“The best way to learn machine learning is to take on a real problem and solve it. And what could be more real than making an actual sailboat sail by itself?”

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In our two day course you will take on the challenge to make our sailing yacht self-steering and learn machine learning along the way.

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“They clearly know what they are talking about”

Adrian Holovaty
Web developer, writer and entrepreneur

“The idea of a boat and Ai is fascinating”

Andre Sampaio
Full Stack Developer @Plot Projects

Crash course, Machine learning in 2 days!

Many programmers want to learn more about AI and Machine Learning in particular. We experienced that most “online” courses are very good but it is hard to motivate yourself to quickly get through and start writing code. Therefore we developed a course where you learn very quickly whilst having fun. Hence, Wouter de Winter and Daniel Versteegh (both seasoned data scientists) have put all of the knowledge you need to know into a 2-day crash course: AI Captain. You will get one day of theory where you will learn to use python for data analyses and machine learning. During the course you will use data from a sailing boat. Hence you will put theoretical knowledge into practice immediately. The direct application of the algorithm you developed on the boat motivates to go through a quick and steep learning curve.

Some practical information:

  • The Course is given in Almere (near Amsterdam)
  • 2 days, including coffee and lunch
  • The course will be based on Python but you need only basic programming skills in any language to participate

Who is it for?

This course is for Software programmers and other AI enthusiasts who have programming experience and want to learn by doing (using data, ML software). The data collected from sailing provides an excellent playground to use a wide variety of Machine Learning techniques: supervised learning, reinforcement learning, regression, classification, deep learning and other. We start from scratch, just come with your laptop, some rain clothing and some basic Python knowledge. We will take care of the rest: course material, lunch and sailing the boat are included.

About the founders / instructors

Thomas Joosten

“Just look at what Elon Musk has to say about AI and see for yourself“
Thomas began studying AI on the University of Amsterdam in 1994. Back in 2002, he started a company. For that company, he made models to predict the performance of leads. A model that helped the company to become a business doing 150+ million in turnover, this day known as Awin. He knows the power of AI.

Daniel Versteegh

“AI is super powerful, but it is a new territory”.
Daniel studied and worked with AI for the last decades. With a lot of practical knowledge, he can explain AI and can make it understandable for everyone. Due to his practical knowledge of AI, he can handle user cases quickly. Something the participants will experience first hand, discussing their possible AI integrations with Daniel in the course.

Daniel Versteegh

“AI is super powerful, but it is a new territory”.
Daniel studied and worked with AI for the last decades. With a lot of practical knowledge, he can explain AI and can make it understandable for everyone. Due to his practical knowledge of AI, he can handle user cases quickly. Something the participants will experience first hand, discussing their possible AI integrations with Daniel in the course.

Wouter de Winter

“What I like about AI? How much AI can improve companies”

Wouter studied AI at the University of Utrecht. He started his own company, successfully sold it and consequently fulfilled several senior management functions. Within these functions he employed diverse aspects of AI; predictive modelling sales, strategic project planning, computer vision, natural language processing for customer service, and many more. Today he keeps track of every development in AI, both theoretically and practically.