Summer Update

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We just finished the most amazing quarter since our creation. We moved to DigitYser, found 2 new supporters with Sofina and the Brussels Region, we launched the second coding camp and datascience bootcamp. Unfortunately we also had to say goodbye to a good friend.

Moved to DigitYser & new core team.

DigitYser is the digital flagship of Brussels where communities gather to learn about, co-create and implement digital solutions focused on Blockchain, Data & AI , IOT and VR.

www.digityser.org

2nd Coding Camp and Data Science Bootcamp.

The candidate data scientist will sharpen his coding skills during the summer coding camp.

Companies will have the possibility to meet the candidates in person and offer them a job.

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Job Fair to meet the candidates of the Data Science Bootcamp.

Introducing our Summer Coding Camp participants to organisations interested to sponsor their Data Science Bootcamp is key to DigitYser’s mindset

Recruiting Interns.

We are recruiting interns and want to help them to get a much better insight into the following passions : AI – VR – Data – Blockchain – IoT – Social Media – Video.

Ending with sad news:

We end this overview with sad news as our friend Colin Molter has flown away. Colin was a respected data science professional & entrepreneur and Chief Data Science @ AXA.

You can leave a kind word for his family in the comments of the linkedin post.

Up to you ! Please help us.

  • Please share the info about the data science bootcamp to your colleagues.
  • Share the info of the job fair with your HR department.
  • Come and visit us at DigitYser and attend one of our events.
  • Write a nice message for Colin on our linkedin post.

Contact details & interesting links:

Join the Data Science Job Fair

Introducing our Summer Coding Camp participants to organisations interested to sponsor their Data Science Bootcamp is key to DigitYser’s mindset

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We are so excited to have been contacted by so many talented professionals interested to join our Summer Coding Camp! This is a clear sign on the awareness towards the importance of developing and promoting Data Science skills.

This is a great prelude for the first Data Science Job Fair 2017 edition, where we bring in contact the participants of our Summer Coding Camp with organisations who are interested to sponsor their Data Science Bootcamp and to invite them to work for them. This is in line DigitYser’s mindset, which is highly focused on bringing together different stakeholders around the activities we organise.

A year ago, during each of our Data Science Job Fairs, an average of 20 companies (Innovation and Training Partners) were able to meet 40 participants of our Summer Coding Camp and Data ScienceBootcamp. This is a great opportunity which goes beyond a typical job fair, as the event’s format to both the training’s participants and the organisations to briefly present themselves to everyone, ensuring a clear visibility of their profiles and the added value they bring along.

The event is open to everyone: feel free to book your place and join us on August 1st. It is free of charge for the Summer Coding Camp participants and for our partners. Don’t hesitate to contact Philippe (pvanimpe@gmail.com) if you want to know all the benefits of being a partner.

If you want to join the Summer Coding Camp, you are still on time! Join our informative session on July 17th. or contact us asap via e-mail (training@di-academy.com).

Keep an eye on the upcoming events on our Facebook page, and join us at our Data Science events at DigitYser! We look forward to meeting you soon!

Announcing the second Data Science Bootcamp

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Why investing on a Data Science bootcamp is a win-win for both organisations and employees

“Once upon a time, when data was part of an isolated silo…”

The previous phrase perfectly reflects how data projects were perceived in the past. Long gone are those days! Nowadays, data is used in more integrated manner, allowing to connect the dots among different data pools and to predict trends. This digital transformation supports companies to be more proactive and remain competitive. In an era where terms like “Big Data” and “Blockchain” are ubiquitous, organisations need to ensure that the way they manage data is up to speed to take the full advantage of it.

A few weeks ago, during a panel discussion on the CDO role scope, Jonas Vandenbruaene pointed out that 40% of the cases when data projects do not meet expectations are related to lack of skills. In order to sort out this challenge, organisations need to actively support their employees to acquire and master data related skills. Furthermore, this requires to -on top of acquiring technical skills- understand how to correlate data to business decisions and processes.

The acquisition of technical skills for handling needs to be complemented with business acumen acquired through real life business cases

Hence, it is crucial that companies proactively encourage and support their employees to update their skill-set with a pragmatic approach. This certainly represents a win-win: while the organisation acquires state-of-the-art tools, the employees performance and motivation remain high, leading to a good employee retention level.

In order to help organisations to achieve this, at di-Academy we are thrilled to present the second edition of our Data Science bootcampThe program will take place at our brand new location (at DigitYser, centrally located next to metro Yser in Brussels) and is set up in two pillars:

  • The first pillar is a 7 week long Summer Camp (starting on August 7th.), providing knowledge on coding and technical tools via coached MOOC’s. Participants can also earn a certification on SAS, Microsoft Azure, SQL, Python, R, and Statistics.
  • The second pillar is a 12 week long Data Science Bootcamp (starting on October 2nd.), during which real business cases are presented by our partners on a basis of 2 days a week.

