Announcing the diSummit 2020 + Gala Night + #startAI + JobFair + AIweek in March

Dear Friends,

We are happy to announce the opening of the early registration for the Data Innovation Summit 2020. Our event will take place at the Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB) on June 24th, 25th 2020.

This year’s edition is dedicated to the topic AI beyond the hype and is focused on practical applications of AI in business and everyday life.

Currently, we are evolving from AI product and solution development to real-life implementations in all areas of life, e.g., industry, telecommunications, energy, finance, health and government.
Come and see for yourself how the concrete AI solutions will help you to reduce the cost, save time and money, optimize your customer journey and create better customer satisfaction. (Whether you are a beginner or a confirmed AI player, there will be a lot of opportunities to discover new examples of how to deploy AI on every level of your company and across all the departments, whether it is HR, Marketing, Sales, Client Service etc).

6th edition already:

For our sixth edition, we have the honour to welcome companies and participants from Benelux and, for the first time, from Canada.
Thanks to its previous success our event is growing and will last not one but two days, fully packed with Tech talks, Business talks, Masterclasses and Hands-on Workshops.

2 days of diSummit:

  1. The first day of the diSummit, June 24th will be dedicated to Tech and will allow you to deep-dive into the technical aspects of AI.
  2. The second day will be a Business Day and will mainly focus on the real-life use cases and implementations of AI.

Our main objective is to take you beyond the hype of AI, to show its practical applications and to bring you in contact with a variety of market players, globally and locally, as well as with the #ai4belgium and #datascience communities in Belgium.
Besides, there will also be the traditional Partner Village, Job Corner and AI-awards. At the end of the first day, we will host the Gala night and, on the request of many of our partners and participants, we will finish on a high note with our famous diSummit barbecue!

Of course, diSummit would not be such a success without your participation. That is why we are launching the first call for participants. Come and share your story and inspire others with your example!

You can now submit your candidature through the links below:

Special discounts for students and jobseakers and Free tickets for these students who provide their CV and perform an online assessment

Key event in March:

As a foretaste of the diSummit we prepared for you other exciting events.
We are currently launching our new initiative #Start AI that will essentially focus on providing first-hand information and expertise to companies desiring to integrate AI.
To support this initiative we heartily invite you to participate in our AI Week that will take place on March 16-20th at Digityser:
A week full of, e.g., demo’s, master classes, hands-on workshops, meetups and event the celebration of the 1st anniversary of AI4Belgium on March 18th ( https://ai4belgium.eventbrite.co.uk ).

If you want to share and inspire others with your AI solutions during the AI Week, we are looking for exciting demonstrations of AI implementations to present to the public in a pop-up demo format.
Feel free to reach out to us if you want to benefit from this demo-opportunity by clicking this link .

You can find more information about the Start AI initiative on our website: https://startai.be

JobFair for the bootcampers:

We would also like to inform you that our datascience bootcampers are finishing the first part of their AI-Fundamentals training and will present themselves to the market during the Job Fair (https://digityser.org/job-fair/) taking place on February 27th in order to find a 6 – months Traineeship .

We are looking forward to welcoming you soon at one of our events!

Philippe

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Bruxelles accueille le 5e sommet de l’intelligence artificielle

Le Disummit, le rendez-vous organisé par et pour la communauté belge travaillant sur l’intelligence artificielle (IA) et la science des données, se tiendra mercredi sur le campus du Solbosch de l’Université libre de Bruxelles (ULB).

Environ 900 personnes sont attendues pour cette 5e édition placée sous le thème “Être humain à l’ère de l’intelligence artificielle”. Si cet événement est d’abord à destination des entreprises et des professionnels du secteur, il s’ouvre à moindre coût aux étudiants et à des tarifs réduits au grand public. Une trentaine d’exposants, parmi lesquels Hub.brussels et des leaders technologiques comme Accenture, Fujitsu, IBM et Microsoft, présenteront leurs derniers produits. De plus, 40 intervenants animeront des conférences, et 12 master classes ainsi que 12 ateliers pratiques permettront d’aller plus loin en s’attardant sur certains projets. Invité de premier ordre, Luc Julia, responsable de l’innovation chez Samsung qui a travaillé sur Siri, la commande vocale d’Apple, viendra parler de son livre “L’intelligence artificielle n’existe pas”, dans lequel il préfère parler d’intelligence augmentée développée grâce à des outils de traitement de données, qui permettent de prendre de meilleures décisions. Il y aura également Stephen Brobst, Chief Technology Officer de la société Teradata qui a conseillé l’ancien président américain Barack Obama sur les questions relatives au big data. Il abordera quant à lui la gestion des biais dans les données.

