Datascience meetup on Legaltech

 

We had in total 175 people registered for S05E03 meetup of the #datascience community of Brussels. 3 legaltech companies demonstrated how they are using datascience to offer better legal services.

Our speakers explained that the data in the legal industry is mainly words and explained us their approach to process vast amounts of unstructured data through Natural Language Processing techniques (NLP).

The event was held in the clubhouse of the AI & Datascience community at DigitYser on February 7th, 2019. Like always it started with a happy hour at 18:00. All presentations were recorded by Ricardo head of the technical team of DigitYser and made available on our different channels. YoutubeTwitter – Facebook.

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Presentation 1 started at 19:00:

How Reacfin proposed to use NLP and deeplearning to check conformity of legal and contractual documents in the re-assurance business.

Reacfin explained us a use case in the re-insurance business. They used NLP to automate the review of huge contracts. Aurélien Couloumy, head of data science, led us through their step by step approach to tackle this issue using Spacy.

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Presentation 2 started at 19:25:

How Jetpack.AI won the #hackBXLaw in November 2018.

The winners of the hackathon on debt recovery, Jetpack.ai, explained their problem solving approach that led them to win the contest and develop their tool: Magpie.

Dodo Chochitaichvili and Gautier Krings explained us how lawyers and data scientists worked together using an agile methodology & KISS principles  where the first iteration was the production of a skateboard.

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Presentation 3 started at 19:50:

Darts-IP explained how AI combined with high quality data is revolutionising Intellectual Property practices.@

The managing director of Darts-ip, Evrard Van Zuylen, and the data scientist, Vignesh Baskaran, aka Vicky  introduced the technology they develop to create a comprehensive database on patents around the globe. They explained the data science process management that lead to their competitive advantage. ”

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#DISUMMIT2019

We are please to announce that the call for speakers is out

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Turning public data to the public good

As governments make more data publicly available, it becomes critical to understand the ways in which that data can be used to benefit society. How can government leaders improve service delivery and social impact through enhanced open data strategies?

This recent playbook gives the an interesting overview of the challenges.

Here is an overview of the proposed articles:

    Turning public data to the public good
    How CDOs can promote machine learning in government
    Implementing the DATA Act
    How CDOs can manage algorithmic risks
    Connecting data to residents through data storytelling
    How CDOs can overcome obstacles to open data-sharing
    CDOs, health data, and the Open Science movement

#DISUMMIT – #machinelearning to improve ranking system of schools by Fritz Schiltz

 

DiS18_Speakers_Fritz SchiltzPresenting Fritz Schiltz our youngest speaker of #disummit – he will talk about using #machinelearning to improve the ranking system of schools.

Fritz is an applied econometrician at the University of Leuven where he applies advanced analytics to evaluate policies, mainly in education. He has worked on reports for the European Union, the Ministry of Education and Syntra. Halfway his PhD in Economics he shifted his interests towards machine learning methods. His presentation is the result from joint work with the Bank of Italy and illustrates how machine learning or AI methods can be used to improve school rankings using an Italian dataset.

Machine learning methods can be used to improve the assessment of school quality. School rankings based on value-added (VA) estimates are subject to prediction errors, since VA is defined as the difference between predicted and actual scores of students. More accurate predictions result in more informative school rankings, and better policies. We introduce a more flexible random forest (RF), rooted in the machine learning literature, to minimize prediction errors and to improve school rankings. Monte Carlo simulations demonstrate the advantages of this approach. Applying the proposed method to administrative data on Italian middle schools indicates that school rankings are sensitive to prediction errors, even when extensive controls are added.

 

Workshop #2 : Telecom Data & HIV Drug Resistance

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Dear Friends,

Come and join us for the second workshop in preparation to the HIV Hack!

Let’s Tackle together the emergence of HIV drug resistance

In the first part, Dalberg Data Insights (www.dalbergdatainsights.com) will share with us how telecom data can be of use to help in public health issues.

