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Annual report DigitYser - first year

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This report summarizes all the activities of
the first year and I could not be more proud
and thankful for all the help we received.
Our clubhouse has now become a roaring place
full of digital startups, expert communities and
innovation workgroups focussing on AI, VR, Iot
and Blockchain. It is used by many companies
for innovative ‘offsites’ and workshops. We host
technical trainings, master classes and hands-on
workshops. Next Tech Communities can use the
space for free to organise meetups. Digityser is
the best space in Brussels to boost innovation and
organise hackathons.
Over the past year, we employed, trained and
coached long time job seekers, students, volunteers,
young graduates. We also offered traineeships to
help tomorrow’s working people grow and learn
in a nice start-up environment. We boosted digital
innovation, by organizing hackathons. We helped
train the new data science professionals, Java
developpers and the VR specialists of tomorrow.
We made Brussels shine by hosting international
conferences and shared knowledge with workshops.
We acted as a bridge by organising jobfairs, linking
companies with promising startups and bringing

the universities in touch with the business
world. We promote social responsibility in
our organization and believe we can have
a considerable social impact on the Canal
region. We facilitated company creation with
coaching sessions and were instrumental
in the creation of réseau entreprendre
North. We had great support from the press
with articles in de Tijd, L’Echo and Le Soir
mentioning DigitYser as «the Clubhouse of
the tech communities of Brussels» and were
assisted by numerous volunteers.
It was also a year of transformation of the
venue where we upgraded a cold and empty
building into a meeting space for tech
entrepreneurs bursting with energy and
projects. We build modern meeting rooms,
installed video recording facilities, managed
to stream the content of the meetups online
and provided a space for the cyclists to
shower after their ride to work.
Digityser is now yours to use, I’m looking
forward to meeting you here soon.

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Annual report DigitYser - first year

  1. 1. ACTIVITY REPORT YEAR #1 2017 - 2018
  2. 2. Activity Report 2017 - 2018 2 01 Who we are The people . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . The Ecosystem. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Founders. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Partners . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . asbl European Data Innovation Hub vzw . . . . .. . . 02 What we do We facilitate entrepreneurship. .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Accelerator . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Co-working space . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Corporate event space . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . We train #digitalskills . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Training . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Knowledge sharing events . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . We make Brussels shine . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . International events . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Social media coverage. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Press coverage . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 03 Our achievements Some statistics. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Break-even analysis. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Social responsibility. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 5 6 6 7 8 8 9 8 10 10 11 13 14 16 15 17 18 20 7 3 17 04 CONCLUSION 22
  3. 3. WHERE IDEAS BECOME BUSINESS #DIGITYSER 3 ‘‘ ‘‘PHILIPPE VAN IMPE THANK YOU BRUSSELS; WHAT AN IMPRESSIVE SUPPORT WE RECEIVED FROM THE ENTIRE ECOSYSTEM T his report summarizes all the activities of the first year and I could not be more proud and thankful for all the help we received. Our clubhouse has now become a roaring place full of digital startups, expert communities and innovation workgroups focussing on AI, VR, Iot and Blockchain. It is used by many companies for innovative ‘offsites’ and workshops. We host technical trainings, master classes and hands-on workshops. Next Tech Communities can use the space for free to organise meetups. Digityser is the best space in Brussels to boost innovation and organise hackathons. Over the past year, we employed, trained and coachedlongtimejobseekers,students,volunteers, young graduates. We also offered traineeships to help tomorrow’s working people grow and learn in a nice start-up environment. We boosted digital innovation, by organizing hackathons. We helped train the new data science professionals, Java developpers and the VR specialists of tomorrow. We made Brussels shine by hosting international conferencesandsharedknowledgewithworkshops. We acted as a bridge by organising jobfairs, linking companies with promising startups and bringing the universities in touch with the business world. We promote social responsibility in our organization and believe we can have a considerable social impact on the Canal region. We facilitated company creation with coaching sessions and were instrumental in the creation of réseau entreprendre North. We had great support from the press with articles in de Tijd, L’Echo and Le Soir mentioning DigitYser as «the Clubhouse of the tech communities of Brussels» and were assisted by numerous volunteers. It was also a year of transformation of the venue where we upgraded a cold and empty building into a meeting space for tech entrepreneurs bursting with energy and projects. We build modern meeting rooms, installed video recording facilities, managed to stream the content of the meetups online and provided a space for the cyclists to shower after their ride to work. Digityser is now yours to use, I’m looking forward to meeting you here soon.
