Launching #AI4Brussels with DigitYser & the DS Community as coalition partners.

Yesterday the AI4Belgium coalition was announced in the presence of VP EC Andrus Ansip and the federal ministers Alexander De Croo & Philippe De Backer.

This coalition is being driven by Agoria and the federal government (BoSa)

Regional #AI hubs: 

  • DigitYser for Brussels,
  • The Beacon for Flanders and
  • the Walloon Réseau AI.

Other supporters:

imec, BNKVI , BeCentral and the AI & Data Science Community of Belgium.

What I find interesting in the Strategy is the call to create “ecosystem that facilitate more responsible data-sharing with reinforced open data policies, more collaborations & a platform with well-structured tools and approaches.”

Read more: http://www.ai4belgium.be/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/AI_4_Belgium_EN_WEB_01.pdf

First concrete actions :

Thank You:

A perfect moment for us to thank our training partners and technology partners for making this datascience community such a success.

Tonight Feb 20th – Sold Out meetup @ DigitYser – Intelligence Artificielle – Peut-elle être éthique ?

SOLD OUT:

Tonight at DigitYser in the clubhouse of the AI & Data Science Community of Belgium we will welcome 3 prestigious speakers to talk about AI and Ethics.

Julie Foulon our neighbour and co-founder of MolenGeek will be presenting the speakers.

SOLD OUT: Over 200 people have registered and we closed the reservations, but don’t worry the content will be streamed and made available live www.digityser.org/live/ and on our youtube channel: https://lnkd.in/gq8qhta if you are on the road you will be able to follow on Twitter https://lnkd.in/g7CmS84

DISUMMIT June 26th at the ULB: As you are interested in the topic of datascience and Ethics you are also kindly invited to our annual conference disummit2019

👁‍🗨 if you are an expert eager to share its knowledge you can register your presentation here: https://lnkd.in/g4rPbSN

👁‍🗨 if you are a company and you want to be seen you can partner with us : https://lnkd.in/gN3wHy5 more info: disummit.org

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 goodHow CDOs can promote machine learning in governmentImplementing the DATA ActHow CDOs can manage algorithmic risksConnecting data to residents through data storytellingHow CDOs can overcome obstacles to open data-sharingCDOs, 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

Koning Boudewijnstichting
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

activity update

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!