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

Jan Sonck @ DISUMMIT 2017: “Mobile network data, a lever for augmented contextual insights”

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Jan Sonck is the Head of Enterprise Innovation at Proximus, the largest Belgian telecommunications company, where he has also been in charge of Indirect and Multi-Channel Solutions, Marketing and Business Development. Jan is also an experienced marathon runner.

About Jan and how mobile data is being used today

Being a such a large telecommunication company as Proximus gives place to a large set of opportunities to use data, and that is what Jan came to share with us.

The fact of having an increasing  number of people using mobile devices, sketching their digital fingerprint, triggered the collaboration of academia with the telecomm companies to perform joint research offering an overview of the qualitative and quantitative elements the user is considering in his daily life.

Following academia, the collaboration has been extended to other players, such as governmental institutions (at all levels: from municipal to European) and management consulting firms.

These synergies have led to an increasing accuracy on crowd analytics displaying trajectories and new types of visualization (in 2D and 3D). This also involves fusing multiple data sources,  and promoting the importance of open data. The result of this is using mobile data for prediction on a real time basis in different contexts, ranging from large-scale events (for instance, music festivals), air quality, and mobility, among many others.

In a nutshell, collaboration should keep on permeating all sectors, keeping citizens in the loop with the way their data is being used.

A takeaway from Jan’s presentation

“The increasing complexity of data requires to have a deeper sense of collaboration”

 

We look forward to meet Jan soon so he can tell us how collaboration towards mobile data is evolving!

Jan’s interview:

Jan’s presentation recording:

Jan’s deck:

Jan’s presentation drawing:

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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

TOP 6 – 2h Technical workshops during #DISUMMIT

Technical Workshops di-Summit

In addition to the series of management workshops and over 40 presentations, we’d like to bring to your attention that in addition to our excellent line-up of speakers, you may be interested in one of our technical workshops that provide hands-on training:

  1. Pieter Buteneers – Data Strategist and Machine Learning Consultant  – Hands-on Machine Learning with Python
  2. Geert Verstraeten – Managing Partner at Python Managing – Projects in Predictive Analytics
  3. Thierry Turpin and Stephane Tridetti: Optimize DHS with AWS
  4. Faisal Orakzai & Morad Masnaoui: BigData Architecture
  5. Nicolas Deruytter – Managing Director at DataTonic – Hands-on  Workshop  Using  Tensorflow
  6. IBM: Watson Data Platform –  Ann-Elise Delbecq Niko Tambuyser Willem Hendriks Luc Goossens
  • Please check disummit.com form more exciting presentations.

These are only some of the technical workshops we have available.

Thank you to our trainers for sharing their knowledge with us: Pieter Buteneers, Geert Verstraeten, Thierry Turpin, Stéphane Tridetti, Faisal Orakzai, Morad Masnaoui, Nicolas Deruytter, Ann-Elise Delbecq, Niko Tambuyser, Willem Hendriks & Luc Goosens

 

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 eBench.com, 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.