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Career path: Engineers & Developers

Understand how blockchain and DLT can be applied to cut operational costs and streamline data transfer. Identify the top emerging languages for 2019, from C++, PHP, Python, Java, Html and more. Learn how to leverage Agile, DevOps, APIs and microservices to take your enterprise solutions to the next level.

Career path: IT Professionals

Identify new skills needed for the major growth areas in tech and how to ensure your skills stay relevant. Dissect the latest practical applications, ethical implications and the possibilities of emerging tech. Discover how to tackle the challenges women face when balancing their career aspirations and home life.

Career path: UX & UI

Make data-driven decisions using the latest applications of emerging tech. Understand how to inject the voice of the customer into the end-to-end design process. Learn about the benefits of having a more gender diverse team to enhance creating and ensure customer retention.

Career path: C-suite and Directors

Discover more about the strategies of how to attract and retain the best talent in tech. Drive your commercial objectives forward by embracing diversity and inclusion. Identify how digital transformation can affect your organisation, people and processes.

Career path: Founders and Entrepreneurs

The best way to start, launch and grow a business is through the power of connections. Learn from fellow start-up success stories – avoid the pitfalls that took them by surprise. Improve and build your network. Gain greater clarity and knowledge on where to invest your funding best.

Career path: Data

Practically apply your skillset with the top data experts and enthusiasts in Africa. Make data driven decisions using the latest application of tech from the past, present and future. Create influences in the right circles in your organisation to navigate diversity and inclusion.

Career path: Project Managers

Discover the benefits of having a more gender diverse team to enhance creativity and ensure project expansion. Gain an understanding of the practicalities of integrating your business to the cloud and common pitfalls to avoid along the way. Tackle industry challenges such as regulatory changes to capitalise on growth opportunities.

Thu 2 May

08:15 - 09:15

Registration and Networking

Thu 2 May

08:15 - 09:15

Registration and Networking

Thu 2 May

09:15 - 09:30

Welcome and Opening Remarks

Sheryl Kline

CEO & Founder @ The Zone Lab, LLC

Thu 2 May

09:15 - 09:30

Welcome and Opening Remarks

Sheryl Kline

CEO & Founder @ The Zone Lab, LLC

Thu 2 May

09:30 - 10:00

The Empathy Imperative: How Human-Centered Insights Shape Inclusive Workplaces

Rachana Bhide

News Broadcaster and Global Talent Lead @ Bloomberg Engineering

Product innovation stems from a deep understanding of users (empathy), and designing around ...

Product innovation stems from a deep understanding of users (empathy), and designing around breakthrough insights. An organizational psychologist working in tech will share how to apply similar principles of design to build collaborative, inclusive workplaces; leveraging her experiences leading talent for more than 5,500 engineers at Bloomberg and through founding "The Corner of the Court Project" (women's stories of men as allies). Learn how empathy-led insights can transform how we bring men and women together to solve diversity & inclusion (D&I) challenges, and how leading with empathy can build inclusive, productive technical organizations.

Key takeaways include:

  • Systems thinking approach to developing inclusive leaders, teams and workplaces
  • How 5 stages of design thinking for product development also apply to shaping inclusive, collaborative workplaces
  • The importance of empathy in surfacing breakthrough insights about our people
  • The impact of prototyping, iteration and testing to refine D&I approaches
  • A real case study in building male allies for women in tech, and suggested best practices

Business Strategy

Professional Development

Founders & Entrepreneurs

Thu 2 May

09:30 - 10:00

The Empathy Imperative: How Human-Centered Insights Shape Inclusive Workplaces

Rachana Bhide

News Broadcaster and Global Talent Lead @ Bloomberg Engineering

Product innovation stems from a deep understanding of users (empathy), and designing around ...

Product innovation stems from a deep understanding of users (empathy), and designing around breakthrough insights. An organizational psychologist working in tech will share how to apply similar principles of design to build collaborative, inclusive workplaces; leveraging her experiences leading talent for more than 5,500 engineers at Bloomberg and through founding "The Corner of the Court Project" (women's stories of men as allies). Learn how empathy-led insights can transform how we bring men and women together to solve diversity & inclusion (D&I) challenges, and how leading with empathy can build inclusive, productive technical organizations.

Key takeaways include:

  • Systems thinking approach to developing inclusive leaders, teams and workplaces
  • How 5 stages of design thinking for product development also apply to shaping inclusive, collaborative workplaces
  • The importance of empathy in surfacing breakthrough insights about our people
  • The impact of prototyping, iteration and testing to refine D&I approaches
  • A real case study in building male allies for women in tech, and suggested best practices

Business Strategy

Professional Development

Founders & Entrepreneurs

Business Strategy

Professional Development

Founders & Entrepreneurs

 

Thu 2 May

10:00 - 10:30

The Words We Use Matter

Cassie Kozyrkov

Chief Decision Scientist @ Google

AI and data science aren't just passing fads, they're the future of software and technology. ...

AI and data science aren't just passing fads, they're the future of software and technology. Unfortunately, they're also fields with some of the worst reputations when it comes to diversity. Let's talk about the role that our choice of language plays in the data professions, why most people are tackling AI bias the wrong way, and why diversity in AI matters even more than you think. Come find out the real reasons to be both worried and excited for humanity's AI future... and how you can help make sure that future is bright.

Key takeaways include:

  • Why AI is the future of tech?
  • Common misconceptions about AI driven by word choice
  • Two key labour vacuums that need urgent attention
  • The role of diversity in AI?
  • How to tackle AI bias?

Business Strategy

Professional Development

Founders & Entrepreneurs

Cognitive Technology

Thu 2 May

10:00 - 10:30

The Words We Use Matter

Cassie Kozyrkov

Chief Decision Scientist @ Google

AI and data science aren't just passing fads, they're the future of software and technology. ...

AI and data science aren't just passing fads, they're the future of software and technology. Unfortunately, they're also fields with some of the worst reputations when it comes to diversity. Let's talk about the role that our choice of language plays in the data professions, why most people are tackling AI bias the wrong way, and why diversity in AI matters even more than you think. Come find out the real reasons to be both worried and excited for humanity's AI future... and how you can help make sure that future is bright.

Key takeaways include:

  • Why AI is the future of tech?
  • Common misconceptions about AI driven by word choice
  • Two key labour vacuums that need urgent attention
  • The role of diversity in AI?
  • How to tackle AI bias?

Business Strategy

Professional Development

Founders & Entrepreneurs

Cognitive Technology

Business Strategy

Professional Development

Founders & Entrepreneurs

Cognitive Technology

 

Thu 2 May

10:30 - 11:00

Creating a Culture of Innovation

Uma Meyyappan

SVP, Co-Lead Innovation Research and Development, Innovation Group @ Wells Fargo

Everyday experiences with technology are shaping customer expectations about what experiences ...

Everyday experiences with technology are shaping customer expectations about what experiences should look like in a number of other areas in their lives, including finances. Changes are happening at a rapid pace, and organizations that fail to innovate risk being left behind. This session will cover some of the top forward-looking trends in financial services (and beyond) and measures that organizations can take to meet customer expectations of the future.

Key takeaways include:

  • An overview of the current consumer trends that are already influencing the future of banking (and beyond)
  • The role emerging tech such as AI, IoT, biometrics, and AR/VR will play in future experiences
  • The critical shifts organizations need to make in order to keep up with customer demands
  • Key elements to help foster a culture of innovation within an organization
  • The role women play in innovation and specifically tech, and how we create meaningful future experiences

BS

PD

F&Es

Thu 2 May

10:30 - 11:00

Creating a Culture of Innovation

Uma Meyyappan

SVP, Co-Lead Innovation Research and Development, Innovation Group @ Wells Fargo

Everyday experiences with technology are shaping customer expectations about what experiences ...

