Digital wake up call for Belgium – Call for action !




 The HBR published recently a terrifying article called

‘Where the Digital Economy Is Moving the Fastest’


This article shows that based on the Our Digital Evolution Index (DEI), created by the Fletcher School at Tufts University (with support from Mastercard and DataCash), Belgium is ‘stalling out’. Like they say, Stall Out countries have achieved a high level of evolution in the past but are losing momentum and risk falling behind. My worry here is that we are positioned to be slower than France(wablief !).

I’m also not convinced that we are better prepared for the digital marketplace than the Netherlands as it seems but … ,“As part of our research, we wanted to understand who was changing quickly to prepare for the digital marketplace and who wasn’t.  Perhaps not surprisingly, developing countries in Asia and Latin America are leading in momentum, reflecting their overall economic gains. But our analysis revealed other interesting patterns. Take, for example, Singapore and The Netherlands. Both are among the top 10 countries in present levels of digital evolution. But when we consider the momentum – i.e., the five-year rate of change from 2008 to 2013 – the two countries are far apart. Singapore has been steadily advancing in developing a world-class digital infrastructure, through public-private partnerships, to further entrench its status as a regional communications hub. Through ongoing investment, it remains an attractive destination for start-ups and for private equity and venture capital. The Netherlands, meanwhile, has been rapidly losing steam. The Dutch government’s austerity measures beginning in late 2010 reduced investment into elements of the digital ecosystem. Its stagnant, and at times slipping, consumer demand led investors to seek greener pastures.”

So, High time for action, let’s do something about this !

The fact that President Obama calls out to the DataScience community for help shows clearly that our skills are highly valued. So, why don’t we all help to push the Belgian digital agenda a bit harder.

Let’s discuss this on March 26th, and let’s make sure that our Data Innovation Summit becomes the start of a new datascience initiative.

The Data Innovation Summit in Brussels is a one day conference gathering all the Belgian actors facilitating data innovation. It is an action packed conference where more than 30 speakers will demonstrate what they do that helps us compete in this digital marketplace.


Is it that bad ?

As you can read in the recent post from Karsten Strauss in Forbes – no European center of technology comes close to matching the entrepreneurial factory of Silicon Valley.

Still, Europe has its bright spots. Last year the European Commission rated its top tech hubs based on complex indexes of data on information and communication technology research, education, employment and reams of other data. Germany’s city of Munich took the top position, followed by East London, in the UK; and Paris, France.


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Summit: Data Innovation Summit – Made in Belgium

Thursday, Mar 26, 2015, 9:00 AM

AXA building
boulevard du Souverain, 25 Watermael-Boitsfort, BE

216 Business & Data Science pro’s Attending

We are organizing a full day event to celebrate our first birthday.This event will be held in Brussels and hosted by AXA . The focus of the presentations will be on Belgian bigdata and datascience projects.Government, Universities and Companies will present the value they managed to get out of their analytic projects.In the evening we will have…

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President Barack Obama’s Big Data Keynote – Strata + Hadoop World 2015

So nice to see that the president of the US believes in the importance of Data Science and Open Data



President Barack Obama talks about the importance of Big Data and Data Science, and introduces Dr. DJ Patil as the first ever Chief Data Scientist and Deputy Chief Technology Officer for Data Policy.

Dr. Patil will work with the Office of Science and Technology Policy.

25 Data Scientists Popular on LinkedIn by Vicent Granville

I received this morning, like everyone, an email from LinkedIn about 59 of your LinkedIn connections that are more popular than you. In short, it represents about 0.5% of my 10,000+ connections, and I decided to share with you those people listed at the top – the top 100, not just the top 59. This is based on profile views over the last 7 days, so it will change week after week. Also, I removed recruiters, generic VC or angel investors, and non data scientists in general (based on skill mix): it narrowed down to 25 profiles, listed below.