Le Disummit vise à créer un pont entre l’académique et le business en informant le management des grandes sociétés sur les possibles de l’IA et les académiciens sur les attentes actuelles dans le secteur. “La Belgique a toujours eu de très bons résultats dans toutes les sciences quantitatives par rapport aux autres pays“, estime l’organisateur Philippe Van Impe, fondateur et CEO de l’ASBL DigitYser. “Elle a donc les compétences requises pour aborder cette vague de l’intelligence artificielle, mais elle ne doit pas se tromper de cible et bien choisir ses batailles. Elle ne peut pas se battre contre les grands centres américains de recherche et développement comme Google ou Amazon.” “Je propose de se battre avec des armes propres, pour une intelligence artificielle éthique, en permettant à tous ces outils d’intelligence artificielle développés ailleurs d’atterrir dans l’espace européen, qui est probablement le plus complexe au monde avec les différentes langues, les différents niveaux de gouvernement, les réglementations multiples…“, poursuit Philippe Van Impe. “Avec son approche pragmatique qui lui permet de toujours arriver à un compromis, la Belgique a les atouts pour devenir le point d’entrée des Américains, des Chinois ou des Indiens sur le marché européen“. Philippe Van Impe remarque de plus que le cadre européen qui a été posé pour commencer à régenter le respect de la vie privée et l’éthique dans l’intelligence artificielle peut réfréner des pays qui n’en disposent pas ou peu.

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Persbericht: diSummit 2019 het jaarlijkse event van de AI4Belgium en DataScience community

De vijfde editie van de diSummit vindt plaats op woensdag 26 juni aan de universitaire campus van de ULB, en start om 8.45 uur. Het thema is: ‘Being Human in the Age of AI’.

Philippe Van Impe, Founder en CEO van DigitYser is de drijvende kracht achter de diSummit: “Vorig jaar stond het thema ‘demystifiering AI’ centraal, en benadrukte we het feit dat de de universiteiten VUB en ULB al meer dan 30 jaar actief zijn op het gebied van AI. In 2017 was ‘Data4Good’ het hoofdthema: hoe kun je data gebruiken voor een betere wereld?”

Dit jaar zijn er voor de diSummit inspirerende internationale sprekers uitgenodigd zoals:

  • dr Luc Julia: verantwoordelijk voor innovatie bij Samsung, en medeverantwoordelijk voor de ontwikkeling van SIRI.
  • Stephen Brobst: CTO bij Teradata, en voormalig raadgever van president Obama

De presentaties en workshops tijdens het event zijn verdeeld over 7 tracks, 40 presentaties en 30 workshops. Tevens is er jobfair waar bedrijven nieuwe krachten aanwerven. Daarnaast zijn er een dertigtal exposanten zoals hub.brussels, icity.brussels, en technologische topleiders zoals Accenture, BCG Gamma, IBM, SAP, SAS, Micropole, Microsoft en PwC. Kortom, de diSummit2019 is een unieke gelegenheid om je AI en data science kennis te verdiepen en te netwerken met de ruim 800 deelnemers.

De diSummit wordt dit jaar afgesloten met de uitreiking van drie AI awards:

  • AI startups of the year
  • AI scaleup of the year
  • AI personality of the year

Meer informatie:

  • Wat:          Data Innovation Summit
  • Waar:        ULB Gebouw K, Solbosch
  • Wanneer:  26 Juni 2019
  • Tickets:     Press Pass
  • Website:   disummit.org

 

 

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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.

Nadia Aimé -DIS2017- Ignite Speaker

Nadia Aimé is the founder of the Women Mentor Association & Crea8tive Digital Agency. She is a social entrepreneur dis17_speaker_nadia-awho inspires and mentors young women to create and disrupt the standards. She is driven by a desire to change the system and to create opportunities for women everywhere to reach their fullest potential and has carried out tons of activities for inspiring women to be interested in tech & entrepreneurship throughout her career.

Follow Nadia on Twitter here and join her Ignite speech at diSummit 2017!

Introducing ‘Keynote Speaker ‘- Rishi Nalin Kumar –

dis17_speaker_rishi-kRishi is a Volunteer Chapter Lead at DataKind UK. In his day job, he is the chief scientist at eBench.com, a data-led digital marketing advisory and software as a service start-up. Prior to this he had long run in large-corporate consumer goods, with a light touch of news and media, where he developed data science capabilities ranging from pricing soap in Thailand to human rights compliance across the globe. He left Unilever Plc in 2013 as a global cross-functional analytics director and has since worked with various companies, including Spotify and The Guardian, to help build their data science capabilities and introduce data into their everyday decision making.

datakind-ukFollow Rishi on Twitter at @DataKindUK.