In the second part, Marie-Pierre de Béthune will give us an overview of what HIV is, beyond the biology.

Be sure to come!

 

Register here 

Luis

more info: hivhack.org

 

join HIVHACK

#DISUMMIT – higher expectations

Dear Friends,

On June 27th the Data Science Community will hold its 4th annual conference at the ULB. You can expect a day packed with innovative ideas, lots of networking opportunities and FUN. We will have 40 speakers, 6 master classes and 6 hands-on workshops, all in the efforts of demystifying Artificial Intelligence.

Call for speakers: We have received 25 answers to our call for speakers up to now. There still are a few slots available! Hurry up in applying to speak, we are finalising the agenda. I’m sure you have one valuable lesson or another to share with our audience of 800 data experts.

The Keynote speaker: There is a budget for getting the best A.I. expert able at bringing the true face of A.I. to light to us to speak at this year’s Summit. So if you have someone in mind that impressed you recently, please send me his/her details.

The location: In the previous 3 editions of the Summit, we constantly had trouble fitting all our eager participants into the available space. No more. This year, we reserved a much much bigger location for you all – 2,5 time larger to be exact – with one plenary seating room of 800 seats and 6 big training rooms on 2 floors at the ULB Solbosch Campus Auditorium K.

Partner Village and Job Fair: There will be 2 vast areas for networking. One for the partners to show off their innovative ideas; the other for all to hire their best candidates.

Invite your team: Make from #disummit your annual team event and have a productive day with your team at the University of Brussels.

Recruit the best: You can promote your outstanding jobs, participate to the Job Fair and sponsor the tickets for students.

Network and Nerd-Out: Opportunities to network and have fun will be plenty. We will use the conversation starter app again to facilitate your connexion with the most pertinent people. After the Summit, we have a beer garden set up for you to nerd-out after work with craft beer and a barbecue. Yes.

Spread the word: As we have more capacity this year, we are implementing a special incentive program to reward your help in promoting the Summit. You are invited to bring your community at discounted rates and to earn free tickets.

More information on disummit.com

I’m looking forward to meeting you again! Don’t hesitate to contact me, should you have any questions.

Philippe Van Impe

O477 23 78 42

philippe@digityser.org

Job – DATA-SCIENTIST – Koning Boudewijnstichting

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Samen werken aan een betere samenleving

De Koning Boudewijnstichting heeft als opdracht bij te dragen tot een betere samenleving.

De Stichting is in België en Europa een actor van verandering en innovatie in dienst van het algemeen belang en van de maatschappelijke cohesie. Ze zet zich in om een maximale impact te realiseren door de competenties van organisaties en personen te versterken. Ze stimuleert doeltreffende filantropie bij personen en ondernemingen.

Integriteit, transparantie, pluralisme, onafhankelijkheid, respect voor diversiteit en bevorderen van solidariteit zijn haar belangrijkste waarden.

Haar actiedomeinen momenteel zijn armoede en sociale rechtvaardigheid, filantropie, gezondheid, maatschappelijk engagement, ontwikkeling van talenten, democratie, Europese integratie, erfgoed en ontwikkelingssamenwerking.

De Koning Boudewijnstichting beschikt over heel wat kwantitatieve en kwalitatieve data over haar projecten. Dit is een enorme bron aan informatie, die op haar beurt weer input kan geven voor nieuwe initiatieven.

De Koning Boudewijnstichting is op zoek naar een

DATA-SCIENTIST (m/v)
Contract van twee jaar

Profiel
– je hebt ervaring met big data en structureren van data bv. Python (pandas, numpy), R, Spark, ….
– je kan een strategie definiëren om inzichten uit gegevens te extraheren
– je kan data consolideren en harmoniseren
– je kan datamodellen en data-analyses ontwikkelen
– je hebt interesse in de maatschappelijke ontwikkelingen van de actiedomeinen van de Stichting
– je wil graag de bron aan informatie van de Koning Boudewijnstichting beter en meer exploreren maar ook naar extra data op zoek gaan en de cases op een out-of-the-box manier aanpakken
– je hebt een ondernemende en enthousiasmerende attitude, identificeert opportuniteiten en neemt initiatief
– je werkt autonoom en hebt duidelijke verantwoordelijkheden, maar bent tezelfdertijd een teamplayer