  4. 4. Activity Report 2017 - 2018 4 IOT AI & DATA SCIENCE GDPR & Privacy Open DATA VR/AR BLOCKCHAIN 01 WHO WE ARE D igitYser is the meeting place for communities. It is the clubhouse of tech- savvy entrepreneurs. We are the Digital Flagship of Brussels where communities gather to learn, create and implement innovative digital solutions based on new technologies.
  5. 5. WHERE IDEAS BECOME BUSINESS #DIGITYSER 5 O ur organization was created by people but also for people. More than just a business, it is a community made by a myriad of different actors. It is the meeting point of many individuals who all have one thing in common : an interest for the digital field in today’s world! volunteers start-ups mentors communities partners trainers THE PEOPLE THE ECOSYSTEM
  6. 6. Activity Report 2017 - 2018 6 3 CO-FOUNDERS 4 SOME PARTNERS
  7. 7. WHERE IDEAS BECOME BUSINESS #DIGITYSER 7 02 WHAT WE DO W e facilitate entrepreneuship, promote #digitalskills and make Brussels shine as a Tech Hub for startups in Europe. We are a platform to connect all the actors of the tech communities together - through meetups, international meetings, hackathons, hands- on workshops, master classes and corporate events. FAIRE RAYONNER! » Facilitate -Train - Make Brussels shine 5 EUROPEAN DATA INNOVATION HUB ASBL/VZW T he European data innovation hub was launched by Minister Alexander De Croo, State Secretary Bianca Debaets and AXA CEO Frank Koster in May 2015. This non-for-profit organisation is the legal structure gathering the data science communities of Belgium. AXA was the first sponsor and provided us with professional office location of 600m2 and 12 training rooms in Brussels. Our mission is « Educate, inspire, empower scholars and professionals to apply data sciences to address humanity’s grand challenges» Our aim is to promote the value of analytics & open data, organise events, hands-on sessions, master classes and bootcamps to boost the #digitalskills of our members and to close the gap between academics and businesses. In June 2017 we moved to DigitYser and broadened our activity domain to all tech communities. The current focus is on AI, Data Science, Iot and blockchain.
  8. 8. Activity Report 2017 - 2018 8 FACILITATE ENTREPRENEURSHIP 1. ACCELERATOR DigitYser is in the middle of the digital and entrepreneurial Brussels ecosystem. It is a meeting place where entrepreneurs of tomorrow can discuss their ideas and benefit from professional expertise. Expert sessions and master classes are organised for startups in order to support them. Startups can benefit from our accelerator services, including: • strategic review of the business plan; • opening of the address book; • contact with prospects; • contacts; • recruitment facilitation. This past year, 4 startup companies have benefitted from this access to our services. These are: Altheria Solution (VR), Digital Armada (Growth Hacking), Liiatech (IoT), Elewa Coding Camp (IT Bootcamp). 2. CO-WORKING SPACE DigitYser also offers a place for startup companies to facilitate their growth, identify and recruit new talent and get in touch with their customers. It creates synergies between start- ups from similar or related sectors and offers a friendly atmosphere, in the heart of Brussels More than a dozen startup companies have already benefitted from a privatized work space and the possibility to use our conference rooms. Other companies were able to access this co- working place service by providing a democratic monthly rental fee of 50 (students and interns) to 150 euros (new tech start-ups). The common hallway was made open and free from 9 am to 5 pm to any project holder in need of a quiet place with wireless internet connection and free coffee or tea all day and offers an inclusive space where freelancers and entrepreneurs can meet, sit together and share ideas.
  9. 9. WHERE IDEAS BECOME BUSINESS #DIGITYSER 9 3. CORPORATE EVENT SPACE DigitYser has many modern, stylish and elegant meeting rooms equipped with a video system. DigitYser is conveniently located in walking dis- tance from Central & North train station of Brus- sels. The entrance of the Yser underground sta- tion is in fron of our door. Training rooms are available for rent for confe- rences, meetings, lectures and other events. DigitYser provides companies the opportunity to host your meetings, conferences, cocktails or workshop in an unformal yet professional environment. The service also offers the opportunity to re- cord the conferences for archives or broad- casting and to live stream the event on so- cial networks or on any website. Flipcharts and furniture can also be provided. We have solutions from innovation days to cocktail evenings or hackathon. For afterworks and ‘team building’ events, do not miss our rooftop with breathtaking views over our capital city! The entire building benefits from a high speed wifi network. We offer a light catering service for companies: coffee, tea, but also light snacks and other services. We can also provide full catering and entertainment from simple break- fast to chef-on-site dinner.
