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IE Big Data Club – Discover Alexa

Written on February 14, 2019 by Campus Life in Professional

Yesterday evening, we had the pleasure to host Carlos Fernandez Casares, General Manager Spain of Alexa Voice Services.
We talked about multiple topics such the growing trend of Voice Search, Privacy, the Alexa Developer Ecosystem and how Alexa works under the hood.

Voice Search
Carlos Fernandez Casares discussed the rising trend in which voice search is catching up on regular search. With the ever increasing adoption of voice services, voice search seems set to catch up soon.

We discussed how Alexa was listening for the wake word (usually set as ‘Alexa’) to activate and answer the user. We talked about how some of the Alexa enabled devices weren’t always on the lookout for this word and could be activated manually (such as activating Alexa with your TV remote to interact with your smart TV).

Alexa Developer Ecosystem
We discussed how the developer community was a cornerstone of the Alexa ecosystem and how anyone could work to develop a skill using the Alexa developer platform. We will follow up shortly on this topic as we are working towards hosting a “Code your Alexa Skill workshop” in the near future.

How Alexa works under the hood
We discussed how Alexa leveraged NLU, Natural Language Understanding and TTS, Text to Speech technologies to understand a users query. We also talked about how thanks to machine learning and human tuning, Alexa could get increasingly better, leveraging its local presence in 14 countries.

This event was a great opportunity for student and alumni to interact with Carlos and ask a lot of interesting questions.

We look forward to seeing you at our future events.

Antoine Moyroud

IE Big Data Club


AI, Strategy and Human Development. IE AI Club

Written on January 28, 2019 by Campus Life in Professional

On Wednesday, January 23rd, the IE AI Club hosted in collaboration with the IE Big Data Club, our first event of 2019, focused on AI, Strategy and Human Development. Our speaker was Héctor Sanchez Montenegro, National Technology Officer of Microsoft Spain. We had an amazing turnout, with more than 70 attendees from our existing members and a lot of new members from the IMBA, MIM, and other IE programmes.

Héctor Sanchez’s presentation walked the audience through the fundamentals of Artificial Intelligence (AI), as well the different types of AI available to us at the moment, predictions about the future, and Microsoft’s stance and product developments, when it comes to Artificial Intelligence.

Hector elaborated on the differences between classic software development compared to machine learning algorithms, and how neural networks were designed to simulate the interconnections between human neurons.

The presentation walked us through the early ages of artificial intelligence, the current focus on machine learning and the upcoming future of deep learning, as well as the reasons that artificial intelligence developments have accelerated lately.

The audience remained engaged throughout the presentation and also had the chance to hear about the current debates about the impact on humans, the ethics of AI, and some potential predictions about the future of artificial intelligence.

According to Héctor,

The question is not: what can Artificial Intelligence do?
The question is: what should Artificial Intelligence do?

The IE AI Club would like to thank our members for being active in the Club’s activities, and to welcome the new cohorts and the new members to the club!

Don’t forget that we will be participating in the Club Fair on the 4th of February and we hope to see you there.

Stay tuned for more things to come in 2019! We’re organising a lot of exciting new events and speakers!

If you participated at the event and would like to have access to the presentation, please email us with your request at
There were several questions from the audience that went unanswered because of time restrictions, please email us any questions you might have for Héctor, and we’ll make sure to consolidate them and get back to you with his responses.



Written on July 11, 2018 by Campus Life in Professional

During the first quarter of 2018, the IE Big Data club organised a series of events targeted at educating IE students in Data Visualisation tools and techniques. The workshops were of different levels of difficulty, in order to ensure that all IE students could attend at least one workshop and feel like they learned something new…. Read More

The main focus was on Tableau, as we had one, well-visited, workshop for absolute beginners. It was held by a Tableau professional who provided the basics of importing, preparing and visualising your data. We also held a Tableau workshop with a more advanced focus for students with experience.

There are many different types of data visualisation tools today, so in order to give a more balanced view of the different option, we also organised introductory workshops of tools Qlik and Carto which are both interesting tools for Data Visualisation.

Stay tuned for more events during term 3!