Je hebt
– een master diploma in informatica, informatiemanagement, computerwetenschappen, statistiek of gelijkaardig
– bijzondere affiniteit met de thema’s van de Stichting
– uitstekende intermenselijke vaardigheden
– mondelinge en redactionele vaardigheden
– een gezonde dosis emotionele en sociale intelligentie
– talenkennis : Nederlands als moedertaal en een zeer goede kennis van het Frans en het Engels
– kennis van de courante softwarepakketten Word, Outlook, Excel, Powerpoint en sociale media

Wij bieden

– een voltijds contract van bepaalde duur (twee jaar)
– een inhoudelijk boeiende en gevarieerde job met veel autonomie en contacten
– een open, dynamische en menselijke sfeer
– een aantrekkelijk salaris met voordelen
– een flexibele werkregeling (glijdende uren, telewerk)

De Koning Boudewijnstichting wil de samenleving waarvoor zij zich inzetten zo goed mogelijk weerspiegelen. Kandidaten worden dan ook geselecteerd op basis van hun kwaliteiten en vaardigheden, ongeacht geslacht, afkomst of beperking. Als je een beperking hebt, laat ons dat vooraf weten. We zorgen ervoor dat je in de best mogelijke omstandigheden kunt deelnemen aan de selecties.

Meer jobs? kom dan naar de JobFair op 28 September.

Schrijf je in voor de JobFair van de data science Community dat doorgaat op DigitYser op 28 September.

#datascience JobFair will take place at Digityser on September 28th – come and meet 20 recruiting companies and over 70 candidates.
Companies can book their place by sending an e-mail to training@di-academy.com
Jobseekers can book their place though EventBrite: http://bit.ly/2x4YO79

Interesse om rechtstreeks te soliciteren?

Stuur uw brief + c.v. tegen uiterlijk 30 september 2017 naar mevrouw Pascale Criekemans, Brederodestraat 21 in 1000 Brussel of per e-mail : criekemans.p@kbs-frb.be
Voor meer info kan u bellen naar 02/549 02 14 of op kbs-frb.be

Summer Update

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We just finished the most amazing quarter since our creation. We moved to DigitYser, found 2 new supporters with Sofina and the Brussels Region, we launched the second coding camp and datascience bootcamp. Unfortunately we also had to say goodbye to a good friend.

Moved to DigitYser & new core team.

DigitYser is the digital flagship of Brussels where communities gather to learn about, co-create and implement digital solutions focused on Blockchain, Data & AI , IOT and VR.

www.digityser.org

2nd Coding Camp and Data Science Bootcamp.

The candidate data scientist will sharpen his coding skills during the summer coding camp.

Companies will have the possibility to meet the candidates in person and offer them a job.

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Job Fair to meet the candidates of the Data Science Bootcamp.

Introducing our Summer Coding Camp participants to organisations interested to sponsor their Data Science Bootcamp is key to DigitYser’s mindset

Recruiting Interns.

We are recruiting interns and want to help them to get a much better insight into the following passions : AI – VR – Data – Blockchain – IoT – Social Media – Video.

Ending with sad news:

We end this overview with sad news as our friend Colin Molter has flown away. Colin was a respected data science professional & entrepreneur and Chief Data Science @ AXA.

You can leave a kind word for his family in the comments of the linkedin post.

Up to you ! Please help us.

  • Please share the info about the data science bootcamp to your colleagues.
  • Share the info of the job fair with your HR department.
  • Come and visit us at DigitYser and attend one of our events.
  • Write a nice message for Colin on our linkedin post.

