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.

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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!

 

 

 

UNamur : Spécialisation en Data Science

UNamurL’Université de Namur proposera dès septembre 2017 une formation en data science au sein des masters en informatique, ingénieur de gestion et mathématique. Elle sera également accessible aux étudiants déjà porteurs d’un diplôme de master.

Dans tous les secteurs, des acteurs économiques sont confrontés à des données de plus en plus complexes : entreprises, hôpitaux, banques, universités, etc. À partir de la rentrée académique prochaine, l’Université de Namur apportera une solution innovante à l’explosion de la demande liée à ces big data : une nouvelle finalité spécialisée en data science adaptée aux formations en informatique, gestion et mathématique.

Elle offrira un ensemble cohérent de cours où les étudiants des trois masters travailleront dans une dynamique interdisciplinaire alignée avec la réalité du monde des organisations. Objectif, former des analystes de données compétents, mais également les concepteurs des solutions de demain. Les étudiants deviendront experts en big data, data warehousing, machine learning, data mining, visualisation de l’information, graph mining et business intelligence. Ils mettront en pratique leurs connaissances sur des travaux concrets et sur un projet interdisciplinaire réaliste. La formation s’appuiera sur l’expertise scientifique multidisciplinaire du Namur Digital Institute et de naXys.

Pour permettre à ceux qui sont déjà diplômés de suivre cette formation, l’UNamur l’ouvre également à toute personne possédant un diplôme de master en sciences informatique, en ingénieur de gestion ou en sciences mathématiques. Il suffira de suivre l’équivalent d’une demi-année de cours (soit 30 crédits) pour recevoir un second diplôme avec la mention « finalité spécialisée en data science ».

La formation proposée offrira aux étudiants de nombreux débouchés en lien avec le besoin grandissant de valorisation de données dans les organisations. Après leur formation, les étudiants seront capables d’extraire, de stocker, d’analyser, de visualiser et d’interpréter des données disponibles en quantités et formes diverses (par ex. big data). Leurs compétences seront appréciées dans des domaines comme l’e-health, la recherche pharmaceutique, l’e-commerce, le marketing, la finance, les applications web, les smart cities, la logistique, l’audio-visuel, les réseaux sociaux ou les télécommunications.

Plus d’infos :

Summer Data Science activities in Belgium.

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We wish you happy holidays, in case you get bored check out our educational channel on youtube.

The European Data Innovation Hub is active during the summer.
Here is a short update from what to expect in the coming weeks:

Thank you for supporting the European Data Innovation Hub, we had a great academic year.

Philippe Van Impe
@pvanimpe
www.di-academy.com

Please forward the information about the data science bootcamp to your peers and friends.

New Postgraduate Progamme in Big Data & Analytics at KU Leuven!

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It’s probably no news to you: big data is all around us! Every minute, more than 3 million pieces of content are shared on Facebook, 4 million searches are executed by Google, and Amazon makes more than hundred thousand dollars in sales. This flood of data offers tremendous opportunities, though challenges as well. Gartner estimates that only 15% of organizations are able to exploit big data for competitive advantage, a strong indication of the upcoming need for analytical skills and resources.  As the data piles up, managing and analyzing this powerful resource in the best way become critical success factors in creating competitive advantage and strategic leverage.

Due to increasing demand, we are launching a new postgraduate programme: Big Data & Analytics in Business and Management.

This programme is a unique offering as its aim is to bridge the gap between technical concepts and business applications of big data and analytics techniques. The programme will discuss data analytics fundamentals and big data technologies, but also business applications and managerial aspects, such as dealing with team organization, data quality, deployment, valorization concerns and privacy aspects.
The programme is targeted at professionals with a minimum amount of work experience. It consists of 8 half-day classes, organized on Fridays from October 7 until December 2, 2016.

For more information and registrations, please visit our website.

Nurturing your Data Scientists : 70 years of accumulated experience at your service!

The Data Science community is proud to announce the entrance in of a startup dedicated to data scientists coaching and nurturing: WeLoveDataScience

Data scientist… Where are you? Do you really exist?

That’s the question many managers do currently face. Data Scientists is a scarce 5-legs sheeps: difficult to find, difficult to hire and difficult to keep.

 

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WeLoveDataScience is a brand new business unit, hosted at the European Data Innovation Hub, dedicated to searching, selecting, training, coaching and nurturing data science talents. The Belgian market does not propose enough candidates: we will take care to train next-gen data scientists for you.

Whatever your projects are, we propose to prepare for you the data scientist(s) you need, following these 7 steps:

  1. Together we prepare a detailed job description corresponding to your real needs: is this about data analysis, basic queries, reporting, data mining, big data or new technologies?
  2. We identify candidates on the market in particular through close collaborations with Belgian universities (Ghent, ULB/VUB, UCLouvain…)
  3. You hire the right candidate!
  4. He/she assists a 12 weeks data science bootcamp , including: high-level overview, data science for business, technical stack (SAS, R, Python…), introduction to specific technologies/topics (NoSQL or graph databases, social network analysis, text-mining..)
  5. Then he/she works for you at our offices during 4 tot 6 month, coached by one of our expert. On the job coaching on real projects: your projects but also hackathons, technology workshops, meetups…
  6. After those 10 intensive months, (s)he is ready to work for you on site. (S)He will demonstrate his/her knowledge by giving a course on a specific topic and/or writing entries in specialised blogs, giving a presentation at a conference…
  7. We assist you in yearly evaluation and follow-up.

Our intentions for 2016 are to help companies create and develop data science teams and to build a data science culture… And WeLoveDataScience: this is 70 years of accumulated experience at your disposal!

Want to know more? Visit: www.welovedatascience.com , send an email to info@welovedatascience.com or simply fill in this contact form. We will visit and explain what we do and brainstorm about your specific needs.