Written on July 11, 2018 by Campus Life in Professional

We are now a few days past the TechIE conference and it is time to reflect on this first edition. TechIE aims to become the flagship event of the IE Business School, helping students and alumni uncover how tech drives the future of business.

This years’ topics covered Big Data, IoT, Fintech, Quantum Computing and Blockchain and Artificial Intelligence. A few statistics: 7 speakers – +130 attendees – 6 hours of conferences and networking Co-organized by different tech clubs of IE, the event held its promise of sharing knowledge on the latest technological trends. The day started off with Juan de la Pena Gayo, expert in IoT and Data services at Microsoft, who spoke about the latest trends in IoT and Industry 4.0 talking about the different uses of data one could have. His talk on how products such as HoloLens could bring change to the industry was very interesting.

Carlos Kuchkovsky, CTO of new digital business at BBVA then came on stage to talk about the concepts of digitalization and blockchain in the banking sector. Addressing topics such as Tokenomics and the AI Revolution. Matthew Gladstone, country brand ambassador of Revolut then took the change to discuss the roadmap of the company as well as the different steps the company went through to become the first digital bank unicorn. Javier Abadia, lead developer at StyleSage gave a talk on how the Fashion Industry was in the process of embracing the latest technologies. By leveraging Artificial Intelligence and Big Data, Javier took us through the StyleSage product and its different features which help brands uncover new trends by crunching through large amounts of data.

Our final guest speaker on stage before our panel was Juan Gomez, Senior Software Engineer at IBM Quantum Computing. Juan gave a presentation on the emergence of Quantum Computing and demystifying the different uses businesses could try to implement in the future. On discussing the potential revolutionary uses Quantum Computing could have, Juan invited us to explore the world of quantum computing by experimenting with a quantum computer online.

Finally, the conference ended on a panel discussing the Future of Banking. Moderated by Jose Esteves, IE Business School Professor, Carlos Kuchkovsky and Matthew Gladstone were joined on stage by Alfonso Sainz de Baranda, Chief Growth Officer at Bnext and Salvador Casquero, co-founder of 2gether. The members of the panel gave their opinion on the recent regulations (GDPR, PSD2), the status of challenger banks and traditional banks. After discussing whether or not the industry would consolidate, the speakers shared their thoughts on the next technological innovations in the field of banking and how students should prepare for these.

The conference ended on a more relaxed note with a cocktail, giving attendees the opportunity to network and meet with the speakers.

All in all, this was a very positive first edition and we can’t wait to get back to work on the second edition! Thank you all for having made this TechIE conference a success!


Data Disrupt

Written on July 27, 2017 by Campus Life in Professional

On February 25th, IE Big Data Club in partnership with the Healthcare Club hosted its 3rd Data Disrupt (#iedatadisrupt). This year’s version presented how companies in both Fin Tech and Healthcare were disrupting their industries through data. It was a full day event where the first half was dedicated to Fin Tech and the second half to Healthcare, paving way to one keynote speech and one panel for each. There was also plenty of networking opportunities.

The event started of the best way possible with opening remarks from our very own Juan Jose Casado, Academic Director of the Masters in Business Analytics and Big Data, and Data & Analytics Corporate Director at Sanitas. Juanjo, as we dearly call him, stated how happy he was that the event had two focuses. During his professional career, he has worked in both sectors. He was eager to listen how both industries were disrupted. He spoke about the importance of how humanity is on the verge of seeing the impact of data analytics in our lives. “If we are able to put together all the data financial, genomics, life, all your data, we will have the tools on how the world really works.” He expanded by telling how he talked to Jose Luis Cordero — from the Singularity University who expressed to him how lucky we all are, that human beings are going to be the only generation to live the impact of exponential technologies in healthcare.

The Fin Tech section kicked off the event with a presentation from Juan Manuel Koury — Senior Consultant at Ernst & Young. Mr. Koury spoke about the added value of new technologies. “Because of regulations, banks aren’t able to bring new technologies into the market.” He continued to make his case on how Fin Tech companies are helping the financial industry in its evolution. Because of this he showed Ernst and Young plan to consult big financial corporations through a real time platform that observes the Fin Tech companies throughout the world.

