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!

Pieter Buteneers | Keynote Speaker at diSummit 2017

Pieter Buteneers is a Limburger living in Ghent. He started his career in academia, first as a PhD studedis17_speaker_pieter-rnt and later as a post-doc, where he did research on Machine Learning, Deep Learning, Brain Computer Interfaces and Epilepsy. He won the first prize in the biggest Deep Learning competition of 2015 together with a team machine learner from Ghent University: The National Data Science Bowl hosted on In 2016, he finished his MBA at Flanders Business School and now he works as a Data Strategy and Machine Learning Consultant. He trains managers and developers to build new strategies and screen-shot-2017-03-03-at-15-34-19implement Machine Learning algorithms. His focus is on making sure they have all the knowledge required to get added value from the data they collect without the need for expensive consultants.

Join his talk at diSummit 2017 about “Machine Learning Sucks” and follow him on Twitter at @pieterbuteneers .


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, 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!




Announcing Dr. Kirk Borne – Keynote Speaker at diSummit 2017

Dr. Kirkdis17_speaker_kirk-borne Borne is the Principal Data Scientist at
Booz | Allen | Hamilton (since 2015). He previously spent 12 years as Professor of Astrophysics and Computational Science at George Mason University where he taught and advised students in the Data Science program. Before that, he worked 18 years supporting NASA projects in various roles, including Program Manager in NASA’s Space Science Data Operations Office & Data Archive Project Scientist for
screen-shot-2017-03-02-at-12-20-29the Hubble Space Telescope.   He has a PhD in Astronomy
from the California Institute of Technology and a BS in Physics from Louisiana State University. He is an active contributor on social media, where he is an advocate of data literacy for all and has been named consistently every year since 2013 as the top worldwide influencer in big data and data science. In 2014 he was named an IBM Big Data and Analytics Hero. In 2016 he was named Fellow of the International Astrostatistics Association.

You can follow him on Twitter at @KirkDBorne
You can follow Booz | Allen | Hamilton on Twitter at @BoozAllen
Watch his TED talk on  Big Data, Small World

Here is a very interesting  video interview:
Here are some of his audio interviews (podcasts):
Join his C-level workshop on the 29th of March or come and see his speech at diSummit on the 30th of March 2017 at the ING Marnix building, Troonstraat 1, 1000, Brussels.

Looking for the insights on how to use data for good? Join the DATA NETWORKING EVENT of the year, the #dataforgood event in Belgium!

Looking for the insights on how to use data for good? Join the DATA NETWORKING EVENT of the year in Belgium!  Buy your tickets here.

Tonight – IBM – LIVESTREAM – Machine Learning Launch

Calling all IT executives, data scientists, Chief Data Officers, data architects and other data geeks
Be the first to learn about our breakthrough developments on machine learning, Spark, data and analytics


The demand for machine learning is booming!

Calling all IT executives, data scientists, Chief Data Officers, data architects and other data geeks.  Join us on February 15th from 2:00-5:30 pm ET via livestream  (replay available starting February 16th) , and discover how machine learning is fundamentally changing the way we work and live.  Hear about cognitive applications that anticipate behavior and learn from data without being explicitly programmed.

You’ll learn about the latest breakthrough developments on machine learning as well as Spark, data and analytics. Mike Gualtieri, Vice President and Principal Analyst, Forrester, will present his view on how to best leverage technologies such as big data, predictive analytics, Hadoop/Spark, machine learning, data science, and AI.  Rob Thomas, General Manager, IBM Analytics will host an agenda which will include guest speakers and cover the following topics:

•  Machine Learning Overview
•  Top Trends in Machine Learning & Cognitive Applications
•  Cognitive Analytics and Machine Learning for the Enterprise
•  Live Product Demonstration & Client Roundtable on Machine Learning
•  Data Innovation with Hybrid Transaction/Analytical Processing
•  Spark & Machine Learning for Enterprise Systems

For additional details and to REGISTER, please visit MACHINE LEARNING.

Register NOW and we’ll send you a reminder!

Boot Camp Graduation

On Tuesday, December 20th, we celebrated the completion of the di-Academy’s first ever data science boot camp.

With the holidays approaching, not all of our boot-campers could make it to the event to celebrate with us, but all of the boot-campers in attendance gave five-minute presentations on the personal projects they had been working on during the boot camp.


All graduates were given an academic cap and an “I survived the data science bootcamp” t-shirt by the wonderful dean of the di-Academy, Nele Coghe .

After the presentations, we, of course, celebrated with pizza and beer.

And had some fun with virtual reality.

