Press Release: Introducing the Data Innovation Summit 2017

On Thursday, March 30th, 2017, the 3rd edition of the Annual Data Innovation Summit will take place in Brussels, at the ING Marnix Building. This event, organized by the European Data Innovation Hub, is the #1 Data networking event in Belgium, bringing together the academia, public and private sector to discuss the latest trends on big data. This will be the meeting point for 500 data lovers to learn from top-nodge presentations, workshops and trainings.

During the event, 45 recognized speakers will share their experience related to the edition’s theme “Using data to build a better world”, reflected in the hashtag #Data4Good.  Among them there will be Bianca Debaets (State Secretary of the Brussels-Capital Region), Elena Bonfliglioli (Senior Director Health Industry EMEA at Microsoft), Kirk Borne (Principal Data Scientist at Booz Allen) and Stephen Brobst (CTO at Teradata) talking about how data, analytics and digitalization can be brought together to make sense in society.

From discussing the realistic perspectives of artificial intelligence to sharing best practices on using analytics to spot cybercriminals, the topics’ spectrum will cover artificial intelligence, machine learning, data driven marketing, social media, health and work performance improvement and many other topics reflecting the outstanding potential offered by data. There will be 10 in depth workshops taking place (5 in the morning and 5 in the afternoon) on digitalization and analytics platforms and software.

Additionally, the winners of the Dengue Hackathon (held on November 2016) will be on stage to receive their prize and share how open data can be used in the fight against dengue.

Hence, as Philippe Van Impe, Founder of the European Data Innovation Hub says:

“This event, and the enthusiasm of the lively community and volunteers supporting it, is a sign on how Belgium is becoming a key player in the European Data Science scene.”

The organizing team looks forward to welcoming the attendants.

For further contact, please refer to the hashtag #DISUMMIT and to the following contact details:

Name of Media Contact: Philippe Van Impe
Title of Media Contact: CEO and Founder
Company Name: European Data Innovation Hub
Contact Phone: 0477 237 842
Contact e-mail: pvanimpe@dihub.eu
Website URL : http://www.disummit.com

WOOT WOOT: #womenintech @ #disummit

#womenintech @di-Summit

During this year’s summit you will hear stories on how data is used to build a better world.

On March 30th we have invited an impressive lineup of top speakers and prepared in depth training classes for managers and data scientists.

Her is an overview of our #womenintech speakers:

  1. Nele Coghe – Data Science Expert – I’ll introduce you to over 30 stories told by the best experts in data science
  2. Tine Vandenbreeden – CTO @ SAP – How s mart is digital twin?
  3. Juli Ursi – BI expert @ SAP –  I’ll give you a tour of our digital boardroom
  4. Elena Bonfiglioli – Senior Director Health @ Microsoft – “Solving” Cancer with Artificial Intelligence
  5. Nadia Aime – Womanmentorassociation – I’ll tell you a story about #womenintech and data
  6. Céline Bouton – Co-Captain @ Armada.digital – We are empowering good causes to spread the word
  7. Bianca Debaets – Secretary of State – Data Science makes our city s marter
  8. Hannah Pinson – Winner #denguehack – We predicted the next dengue outbreak using twitter feeds
  9. Ann-Elise Delbecq – Analytics @ IBM – a new cognitive way of working with data and analytics
  • Please check disummit.com form more exciting presentations.

TOP 6 – 2h Technical workshops during #DISUMMIT

Technical Workshops di-Summit

In addition to the series of management workshops and over 40 presentations, we’d like to bring to your attention that in addition to our excellent line-up of speakers, you may be interested in one of our technical workshops that provide hands-on training:

  1. Pieter Buteneers – Data Strategist and Machine Learning Consultant  – Hands-on Machine Learning with Python
  2. Geert Verstraeten – Managing Partner at Python Managing – Projects in Predictive Analytics
  3. Thierry Turpin and Stephane Tridetti: Optimize DHS with AWS
  4. Faisal Orakzai & Morad Masnaoui: BigData Architecture
  5. Nicolas Deruytter – Managing Director at DataTonic – Hands-on  Workshop  Using  Tensorflow
  6. IBM: Watson Data Platform –  Ann-Elise Delbecq Niko Tambuyser Willem Hendriks Luc Goossens
  • Please check disummit.com form more exciting presentations.