Contact details & interesting links:

Join the Data Science Job Fair

Introducing our Summer Coding Camp participants to organisations interested to sponsor their Data Science Bootcamp is key to DigitYser’s mindset

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We are so excited to have been contacted by so many talented professionals interested to join our Summer Coding Camp! This is a clear sign on the awareness towards the importance of developing and promoting Data Science skills.

This is a great prelude for the first Data Science Job Fair 2017 edition, where we bring in contact the participants of our Summer Coding Camp with organisations who are interested to sponsor their Data Science Bootcamp and to invite them to work for them. This is in line DigitYser’s mindset, which is highly focused on bringing together different stakeholders around the activities we organise.

A year ago, during each of our Data Science Job Fairs, an average of 20 companies (Innovation and Training Partners) were able to meet 40 participants of our Summer Coding Camp and Data ScienceBootcamp. This is a great opportunity which goes beyond a typical job fair, as the event’s format to both the training’s participants and the organisations to briefly present themselves to everyone, ensuring a clear visibility of their profiles and the added value they bring along.

The event is open to everyone: feel free to book your place and join us on August 1st. It is free of charge for the Summer Coding Camp participants and for our partners. Don’t hesitate to contact Philippe (pvanimpe@gmail.com) if you want to know all the benefits of being a partner.

If you want to join the Summer Coding Camp, you are still on time! Join our informative session on July 17th. or contact us asap via e-mail (training@di-academy.com).

Keep an eye on the upcoming events on our Facebook page, and join us at our Data Science events at DigitYser! We look forward to meeting you soon!

Announcing the second Data Science Bootcamp

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Why investing on a Data Science bootcamp is a win-win for both organisations and employees

“Once upon a time, when data was part of an isolated silo…”

The previous phrase perfectly reflects how data projects were perceived in the past. Long gone are those days! Nowadays, data is used in more integrated manner, allowing to connect the dots among different data pools and to predict trends. This digital transformation supports companies to be more proactive and remain competitive. In an era where terms like “Big Data” and “Blockchain” are ubiquitous, organisations need to ensure that the way they manage data is up to speed to take the full advantage of it.

A few weeks ago, during a panel discussion on the CDO role scope, Jonas Vandenbruaene pointed out that 40% of the cases when data projects do not meet expectations are related to lack of skills. In order to sort out this challenge, organisations need to actively support their employees to acquire and master data related skills. Furthermore, this requires to -on top of acquiring technical skills- understand how to correlate data to business decisions and processes.

The acquisition of technical skills for handling needs to be complemented with business acumen acquired through real life business cases

Hence, it is crucial that companies proactively encourage and support their employees to update their skill-set with a pragmatic approach. This certainly represents a win-win: while the organisation acquires state-of-the-art tools, the employees performance and motivation remain high, leading to a good employee retention level.

In order to help organisations to achieve this, at di-Academy we are thrilled to present the second edition of our Data Science bootcampThe program will take place at our brand new location (at DigitYser, centrally located next to metro Yser in Brussels) and is set up in two pillars:

  • The first pillar is a 7 week long Summer Camp (starting on August 7th.), providing knowledge on coding and technical tools via coached MOOC’s. Participants can also earn a certification on SAS, Microsoft Azure, SQL, Python, R, and Statistics.
  • The second pillar is a 12 week long Data Science Bootcamp (starting on October 2nd.), during which real business cases are presented by our partners on a basis of 2 days a week.

This scheme allows corporations two enrich their human talent in 2 directions:

  • Training their existing employees, allowing them to combine the bootcamp with their current job.
  • Meet highly skilled jobseekers who can be hired after the bootcamp. For this purpose, throughout the program, there will be several job fairs showcasing the participants’ talent.

Do you want to learn more details on these training and the job fairs? We invite you to join our presentation and Q&A session on July 3rd. and to contact us (training@di-academy.com, +32 (0) 470 365 507), so we can provide more details.

It is a pleasure for di-Academy to help talented companies and their employees developing digital skills. We look forward to be in touch with you and to keep alive the conversation on acquiring Data Science skills!

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