Event – Startup weekend – 13/15 November – Brussels


Dear Brussels Data Science Members,

Dear Data Innovation Hub team,

I am writing to you as a co-organiser of the Startup Weekend Changemakers that will be organised in Brussels on 13-15/11 on the campus of the Vlerick Business School . I was wondering if you could pass the message within Data Innovation Hub’s networks, since I believe it could be of interest for your members.

The event is designed for startup enthusiasts, professionals and students aged 18-35 (technical or non-technical entrepreneurs,, business or IT-oriented, designers, social entrepreneurs, etc..) who have an interest in Startups, Entrepreneurship, Technology, Social innovation. During the weekend, participants form teams arounds ideas, co-create start-ups with the support of experienced coaches, and finally pitch their project in front of a professional jury.  It’s a weekend dedicated to business model creation, product designing, prototyping, coding and market validation. No talk, all action!

We are seeking to reach out to a diverse and talented crowd of developers, designers, marketers, students, and other professionals with an entrepreneurial mindset that are willing to push boundaries to create change.

How to proceed? Here are three ways you can help us spread the word:

Thank you so much in advance for promoting this event with us ! Should you need any boost for your own activities, let me know.

Should you need any more information, please ask me directly or inquire at [brussels@startupweekend.org]

Hands-On – Join us Saturday @Vlerick – Social Network Analysis #hackathon

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Next Hands-On will take place in the offices of Vlerick in Brussels


Hands-on : Social Network Analysis Challenge part 2- full day

Saturday, Nov 29, 2014, 9:00 AM

Vlerick Business School
Bolwerklaan 21 Brussels, BE

31 Business & Data Science pro’s Attending

Part 2:We had an excellent first session, the objectives have been defined and documented on the hackpad. Members of the team have requested more time to work together on the project. In order to facilitate this we have  decided  to  reserve a full  day.During this hands on session we will focus on Social Network Analysis. Today the teams will p…

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Outcome day 1:


  • Mehdi El Fadil showcased other visualisations and analysis of the twitter social network, including community detection. An attempt to recover some of his results is described below. Mehdi also described the typical steps involved in a social network analysis project:
  • Groups discussion yielded an analysis of Willingness to travel (see below ), and some participants set up twitter crawlers, to be used following other participants’ needs.
  • We discussed and decided to have a longer, full-day second session on Sat 29 Nov so that participants would really have time to get some work done during the session.




Data scientists aren’t domain experts – Prof Stijn Viaene, 2013

Obtaining maximum value from Big Data projects requires multidisciplinary knowledge in:

  • Business to comprehend the business problems and identify business opportunities that can be tackled with Big Data
  • Analytical to skilfully apply the Big Data models that create the most value
  • IT/Database to understand the IT requirements related to Big Data projects
  • Management to view process as a whole with a focus on change management and people

This Executive Master Class provides participants with the necessary skills to successfully manage this multidisciplinary competencies and to create value with Big Data in their organization.

Are you ready to discover the opportunities out there and be part of a 17 day programme in Brussels and San Francisco?


Why this programme?

By participating in this Executive Master Class, you will:

  • Understand how exploiting Big Data can benefit your company
  • Get a thorough understanding of Big Data modeling techniques
  • Share best practices in Big Data inside and outside your sector
  • Develop a Big Data project for/in your organization


For whom?

Because this programme addresses both business and Big Data, it’s beneficial for a number of professionals. However, understanding Big Data models requires at least a basic analytical background.

This programme is ideal for a multidisciplinary team of 2 people from the following backgrounds:

  • Business analysts who want to use Big Data analytics in a business context
  • Professionals with an IT/technology background who want to learn how this technology can be used to create business value
  • Business experts with a strong analytical background who will be involved in Big Data projects


Module 1 – Modeling

(23, 24 & 25 October 2014; Brussels)

This module connects the worlds of data scientist and business expert by:

  • Presenting an overview of typical analytical & Big Data applications that create value in several industries (Finance, Retail, Telecom, Pharmaceuticals, …)
  • Creating awareness of the latest business trends in Big Data
  • Aligning Big Data investment with business benefits


Module 2 & 3 – Discovering

(27, 28 & 29 November; Ghent – 11, 12 & 13 December 2014; Leuven)

This module introduces participants to more advanced Big Data solutions, focusing primarily on creating value from large volumes of data.

  • The IT infrastructure that is needed to apply Big Data analytics
  • The main advantages & disadvantages of multiple Big Data technologies
  • Data modelling and visualization
  • How to get business value from text data, web data, social network, audio and video data: moving towards customer centricity
  • State of the art in Fraud Analytics: improving Fraud detection using social network analysis
  • Hands-on exposure to tools that turn Big Data into value


Module 4 – Operationalising

(19, 20 & 21 February 2015; Brussels)

This module focuses on turning the insights gained from the previous modules into actions by adapting business processes, architecture and BI systems.

  • How to take advantage of high-velocity data
  • The organisational capabilities that are needed to successfully implement Big Data projects
  • How to put Big Data into action using decision-management solutions


Module 5 – Cultivating

(6, 7, 8, 9 & 10 April 2015; Silicon Valley, San Francisco)

This module investigates how management can optimally exploit the newly created Big Data benefits by cultivating data-driven decision-making in their organisation.

  • A deep dive into organisational strategies to cultivate Big Data innovations
  • How to optimally communicate Big Data projects
  • How to deal with ethics and privacy in a big data world




Discover our Faculty:



23-25 October; 27-29 November; 11-13 December 2014; 19-21 February; 6-10 April 2015

17 days

Vlerick Campus Brussels , Vlerick Campus Ghent , Vlerick Campus Leuven ,Silicon Valley, San Francisco


11495 euros (excl. 21% VAT)
+ €850 catering costs & €1450 for module in San Francisco

Financial Benefits