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

Call for Speakers – diSummit – March 30, 2017

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Hello from everyone at the European Data Innovation Hub. We’re excited to announce our Call for Speakers for the diHub’s 2017 diSummit. This year’s event will be based on the theme of how we can use data for good, and will take place on March 30th at the ING building in the Brussels city center.

We will begin announcing our forty-five selected speakers in mid-January.

You can visit the website for the event here, and if you’re interested in speaking at the event, please fill out our call for speakers form here. Tickets are currently available for sale on Eventbrite.

January Meetup – Climate Change – Call for papers

How can #datascience help fight earth warming?

Let’s do a data4good meetup in January and tackle the climate change issues and see how the biggest economic and social opportunity of all time could be facilitated by modern datasciences.

The subject of the January meetup will be in line with today’s news. In a series of presentations we will see what #datascience experts can bring to the table to work on these devastating issues.

Time for action ! Time for you to take actions ! This meetup will be all about your actions, your presentation, your ideas, the floor will be all yours. -> reserve your speaking slot now.

 

Call for paper:

 

Register for free:

How can #datascience help fight earth warming?

Thursday, Jan 21, 2016, 6:30 PM

VUB – Aula QB
Pleinlaan 2B – 1050 Brussels, BE

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Article – Fortune Ranks Top Companies Changing the World

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Our mission is to educate, inspire and empower scholars and professionals to apply data sciences to address humanity’s grand challenges.

Join us:

Our community is driven by the doing-for-good initiative. This is why we have in the past supported and implemented  different data-4-good initiativessuch as the one we did for Médecins sans frontières. Not only are we planning to do another major data-4-good hackathon this year, we also want to continue our efforts in data-education and focus on helping young professionals to do an interesting traineeship in an innovative data environment. To manage all these activities we have founded the European Data Innovation Hub vzw/asbl, a non-for-profit organization based in Brussels.

Here is a nice article published this summer in Fortune showing how companies are forging ahead to tackle the world’s most intransigent problems. If your company wants to be part of this movement, you can become one of our Innovation Partners.

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Business-as-usual is changing. The conventional wisdom that capitalism comes at great cost to society is being challenged. Instead, we’ve observed that the most innovative companies are using those same market drivers – the ones that have until now been a cause of such criticism and skepticism –as drivers for positive change in the world.

Fortune’s new “Change the World” list contributes to this trend. As Fortune Editor Alan Murray explains, “It is meant to shine a spotlight on companies that have made significant progress addressing major social problems as a core part of their business strategy.” FSG and the Shared Value Initiative lent our expertise to help collect and vet nominations for the list.

check out the original movie here: http://for.tn/1hMVB0B

This is the first list of its kind in which companies are recognized – and competitively ranked – on business innovations that positively impact pressing social and environmental issues. The presence of such a list in the pages of Fortune is news itself as when we first wrote about shared value in 2011, companies creating shared value were more the exception than the rule. TheFortune “Change the World” List shows us that the concept of aligning business opportunity and social impact is moving into the mainstream.

On the “Change the World” list, you’ll find familiar companies that we’ve highlighted in the past as well as a few surprises – but to be clear, this is not a “good company” ranking. Murray puts it best: “We recognize these are large global companies with complex operations that may be ameliorating one great global problem even as they contribute to another.”

But one thing the “Change the World” companies all have in common is that they recognize the business value in addressing societal needs. In their quest for profits, they are driving innovations that improve health outcomes, make progress on climate change, provide better access to education, and create new economic opportunities for those in poverty. They realize that business can – and must – compete to change the world.

Which companies are changing the world? Find out who made the list and browse best practices on the Shared Value Initiative community.

Meetup – Brussels December 2014 – Big Data & Data Science –

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Dear Friends,

We had an excellent last meetup yesterday. Our  joint venture with bigdata.be was a huge succes! You can find the link of the presentations in the text bellow.

Over 235  experts had registered and the aula at the VUBrussels was packed with enthusiastic Data Science and Big Data Experts.

We had an excellent first 9 months, thank you for joining  our community, thank you for engaging and giving us so much feedback.

We have some challenging activities planned in 2015. We are organising the ‘Data Innovation Summit‘ on March 26th, this will be an event packed with datascience and bigdata cases all made in Belgium. Linked with this event we will also publish a book, ‘datascience made in Belgium’. If you want your project to be part of the book, please contact me.

We are looking forward to meeting you again next year.

Wishing you a very Merry Christmas! May it bring you joy, happiness and everything else you deserve.

