OpenWay Wind of Change 2015 will start at Grand Hotel Karel V Utrecht with a welcome dinner. This will also be the location for the first conference day dedicated to OpenWay and WAY4 roadmaps. Then we will continue in Amsterdam with a joyful boat trip discovery. On the next conference day, we will focus on business and technological innovations and scalability. After an interactive workshop where we will have a chance to share and discuss our ideas about digital banking, we can walk in Utrecht learning more about its ongoing inventions and historical sights.


Grand Hotel Karel V Utrecht

Grand Hotel Karel V opened its doors in 1999, and it's the only 5-Star hotel in Utrecht. The hotel is situated in a fully renovated former convent, dating from the Middle Ages. The hotel is located in the city center of Utrecht, at a walking distance from Central Station, the famous Dom Tower and the canals with many restaurants, bars, shops and museums; and it is only a 30-minute drive from Amsterdam Schiphol Airport. The hotel is well equipped with 121 hotel rooms, over 1,000 m2 meeting facilities, and ht has recently opened a luxury wellness center. Welcome to the modern Middle Ages!



The hotel address:
Geertebolwerk 1, 3511 XA Utrecht,
The Netherlands

How to get here - check the directions on the hotel website.

Are you going to Schiphol airport after the event? You can buy a train ticket Utrecht-Schiphol using this instruction.



Amsterdam Boat Trip

The boat trip is an interactive discovery of the Dutch capital. Split in teams, the guests will use GPS to find various interesting locations in Amsterdam. Once you find the waypoint, a question or assignment can be activated on the Game Phones.

The boats are sloops with a maximum capacity of 8 persons each. There is no license required to boat a sloop, the maximum speed of a sloop is approximately 4 knots (6 km/h).  The boarding pier is located at the Nassaukade. The route includes only the canals of Amsterdam, not the IJ lake.


Restaurant Brasserie Polman's Huis


Quotes from happy visitors say it all: “Unique ambiance, excellent food and service”; "The place used to be a ballroom, the very high ceiling combined with wide walls gives a sense of space. Acoustics are excellent for cosy chatting across the table. We went with 4 of us and had a 3-course dinner. Saltimboca appetizer was very nicely presented and quite tasty. Main course was guinea fowl (parelhoen), also very well prepared and presented. Topped with a small cake for desert we were quite content. The service is professional and unassuming. All in all a very nice experience, definitely worth another visit!"


And More


After a lunch in Brasserie Polmans Huis we'll get a chance to enjoy the Trajectum Lumen Walk - a tale of light of Utrecht.

It’s an age-old tale, tried and true...

Even the Romans knew that Utrecht was unique. And so, around 50 A.D., they made their camp at the present location of Domplein. Ever since, this city in the heart of the Netherlands has always been full of activity. Trajectum Lumen pays homage to the rich history of Utrecht, with an eye-catching light art trail, which is free for all to enjoy 365 nights a year.

Trajectum Lumen is an exploration after dark, which follows artistically lit locations throughout Utrecht’s historical city centre.

When night falls, Trajectum Lumen leads from centrally located Vredenburg past a growing number of installations by (inter)nationally renowned light artists.

Since its launch in the spring of 2010, an increasing amount of light artworks have emerged along the route. Together, they illuminate this city’s past and present in spectacular fashion.

City walk Trajectum Lumen is visible 7 days a week from sunset until midnight.