Henk Boelman

Information & Communications Technology

Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence

Driebergen-Rijsenburg, Netherlands

Henk Boelman

Cloud Advocate at Microsoft

Henk is a Cloud Advocate specializing in Artificial intelligence and Azure with a background in application development. He is currently part of the regional cloud advocate team in the Netherlands. Before joining Microsoft, he was a Microsoft AI MVP and worked as a software developer and architect building lots of AI powered platforms on Azure.

He loves to share his knowledge about topics such as DevOps, Azure and Artificial Intelligence by providing training courses and he is a regular speaker at user groups and international conferences.

Henk Boelman

Current sessions

Infuse some AI - Making apps a bit smarter…

Wouldn't it be great if an application could tell you what it recognises on the things you upload, who it identifies on the pictures, tells what it sees, make smart crops and filter out negative comments?

In this talk I will introduce you to the world of the Microsoft Cognitive Services and show you how to use them to extend applications. We dive into some use-case scenarios and I will show how easy it is to integrate them with other Azure services like Functions, Cosmos DB and Azure Search.

You will see demos and walk away with ideas on how to use this in your own applications.

Infuse some AI into Umbraco

With the rise of machine learning, affordable artificial intelligence is now available through APIs.

In this talk I will introduce you to the world of Microsoft Cognitive Services APIs and show you how to integrate them with Umbraco.

We dive into topics like computer vision, facial recognition and language understanding. With just a few lines of code we will infuse some AI into Umbraco.

Join this session and don't get left behind in these exciting times.

Regular talk 45-60 minutes

Build your own A.I. powered robot

The need to jump on the AI track is more relevant than ever. With the commodity of hardware and the computing power of the Cloud, Artificial Intelligence is at our fingertips and waiting to be implemented in new innovative solutions.

This workshop gives a quick start in the world of AI by combining Windows IoT, a Raspberry Pi with some sensors and the power of Microsoft Cognitive Services.
You will learn how a Raspberry Pi works, dive into topics like face identification, language understanding and how to train your own vision model.

The workshop is very hands-on and at the end you have made a robot that can talk and uses its vision and ears to interact with its surroundings. The bot will run on a Raspberry Pi powered by Windows IoT. The bot will be able to see, hear and talk using different Cognitive Services.

What you will learn:
• Windows IoT
• Raspberry PI with sensors
• Face detection API
• Language Understanding
• Custom Vision

After the workshop, you know what Cognitive Services are and have hands-on experience implementing them in a program. You can connect sensors to the Raspberry and use their capabilities in your programs.

Who should attend:

This workshop is for you if you:
• Want to learn what all the different Cognitive Service are and how to use them.
• Learn about the Raspberry Pi works and write software for it.
• Play around with hardware and like connecting wires and sensors

What to bring:
Bring your laptop running the latest Windows 10 and Visual Studio 2017. You will need an Azure subscription to activate the Cognitive Services APIs, if you don’t have one please create one before the workshop.
Read this before attending: https://github.com/hnky/Workshop-AI-Pre

The AI revolution is coming, and you can be part of it!

1 day or 2 day workshop
15-20 people

Unleash some AI into the wild...

How can AI improve the efficiency of medical field workers in remote Ugandan villages?

We’ll dive into a real-world case on how A.I. can assist medical workers in the field. From eliminating time-consuming documentation to gaining valuable insights into their work. By letting AI take care of common tasks, medical workers can focus on delivering essential medical care.

In this session, I’ll take you along on a AI-First technical journey, from patient identification handled by Cognitive Services, efficiency improvement with natural language processing, handling data in Azure and building & delivering the App with Xamarin and Visual Studio Team services.

We took the app to some remote places in Uganda and beta tested it. We will zoom into some challenges we faced running it in the field, discuss the tools and components used and give you a peek into future steps.

#Cosmos DB

"Beyond the usual suspects, Emerging Cognitive Services"

In this session we explore the outer limits of the Cognitive Services universe.

Cognitive Services are great for face and object detection but there is so much more. At the moment there are over 40 API’s that can add cognitive capabilities to applications.

We dive into some unknown services like authentication through the speech API, add gesture recognition with Project Prague, find events with project Cuzco and much more.

Join this session and find out, through a lot of demo's and use-cases, how these services can be used and what they are capable off.

Regular talk: 45-60 minutes

A.I. on the Microsoft Stack

The need to jump on the AI track is more relevant than ever. With the commodity of hardware and the computing power of the Azure Cloud, Artificial Intelligence is at our fingertips and waiting to be implemented in new innovative solutions.

In this session we do a deep dive into the A.I. stack that Microsoft has to offer. We start with pre-trained Cognitive services like Computer Vision, Anomaly Detection and Speaker recognition. And move on to the more advanced tooling like Machine Learning Studio and Azure Machine Learning Services.

At the end of this session you have a good grasp of the technological building blocks that make AI happen. Just waiting to be used in your own projects afterwards.

The AI revolution is coming and you can be part of it!

