Recommender Systems: Lessons from Building and Deployment

This event took place on June 22, 2023. Don't worry if you missed it, we've got more upcoming Meetups you can join!

Come along to a Kickstart AI Meetup in collaboration with Startup Village, ICAI and Amsterdam Data Science, and meet like-minded people who really make AI happen. Our events create a platform for you to learn from the best and share your own expertise too — helping us all to get further, faster! 🚀

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Join us on June 22 for a Meetup co-organized by Kickstart AI, Startup Village, ICAI and Amsterdam Data Science! This time we'll be discussing Recommender Systems — a very hot topic in 2023 🔥

It seems like everyone is using them nowadays to point users towards content or products they might be interested in. Netflix's 'Trending Now' list, Spotify's 'Discover Weekly', TikTok's '#ForYou', and Amazon's 'Customers frequently viewed' are examples you'll easily recognise.

Recommender Systems rely on first-class AI to make effective suggestions that users will engage with and enjoy, so we're eager to hear from the experts about the latest developments in the field 🤓

We're lucky to be joined at this Meetup by Binyam Gebre, Senior Data Scientist at, and Bob Maks, Head of Product at Brainial! Learn from their know-how and insights as we talk about the techniques behind great Recommender Systems. Come along, pick their brains, and leave with stacks of new ideas 💡

  • Date: June 22, 2023
  • Time: 17:30 – 20:00
  • Location: Startup Village, Science Park 608, 1098 XH Amsterdam

Register now for an evening of invaluable learning, networking opportunities, and exciting inspiration. We look forward to seeing you there!


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Startup Village

Startup Village is a community of startups & network partners with focus on AI and Quantum. It is a magic place where startups apply new technologies to bring innovation forward and make our lives better. We facilitate interaction, collaboration and knowledge exchange between Science, the Startup Ecosystem and Business. And we offer an innovative location where the community meets up, holds offices and attends events.

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The Innovation Center for Artificial Intelligence (ICAI) is a national initiative focused on joint technology development between academia, industry and government in the area of artificial intelligence. The Netherlands has the talent, the world-class research and the longstanding tradition in AI education to be one of the world’s top ranked countries in terms of innovation power. ICAI brings these positive forces together in a unique national initiative.


Amsterdam Data Science

Amsterdam Data Science as part of Amsterdam AI accelerates data science and artificial intelligence research by connecting, sharing and showcasing world-class technology, expertise and talent from Amsterdam on a regional, national and international level. Our research enables business and society to better gather, store, analyse and present data in order to gain valuable insights and make informed decisions.


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At, they saw conversion uplift since they launched a personal product feed such as "Top deals for you". In this talk, Binyam Gebre will discuss the two main components that made this possible: 1) representing customers and products with embeddings, and 2) performing scalable matching with approximate nearest neighbour search.

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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.

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