DiSummit 2019 in a nutshell and why it’s a place to be on June 26th!

Interview by Tatiana Donets with Philippe Van Impe

On June 26th the AI4Belgium & Data Science Community will hold their 5th annual Summit. You can expect a day packed with innovative ideas and discussions, lots of networking opportunities and perhaps most importantly a chance to have fun with professionals from a wide array of backgrounds. .

This is already the fifth time you organise the DiSummit. Why did you decide to dedicate this year edition to the theme of « Being human in the age of AI »?

Philippe Van Impe: Last year we developed the theme of « AI demystification », showing that in Belgium we have been active in the AI domain for over twenty years and lived through two AI winters already.

The year before we were focussing on « Data4good initiatives » (or how we can use data to build a better world).

Taking into account what was going on at European level (for example the work of Natalie Smuha coordinating a European agreement called Draft Ethics Guidelines for Trustworthy AI), as well as different local initiatives such as #AI4Belgium, it was natural that the human side of AI would get a podium this year.

In my opinion it is a good, positive theme that will promote AI and explain that it is not a “dangerous” thing.

What will be the main topics covered during this edition?

Philippe Van Impe: We will mostly focus on how to drive ethical AI into business and corporate world. We will also host the AI-awards – showing that today Belgium has a lot of start-ups using AI as a main differentiator to their product.

On top of this we’ll keep the formula that worked well last year:

  1. Big networking event of the entire #AI4belgium and Datascience community.
  2. Thirty one-hour workshops and master classes.
  3. More than forty inspiring presentations.

Speaking of ethics: lately we heard a lot about a biased AI raising a question of gender and racial discrimination. In your opinion how can the AI contribute to promote gender or equality for example?

Philippe Van Impe: The first conference we organised five years ago turned out to have 85% of male speakers. In 2016 we have already counterbalanced this by focussing on women in AI.

Having a gender-balanced agenda is just normal and is something that we want to achieve, even if the ladies are a little bit less proactive in proposing pitches. It is our task as a community to motivate them to share their ideas. This will automatically lead to a more balanced agenda where other topics are being put forward.

To answer your question it is clear that AI could include additional test to make sure that obvious bias is taken out of the equation. I have seen different start-ups promoting the fact that they are an ethical AI company.

Can you name some of your keynote speakers?

Philippe Van Impe: This year we have forty-five outstanding speakers. Here are some of them:

  • Luc Julia – worked on Siri and is currently driving innovation at Samsung.
  • Stephen Brobst – advised Obama on Bigdata issues and is now CTO of Teradata.
  • Caroline Pauwels & Yvon Englert –working hard to promote bilingual education in Brussels
  • Lorelien Hoet will explain us the basics of Ethical AI.

Europe is considered to be way behind USA and China in terms of AI race. How do you see a possible contribution of Brussels and Europe to AI development?

Philippe Van Impe: I believe we are well positioned in terms of our education system. Certainly in Belgium quantitative sciences are amongst the best taught subjects.

The fact that we are in the middle of the Ethical AI discussion will help us a lot: already today we see this topic presented to the students in the different data science courses.

We cannot compete in the R&D area. Certainly US, with its universities and companies, such as Google, Amazon, Apple, are far ahead – most of the AI innovations will come from there.

China, on the other hand, is stronger in using technology in practical cases. They are better in rolling out the technology. I believe that it is where we can make a difference as well.

Our country is a complex country with different rules and languages, so if you develop a solution here it will automatically include all the possible alternatives needed to deploy in any other country.

In your opinion may this event be of interest for general public outside Data science and AI community and why?

Philippe Van Impe: Yes, of course. Everyone uses AI today, so it is good for people to understand its limitations. During the event we will demonstrate many different applications where AI is used.

And finally can you give us your three main reasons to attend DiSummit 2019?

Philippe Van Impe: Because it is the annual event of the AI4Belgium and datascience community.
There are many reasons why you should come to DiSummit 2019 but if I have to choose, here are my main three:

  1. To inspire your team with real live business cases.
  2. To learn new techniques and develop new ideas in the workshops.
  3. To meet opinion leaders and be part of the AI4Belgium network.

