WindEurope, formerly the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA), is a European association based in Brussels, which promotes the use of wind energy in Europe.
The association has over 600 members, active in more than 50 countries, including manufacturers with a leading share of the global wind energy market, component suppliers, research institutes, national wind and renewable energy associations, electricity suppliers, finance companies and insurance companies.
WindEurope’s Technology Workshop was the place to be for three key topics this year: Wind resource assessment – improving accuracy to strengthen your business case; Analysis of operating wind farms – getting the most out of your operational data; Artificial intelligence, business models and forecasting – enabling new approaches and solutions.
Launch in 2006, Amazon Web Services (AWS) is a division of Amazon, specializing in on-demand cloud computing services for businesses and individuals.
More than 1000 attendees joined the AWS Brussels Summitat The EGG Brussels. This conference brought the cloud computing community together to connect, collaborate, and learn about AWS (Amazon Web Service) and the cloud.
As consumer identifiers become obsolete and data privacy laws expand their reach, the decades-old technology used in marketing and advertising has been shaken to the core. Companies have reinvented the way in which they collect, share, enrich and act upon customer data while complying with privacy regulations.
In a bid to accelerate the transformation of marketing and advertising practices in an era that is no longer centered on consumer identity, AWS has reinvented the solutions available to customers in this sector. With its unrivaled computing, machine-learning and analysis capabilities, AWS provides first-party data platforms, data collaboration, advertising portals, marketing intelligence and customer experience solutions, as well as compatibility with the most widely used cloud computing partners in the business. Customers can use AWS to easily identify suitable cloud technology and partnership opportunities to enable them to innovate with greater speed, optimize their cost-performance ratios, improve compatibility and increase revenue while processing many petabytes of marketing and advertising data in a matter of milliseconds.
The Belgian insurance sector is gradually recovering from the COVID crisis and its impact on the global economy. According to initial estimates, overall income reached 30.1 billion euros in 2021, an increase of 5.6% on the previous year. These figures are taken from the annual report of Assuralia, the professional federation for insurance companies. In its report covering the previous year, the federation is very much focused on the future, highlighting its partnership with regulators to ensure that companies take a responsible approach to systemic risks, such as natural catastrophes, in the interests of every customer.
With a line-up of over 100 distinguished speakers sharing their different views and visions, a total of 16 breakout sessions, workshops, and more, the two-day conference of the EDPS fostered crucial conversations on the future of data protection.
In his keynote speech delivered today to conference participants, Wojciech Wiewiórowski stated that he strongly believes that a pan-European data protection enforcement model is going to be a necessary step to ensuring real and consistent high-level protection of the fundamental rights to data protection and privacy across the European Union (EU).
This statement comes after two days of important discussions on the need for effective enforcement, and collective consideration for building a culture of compliance, following reflections on what currently works under the General Data Protection Regulation’s (GDPR) governance model, and what could be improved.
Wojciech Wiewiórowski, EDPS, said: “Such a model would not only mitigate the problem of uneven allocation of responsibilities, but would also help to ensure real consistency in data protection law across the EU, including through strong mechanisms of collegiality. With full respect to the principle of subsidiarity, key investigations, based on a certain threshold, the modalities of which should be further discussed, could be conducted at a central level. This would also aid in overcoming potential issues stemming from incompatible national legislation or patchwork harmonisation attempts.”
End of September, ArcelorMittal Belgium successfully organised its second hackathon. The event took place in The Egg, Brussels, from Saturday morning till Sunday afternoon, non-stop.
The word hackathon is a combination of “hack”, which stands for optimising a programme, and “marathon”. During a hackathon event, there is team collaboration on a certain topic or problem, and a short deadline, when the problem must be solved. Like the sportive event it is named after, the hackathon requires a lot of energy over a demanding period of time. And to get the comparison further, as it brings as well pride when the effort is over, and the target is reached.
Industry 4.0 plays a central role within our ArcelorMittal Belgium sites, with the aim of becoming the ‘smart plant of the future’. As a high-tech and innovative company, we actively deploy the latest techniques in the collection, processing, visualisation and analysis of all kinds of (process) data on a daily basis. These data contribute, among other things, to a safer and more efficient organisation.
During this year’s Challenge (the name of our hackathon), the participants were faced with the task of raising the ArcelorMittal Belgium safety bar even further. Very challenging and modern technologies such as chatbots, artificial intelligence and methods to deal with natural speech and text in a structured way were to be used. In doing so, we wanted to lay the foundations for the digital safety assistant of the future.
The three winning teams were:
Chatbot – Chatlayer
Vision Ai – Kapernikov
NLP – Safe.ly
Each of the winning teams was awarded €2.000 and was given a(n in-house developed) 3D-model of the Challenge safety assistant logo. The event was aimed at students and enterprising young adults. In addition to the fully catered weekend (including funny activities such as drone duck fishing), all participants were given the opportunity to attend several workshops given by absolute experts in the field (universities of Mons, Leuven and Brussels as well as Microsoft).
For the third year in a row, EIT Digital held its flagship conference at The Egg Brussels. This year’s theme was: Generating Global Impact with European Digital Innovations.
As part of the EIT’s vision of “boosting innovation and entrepreneurship in Europe”, the EIT Digital conference aimed to show how integrating trade, research and training into solid ecosystems can help businesses on a wider scale, drive digital transformation and meet the economic challenges of tomorrow to support European growth.
The conference was the perfect opportunity to meet top-level start-up managers, innovative business leaders, European politicians and leaders from European universities and research organisations.
It was also an opportunity to explore the 5,000-m² village of innovators and discover the innovations that are shaping the future of Europe.
The HR Congress, organised by Stamford Global, was held at The Egg Brussels.
It is a fast, TED-style conference that offers provocative and inspiring ideas for designing and creating people-centred companies. It is a strategic conference designed to create agile and responsive companies and to promote a culture that is conducive to performance.
The conference featured a truly unique panel of world experts. Presenters were carefully selected to ensure that their content was relevant to the theme of the conference
The Hans Böckler Foundation and the European Trade Union Institute hosted a 2-day forum on how workers’ voices can be brought decisively to the attention of policymakers. Together with the German organisers, we pulled out all the stops to ensure the attendees received the best possible service.
The break-out rooms of the Riverside were popular for small discussions and interactive workshops, while the Riverside area was the ideal spot for refreshments and snacks.
The outstanding food and drinks were provided by Huitrière & Eole and were of outstanding quality, or as they say in Germany: herrlich!
Did you know…? Last month we welcomed the Amazon Web Services Summit to our premises! The keynote speaker at this event was Theresa Carlson, who heads AWS Worldwide Public Sector division.
The AWS Public Sector Summit, held around the world, is designed to educate new and prospective customers about AWS solutions and offers existing customers in-depth technical content to help them become more successful with AWS.
In March, during the Superior Taste Award 2018 hosted by the International Taste and Quality Instituteat The EGG Brussels, a three-day tasting session was held, during which the best European Sommeliers awarded certificates for the taste of drinks from 130 countries. The Superior Taste Award label is a powerful marketing tool that is used to promote successful products and companies both at home and abroad. The presence of the label distinguishes it immediately from the vast array of products available in the marketplace and reassures consumers in their purchasing decision.
ITQI returned in April for a new tasting but this time for food products. Yet again, a large international jury was tasked with evaluating all the different products.
In early May the participants were sent direct notification of the results. The Superior Taste Awards, honouring the winners for their outstanding achievement, will take place on 11 July. Awards are presented to the winners during the official ceremony in the presence of the press, participants and officials. We are waiting with bated breath to discover the names of the winners!