The FinTech panel followed with the journey towards tech-based innovation, data-driven decision making and implementing a data-centric culture is complex, especially in the highly regulated financial sector. The panel was insightful, inspiring , exciting and eye opening altogether. They all exposed how technologies like, blockchain is revolutionizing the transactions and regulations. In fact blockchain took a great part of the conversation. Also, talked about where the opportunities lie, which presented a spectrum of choices like payments, blockchain and being faster than banks. Moderated by Luis Maldonado, Founding Partner at DigitalTakerts, Professor Economic Environment & Finance at IE Business School, this panel explored how their companies are disrupting the financial industry through big data. The participants were:

Luis Perez Ureña — CEO & Founder of Finn Ventures:
•Concentrated on the opportunities of Fin Tech in the Financial sector
•“Banks are not really transforming. The basically put the service to digital channels but they do not change to the new customer needs.”
•“data is the petrol of the financial industry”
•Banks should standardize their API’s to help Fin Tech companies develop products and services

Andres Varela da Costa — Business Development & Entrepreneurship Instigator, SEQR:
•One of the segments with more opportunities to be disrupted in the financial industry is payments, specially peer to peer.
•What is the new generation of users are asking for? Disruption will come from user experience
•“Banks can become aggregators of the blockchain disruption…The blockchain revolution is comparable to the invention of the internet…Blockchain will be the internet of value.”

Munya Guisa — CEO & Co-Founder of Pich Technologies:
•Gets payments data from banking APIs and works together with lenders to take decisions really fast. He thinks that in the long run many decisions will be taken based on data and automatically
•his company gathers data with user authorization rather than asking banks for the data.

Jorge Ordovas — Co-Founder — NevTrace, Blockchain Lab and Digital Transformation at Telefonica.
•“We are living the most interesting moment regarding Fin Tech”
•Nonetheless, it is still a hard moment for the blockchain sector, because people are not transacting digitally.

After a networking/lunch session, the Healthcare part of the Disrupt started with a presentation from IBM Madrid”s Javier González who introduced us to Watson the supercomputer with artificial intelligence and shared a use case on how cognitive computing is helping the Healthcare industry. He also presented how Watson is helping researchers through Big Data and AI to discover new solutions for drugs.

It was followed by the healthcare panel moderated by Joe Haslam — Angel Investor and Associate Professor at IE Business School. Healthcare is one of the highly disrupted industries, in recent years, through big data. Technologies like Internet of Things and Artificial Intelligence are transforming people’s lives. The discussion was based on use cases in healthcare and how big data has contributed in disrupting this industry.The participants were:

Felipe Calderero — Value Proposition Manager at ATAM (Telefónica Group)
•Stated that because technology will continue to pave the way, we humans will need to change our mentality.
•We now live in a disease management system, so disease prevention technologies will be disrupting the industry the most. Since big healthcare companies like pharma enterprises take time to adapt, will be the Startups the ones that can bring disruption.

Jose Juan Moratilla — Business Line Manager Digital Health Services at Siemens Healthineers
•Right now Siemens does prescriptive analysis on radiographies.
•They currently have more developers than Microsoft
•Privacy is one of the biggest issues in Healthcare!
•Healthcare is one of the best sectors for employments because of the vast amount of data that can be analyzed and the people you can help.
•Thinks industry disruption will be on the population health management

The event continued over cocktail and networking section, where the participants had the opportunity to interact with the panelists, keynote speakers and among each other. Overall, the event was a success with a full house. Looking forward to see which industries will be noticeably disrupted next year.

The Big Data club will have two more flagship events this year, apart from other smaller ones. Smart Cities and IoT event will be on the 20th of May and the Data Dive will be on the 2nd and 3rd of June. Stay tuned for further announcements. Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook: IE Big Data Club; and Twiiter: IEBigData

Last but not least, we would like to extend our gratitude towards Campus Life and IE Careers, for helping us make this event happen.

Looking forward to seeing you soon.

IE Big Data Club

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