Anything else you would like to add ?

Philippe Van Impe: Yes I would like to thank all our partners over the past years we are still working with the same partners but their number has increase at each event. Special thanks to:

  • all communities & meetups groups that are contributing each year to the success of this event
  • the speakers and trainers who are going to share their experience with all of us
  • the structural partners icity.brussels, hub.brussels, digityser.org, AI4Belgium and Accenture.
  • The numerous partners who are always supporting our activities

 

About diSummit:

On June 26th the AI4Belgium & Data Science Community will hold their 5th annual Summit. You can expect a day packed with innovative ideas and discussions, lots of networking opportunities and perhaps most importantly a chance to have fun with professionals from a wide array of backgrounds.

Like last year our event will take place at the ULB in Brussels in building K. On the main stage we will have 45 esteemed speakers who will seek to inspire you and 6 other parallel tracks. We have also prepared 12 master classes on topics as diverse and critical as ethics, recruiting and architecture as well as 12 workshops for the more hands-on people .

Furthermore, the Job fair will be bigger and better than ever before! There will be a space for the regional AI-initiatives and like last year a partner village will be on the ground floor.

In addition to this, this year we are adding the AI Awards to reward the most interesting AI-projects and the most promising AI-startup.

more info: disummit.org – Facebook – Twitter  – Linkedin – Instagram – Youtube

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#AI4Belgium – Honouring the AI-initiatives in Belgium

DIS19 semi Finals

AI Awards in Belgium.

The AI4Belgium & Datascience community is honouring the most interesting projects and the most promising startups.

Over the past weeks over 80 nominations have been submitted. The entire community is fully engaged in the nomination and selection of these Awards. check the list here: https://disummit.org/ai-awards/

The companies that have accepted their nomination have been invited at DigitYser to record a short video and  interview.

All nominees will also be present on May 16th – #AI startup for a networking evening where they will do a short 5 minute presentation to the public.

The selection of the AI-Award winner  will be done on the whova app by all the participants to the diSummit.

The 7 startups with the most votes will present at the disummit on June 26th.

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#diSummit D-72: Already 75 Belgian startups nominated for the #AI awards

The #AI4Belgium and Datascience community have facilitated the nomination of some of the best #AI companies in Belgium. We are starting the recording of the video interviews this week in order to allow the community members to learn more about the projects that were delivered in the past few years. All members will be asked to vote.

For you it is high time to get your favourite company on this list. You can nominate them on https://disummit.org/ai-awards/ .

Nominate the AI Startup of the Year:

