• Finaps: How we help companies embed their data strategies

    Data is the 21st-century equivalent of gold and companies know it. Terms such as Big Data, Artificial Intelligence, Deep learning, Internet of Things and Streaming Analytics are thrown around like it’s nothing, but it’s not all that easy. Many companies think they should embed some form of data strategy to be able to implement these state-of-the-art technologies. They rush, trying to keep up with competition. Unfortunately, many of them fail. Fortunately, that’s where we as Finaps come in to save the day.

    06 April
  • Diversity and Development Day - Is it worth the effort to change ourselves?

    Everyone was expected to be at the Tinbergen Institute Amsterdam at 10.15 AM. After walking around a little I found the entrance of the skyscraper where the Tinbergen Institute is located. I had never been there before. It’s a very practical place for the Diversity and Development Day to be held. The day started off with a cup of coffee or tea, while we waited for the last few fellow Kraket members to arrive. Although the dress code was meant to be “smart casual”, a lot of us decided to wear a more formal outfit. I felt a little underdressed to be honest. 

    30 March
  • Ivo's Diversity and Development Day

    July first of 2019, I came across an interesting email. It came from our -at that time- brand new Internal Affairs Officer Sven Oldenburger with a simple question: Would you like to join a Kraket committee? After doing the first year's committee with great fun, I was positive about doing a new committee, but the question was which one. The SBF committee did not sound serious enough for me, but the Forum committee left little room for creativity. Then I saw two words which immediately convinced me for the committee: Diversity and development. Organizing a business event with an eye on the problems of society, sounded amazing to me. Econometrics is a technical study and I sometimes miss discussing the challenges in society that the 21th century brings, such as diversity. This committee was therefore the perfect opportunity for me to develop myself.

    30 March
  • Stuck in my dream

    Studying is important, but doing a study you love is even more important. What makes people choose to study econometrics? What motivation do they have to keep going? What reason do they have to still be at the study at the end of their first year? All these questions can be summarized as one: “Why?”.

    23 March
  • LED 2020: A future committee's perspective

    On the 6th of February, the biggest formal event for econometricians took place in the NBC in Nieuwegein, the LED 2020! As we are the committee responsible for the LED 2021, we were the chosen ones to be volunteers for the LED 2020. Of course, our friends from Rotterdam (Rotterdam organized LED 2020) needed the expertise from Amsterdam to make this day a great one…

    16 March
  • LED 2020: An attendant's perspective

    The day started off early, at 07:30 on the 6th of February I was already on my way to the LED 2020. Upon arriving at the NBC congress centre there was a long queue outside the door, but the service was very fast and we were inside quickly. Once inside everyone received their name badges, the badges reveal whether you are attending company cases or the company fair, which company cases you will be attending and who you will be sat with during the dinner. In other words, first exciting moment of the day!

    16 March
  • A week in the life of Stef van Veen

    Dear loyal reader of the SECTOR, Like my fellow board members, I am going to describe a week of my life. However, as I’m writing this I’m not at the place I usually am at this time of the week. Currently I’m sitting at my place at Uilenstede instead of my usual place in the Kraket room. Luckily as the treasurer and vice-chairman of Kraket I can do a lot at home for the time being, that also includes writing this piece of art. So, enjoy this read and hopefully I will inspire you to also do a board year in the coming years. The week I will tell about is the week from the 17th until the 21st of February.

    13 March
  • A week in the life of Thijs van Schie

    Dear all, Today it is my turn to give you a look behind the scenes of board 48. I will describe the week of February the 24th. This week you will get a good insight in what a chairman does during the week. I hope you will enjoy reading it. If you still regret that you did not bid on the date with the chairman, do not be sad, because on the 1st of April is our speed dating event. So do not forget to enroll!

    12 March
  • A week in the life of Fleur Krijgsman

    Hi everyone, today I will tell you something more about my function as the external affairs officer of Kraket. An exciting job which I learned a lot from. But before I will tell you more about that, I will first introduce myself.

    11 March
  • A week in the life of Martijn van Heusden

    Hello everyone, I’m Martijn van Heusden, and today I will write about a week in the life as secretary and marketing officer of study association Kraket. This article is part two in a series of “A week in the life of…” articles by all current board members of Kraket. I will describe the last week of February, which was not necessarily average, but very interesting. Keep on reading to find out more about my week and about my position in the board.

    10 March
  • A week in the life of Sven Oldenburger

    For the search for the new board of Kraket, the Electoral Committee, in collaboration with the SECTOR Committee, proposed to highlight the week of all board members of Kraket, and today it is my turn. For those who don't know me yet, I am Sven Oldenburger, 23 years old and this year I am the Internal Affairs Officer and Marketing Affairs Officer of study association Kraket. In addition to my board year, I am also busy with my Masters in Financial Econometrics and I give math tutoring once a week and I work sometimes at the Foodcontainer near Sportcentrum VU.

