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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

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