We made it ! +742 participants are now on board ! #disummit2019

All Aboard !

We are so pleased to announce that we already reached the same level of participation as last year.
Looking at the feedback, there are three reasons why you & your team should attend:

To inspire your team with real live business cases.
To learn new techniques and develop new ideas in the workshops.
To meet opinion leaders and be part of the AI4Belgium initiative.

Join us for this community driven event & check our website to get the best deals.

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3 interviews to inspire you !

Interview with Nathalie Smuha

Interview with Tom Lenaerts

Interview with Nathanael Ackerman

Your turn now : 3 questions about the state of AI & Ethics

During the speaker dinner we asked our panel and the public present at the event 3 questions about AI & Ethics.

We want to encourage you to also reply to the question that got the most replies and you can do it by visiting the link below

Europe is considered to be way behind USA and China in terms of AI race. How do you see the possible contribution of Brussels and Europe to AI development?


DiSummit 2019 in a nutshell and why it’s a place to be on June 26th!

On June 26th the AI4Belgium & Data Science Community will hold their 5th annual Summit. You can expect a day packed with innovative ideas and discussions, lots of networking opportunities and perhaps most importantly a chance to have fun with professionals from a wide array of backgrounds.

Read the interview 

 

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DiSummit 2019 in a nutshell and why it’s a place to be on June 26th!

Interview by Tatiana Donets with Philippe Van Impe

On June 26th the AI4Belgium & Data Science Community will hold their 5th annual Summit. You can expect a day packed with innovative ideas and discussions, lots of networking opportunities and perhaps most importantly a chance to have fun with professionals from a wide array of backgrounds. .

This is already the fifth time you organise the DiSummit. Why did you decide to dedicate this year edition to the theme of « Being human in the age of AI »?

Philippe Van Impe: Last year we developed the theme of « AI demystification », showing that in Belgium we have been active in the AI domain for over twenty years and lived through two AI winters already.

The year before we were focussing on « Data4good initiatives » (or how we can use data to build a better world).

Taking into account what was going on at European level (for example the work of Natalie Smuha coordinating a European agreement called Draft Ethics Guidelines for Trustworthy AI), as well as different local initiatives such as #AI4Belgium, it was natural that the human side of AI would get a podium this year.

In my opinion it is a good, positive theme that will promote AI and explain that it is not a “dangerous” thing.

What will be the main topics covered during this edition?

Philippe Van Impe: We will mostly focus on how to drive ethical AI into business and corporate world. We will also host the AI-awards – showing that today Belgium has a lot of start-ups using AI as a main differentiator to their product.

On top of this we’ll keep the formula that worked well last year:

  1. Big networking event of the entire #AI4belgium and Datascience community.
  2. Thirty one-hour workshops and master classes.
  3. More than forty inspiring presentations.

Speaking of ethics: lately we heard a lot about a biased AI raising a question of gender and racial discrimination. In your opinion how can the AI contribute to promote gender or equality for example?

Philippe Van Impe: The first conference we organised five years ago turned out to have 85% of male speakers. In 2016 we have already counterbalanced this by focussing on women in AI.

Having a gender-balanced agenda is just normal and is something that we want to achieve, even if the ladies are a little bit less proactive in proposing pitches. It is our task as a community to motivate them to share their ideas. This will automatically lead to a more balanced agenda where other topics are being put forward.

To answer your question it is clear that AI could include additional test to make sure that obvious bias is taken out of the equation. I have seen different start-ups promoting the fact that they are an ethical AI company.

Can you name some of your keynote speakers?

Philippe Van Impe: This year we have forty-five outstanding speakers. Here are some of them:

  • Luc Julia – worked on Siri and is currently driving innovation at Samsung.
  • Stephen Brobst – advised Obama on Bigdata issues and is now CTO of Teradata.
  • Caroline Pauwels & Yvon Englert –working hard to promote bilingual education in Brussels
  • Lorelien Hoet will explain us the basics of Ethical AI.