Boot Camp Graduate: Agustina Perez Iriarte

Allow me to introduce Agustina Perez Iriarte, one of our seventeen boot camp graduates from the di-Academy. I met Agustina at our summer coding camp, and I sat down with her to discuss her time before the boot camp, her time during it, and her plans afterward. Having arrived in Brussels last February, Agustina is from Buenos Aires, Argentina. Though she had studied literature, her first job out of college required that she learned to code. “I really had to do a lot coding at the job, and I realized that I was good and I was enjoying it” she said, “so maybe this is the kind of job I’d like to do.” She began some training on web programming and web design, receiving two certifications from the Universidad Tecnolólogica de Buenos Aires.

In 2010, Agustina began working for American Express in Argentina. Her boss was interested in doing more work with data, and she volunteered for the job. Though not as a data scientist, for the next four years she worked with data, and she was eventually drawn to data science as a career. “I knew I wanted to do some work with data,” she told me, “and I wanted to do something creative, and I think that data science has the two mixed.”

A natural autodidact, Agustina found MOOCs to be central to developing her technical skills, finding the courses of Andrew Ng and Peter Norvig particularly influential. “I think that I’m mostly self-taught,” she told me. “I’m curious, so whenever I start learning something, I feel that I have a gap and I need to learn something more. And I jump into that, and then I find a gap there and I need to learn something more. I never stop learning.”


Agustina met her husband, Jonathan, in Argentina. After completing his degree in physics, he wanted to take a few months to travel, so he left for South America for three months to do volunteer work in exchange for food and housing. Jonathan began his trip in Equator, however, he loves tango, and couldn’t think of a better place to end his trip than the dance’s birthplace. Two weeks before the end of his trip he arrived in Buenos Aires. Sharing his passion, Agustina met Jonathan dancing tango.

Jonathan is Belgian, and he works as a data scientist for Carrefour. Agustina learned about the di-Academy’s boot camp when he mentioned to her that the company was looking for future employees to send to the boot camp. The more she learned about it, the more interested she became, as he explained to her the goal of the program was to combine academic knowledge with real business cases. Her work on MOOCs had given her lots of theoretical knowledge about data science, but what she found lacking in the material she had learned was the practical aspects. “You don’t have the real experience,” she said, “You’re working with prepared data on real known cases, and I wanted to know what the real story is when you work there.” The community aspect of the boot camp was also central to her interest. “Whenever I worked on MOOCS, I was the only one passionate about data, I didn’t have people that shared the same interests as I did. So I said okay, a group of freaks like me all joined together by the same passion,” she told me, “I’m in.”


Two freaks in their natural habitat

During the first week of the boot camp, the founder of the European Data Innovation Hub and the Brussels Data Science Community, Philippe Van Impe approached her, and asked her what what type of job she was looking for. After showing her’s website, he asked if she would be interested in working with them. She agreed, and two days later had an interview with Karen Boers, the director of the group. “She’s one passionate woman.” Agustina said, “She spoke for forty minutes nonstop about what they do, and I was extremely convinced I wanted to be part of that.” Her internship mostly consisted in helping manage their data, cleaning it and restructuring it, and performing analysis, all to get a better picture of what’s going on with startups in Belgium. “I like being part of the start-up environment,” she said. “As a data scientist, normally you think that one way is to work for a big company that has resources, but we discovered with a little company, with a start-up, you have the same resources and the motivation to really have a say, because you’re not part of the ten-data-scientist team. There’s one person there just to try to make the most of it.”

Since the boot camp graduation on December 20th, Agustina has finished her three-month internship, and those of us here at the di-Academy were thrilled to find out that Agustina is in the process of signing a contract with to join their team full-time.

Event – Dec 22nd – ICiTy X-Zbit*the exhibition


SIRRIS, ULB and VUB invite you at ICiTy X-Zbit*the exhibition to discover how you, too, can boost ICT Research and Innovation in Brussels.

December 22nd, 2016

from 2:00 to 5:00 PM,

followed by a networking cocktail until 6:30PM


Building D, Room D2.01

Etterbeek VUB Campus, Avenue de la Plaine / Pleinlaan Entrance 11

Presentations and Live Demonstrations from the following experts:

14:00 – 14:15 Welcome and Introduction Daniele CARATI, Claudio TRUZZI

ULB, Université Libre de Bruxelles

14:15 – 14:40  

HIL, Hardware Innovation Lab: the new Hardware/Software Blending Location in Brussels

Pieter BEYL

SIRRIS, Collective Center of the Belgian technology industry

14:40 – 14:55  

TICKLE: Adaptive Persuasive ICT Tools to Tackle School Burnout Among Youngsters in Brussels


