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Our objective is to accelerate the adoption of AI and champion it as a force for good, contributing to collective growth and prosperity. Our Challenges light a fire under the AI ecosystem in the Netherlands — creating an environment that sparks ideas, connects the people who can make things happen, and leads naturally to innovation. The solutions we build are then handed to our Product Team, who develop them into open-source products to scale-up our impact and enable more people to use AI for good.

Partner Challenges are focused collaborations with our founding partners that allow us to collectively address business challenges and strengthen our community.

Academic Challenges bridge the gap between academia and industry, giving insight and momentum to the next generation of AI experts.

Public Challenges extend our impact further, with participants from diverse backgrounds joining forces to learn from one another and do amazing things with AI.

💡 Want to see Kickstart AI Challenges in action? Read about our past projects:
Using data to prevent food insecurity
Kickstart AI x Ahold Delhaize Food Waste Challenge
Food waste is a huge issue in the Netherlands and across the world. A big part of the problem is the difficulty of predicting customer demand — there are so many factors at play, it’s hard for retailers to know what to stock when, and how much of each product they need on the shelves. And getting it wrong doesn’t just cost the retailer, it harms the environment by wasting natural resources too.

So in 2022 we pulled together a dream team of top data scientists from Ahold Delhaize, ING, KLM and NS to get a grip on the problem. They worked together with Delhaize Belgium to analyse the data and explore how different factors could be modelled to produce more accurate predictions. Following three sprint weeks of development and months of in-store testing, we succeeded in improving customer demand forecasting by 26%. Ultimately this has reduced food waste at Delhaize Belgium by a whopping 21%! This was an amazing result which can potentially be applied across all of Ahold Delhaize’s brands. Nice work, team!
Leveraging data from sewage water to protect communities
Kickstart AI vs COVID-19
The COVID-19 pandemic has had a massive effect on our everyday lives. The pressure on hospitals and medical professionals reached incredible proportions. Lockdowns created a struggle for individuals and businesses, everyone was doing what they could to maintain some semblance of normality. The worst is hopefully over now, but the risk of another outbreak still lingers.

Luckily, during the height of the pandemic a team of heroic data scientists and software engineers from Ahold Delhaize, ING, KLM, Philips and NS came together to fight back. Using measurements of viral load in sewage water samples from around the Netherlands, they developed a model to predict major coronavirus outbreaks before they could spread. The model was developed into a production-ready and platform-agnostic early warning system and handed over to the Landelijke Meldkamer Samenwerking (LMS) and the Instituut Fysieke Veiligheid (IFV), where it can make a real impact preventing future outbreaks.
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Have a question about Kickstart AI Challenges? Get in touch with Kevin, our Challenge Lead!
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Kevin Damstra
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