This week, like any other Data Nerd, the Dare2bi team was at the Data Innovation Summit (#DIS2016) in Brussels at Axa.
In case your were not there, these were the 6 most important take-aways we are eager to share with you.
1. Biases of Data scientists revealed:
As presented by Nele Coghe, Manager di-Academy, European Data Innovation Hub, indeed three out of four scientists are young males. On the contrary they hold not too many PhD’s, mainly master degrees, and not solely in Mathematics & Engineering. Instead of night workers, actually most of them seem to be early birds. They do hold management responsibilities and master communication skills. Of course they do get passionate about topics that are nerdy and not mainstream.
As explained by Jun Stryckers, from Social-Karma, data can help us to overcome some of our unconscious judgments and to build more diverse teams. Some trivial behaviors reminded on job-applications: people with no accent are more likely to be hired, on a sunny day you have a better chance as well; and hand-dominance plays a key role as well. As such interviewees sitting on the right hand-side of a right-handed interviewer have better odds.
2. Women and also kids to take more leadership on data science:
As taught by Katya Vladislavleva from Datastories, all-inclusiveness is a key to build well performing teams. As referring to the TED talk of Reshma Saujani , it is important to teach girls bravery, not perfection; as well to teach boys more eye for detail. Gender stereotypes are being composed between the age of 5 & 7. As from then they are rather complete. As my girls are 20 months & 4 years, I better start applying this knowledge.
Another interesting topic came from Katja Schipperheijn, from The Learnscape, who teaches kids in school to take up digital responsibilities, not to bully kids for example. It is clear that for kids, digital is part of the real world. So to be complete to understand the world they need to learn how to play outside with sand or lego as well as online on Facebook. As such similar to a data value lab, living school labs are being set-up as a strategy for schools and parents to cope with this.
3. Privacy & Anonymity unified across Europe:
As explained by Sari Depreeuw, Senior Lawyer at Daldewolf, Since 27/04/2016 there is one final data protection regulation, as the active instrument valid for the entire European Union. This contains some of the fundamental rights to protect individuals data. Besides consumer revolution demanding more protection of its data, legislation and more strict fees are defined, awaiting the scandals or issues approach has become less appropriate.
As explained by Oyku Isik from the Vlerick Business School, Privacy By Design in changing Business Processes and IT systems has become a good approach to implement these policies at data level. I also remember that many companies are coming up with new innovative ways to share messages on this rather dry topic. Channel 4, for example, hired a comedian and made a video for Customers.
4. Every citizen can contribute to resolve burning issues, starting from unhealthy air, traffic jams in cities or viruses.
Delegate of Bianca Debaets, Brussels Minister of Digitalization, is promoting the usage of open data. In Brussels a portal was opened with open data. This would lead to 1500 new jobs. Another challenge ahead is to get to an open data license across the regions. One app-example was on the hills of Bxl optimization when walking down a certain path from A to B. Another app-example was on better e-health with data & sensors.
5. Access to supercomputers & knowledge made easy:
Leen Van Rentergem & Annemie Depuydt, from K.U.Leuven explained how the 5 Universities of Flandres are making it possible for industries or end-consumers to tap in to the Flemish Supercomputing Centre. Supercomputer: being a computer at the frontline in terms of processing capacity, particularly in terms of speed of calculation. Knowledge made available meaning that processing huge amount of data & computing formulas is accessible even for the smallest companies and start-ups at affordable fees.
6. Can Belgium become a digital athlete?
As explained by Tine Vandenbreeden, majority of investments in Belgium go on “keeping the lights on”. The complexity and legacy on which new business processes can be built is gigantic. To measure your own fitness, you can take the survey here, draw your conclusions, and start your diet tomorrow.
No doubt that digital and data is the new oil. So challenge us how to turn your existing business ready for a new commodity.
By Toon D’Hollander & Triin Tamm.