The first Brussels’ AI week is taking shape

What a day we had yesterday, everything we ever wanted our AI community to become just happened overnight

It started with a call last week from Ward, our original data science expert in residence from when we first created the data innovation Hub at AXA in 2015. He invited me to meet Tom and Maarten who are driving the data initiatives at DPG, the Media concern from the Van Thillo family that reaches 8 out of 10 people from Flanders with news, entertainment and mobile services, with 35 brands like VTM, Humo, and Mobile Viking.

And what a meeting we had. Maarten said that 5 years ago he was at the VUB working in the AI Lab from dr Nowé when he started to attend our datascience meetups, Tom said that he loved our yearly diSummit as a source of inspiration and that it was time for them to do something back for the community. So they talked about their team and the importance of analytics in their daily work where the data they gather generates enough insight to understand what their 4,6 million customers really want, in such a way that AI has now become the real program director.

What a journey they had in the past few years. And, what an inspiration they are for every manager that is in charge of delivering the value of AI. I was overexcited; everything we ever wanted was taking shape. 6 years ago, we started to bring people together to discover what data science was all about. We created the data science community, built the data innovation hub, organised about 200 meetups, 4 data science boot camps & JobFairs, and we are currently preparing the 6th data innovation summit. Roughly, bringing everybody involved in data and analytics from Belgium together to network and inspire each other. 

Today we have established our home in the digital innovation hub of DigitYser. Individual teams are driving meetups in all major universities of Belgium, and the initial meetup members are driving their teams in most of the major corporations in Belgium. And, all have kept their open spirit of the early days, everyone is eager to share their experience and inspire new managers to use data science to build a better world.

So, this leads us to the reason we organise the first AI-week because we now have enough practical use cases showing the value of data, enough examples to share with everyone who wants to discover the importance of AI. There is no more time to waste; it is time to start your AI project now.

Check out startai.be to book your next meeting and training, and join Tom & Maarten on Thursday afternoon, March 19th for a unique ‘AI in the Media industry’ showcase. Besides, book your discovery tour build around the 15 AI pop-up demos, and finish it off with a maturity workshop to identify the best AI project for your company. 

If you are an expert and you want to share you can:

  • Have a pop-up demo and demonstrate the value of AI with a practical example
  • Host a workshop, run a master class, present at a topic

If you are eager to learn more about the value of AI, you can:

  • Attend the AI discovery tour 
  • Participate in the different workshops and masterclasses
  • Network during the AI4BElgium event and the data science meetup

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