Everyday experiences with technology are shaping customer expectations about what experiences should look like in a number of other areas in their lives, including finances. Changes are happening at a rapid pace, and organizations that fail to innovate risk being left behind. This session will cover some of the top forward-looking trends in financial services (and beyond) and measures that organizations can take to meet customer expectations of the future.

Key takeaways include:

  • An overview of the current consumer trends that are already influencing the future of banking (and beyond)
  • The role emerging tech such as AI, IoT, biometrics, and AR/VR will play in future experiences
  • The critical shifts organizations need to make in order to keep up with customer demands
  • Key elements to help foster a culture of innovation within an organization
  • The role women play in innovation and specifically tech, and how we create meaningful future experiences

BS

PD

F&Es

BS

PD

F&Es

 

Thu 2 May

11:00 - 11:30

Morning Coffee & Networking

Thu 2 May

11:00 - 11:30

Morning Coffee & Networking

Thu 2 May

11:30 - 12:00

THEME:

Taking Charge of Your Future

Do We Need To Fear The Future Workplace?

Carey Jenkins

CEO @ Substantial

Whether you’re a glass half-full or half-empty type of person very much depends on how ...

Whether you’re a glass half-full or half-empty type of person very much depends on how most people would first respond to the question of whether the future of work is bleak or exciting for today’s workers. Technology has been the great leveller, and in 2019 it’s already become a transformational entity altering society and the future workplace for the better. So where will the truth actually lie?

  • Examining the freedoms technology can bring to the way and how that we work
  • Understanding the cultural and organisational changes that will inevitably occur as a result of tech transformation
  • Considering how technology adoption can create a larger range of people to connect and collaborate with for better outcomes
  • Evaluating the headlines of humans being replaced by machines in reality
  • Considering how tech can be a force for global good and enhance human lives

Business Strategy

Professional Development

Founders & Entrepreneurs

Thu 2 May

11:30 - 12:00

Do We Need To Fear The Future Workplace?

THEME:

Taking Charge of Your Future

Carey Jenkins

CEO @ Substantial

Whether you’re a glass half-full or half-empty type of person very much depends on how ...

Whether you’re a glass half-full or half-empty type of person very much depends on how most people would first respond to the question of whether the future of work is bleak or exciting for today’s workers. Technology has been the great leveller, and in 2019 it’s already become a transformational entity altering society and the future workplace for the better. So where will the truth actually lie?

  • Examining the freedoms technology can bring to the way and how that we work
  • Understanding the cultural and organisational changes that will inevitably occur as a result of tech transformation
  • Considering how technology adoption can create a larger range of people to connect and collaborate with for better outcomes
  • Evaluating the headlines of humans being replaced by machines in reality
  • Considering how tech can be a force for global good and enhance human lives

Business Strategy

Professional Development

Founders & Entrepreneurs

Business Strategy

Professional Development

Founders & Entrepreneurs

 

Thu 2 May

11:30 - 12:00

THEME:

The Future of Tech

Blockchain: Coming to an Industry Near You Soon!

Alison McCauley

Author, CEO & Founder @ Unblocked Future

Blockchain is set to be the investment of the future according to many, but beyond crypto what ...

Blockchain is set to be the investment of the future according to many, but beyond crypto what are the possible applications in your business? This presentation will assess blockchain beyond crypto, taking a vertical approach to its potential applications and some of the interesting applications seen to date.

Key takeaways include:

  • Gaining a clearer understanding of blockchain’s cross-vertical applications - from banking, healthcare, politics, insurance, Government, retail, real estate, legal industry, charities, education and beyond
  • Road mapping its potential for forecasting, crowdfunding, smart contracts, identity management, security and more
  • Identifying how blockchain could work in your organization e.g. protecting IP
  • Clarifying where not to use blockchain

Tech 101

Founders & Entrepreneurs

Thu 2 May

11:30 - 12:00

Blockchain: Coming to an Industry Near You Soon!

THEME:

The Future of Tech

Alison McCauley

Author, CEO & Founder @ Unblocked Future

Blockchain is set to be the investment of the future according to many, but beyond crypto what ...

Blockchain is set to be the investment of the future according to many, but beyond crypto what are the possible applications in your business? This presentation will assess blockchain beyond crypto, taking a vertical approach to its potential applications and some of the interesting applications seen to date.

Key takeaways include:

  • Gaining a clearer understanding of blockchain’s cross-vertical applications - from banking, healthcare, politics, insurance, Government, retail, real estate, legal industry, charities, education and beyond
  • Road mapping its potential for forecasting, crowdfunding, smart contracts, identity management, security and more
  • Identifying how blockchain could work in your organization e.g. protecting IP
  • Clarifying where not to use blockchain

Tech 101

Founders & Entrepreneurs

Tech 101

Founders & Entrepreneurs

 

Thu 2 May

11:30 - 12:00

THEME:

The 2019 Tech Pulse

The Future of Cloud and It's Impact on Future Business Strategies

Sheela Ursal

Founder @ Capital U Ventures

Is file storage and computing power the only use businesses will have for the cloud as we look ...

Is file storage and computing power the only use businesses will have for the cloud as we look ahead? Or will we see SaaS, PaaS, IaaS and even DaaS start to dominate becoming the ‘cloud’ of the future?

Key takeaways include:

  • Developing a broader understanding of the future forecasts around the use of the cloud.
  • To improve organizational processes, create rich customer experiences and new revenue streams.
  • Understanding where we are now and what the future looks like. What impact might we see on business categories, eg. Financial services, government, weather forecast, etc.
  • Cloud first and enabling of new technology along with use of data gives us limitless potential as we just getting started on digital transformation
  • What all this mean for professional career and how can we grow, innovate and contribute.

Business Strategy

Tech Advanced

Founders & Entrepreneurs

Thu 2 May

11:30 - 12:00

The Future of Cloud and It's Impact on Future Business Strategies

THEME:

The 2019 Tech Pulse

Sheela Ursal

Founder @ Capital U Ventures

Is file storage and computing power the only use businesses will have for the cloud as we look ...

Is file storage and computing power the only use businesses will have for the cloud as we look ahead? Or will we see SaaS, PaaS, IaaS and even DaaS start to dominate becoming the ‘cloud’ of the future?

Key takeaways include:

  • Developing a broader understanding of the future forecasts around the use of the cloud.
  • To improve organizational processes, create rich customer experiences and new revenue streams.
  • Understanding where we are now and what the future looks like. What impact might we see on business categories, eg. Financial services, government, weather forecast, etc.
  • Cloud first and enabling of new technology along with use of data gives us limitless potential as we just getting started on digital transformation
  • What all this mean for professional career and how can we grow, innovate and contribute.

Business Strategy

Tech Advanced

Founders & Entrepreneurs

Business Strategy

Tech Advanced

Founders & Entrepreneurs

 

Thu 2 May

11:30 - 12:00

THEME:

The Evolution of Work

The State of D&I In Tech: How Far Have We Come in the Last Decade?

Rahnold Thomas

MD & National African American Resource Co-Lead @ Accenture

We have seen a surge of technology organizations publicly declaring their commitment to D&I, ...

We have seen a surge of technology organizations publicly declaring their commitment to D&I, but how have they translated strategy into execution and what impact is it having on employee experience? During this session, we will consider the stats and review the realities around a decade of tech-sector D&I…. But will we like what we hear?

Key takeaways include:

  • Exploring the difference between CSR and D&I and how this has lead focus away from the workplace
  • Examining if we are starting to see ‘D&I fatigue’ from lack of action
  • Critiquing D&I initiative implementation to translate strategy into action
  • How much of a barrier to employee progression comes from the lack of D&I?
  • Reviewing which industries have progressed and how?
  • Assessing the D&I laggards and how to tackle this

Business Strategy

Founders & Entrepreneurs

Thu 2 May

11:30 - 12:00

The State of D&I In Tech: How Far Have We Come in the Last Decade?