At diSummit he will talk about “Data for Good, Lesson from the Frontline” and he will share the experiences and critical success factors from 3 years of learning-by-doing in using data in the service of humanity.

Buy your tickets here and join his talk at diSummit, the Data Networking Event of the year!

 

 

 

Meet your community

MEET YOUR COMMUNITY (AT THE BBQ OR HERE)Python

By Berten Van Herp, Nele Verbiest and Geert Verstraeten

As many of us are about to enjoy a short summer break, so is the Brussels Data Science Community. But this will not pass silently – as a wrap up of this exciting semester, the community will throw a BBQ for its members. A great time to meet both new and familiar faces. And perhaps an ideal time to write a short story on the members of this community you may meet on this next big event.

For this story, we went back to the survey of all participants of the first Data Innovation Summit (#DIS2015) held on March 26th in Brussels, Belgium. More than 500 participants were attracted by the inviting program on “how to innovatively use data” and took part in this sold-out event. While many have analyzed and described the data in a fun way, the data lends itself very well to segmentation – so that is what we did to deserve our summer break.

What we discovered from the segmentation, is that in exactly one year time, the community succeeded in attracting all stakeholders, ranging from real business people over hardcore programmers to academic statisticians and everything in between. We finally ended up with eight community segments, as plotted below. The conclusion of this is clear (and for you to discover in a small online app Berten has developed): this has become a fully developed professional community for all interested in advancing through data science.

Bubbleplot

Segments constructed from the skills of DIS2015 attendees

The bubble graph summarizes the community segments in terms of three important types of skills: Statistics, Programming and Business. For those still in doubt, it is pretty obvious that #DIS2015 was not a meeting by and for data geeks, as four segments consist of people that are well skilled in business topics. There were Business attendants, leaders and entrepreneurs with little experience in programming or statistics. Increasing the technical skills, Reporting profiles and Business Analysts are the usual suspects working with data on the Business side. We’ve also detected a Superman profile, representing experts in business, programming and statistics. Many among these Data Science Unicorns have an engineering or ICT background and gained business experience in a consulting role.

Profiling the four business-related segments learns that many among them (especially Supermen and Business) attend #DIS2015 to meet candidate employees. For them, #DIS2015 was probably a great opportunity for business to meet (other) experts:

Employees

Interest in networking for employees

Interestingly, we see that three other segments mainly attended #DIS2015 to find a new employer. We have called these segments respectively Programmers, Statisticians and the Motivees (inspired by the community of motivated supporters of our Belgian national football team).

Employers

Interest in networking for employers

Profiling of these segments makes great sense. Programmers excel in technical topics like system administration, programming and data manipulation and often have an IT role within their organization. The statisticians are mainly found in academics and the R&D department of their institution. The final job-hunting segment are the Motivees, who thank their names to the fact that they are remarkably motivated to contribute to the Data Science Community by attending meetups, hackathons and data4good sessions.

Our analysis shows that the Brussels Data Science Community has succeeded in providing a platform for all attendees – it clearly provides value, no matter of the segment you belong to.

Want to discover more? The analysis given here is only the tip of the iceberg. Find out who you are compared to other segments by playing with our shiny online app to further explore the segments’ motivation, skills and background.

Top 5 presentations of DIS2015 (Data Science Innovation Summit).

Dear friends,

March 26th will be the milestone of our community.

We had 68 speakers at our Data Innovation Summit with over 500 attendants. Check our new DataScience video channel with all the presentations. Pictures of the event are available on our facebook page. Over 600 people replied to the datascience survey.  Read Ward’s analysis of the satisfaction survey.

Here is the top 5 of the presentations:

  • Kris Peeters: The people aspect of Data Science (view)
  • Elena Tsiporkova: Data Innovation Lab (view)
  • Toon Vanagt: How Open Data allows faster innovation (view)
  • Hans Constandt: The disruptive Role of startups in Data Innovation (view)
  • Steven Beeckman: Government and Data (view)

Thank you for participating to the Data Science Survey. The results are still available to all participants. Here is a summary done by our experts:

  • Data Innovation Summit Dashboard by Dieter and Nicholas (view)
  • Data Innovation Survey results – In Neo4j by Rik (view)
  • The question “Are all Data Scientists nerds?” – By Nele (view)
  • Data Innovation Survey 2015 – preliminary analysis by Ward (view)

The plan is to bundle these in a e-book, if you want to be part of this book you only need to submit your analysis. We are still waiting for a team that wants to link this survey with another existing survey. Winners of the best analysis will be announced during our Banking meetup on May 20th.

Thank you for all for making this summit a success.

Philippe Van Impe

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