This question was the teaser sentence for a Triangulum webinar organised on 17th March 2017. Within the webinar, Henk Kok, local coordinator of the activities in the Triangulum Lighthouse City Eindhoven, provided some answers, resting on three main pillars. Firstly, the historical development of Eindhoven and the villages around, from the late 19th century until the early nineteen nineties. Secondly, after that period, there have been almost twenty five years, in which an ecosystem has emerged that rests on an almost undisputed basic political agreement of how to develop the region. Thirdly, several ingredients grew over time and are still developing further. These create favourable conditions for becoming one of the smartest regions in the world.
Read more in this article by Henk Kok, a more extensive version of the webinar presentation.