  10. 10. Activity Report 2017 - 2018 10 1. TRAINING DigitYser is a training center for companies and individuals, where workshops, training sessions and bootcamps take place all year round in various fields related to digital inno- vation. WE OFFER workshops, training sessions and bootcamps PAST TRAININGS • R-ladies (6 sessions) • Data science bootcamp 2017 (24 sessions) • Summer coding camp (4 week sessions) • AR co-learning session (5 sessions) • VRLab (6 sessions) • Blockchain garage (6 sessions) • Blockchain bootcamp (3 sessions) • Software sandbox (4 sessions) • Software by design (10 sessions) • Graph Data (2 sessions) • Impala Bridge - kids coding camp (5 sessions) • Coding club - teen coding camp (start in 2018) • IoTlab (3 sessions) • Elewa Javascript bootcamp (2 months of session) TRAININGS TO COME • Data science bootcamp 2017 (24 sessions) WE TRAIN #DIGITALSKILLS
  11. 11. WHERE IDEAS BECOME BUSINESS #DIGITYSER 11 HACKATHONS THAT TOOK PLACE AT DigitYser • VR painting Jam (AR, VR), • GSK hack days (chatbot - DAta / AI), • LegalHack (GDPR), • MusicAI (AI), • HackFamily (focused on the inclusion of WomenInTech), • HIVHack (bigData) DigitYser is also the host (or co-organiser) of many social events that are aimed at getting together and creating synergies between the many actors of Belgian digital entrepreneurship, businesses and individuals. This is why several meetups and job fairs are regularly organized within each field of the digital world. HACKATHONS A hackathon is a competition between teams working together on real projects in order to boost product development, entrepreneurship and innovation. During this event, all types of different people such as beginners or professionals, students or experts come to participate to co- create, innovate, learn and meet each other. During the past twelve months, 6 different hackathons took place in our building. 2. KNOWLEDGE SHARING
  12. 12. Activity Report 2017 - 2018 12 MEET-UPS, JOB FAIRS AND OTHER EVENTS DigitYser is all about giving an opportunity to all actors of digital entrepreneurship to create an ecosystem together by allowing them to participate to meetups, conferences, and jobfairs. Examples of past events: 100 people attending 800 people attending 220 people attending 350 people attending 200 people attending 50 people attending
  13. 13. WHERE IDEAS BECOME BUSINESS #DIGITYSER 13 WE MAKE BRUSSELS SHINE INTERNATIONAL EVENTS WEB PRESENCE PRESS 1 2 3 The flag has been planted into the many and diverse specialized fields of technology, in this art-Deco/modernist setting in Brussels. This is done through three different ways: by hosting and organizing international events on digital innovation, conducting a wide social media campaign, and being represented in the national press.
  14. 14. Activity Report 2017 - 2018 14 Since its creation, tech experts from across the world have planted DigitYser on the map of places facilitating the sharing of knowledge and development of business initiatives. The following organizations used DigitYser to host their events. 1. INTERNATIONAL EVENTS The global regulator of the web - the W3C - has organized its annual global event on WebVR (AR / VR) at DigitYser. This style of event usually takes place in the Silicon Valley or with manufacturers. 1 2 Laval Virtual - the pioneering European VR / AR organization - kicked off its European Bus Tour 3 The Washington Chamber of Commerce workshop «privacy by design» 4 GSK Vaccines - the European innovation hub - organized a 3-day #AI & #IOT hackathon 5 Janssen - Johnson & Johnson’s global pharma spearhead based near Antwerp - launched its hackathon in partnership with DigitYser on AIDS (HIVhack). 6 DiSummit - the 4th conference on the Belgian DataScience community organized its speakers’ dinner (VIP banquet 80) at DigitYser, a week before the actual event at the ULB (800 people). 7 Itmo, one of the top 5 IT universities in Russia, conducted a workshop on augmented reality in conjunction with 5 other European universities at DigitYser.