 

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The Brussels Data Science Leadership team
Sam, Sébastien, Istvan, Bart & Philippe

 

 

 

 

 

 

Agenda:

  • 18:30 Update on recent activities and developments by Philippe Van Impe. Link
  • 18:45 Latest update on the output of the Data4Good project done with Doctors Without Borders by Sébastien LeempoelEdward Vanden Berghe
  • 18:55 Invitation to join Data4Good competition hosted by Kaggle, National Data Science Bowl, Assessing Ocean Health, Starting December 15th. Link
  • 19:00 Wim Van Leuven about Big Data and the influence of data science. Link
  • 19:30 Daan Gerits about the technological challenges around BigData and what the ideal IT architecture should look like. Link
  • 20:00 Ferdinand Casier  & Mathias Verbeke about 2 current projects at Agoria (EluciDATA and Made Different) where companies from different sectors are supported in their data innovation and data analytics challenge. Link
  • 20:45 Karim Douïeb The pro & cons of the open-source data analytics cluster computing framework called Spark. How it is helping us to perform analytics on large amount of telco/banking data. How to convey the insights provided by this analysis through data visualisation using D3.js.  link
  • 21:15 Questions & Answers

 

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Data4Good competition hosted by Kaggle – National Data Science Bowl – Assessing Ocean Health – Starting December 15th

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Enter the first-ever National Data Science Bowl – Assessing Ocean Health

12.15.2014 – 3.16.2015

 

The National Data Science Bowl is a first-of-its-kind competition asking data scientists to use their skills and big data for social good.

Kaggle and Booz | Allen | Hamilton have just launched the National Data Science Bowl. It is a data science competition hosted at Kaggle.

Learn more: datasciencebowl.com.

If you are interested in getting started, a tutorial is available in iPython format. Best of Luck!

 

Datakind – Data4Good in Action – Results from the Nashville DataDive‏

Data-for-Good In Action

Don’t let the picture fool you – this was us just taking a breather from all the data-for-good action going on this month! We’ve been rolling up our sleeves, busting out our laptops and doing our favorite thing of all – pro bono data projects. New long-term DataCorps projects are underway and we just finished projects with four great organizations at our recent weekend DataDive in Nashville with Teradata Cares. We then celebrated Pro Bono Week by featuring perspectives from our volunteers and nonprofit partners.Arise from your bean bag chair and read on to see just how powerful data-for-good can be.

Nashville Teradata Cares DataDive

As we often say, what goes better with honky tonk and hush puppies than machine learning and text analysis? We just got back from a boot scootin’ DataDive ahead of the Teradata PARTNERS conference in Nashville where we had the chance to bring together teams of talented volunteers from around the world with four inspiring organizations – GlobalGiving, iCouldBe, the Cultural Data Project and HURIDOCS. From tracking human rights case law in Europe to improving an online mentoring program for at-risk youth, see what these amazing DataDivers accomplished in just two days!  read more >

Celebrating Pro Bono Week

Last week DataKind joined Taproot Foundation to celebrate Pro Bono Week, a global celebration of the pro bono ethic across all professions that use their talents to make a difference. It was perfect timing for our DC and San Francisco Chapters to host their launch events as well as do pro bono consulting at local nonprofit resource fairs. We also took the opportunity to demystify what pro bono data science and the Data-for-Good movement is all about – people! Check out the first of our four-part blog series where Hannah Underwood, CEO of The Key and DataKind UK Chapter Leader, explains why she thinks pro bono data science can change the world. Share yourexperiences in the comments! read more >

See you soon! The DataKind Team

Press – Regional-IT- Brigitte Doucet – Brussels Data Science Community: promouvoir l’analytique de pointe

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Check out this nice summary in French about our activities by Brigitte Doucet in Regional-it. original link

 

Brussels Data Science Community: promouvoir l’analytique de pointe

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Voici quelques mois, une nouvelle initiative d’espace d’échanges a vu le jour. La “Brussels Data Science Community” veut réunir et faire dialoguer, voire “phosphorer”, des personnes ayant des profils touchant de près ou d’un peu plus loin au concept de “data science”, autrement dit l’exploitation et l’analyse de (grands volumes ou grandes variétés) de données (1). Et ce, dans un esprit de contribution à “de bonnes causes”. Pas de but lucratif, donc, pas de connotations commerciales, une volonté d’indépendance vis-à-vis des éditeurs, constructeurs et autres influenceurs économiques.

“Data for Good” (au sens d’action positive) est devenu le slogan – même si, dans la manière dont elle est d’ores et déjà appliquée par les membres, cette notion n’est pas forcément suivie au pied de la lettre.

Le groupe dit vouloir “mettre les compétences de ses membres au service de défis sociaux et publics, améliorer et promouvoir les compétences analytiques et faire comprendre aux entreprises ce qu’elles peuvent leur apporter”.

