Connecting people with a passion for AI

  • Deloitte Nederland
  • 16 May 2019
Deloitte

Deloitte Innovation set up the Artificial Intelligence Center of Expertise (AICE) back in June 2017. Every two months AICE organizes community sessions, such as Masterclasses or the AIME Hackathon. AICE recently held their yearly community event, where Deloitte colleagues from across all functions spent two days at an external location to learn more about AI. This event is a combination of fun and content, a great formula to build a community. We asked attendants Marc, Evert, Stefanie and Robin about what they liked best about the AICE Community Event.

The importance of sharing knowledge

Marc Verdonk, Partner Risk Advisory

Sharing knowledge is crucial in this field in order to stay up to date. The expiration date on todays’ AI knowledge is already in the near future, so we need to work together on tomorrows’ knowledge.

Stefanie Vonk, Consultant Forensic

As part of the Risk Analytics Core a long time ago, I was asked to join the AICE community. At the same time I started working on DocQMiner, an AI platform developed within Risk. This gave me the chance to develop my AI capabilities which I could then share with the AICE community.

Evert Haasdijk, Senior Manager Forensic

I wanted to be involved in the proliferation of AI knowledge and to understand what others in Deloitte are doing with AI.

Robin Gringhuis, Consultant Technology & Innovation

I had just finished my studies half a year before, during which I had gained experience in working with data and creating machine learning algorithms, and I was very eager to continue gaining knowledge and skills on AI within Deloitte. The AICE community seemed like the perfect place to meet other AI enthusiasts and learn about all their different projects and ideas.

Stimulating cross-functional initiatives

Robin Gringhuis, Consultant Technology & Innovation

AICE BUILD, to me, represents a community as it should be. It does not care about the Function you’re in, it cares about what you’re doing and what you’re passionate about. We all work in completely different areas of Deloitte, but the comradery and laughter made it feel as if we already knew each other for years.

Marc Verdonk, Partner Risk Advisory

Just being with the community and seeing how the group starts to mingle – it always starts with the functions sitting close together but at the end of the event we are one Deloitte.

Evert Haasdijk, Senior Manager Forensic

Participating gives me the opportunity to extend my network, to understand what other AI practitioners in Deloitte are involved in, and to spot opportunities for cross-functional initiatives.

Stefanie Vonk, Consultant Forensic

I really liked the team building activities where you really saw all the Deloitte personalities coming to the surface (competitive, team work, innovative). Working together with a team from different backgrounds can result in very interesting discussions and views. Getting to know these people also a bit better, will give me the opportunity to reach out to them when facing challenges, specifically in applying AI.

Harvesting important takeaways

Robin Gringhuis, Consultant Technology & Innovation

I joined the sessions on Automated Machine Learning by Google, and on Knowledge Graphs by Ali Khalili. As I mentioned earlier, it was great to see how easy it now is to create fully functional, sophisticated models with little effort. That opens up many possibilities for clients to take a next step in their data analytics as well as applications. I’m very eager to use this to create value in a client setting.

Stefanie Vonk, Consultant Forensic

It is actually quite easy to start using AI, due to all the different possibilities on platforms, automated AI, and approaches. This shows the broad scope of possibilities for applying AI within society.

Evert Haasdijk, Senior Manager Forensic

I think AutoML will increase the uptake of AI. It also carries the risk of making it seem too easy: the deployment of AI models should be considered carefully because it can have substantial impact on the processes it supports.

Robin Gringhuis, Consultant Technology & Innovation

If applied well, Artificial Intelligence can ease and improve the way we live so much and enable society to do great things that simply were not possible without it. We are in the unique position to think about the things that we, as Deloitte and as a society, will be doing in 5 or 10 years from now, and actually kicking it off and being an active part in it.

About AICE and the AI Community

AICE is a cross-functional program that aims to bring together, facilitate and stimulate AI-related activities across all functions within Deloitte. We do this by connecting the AI community, building new capabilities and solutions, creating eminence and boosting sales.

The current community has over 360 members from all different functions within Deloitte (Consulting, Risk, FA etc.) and levels (from working students to partners). Within the community we differentiate between tech and business members. Tech members can for example build AI products or have a background within Machine learning. Whereas Business members talk to clients about their business needs translate them into requirements for an AI solution. Both groups are important and close collaboration between these two groups results in the optimal client solution.

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