Monday, 15 May, 2023 - 09:30 until 17:00
FARI Test and Experience Centre
Centre Kantersteen 10/12,
1000 Brussel
Location can be modified


Mission.AI – full-day hands-on training for developers


You find it hard to assess what information is correct? You miss a bigger picture?

Are you feeling the pressure to upskill in AI, even though you don't have a background in it? You're not alone. Many developers are facing this challenge, but since you're great self-learners you continuously improve your skills by reading blogs, coding, and collaborating with colleagues.

However, navigating the vast amount of information available can be overwhelming, and the lack of a proper framework makes it challenging to interpret this information correctly. Additionally, there is a lot of misinformation out there, making it difficult to separate accurate information from incomplete, unclear, or misleading information.

Since going back to school for a degree in AI may not be a practical option for many of you, as it can be too theoretical and not directly applicable to your work we want to explore a new learning technique with you: a single day of training where you focus on solving a concrete problem which provides a framework for learning new concrete AI techniques.


You are a software developer or researcher with a need to learn more about AI.

Prior knowledge of Python is required.  


The teaching material is oriented around very concrete hands-on programming challenges. Each challenge aims to explain a certain AI technique. However, they are formulated as a challenge for which where classical methods fall short. 


Language:  English  

Location : AI Experience Centre VUB or AI Experience Centre of BeCentral 


During these trainings you will:

1. Increase your potential to solve problems with AI;

2. Extend your portfolio of solution strategies;

3. Learn about new and advanced AI techniques;

4. Get a better understanding of the mechanisms behind the AI techniques;

5. Learn about specific libraries, approaches, paradigms.

6. Become aware of potential ethical implications;

7. Develop creative thinking skills as well as a critical mindset

8. Develop intuition to assess the limitations of different techniques;

9. Get a better insight into the required effort to solve a problem with AI;


The day looks as follows:

9:30 The AI mission is introduced to the participants;

10:00 Participants tackle the problem, in pairs, on their own;

11:00 The tutor helps participants move forward and identifies potential problems;

12:30 Encountered problems are discussed in the group.

13:00 BREAK

14:00 The AI solution is presented; participants are asked to unravel how it works.

14:30 The mechanisms behind the AI technique/approach are explained.

15:30 Small exercises are done to empower the students.

16:30 Wrap-up and further reading

Breakfast, lunch and drinks will be provided

Mission 1: HELP, MY WEDDING IS COMING UP! - will be on the 8th of May

Mission 2: PREDICT CLIENT’S AVERAGE WAITING TIME - will be on the 15th of May


You are soon getting married and figure out you wish to write a program to optimally assign guests to the round “table of honour”. Unfortunately, a long and complicated family history means some people should absolutely be separated. Clearly, couples should not be split.


Your company delivers a cloud service through an online API. It is very serious about customer experience and wishes to keep average waiting times for customers below a threshold.

This programme is a collaboration between VAIA and VUB - AI LAB.