This scheme allows corporations two enrich their human talent in 2 directions:

  • Training their existing employees, allowing them to combine the bootcamp with their current job.
  • Meet highly skilled jobseekers who can be hired after the bootcamp. For this purpose, throughout the program, there will be several job fairs showcasing the participants’ talent.

Do you want to learn more details on these training and the job fairs? We invite you to join our presentation and Q&A session on July 3rd. and to contact us (training@di-academy.com, +32 (0) 470 365 507), so we can provide more details.

It is a pleasure for di-Academy to help talented companies and their employees developing digital skills. We look forward to be in touch with you and to keep alive the conversation on acquiring Data Science skills!

Job – Mediahuis – Data Scientist

Annick just asked us to post a job opening in her team.

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Ben jij net als ons heel erg geïnteresseerd in Media data? Dan is deze job iets voor jou! In deze functie til jij de inzichten over het gedrag van de bezoekers op onze nieuwssites en apps naar een hoger niveau. Met jouw analyses onderbouwen we  aanpassingen aan de dienstverlening van onze digitale kranten en betalende artikels. Tevens stelt het ons in staat de noden van onze abonnees beter te begrijpen. Op eigen initiatief of op vraag van je interne klanten, giet je digitale data in modellen, algoritmen en visualisaties. Je volgt ook de succesmeting van digitale projecten op. Hierdoor maak je data inzichtelijk en maak je het mogelijk voor ons digitaal team, marketeers en sales teams om hun creatieve ideeën eenvoudig te toetsen.

  • Je wordt een expert in analytics van digitaal gedrag; die zakelijke doelstellingen kan vertalen naar geschikte metingen, algoritmes en analyses
  • Je werkt mee aan het verwerven van belangrijke inzichten over alle aspecten van de dienstverlening van onze digitale kranten en betalende artikels.  Hier werk je nauw samen met het app development team en geef je inzichten in het gebruik van de apps.
  • Je werkt ook nauw samen met business teams op de rapportering en opvolging van gerichte online campagnes ter bevordering van het digitaal lezen bijv. via personalisatie.
  • Je voert dagelijkse, wekelijkse of maandelijkse digitale rapporteringen uit ivm. registraties, klik- en opengedrag op e-mails, verkooprapportering van de e-commerce shops
  • Je ondersteunt de eindgebruikers van het sales & marketing team in hun dagelijks gebruik van digitale rapporten en analyses, zij kunnen met vragen bij jou terecht.  Je werkt op vraag van de business units, maar gaat evenzeer proactief zelf op zoek naar nieuwe inzichten.
  • Met behulp van relevante tools en technieken verwerk je verschillende datasets van uiteenlopende granulariteit en grootte (big data stores, app, web, registratie, e-mail data)
  • Je helpt inzichten te visualiseren en deze op een duidelijke manier te delen met de rest van het bedrijf.
  • Je werkt hierbij “hands-on” en blijft niet theoretisch.

Profiel

  • Je behaalde een master diploma in een analytische richting.
  • Samen met technici en onze business, vorm je een perfect team.
  • Je bent gepassioneerd door data en de inzichten die het biedt op vlak van customer experience en zakelijke toepassingen. Je kan die inzichten vlot vertalen naar anderen.
  • Jouw technische kennis en gebruikte toolsets stellen je in staat even vlot gestructureerde als niet-gestructureerde data te verwerken
  • Je bent contactvaardig en kan goed werken in team.
  • Je bent nieuwsgierig, houdt van experimenten, het inzetten van nieuwe tools en het vergaren van kennis.
  • Ervaring met modellering, big data stores, Hadoop, Spark, Python, R, Messagent, database management of dashboards zijn een pluspunt.
  • Je bent klantgericht en in staat oplossingsgericht mee te denken met de business.

Wij bieden

  • Een tof team van 12 gemotiveerde customer intelligence specialisten
  • Een plek in een mediabedrijf waar dynamiek en innovatie van groot belang zijn met sterke mediamerken
  • Een functie met veel uitdaging, afwisseling en verschillende ontwikkelingsmogelijkheden.
  • In ons team van analytische data-specialisten delen we graag onze kennis. Tegelijk werken we nauw samen met technici die ons helpen om onze ideeën in werkbare tools om te zetten, zodat interne klanten maximaal profiteren van onze bevindingen.
  • Verder krijg je een aantrekkelijk salaris en bijpassende voorwaarden.

Contact

Indien je interesse hebt in deze job, solliciteer dan via mediahuis.be/jobs of contacteer Marty Delang voor verdere vragen.

SOLLICITEER

 

Are you pursuing a career in data science?

We have a great opportunity for you: an intensive training program combined with interesting job opportunities!

Interested? Check out http://di-academy.com/bootcamp/ follow the link to our datascience survey and send your cv to training@di-academy.com

Once selected, you’ll be invited for the intake event that will take place in Brussels this summer.

Hope to see you there,

Katia & Philippe

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

 

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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.