Coming Soon: A Huge Test of Artificial Intelligence’s Role in Classrooms

The feasibility and wisdom of bringing artificial intelligence into classrooms will soon be put to the test on a large scale–in Belgium. Seven hundred …

The feasibility and wisdom of bringing artificial intelligence into classrooms will soon be put to the test on a large scale–in Belgium.

Seven hundred schools that are part of the Flemish, government-run school system in the northern European nation have reached an agreement to implement an AI learning platform developed by Century Tech, a British company.

The artificial intelligence engine will be woven within a new learning platform called IXZO!, which will integrate the AI learning platform into a localized interface for Flemish students.

The arrangement will apply to all regionally funded schools in Flanders–a Dutch-speaking region in northern Belgium. More than 200,000 students will have access to the platform, according to a statement from Century Tech.

A representative of GO!, a government organization that oversees education for the Flemish community, predicted that the partnership will bring breakthrough innovations to the region’s schools.

The government sees Century Tech as a “strong partner in AI, neuroscience, and data science,” said Raymonda Verdyck, the managing director of GO!, in a statement.

The school system’s effort is about “enabling every learner to follow education at their own pace and, at the same time, [reducing] our teachers’ administrative burden.”

A spokesman for Century Tech, Alex Blackburn, said the London-based company is already using forms of its AI technology in hundreds of schools around the world in Britain, the United States, and the Middle East.

But the project in Belgium is far more ambitious in its scale. Century Tech calls it the “first ever state-level rollout of artificial intelligence in schools.”

The first schools in Belgium will begin using the program in September of this year, building to a wider deployment around 2024, Century Tech said.

Century Tech says its platform tracks all of students’ interactions with it for correlations and patterns in their behavior and performance. The goal is to build a customized academic path for the student.

The platform measures gaps in students’ knowledge, the pace of their learning, their habits and preferences–even, the company says, when information goes from their short-term to long-term memory. Students are constantly being assessed on a variety of questions, and natural-language processing provides corrective feedback. The resulting data is provided to both parents and teachers so they can intervene and help students make gains.

Beyond Adaptive Learning?

In a written explanation of Century Tech’s platform, company founder Priya Lakhani said the technology moves beyond “rules-based adaptive learning,” in which developers explicitly tell students what paths are available to them, based on previous work.

“We can think of rules-based adaptivity like the standard clothes sizing: some parts of it will fit well, other areas not so much, and you probably have to compromise on fit in one area to get a good fit in another,” said Lakhani.

“It was good when it was all we had, but it’s not good enough anymore. AI can provide the equivalent of made-to-measure: genuine, full adaptivity and personalization for a student.”

Lakhani’s piece was co-written by Rose Luckin, a professor at University College London and the co-founder of EDUCATE, an ed-tech research body that is providing research support to Century Tech.

The use of artificial intelligence in schools is still in early stages. But the technology’s power has raised concerns on several fronts, including questions about data privacy and whether it could lead to artificial systems replacing or undermining traditional, teacher-led instruction.

Additionally, there’s a concern about some who study the economy and the labor force that schools aren’t doing enough to prepare students for a workforce that could be upended by AI and other forms of automation.

Century Tech predicts its AI platform will free up teachers’ time by automating administrative tasks such as grading and planning. The company argues that its technology will save teachers an average of six hours per week of time.

It will also give them tools and data necessary to intervene with students who are falling behind.

“It lets them get on with actually teaching,” Blackburn said in an e-mail.

The company’s data-privacy procedures, and its systems and storage are robust, he said. No personal information–only fully anonymous data–is ever exposed to the AI portion of the technology, Blackburn said.

In addition, the personal information is stored in a separate database used to produce dashboards and reports for schools. Access is restricted to the company, he said.

Independent of the rollout in Belgium, Century Tech is taking other steps to get the word out about its AI platform’s uses in schools.

This week it announced the launch of a “flagship schools” program designed to showcase how AI is being used in a group of British schools. The company says other schools can learn “how AI can be deployed in the classroom to improve outcomes and reduce teacher workload.”

