Hardware City Session #12: Speakers

Hardware City Session #12 | Hydroboost: green energy through open innovation

Hardware City Session #12 has arrived! 2019 couldn’t start in a better way. For the first time in all history, we will have an international session within the industry: this time, OLI will open the doors to welcome you.

Theme? Development of a green energy product through open innovation – you will get to know first hand everything about the new capacitive sensor and the Hydroboost system developed by MICAS in collaboration with OLI.

Our guest speakers:


Pedro Miguel Cruz | Product Design & Development @ OLI

Having completed his Masters in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Aveiro in 2012, Pedro worked in R&D for Renault CACIA and later for Bosch Thermotechnology in the following years.

He joined OLI’s Design and Development Department in 2015, executing product and component design as well project management tasks, among others. Nowadays, Pedro works on projects related to the integration of electronics solutions on innovative products.

He really likes disruptive technologies and what it can bring back to our daily tasks. As a hobby, he does not hesitate: LEGO!



Thomas Westland | Head of product management & Sales @ MICAS AG

After his studies in business administration and his major in Logistics and Marketing he became a product manager and sales rep at MICAS AG, where he’s been working since 2006. Thomas Westland worked in parallel in the auto business at Volkswagen where he focused on the optimization of the material management chain.

At MICAS he got the chance to start as a product manager and customers’ support and is now head of product management and sales. Thomas feels that this combination fulfills his interests because he likes to bring products into life.

His work is currently focused on MICAS’ sanitary electronics business unit where he acts as a product manager focusing on product design, functionality and strategic product portfolio.

Thomas has interest on interior and furniture design, as well as sports activities such as bicycling, running, climbing, hiking and swimming.



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