Figure 2. A description of 4 of the 27 tech badges
Figure 3. The T-shape that is developed for the three target groups: AI engineers, data scientists, and business teams.
GAIn® focuses on lasting breakthroughs
Developing an AI solution is one thing, but implementing one that will then create real lasting value often proves to be a big challenge. Therefore, all GAIn® badges have a key focus on creating impact. This is done by working with real-life datasets and challenges, and learning which steps are needed to get your idea implemented. For example, in the badge Structured Opportunity Identification you learn how to identify the key projects that will bring the most value to the company. The badge Model Operationalization focuses on implementing the technical solution in such a way that it can be used in the business process, including putting the right feedback loops in place to monitor and improve.
Content is developed and monitored by top of the field practitioners
90% of the badges are developed by experts with extensive experience in transforming blue-chip companies. For example, one of our partners at MIcompany, Wouter Huygen, leads the badge on Use Case Leadership. It brings together more than 10 years of transformation project experience, in a module full of real-life challenges and how to deal with them. Or Dorthe van Waarden, who leads the Advanced Analytics department of MIcompany, and has developed the Model Management badge. In this badge, the knowledge gathered from many modeling projects is integrated into a best practice approach on how to make sure your analytical models are correctly monitored and improved, and what pitfalls you might encounter. For the three-year Technology track, top experts on Cloud infrastructure, model operationalization, and app development have translated their knowledge from many use case projects and transformation challenges into hands-on training badges, ranging from automating data pipelines, to Cloud containerization and Cloud infrastructure as code. The other 10% of the badges are created by top scientists of leading universities from different countries such as Israel – on Baysian and complex networks, The Netherlands – on advanced Econometrics, and Germany – on creating shareholder value with AI.
GAIn® is globally scalable through its standardization and certification
All badges are standardized and certified based on years of hands-on didactical experience. This means that all badges follow a similar design in theory versus casework, where they use high-quality standardized material and end with an exam to test the required skill levels. When you pass the exam you receive the accompanying badge certificate. By training and certifying employees on the right skills you immediately accelerate the AI transformation. But to do this on a global scales requires the ability to scale up quickly. Therefore, GAIn® is an open standard portfolio. This means that all companies and individuals that are certified by GAIn® can use the GAIn® material to train organizations themselves. For big multinationals, this offers the possibility to have inhouse certified trainers who can quickly scale up capability building across global units. eBay and Heineken, for example, are currently using this train-the-trainer concept to obtain worldwide impact. Allard the Boer (see photo 3) – manager of Global Analytics at eBay Classifieds Group – explained the possibilities of the train-the-trainer concept to scale their program from Australia to Canada during the launch seminar.
Join the more than 30 organizations who adopted GAIn®
GAIn® certificates are already issued for a wide range of companies such as eBay, Heineken, Ageas, KPN, Proximus, Aegon, Israel Discount Bank, and the Authority for Financial Markets (AFM). In 2019, more than 2.000 GAIn® certificates were issued to over 30 companies. All badges can be provided in house or there is the possibility to join the open course calendar (www.micompany.nl). If you are not sure which badges or programs are most appropriate for you in AI skill building, we offer a Development Scan. This scan consists of a 45-minute questionnaire that gives insight into individual knowledge levels in all key areas.
GAIn® is a certified training modules (badges) portfolio to develop AI skills. GAIn® is an open standard. This means that all companies and individuals that are certified by GAIn® can use the GAIn® material to train organizations themselves. For multinationals, this offers the possibility to have inhouse certified trainers who can quickly scale up capability building across global units. eBay and Heineken, for example, are currently using this train-the-trainer concept to obtain worldwide impact.
MIcompany is an AI and data company with offices in Amsterdam (head office) and Tel Aviv. MIcompany has 70 employees, who all have an analytical background in mathematics, econometrics, or computer science, and were among the best in their studies. MIacademy is the training school of MIcompany. GAIn® is an initiative of MIcompany.
MIacademy has been training people capabilities since 2006. It provides training solutions for AI and Data skill-building for blue-chip companies including Booking.com, bol.com, Nike, eBay, Israel Discount Bank, Lease Plan, and Max. MIacademy uses GAIn® in their skill-building.