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09/10/2012IBBT changes name to iMinds and becomes more 'human'

The Interdisciplinary Institute for Broadband Technology IBBT has changed its name to iMinds. The term did no longer cover the feel, said communications manager Karen Boers: “For some time now we have set our minds on a strategy that is more specifically focused on people. We plan to address a wide range of social challenges and are therefore collaborating with researchers from diverse backgrounds.” The new name will focus more on human-oriented aspects. Moreover IBBT was not the ideal name to use abroad. The new name and iMinds logo were introduced online yesterday.

The government of Flanders established the Ghent-based research centre in 2004 with a view to stimulating and taking ICT innovation further. Broadband technology was and still is the core of a number of innovations developed in collaboration with IBBT, but the word said little about concrete technical solutions and applications. Today the institute works on projects in five domains which constitute a large portion of the social landscape: media & culture, healthcare, environmentally friendly ICT, sustainable mobility and security. IBBT did not have to look far to find a new name. After previously using iMinds to name their annual conference, the name became a brand in the ICT world. When their next conference starts in Ghent on 8 November, it will simply be known as 'iMinds The Conference'.




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