  15. 15. WHERE IDEAS BECOME BUSINESS #DIGITYSER 15 @DIGITYSER 5000 FOLLOWERS @DATASCIENCEBE 6000 FOLLOWERS @DIGITYSER 1255 FOLLOWERS DIGITYSER 803 FOLLOWERS THE DATA SCIENCE COMMUNITY 2900 GROUP MEMBERS DIGITYSER 1718 FOLLOWERS DATA SCIENCE COMMUNITY 4000 FOLLOWERS DIGITYSER.ORG 1500 TO 1300 VISITORS/MONTH DATASCIENCEBE.COM 10 000 VISITORS/MONTH DIGITYSER 100 TO 500 VIEWS PER VIDEO THE DATA SCIENCE COMMUNITY 600 SUBSCRIBERS 2. WEB PRESENCE
  16. 16. Activity Report 2017 - 2018 16 3. THE PRESS TALKS ABOUT US
  17. 17. WHERE IDEAS BECOME BUSINESS #DIGITYSER 17 03 OUR ACHIEVEMENTS The number of digital-oriented events that DigitYser hosted in its facilities since it moved to its extraordinary actual venue. They include various meetups, workshops, conferences, hands- on workshops, master classes and many more! AUGMENTED REALITY & VIRTUAL REALITY 12,6% BLOCKCHAIN 7,5% DATA & AI 35,1% GDPR 4,2% IOT 2,8% NETWORKING 17,3% OTHER AND PRIVATE EVENTS 20,5% REPARTITION OF THE EVENTS by field - JUNE 2017 to JULY 2018 214 The number of startup companies that joined us within our building, allowing them to deve- lop as a start-up company and giving them the opportunity to strive in the marketplace. 16 The number of people that were once or are still active at DigitYser. Their dedication made this great adventure possible!14 SOME STATISTICS
  18. 18. Activity Report 2017 - 2018 18 One year has passed since the opening. It is also a great opportunity to look back and appreciate how farwe have done in a few figures. Our Key objective is to multiply the sources of revenuegenerationinordertobelessdependent on regional subsidies. Having more companies using our premisses for meetings and events will guatantee our long term sustainability. -50 0 50 100 150 200 250 300 350 400 Regional Support Revenue Costs Year 2020Year 2019Year 2018Year 2017 Profit/loss analysis - regional support fades by year 3 We could not be where we are right now after one year without the help of the Région Bruxelles- Capitale. This support of 400k€ spread over 3 years (250k,100k & 50k€) financed the launch of DigitYser. Since we aim at reaching break-even in a time lapse of maximum three years, we plan to gradually replace this public support by corporate sponsorship and revenue generated by rental, events and training. BREAK-EVENANALYSIS The vzw European Data Innovation Hub asbl is a registered non-for-profit VAT liable organisation. VAT 0630.675.984
  19. 19. WHERE IDEAS BECOME BUSINESS #DIGITYSER 19 Cost structure Revenue structure HR (4 FTE) Taxes + Cadastre COST STRUCTURE Training Events Rental Partners REVENUE STRUCTURE Utilities
  20. 20. Activity Report 2017 - 2018 20 In order to limit our negative impact, several good practices were implemented in different fields. We strongly encourage all employees and start- ups hosted in our building to leave their car at home and take public transportation or bike instead. Our building is fortunately placed right in front of one of the metro station exits of Yser and very close to other connexions (North Station, Tram 51). A parking and charging station for your bike is available in the basement so you don’t ever need a car! We think reusable We choose organic and locally grown food. When catering service is needed, Digityser usually asks our talented host cook Liliana to prepare some delicious organic meals. When a specific request is made, we usually make arrangements with one of the many external caterers from the Kanaal region. In all cases, to reduce our meat-related footprint on the planet, we aim at offering at least one vegetarian option in all catering services. Water fountain In order to reduce furthermore our plastic consumption,wewillswitchthisyearfromplastic bottles to a cheaper and more durable option by installing a water fountain with reusable cups. Rooftop The fifth floor offers a great space on the rooftop if the employees ever need to catch some air outside to work or smoke. Use of recycled paper Amongst many more obvious positive aspects, the benefits of the digital revolution also includes the reduction of paper dependency. By the end of 2018, Digityser will only put recycled paper at disposition for the printers of the whole building. 03.3 IMPACTONTHEWORLDSOCIALRESPONSABILITY A t digityser, we believe that any choice that any organisation - profit or non- profit oriented - creates implications on its whole ecosystem, and therefore it gives any organization the opportunity to do good and to turn this choices into positive effects. Whether it is about choosing the right suppliers, customers, or even the organic tea that is shared with the staff, even small and almost unsignificant positive action can result into strong actions. ENVIRONMENTAL & HEALTH IMPACT