Getting started with Azure Machine Learning services

With machine learning becoming more and more an engineering problem the need to track, work together and easily deploy ML experiments with integrated CI/CD tooling is becoming more relevant then ever.

In this session we take a deep-dive into Azure Machine Learning service, a cloud service that you can use to track as you build, train, deploy, and manage models. We zoom into the building blocks provided and show, through some demos, how to use them.

At the end of this session you have a good grasp of the technological building blocks of Azure machine learning services. Just waiting to be used in your own projects afterwards.

AI in the battle against fakes.

Counterfeit products have been a longstanding and growing pain for companies. In addition to impacting company revenue, they damage brand reputation and customer confidence. Our company was asked to build a solution for a global electronics brand that can identify counterfeit products by just taking one picture on a smartphone.

In this session we zoom into the building blocks that make this AI solution work. We’ll find out that there is much more to it than just training a convolutional neural network. We look at challenges like how to manage and monitor the AI model and how to build and improve the model in a way that fits your DevOps production chain.

Learn how we used Azure Functions, Cosmos DB and Docker to build a solid foundation. See how we used Azure Machine Learning service to train the models. And find out how we used Azure DevOps to control, build and deploy this state-of-the-art solution.

AI used to only be in the hands of data science PhDs. Now any developer can integrate this exciting technology into their next project. Join us to find out how.

Past and future events

Azure Lowlands

23 Jan 2020 - 23 Jan 2020
Rotterdam, Netherlands

Live! 360 Orlando 2019

17 Nov 2019 - 22 Nov 2019
Orlando, United States

Microsoft TechDays 2019

21 Oct 2019 - 23 Oct 2019
Kista, Sweden

NDC Sydney 2019

13 Oct 2019 - 17 Oct 2019
Sydney, Australia

dataMinds Connect 2019

6 Oct 2019 - 7 Oct 2019
Mechelen, Belgium

Global AI Night - September 2019

4 Sep 2019 - 4 Sep 2019
Amsterdam, Netherlands

KCDC 2019

17 Jul 2019 - 19 Jul 2019
Kansas City, United States

SharePoint Saturday Netherlands 2019

28 Jun 2019 - 28 Jun 2019
Vianen, Netherlands


5 Jun 2019 - 5 Jun 2019

Intelligent Cloud Conference 2019

7 Apr 2019 - 9 Apr 2019
Copenhagen, Denmark

Microsoft Techdays 2019

27 Feb 2019 - 28 Feb 2019
Helsinki, Finland

CodeMash 2019

7 Jan 2019 - 11 Jan 2019
Sandusky, United States

Global AI Bootcamp Netherlands

14 Dec 2018 - 14 Dec 2018
Amsterdam, Netherlands

Experts Live Europe 2018

23 Oct 2018 - 25 Oct 2018
Prague, Czechia

KCDC 2018

11 Jul 2018 - 13 Jul 2018

Experts Live Nederland 2018

Unleash some AI into the wild...
19 Jun 2018 - 19 Jun 2018
Ede, Netherlands

NDC Oslo 2018

12 Jun 2018 - 14 Jun 2018

IT.A.K.E. Unconference 2018

Unleash some AI into the wild...
7 Jun 2018 - 8 Jun 2018
Bucharest, Romania

Intelligent Cloud Conference 2018

28 May 2018 - 29 May 2018
Copenhagen, Denmark

Codegarden 2018

Infuse some AI into Umbraco
23 May 2018 - 25 May 2018
Odense, Denmark

Umbraco Festival Germany

Infuse some AI into Umbraco
27 Apr 2018 - 27 Apr 2018
Frankfurt am Main, Germany


Unleash some AI into the wild...
22 Mar 2018 - 22 Mar 2018
Groningen, Netherlands

Orlando codecamp

Unleash some AI into the wild...
17 Mar 2018 - 17 Mar 2018
Orlando, United States


Beyond the usual suspects, emerging Cognitive Services
24 Jan 2018 - 24 Jan 2018
Amsterdam, Netherlands

Umbracofestival UK

Infuse some Custom vision into Umbraco
2 Nov 2017 - 2 Nov 2017
London, United Kingdom

NDC Lightning 2017

25 Oct 2017 - 25 Oct 2017

DUUGFest 2017

Infuse some AI - Making Umbraco smarter
6 Oct 2017 - 6 Oct 2017
Amsterdam, Netherlands

DevCamp Noord

Infuse some AI - Making apps a bit smarter
20 Sep 2017 - 20 Sep 2017
Groningen, Netherlands


Infuse some AI - Making apps a bit smarter
23 Jun 2017 - 23 Jun 2017
Zeist, Netherlands

Umbraco Usergroup

Infuse some AI - Making Umbraco smarter
14 Jun 2017 - 14 Jun 2017
Nieuwegein, Netherlands

Code & Comedy

Give Your Apps a Human Side
8 Feb 2017 - 8 Feb 2017
Nieuwegein, Netherlands