THEME:

The Evolution of Work

Rahnold Thomas

MD & National African American Resource Co-Lead @ Accenture

We have seen a surge of technology organizations publicly declaring their commitment to D&I, ...

We have seen a surge of technology organizations publicly declaring their commitment to D&I, but how have they translated strategy into execution and what impact is it having on employee experience? During this session, we will consider the stats and review the realities around a decade of tech-sector D&I…. But will we like what we hear?

Key takeaways include:

  • Exploring the difference between CSR and D&I and how this has lead focus away from the workplace
  • Examining if we are starting to see ‘D&I fatigue’ from lack of action
  • Critiquing D&I initiative implementation to translate strategy into action
  • How much of a barrier to employee progression comes from the lack of D&I?
  • Reviewing which industries have progressed and how?
  • Assessing the D&I laggards and how to tackle this

Business Strategy

Founders & Entrepreneurs

Business Strategy

Founders & Entrepreneurs

 

Thu 2 May

11:30 - 12:00

THEME:

The Elephant in the Room

Women Do More Than They Think They Do

Gail Frederick

VP, Developer Ecosystem, Mobile Infrastructure, GM @ eBay Portland

VP and GM of eBay Portland, Gail Frederick talks about how being a nerd and her love for ...

VP and GM of eBay Portland, Gail Frederick talks about how being a nerd and her love for engineering has always been in her DNA. As she continues to innovate within her industry, run an office, lead a global team, be a mom, and wife—but that’s not all. Come hear about her journey and how having a village of support, allows women like Gail to keep growing in their careers and still be with their family while conquering any goals they set their minds to.

Key takeaways include:

  • Why loving where you work will help you succeed in your career and in your personal life
  • Why you should bring all of you to what you do
  • Embracing the chaos

Professional Development

Founders & Entrepreneurs

Thu 2 May

11:30 - 12:00

Women Do More Than They Think They Do

THEME:

The Elephant in the Room

Gail Frederick

VP, Developer Ecosystem, Mobile Infrastructure, GM @ eBay Portland

VP and GM of eBay Portland, Gail Frederick talks about how being a nerd and her love for ...

VP and GM of eBay Portland, Gail Frederick talks about how being a nerd and her love for engineering has always been in her DNA. As she continues to innovate within her industry, run an office, lead a global team, be a mom, and wife—but that’s not all. Come hear about her journey and how having a village of support, allows women like Gail to keep growing in their careers and still be with their family while conquering any goals they set their minds to.

Key takeaways include:

  • Why loving where you work will help you succeed in your career and in your personal life
  • Why you should bring all of you to what you do
  • Embracing the chaos

Professional Development

Founders & Entrepreneurs

Professional Development

Founders & Entrepreneurs

 

Thu 2 May

11:30 - 12:30

THEME:

D&I&U

Making Dreams Reality Through Overcoming Your Fears

Nazanin Delam

Senior Software Engineer @ Netflix

Everyone fails. For many, fear of failure is paralyzing and holds them back from trying ...

Everyone fails. For many, fear of failure is paralyzing and holds them back from trying something new and taking a step towards their goals. With this talk, you will learn how to rely on your strengths to overcome your fears and use it as a tool in way of your success.

Key takeaways include:

  • Understand where your self-doubt has come from 
  • Learn how to rely on your strengths to overcome your fears
  • Learn simple ways to get to know yourself and inner voice
  • Learn how to use your fear as a tool in the way of your success

Workshop

Thu 2 May

11:30 - 12:30

Making Dreams Reality Through Overcoming Your Fears

THEME:

D&I&U

Nazanin Delam

Senior Software Engineer @ Netflix

Everyone fails. For many, fear of failure is paralyzing and holds them back from trying ...

Everyone fails. For many, fear of failure is paralyzing and holds them back from trying something new and taking a step towards their goals. With this talk, you will learn how to rely on your strengths to overcome your fears and use it as a tool in way of your success.

Key takeaways include:

  • Understand where your self-doubt has come from 
  • Learn how to rely on your strengths to overcome your fears
  • Learn simple ways to get to know yourself and inner voice
  • Learn how to use your fear as a tool in the way of your success

Workshop

Workshop

 

Thu 2 May

11:30 - 12:30

THEME:

D&I&U

How to Master Your Personal Brand in the Workplace

Terri Lomax Burden

Mid-Market Customer Success Manager @ Asana

Just like a company’s brand, your personal brand in the workplace is defined, in part, by ...

Just like a company’s brand, your personal brand in the workplace is defined, in part, by relationships and reputation. Personal branding is a way of establishing and consistently reinforcing who you are and what you stand for in your career and life. What value do you “promise,” so to speak, to deliver to the organization? This workshop will help strengthen your personal brand within your organization and beyond.

Key takeaways include:

  • How to build brand equity with your co-workers
  • Record your success and improvements
  • Identify other key influencers within your organization
  • Participate in initiatives that you are passionate about
  • Know how to market your value

Workshop

Thu 2 May

11:30 - 12:30

How to Master Your Personal Brand in the Workplace

THEME:

D&I&U

Terri Lomax Burden

Mid-Market Customer Success Manager @ Asana

Just like a company’s brand, your personal brand in the workplace is defined, in part, by ...

Just like a company’s brand, your personal brand in the workplace is defined, in part, by relationships and reputation. Personal branding is a way of establishing and consistently reinforcing who you are and what you stand for in your career and life. What value do you “promise,” so to speak, to deliver to the organization? This workshop will help strengthen your personal brand within your organization and beyond.

Key takeaways include:

  • How to build brand equity with your co-workers
  • Record your success and improvements
  • Identify other key influencers within your organization
  • Participate in initiatives that you are passionate about
  • Know how to market your value

Workshop

Workshop

 

Thu 2 May

11:30 - 12:30

THEME:

D&I&U

Leadership Styles: Quadruple Your Impact

Nicole Alvino

Chief Strategy Officer & Founder @ SocialChorus

We are always thinking about how to best lead - we read books, listen to podcasts, watch ...

We are always thinking about how to best lead - we read books, listen to podcasts, watch TedTalks about other leaders we admire. And we tweak OUR style. Yet, how much time do we spend thinking about the effect of our leadership on the recipient? After all, we can only really lead effectively when we can motivate and influencer others to action.

Key takeaways include:

  • Get examples of the best and the worst leaders (I did start my career at Enron and work with Fortune 100 execs today)
  • Get a framework of how to best influence others based on THEIR needs and styles
  • Work on a current issue where you want to lead or influence better
  • Leave with a concrete plan on how to put a more effective leadership style into action

Workshop

Thu 2 May

11:30 - 12:30

Leadership Styles: Quadruple Your Impact

THEME:

D&I&U

Nicole Alvino

Chief Strategy Officer & Founder @ SocialChorus

We are always thinking about how to best lead - we read books, listen to podcasts, watch ...

We are always thinking about how to best lead - we read books, listen to podcasts, watch TedTalks about other leaders we admire. And we tweak OUR style. Yet, how much time do we spend thinking about the effect of our leadership on the recipient? After all, we can only really lead effectively when we can motivate and influencer others to action.

Key takeaways include:

  • Get examples of the best and the worst leaders (I did start my career at Enron and work with Fortune 100 execs today)
  • Get a framework of how to best influence others based on THEIR needs and styles
  • Work on a current issue where you want to lead or influence better
  • Leave with a concrete plan on how to put a more effective leadership style into action

Workshop

Workshop

 

Thu 2 May

12:05 - 12:35

THEME:

Taking Charge of Your Future

What's Next For Agile?

Rajshri Ravi

Head of Product @ ConsejoSano

Everyone in development roles currently seems to be pulling in the direction of Agile, but will ...

