Virtual Data Innovation Summit * Full-Year 2021 Program  


Welcome, we are organizing a Virtual DI Summit program instead of an in-person DI Summit. The theme of the full-year 2021 online edition is AI For Everyone. Our objective is to make AI knowledge and experience accessible for everyone: public organizations, private companies, academics, and citizens in general. Therefore, we organize live-webcasts. Registration is free, as well as the 12-month available on-demand webcast recordings. Additionally, we create valuable AI content such as blogs and also plan videos and podcasts.


We focus on showing you meaningful, practical AI applications from a societal, business, and technical perspective during the webcasts. Each webcast includes an inspiring keynote by an AI expert, followed up by knowledgeable AI speakers who explain in-depth, purposeful, real-life AI cases. At the end of every webcast, we have a 15-minute question-and-answer session based on the audience’s questions.  

Data Collection

Data Access

Data Analysis

Data Reporting


AI in Brussels

Brussels, the ICT Capital of Europe, offers many exciting AI opportunities for public organizations, private companies, academics, and citizens in general. 

For example, is a technology hub focusing on research development, innovation, and valorization. Cluster is a powerful network of 150 SMEs & partners active in Brussels’ software / ICT industry, and the AI Experience Center of the Vrije Universiteit Brussels connects academic expertise of the EU Framework with relevant stakeholders.

Moderator & Speakers * Stay Tuned

Jean-Luc Verhelst 

Business Bitcoin & Blockchain Author Speaker Trainer & Advisor

Jean-Luc is the author of the book Bitcoin, the Blockchain and Beyond (2017) and works as a freelance public speaker, trainer, and advisor in Europe and the Middle East. He is the co-founder of the blockchain community, was selected by the European Commission as a member of the EU Blockchain Observatory and Forum, a member of the Beltug Blockchain Taskforce, and a visiting professor at universities (18-hour courses).

Prior to his current position, Jean-Luc worked several years as a strategy consultant, and became the blockchain leader for Deloitte Belgium after spending several months at the EMEA Blockchain Lab. He worked for numerous clients in Europe, managed the development of blockchain solutions, and delivered internal training in EMEA and the USA. He also won the world’s largest blockchain hackathon of 2016, and his master thesis on Bitcoin received the award for the best financial thesis of 2014 in Belgium. Jean-Luc holds academic degrees in IT and business.

Niels Van Weereld 

Chief Commercial Officer at

Niels has a background in Economics and Business Management and has elaborate experience in consulting clients in incorporating technological and innovative solutions. He is currently leading the teams at Metamaze, a recently founded A.I. startup that is active in the domain of Intelligent Document Processing (IDP).

It is Niels’ mission is to educate and help clients in identifying A.I. and IDP opportunities that ensure true business value, as well as guiding them through the process of successfully implementing and adopting these new technologies.

Toon Vanagt 

Tech Entrepreneur &
Lean Startup Coach

Toon has been a startup entrepreneur since 1999. His latest ventures are, structuring Belgian business information from official sources, and, a full-text search in millions of legal publications. Both these freemium businesses are built on unstructured data and heavily relying on open data. Toon is a firm believer of all things open, which he supports via the non-profit Open Knowledge Belgium. He enjoys being the ‘master of ceremony’ during FinTech events, which has grown into a grass-root non-profit federating the Belgian FinTech community.

Toon holds a Commercial Engineering degree from Solvay Business School at the VUB, and was awarded “ICT manager SME of the year 2002” by Datanews. He splits his professional time between entrepreneurial and innovation coaching roles while focusing on his ventures’ development.


Registration link available 3 weeks before live broadcasting


Tuesday, May 25 – AI in Brussels

Tuesday, June 15 – AI & Health

Tuesday, June 29 – AI & Security

Tuesday, September 7 – AI & Data4Good

Tuesday, September 28 – AI & Mobility

Tuesday, October 19 – AI & Data Governance 

Tuesday, November 23 – AI & Ethics 

Tuesday, December 14 – AI, Media & Entertainment

June2022 * diSummit2022 at Université Libre De Bruxelles 


√ FinTech AI Adoption & Benefits

√ AI & Manufacturing

√ Deep-Diving into AI & Industry 4.0 

√ AI Fosters Innovation by Governments

√ AI, Ethics & Law: What is Fair and Unfair?




Claudio Truzzi - Senior Executive at

" is a technology hub focussing on helping Brussels emerge as the ICT Heart of Europe. Actively participating in the Virtual DI Summit as a strategical partner is a powerful way to achieve this."

Desiree Timmermans - Business Owner at HelpToGrowBusiness

"My goal is to make AI accessible for everyone by virtually providing you AI knowledge and experience."

Philippe Van Impe - CEO at European Data Innovation Hub

"As the founder of the Data Science Community in Belgium and one of the driving forces of AI4Belgium, I fully support Desiree in extending the annual, famous diSummit with a full-year Virtual DI Summit program."​​​

Nathanaël Ackerman

Nathanaël Ackerman - AI4Belgium Lead

"As the largest community of AI players in Belgium, AI4Belgium strongly supports the diSummit initiative. Thanks to Desiree, the event is going virtual this year. We are proud that AI4Belgium actively contributes to the Virtual DI Summit by providing outstanding speakers to design an inspiring program, full of actionable insights!"

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