These are only some of the technical workshops we have available.

Thank you to our trainers for sharing their knowledge with us: Pieter Buteneers, Geert Verstraeten, Thierry Turpin, Stéphane Tridetti, Faisal Orakzai, Morad Masnaoui, Nicolas Deruytter, Ann-Elise Delbecq, Niko Tambuyser, Willem Hendriks & Luc Goosens

 

#disummit – Executive Workshops – Brussels 30 March – Register Now

Executive WorkshopsDuring this year’s summit you will hear stories on how data is used to build a better world.

On March 30th we have invited an impressive lineup of top speakers and prepared in depth training classes for managers and data scientists.

We are also offering you 5 exclusive C-Level workshops:

  • 29 March 16:00 – 3h Workshop from Dirk BorneCommunicating Data Literacy and the Value of Data to Clients and Colleagues
  • 30 March 10:45 – 2h Workshop from Geert VerstraetenIntroducing Predictive Analytics – more
  • 30 March 13:45 – 1h Workshop from Natalino BusaPositioning Open Source in your existing software architecture
  • 30 March 13:45 – 1h Workshop from Stephen BrobstLeadership and Digital Transformation – more
  • 30 March 17:00 – Closing Keynote from Kirk BorneA Data-rich World for a Better World: From Sensors to Sense-Making
  • Please check disummit.com form more exciting presentations.

Blog – Predictive Analytics – a Soup Story by Geert Verstraeten

Geert will be teaching his executive class on predictive analytics during the #disummit of March 30th.
It is time to register ! http://www.disummit.com

The Data Science Community

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Predictive Analytics – a Soup Story

A simple metaphor for projects in predictive analytics 

By: Geert Verstraeten, Predictive Analytics advocate, Managing Partner and Professional Trainer, Python Predictions

The analytical scene has recently been dominated by the prediction that we would soon experience an important shortage of analytical talent. As a response, academic programs and massive open online courses (MOOCs) have sprung up like mushrooms after the rain, all with the purpose of developing skills for the analyst or its more modern counterpart, the data scientist. However, in the original McKinsey article, the shortage of analytics-oriented managers was predicted to become ten times more important than the shortage of analysts[1]. But how do we offer relevant concepts and tools to managers without drowning our ‘sweet victims’ in technology and jargon?

For managers, most analytics training falls short in a critical way. The vast majority of newfound…

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Executive Workshop on Leadership and Digital Transformation

 

DiS17_Speaker_Stephen Brobst

Every industry will be transformed by the new business models and revolutionary possibilities created by digital society in the 21stcentury.

This talk will address the critical success factors that leaders must embrace when transforming an enterprise into a player for the digital age. 

We will discuss the importance of data-driven business models to transform from traditional customer relationship management to customer experience management in the new world of digitally enabled customers.

We will present a framework that will emphasize the importance of real-time recommendation engines leveraging operational intelligence using self-learning algorithms with techniques drawn from the world of artificial intelligence and machine learning.

We will also propose an approach for monetizing data as a critical success factor for all enterprises who want to be successful in the digital age.  Issues such as enabling cultural change, organizational skill set requirements, and governance will also be discussed.  Case study examples of organizations that have been successful in executing digital transformation will be used throughout the presentation.

