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Bart de Witte

Bart de Witte

Founder, HIPPO Institute for Future Medicine

“My mission is to unlock the full potential of artificial intelligence so that all citizens across the globe have access to good health in the future, and healthcare knowledge stays a public good, available to all. At the same time, we need to create incentives for companies to develop and market innovative technologies.”

Bart de Witte talks in German and English about:


  • Open Sourcing Machine Intelligence in Healthcare
  • The State of AI in Pharma, beyond the Pill, Physicians and Visions
  • The State of AI in Medicine, Beyond Visions
  • The Artificial Intelligent Hospital



Bart de Witte hails from Antwerp, Belgium and lived in Brussels, Zürich, Vienna before calling Berlin his home in 2016. He is an inspiring and award winning digital health tech leader who worked as an executive director for the world largest technology vendors. He has been intimately involved as a mentor in the formation and growth of a dozen digital health startups, and lectures at different universities in Germany, Belgium, Switzerland and Austria.


And is part of the founding faculty of the European Institute of Exponential Technologies and Desirable Futures, futur.io. An institute that focusses on finding alternative European strategies for this current post-modern era and creating new methodologies for opening up chinks between the diverse possibilities and preferences for more ideal futures offering a greater social benefit. With his mission to use technology for the greater good, Bart has been on a mission to harness the power of artificial intelligence to help to solve current and future inequalities in healthcare.


He wrote his first paper on Artificial Intelligence in 1989 while he was on grammar school, and restated his interest in 2010, while working for IBM. He is the founder of HIPPO AI, an NGO that focusses on Open Sourcing Medical AI. His experience and his vision places him in a unique position to deliver research-based, entertaining, inspirational keynotes around the topic of Artificial Intelligence in Healthcare.

Highlight References

  • Faculty Member . University of Applied Science, Burgenland Austria


  • Faculty Member – University of Applied Science, Zürich Switzerland


  • Guest Lecturer – Vlerick Business School, Belgium


  • Guest Lecturer – Charity University Hospital


  • Member Co-Innovation Lab Janssen Pharmaceuticals


  • De Witte B, Matusiewicz D (2019): Designing Healthcare by artificial intelligence, 1. Auflage, Springer, Berlin-Heidelberg-New York, 1. Auflage, 2019, work in progress.


  • Matusiewicz D, de Witte B (2019): Risikofaktor Mensch – Ist die Maschine der bessere Arzt?, in: Oubaid V: Der Faktor Mensch – Personalmanagement und Patientensicherheit , MWV-Verlag 2019, S. 13-30.

What’s your personal utopia?

That the hopes for the future of the human species may be reduced by the destruction of inequality between different nations and the real improvement of humanity, while embracing progress and science. We all should use use the superpower of human collaboration, shared values and beliefs to build on the foundation that started with the enlightenment, and  that further decreases inequalities in health and length of life. A foundation for all posterity (future generations).

What was your first touch with the future?

My birth, I was born too early, and therefore I am a premature digital native.

Favourite Books

Thinking Fast, Thinking Slow, Daniel Kahneman

The Undoing Project, Michael Lewis

Factfullness, Hans Rosling

Sapiens, Yuval Harrari

The Dark Forest, Cixin Liu

The Three Body Problem, Cixin Liu

Homo Deus, Yuval Harrari

21 Lessons for the 21st Century, Yuval Harrari

Death’s End, Cixin Liu

Weapons of Math Destruction, Cathy O’Neil

Favourite Movies

2001 Space Odyssey, Stanley Kubrick

The Man who Knows Infinity

Matrix Trilogy


This inspired me the most…

 The Innovator’s Prescription, Clayton Christensen