E52’s expat top-10 is almost there. Two more weeks and we’ll know the names of the internationals that contributed so much to the Eindhoven society that they deserve a place in the Expat top-10. The awards ceremony will be part of the International Festival, on June 12th in VDMA at the International Boulevard, the Vestdijk.
Eindhoven is the city of high-tech, design and knowledge. Because fame doesn’t come by itself, it’s a great thing that Eindhoven has also traditionally been a city of pioneers, people who came from elsewhere, made themselves noticed and went tinkering with others to build something new. This was the case in the old days, when Eindhoven still was Philips’s company town, but it’s still that way.
The city wouldn’t have been what it is at this point in time, if over the years it hadn’t been helped by people from outside. From the rest of Brabant, other parts of the Netherlands, the Belgian border region, but increasingly also from countries far away. If you want proof, just take a walk on the Strip at the High Tech Campus around lunchtime and you can easily find yourself in India.
To honour this group of people, and to give them the spotlights for once, e52 has been working – in cooperation with the High Tech Campus, Brainport Development, ASML, TU/e, Eindhoven365, Rabobank Eindhoven-Veldhoven and Holland Expat Center – to create the Expat Top 10. The aim is to arrive at a list of ten people who have meant a lot to the Eindhoven society. This might be because of an invention, an individual performance, an important role in a company, the impact of their startup or simply because they are significant for society. In short, it’s about the people of whom Eindhoven may be proud and grateful. There will be no number one, the whole top-10 consists of winners.
The jury, chaired by Alderman Staf Depla (Economic Affairs), has looked at all kinds of criteria, but put special emphasis on importance for society. The ten names have been chosen out of a list of more than 50, but they will remain a secret until June 12.
The ceremony will take place om Sunday, June 12th at 11:00 in the morning. Entrance is free, but only if you fill in the registration form.