 

Training – Introduction to IBM Bluemix – FEB 9 18:30

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Do more with rich, integrated cloud databases & analytic services

 

The participants to the Manufacturing Sustainability Hackathon – P&G  will benefit from a free introduction to the IBM Bluemix environment.

Register Here for the workshop on February 9th in the HUB.

 

About the P&G Hackathon – Manufacturing Sustainability

We are kicking this Manufacturing Sustainability Hackathon on February 26th.

The plan is to use one year of manufacturing data and work towards a more sustainable process. After the introduction on February 26th , we will meet 4 evenings to work on the data. Finalists will present their results on #DIS2016 on March 23rd.

About IBM Bluemix:

IBM Bluemix is an open-standards, cloud platform for building, running, and managing applications. With Bluemix, developers can focus on building excellent user experiences with flexible compute options, choice of DevOps tooling, and a powerful set of IBM and third-party APIs and services.

 

 

 

 

 

First 100 Days as Head of Data Scientists

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Trainer: Martine George, PhD.
Duration: 12/5 Pm from 14:00 to 18:00
Contact: martine@mgholistic.com

Price: 350,- excl VAT – Register here


Context

This half day seminar is dedicated to the creation and the development of a team of data scientists.

Imagine that you become Head of a team of Data scientists , what would you do during your first 100 days in this appointment ?

Audience

This module is designed specifically to recently appointed managers, head of data scientists eager to develop their ability to create and grow an effective and sustainable team of data scientists.

Objectives

The objectives of this seminar is to share observations, experiences, some tips and tricks to develop and grow teams of analytics professionals through the different lenses of a data scientist, a senior manager, a talent development director and an executive coach.

Training Content

This seminar will cover 8 topics such as sponsorship, analytics professional talent management, actionability and creating value, internal analytics communities, external partnership, ….

The content of this seminar will be a combination of practical experiences, stories and anecdotes, peers learning and self-reflection.

About the Trainer

Martine George holds an MBA and a PhD in physical sciences. She has over 25 years of professional experience, including 15 spent developing business analytics teams within large organizations from different industries. She is Professor of Management Practice at Solvay Brussels School of Management & Economics and the Talent Development Director of Accenture Chair in Strategic Business Analytics at ESSEC Business School, Paris. Passionate about developing talent and organizations in business analytics, she is also ICF certified coach, facilitator, trainer and consultant in cultural transformation of organizations.

Free Hands-on Training – Workshop – Elastic Search on Open Data – Dec 2nd at 18:30

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Here is the training on Elastic that Fabien promissed us. In order to make it real we decided to do a hands-on workshop using Open datasets made in Belgium. The number of participants will be limited to 25.

What:

Hands-on Workshop

Using open Belgian data-sets, elastic search and kibana to create dashboards and analytic views.

Target audience:

Everyone with a computer 🙂 .

No real coding during the exercise.

No downloads, just using web interfaces.

Practicalities:

  • When: Wednesday December 2nd 2015 at 18:30
  • Where: European Data Innovation Hub, Vorstlaan 23 in Brussels
  • Registration: please use eventbrite to register and to collect your ticket.
  • Duration: 2.5 hours starting at 18:30 sharp.

Motivation

Learn how to exploit open data set with Elastic search and Kibana.

Overview:

We will download several json datasets from open data (http://data.gov.be/)

Feed elastic with logstash.

Create amazing dashboard with kibana.

Execute complex query (Full text / geo aggregation)

Topics

  • Found Usage.
  • LogstashLoad data in Elastic
  • Elastic search: Search and analyze data in real time. Learn about filters and queries in an inverted index, relevance score calculations, and more.
  • KibanaSee the Value in Your Data
    • Flexible analytics and visualization platform
    • Real-time summary and charting of streaming data
    • Intuitive interface for a variety of users
    • Instant sharing and embedding of dashboards

Prerequisite:

Each participants must be a member of the Brussels Data Science Community. join here

The participant must have his PC/Mac/Linux machine.

You need to register upfront to “Found” , the Elastic cloud environment.

https://www.elastic.co/found/signup    Free trial 14 days

About the trainer:

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Training – Hands-on with R Shiny – November 26th

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Shiny lets you create nice reactive web applications on top of R computations without any web development skills required. In this two-days Shiny course you will create your own sophisticated application and learn how to deploy it.

We start off easy by learning how to control the layout of your application and how to add widgets. Next up we will learn about reactivity. What options does your application have to react on user input: immediately or via submit buttons. During the course, applications will get more sophisticated by adding entire R scripts and input data. You will also learn how to return results to your users: displaying results, downloading pdf’s or other file formats, mailing results, … Moreover we will go into detail on how to interact with the results. For example via hovering over or clicking on plots.

At the end you will learn how to deploy your web application on shinyapps.io as well as on your own server.

logoThis training event is organised in collaboration with Oak3 (www.oak3.be). The Oak3 Academy is an IT Learning Center providing hands-on, intensive training and coaching to help students develop the skills they need for a successful career as an Information Technology Professional or as a knowledge worker (end-user of software). Our goal is to provide the highest quality training and knowledge transfer that enables a person to start or enhance his or her career as an IT professional or knowledge worker, in a short period of time. We therefore offer knowledge assimilation, facilitate expertise transfer and provide a rewarding learning experience. Our training solutions are designed to help students learn faster, master the latest information technologies and perform smarter.

Prerequisites: Previous experience with R is required, no HTML or CSS knowledge is needed.

When: Thursday, 26 November 2015 at 9:00 AM Friday, 27 November 2015 at 5:00 PM (CET)

Where: European Data Innovation Hub – 23 Vorstlaan Watermaal-Bosvoorde, Brussel 1170

Registration: Eventbrite