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Behind every great idea is an even greater jury

On May 16th, the contestants of the ORMIT Innovation Challenge will present their disruptive proposals for the very first time. Based on this first pitch, a five-headed jury will decide which three teams will go on to the finals in June. But who are the people behind the decisive verdict on this year’s innovative proposals? Get to know our judges and find out what innovation means to them.

Nele Berlamont, Support Manager Supply Chain at ArcelorMittal

This former ORMIT trainee is currently working at ArcelorMittal, where she translates business needs into software characteristics to create One Virtual Mill across all European company sites. Last year, her team won the Innovation Challenge with their tool to digitalise the ORMIT developmental track. Nele believes a well-formulated problem and a realistic solution are the key elements of successful innovation. Taking on every opportunity to learn and discover new things, she prefers exploring new places over a favourite pub and shivers at the thought of travelling to the same spot twice. When it comes to food, however, she sticks to her usual suspects, but thanks to her new language course, she can probably order it in Spanish.

“People always think innovation is something great and impressive, but for me, it’s in changing your small, everyday habits.”

Nele Berlamont - Support Manager Supply Chain at ArcelorMittal

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Philip Vyt, Global Lead Multichannel & Digital at Abbvie

As a former partner at the innovation agency Bundl, Philip Vyt lives and breathes innovation. Putting over ten years of experience in various international organisations into practice, Philip currently uses his superpowers to build a digital learning platform for doctors at Abbvie. He spices up TEDx Talks by comparing the process of innovation to a one-night-stand and hates it when disruptive ideas cave in like a French soufflé. Having travelled all around the world, Philip and his family are currently choosing where to set up camp, with Toronto, Zurich, and Valencia running a very tight race

“The success of innovation lies more in the structure of your process than in the creativity and sexiness of your idea.”

Philip Vyt - Global Lead Multichannel & Digital at Abbvie

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Robin Rampaer, Product Manager at Sortlist

Currently he’s matching marketing agencies with clients as a Product Manager at Sortlist, but only a year ago, Robin Rampaer stood in front of the infamous Innovation Challenge jury himself. As one of last year’s finalists, you could say that Robin is the true experience expert at the table — although he didn’t actually attend the final pitch, due to a severe case of wanderlust. Half product manager, half adventurer, Robin has travelled the world before immersing himself in the business field. Biking to work gives him his daily dose of fresh air, but it’s only a matter of time before he starts planning his next trip for a real taste of the great outdoors.

“The greatest challenge in innovation is not falling in love with your solution until you hit a wall. You have to rethink the problem before you come up with an idea.”

Robin Rampaer, Product Manager at Sortlist

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Yvette Ammerlaan, Business Unit Manager Innovation and Special Traineeships at ORMIT Netherlands

As a firm believer in the power of challenge, Yvette Ammerlaan feels that difficult situations and complex puzzles are the seedbeds of true innovation. She describes challenging the status quo as a form of tightrope walking and has a soft spot for projects with social impact. She sees her seven-year old daughter as a looking glass for the future and tries to keep up with her by trying every new app that crosses her path. At home, Yvette likes to get her Monica on, cooking, decorating and creating a welcoming vibe for people to come over.

“There are a lot of good ideas out there, but if you can’t make others adopt them and commit to them, you’ve got nothing.”

Yvette Ammerlaan, Business Unit Manager Innovation and Special Traineeships at ORMIT Netherlands

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Eva Vercouteren, Strategic Business Designer at Board of Innovation

As a former ORMIT trainee and one of its most enthusiast ambassadors, Eva Vercouteren only engages with organisations and projects for the full 200%. To Eva, innovation needs to focus on social impact, which isn’t much of a surprise if you know she designed a business idea for a collective kitchen in the heart of New York, whisking people from their apartments to bring them together. It’s no secret that she’s a big fan of healthy food, preferably cooked up to a decent challenge. With a marathon and the road to Compostela already crossed off her leggy list, she’s currently prepping for half a triathlon.

“Real innovation sprouts from pressing human needs and provides a new solution to change behavioural patterns.”

Eva Vercouteren, Strategic Business Designer at Board of Innovation

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Thomas De Wulf, CEO ORMIT

Our CEO had so much to say about the Innovation Challenge, we decided to accord him a whole article, all to himself. To Thomas, it’s all about “Inviting talent to think outside of the boss”. Well, if it’s the boss saying it, then who are we to contradict that? Read more about why Thomas thinks it’s innovation is crucial if you want your business to still be relevant tomorrow.

“Why would we try to reinvent the wheel, if we can be inspired by the top-notch talents in our program?"

Thomas De Wulf, CEO ORMIT

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