About Stephen:

Stephen Brobst is the Chief Technology Officer for Teradata Corporation.  Stephen performed his graduate work in Computer Science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where his Masters and PhD research focused on high-performance parallel processing. He also completed an MBA with joint course and thesis work at the Harvard Business School and the MIT Sloan School of Management.  Stephen is a TDWI Fellow and has been on the faculty of The Data Warehousing Institute since 1996.  During Barack Obama’s first term he was also appointed to the Presidential Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) in the working group on Networking and Information Technology Research and Development (NITRD).  He was recently ranked by ExecRank as the #4 CTO in the United States (behind the CTOs from Amazon.com, Tesla Motors, and Intel) out of a pool of 10,000+ CTOs.

Take aways from his presentation:

  • Learn about the critical success factors for competing effectively in the digital world.
  • Learn about the cultural and organizational skill set requirements for transforming into a digital business.
  • Learn how to use effective governance to transform from a traditional business model to a digitally enabled business model while sustaining profitable operations.

When:

  • 30 March 2017 14:45 during the Data Innovation Summit
  • DISUMMIT @ING Marnix, Troonstraat 1, 1000 Brussel

Stephen’s previous presentation in Belgium:

Stephen gave an executive session at the Hub in the summer of 2016. He then shared  his views on the importance of open data, open source, analytics in the cloud and data science. Over 100 executives left the workshop that day inspired and armed with some actionable ideas that helped them define a profitable strategy for their data science teams.

Here is the link to his presentation: https://youtu.be/jyj55qQqhGw

Who might be interested:

  • Executives and directors involved in a digital transformation projects
  • Change and innovation managers
  • Specialists focussing on data innovation and management
  • Students aspiring to becoming one or all of the above

Register your seat now:

Here is the link to his presentation: https://dis2017.eventbrite.co.uk

Other Executive sessions during di-Summit:

  • 29 March 16:00 – 3h Workshop from Dirk Borne: Communicating Data Literacy and the Value of Data to Clients and Colleagues
  • 30 March 10:45 – 2h Workshop from Geert Verstraeten: Introducing Predictive Analytics 
  • 30 March 13:45 – 1h Workshop from Natalino Busa: Positioning Open Source in your existing software architecture
  • 30 March 17:00 – Closing Keynote from Kirk Borne: A Data-rich World for a Better World: From Sensors to Sense-Making
  • Please check disummit.com form more exciting presentations.

 

March 23 – Brussels – event – ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE: CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES

2015-robert-atkinson-180x180Rob Atkinson, the founder and president of the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation will present his research work on the impact of artificial intelligence on our lives.

MARCH 23, 2017, 12:00 PM BRUEGEL, RUE DE LA CHARITÉ 33, 1210 BRUSSELS PUBLIC | ON THE RECORD LIVESTREAMEDTAGS & TOPICS

The important technological advancements in computer science and information systems move us towards the artificial intelligence era with the creation of computing machines and systems that perform operations analogous to human learning and decision making. In this event we will discuss challenges and opportunities of this new era. Rob Atkinson, the founder and president of the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation will present his research work on the impact of artificial intelligence on our lives covering among the others issues how the new machine era will affect employment and consumer privacy.

His presentation will be followed by a panel discussion during which, Anna Byhovskaya, will discuss the future of work and associated challenges imposed by artificial intelligence and Sebartian Gerlach, director of corporate affairs at Microsoft will discuss the opportunities of artificial intelligence for businesses as well as the impact it will have on markets and corporate practices. In addition, Merja Kyllönen, member of the European Parliament will share her opinion on the subject.

This event will be livestreamed starting at 12.30. There is no need to register for the livestream.

Register for this event

SCHEDULE

Mar 23, 2017, 12:00-12:30 Check in and lunch 12:30-12:50

Presentation

Robert Atkinson, President, Information Technology and Innovation Foundation

12:50-13:30

Panel discussion

Chair: Georgios Petropoulos, Research Fellow

Anna Byhovskaya, Policy & Communications Advisor,TUAC/ OECD

Sebastian Gerlach, Director of Corporate Affairs, Microsoft

Merja Kyllönen, Member of the European Parliament

LOCATION & CONTACT

Bruegel, Rue de la Charité 33, 1210 Brussels

IBM – Gold Partner of DIS 2017

IBM is a global cloud platform and cognitive solutions company, which has continually evolved over IBM_logo.svgthe past century to remain at the forefront of technological innovation.

