A Room with a Zoo, Antwerp

Who will be our 17th CIO of the Year?
And who will win an award for the Digital/ICT Project of the Year?

Discover it on December 12th

ICT / Digital Project of the Year

Do you have an innovative and successful ICT project? Did you manage to pull off an ambitious digital transformation inside the company or within your department? Do you feel your digital project truly excels and/or accelerates the business goals? Then you might have a chance to win one of our prestigious ICT / Digital Project of the Year awards.

CIO of the Year

The 3 nominees will be determined by the editorial staff of Data News. The voting list will be published on September 23th 2024. Voting ends October 20th at midnight. The final winner will be chosen by the professional jury.
Questions or any namedropping?

Want to meet the nominees?

Join us on December 12th at A Room with a Zoo, Antwerp.


CIO of the Year

Who will be the next ‘CIO of the Year’?

Who will be the successor to An Swalens, Head of IT (CIO) at National Bank of Belgium, as ‘CIO of the Year’? Who do you think deserves the title CIO of the Year 2024? The voting list will be determined by the editorial staff of Data News and will be published on September 23rd 2024. The voting is open until October 20th at midnight.

The names, included on the list, are our current top 3 of the CIO’s active in our country or Belgians working abroad. They have proven that the job of CIO is one of the most exciting, challenging and important functions in the business world today. Thanks to their visionary approach, they have been successful at using ICT tools for the benefit of operational management. These CIO’s have, in the course of their careers, demonstrated strategic vision, leadership, personality and the capacity to contribute to an organization’s business strategy.

The winner of the award ‘CIO of the Year 2024’ will be chosen by a professional jury of specialists and by the readers of Data News (online voting).
Do you have any questions or do you want to suggest one or more CIO’s for the voting list?

ICT / Digital Project of the Year

The ICT / Digital Project of the Year 2024 contest rewards ICT projects and digital projects which have been successfully completed and which are innovative both in the use of technology and in the business approach. The contest is open to both private and public sector and to both large and small or medium sized organizations.

The emphasis is on ‘innovation’; projects that have achieved real added value for a company or organization thanks to clever use of digital technology. Technological innovation is important, but the impact on the business also plays a very important role.
The size of the company or the scope of the project is not important. Clever, innovative, smaller applications have just as much chance of winning as large and expensive projects. You just need to be able to demonstrate that the innovative ICT Project has given the business a real boost or added value!

Are you an ICT manager or project manager and did you successfully complete an innovative digital project over the last year (or part of a project running over several years)? Then make sure to take part in the ‘Digital Project of the Year 2024’ contest!
Please fully complete the registration form as this information will be used by the jury to make a preliminary selection of all applications. Also of note:  the deadline for submitting your file is the September 29th. A professional and academic jury will decide upon the final winners.


06.30 pm
Welcome reception

07.30 pm
Break-out sessions by the GOLD partners

08.00 pm
Award Ceremony

09.00 pm
Seated dinner & Walking Dessert Buffet & Networking

11.30 pm

Want to get inspired?

Join us on December 12th at 6.30PM at A Room with a Zoo, Antwerp.


The specialist jury includes representatives from the academic world, the business world and the editorial team.

Kristof Van der Stadt
Editor-in-Chief Data News, President of the Jury

Georges Ataya
Professor at Solvay Brussels School

Els Bellens
Editor at Data News

Karen Boers
Social Entrepreneur, CEO BeCode

Stefan Bossuwé
Co-Founder, former President & current Ambassador IIBA Brussels Chapter

Erik Cuypers
President MIT Club

Jan De Schepper
President ADM

Dirk Deschoolmeester
Professor at UGent, Chairman FBVI-FAIB

Geert Goethals
President CIONET Belgium

Luc Golvers
Chairman BELCLIV

Benoît Hucq
General Manager Digital Wallonia, Agence du Numérique

Danielle Jacobs
Director Beltug

Elke Laeremans
CIO of the Year 2021

Guido Lemeire
CIO of the Year 2020, CIO NMBS

Egide Nzabonimana
President Isaca Belgian Chapter

Marc Senterre
President Cercle du Numérique, ICT Director Prayon

Bart Steukers
Director Agoria

Martine Tempels
ICT Woman of the Year 2012

Jacques Tiberghien
Professor at VUB

Marc Vael
President SAI

Daniel van den Hove
Co-president Cercle du Numérique, Lecturer 
at Solvay Brussels School

Barbara Van Dyck
Program Director AMS

Saskia Van Uffelen
Digital Champion Belgium

Peter Vermeylen
President CIOforum

Erwin Verstraelen
CIO of the Year 2018, CIO Port of Antwerp

Stijn Viaene
Professor & Partner Vlerick Business School

CIO of the Year

The winner in the CIO of the Year category will be decided by the jury, as well as by the readers of Data News (online voting).

ICT / Digital Project of the Year

The professional & academic jury will decide upon the final winners.

Hall of fame


Freddy Van den Wyngaert


Chris De Backer


Daniel Lebeau


Sabine Everaet
Coca-Cola Europe


Luc Verbist
De Persgroep


Cécile Gonfroid


Veerle Lozie


Peter Bal


Herman De Prins


Bjorn Van Reet
Kinepolis Group


Erwin Verstraelen
Port of Antwerp


Filip Michiels
TUI (Western Region)


Guido Lemeire


Elke Laeremans


Philippe Van Belle
AG Insurance


An Swalens
National Bank of Belgium



A Room with a ZOO
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06.30 pm Welcome reception
07.30 pm Break-out sessions
08.00 pm Award ceremony
09.00 pm Seated dinner + walking dessert buffet & networking
11.30 pm Closing


Black tie & cocktail


More information?

Daisy Juvijns
Project manager
+32 475 89 66 47

Cedric Noens
Event Manager
+32 495 68 19 44


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