Be Central

Be Central

BeCentral is pledging to rejuvenate the Central Station of Brussels, making the digitalization real for as many people as possible. With more than 60.000 commuters using the station every day and 2000 square meters available, BeCentral will become a central hub for anyone wishing to experience and develop skills in programming, IoT, VR, Big Data, etc.

Our initiatives include:

  • BeCode: a 9-months FREE coding school, powered by Simplon. The program has also submitted a pledge independently;
  • BeStarter: a 6-weeks programme available for students with digital skills to help them develop an entrepreneurial mindset. The program includes sales skills, pitch trainings & financial basics. BeStarter will hold 8 x training sessions over the year with 15 students per session = 120 students per year. The students will then be able to join incubation programs in Brussels.
  • BeDigital Days: Daily programs focusing on primary and high schools in Belgium with a focus on raising awareness on the digital transformation. They include a 'session for kids: Introduction to coding and robotics' (How to use internet safely? How to fight fake news and develop a critical mind?) and a 'session for teachers/adults: How to help your kids to use internet safely?', workshop on EdTech methodologies: how can we improve tomorrow’s education with digital tools? BeDigital Days will hold meetup from Monday to Friday with an average of 20 students per day and 200 sessions per year = 4000 Students
  • LeWagon will hold their 9 weeks bootcamp at BeCentral (5 bootcamps per year = 150 students) LeWagon is a French StartUp who has developed an intensive 9 weeks program for young entrepreneurs to enable them to code their first product.
  • Various independent Digital Masterclasses will be hold on a regular basis in BeCentral event hall and in our 250m² cafeteria in the evenings. These classes will be given by independent coaches.
Last update: 18/07/2017
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Pledge Category

Digital skills for ICT professionals
Digital skills in education
Digital skills for labour force
Digital skills for all citizens

Pledge's geographical scope

Time period

Start date: 01/04/2017
End date: 30/04/2018

Other Pledge details

Local/National scope: National
Public Funding: NO
Our 28 cofounders are members of the Belgian tech community. They all have invested on personal grounds.

Be Central

BeCentral is a grass-root initiative by 28 co-founders active in the digital scene and determined to boost Belgium as a digital front-runner. Located in a central transportation node and a landmark building designed by Victor Horta, BeCentral is a physical hub for those who want to embrace the Digital Transformation. BeCentral focuses on 3 pillars: (1) Trainings focusing on Digital Skills (2) Develop and nurture Digital entrepreneurship (3) Raise awareness, inspire and educate about the Digital Transformation.

Qualitative Impact

• Improve employability of people through development of basic digital skills;
• Increase awareness on use of technologies and opportunities in the ICT sector (data science and programming);
• Improve skills for employees through industry led programmes;
• Inspire through events & conferences on data science/VR/IoT.

Quantitative Impact

Indicator Description Target Status
People trained face to face / all citizens Various Masterclasses 500 N/A
People trained face to face / all citizens BeCode 50 N/A
People reached through awareness raising activities/all citizens BeDigital Days 4,000 N/A
People trained face to face / students BeStarter - new potential entrepreneurs 120 20

Pledge progress

Evidence about progress

Grand Opening on 4th October 2017.

Milestones

Milestone name Completion date Status
BeCode First Training 30/04/2017 On Track
Evening conferences + inspirational talks on ICT professions and digital skills 30/04/2018 On Track
Various Masterclasses 31/07/2017 Delayed
LeWagon First Training 30/09/2017 On Track
BeDigital Days First Training 30/09/2017 N/A