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Security Luminary René Bonvanie, of Palo Alto Networks, Joins Board of Belgian Security …

Earlier this year, Guardsquare announced a $29 million investment from Battery Ventures. As part of the transaction, Battery General Partner …

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Security Luminary René Bonvanie, of Palo Alto Networks, Joins Board of Belgian Security Company Guardsquare; Felix van de Maele Appointed Board AdvisorAssociated Press |

LEUVEN, Belgium–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Mar 5, 2019–Guardsquare, a market-leading security company specializing in protecting the next generation of complex mobile applications, has appointed René Bonvanie, the CMO of Palo Alto Networks, to its board of directors. Felix Van de Maele, the CEO and co-founder of Belgian data company Collibra—a “unicorn” valued at US$1 billion—is joining as a board advisor.

Guardsquare—a company at the forefront of helping enterprises manage the digital transformation of their businesses—makes a widely used open-source security platform already in use with over a million apps to enable agile software innovation. Specifically, the company’s technology protects increasingly critical mobile apps, usually being deployed outside corporate firewalls, from dangerous security threats. Guardsquare is pioneering mobile and IoT application security in a world where over 20 billion connected devices are expected to be running applications at the edge by 2020. Earlier this year, Guardsquare announced a $29 million investment from Battery Ventures. As part of the transaction, Battery General Partner Dharmesh Thakker and Battery Principal Paul Morrissey joined Guardsquare’s board of directors.

The board now welcomes René Bonvanie as a new member. Bonvanie has more than thirty years of executive management and marketing experience in enterprise technology and has led marketing at Palo Alto Networks since 2009. Bonvanie also serves on the board of IoT security company Armis and, prior to his current role at Palo Alto Networks, had executive marketing roles at Business Objects, VERITAS, and Oracle.

Bonvanie stated: “The cybersecurity landscape is evolving rapidly because of the increasing adoption of connected devices and the advent of new technologies such as 5G. Guardsquare provides security capabilities that are increasingly critical in this changing landscape. I look forward to using my European background and security expertise to drive the adoption of Guardsquare’s products on both sides of the Atlantic.”

Felix Van de Maele will join as a board advisor. Van de Maele is the CEO and co-founder of Belgian unicorn Collibra, a leader in enterprise data governance and catalog software. He brings to the table an impressive track-record in scaling a high-tech European enterprise and gaining a strong foothold in the US market.

“Using the experience I gained with Collibra, I am looking forward to providing strategic advice to Guardsquare’s board—and am excited to help another Belgian tech company to expand in the US,” Van de Maele said.

“Bonvanie and Van de Maele both have in-depth knowledge of the software industry and its needs,” said Roel Caers, CEO of Guardsquare. “They believe that our company’s mobile security solutions are important for any organization operating in this mobile-first world. Both men will join forces with Belgian fintech pioneer and Guardsquare board member Jurgen Ingels to accelerate Guardsquare’s growth.”

About Guardsquare

Guardsquare is the global reference in mobile application protection. It was founded in 2014 by Heidi Rakels, Guardsquare’s current president, and Eric Lafortune, now CTO of the company. Guardsquare develops premium software for the protection of mobile applications against reverse engineering and hacking. Their products are used across the world in a broad range of industries, from financial services, e-commerce and the public sector to telecommunication, gaming and media. Guardsquare is based in Leuven (Belgium) and San Francisco. Read more on

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European car rental startup Virtuo inks about $23 mln

European car rental service Virtuo has raised 17.3 million pounds (about $23 million) in funding. The investors were Iris Capital, Balderton Capital and …

European car rental service Virtuo has raised 17.3 million pounds (about $23 million) in funding. The investors were Iris Capital, Balderton Capital and Raise Ventures.


London, 12th February 2019

Car rental startup, Virtuo, stepped up its battle against the giant car rental companies today by announcing that it has raised £17.3m from Iris Capital, Balderton Capital and Raise Ventures to help it make a big push into the UK market in 2019. Virtuo, which currently operates in 21 locations in France and Belgium, also launches in Spain and in Germany in 2019, making it a truly pan-European rental option for drivers who are fed up with being served so poorly by the existing car hire sector.

Virtuo launched in London last summer, having been born out of frustration with traditional car rental. The Virtuo app allows users to book and unlock a pristine Mercedes A-Class or GLA in minutes, at stations across London, and the business has seen revenue grow by 10 times in the UK in the last seven months. As a whole, the company is growing at a rate of 200% per annum.

