NEDS 2020 Digital

The NIDV Defence and Security Exhibition (NEDS) 2019 is the largest exclusive event for the Defence and Security Industry in the Benelux region. The annual NIDV event is being organised for the 32nd time and is well known as the place where industry and the government meet each other.

NEDS is the place where all relevant players in the Defence and Security Industry come together.”


NEDS Day 1 – 18 november  13:00 – 16:00

13:00 Start day 1

13:00 – 16:00 Exhibition and sessions

  • Digital Roundtables
  • Breakouts
  • Matchmaking
  • Digital Exhibition

16:00 End Day 1

NEDS Day 2 & Main Stage Event – 19 november  13:00 – 17:30

12:00 Opening NEDS 2020 Digital Day 2

12:00 – 16:00 Exhibition and sessions

  • Digital Roundtables
  • Breakouts
  • Matchmaking
  • Digital Exhibition

16:00 – 17:30 Main Stage Event

17:30 End Day 2



Main Stage Event – Resilience Talk – November 19 16:00 – 17:30

The Dutch public security organizations had to radically adjust their activities since the outbreak of the COVID19 pandemic. During operations and readiness activities, precautions are taken to prevent (further) contamination, while many of the activities continued. Education, practice, and training also stretched to meet the employability requirements. How did border control and assistance to civil authorities go? Forced distance working demanded a lot from IT; this gave cybersecurity an extra dimension. What was the impact of lending medical facilities and equipment for civilian use for the armed forces?

Led by Roderik van Grieken you will be taken to operational locations of the Royal Netherlands Navy, Royal Air Force, Royal Army, the Police, and Thales Netherlands. In interviews with the heads of these organizations, it is discussed how resilient they were and especially are during the COVID19 pandemic, and the lessons they learned.

 In the studio at the Bolidt Innovation Center, we welcome the following guests:

  • H.R.H. prince Constantijn van Oranje, ambassedor
  • Barbara Visser, Secrtary of State for Defense
  • Harald Kokelkoren, director ILIAS Solutions
  • Vice admiral Arie Jan de Waard, director of the Defense Materiel Organization
  • Colonel Diana Verweij, Deputy commander of the Defense Healthcare Organization
  • Drs. Jan Christiaan Dicke, Commissioner of Military Production at the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate

We also look back on which startups are seen as promising during the entire NEDS2020 Digital.

 With the presentation of the Jan Gmelich Meijling thesis prize, it becomes clear which student at a technical university or academy can count on the highest score this year.

 Finally, Secretary of State for Defense Ms. Barbara Visser will answer a few questions from moderator Van Grieken.