Europe is considered to be way behind USA and China in terms of AI race. How do you see a possible contribution of Brussels and Europe to AI development?

Philippe Van Impe: I believe we are well positioned in terms of our education system. Certainly in Belgium quantitative sciences are amongst the best taught subjects.

The fact that we are in the middle of the Ethical AI discussion will help us a lot: already today we see this topic presented to the students in the different data science courses.

We cannot compete in the R&D area. Certainly US, with its universities and companies, such as Google, Amazon, Apple, are far ahead – most of the AI innovations will come from there.

China, on the other hand, is stronger in using technology in practical cases. They are better in rolling out the technology. I believe that it is where we can make a difference as well.

Our country is a complex country with different rules and languages, so if you develop a solution here it will automatically include all the possible alternatives needed to deploy in any other country.

In your opinion may this event be of interest for general public outside Data science and AI community and why?

Philippe Van Impe: Yes, of course. Everyone uses AI today, so it is good for people to understand its limitations. During the event we will demonstrate many different applications where AI is used.

And finally can you give us your three main reasons to attend DiSummit 2019?

Philippe Van Impe: Because it is the annual event of the AI4Belgium and datascience community.
There are many reasons why you should come to DiSummit 2019 but if I have to choose, here are my main three:

  1. To inspire your team with real live business cases.
  2. To learn new techniques and develop new ideas in the workshops.
  3. To meet opinion leaders and be part of the AI4Belgium network.

Anything else you would like to add ?

Philippe Van Impe: Yes I would like to thank all our partners over the past years we are still working with the same partners but their number has increase at each event. Special thanks to:

  • all communities & meetups groups that are contributing each year to the success of this event
  • the speakers and trainers who are going to share their experience with all of us
  • the structural partners icity.brussels, hub.brussels, digityser.org, AI4Belgium and Accenture.
  • The numerous partners who are always supporting our activities

 

About diSummit:

On June 26th the AI4Belgium & Data Science Community will hold their 5th annual Summit. You can expect a day packed with innovative ideas and discussions, lots of networking opportunities and perhaps most importantly a chance to have fun with professionals from a wide array of backgrounds.

Like last year our event will take place at the ULB in Brussels in building K. On the main stage we will have 45 esteemed speakers who will seek to inspire you and 6 other parallel tracks. We have also prepared 12 master classes on topics as diverse and critical as ethics, recruiting and architecture as well as 12 workshops for the more hands-on people .

Furthermore, the Job fair will be bigger and better than ever before! There will be a space for the regional AI-initiatives and like last year a partner village will be on the ground floor.

In addition to this, this year we are adding the AI Awards to reward the most interesting AI-projects and the most promising AI-startup.

more info: disummit.org – Facebook – Twitter  – Linkedin – Instagram – Youtube

Make sure you do not miss the chance to be a part of the AI Ecosystem of Belgium!

Outstanding speakers

Inspiring project presentations

Great partners

In-depth trainings

Amazing networking app

Fantastic team

More participants than last year

Buy your ticket now

Higher personalised discounts

Promising startups

AI-Awards

Long party: don’t expect to be home on time

AI-Awards – Semi Finals – Thursday 16th of May at 19:00

DIS19 semi Finals

We are pleased to announce that the semi finals of the AI awards will take place at DigitYser on May 16th. We will start at 19:00 sharp.

Over the past month over 60 startups have been nominated to become the AI startup of the year. This Thursday you will have the opportunity to meet them in person and to listen to their story.

You can reserve your ticket here .

To find out more about the AI-Awards, please check out our website : disummit.org .

 

 

 

#AI4Belgium – Honouring the AI-initiatives in Belgium

DIS19 semi Finals

AI Awards in Belgium.

The AI4Belgium & Datascience community is honouring the most interesting projects and the most promising startups.

Over the past weeks over 80 nominations have been submitted. The entire community is fully engaged in the nomination and selection of these Awards. check the list here: https://disummit.org/ai-awards/

The companies that have accepted their nomination have been invited at DigitYser to record a short video and  interview.