Data Science is an interdisciplinary field that combines machine learning, statistics, advanced analysis, and programming. It is a new form of art that draws out hidden insights and puts data to work in the cognitive era. Today we are excited to announce the IBM Data Science Experience, an environment that has everything a data scientist needs to be successful. IBM Data Science Experience is an interactive, collaborative, cloud-based environment where data scientists can use multiple tools to activate their insights. Data scientists can use the best of open source, tap into IBM’s unique features, grow their capabilities, and share their successes.

To get yourself going, create projects to collaborate with other data scientists and data engineers, create and share notebooks, data sets, and data connections, or use RStudio.

Have questions?
Email IBM
Or call us at: +32 (0) 2 339 98 35
Priority code: Analytics Platform

IBM is one of the leading global technology and innovation companies in the world, headquartered in Armonk, NY.

As a globally integrated enterprise, IBM operates in more than 175 countries and is continuing to shift its business to the higher value segments of enterprise IT.

IBM is a cognitive solutions and cloud platform company that offers a wide range of technology and consulting services; a broad portfolio of middleware for collaboration, predictive analytics, software development and systems management; and the world’s most advanced servers and enterprise computers like IBM Watson. Utilising its business consulting, technology and R&D expertise, IBM is making the world work better by transforming industries and professions through technology and data. This includes working with organisations and governments to build systems that improve traffic congestion, managing water, and the health and safety of populations.

IBM annually invests approximately 6 percent of total revenue for R&D, focusing on high-growth, high-value opportunities. In 2016, IBM was awarded more U.S. patents than any other company for the 24th consecutive year. IBM Research has received recognition beyond any commercial technology research organisation and is home to 6 Nobel Laureates, 10 US National Medals of Technology, 5 US National Medals of Science, 6 Turing Awards, and 20 Inductees in US Inventors Hall of Fame. Our company was behind the inventions of the PC; SABRE travel reservation system; UPC codes, Watson, the Jeopardy!-playing computing system, and much more.

Join diSummit 2017 and take part in IBM‘s innovative workshop, a unique experience you cannot miss!!!

 

Ruben Hemelings – Ignite Speaker at DIS 2017

Ruben Hemelings is a graduate student in Artificial Intelligence / Big Data at the Catholic University of Leuven.dis17_speaker_rubin-h In collaboration with the Flemish research organisation VITO, he is currently researching the application of deep learning on retinal images in order to improve early diagnosis of ocular and cardiovascular diseases. Ruben also holds a business engineering degree from the Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management, and went on an exchange program in Canada. Prior to his interest in data, he considered a career in finance, illustrated by summer internships at ING, Deloitte and PwC. In his spare time, you can often find him playing the piano or having a go at tackling Kaggle challenges.

Join his Ignite speech on “Deep learning on biomedical images” at diSummit 2017 !

Sundar Singaravel- Ignite Speaker at DIS 2017

Sundar Singaravel obtained a Master in Sustainable Energy Technology from the Eindhoven University of Technology, dis17_speaker_sundar-swhere he specialised in the area of Building Performance Simulation (BPS). He continued working in the building sector for about four years, developing design strategies for energy performance, natural ventilation, indoor comfort and fire safety. Strategies developed were for both building systems/installations and building design located in Netherlands, Ireland, Dubai, Qatar and India. He is currently working as a PhD researcher in the Department of Architectural Engineering, researching on a Machine Learning Method suitable for design stage application to predict building energy.

Follow him on Twitter here and join his Ignite speech “Application of machine learning models for sustainable building design” at DIS 2017.