Everyone in development roles currently seems to be pulling in the direction of Agile, but will Agile ultimately be the end or is there something new around the corner? We will assess the status of Agile, and consider continuous delivery, continuous integrations, DevOps and Lean.

Key takeaways include:

  • What could be next after Agile?
  • What is the status of Kanban, waterfall and all the other methodologies in 2019?
  • Evaluating if Lean truly is the next thing around the corner, or just Agile 2.0?
  • Clarifying where we are still seeing Waterfall?!
  • Understanding that the reality is that the next thing is digital disruption and its implications for the future of Agile

Business Strategy

Tech Advanced

Founders & Entrepreneurs

Thu 2 May

12:05 - 12:35

What's Next For Agile?

THEME:

Taking Charge of Your Future

Rajshri Ravi

Head of Product @ ConsejoSano

Everyone in development roles currently seems to be pulling in the direction of Agile, but will ...

Everyone in development roles currently seems to be pulling in the direction of Agile, but will Agile ultimately be the end or is there something new around the corner? We will assess the status of Agile, and consider continuous delivery, continuous integrations, DevOps and Lean.

Key takeaways include:

  • What could be next after Agile?
  • What is the status of Kanban, waterfall and all the other methodologies in 2019?
  • Evaluating if Lean truly is the next thing around the corner, or just Agile 2.0?
  • Clarifying where we are still seeing Waterfall?!
  • Understanding that the reality is that the next thing is digital disruption and its implications for the future of Agile

Business Strategy

Tech Advanced

Founders & Entrepreneurs

Business Strategy

Tech Advanced

Founders & Entrepreneurs

 

Thu 2 May

12:05 - 12:35

THEME:

The Future of Tech

AI & Machine Learning Demystified - Climbing the AI Ladder

Anshu Kak

Vice President & Distinguished Engineer @ IBM

This presentation will cover the basics necessary for understanding AI. The most basic question ...

This presentation will cover the basics necessary for understanding AI. The most basic question of ‘What is artificial intelligence?’ will be answered!

Key takeaways include:

  • A clear understanding of the recent advancements in AI
  • Understanding of where AI sees practical application
  • Clarity on future uses for AI
  • Confidence that AI won’t replace humans, only enable them to make better decisions!
  • Beginner-level understanding of the 2 common approaches to achieving AI: Machine Learning and Deep Learning
  • Understanding that an AI’s biases are not its own!

Tech 101

Founders & Entrepreneurs

Thu 2 May

12:05 - 12:35

AI & Machine Learning Demystified - Climbing the AI Ladder

THEME:

The Future of Tech

Anshu Kak

Vice President & Distinguished Engineer @ IBM

This presentation will cover the basics necessary for understanding AI. The most basic question ...

This presentation will cover the basics necessary for understanding AI. The most basic question of ‘What is artificial intelligence?’ will be answered!

Key takeaways include:

  • A clear understanding of the recent advancements in AI
  • Understanding of where AI sees practical application
  • Clarity on future uses for AI
  • Confidence that AI won’t replace humans, only enable them to make better decisions!
  • Beginner-level understanding of the 2 common approaches to achieving AI: Machine Learning and Deep Learning
  • Understanding that an AI’s biases are not its own!

Tech 101

Founders & Entrepreneurs

Tech 101

Founders & Entrepreneurs

 

Thu 2 May

12:05 - 12:35

THEME:

The 2019 Tech Pulse

Why Chat Bots Are the Future of Communicaton

Sreenevas Subramaniam

Senior Manager, Product Management @ ServiceNow

An exciting application of AI can be found in chatbots. During this presentation, the limitless ...

An exciting application of AI can be found in chatbots. During this presentation, the limitless scope of chatbots will be explored.

Key takeaways include:

  • Understanding of the various milestones reached by leading players in bot technology
  • Clarity around the future and potential of chatbots as it adopts greater AI
  • Roadmaps of the current and future applications for chatbots
  • Tech-investment strategies – Pinpointing the industries that stand to gain the most both now and in the future?

Tech 101

Founders & Entrepreneurs

Thu 2 May

12:05 - 12:35

Why Chat Bots Are the Future of Communicaton

THEME:

The 2019 Tech Pulse

Sreenevas Subramaniam

Senior Manager, Product Management @ ServiceNow

An exciting application of AI can be found in chatbots. During this presentation, the limitless ...

An exciting application of AI can be found in chatbots. During this presentation, the limitless scope of chatbots will be explored.

Key takeaways include:

  • Understanding of the various milestones reached by leading players in bot technology
  • Clarity around the future and potential of chatbots as it adopts greater AI
  • Roadmaps of the current and future applications for chatbots
  • Tech-investment strategies – Pinpointing the industries that stand to gain the most both now and in the future?

Tech 101

Founders & Entrepreneurs

Tech 101

Founders & Entrepreneurs

 

Thu 2 May

12:05 - 12:35

THEME:

The Evolution of Work

Is There a Gender Pay Gap in the Tech Sector?

Rija Javed

CTO @ MarketInvoice

In April 2018, thousands of employers were required to publish their gender pay gap figures for ...

In April 2018, thousands of employers were required to publish their gender pay gap figures for the first time. In the technology sector especially, the reports make for interesting reading, with pay disparity for both hourly rates and bonuses and a clear lack of women in high-level roles. But what did these reports really show us, and where are the hidden truths?

Key takeaways include:

  • Understanding the gap in the tech sector and where it is coming from – Is it roles or pay?
  • Assessing the impact of the changing jobs market
  • Reviewing how improved STEM for girls can help towards closing the tech-sector gender pay gap
  • Examining how technology can help close the gender pay gap?

Business Strategy

Founders & Entrepreneurs

Thu 2 May

12:05 - 12:35

Is There a Gender Pay Gap in the Tech Sector?

THEME:

The Evolution of Work

Rija Javed

CTO @ MarketInvoice

In April 2018, thousands of employers were required to publish their gender pay gap figures for ...

In April 2018, thousands of employers were required to publish their gender pay gap figures for the first time. In the technology sector especially, the reports make for interesting reading, with pay disparity for both hourly rates and bonuses and a clear lack of women in high-level roles. But what did these reports really show us, and where are the hidden truths?

Key takeaways include:

  • Understanding the gap in the tech sector and where it is coming from – Is it roles or pay?
  • Assessing the impact of the changing jobs market
  • Reviewing how improved STEM for girls can help towards closing the tech-sector gender pay gap
  • Examining how technology can help close the gender pay gap?

Business Strategy

Founders & Entrepreneurs

Business Strategy

Founders & Entrepreneurs

 

Thu 2 May

12:05 - 12:35

THEME:

The Elephant in the Room

Advocacy: Its Not a Four-Letter Word

Arquay Harris

Director of Engineer @ Slack

In this talk you’ll learn techniques for advocating for yourself and ways to take ...

In this talk you’ll learn techniques for advocating for yourself and ways to take ownership of your career trajectory. For managers, learn how to advocate for your teams and empower them to be a key participant in their own career growth.

Key takeaways include:

  • Learn specific techniques for self-advocacy and career growth
  • Avoid the pitfalls of self-advocacy without personal calibration
  • See real-world examples of accomplishment tracking and documentation
  • For managers: Learn how to empower and advocate for your team as we will be opening the speaker submissions again

Professional Development

Business Strategy

Founders & Entrepreneurs

Thu 2 May

12:05 - 12:35

Advocacy: Its Not a Four-Letter Word

THEME:

The Elephant in the Room

Arquay Harris

Director of Engineer @ Slack

In this talk you’ll learn techniques for advocating for yourself and ways to take ...

In this talk you’ll learn techniques for advocating for yourself and ways to take ownership of your career trajectory. For managers, learn how to advocate for your teams and empower them to be a key participant in their own career growth.

