European Data Forum

The European Data Forum was held in Eindhoven, The Netherlands, at the end of June 2016. SIRIUS was represented at the conference and the Optique project was a gold sponsor. The theme of the conference was “Scaling up the European Data Economy”.

The following observations can be made:

  • Data science is taken very seriously by universities in The Netherlands. Eindhoven and Amsterdam, for example have set up large and popular programmes with a basis in law, engineering and statistics. Linkages to large companies and start-ups are close and there is a critical mass of data science skills in Brabant.
  • Companies like Philips and Siemens are changing their business models to participate in the “data economy”. They are engaged in thinking about using IT at a high level, CEO rather than CIO. The CEO of Philips held the keynote of the conference.

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