Interestingly, very few are females (I think only one, Monica), and of course quite a few are employed by linkedIn. Some famous people like Gregory from KDNuggets, Nate Silver or Prof. Davenport are missing. But at least, it shows a very different picture, compared with the traditional “top data scientists” lists published by journalists, and based on some mysterious mix of questionable Twitter metrics, and unfiltered data. In short, the list below provides a fresh perspective about top data science thought leaders and practitioners.

  1. Bernard Marr – Best-Selling Author, Keynote Speaker and Consultant …
  2. DJ Patil – VP of Product at RelateIQ
  3. Josh Bersin – Principal and Founder, Bersin by Deloitte
  4. Chuck Brooks – Vice President, Client Executive for the Department …
  5. Avinash Kaushik – Author, Blogger, Digital Marketing Evangelist
  6. Roman Stanek – Founder and CEO at GoodData
  7. Daniel Tunkelang – Head of Query Understanding at LinkedIn
  8. Joseph Sirosh – Corporate Vice President at Microsoft
  9. Deepak Agarwal – Director of Engineering at LinkedIn
  10. David Barton – Analytics Divisional Head at Innovation Enterprise
  11. Dez Blanchfield – Strategy & Architecture, Australian Federal G…
  12. John Ricci – Founder at US Angel Investors
  13. Pardeep Kumar Mishra – Big Data / Hadoop Consultant
  14. Vince Zhu – Graduate Student at NYU Courant Institute of Mathematic…
  15. Muddu Sudhakar – VP & GM Big Data and Cloud Analytics at VMware
  16. Craig Kuo-Jen Chao, PhD – BD & Data Scientist at Vpon Inc. 
  17. Vincent Granville – Data Scientist, Startup Entrepreneur
  18. Dan Steinberg – President at Salford Systems
  19. Simon Zhang – Business Analytics Sr. Director at LinkedIn
  20. Monica Rogati – VP of Data at Jawbone
  21. Srikanth Velamakanni – Chief Executive Officer, Fractal Analytics
  22. Shize Su – PhD Candidate at University of Virginia, Electrical and …
  23. Wolfgang Kraske – Senior Principal Consultant: Big Data Integration…
  24. Venkat Viswanathan – Chairman at LatentView
  25. Boumediene Hamzi – Mathematician, Researcher in Control & Dynam…

33 most noted Data Scientists on Twitter by Baiju NT

33 most noted Data Scientists on Twitter

Jun 27, 2014  by Baiju NT

Do you follow these 33 most notable Data Scientists on Twitter?

1. Hilary Mason @hmason

Data Scientist in Residence at @accel. I ♥ data and cheeseburgers.

2. John Myles White @johnmyleswhite

Scientist at Facebook and Julia developer. Author of Machine Learning for Hackers and Bandit Algorithms for Website Optimization. Tweets reflect my views only.

3. Peter Skomoroch @peteskomoroch

Creating intelligent systems to automate tasks & improve decisions. Entrepreneur, ex Principal Data Scientist @LinkedIn. Machine Learning, Product, Networks

4. Gregory Piatetsky @kdnuggets

KDnuggets President, Analytics/Big Data/Data Mining/Data Science expert, KDD & SIGKDD co-founder, was Chief Scientist at 2 startups, part-time philosopher.

5. Ryan Rosario @DataJunkie

Machine Learning Engineer at Facebook: statistician & computer scientist. Natural language processing, network analysis, modeling. UCLA Bruin. Opinions my own.

6. DJ Patil @dpatil

Building products at RelateIQ –

7. Jeff Hammerbacher @hackingdata

@techammer @hammer_lab @cloudera

8. David Smith @revodavid

Blogger, R evangelist and Chief Community Officer at Revolution Analytics —

9. Christopher D. Long @octonion

JMI data scientist and thoroughbred analyst. Consultant for the Houston Rockets and an unnamed MLB team.

