How Eindhoven became a technological city

In the 19th century, Eindhoven became big in technology, and it still is today. How did it start and how is it going now? From Philips to Brainport: how it started and how it's going now.


It all started with Philips. In 1891 the company began as an incandescent lamp factory. The arrival of Philips led to great economic growth and more housing and employment opportunities. An entire residential area was even created for the workers: Philipsdorp. In the 1980s, Philips began to export internationally and in 1997 moved its headquarters to Amsterdam. 


TU Eindhoven

The University of Technology has been around since 1956. You can find studies such as Bachelor Chemical Engineering and Chemistry and Bachelor Medical Sciences and Technology here. TUe has been participating in the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge since 2013 with the Stella, a family car for five people that runs on solar energy. They have already become world champions three times in the Cruiser Class category.


High Tech Campus

The High Tech Campus is a business property. Philips used to do research here. Starting in 2003, the campus was opened to startups and established technology companies. The High Tech Campus calls itself ''the smartest square kilometer in the world''. They are working hard on new technologies in the fields of high-tech systems, nanotechnology and life science. 



Brainport Eindhoven is the name for the innovative region of Eindhoven. It's also a fast-growing economic region. In 2011, Eindhoven was named the world's smartest region by the international policy organization International Community Forum.


In the future Eindhoven wants to become even more innovative: they want to become a so-called smart city or smart society. Both the region and the government are investing in 'innovation with social impact'. 

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