We Attended the First-Ever Applied AI Conference

Last week we attended the first ever Applied AI Conference at the Brewery, an elegant events venue in London. The conference gave attendees a choice between two tracks. The first track featured talks centering around AI and its applications, while the second track offered tutorials of databricks and Tensorflow.

The event began with breakfast which provided guests with the opportunity to speak to their fellow attendees and even some speakers. Breakfast was followed by keynote speaker Chris Benson. Benson is an employee of the prominent American company Lockheed Martin and works in their AI division. Benson discussed the digital transformation that is taking place across the globe and how this transformation is synonymous with the advances of artificial intelligence.

After the opening keynote attendees had their choice of tracks, four thirty-minute talks or an Azure databricks tutorial. Popping in and out of sessions was welcomed, although not advised. We at PolyChord chose the ‘talk track’ and were impressed by the enthusiasm and knowledge of all the speakers. The conference also managed to feature speakers from key high-tech companies such as IBM, Veritone, and Google.

An hour lunch break was given and attendees were given a stellar meal complete with sit-down service. The choice of tracks was offered again after lunch, four thirty-minute talks or a Tensorflow tutorial. PolyChord again chose the ‘talk track,’ where a variety of new subjects pertaining to AI were introduced. The talks covered everything from bias in AI to its use in the solar energy field.

The conference concluded with a talk from IBM Power Systems CTO, David Spurway. Spurway discussed IBM’s history of AI innovation and their OPEN Power Foundation. In addition to discussing how IBM has changed machine learning and the AI world, Spurway also discussed IBM’s partnership with Google to create Google POWER9 and how IBM is looking towards the future. Finally, attendees were then invited to a social gathering to meet and network with other delegates and speakers.

We would like to thank all speakers and organizers who put together a seamlessly run event and allowed us to attend a wonderful conference. We hope the Applied AI Conference will become a yearly-event and hope to attend again next year.

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