“Now is the right time for this investment, because we want to revolutionise car rental across Europe and show that with our service, there is simply no need to own a car anymore,” said Virtuo’s Co-founder, Karim Kaddoura. “Travel outside cities in many European countries is not well served. Here in the UK, the railways are becoming less efficient and increasingly expensive. We want to show a younger generation that cars are still a really convenient and cheap way to travel and that you don’t need to own a vehicle to be able to have on-demand and hassle-free access to it.”

Virtuo promises to eradicate the horrors of traditional car hire including hour-long queues at rental desks, unnecessary up-selling of insurance and accessories, never being able to get the car you actually booked, as well as opaque terms and conditions that make hiring stressful and steep penalties easy to incur. Virtuo users can complete all paperwork in the app before picking up a valeted car from their chosen spot and unlocking it with a smart key downloaded to their phone.

Through the app, drivers can extend and modify bookings in seconds and are rewarded for returning their car with extra fuel. The digital car key can be shared between four additional drivers, for no extra charge, and competitive rental rates vary depending on demand, period and rental duration.

Stéphane Pesqué, partner at Iris Capital, said: “Virtuo’s founders have created a business that is disrupting car rental from the ground up relying on a unique digital path for users. We love their attention to detail and their determination to perfect the customer experience, which will convince occasional and frequent drivers that Virtuo is the best solution when travelling for work and leisure in Europe. We are very proud to invest in them at this stage.”

Bernard Liautaud, managing partner of Balderton Capital, said: “Technology in cars and other areas of mobility is evolving rapidly, due to concerns over the environment and congestion. Given these shifts, renting a car as and when you need it is becoming a viable alternative to buying, particularly for younger people who have come of age as the sharing economy took off. The same way innovative tech companies are disrupting legacy players in sectors like finance, Virtuo, in which we first invested 18 months ago, is radically changing the way we hire a car.”

Virtuo is disrupting the car rental space with a product that sets out to fix all the pain points of traditional car rental. During 2019 the mobile-only car hire company will introduce the ability to pick up a vehicle in one place and drop it off elsewhere. It will also launch in Spain and Germany in June, further serving travellers who are frustrated by legacy car-rental companies.

Virtuo facts

Virtuo service is available at six UK locations: Waterloo, Victoria, St Pancras, Marble Arch, Kensington High Street, Stratford International and will shortly be available in Earl’s Court, Shepherd’s Bush, London Bridge, Liverpool Street and Heathrow

Further UK locations – Manchester, Bristol, Edinburgh – pending

France: 19 locations

Belgium: 2 locations

Virtuo has had 500,000 downloads of the app

Age bracket of Virtuo’s customer is 25-35

Average number of days of each rental: 4

80% of customers go for the compact A Class, while 20% take SUV

325 average miles per rental

How does Virtuo work:

Customers create their account by providing their driver’s license and a selfie. The whole process takes just a couple of minutes and only has to be carried out once

Once users have decided on their preferred model, Mercedes A-Class or GLA, they can choose the best insurance coverage and personalised options that suit their needs.

The Virtuo app guides users to their car – Virtuo has no rental desks- and takes them through every step of the process.

As customers get closer to their car, they can use the virtual key in the app to unlock it.

A quick damage report is carried out in the app using your phone’s camera

Virtuo’s tariff is from £35 per day in the UK, depending on demand, period and rental duration. The tariff includes up to 150 miles of travel, with the option to exceed this for a surcharge of £0.10 per mile. Up to 4 additional drivers can be registered for each car.

Virtuo’s customer service team can be contacted 24/7 through an integrated chat module that allows the user to ask questions and receive answers in real time.

About Virtuo:

Virtuo was founded out of the frustrations of renting a car from a traditional car rental company. Launched in France in 2016, the company provides a seamless, convenient and affordable way to lease premium cars, through a mobile app. Without paperwork and available 24/7, Virtuo’s cars can be rented from convenient locations like airports and railway stations in France, Belgium and the UK, with more locations opening in 2019.

About Iris Capital

Iris Capital is a leading European VC specialized in the digital economy. It fuels entrepreneurs at various stages of maturity, from early-stage to growth equity. With its deep sector specialization and extensive experience acquired over 30+ years, as well as the backing of its corporate sponsors, Iris Capital provides active support to its portfolio companies, through its presence in Paris, Berlin, San Francisco, Tel Aviv, Tokyo and Dubai.

