Ahead of this year’s Women of Silicon Valley, running from 2nd-3rd May, we checked in with four of our inspirational speakers.
Here’s what you can expect from Shawn Ramirez, Sheila Jordan, Teuta Hyseni and Torrie Adams at this year's groundbreaking tech conference in San Francisco. These ladies will be sharing their knowledge of the sector and tips on how to succeed in a male-dominated industry, encouraging other female tech workers to progress in the field and smash that glass ceiling. They join over 100 speakers, from a selection of the world’s leading technology companies, and more than 1,500 attendees at our two-day event.
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Shawn Ramirez, Data Science Lead @ Insight Data Science
'How AI Will Affect Business in the Next Decade', 2nd May at 12:40-13:10
Technologies like AI, blockchain, and IoT are changing our lives and work, and business leaders must make decisions right now about the best routes forwards. It is essential to therefore understand how (and when) AI will affect their organisations—and what they should do about it today. Here we will consider what the next decade of AI will look like.
- Analysing the potential to simplify work with AI.
- Examining will AI finally answer the ROI question around data.
- Understanding AI’s potential for harm as well as good, especially regarding data privacy, ethics, and cyberattacks.
- Reviewing the impact of AI for who’s already onboard and who isn’t.
- Evaluating where privacy fits in with the advance of AI, or will it simply be a sacrifice we have to make?
Sheila Jordan, CIO @ Symantec
'What is the Future of Work/Life Balance', 2nd May at 15:20-15:50
How are relationships with work changing? What might the future new work model look like, and how do we start thinking more about balance. These are important questions and becoming increasingly central to the evolution of work, as employees log more and more hours and stay connected long after physically leaving the office.
- Shifting our thinking more towards integration and alignment than balance.
- Analysing the role technology will play in the future of work/life balance.
- Understanding the relationship for employers between flexibility and workplace happiness.
- Shifting thinking beyond just ‘hours’ to what the workplace experience means.
Teuta Hyseni, Security Engineer @ Microsoft
'What Does Cybersecurity Look Like 10 Years From Now?', 2nd May at 14:45-15:15
When it comes to winning the war against hackers today, AI and machine learning represent critical innovation, but there is still far too much hesitation when it comes to AI, machine learning and its future in security. The future of cybersecurity is about embracing and innovating for the partnership of mankind and machine – both relying on each other in the fight against hackers. During this session we will consider just what this might look like and what are the next steps?
- Exploring how AI can aid in reducing the complexity of analysis performed by humans in security events.
- Understanding the role of machine learning to mitigate anti-malware and anomaly detection.
- Looking from the other side – How are hackers utilising AI and machine learning to create malware?
- Pinpointing the danger of using AI and machine learning security algorithms.
Torrie Adams, HR Data & Tools Lead @ Google
'Is it ever OK to NOT Do Agile', 3rd May at 12:05-12:35
The majority of development projects now say they are agile in some manner. But agile processes are not a panacea for all that is wrong with software development. Agile can create pressures that didn’t previously exist, and newer generations of software professional are becoming exclusively experienced in only Agile. Here we will consider if and when it might be best to NOT use Agile.
- Evaluating is your team(s) truly understanding of what Agile means, or are just regurgitating what they’ve read?
- Assessing the appetite currently of Agile: Are you seeing any resistance?
- Examining if you are truly using Agile or using it for sake of appearances.
- Considering if Agile will increase your costs.
- Reviewing if two-week delivery schedules are appropriate in your organisation.
- Pinpointing where and if Waterfall still exists in your organisation.