Key takeaways include:

  • Learn specific techniques for self-advocacy and career growth
  • Avoid the pitfalls of self-advocacy without personal calibration
  • See real-world examples of accomplishment tracking and documentation
  • For managers: Learn how to empower and advocate for your team as we will be opening the speaker submissions again

Professional Development

Business Strategy

Founders & Entrepreneurs

Professional Development

Business Strategy

Founders & Entrepreneurs

 

Thu 2 May

12:40 - 13:10

THEME:

Taking Charge of Your Future

Strategies For Building Cool Products - How To Build and Structure Teams For Hypergrowth?

Cheada Lao

EVP of Operations @ Allied Administrators

Businesses exist for one simple reason: to solve a big problem. At the core of every great ...

Businesses exist for one simple reason: to solve a big problem. At the core of every great product or service is an unfulfilled need that reaches a big enough market. But it’s not enough to have a great idea that solves a big problem; behind each successful company stands a flexible team that can efficiently turn a vision into a growing business. So, how do you scale your teams for hypergrowth?

Key takeaways include:

  • Understanding how to organise your teams around markets
  • Empowering people to make decisions
  • Changing the focus from ‘strategic planning’ to ‘how to build great products’
  • Building consensus and ownership team brainstorming
  • Embracing team self-interests within organisational interests
  • Ensuring that you keep control over the solutions than your customers

Business Strategy

Founders & Entrepreneurs

Thu 2 May

12:40 - 13:10

Strategies For Building Cool Products - How To Build and Structure Teams For Hypergrowth?

THEME:

Taking Charge of Your Future

Cheada Lao

EVP of Operations @ Allied Administrators

Businesses exist for one simple reason: to solve a big problem. At the core of every great ...

Businesses exist for one simple reason: to solve a big problem. At the core of every great product or service is an unfulfilled need that reaches a big enough market. But it’s not enough to have a great idea that solves a big problem; behind each successful company stands a flexible team that can efficiently turn a vision into a growing business. So, how do you scale your teams for hypergrowth?

Key takeaways include:

  • Understanding how to organise your teams around markets
  • Empowering people to make decisions
  • Changing the focus from ‘strategic planning’ to ‘how to build great products’
  • Building consensus and ownership team brainstorming
  • Embracing team self-interests within organisational interests
  • Ensuring that you keep control over the solutions than your customers

Business Strategy

Founders & Entrepreneurs

Business Strategy

Founders & Entrepreneurs

 

Thu 2 May

12:40 - 13:10

THEME:

The Future of Tech

The 2019 Security Threat Landscape

Jessica Robinson

CEO @ Purepoint International

This session will take a look over the security threats businesses will face in 2019, balancing ...

This session will take a look over the security threats businesses will face in 2019, balancing today’s realities with what’s coming down the line.

Key takeaways include:

  • A clear overview of the 2019 security threat landscape
  • Understanding of the over-reliance on connectivity and its impact to your crisis response plans
  • A review of your vulnerability to ransomware hijacks, especially around IoT
  • Pinpointing who are your ‘privileged insiders’ susceptible to outsider coercion
  • Recognising that misinformation affects us all, especially automated misinformation

Business Strategy

Founders & Entrepreneurs

Thu 2 May

12:40 - 13:10

The 2019 Security Threat Landscape

THEME:

The Future of Tech

Jessica Robinson

CEO @ Purepoint International

This session will take a look over the security threats businesses will face in 2019, balancing ...

This session will take a look over the security threats businesses will face in 2019, balancing today’s realities with what’s coming down the line.

Key takeaways include:

  • A clear overview of the 2019 security threat landscape
  • Understanding of the over-reliance on connectivity and its impact to your crisis response plans
  • A review of your vulnerability to ransomware hijacks, especially around IoT
  • Pinpointing who are your ‘privileged insiders’ susceptible to outsider coercion
  • Recognising that misinformation affects us all, especially automated misinformation

Business Strategy

Founders & Entrepreneurs

Business Strategy

Founders & Entrepreneurs

 

Thu 2 May

12:40 - 13:10

THEME:

The 2019 Tech Pulse

How AI Will Affect Business in the Next Decade?

Shawn Ling Ramirez

Data Science Lead @ Insight Data Science

Technologies like AI, blockchain, and IoT are changing our lives and work, and business leaders ...

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.

Key takeaways include:

  • Analyzing 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 cyberattack
  • 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?

Tech 101

Business Strategy

Founders & Entrepreneurs

Thu 2 May

12:40 - 13:10

How AI Will Affect Business in the Next Decade?

THEME:

The 2019 Tech Pulse

Shawn Ling Ramirez

Data Science Lead @ Insight Data Science

Technologies like AI, blockchain, and IoT are changing our lives and work, and business leaders ...

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.

Key takeaways include:

  • Analyzing 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 cyberattack
  • 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?

Tech 101

Business Strategy

Founders & Entrepreneurs

Tech 101

Business Strategy

Founders & Entrepreneurs

 

Thu 2 May

12:40 - 13:10

THEME:

The Evolution of Work

Growing One's Career Through Lateral Moves

Marie Denison

Research Scientist @ NASA

It’s easy to think of career advancement as just a straight line. But more and more, ...

It’s easy to think of career advancement as just a straight line. But more and more, people are taking a different approach by going through lateral moves as well. Why? A lateral move can be very beneficial toward arriving at your ultimate goal or simply increasing your job satisfaction. It offers the opportunity to learn new skills, expand your network, and increase your visibility, and it could ultimately prepare you for the promotion you are seeking—or a job you are truly passionate about. During this presentation, we will consider different types of lateral moves, how they can be facilitated, and their pros and cons.

Key takeaways include:

  • Understanding how a lateral move is proactive career management
  • Assess how best to leverage a lateral move to build your brand in your organization
  • Review the mechanics of changing profession altogether
  • Exploring how a lateral move can improve your self-awareness

Examining the potential pitfalls of lateral moves: stagnation, perception, work-life balance

Business Strategy

Founders & Entrepreneurs

Professional Development

Thu 2 May

12:40 - 13:10

Growing One's Career Through Lateral Moves

THEME:

The Evolution of Work

Marie Denison

Research Scientist @ NASA

It’s easy to think of career advancement as just a straight line. But more and more, ...

It’s easy to think of career advancement as just a straight line. But more and more, people are taking a different approach by going through lateral moves as well. Why? A lateral move can be very beneficial toward arriving at your ultimate goal or simply increasing your job satisfaction. It offers the opportunity to learn new skills, expand your network, and increase your visibility, and it could ultimately prepare you for the promotion you are seeking—or a job you are truly passionate about. During this presentation, we will consider different types of lateral moves, how they can be facilitated, and their pros and cons.

Key takeaways include:

  • Understanding how a lateral move is proactive career management
  • Assess how best to leverage a lateral move to build your brand in your organization
  • Review the mechanics of changing profession altogether
  • Exploring how a lateral move can improve your self-awareness

Examining the potential pitfalls of lateral moves: stagnation, perception, work-life balance

Business Strategy

Founders & Entrepreneurs

Professional Development

Business Strategy

Founders & Entrepreneurs

Professional Development

 

Thu 2 May

12:40 - 13:10

THEME:

The Elephant in the Room

The 10 Things You Should Be Doing in 2019 to Advance Your Tech Career

Richa Khandelwal

Engineering Manager @ Coursera

The digital revolution means there is no let up for any of us – whatever stage of your ...

The digital revolution means there is no let up for any of us – whatever stage of your career you may be at. It’s essential you don’t allow your career to stall, and become a victim of fatalism, which is why we will be reviewing the top resources and skills you should be reading and developing as we move through 2019

Key takeaways include:

  • Identifying your job and nailing the hard skills
  • Understanding your impact and delivering results
  • Don’t discount the soft skills, winning with emotional intelligence
  • Seeking out a mentor

Professional Development

Thu 2 May

12:40 - 13:10

The 10 Things You Should Be Doing in 2019 to Advance Your Tech Career

THEME:

The Elephant in the Room

Richa Khandelwal

Engineering Manager @ Coursera

The digital revolution means there is no let up for any of us – whatever stage of your ...