    09 March
  • MIcompany Puzzle: Counting Riddle Matches

    The game Nim is played with 2 players and a stack of x matches. In turn, the players can take 1, 2 or 3 matches from the pile. The player who takes the last match wins. Suppose that the players start with a stack of 3 matches, then there are 4 possible game runs (the numbers shown represent the number of matches on the pile):

    02 March
  • A week in the life of Thijs Talsma

    Hi everyone, very nice to see that you are so interested in reading about this little story called, ‘A week in the life of Thijs Talsma’. At first, when the lovely SECTOR committee asked me to do this, I was really wondering what would be so special about my life. Although I still haven’t found out exactly why I am of course really excited to let you know a little more about my life as a Master Financial Econometrics student, that does the “impossible” thing (according to multiple professors on the Econometrics department at the VU), namely combining it with a part-time job at Zanders, doing two committees at Kraket, training for a half marathon, having a girlfriend and trying to have a social life as well.

    24 February
  • Teaching like a champ

    I am Jonathan Bergh, a third year econometrics student. I live at Uilenstede together with 13 amazing roommates. One of my hobbies is playing futsal, which I play with my study mates in the ninth division at Uilenstede. In the third year, students have to do a minor. I decided to do the educative minor, this means becoming a teacher, in math. The easy way of choosing a minor is to choose the econometrics minor, but I wanted something else. I wanted to get out of my comfort zone to challenge myself.

    10 February
  • Extra: Anouk Stam

    Hi! My name is Anouk Stam and I’m 21 years old. Next to my studies Operations Research, I play field hockey in the first team of Pinoké (D1). As a player of this team, I work out four times a week on the field, each weekend a game and two times a week strength training. Each field work out takes two hours, and on Thursday we even have two: one in the afternoon and one in the evening. Luckily, in our team the priorities are as following: health, education, field hockey. Since this year my Operations Research’s tutorials are scheduled Thursday afternoons, I miss the Thursday afternoon workout.

    03 February
  • PHD Life

    Combining political science and econometrics, is it possible? Meindert Heres Hoogerkamp is the living proof.

    27 January
  • MIcompany Puzzle: Susanne's Cakes

    For the annual Charity Market, Susanne has baked several cakes to sell. On the way someone bumps into her, so that all of the cakes fall on the floor and are no longer edible. Fortunately, the person who bumped into her offers to buy replacement cakes for her and he asks how many cakes there were. Susanne only knows that when she sorted the cakes into groups of three, she left two cakes. In groups of five she had four cakes left over and in groups of seven, six cakes remained.

    20 January
  • Review The Great Hack

    What do the 2015 Brexit and the 2016 Trump campaign have in common? They relied on the data services of Cambridge Analytica, a UK data science company specialized in employing military psychological operations and “weaponized” communications tactics in political campaigning. The company is founded by Steve Bannon, one of Trump’s former campaign advisers who also led Breitbart News, and puts into practice the doctrine that if you want to fundamentally change society, you first have to demolish it. After the US election, the data gathering and other ruthless practices at Cambridge Analytica caused a huge international scandal.

    14 January
  • A week in the life of Minh Nguyen

    My name is Thuy Minh Nguyen. I obtained my Masters Econometrics from the VU in 2007. After graduation I worked at ABN Amro in the Model Validation team and KPMG in the Financial Risk Management team. I moved to London in 2011 where I started to work in the Market risk methodology team at Deutsche Bank (DB).

    16 December
  • Econometrics On Ice

    Hi, my name is Ruben Schel and I’m 21 years old. In addition to being an Econometrics and Operations Research student, I am also a speedskater at Team Ksyos. Every week, I train five to seven times. In the winter period, this means one or two bike rides (race- or mountain bike), three pieces of training on the ice, going to the gym once and often a contest. So this takes me a lot of free time next to studying. Not only the training itself costs a lot of time, but traveling to the ice rink is time-consuming as well.  My regular ice training is at the Jaap Eden Baan in Amsterdam, so going there after college is fairly easy. However, most contests are in Heerenveen, Leeuwarden, Enschede or even Groningen. These cities are all far from my hometown, Mijdrecht (lies at a small distance under Amsterdam).

    09 December
  • Caseday

    On the 9th of October 2019 the biggest formal event of Kraket was held, the Caseday. The Caseday gives students the opportunity to come into contact with their future employer via presentations and interactive cases. Whether you are just starting to orientate yourself on your future path or already know what direction you want to go, this is the day where you can work on business relationships and get a sneak peek into the life after the VU! This year it took place in the Royal Tropical Institute, a wonderful atmosphere to develop yourself on a professional level.

    25 November
  • As told by: Jasper Veltman

    My name is Jasper Veltman, and from the start of this academic year I am a teacher in the department of theoretical computer science here at the VU. Econometrics students will most likely know me as the teacher of the course Introduction to Programming.

    11 November
  • SECTOR Update

    As mentioned during the first General Assembly of this academic year, articles for the SECTOR will from now on be posted exclusively online. This means the SECTOR committee will be able to publish more frequently and be more flexible with the length and style of articles. Instead of two editions a year, an article will be posted at least once every two weeks. To add to this, you will be able to read the SECTOR wherever and whenever you feel like it as it will always be only a few clicks away.

    04 November
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