In January 2019 BEYOND4.0 started its journey with a 3-day Kick-off Meeting in Leiden, the Netherlands, and hometown of the project coordinator TNO. During those days the project partners introduced their teams and presented their ideas in carrying out the work in the coming years. About 28 persons participated from nine institutes: Warwick University, Technical University Dortmund, Institute for the Study of Societies and Knowledge (BU), University College London, University of Turku (FI), National conservatory of professions and jobs (FR), University of Helsinki, and the University of the Basque Country. The EC-Project Officer Kerstin Wilde joined the meeting and presented viewpoints how the EU regards monitoring our project. During the Meeting we visited the IT-company DECOS, a ‘paperless’ software building company who aims to maximise self-management among its staff.