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About RAISE Ventures:

Founded in 2013 by Clara Gaymard and Gonzague de Blignières, the RAISE Group is organized around four complementary activities: RAISE Investments, RAISE REIM, RAISE Ventures and the RAISESHERPAS Endowment Fund.

– RAISE Investments is a €410 million development capital company targeting ITEs with strong growth potential and taking stakes of between €10 million and €50 million;

– RAISE REIM, a portfolio management company dedicated to real estate, whose first vehicle has a capital of 210M€;

– RAISE Ventures, a €60 million investment company targeting innovative start-ups, within which RAISE Media Investment, a media investment company, is integrated;

– The RAISESHERPAS Endowment Fund, a philanthropic structure with a budget of more than €22 million to support, finance and network startups in order to help them build sustainable adventures.

The RAISE Group is based on a financing mechanism that combines profitability and generosity, since the investment teams give 50% of their profit-sharing to finance the RAISESHERPAS Endowment Fund. This pioneering system in France makes it possible to create a virtuous ecosystem, combining large groups and institutional shareholders, TWAs and startups.

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Balderton Capital is Europe’s largest early stage venture capital investor, focused on European technology companies at Series A. Based in London, the firm manages $2.6bn and invests in entrepreneurs building globally ambitious businesses. Balderton’s Partners and advisory team include the founders and operational leaders of multi-billion dollar companies including Business Objects, Dropbox, Uber and Autonomy. Previous investments include Betfair (FTSE: BET), Magic Pony (Twitter), NaturalMotion (Zynga), Sunrise (Microsoft) and Yoox Net-a-Porter (BIT: YNAP). Among Balderton’s current portfolio of 76 companies are: Aircall, Carwow, Citymapper, Contentful, GoCardless, The Hut Group, Kobalt Music, Nutmeg, Prodigy Finance, Recorded Future, Revolut, ROLI, SOPHiA Genetics, Talend (NASDAQ: TLND), Vestiaire Collective, and Vivino. For more see or follow @balderton.

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Belgium wins, EA will cease sales of FIFA Ultimate Team points

This is a fairly interesting choice of words for EA, as it implies it was their decision to cease the sales of virtual currency that enables gambling, rather …

Belgium’s government has finally managed to weed out EA’s FIFA Ultimate Team point sales in the country. EA announced they are no longer going to sell the gambling-connected currency after a prolonged discussion with the government.

EA are notorious for their microtransactions and hated even more for bringing loot boxes to AAA gaming market with their annual FIFA titles. All of this began with FIFA Ultimate Team packs, and now it will end, at least in Belgium.

Het Nieuwsblad reported that the company has finally backed off, claiming that they “decided not to offer FIFA points for sale in Belgium anymore”. This is a fairly interesting choice of words for EA, as it implies it was their decision to cease the sales of virtual currency that enables gambling, rather than being forced into it by the country’s laws.

EA didn’t miss out on another opportunity to say that they don’t agree with the Belgian authorities’ interpretation of the law. Do keep in mind this is coming from the same people whose CEO stated that loot boxes aren’t gambling just because you are guaranteed to get something out of them.

They keep disregarding the fact that loot boxes are often filled with junk that the consumers don’t find useful and is about as good as getting no drops whatsoever. Another argument that loot boxes aren’t gambling is that people can’t cash out. EA have been hiding behind these technicalities for a long while now, but Belgium has won another battle in the war on gambling in video games.

The country has already made other major offenders, such as Valve, Activision Blizzard and 2K submit, by restricting loot box purchases from CS:GO, Overwatch and NBA 2K19, respectively.

AltCharPicture of Ronaldo on FIFA 19 coverBelgium is not backing down

One major difference between EA and the rest of these developers/ publishers is that this company not only leaned into loot box revenue, but rather jumped headlong into it. Giving it all up will likely prove to be disastrous. You can find more information on EA’s history with loot boxes on the video linked in the first paragraph.

For more information about the current Belgium vs EA situation, you can check out the news piece on Het Nieuwsblad’s website, or check out the related Reddit thread for translation and comments.

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