The digital revolution means there is no let up for any of us – whatever stage of your career you may be at. It’s essential you don’t allow your career to stall, and become a victim of fatalism, which is why we will be reviewing the top resources and skills you should be reading and developing as we move through 2019

Key takeaways include:

  • Identifying your job and nailing the hard skills
  • Understanding your impact and delivering results
  • Don’t discount the soft skills, winning with emotional intelligence
  • Seeking out a mentor

Professional Development

Professional Development

 

Thu 2 May

12:40 - 13:40

THEME:

D&I&U

Gaining the Mental Toughness to Speak Up, Lead and to Unleash Your Best

Sheryl Kline

CEO & Founder @ The Zone Lab, LLC

This will be a hands-on learning and implementation session comprised of interactive sprint ...

This will be a hands-on learning and implementation session comprised of interactive sprint sessions. You’ll understand how the top 1% thinks about the impact and joy they desire, how they form a structure for their success, and how they speak up and show up in the moments that matter. You will walk away with a heightened level of clarity on what your next big win is, and how you can accelerate the process to get there.

Key takeaways include:

  • How to dream like the top 1%, so you can broaden what's possible
  • How to plan an accountability team to support hour success
  • How to achieve the courage required to speak up, be heard and be your best, consistently

Workshop

Thu 2 May

12:40 - 13:40

Gaining the Mental Toughness to Speak Up, Lead and to Unleash Your Best

THEME:

D&I&U

Sheryl Kline

CEO & Founder @ The Zone Lab, LLC

This will be a hands-on learning and implementation session comprised of interactive sprint ...

This will be a hands-on learning and implementation session comprised of interactive sprint sessions. You’ll understand how the top 1% thinks about the impact and joy they desire, how they form a structure for their success, and how they speak up and show up in the moments that matter. You will walk away with a heightened level of clarity on what your next big win is, and how you can accelerate the process to get there.

Key takeaways include:

  • How to dream like the top 1%, so you can broaden what's possible
  • How to plan an accountability team to support hour success
  • How to achieve the courage required to speak up, be heard and be your best, consistently

Workshop

Workshop

 

Thu 2 May

12:40 - 13:40

THEME:

D&I&U

Creating Challenger Mindsets

Dr. Priyanka Dash

Product Marketing Manager @ Applied Materials

For most of us working in challenging and competitive business environment it is essential that ...

For most of us working in challenging and competitive business environment it is essential that we recognize a growth driven mindset needs to be cultivated amongst team members to stay ahead in the game. There are many examples that shows the incumbent doesn’t always win. So take on the challenge wholeheartedly, learn from your failures and don’t be afraid to try again. As Sir Edmund Hillary quotes “It’s not the mountain we conquer, but ourselves”, it’s really important that we recognize our potential and be aware that solution to most of our problems do exist if we make a shift in our perception and stay prepared.

Key takeaways include:

  • How to recognize a fixed mindset and prepare for a shift to growth mindset?
  • Why is questioning status quo critical - Asking the right why and how helps you think outside the box
  • Recognizing your potential and knowing you have a choice is critical to mitigating the fear of risk taking
  • Staying focused on differentiating your brand while not underestimating the potential of your competitor is key to staying ahead in the game

Workshop

Thu 2 May

12:40 - 13:40

Creating Challenger Mindsets

THEME:

D&I&U

Dr. Priyanka Dash

Product Marketing Manager @ Applied Materials

For most of us working in challenging and competitive business environment it is essential that ...

For most of us working in challenging and competitive business environment it is essential that we recognize a growth driven mindset needs to be cultivated amongst team members to stay ahead in the game. There are many examples that shows the incumbent doesn’t always win. So take on the challenge wholeheartedly, learn from your failures and don’t be afraid to try again. As Sir Edmund Hillary quotes “It’s not the mountain we conquer, but ourselves”, it’s really important that we recognize our potential and be aware that solution to most of our problems do exist if we make a shift in our perception and stay prepared.

Key takeaways include:

  • How to recognize a fixed mindset and prepare for a shift to growth mindset?
  • Why is questioning status quo critical - Asking the right why and how helps you think outside the box
  • Recognizing your potential and knowing you have a choice is critical to mitigating the fear of risk taking
  • Staying focused on differentiating your brand while not underestimating the potential of your competitor is key to staying ahead in the game

Workshop

Workshop

 

Thu 2 May

12:40 - 13:40

THEME:

D&I&U

Difficult Conversations

Lorie Reichel-Howe

Founder @ Conversations in the Workplace

While research shows that women have an innate ability to communicate and communicate well, ...

While research shows that women have an innate ability to communicate and communicate well, their tendency to hesitate, over-think and step back instead of stepping up to address heated and touchy issues limits their ability to influence change and sabotages their career success. When professional women engage in “safe conversations” - transformative dialogue that uncovers hidden workplace issues, they develop their voice, take back their power and overcome the barriers that hinder their success.

Elevate your leadership to the next level by implementing a communication framework that increases your influence while promoting positive change.

Key takeaways include:

  • Develop strategies for effectively talking, listening, and collaborating in situations where opinions differ
  • Respectfully identify behaviours that hinder individual, team and organization success
  • Become equipped to step up and address sensitive issues while building trust and partnership
  • Build more positive and productive working relationships
  • Increase employee performance and team productivity
  • Create safety while decreasing workplace tension

Workshop

Thu 2 May

12:40 - 13:40

Difficult Conversations

THEME:

D&I&U

Lorie Reichel-Howe

Founder @ Conversations in the Workplace

While research shows that women have an innate ability to communicate and communicate well, ...

While research shows that women have an innate ability to communicate and communicate well, their tendency to hesitate, over-think and step back instead of stepping up to address heated and touchy issues limits their ability to influence change and sabotages their career success. When professional women engage in “safe conversations” - transformative dialogue that uncovers hidden workplace issues, they develop their voice, take back their power and overcome the barriers that hinder their success.

Elevate your leadership to the next level by implementing a communication framework that increases your influence while promoting positive change.

Key takeaways include:

  • Develop strategies for effectively talking, listening, and collaborating in situations where opinions differ
  • Respectfully identify behaviours that hinder individual, team and organization success
  • Become equipped to step up and address sensitive issues while building trust and partnership
  • Build more positive and productive working relationships
  • Increase employee performance and team productivity
  • Create safety while decreasing workplace tension

Workshop

Workshop

 

Thu 2 May

13:10 - 14:40

Lunch & Networking

Thu 2 May

13:10 - 14:40

Lunch & Networking

Thu 2 May

14:10 - 14:40

THEME:

Taking Charge of Your Future

Future of Work Strategies For Retaining Top Talent

Svetlana Vaz

Senior Computer Scientist @ Adobe

We're living in an age where company loyalty doesn't mean what it used to. The tech sector is ...

We're living in an age where company loyalty doesn't mean what it used to. The tech sector is having one of the highest turnover rates of all sectors, which will only get worse with the rapid advancement of technology. Failing to retain a key employee is costly to the bottom line and creates organizational issues such as insecure coworkers, excess job duties that coworkers must absorb, time invested in recruiting, hiring, and training a new employee. Whilst many are putting emphasis (understandably so) on finding top talent, it's equally important to ensure you have robust strategies in place to retain those rising stars once you've found them. Here, we will consider what's next in retention into 2019.

