Research group at imec & Vrije Universiteit Brussel

Koen Borghys


Personal Description

Technology and urban planning are two passions of mine. Technology, because of its ability to improve our living standards and to solve all types of problems. Urban planning, because it tries to understand the complexities of our cities from different perspectives. Technology is now enabling us to improve our knowledge about cities and their inhabitants and to improve urban life. Guiding local government and other stakeholders through this process and helping them to understand and embrace these technological changes in further developing our cities drives me every day.

I graduated both as a Master of Laws (2012) and as a Master of Science in General Economics (2014). Since 2014, I have been working as a lawyer, advising technology companies on various subjects such as protection of intellectual property, data privacy and financing. I joined SMIT in April 2018 as a Smart City Strategist in relation to the Smart Flanders programme that supports the 13 centre cities in Flanders and the VGC in Brussels with opening up data to tackle urban and societal problems by making more data available in a way that makes it as easy as possible to reuse.