All nominees will also be present on May 16th – #AI startup for a networking evening where they will do a short 5 minute presentation to the public.

The selection of the AI-Award winner  will be done on the whova app by all the participants to the diSummit.

The 7 startups with the most votes will present at the disummit on June 26th.

Desiree is our new partner manager

Dear friends,

I’m pleased to introduce you to your new partner manager Mrs Désirée Timmermans.
Désirée is passionate about IT, marketing, and organizations. Her experience as marketing manager for major IT companies is helping us a lot to understand what the partners of the diSummit really expect.
She will be our partner satisfaction manager, making sure each partner gets the maximum out of his investment.

So to become partner you can:

Download: Partnership presentation.
Call Desiree at + 32 2 808 85 64
Send an email to partners@disummit.org

 

AI in Belgium is booming, and we are in this journey together with you.

This year, all members of the #AI4Belgium and #datascience community meet at the ULB for a full day event focusing on being human in the world of #AI.

The diSummit 2019 gives you the opportunity to be actively part of the entire ecosystem built around the artificial intelligence initiatives and meetups in Belgium. Around 1000 datascience enthusiasts attend this last big gathering before the summer. You will meet the people that delivered the first AI projects in Belgium, and also have the chance to meet the most inspiring startups. In addition, you will experience that #AI is an essential tool to deliver successful projects.

To inspire you, we invited some key international opinion leaders:

  • Dr Luc Julia led the Apple team who developed SIRI. Now, he is driving the innovation team of Samsung.

  • Dr Stephen Brobst is a former advisor of president Obama on big data issues and was one of America’s Top 5 CTO’s.

During the event, three AI-Awards are announced: best AI-Project, most promising startup, and AI personality of the year. The winners are elected by you and the other participants of the diSummit.

Do you like what you have read? Contact Desiree and check out how your company can get into the spotlight and meet new prospects. We prepared different partnering options for you and your prospects on disummit.org, and on May 29th we organize a special diSummit partner pre-meeting at the ULB to ensure you get the most out of your partnership.

I’m looking forward to meeting you during your video recording and at the speaker’s dinner on June 13th at DigitYser.

Kind regards,

Philippe Van Impe
diSummit: +32 2 808 85 64
 
About diSummit:

On June 26th the AI4Belgium & Data Science Community will hold their 5th annual Summit. You can expect a day packed with innovative ideas and discussions, lots of networking opportunities and perhaps most importantly a chance to have fun with professionals from a wide array of backgrounds.

Like last year our event will take place at the ULB in Brussels in building K. On the main stage we will have 45 esteemed speakers who will seek to inspire you and 6 other parallel tracks. We have also prepared 12 master classes on topics as diverse and critical as ethics, recruiting and architecture as well as 12 workshops for the more hands-on people .

Furthermore, the Job fair will be bigger and better than ever before! There will be a space for the regional AI-initiatives and like last year a partner village will be on the ground floor.

In addition to this, this year we are adding the AI Awards to reward the most interesting AI-projects and the most promising AI-startup.

AI-Awards : Calling all nominated companies/projects/personalities to accept their nomination.

Over the past few months we invited the #AI4Belgium and Datascience community to nominate their favourite project, their most promising startup and their personality of the year.

We had over 100  suggestions and have grouped them on our website:

Amethix Technologies  – AMIA Systems  – Boobook  – BrainJar  – Chatlayer  – Citizenlab  – Complidata  – Crunch Analytics  – Cumul.io  – Dalberg Data Insights  – Daltix  – Data.be  – Dataminded – Dataroots  – DataSense  – DataShift  – DataStories  – Datylon  – Depthen  – Digazu  – Epcon.AI  – Faktion  Find Me  – Fourcast  – Geckomatics  – Hozint  – Icometrix  – Image Forgery Detector – In The Pocket – Infofarm  – JetPack  – Juyo Analytics  – Kantify – Keyrock  – Klarrio  – Lantana  – Lawbox  – Lex.be  – LynxCare  – Macty  – MeetMatch  – MultiMinds  – Noisy Channels  – One Datapartner  – Omina Technologies  – – Overture  – Parcify  – Pick It  – Pixelvision  – Predicube  – Qualifio – Radix.ai  – ReImagine  – RetViews  – RoboVision  – Scriptbook  – Sket  – Shape  – Tengu  – Trade Pharma Network  – Trigghr  – WeGroup  -Xplodata  – Yazzoom  – Yields  – Zora Robotics

If you are nominated for the AI awards you need to accept your nomination !

