Kitty Leering

I bring explorations of "new ownership"

Program Director and Managing Director at PICNIC,

I have been involved in PICNIC from its inception as crossmedia and technology event in 2006, when it hosted only a conference and specialty workshops. I have enjoyed playing an active role in its development into a festival dedicated to blurring the lines between creativity, science, technology and business in order to co-create the future.

My roles have varied from the project management of the whole Festival in 2006 and 2007 to playing a part in programming the specials and the labs. As of 2009, I have been responsible for all of the PICNIC Festival programming.

As CEO of Dutchblend, a privately owned company, I have developed, programmed and advised professional events that are positioned on the crossroads between creativity, (media) technology, business and governance since 2006. A few such events are the SpinAwards, ICT Delta, Dutch Bloggies and TEDxWomen.

Until 2005, I worked as the Event Director Benelux for the IT-research firm IDC, building their Benelux event business from the ground up. It was through my role as Project Manager at Media Plaza (1997-2002) that I first got acquainted with the world of Internet, ICT and new media and built my firm belief in its unequivocal power to change the world.

I am an avid food lover and cook. In fact, I opened my own restaurant when I was 20. Nowadays I like to hike through the famous wine areas in the world and throw multi-course diners for my friends.

Kitty is speaking at PICNIC Festival 2012

Day 1, 10:00 - 10:10, Cinema 1
Business governance

Kitty spoke at PICNIC Festival 2011

Welcome to PICNIC Festival 2011
Day 1, 10:00 - 10:15, Grand Theater
Design Business Sustainability

Kitty attended PICNIC Festival 2011

Trust Design: The Internet of Things Panel Discussion
Day 1, 10:00 - 12:00, Crystal Palace
Design Society
The Best City Never Seen
Day 1, 10:15 - 10:35, Grand Theater
Society Media Design
The Architecture of Developing Cities
Day 1, 10:35 - 10:55, Grand Theater
Society Design
Rioting, Ballet, and Elvis's Hips
Day 1, 14:40 - 15:05, Grand Theater
Design Media
Day 2, 13:30 - 17:15, Workshop Ferry
Infrastructure Media Design

About the real Kitty

Kitty's posts

Great article of Rob van Kranenburg in Fast Company. Love his thinking. And of course Rob is also hosting an internet of things workshop again this year at PICNIC!!

almost 2 years ago

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Finally surfacing again.... Boy! It has been quite a job this year. What a great topic "New Ownership" is! It offers so many approaches, viewpoints and related domains, that it sometimes was difficult to decide on which ones to choose. But here it is. Still missing a few synopsae, but love to here... Read more

almost 2 years ago

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Do you have a great idea for an original mHealth solution that needs to find its way into the world? Submit it to the Mobiles for Good competition! The winner is granted a cash price of 40.000 euros!!! In addition, a team of professional coaches is ready to support you with their experience and wisdom... Read more

about 2 years ago

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The first PICNIC Innovation Mash Up was a great success! Check out our report and video impression on the website. Shame if you missed it. Make sure to be around for the next Mash Up ;-)

over 2 years ago

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We love the annual Future Everything Festival in Manchester and think that every entrepreneur in the Netherlands should visit it. So we are thrilled that "Het Nederlands Instituut voor Studiereizen" arranged for a all-in-one trip to Future Everything for Dutch companies (sorry guys). You can find... Read more

over 2 years ago

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Attention entrepreneurs: submit your business plan for smart, green products and services for the chance to win €500,000 from the Dutch Postcode Lottery. The Green Challenge opened today and submissions will be accepted until July 31st. International submissions welcome!

over 2 years ago

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Submit your rockin' open city app to the Open City App Challenge and win 3.000 euros (and everlasting fame ;-)
Help to make your city smart.

over 2 years ago

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Check out this great video of last year's PICNIC at the exciting NDSM Wharf. Talking heads are Marleen Stikker, Co-founder PICNIC and chairman of our board, and Frank Alsema, GM of Stichting NDSM. The video was made by Remy Vlek at the request of NDSM. Dutch spoken.

over 2 years ago
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    Kevin DiVico

    Video was beautiful shot .... just wish there was subtitles :-)

    over 2 years ago

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25.000 Nautical miles, 14 international locations and 10 tech based companies that want to change the world: PICNIC is a partner of Unreasonable at Sea. Easy the most exciting and original, mentor based business accelerator. Wanna join? I would.....

over 2 years ago

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Are you a European SME? And do you want to prototype your online/mobile services and content under real life circumstances with actual users? Than respond to the Call for Submissions of Open Cities!

over 2 years ago

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