Centre of Expertise Applied Artificial Intelligence

Dutch Applied AI Award

The Dutch Applied AI Award is one of the awards presented during the annual Computable Awards. Since 2020 our Centre of Expertise Applied AI together with Computable and the podcast De Dataloog reward an innovative initiative in the field of applied Artificial Intelligence, and we are proud of it!


KLM Engineering & Maintenance, Mainblades and KPN have won the Dutch Applied AI Award 2023. The award jury particularly praised the linking of drones, communication technology and Artificial Intelligence in this partnership. KLM, Mainblades and KPN received the award at the annual Computable Awards on 30 October from the hands of jury chairman Nanda Piersma.


Aircraft inspection is important, but also time-consuming. By using drones, KLM can detect damage faster. In the innovation project, Mainblades provides the software and technology for visual inspections of aircraft with automated drones. KPN provides the connectivity.

Jury award

Our award is a jury award and not a public award. There are various reasons for this choice, such as wanting to minimise the influence of large companies with potentially many voters.

The jury - consisting of five experts in the field of Applied AI - chooses five initiatives from all entries that have a chance of winning the Dutch Applied AI Award. After a pitch round in De Dataloog, the jury decides on the winner. The five nominees will all get a platform to present themselves and their initiative in a broadcast of the well-aired podcast. The Dutch Applied AI Award is not only a prize, but also a prize of recognition!

Presentation of the Dutch Applied AI Award in 2023

The jury's verdict is determined on the basis of the pitch and the criteria set out below.


  • Applied AI - to what extent has the solution already been implemented, is it being used by the intended target group and how many (potential) customers/people will be helped directly or indirectly by this innovation.
  • Uniqueness - to what extent is the innovation the only one of its kind, has it never been marketed before and can the goal of the innovation not be achieved in another way.
  • Responsible AI (transparency, privacy, fairness, etc.) - to what extent is the designed or used AI algorithm transparent. Does it enable the user to be accountable and clear about the factors that influence algorithmic decisions.

Analyses show that the Netherlands and Europe have a strong knowledge base in AI, but its application lags behind Asia and North America. Start-ups play a crucial role in accelerating the application of AI, strengthening the earning capacity and tackling social problems. The Dutch Applied AI Award demonstrates this and is a great support for the nominees.

Henk-Jan Vink - TNO


The jury for the Dutch Applied AI Award consists of:

  • Maaike Harbers - Lector Artificial Intelligence & Society at Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences
  • Jurjen Helmus - Owner of De Dataloog and coordinator of the Smart Asset Management Lab at our Centre of Expertise Applied AI
  • Nanda Piersma - Scientific director of our Centre of Expertise Applied AI
  • Henk-Jan Vink - Managing Director at TNO Unit ICT and co-writer of the Dutch AI strategy
  • Jann de Waal - Founder of INFO and Chairman of Topsector Creative Industries of the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Change

Gepubliceerd door  HvA Expertisecentrum Applied Artificial Intelligence 6 november 2023