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Meetup March 28
This event took place on march 28, 2023. Don't worry if you missed it, we've got more upcoming Meetups you can join!

We held our first ever Kickstart AI Meetup on March 28, and what an evening it was! 🤩 Get-your-hands-dirty-AI, an incredible lineup of speakers, 300+ attendees and heaps of discussions around exploring new frontiers in AI for 2023.Our data science community is growing stronger, and we are proud of it 🚀 We've got lots more Meetups planned to keep your neurons firing in the year ahead. Watch this space.

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Meet Up with Us on March 28

Kickstart AI is a non-profit initiative that aims to accelerate AI adoption in the Netherlands. Our monthly Meetups are a fun way to network with fellow data scientists and software engineers and find out what’s going on in the AI community.

On March 28 we'll be hosting a panel discussion featuring Data Science Leaders from some of the biggest companies in the Netherlands: Bouke Huurmink (Albert Heijn), Erick Webbe (, Natasha Govender-Ropert (ING), and Surajeet Ghosh (Heineken).

These industry experts will be sharing their opinions on recent AI trends, and how these will impact various industries, including theirs. Don't miss this unique chance to hear their insights and ask your burning questions to experts heading up data science departments.

What else can you look forward to? There'll be real get-your-hands-dirty AI, networking drinks, and an opportunity to mingle with like-minded people!

Note: You'll need to submit an application to attend this Meetup.

As limited tickets are available, please be advised that we are prioritising data scientists, software engineers, and tech professionals who work closely with AI. If you've filled out an application, we will be in touch to confirm your spot as soon as possible.

When and Where?

March 28, 2023
5.30 pm - 8.30 pm
TOBACCO Theater in Amsterdam

What's on?

5.30 pm Doors open

6.00 pm Welcome to the Kickstart AI Meetup

6.15 pm Lightning talk - The Poem Booth by VOUW, winners at AI Hackathon Amsterdam 2023

6.30 pm Panel discussion - Putting AI to work: How new trends can change business

7.15 pm Drinks and networking

8.30 pm Wrap up

Justus Bruns, Partner at VOUW
Lightning Talk
The Poem Booth: A Camera that Looks at You and Creates AI-Generated Poetry

Smile, say cheese and voilà — get a personalised haiku with the Poem Booth! Winner of the Best Artistic award at the AI Hackathon Amsterdam 2023, this AI-powered camera creates poems based on how you look. In this lightning talk the creators discuss how we can use generative AI to create beauty and bring people together.

Bouke Huurnink, Director Data Science at Albert Heijn

Erik Webbe, Head of Data Science at

Natasha Govender-Ropert, Data Science Lead for KYC, Financial Crime and Cybersecurity at ING

Surajeet Ghosh, Global Head of Data Science and Analytics at Heineken

Moderator: Vivianne Bendermacher, Founder and Managing Director at Techionista

Panel Discussion
Putting AI to Work: How New Trends Can Change Business

AI is changing what’s possible at a lightning pace. Which new AI trends are our panellists most excited about? How do they see these new technological capabilities making a positive impact for their industries? Hear the views of experts heading up data science departments, and ask them your own burning questions.

About Kickstart AI Meetups

Kickstart AI is a non-profit initiative by four corporations (Ahold Delhaize, ING, KLM and NS) that aims to accelerate AI adoption in the Netherlands, and improve society through the use of AI. We're hosting monthly Meetups for data scientists, software engineers, and tech professionals working closely with AI. Meetups are a fun way to network with like-minded people and find out about what’s going on in the Dutch AI community in an informal setting. Sign up for the newsletter to get updates about out upcoming events, or connect with us on LinkedIn.

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