Key takeaways include:

  • Understand why good employees leave - what are the key problems
  • Identifying top talent - Judge who is a good fit
  • Streamline onboarding processes - Make them feel comfortable
  • Strategic Career Planning - Professional Development and Continuing education
  • Active Financial Planning - Recognize & Reward performance
  • Understand how to create open communication channels with frequent constructive criticism and praise - Open communication channels
  • Learn how to manage across generations within the workforce - No one size fits all

Professional Development

Business Strategy

Founders & Entrepreneurs

Thu 2 May

14:10 - 14:40

Future of Work Strategies For Retaining Top Talent

THEME:

Taking Charge of Your Future

Svetlana Vaz

Senior Computer Scientist @ Adobe

We're living in an age where company loyalty doesn't mean what it used to. The tech sector is ...

We're living in an age where company loyalty doesn't mean what it used to. The tech sector is having one of the highest turnover rates of all sectors, which will only get worse with the rapid advancement of technology. Failing to retain a key employee is costly to the bottom line and creates organizational issues such as insecure coworkers, excess job duties that coworkers must absorb, time invested in recruiting, hiring, and training a new employee. Whilst many are putting emphasis (understandably so) on finding top talent, it's equally important to ensure you have robust strategies in place to retain those rising stars once you've found them. Here, we will consider what's next in retention into 2019.

Key takeaways include:

  • Understand why good employees leave - what are the key problems
  • Identifying top talent - Judge who is a good fit
  • Streamline onboarding processes - Make them feel comfortable
  • Strategic Career Planning - Professional Development and Continuing education
  • Active Financial Planning - Recognize & Reward performance
  • Understand how to create open communication channels with frequent constructive criticism and praise - Open communication channels
  • Learn how to manage across generations within the workforce - No one size fits all

Professional Development

Business Strategy

Founders & Entrepreneurs

Professional Development

Business Strategy

Founders & Entrepreneurs

 

Thu 2 May

14:10 - 14:40

THEME:

The Future of Tech

Follow the Money: Ten Ways AI is Changing Our Lives in 2019

Rohini Chakravarthy

Partner @ NGP Capital

This time, AI is here to stay! 2019 will see the technology advance further, and here we will ...

This time, AI is here to stay! 2019 will see the technology advance further, and here we will assess how AI will impact your business in the coming year.

Key takeaways include:

  • Following the money to understand where innovation is likely to happen
  • Areas that have seen significant venture investment, pointing to what things are being built right now
  • How AI is likely to drive increased personalization, consistency and customer delight
  • Things to keep in mind as you engage with AI in your professional

Business Strategy

Founders & Entrepreneurs

Thu 2 May

14:10 - 14:40

Follow the Money: Ten Ways AI is Changing Our Lives in 2019

THEME:

The Future of Tech

Rohini Chakravarthy

Partner @ NGP Capital

This time, AI is here to stay! 2019 will see the technology advance further, and here we will ...

This time, AI is here to stay! 2019 will see the technology advance further, and here we will assess how AI will impact your business in the coming year.

Key takeaways include:

  • Following the money to understand where innovation is likely to happen
  • Areas that have seen significant venture investment, pointing to what things are being built right now
  • How AI is likely to drive increased personalization, consistency and customer delight
  • Things to keep in mind as you engage with AI in your professional

Business Strategy

Founders & Entrepreneurs

Business Strategy

Founders & Entrepreneurs

 

Thu 2 May

14:10 - 14:40

THEME:

The 2019 Tech Pulse

Deep Learning is Changing the World of Health Care - and What You Can Do About It

Helena Deus

Technology Research Director @ Elsevier

Social media is brimming with articles about all the wonderful things that will happen when deep ...

Social media is brimming with articles about all the wonderful things that will happen when deep learning (DL) is applied to healthcare. Automated diabetic retinopathy detection, anomaly recognition in radiology images, treatment response prediction - are all great examples of how machine learning has already begun to change the way we interact with healthcare. Nowadays, anyone with a credit card, an internet connection and a sense of curiosity can train a machine learning model to automate tasks or make predictions. However, this ease of use makes it imperative that we apply our skepticism to recognize when deep learning models have learned the bias in the data. The aim of this talk is to better prepare the audience to recognize and to participate in the debate around regulating and preventing bias in everyday deep learning innovations when applied to health care.

Key Takeaways include:

  • DL is easy - applying it to real world health care problems is hard; what you can do to help
  • DL applications in healthcare - how to recognize what is hype and what is real;
  • Detecting bias, preventing it - a few innovative ideas from the DL community
  • When applying deep learning to healthcare, work with regulators

Tech 101

Founders & Entrepreneurs

Thu 2 May

14:10 - 14:40

Deep Learning is Changing the World of Health Care - and What You Can Do About It

THEME:

The 2019 Tech Pulse

Helena Deus

Technology Research Director @ Elsevier

Social media is brimming with articles about all the wonderful things that will happen when deep ...

Social media is brimming with articles about all the wonderful things that will happen when deep learning (DL) is applied to healthcare. Automated diabetic retinopathy detection, anomaly recognition in radiology images, treatment response prediction - are all great examples of how machine learning has already begun to change the way we interact with healthcare. Nowadays, anyone with a credit card, an internet connection and a sense of curiosity can train a machine learning model to automate tasks or make predictions. However, this ease of use makes it imperative that we apply our skepticism to recognize when deep learning models have learned the bias in the data. The aim of this talk is to better prepare the audience to recognize and to participate in the debate around regulating and preventing bias in everyday deep learning innovations when applied to health care.

Key Takeaways include:

  • DL is easy - applying it to real world health care problems is hard; what you can do to help
  • DL applications in healthcare - how to recognize what is hype and what is real;
  • Detecting bias, preventing it - a few innovative ideas from the DL community
  • When applying deep learning to healthcare, work with regulators

Tech 101

Founders & Entrepreneurs

Tech 101

Founders & Entrepreneurs

 

Thu 2 May

14:10 - 14:40

THEME:

The Evolution of Work

The ROI of Balanced Leadership: The Role of Men in Bringing Women Into Tech

Beate Chelette

Growth Architect & Founder @ The Women's Code

Beate Chelette, The Founder of The Women’s Code will discuss the state of equality in STEM ...

Beate Chelette, The Founder of The Women’s Code will discuss the state of equality in STEM and provide a roadmap and business case for corporate success: greater innovation through diverse teams leads to bigger profits, more recognition and a better workplace. Men, as the majority player in the tech workforce are needed to increased female tech representation. But specifically, what can, and should men be doing to help pave the way for more women and frankly, what is in it for them? This data driven presentation will look at why many men are silent or pushing back on women’s advancements and what verbiage women can use to make a compelling fact driven case for equality programs.

Key takeaways include:

  • Learn how the old code is costing your business
  • Understand how to skyrocket your people ROI
  • Learn the five elements needed for diverse and equal team building
  • Demonstrate how to master the essential three female-centric leadership attributes and how best you can use them in synergy with male-centric ones
  • Understand how to provide verbiage for women to make a business case
  • Hear how you can show men the business necessity and moral argument for being champions of change

Business Strategy

Founders & Entrepreneurs

Thu 2 May

14:10 - 14:40

The ROI of Balanced Leadership: The Role of Men in Bringing Women Into Tech

THEME:

The Evolution of Work

Beate Chelette

Growth Architect & Founder @ The Women's Code

Beate Chelette, The Founder of The Women’s Code will discuss the state of equality in STEM ...

Beate Chelette, The Founder of The Women’s Code will discuss the state of equality in STEM and provide a roadmap and business case for corporate success: greater innovation through diverse teams leads to bigger profits, more recognition and a better workplace. Men, as the majority player in the tech workforce are needed to increased female tech representation. But specifically, what can, and should men be doing to help pave the way for more women and frankly, what is in it for them? This data driven presentation will look at why many men are silent or pushing back on women’s advancements and what verbiage women can use to make a compelling fact driven case for equality programs.

