winning Digital War on Extremist Ideology
  4. Science and Technology a Game Changer for Post-2015 Development Agenda


About Marcus Ampe

Retired dancer, choreographer, choreologist Founder of the Dance impresario office and archive: Danscontact-Dansarchief plus the Association for Bible scholars, the Lifestyle magazines "Stepping Toes" and "From Guestwriters" and creator of the site "Messiah for all". - Gepensioneerd danser, choreograaf, choreoloog. Stichter van Danscontact-Dansarchief plus van de Vereniging voor Bijbelvorsers, de Lifestyle magazines "Stepping Toes" en "From Guestwriters" en maker van de site "Messiah for all".
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