On June 15th, Baltan Laboratories organised an online Local Stakeholder Group meeting. In the context of closing the gap from concept to implementation, they invited stakeholders from art, ICT and policy. The purpose was to introduce the Technology Readiness Level (TRL) schedule as a frame of reference for artistic and concept-driven projects, in order to enhance visibility, tangibility and outreach of TDK in the Eindhoven region. By asking the local stakeholders what is needed for such a development to be put into practice, Baltan used their input to come up with a pilot project to be used as an example for developing TDK from concept to implementation. In addition to this, there was an exchange of ideas regarding the initial concept draft for the Night for Arts & ICT event in September. 

Based on the outcomes of the Local Stakeholder Group meeting, Baltan acknowledges the bigger need to both more frequently and effectively showcase the number of potentially strong concepts that are yet present in the Eindhoven region, in order for them to be effectively implemented. Important challenges for the Eindhoven region are to make the TDK-identity more tangible and visible in public space and to allow concepts and companies to find each other better. A good transition from concept to implementation makes a positive contribution to both the creative sector and the ICT sector. If both Baltan and the local stakeholders, successfully develop this process in Eindhoven, this will have a positive impact on several sectors in the city and region as a whole, as well as on Eindhoven's positioning within the Netherlands. 

From Baltan’s interactions with relevant stakeholders, it shows that there is still room for addition and improvement to strengthen this chain from a creative idea to implementation. In the coming period within RegionArts, Baltan wants to focus on ways to anchor this in a more structural way into policy-making. For this, Baltan uses a method from technology to classify concepts within 9 Readiness Levels from concept to realization and we combine this method with Baltan's knowledge to deploy artistic concepts and interventions in companies and organizations. 

In the coming period, they will discuss these questions, challenges and opportunities in greater depth with the stakeholders. Don't miss it!