Here is how:

Step one : record your story
To accept your nomination, just fill in the short form  with the basic details about your project and reserve your recording slot with Nico our video man to record your story.  There will also be a short interview with our editor and a written version of your story will be published on disummit.org.

Step two: present your story during the semi finals
On May 16th you are invited to do a 5 minutes presentation – this public presentation will recorded so that the voting can start.

Step three: join us at the speaker’s dinner
It is at this speaker’s dinner that we will announce who are the 7 startups and 7 projects that will be presented at the diSummit.

I’m looking forward to seeing you soon in our recording studio. The faster you reserve a slot the more votes you will get.

Philippe Van Impe

Easter Bunny Newsletter – special gift for diSummit

 

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#diSummit D-72: Already 75 Belgian startups nominated for the #AI awards

The #AI4Belgium and Datascience community have facilitated the nomination of some of the best #AI companies in Belgium. We are starting the recording of the video interviews this week in order to allow the community members to learn more about the projects that were delivered in the past few years. All members will be asked to vote.

For you it is high time to get your favourite company on this list. You can nominate them on https://disummit.org/ai-awards/ .

Nominate the AI Startup of the Year:

  1. Amethix Technologies – they design and build data analytics engines to augment human capital and empower organizations like never before
  2. AMIA Systems – @ULBruxelles spin-off providing innovative #tech allowing to Visualize, Quantify & Optimize factory layouts
  3. Boobook – With their deep expertise in advanced analytics and data visualisation, we give businesses the required insights to underpin their decisions
  4. BrainJar – They solve business challenges with AI and build brains for your business needs
  5. Chatlayer – builds conversational agents your customers like on a AI driven platform
  6. Citizenlab – A citizen engagement platform for local governments. Reach more citizens, manage their ideas efficiently, and make decisions based on real-time data.
  7. Complidata – develops A.I.-driven Process Automation Solutions to streamline and optimise Compliance processes
  8. Crunch Analytics – Impact through data
  9. Cumul.io – Powerful dashboards
  10. Daltix – provides real-time retail insights to support your commercial decision making
  11. Data.be – business info
  12. Dataminded – Better data engineering
  13. Dataroots – Experts in Datascience
  14. DataSense – Because your data makes sense!
  15. DataShift – Always on the hunt to make sense out of data
  16. DataStories – an augmented analytics software partner for industrial businesses with complex R&D or manufacturing processes
  17. Datylon – They design, engineer and host digital solutions that turn data into compelling visualizations, driving better decision making
  18. Depthen – They organize and enrich your media content and meta-data
  19. Digazu –  created by EURA NOVA to leverage the maximum value of each data-driven business case while turning the whole company data-centric
  20. Faktion – Faktion is an applied AI engineering service provider
  21. Find Me – They find the best deal for you in no time
  22. Fourcast – Google cloud solution provider
  23. Geckomatics – lean mobile mapping
  24. Hozint – a Threat Intelligence Platform HORIZON that provides near-realtime alerts, including #BreakingNews and #TravelWarnings
  25. Icometrix –  Transforming patient care through imaging AI
  26. Image Forgery Detector – provides an anti-fraud platform that identifies misuse of identity via tampering of digital image or document to the organizations
  27. In The Pocket – creates digital products that make people happy and businesses grow
  28. Infofarm – The Data Science Company
  29. JetPack – Operational Analytics
  30. Juyo Analytics – Hotel Analytics
  31. Kantify – They create cutting edge artificial intelligence solutions that you can implement today
