Fraiday #11: AI in Eindhoven

For this special edition the Fraiday-train went to Eindhoven, the city of endless innovations! Our guest speaker was non other than professor Joaquin Vanschoren, the initatior of “Open ML”.

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Fraiday #10: Responsible AI

The tenth edition of Fraiday featured talks by Willem Koeman (Amsterdam Economic Board) and Valerie Frissen (SIDN Funds). The discussion centered around the question whether or not technology was neutral and how we could make sure that AI is going to be used responsibly.

Check out the photos by Mike Breeuwer.

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Fraiday #9: AI in Canada

Fraiday is the monthly meet-up for professionals who are AI-curious. We have a simple format, involving drinks, lively debate around a theme and a group picture.

The inagural Fraiday event in Canada took place on November 24th at Abe Erb in Kitchener, Ontario. Organized by Aigency’s own Ramy Nassar and Eiso Vaandrager a diverse group of AI-enthusiasts got together to talk about the current state of Artificial Intelligence and the potential impact on business and society.

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Fraiday #8: AI & HR

Last week we had a great meetup on AI that was co-hosted and organised together with the HR & Tech Meetup. Very happy that invited us over to their headquarters in the NL.

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Fraiday #7: AI in Business

Fraiday is the monthly meet-up for professionals who are AI-curious. We have a simple format: involving drinks, a theme, lively debate and a group picture.

Some companies outsource their data work, some do it themselves, and some find a hybrid form of cooperation with a startup. For our AI in Business edition of Fraiday, we looked for someone who could embody several approaches that corporates can have towards AI. We found exactly that in Tijmen Blankevoort from Scyfer, whose story reads like a fairytale, ending in the recent acquisition by Qualcomm.

Tijmen sat down with interviewer Jim Stolze in an “inside the actor’s studio” like setting to tell us something about his background and how he got where he is. There where quite some things that you wouldn’t expect from a CTO at a former tech startup! Did you know for example that Tijmen was a contestant of “beauty & de nerd”, or that he studied Japanese before he started his study of mathematics? Read More

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I Amsterdam = AI Msterdam

For the past couple of months, Startup Amsterdam has been doubling down on projects and initiatives that further develop the conversation about AI and machine learning.

We want to make Amsterdam the centre point for AI.

These words were spoken at an AI-themed event for the Corporate Network – as well as five startups and five initiatives working with AI technology. Read More

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Meet us at #WSAI17

The AI brains are coming to Amsterdam… the first ever “World Summit AI” taking place in Amsterdam. A great place for new inspiration and new connections.

Our team will be there for the full two days! Make sure to find Michiel (CTO) at our booth (right next to the main stage, can’t miss it!) or Jim (CEO) in the panel session on the second day.

Also, check out some exciting news that came out of the event.


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Fraiday #6: AI for Good

Fraiday is the monthly meet-up for professionals who are AI-curious. We have a simple format: involving beers, a theme, lively debate and a group picture.

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On 29 September we gathered at the Startup Village to hear from an all-star at the 6th edition of Fraiday. YouTube celebrity Siraj Raval, Jan Kees Schakel from Sensing Clues and Rutger Hofste from the World Resources Institute took the stage to shine some light on the ways that NGO’s are using Machine Learning to improve the world.

The stacked containers of the Startup Village at the Amsterdam Science Park provided the decor for this Fraiday. As people gathered at the bar in anticipation of the speakers it quickly became clear that Fraiday’s turnout is steadily increasing. 85 AI enthusiasts came to hear how they could make a difference.

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Fraiday #5: Let’s Get Practical!

Fraiday is the monthly meet-up for professionals who are AI-curious. We have a simple format: involving beers, a theme, lively debate and a group picture.

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The 5th edition of Fraiday was all about practical application of AI. Bart Vredebrecht from Aiir Innovations and our very own Michiel Berger were there to educate participants on all the ins and outs of AI projects.

For a change of scenery, this edition of Fraiday was at Freedomlab. Upon entering it was immediately clear that it is a place that defies definition. Co working-space, maker-space and innovation hub are all lables that sort of fit the bill at this “Institute for Redefinition” that is all about improving the way we life, work and relate to one another.

Bart gave us an overview of the triumphs and pitfalls that a real life AI project entails. He is the CEO of Aiir Innovations, an AI company that helps airlines with inspection of aircraft engines. He highlighted that a team of human + AI will outperform either of them alone.

After this introductory talk the group split into two breakout sessions. One group, meant for people who are already implementing AI, went with Michiel and discussed practical issues relating to that. The other group, which consisted of the AI curious, was introduced to the Machine Learning Canvas by Bart. The Machine Learning Canvas, which is based on the Business Model Canvas,

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After all that learning the group needed some nourishment, which duly arrived. The post-event discussions were held under the enjoyment of pizza and drinks. If you’d like to see the pics that were made during the day. Click here for the Facebook album.

At the next Fraiday, on 29 September, we’ll find out about all the different ways that AI can be used for good in non-commercial settings. Curious about the possibilities? Join us!

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Join us: AI FOR GOOD

Are you interested in Artificial Intelligence and creating a better world? Come to the next Fraiday on the 29th of September!

How can we use AI for the greater good?

During the next Fraiday we’ll discuss how Artificial Intelligence can be used for humanitarian causes. Expect many students, startups and NGO’s + a surprise speaker. Warning: you might be accused of being overly “optimistic” after you attend this meetup.

  • Date: 29th Sept 2017
  • Time: 6 pm
  • Location: Venture Studio, Science Park, Amsterdam

Interested? Sign up here!


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