10. Carla Gentry @data_nerd

Data Scientist, Data_Nerd Founder Analytical-Solution. What can your data do for you? Measure, Segment, Research and Data Analysis – keys for increasing ROI

11. Ben Lorica @bigdata

Chief Data Scientist @OReillyMedia. Director of Content Strategy @strataconf. Aspirant Parisien. Every Sunday is a Hack Day.

12. Siah @siah

Just finished a PhD at Berkeley. Silicon Valley Scientist. Machine Learning, HCI, Data Science and Statistics. Addicted to coffee and in love with @marjoo

13. Ferenc Huszar @fhuszar

VC data scientist at @Balderton. Previously at @PeerIndex

14. Drew Conway @drewconway

Data nerd, hacker, student of conflict.

15. Michael Wu Ph.D. @mich8elwu

Scientist: Big Data, Gamification, Influence, Predictive Social Analytic, Cyber Anthropology, Social Network Analysis, Machine Learning, Community Dynamics

16. Matt Wood @mza

Amazon Web Services

17. Olivier Grisel @ogrisel

Datageek, engineer @Parietal_INRIA, contributor to scikit-learn. I like Python, NumPy, Spark & interested in Machine Learning, NLProc, {Big|Linked|Open} Data.

18. Josh Wills @josh_wills

Data Scientist and Apache Crunch committer. I mostly tweet about #hadoop and postmodern lit. Yeah, I know.

19. John Foreman @John4man

Chief Data Scientist @MailChimp. My new book Data Smart ( ) is out from @WileyTech.

20. Jake Porway @jakeporway

Believer in tech+data for beautiful purposes || Director @DataKind || TV nerd @NatGeoChannel || Fiercely optimistic

21. Andrew Ng @AndrewYNg

Chief Scientist of Baidu; Chairman and Co-Founder of Coursera; Stanford CS faculty. #machinelearning, #deeplearning #MOOCs, #edtech

22. Eric Xu (徐宥) @mathena

Data Scientist at Google. Things I enjoy: arts, cooking, martial arts, musicals, painting, philosophy, skateboarding and Zen.

23. Monica Rogati @mrogati

Data @ Jawbone. Turned data into stories & products at LinkedIn. Text mining, applied machine learning, recommender systems. Ex-gamer, ex-machine coder; namer.

24. P. Oscar Boykin @posco

Human @ Twitter, runner, Programming, Hadoop, Scala, co-author of @scalding, @summingbird

25. Benedikt Koehler @furukama

Backpacker Data Scientist • Passionate about Number Crunching, Machine Learning & Big Data • Food & Craft Beer • Hadoop, Python & R • Soc PhD • Dad & Dog Owner

26. David Gutelius @gutelius

Founded the @dataguild. I like startups, data of all sizes, economics, network dynamics, adventure, national insecurities, and improving things.

27. Marck Vaisman @wahalulu

Data Scientist & consultant. Master munger and hacker. Data Community DC Co-Founder. Dad. Geek. Kid at heart ¡venezolano con orgullo!

28. Andreas Weigend @aweigend

Social Data Lab

29. Amy Heineike @aheineike

Director of Mathematics @Quidlabs. Bring on the algorithms!

30. Sebastian Thrun @SebastianThrun

CEO Udacity, Research professor at Stanford, member of National Academy of Engineering, serial entrepreneur.

31. Jen Lowe @datatelling

gonzo dataist for hire. I connect people + numbers + words. Teaching @SVADSI. Taught @ITP_NYU. Researched @S_I_D_L. Cofounded @sfpc_school. #desertgrown

32. Doug Cutting @cutting

33. Kirk Borne @kirkborne

PhD DataScientist Astrophysicist, Top #BigData Influencer. Passions: #DataScience, #DataMining, Astroinformatics, #CitizenScience

53. Philippe Van Impe @pvanimpe

Social entrepreneur, growing the happiest european startups around Data Science and Analytics, Community builder & marketing expert. #DataScience, #BigData,  #BeTech, #Startups, #CitizenScience


Please add the name of the people who should be mentioned in this list. Who else is missing?

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