Parmi les activités menées: des réunions mensuelles, qui débutent par un exposé sur un thème spécifique (big data, machine learning, marketing, Internet des Objets…); des formations; à l’avenir, sans doute, des hackathons; et du travail sur projets. Des projets qui leur sont proposés par des membres ou des acteurs extérieurs. En principe – et c’est là qu’intervient le concept de “data for good” -, ces projets doivent venir d’acteurs de la société civile, servir une finalité auréolée de responsabilité civile et de philanthropie.

Premières visées (et invitées à soumettre des projets touchant à l’analytique big data): les ONG ou les universités. Du côté de ces dernières, la Communauté a accepté de travailler sur un projet de l’Université d’Anvers, dans le domaine médical. Côté ONG, un premier projet a été soumis à la sagacité et aux compétences pluridisciplinaires des membres par Médecins sans Frontières.

Critères retenus (notamment) pour sélectionner des projets sur lesquels plancheront – bénévolement – les membres de la communauté: “plus un projet est challenging et plus il implique de données, mieux c’est.”

Il concerne l’analyse de la base de données des donateurs afin d’identifier des schémas et tendances. Notamment la possibilité, sur base de l’historique de donation d’une personne, de prédire le moment où elle pourrait décider de procéder à un ordre permanent. Connaître davantage le ‘comportement’ des donateurs pourrait permettre d’optimiser l’appel à dons.

Des contacts ont également été initiés avec Amnesty International mais le projet sur lequel les membres de la Communauté pourraient plancher n’a pas encore été défini. En fait, Amnesty l’avait sollicitée pour un projet touchant au processus de donation mais s’est vu répondre que, “comme ce thème avait déjà fait l’objet d’un projet pour MSF, Brussels Data Science préférait qu’Amnesty choisisse un autre thème”. Etonnant comme réaction. Mais que Philippe Van Impe, co-initiateur de la Community, explique comme suit: “nous voulons éviter que le fait d’avoir réalisé un projet spécifique pour une ONG incite systématiquement les autres à nous demander de reproduire l’exercice pour elles…”

Autre explication: même si les membres disent vouloir agir pour le bien de la société (civile), leur motivation semble être nettement plus grande quand on leur demande de réfléchir à un projet ou une problématique qui représente un (nouveau) défi. Par conséquent, refaire quelque chose qui a déjà été exploré n’a pas le même goût. “Plus un projet est challenging et plus il implique de données, mieux c’est”, souligne Philippe Van Impe.

Des projets (plus) commerciaux

D’ores et déjà, la Community dit accueillir des projets venant d’ailleurs que des secteurs du non-marchand et des universités. Le concept pur et dur de “data for good” ou de “data scientists with a conscience” prend donc un léger coup dans l’aile. Le groupe s’inscrit en effet dès à présent dans le champ, plus large, de “responsabilité sociétale” en ouvrant la porte à des projets soumis par des start-ups ou des PME.

Autrement dit, des sociétés “qui ont besoin de l’aide d’une organisation qui peut rassembler des personnes aux profils divers. Les PME pourront ainsi tester des idées. Pour les start-ups, c’est l’occasion de trouver de l’aide dans leur découverte et dans la mise en oeuvre d’un modèle économique basé sur les données”, explique Philippe Van Impe. “Nous pouvons ainsi leur montrer ce qu’elles peuvent tirer des données collectées. Nous pouvons leur donner des idées mais ce sera à elles, par la suite, de les mettre en oeuvre.”

Pour amorcer des relations avec les jeunes pousses, Brussels Data Science compte sur les relais publics ou semi-publics, via des organismes tels qu’Agoria, ViA (Vlaanderen in Actie), iMinds, Flanders DC, Start IT@KBC. Côté universités, des liens ont été tissés avec la KUL, l’UCL, l’Université de Gand et la VUB. Encore très néerlandophone, tout cela. Appel est donc lancé pour un rééquilibrage francophone!

Bien que voulant rester indépendante, la Communauté envisage à terme (court, moyen ou plus long?) de recourir à du sponsoring par des entreprises ayant pignon sur rue

(1) Qui en fait partie? Des personnes présentant des profils et compétences en analyse de données, en mathématiques, en gestion de projets, des consultants spécialisés en analytique, des développeurs, des business strategists, des professeurs d’université, des étudiants… [ Retour au texte ]

Hands-On for Good – Doctors Without Borders – Part2

Join us tonight @transformabxl for the second part of our Hands-On for Good project we are doing for Doctors Without Borders.

with the help and precious support from: transformabxl-logo