  32. Keyrock – combines in-house algorithmic trading bots, high frequency trading infrastructure and industry expertise to supply market making and liquidity services to the cryptocurrency ecosystem
  33. Klarrio – one-stop shop for IoT & Analytics
  34. Lantana – They bring valued solutions with a focus on Artificial intelligence & Blockchain
  35. Lawbox – Smart law for smart people
  36. Lex.be – disrupting the legal information world and bringing innovation to legal professionals
  37. LynxCare – The AI powered outcome data platform. Supported by @AlchemistAccelerator (San Francisco ) @imecVentures (Brussels)
  38. Macty – Artificial intelligence for the fashion industry
  39. MeetMatch – Revolutionary networking at your event
  40. MultiMinds – Discover and activate your underlying business potential
  41. Noisy Channels – they use cognitive technologies to make knowledge-intensive processes smarter, faster and better
  42. One Datapartner – Inspires companies and helps them exploit the full potential of their data
  43. Omina Technologies – it is all about 360° Artificial Intelligence solutions to fit your needs…
  44. Parcify – Get things moving
  45. Pick It – Robot vision made easy
  46. Predicube – Big Data Analytics spinoff from Univ. of Antwerp and iMinds, focusing on efficient marketing and risk management practices
  47. Qualifio – Interactive Marketing & Data Collection Platform
  48. Radix.ai – They accelerate the pace at which Machine Learning innovations are turned into reality.
  49. ReImagine – Reimagine your organization by leveraging Artificial Intelligence and Robotic solutions
  50. RetViews – Fashion analytics on competitive brands
  51. RoboVision – Deep Learning Applied
  52. Scriptbook – Artificially intelligent screenplay analysis & Automated story generation
  53. Sket – Legaltech as a service
  54. Shape – data monitoring for data science and data management
  55. Tengu – Your DataOps Interface! From Your First Data Training Wheels To Data Professional At Full Speed
  56. Trade Pharma Network – platform for buyers & sellers performing routine transactions of medicines
  57. Trigghr – Our bidirectional match enables companies to discover unexpected and really motivated talents!
  58. WeGroup – InsurTech startup that enables insurance providers to connect with their customers in a digital world
  59. Xplodata – from data to insights
  60. Yields – the first FinTech platform that uses AI for automated model validation and real-time monitoring on an enterprise-wide scale
  61. Zora Robotics – ZoraBots is an interactive and caring platform solution which runs on the world’s most popular humanoid robots
  62. and many more to come that can be nominated by you

Some Scale Ups worth mentioning:

  1. Collibra – Find, understand, and trust your data
  2. DataCamp – The smartest way to learn datascience online
  3. Ontoforce – Their semantic linked data and visualization platform DISQOVER powers citizen data science
  4. Riaktr – Formerly Real Impact Analytics. They transform telecom data into action.
  5. Rombit – Improve efficiency, worker safety and security. Rombit connects people, assets and devices in user-friendly software
  6. Sentiance –  is a data science company turning IOT sensor data into rich insights about people’s behavior and real-time context
  7. SoftKinetic – Sony Depthsensing solutions is a Leading 3D Vision and Gesture Recognition technology provider
  8. Sortlist – Find and contact #agencies through the people you already trust
  9. Timi – Belgian’s most powerful framework to push the barriers of analytics and predictive analytics, while offering a helpful, fast and friendly environment
  10. Ugentec – Automated analysis of raw PCR data, automated interpretation of multiplex assays, automated QC workflow, automated LIMS transfer, automated audit trail
  11. and many more to come that can be nominated by you

Nominated  AI Project of the Year​:

  1. AI4Belgium
  2. #data4betterhealth 
  3. VDAB AI project
  4. HIVHACK.org
  5. Hack Belgium
  6. Riaktr Model Factory
  7. Waizu Software by ML6

Nominated  AI Personalities of the Year​:

 

If you have any comments about this first list, please send your message to info@disummit.org .

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