  21. 21. WHERE IDEAS BECOME BUSINESS #DIGITYSER 21 Since Digityser is the clubhouse of the tech communities of Brussels and therefore was created by and lives through its many different communities, we also have the responsibility to give back to society by helping the ones who are most in need. • We employ and train jobseekers: we offer FPI (Formation Professionnelle Individuelle en Entreprise) jobs to 3-5 job seekers per year, we work with the CPAS/OCMW of Brussels for our cleaning and building maintenance services and have for the moment one full time article 60 working with us. • Most of our trainings and workshops are free for jobseekers and young graduates. • We promote #womenintech activities e.g. by hosting the R-Ladies, • We invite kids to participate to workshops in order to trigger their digital passion. Digityser would not be the same without its magnificent building located just by the Canal in the very center of the capital of Europe. This is why all activities this year were guided by a common desire to create a significant and durable social impact on the Canal region. • We promote the surroundings businesses by aiming to source all our supplies locally within 500 m. Together with the Réseau Entreprendre North, we offer coaching to local businesses. • Togetherwith the King Boudewijn foundation we also invite young university students from large familes to come and study in our offices during the exams and we coach them in Math, Statistics, coding, … Next to the ethical purchasing strategy we also use the power of our communities to make a positive impact in the worlds’ biggest challenges: • 2016 - 1 day hackathon for the Red Cross • 2017 - 36h Hackathon called denguehack teams predicted the next dengue outbreak. • 2017 - 1 day Smart Family hackathon focused on the inclusion of WomenInTech • 2018 - 36h Hackathon called hivhack.org to map out the HIV Drug resistant areas We have a bridge function where we bring the ecosystem together. Our hub is also the first networking space where business, startup, academic and political decision makers meet and discuss policy and best practices about AI, Data, VR, Iot and Blockchain. Ourorganizationasawholepromotesinnovation: Our Brussels based hub is called digityser. org and connects next tech entrepreneurs, enterprises, startups, government, non-profit organisations and the academic world active in the data innovation ecosystem. We create and manage a vibrant environment where experts share best practices. LOCAL IMPACT GLOBAL IMPACT ECONOMICAL IMPACT SOCIAL IMPACT
  22. 22. CHALLENGES FOR YEAR #2 1. Develop with Technology Partners the office of the future, a bit like the house of the future but for businesses. 2. Promote Digitalskills by making it easier for our training partners to use our facilities. 3. Facilitate Entrepreneurship by offering more solutions for starters 4. Finetune the service offering for the companies 5. Facilitate co-creation by bringing people together 6. Do projects with a social impact 7. Create board of advisors composed of stakeholders of the ecosystem and the communities. SPECIAL THANKS TO 22 We turned an empty building into a place bursting with energy. A home where tech entrepreneurs meet companies to develop new ideas and create new businesses. The region of Brussels Capital, Engie and Sofina can be proud of their investment in this venue called by the press “The clubhouse of the tech communities”. The continuous support and guidance of our partners makes DigitYser a long term sustainable project. The result is a hub right in the centre of Brussels with direct access to metro Yser, a happy place where everyone feels welcome to share their experience, knowledge, a place to network, to meet new people, find inspiration and drive innovation. Now that the initial promises are delivered, it is time to open up to new strategic business partners. Don’t be surprised to see a major Telco, Bank, Industrial or Pharma company joining forces with us soon. 04 CONCLUSION Mr Tanguy Vanderlinden for embarking is this non-for profit project with me. Mr Juan Bossicard for believing in the impor- tance of the tech communities Mr Olivier Poulaert for guiding our agreement with Sofina. Mr Didier Gosuin for seeing the impact DigitYser could have on Brussels. Mr Harold Boël for offering us the nicest co-creation space in Brussels. Mr Philippe Van Troeye for co-founding this project. Fouad for building this nice clubhouse Florence for the administrative support Adélaïde for making corporate events possible Ricardo for building a resilient IT infrastructure Katia & Olivier for making the bootcamp possible AND OF COURSE TO THE TEAM :
  23. 23. CORPORATE EVENT SPACE at DigitYser w w w. d i g i t y s e r. o r g adelaide@digityser.org events@digityser.org +32 470 784 122 TVA 0630 675 984 - Released on 26/07/18 - Host your meetings, conferences, cocktails or workshop in an unformal yet professional environment. We offer solutions from fully integrated days to cocktail evenings or hackathon! Beamer Recording of your conferences for archives or broadcasting. Live streaming of your event on social networks or on your website. Flipcharts and furnitures At walking distance from one of the main train station (North Station) & good connexions to transport and road networks.6 2 YSER High-speed WIFI Coffee and tea White board DIGITYSER CORPORATE EVENT SPACE AVAILABLE IN ALL ROOMS EXTRA-SERVICES UPON REQUEST Catering and entertainment from simple breakfast to chef-on-site dinner. ADÉLAÏDE CESBRON
  24. 24. Boulevard d’Anvers 40 1000 Brussels Belgium Tel : +32 2 808 18 18 Email: info@DigitYser.org THANK YOU Visit us, use us, treat yourself to some training, check out our website digityser.org for the next event or just call 02/ 808.18.18. The vzw European Data Innovation Hub asbl is a registered non-for-profit VAT liable organisation. VAT 0630.675.984

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