  1. Amethix Technologies – they design and build data analytics engines to augment human capital and empower organizations like never before
  2. AMIA Systems – @ULBruxelles spin-off providing innovative #tech allowing to Visualize, Quantify & Optimize factory layouts
  3. Boobook – With their deep expertise in advanced analytics and data visualisation, we give businesses the required insights to underpin their decisions
  4. BrainJar – They solve business challenges with AI and build brains for your business needs
  5. Chatlayer – builds conversational agents your customers like on a AI driven platform
  6. Citizenlab – A citizen engagement platform for local governments. Reach more citizens, manage their ideas efficiently, and make decisions based on real-time data.
  7. Complidata – develops A.I.-driven Process Automation Solutions to streamline and optimise Compliance processes
  8. Crunch Analytics – Impact through data
  9. Cumul.io – Powerful dashboards
  10. Daltix – provides real-time retail insights to support your commercial decision making
  11. Data.be – business info
  12. Dataminded – Better data engineering
  13. Dataroots – Experts in Datascience
  14. DataSense – Because your data makes sense!
  15. DataShift – Always on the hunt to make sense out of data
  16. DataStories – an augmented analytics software partner for industrial businesses with complex R&D or manufacturing processes
  17. Datylon – They design, engineer and host digital solutions that turn data into compelling visualizations, driving better decision making
  18. Depthen – They organize and enrich your media content and meta-data
  19. Digazu –  created by EURA NOVA to leverage the maximum value of each data-driven business case while turning the whole company data-centric
  20. Faktion – Faktion is an applied AI engineering service provider
  21. Find Me – They find the best deal for you in no time
  22. Fourcast – Google cloud solution provider
  23. Geckomatics – lean mobile mapping
  24. Hozint – a Threat Intelligence Platform HORIZON that provides near-realtime alerts, including #BreakingNews and #TravelWarnings
  25. Icometrix –  Transforming patient care through imaging AI
  26. Image Forgery Detector – provides an anti-fraud platform that identifies misuse of identity via tampering of digital image or document to the organizations
  27. In The Pocket – creates digital products that make people happy and businesses grow
  28. Infofarm – The Data Science Company
  29. JetPack – Operational Analytics
  30. Juyo Analytics – Hotel Analytics
  31. Kantify – They create cutting edge artificial intelligence solutions that you can implement today
  32. Keyrock – combines in-house algorithmic trading bots, high frequency trading infrastructure and industry expertise to supply market making and liquidity services to the cryptocurrency ecosystem
  33. Klarrio – one-stop shop for IoT & Analytics
  34. Lantana – They bring valued solutions with a focus on Artificial intelligence & Blockchain
  35. Lawbox – Smart law for smart people
  36. Lex.be – disrupting the legal information world and bringing innovation to legal professionals
  37. LynxCare – The AI powered outcome data platform. Supported by @AlchemistAccelerator (San Francisco ) @imecVentures (Brussels)
  38. Macty – Artificial intelligence for the fashion industry
  39. MeetMatch – Revolutionary networking at your event
  40. MultiMinds – Discover and activate your underlying business potential
  41. Noisy Channels – they use cognitive technologies to make knowledge-intensive processes smarter, faster and better
  42. One Datapartner – Inspires companies and helps them exploit the full potential of their data
  43. Omina Technologies – it is all about 360° Artificial Intelligence solutions to fit your needs…
  44. Parcify – Get things moving
  45. Pick It – Robot vision made easy
  46. Predicube – Big Data Analytics spinoff from Univ. of Antwerp and iMinds, focusing on efficient marketing and risk management practices
  47. Qualifio – Interactive Marketing & Data Collection Platform
  48. Radix.ai – They accelerate the pace at which Machine Learning innovations are turned into reality.
  49. ReImagine – Reimagine your organization by leveraging Artificial Intelligence and Robotic solutions
  50. RetViews – Fashion analytics on competitive brands
  51. RoboVision – Deep Learning Applied
  52. Scriptbook – Artificially intelligent screenplay analysis & Automated story generation
  53. Sket – Legaltech as a service
  54. Shape – data monitoring for data science and data management
  55. Tengu – Your DataOps Interface! From Your First Data Training Wheels To Data Professional At Full Speed
  56. Trade Pharma Network – platform for buyers & sellers performing routine transactions of medicines
  57. Trigghr – Our bidirectional match enables companies to discover unexpected and really motivated talents!
  58. WeGroup – InsurTech startup that enables insurance providers to connect with their customers in a digital world
  59. Xplodata – from data to insights
  60. Yields – the first FinTech platform that uses AI for automated model validation and real-time monitoring on an enterprise-wide scale
  61. Zora Robotics – ZoraBots is an interactive and caring platform solution which runs on the world’s most popular humanoid robots
  62. and many more to come that can be nominated by you

Some Scale Ups worth mentioning:

