Julien Penders is co-founder of Bloom Technologies, a consumer health company dedicated to helping moms raise healthy happy families, with the vision to leverage the transformational experience of pregnancy and childbirth to drive behavior change towards healthy living for mom, baby, and family. Julien is also Program Director at imec where he leads the wearable healthcare activities for North America. Prior to this position, Julien served as Program Manager at the Holst Centre / imec, where he led the activities on Body Area Networks. Julien has led wearable health projects for market leaders in both the medical and consumer spaces. He has (co-) authored over 60 papers and 7 patents in the field of wearable technologies and connected health. He has been a keynote or invited speakers at multiple public events and conferences, including TEDx and the Creativity World Forum. He is general co-chair for the Wireless Health conference, serves on the IEEE Technical Committee on Biomedical Health Informatics, and sits on the Program Committees for several international conferences. Julien was a 2004/2005 fellow of the Belgian American Educational Foundation. He holds a M.Sc. degree in Systems Engineering from University of Liege, Belgium (2004), and a M.Sc. degree in Biomedical Engineering from Boston University, MA (2006).