VUB, Vrij Universiteit Brussel

14:55 – 15:10  

MUTAFRAME: Software Framework for Identifying Molecular Causes of Human Diseases

Marianne ROOMAN (ULB)


15:10 – 15:45  

Coffee Break


15:45 – 16:00 Channel Aware Localization for 5G Networks Philippe DE DONCKER,

François HORLIN


16:00 – 16:15  

Towards the Next Generation of Smart and Visual Multimodal  Sensor Networks

Abdellah TOUHAFI (VUB)

Olivier DEBEIR (ULB)

16:15 – 16:30  

Brussels MOBI-AID: Brussels MOBIlity Advanced Indicators Dashboard



16:30 – 16:45  

BRIGHTanalysis: Brussels Intelligent ICT for Genomic High Throughput Analysis



16:45 – 16:55  

An Outlook of the ICT Industry in Brussels

Carine LUCAS


16:55 – 17:05  

Presentation from INNOVIRIS


To be defined
17:05 – 17:15  

Presentation from Impulse


To be defined
17:15 – 18:30  

Networking Cocktail



18:30 onwards



Still thirsty for more networking opportunities? Then register to the Christmas Matchmaking Party organized by, and,. It takes place immediately after the X-Zbit event



Registration free but required : or +32 473 799203 (Have you already confirmed? Then no need to register again)

*What is a Zbit {pronounced zi:bit}?

This is one billion terabits. It represents the amount of digital information currently generated every year, and is about as many bits as there are stars in the observable universe. That’s a lot of data to make sense of. Come and join us at X-Zbit to see how to use Big Data to strengthen Brussels economic, social and territorial cohesion.

This event is the first of a series of annual events.

This year we lay the scientific foundation down, while next year we plan to show off some prototypes, describing how to add “smart” and “always-connected” layers to everyday products and services from the regional innovation players. As for the following events, you’ll find out if you stick with us.

Other interesting event:

Also join the datascience community at their annual data innovation summit on March 30th in Brussels


Join us on March 30th for the diSummit in Brussels.

Tickets are currently available for sale on Eventbrite.

Reply to the call for speakers before January 15th.

Join our different communication channels & groups to be the first informed:

Linkedin | Facebook | Twitter | Youtube

Let’s “Team Up” to develop and use AI


Dear friends of the community, Let’s “Team Up” to develop and use AI, join the matchmaking event on January 17th.

Please register on the the website from InnovIris:

The first edition of the brand new Innoviris program Team Up will be dedicated to Artificial Intelligence (AI). 

This year Innoviris has decided to free up more than 4M€ for Artificial Intelligence. The objective? Develop the excellence of research, encourage technology transfer, push the use of artificial intelligence in enterprises and ultimately develop new or improved products, processes and services.

By participating in this event you will (re)discover the wealth of opportunities offered by Artificial Intelligence, get inspiration, let ideas emerge, meet the actors of AI in Brussels and thus identify partners to set up projects. You’ll also receive all useful information on the currently open call for proposals (deadline: 31/03/2017).

Collaboration is the key to success of this project call, so do not miss this opportunity to meet your future project partners !

Programme of the afternoon


  • 3.30 – 4.00 pm – Welcome
  • 4.00 – 5.00 pm – Inspiration

Cognitive computing from Jeopardy win to fighting cancer: 
Philippe Dubernard – IBM Watson, Cognitive Solutions Team

AI in Brussels: the academic perspective
Tom Lenaerts – ULB- Machine Learning Group, Belgian AI Researchers portal

Turning artificial intelligence into business value, perspective from an SME
Christophe Chatillon – CEO TAPPTIC

  • 5.00 – 5.15 pm – InformationPresentation of the Call for projects by Innoviris
  • 5.15 – 6.30 pmTeam Up!
    Matchmaking session
  • 6.30 – 7.30 pm – Walking dinner & networking

You already want more information ? 

You are an entrepreneur or a researcher and you want to be part of the AI transformation? Click on those links, get all the useful information on the call for projects and submit your expression of interest and project idea.

Your Innoviris contact person: Jonathan Duplicy | 02.600.50.52
Chaussée de Charleroi 110  1060 Bruxelles
Tél (FR) : 32 2 600 50 36  – Tel (NL) : 32 2 600 50 37
Fax : 32 2 600 50 47  – E-mail :


Thank you for supporting the European Data Innovation Hub
Vorstlaan 23, bus 411 – 1170 Brussels |

Join us on March 30th for the diSummit in Brussels.

Tickets are currently available for sale on Eventbrite

Reply to the call for speakers before January 15th.


Join our different communication channels & groups to be the first informed:

Linkedin | Facebook | Twitter | Youtube

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 :