  1. Collibra – Find, understand, and trust your data
  2. DataCamp – The smartest way to learn datascience online
  3. Ontoforce – Their semantic linked data and visualization platform DISQOVER powers citizen data science
  4. Riaktr – Formerly Real Impact Analytics. They transform telecom data into action.
  5. Rombit – Improve efficiency, worker safety and security. Rombit connects people, assets and devices in user-friendly software
  6. Sentiance –  is a data science company turning IOT sensor data into rich insights about people’s behavior and real-time context
  7. SoftKinetic – Sony Depthsensing solutions is a Leading 3D Vision and Gesture Recognition technology provider
  8. Sortlist – Find and contact #agencies through the people you already trust
  9. Timi – Belgian’s most powerful framework to push the barriers of analytics and predictive analytics, while offering a helpful, fast and friendly environment
  10. Ugentec – Automated analysis of raw PCR data, automated interpretation of multiplex assays, automated QC workflow, automated LIMS transfer, automated audit trail
  11. and many more to come that can be nominated by you

Nominated  AI Project of the Year​:

  1. AI4Belgium
  2. #data4betterhealth 
  3. VDAB AI project
  4. HIVHACK.org
  5. Hack Belgium
  6. Riaktr Model Factory
  7. Waizu Software by ML6

Nominated  AI Personalities of the Year​:

 

If you have any comments about this first list, please send your message to info@disummit.org .

Let’s build the content of the diSummit together

PLEASE nominate your favourite speaker, startup or project in a separate linkedin post using disummit2019 .
The annual conference of the AI & Data Science Community of Belgium will again take place at the ULB.
The format of the summit on 26/6 is the same as last year: 1 plenary of 800 people, 3 master classes & 3 hands-on tracks of 60 each.
And we have added 2 semi finals at DigitYser to select 7 finalists from the long lists of nominees in the categories:
  • April 11th – AI project of the year  
  • May 16th – AI start-up of the year  

Highlights of diSummit 2018

Looking at the quality of this year’s speakers and the number of tickets sold,  it looks like the #DISUMMIT is becoming the “annual conference of the European #AI ecosystem “

Here is the success formula:

  1. diSummit is organised together with Icity.brussels at the Universite Libre de Bruxelles. We expect 800 participants.
  2. The event is the annual conference of the #datascience community grouping all the related meetups like Data Science Community (Brussels, Liège, Antwerp, Ghent, Leuve),  R-ladies, #AI meetup …
  3. It is a Team event where companies send out their teams to update their skills and to get some inspiration.
  4. All the stakeholders of the #AI ecosystem are participating:
    Academic – Political – Communities – Start-ups – SME – Big Corporates:

    1. CxO of top startups like Collibra or Digital Genius
    2. #AI Think thanks from different countries ( Hub France #AI , Vlaanderen AI , UK )
    3. Top universities present with speakers and workshops (Monreal, KUL, ULB, VUB …)
    4. Passionate speakers with less experience in the Ingnite talk sessions
  5. Lots Networking is organised to allow everyone to connect with the right people of the industry.
  6. Companies recruiting are present at the Jobfair to meet the experts and the young graduates that wil be present.
  7. At the Partner Village companies looking for solutions can talk to the real experts
  8. Inspiring day geared around learning and sharing
    1. Over 50 presentations in the plenary
    2. Master Classes for the managers in the break outs
    3. Hands-on sessions for the nerds in the break outs
  9. There is a very exclusive speakers’ dinner hosted by Prof. Hugues Bersini on June 20th.
  10. And at the end the day there is a BBQ with the best craft beers of Brussels

It is the 4th edition and all previous editions were sold out.
Please don’t forget to forward this to your teams and recruiting experts because you can still book a booth at the JobFair or in the Partner Village.

Key Figures about the event:

  • 7 parallel session – 1 auditorium for 800p and 6 classrooms for 60p
  • 800 participants coming from the entire #AI ecosystem
  • 50 Presentations
  • 10 Master Classes
  • 10 Hands-on workshops
  • 50 companies recruiting

More information:  disummit.com
Check out the videos.  

 

#DISUMMIT – PN Schwab – Data Sovereignty

DiS18_Speakers_Pierre-Nicolas SchwabAt the 2017 Data Innovation Summit I highlighted the need to take ethics into account when designing algorithms (see also the first meetup we organized at DigitYser with the help of Philippe on this topic). This was my priority at RTBF and has been one of my main area of work at European level as chairman of the Big Data Initiative of the European Broadcasting Union (EBU). This priority seems nowadays to be shared by many and I’m pleased to see that the situation has improved a lot in the last months. I’ll start my 2018 keynote at the Data Innovation Summit with some concrete examples before moving on the next big challenge (and the topic of my 2018 talk): Data Sovereignty.

