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IBM speaks at Rabobank: Java & Artificial Intelligence

13 June 2018 @ 12:30 pm - 5:00 pm


Dear Java developer,

We would like to invite you to our newest conference, where 2 IBM speakers and 1 Rabobank speaker will talk about A.I. and Java. Below you’ll find a schedule and the topics to be discussed!

As we have a lot of room and we like to share, we have reserved 150 seats for Java developers outside of Rabobank. We hope this promotes discussion and knowledge sharing. So please feel free to sign up.


12.30 walk-in
13.00 Opening by Pascalle Thoma (Domain Manager Distribution & Executive Vice President at Rabobank)
13.15 Gerard Smit: Providing business value with AI and Java
14.00 Edward Ciggaar: How to include Watson into your Java application
14.45 Break time!
15.15 Jan Veldsink: The art of A.I.
16.00 Panel discussion
16.30 Drinks!

Below you’ll find bio’s and abstracts of the speakers:

Gerard Smit

Gerard Smit is IBM´s Chief Technology Officer and Technical Sales Executive for Belgium, The Netherlands and Luxembourg. He also leads the IBM Center for Advanced Studies and University Relations Team. Gerard is awarded as IBM Distinguished Engineer, in recognition and appreciation of outstanding international technical contributions and leadership. He is an Open Group Distinguished Chief Architect,

Reverse Historian and passionate Technology & Innovation leader. Gerard connects the contextual dots between the industry and Cognitive Computing, Artificial Intelligence, Internet of Things, Big Data & Analytics & Front Office Digitization.

Abstract: Providing business value with AI and Java

During this session Gerard will give insights into IBM’s Artificial Intelligence strategy and technology delivered through Watson products and services. He will share ideas and use cases where Watson technology was used in business initiatives and delivered substantial value to the business. Gerard will also cover on a high level which Watson services are available to be called from Java applications.

Edward Ciggaar

Edward works as developer advocate for the IBM Innovation Space in Amsterdam. His passion is to personally interact with developers and to show them the possibilities of our latest technology. He is always in to build fun demos and sample code that support developer productivity. His focus areas are IBM Cloud, the Watson APIs and blockchain. In his spare time Edward loves to play soccer, both in real-life as well as online.


In the second part of the session Edward will go into more detail on how exactly to include these Watson services into your Java application. By live coding he will show how to start building your Java app from scratch, then how to enrich this app by invoking Watson services and finally how to deploy the application to the cloud using CI/CD.

Jan Veldsink

Working with AI since the last AI winter. At his work with some of the large banks in the Netherlands he applies AI within different Compliance and Fraud related topics.
His expertise areas are Artificial Intelligence, Cyber security, Systems thinking, Serious gaming and Innovation.

Jan is Lead Artificial Intelligence and Cognitive Technologies within Global Compliance Surveillance & Integrity Investigations of the Rabobank.
Jan is Core Teacher of the module AI and Cyber, one of the Modular Executive MBA in Business & IT program at Nyenrode.

Abstract: The art of A.I.

Artificial Intelligence (AI) seems to be reaching mythical propotions. You cannot open a blog of news article on new developments and AI is integral part of the text. But what is it? Can we use it? How does it relate to the work of programming?

In his talk “Art of AI” Jan Veldsink MSc will attempt to demystify Artificial intelligence and give examples and cases where AI is being applied within the Rabobank.


13 June 2018
12:30 pm - 5:00 pm
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