I first coined this term during a keynote speech I gave earlier this year to RTBF employees in an attempt to raise their awareness on why we need to become less dependent of internet traffic referral sites like Google and Facebook. I further explained my vision in this article.
Data sovereignty is especially crucial for media websites which rely too much on on Google and Facebook. Some fellow members of the European Broadcasting Union have seen their traffic badly hit after Facebook and Google changed their algorithms, revealing our overall dependency to these third-party ecosystems.
At the 2018 Data Innovation Summit I’ll give some astonishing examples of this dependency and will explain the RTBF strategy and what we have done in the last 12 months to achieve our goal: becoming more data-independent and building a sustainable and bright long-term future for our organization.
Besides explaining the steps we undertook to realize this, I will also share with you the message I gave to the members of the EBU Big Data Initiative and the “state of the union” as far as data independency is concerned.

I hope to see you in Brussels on 27 June and to share ideas with you on those important topics.

Pierre-Nicolas Schwab is the founder of market research agency IntoTheMinds
He has been Big Data manager at RTBF (Belgium) since 2016 and was elected chairman of the Big Data Initiative of the European Broadcasting Union (Switzerland) in 2017.

Have you invited your team to DISUMMIT yet ?

#DISUMMIT – Share this with your team.

pablo (7)We are now 4 weeks away from the Annual Conference of the #DataScience Community – JUNE 27 – Université libre de Bruxelles

It will be your team event ! Just that day of the year where you can spend the day with your team and your boss to get inspired by the 40 presentations, sharpen your management skills in the Master Classes, Nerd-Out in the Hands-Out Workshops, Network your socks off in the Partner Village, find new experts for your team at the JobFair and Celebrate your successes during the BBQ in the Beergarden.

Special Team offer (1.000€) :

  • 1 Exclusive invitation to the speakers’ dinner (20/6)
  • 7 Standard Tickets
  • 1 Special 60d advertising on jobpage to find your new team member
  • 7 invitations to the BBQ in the Beergarden
  • Sponsoring of 1 student ticket
  • + Access to DigitYSer for your next teammeeting

more info disummit.com

 

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#DISUMMIT – LAST CALL FOR SPEAKERS

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Last call for speakers. If you want to share your experience in a 5 or 12 minutes talk during the summit, please fill in this form. The deadline Friday May 18th at 24:00.

The Data Innovation Summit

The diSummit (Data Innovation Summit) is a one-day corporate conference taking place each year in Brussels. It is organised by the Data Science Community of Belgium to reunite all players of the data science sector, to diffuse knowledge and share ideas. It is innovative pitches, exhibition booths, head hunting and networking, all in a humane atmosphere. It is open to professionals and students interested in the sector.

Date & Time

This year’s summit will take place on 27th June at ULB Campus Solbosch. Door open at 7:30 AM, first pitch starts at 8:45 AM. Last pitch is at 17:30 PM, doors close at 18:30 PM. There is a beer garden organised by DigitYser starting then.

There have been three previous renditions until present date, all sold out to 500+ participants. We have selected a bigger venue this year to accommodate more participants.

Conference Theme

This year’s conference theme is “A.I. Demystified”. People often have a negative “evil-robots-invading-humankind” idea of A.I., when unfamiliar with the technology. That image is absolutely fictional. As such, the diSummit is organised to change that perception by spreading up-to-date knowledge to the community. A.I. is a useful tool that can optimize specific elements of digitalisation. It is a powerful tool controlled by ordinary people, no more, no less. Through the Summit, the Data Science Community hopes to facilitate the sharing of knowledge, to keep all of its members aware of all the benefits and implications of the A.I. technology.

#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