Key takeaways include:

  • Learn how the old code is costing your business
  • Understand how to skyrocket your people ROI
  • Learn the five elements needed for diverse and equal team building
  • Demonstrate how to master the essential three female-centric leadership attributes and how best you can use them in synergy with male-centric ones
  • Understand how to provide verbiage for women to make a business case
  • Hear how you can show men the business necessity and moral argument for being champions of change

Business Strategy

Founders & Entrepreneurs

Business Strategy

Founders & Entrepreneurs

 

Thu 2 May

14:10 - 14:40

THEME:

The Elephant in the Room

Ten Ways To Get Your Colleagues To Work With You Better

Katerina Hanson

Engineering Manager for Payments @ Scribd

Working with other team members whom you have a great work relationship with can actually make ...

Working with other team members whom you have a great work relationship with can actually make work fun. Furthermore, it improves morale, and ultimately improves productivity. It also helps in fostering an environment of ownership, with better information flow and where people are prepared to ‘go the extra mile’. But when this doesn’t work well, the impacts to business can be further reaching than you might think. During this presentation, we will assess tried and tested methods for improving work relationships.

Key takeaways include:

  • Establishing crystal-clear performance expectations from the start for true transparency
  • Reviewing best practices in identifying where issues come from and how – Understanding how to see both sides of the coin
  • Understanding when management should be involved, and when they shouldn’t!
  • Iterating the usefulness of seeking advice
  • Evaluating how best to communicate in areas of conflict
  • Providing co-workers with incentives and the importance of celebrating and rewarding successes

Professional Development

Thu 2 May

14:10 - 14:40

Ten Ways To Get Your Colleagues To Work With You Better

THEME:

The Elephant in the Room

Katerina Hanson

Engineering Manager for Payments @ Scribd

Working with other team members whom you have a great work relationship with can actually make ...

Working with other team members whom you have a great work relationship with can actually make work fun. Furthermore, it improves morale, and ultimately improves productivity. It also helps in fostering an environment of ownership, with better information flow and where people are prepared to ‘go the extra mile’. But when this doesn’t work well, the impacts to business can be further reaching than you might think. During this presentation, we will assess tried and tested methods for improving work relationships.

Key takeaways include:

  • Establishing crystal-clear performance expectations from the start for true transparency
  • Reviewing best practices in identifying where issues come from and how – Understanding how to see both sides of the coin
  • Understanding when management should be involved, and when they shouldn’t!
  • Iterating the usefulness of seeking advice
  • Evaluating how best to communicate in areas of conflict
  • Providing co-workers with incentives and the importance of celebrating and rewarding successes

Professional Development

Professional Development

 

Thu 2 May

14:10 - 15:10

THEME:

D&I&U

The Myth of the Glass Ceiling: How to Take Ownership of Your Career and Life Design

Jeanny Chai

Founder @ BambooMyth.com

While the perception of the glass ceiling has spurred increased awareness of the need for more ...

While the perception of the glass ceiling has spurred increased awareness of the need for more diverse leadership within corporations, the reality is that women must take greater ownership of our career and leadership design to achieve the success and fulfilment we desire. In this workshop Jeanny Chai acknowledges the cultural experiences that affect women from all backgrounds and reveals how those experiences impact (1) how high you can rise in your career or leadership and (2) the personal fulfilment you enjoy in the process. Our transformation begins when we become our own advocate and take ownership of our career and leadership design. Jeanny draws from her moving personal journey to help you acknowledge the beliefs and cultural experiences that are holding you back from achieving the happiness and success you desire, inside and out!

Key takeaways include:

  • Why the habits that brought you success in the past have now become your biggest roadblock to fulfilment and happiness.
  • Three timeless techniques that will transform you into the most confident, authentic leader in a room, even if you feel insecure.
  • Two must-ask questions to create what you really want in your career.
  • Why your ability to channel negative feedback and criticism is the most critical springboard for your success

Workshop

Thu 2 May

14:10 - 15:10

The Myth of the Glass Ceiling: How to Take Ownership of Your Career and Life Design

THEME:

D&I&U

Jeanny Chai

Founder @ BambooMyth.com

While the perception of the glass ceiling has spurred increased awareness of the need for more ...

While the perception of the glass ceiling has spurred increased awareness of the need for more diverse leadership within corporations, the reality is that women must take greater ownership of our career and leadership design to achieve the success and fulfilment we desire. In this workshop Jeanny Chai acknowledges the cultural experiences that affect women from all backgrounds and reveals how those experiences impact (1) how high you can rise in your career or leadership and (2) the personal fulfilment you enjoy in the process. Our transformation begins when we become our own advocate and take ownership of our career and leadership design. Jeanny draws from her moving personal journey to help you acknowledge the beliefs and cultural experiences that are holding you back from achieving the happiness and success you desire, inside and out!

Key takeaways include:

  • Why the habits that brought you success in the past have now become your biggest roadblock to fulfilment and happiness.
  • Three timeless techniques that will transform you into the most confident, authentic leader in a room, even if you feel insecure.
  • Two must-ask questions to create what you really want in your career.
  • Why your ability to channel negative feedback and criticism is the most critical springboard for your success

Workshop

Workshop

 

Thu 2 May

14:10 - 15:10

THEME:

D&I&U

Business Lessons From the Grand Canyon

Karyn Scott

Vice President, Global Demand @ Flexport

Life lessons are everywhere. And many double as professional guidance. Last fall, I had the ...

Life lessons are everywhere. And many double as professional guidance. Last fall, I had the honor of hiking 11 miles down in to the Grand Canyon carrying 50 lbs on punishing, steep trails. What started out as a fundraiser for the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America unexpectedly turned into a playbook for success at work. In this workshop, I’ll share some of the powerful lessons I learned on that 2-day hike, and how I’ve applied those learnings to re-invent who I am as a leader, a colleague and an employee.

Key takeaways include:

  • The value of tackling small problems early. How to avoid big headaches by handling small issues head-on as they flare.
  • Pausing to accelerate. In the high-paced tech world, the concept of pausing is foreign. Especially for women who are forever running faster and harder to keep up. Learning how and when to pause can accelerate us further - faster!
  • Why your mother was wrong: It’s ok to talk to strangers. In fact, building our tribe is critical to success - learn some key tips.
  • The importance of going ‘off the grid’ regularly. Who really un-plugs? You should. Regularly. It’s a great lesson for early stage career folks who are watching you closely.
  • Expecting the unexpected...and how to plan for things blowing up. Because things always blow up.

Workshop

Thu 2 May

14:10 - 15:10

Business Lessons From the Grand Canyon

THEME:

D&I&U

Karyn Scott

Vice President, Global Demand @ Flexport

Life lessons are everywhere. And many double as professional guidance. Last fall, I had the ...

Life lessons are everywhere. And many double as professional guidance. Last fall, I had the honor of hiking 11 miles down in to the Grand Canyon carrying 50 lbs on punishing, steep trails. What started out as a fundraiser for the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America unexpectedly turned into a playbook for success at work. In this workshop, I’ll share some of the powerful lessons I learned on that 2-day hike, and how I’ve applied those learnings to re-invent who I am as a leader, a colleague and an employee.

Key takeaways include:

  • The value of tackling small problems early. How to avoid big headaches by handling small issues head-on as they flare.
  • Pausing to accelerate. In the high-paced tech world, the concept of pausing is foreign. Especially for women who are forever running faster and harder to keep up. Learning how and when to pause can accelerate us further - faster!
  • Why your mother was wrong: It’s ok to talk to strangers. In fact, building our tribe is critical to success - learn some key tips.
  • The importance of going ‘off the grid’ regularly. Who really un-plugs? You should. Regularly. It’s a great lesson for early stage career folks who are watching you closely.
  • Expecting the unexpected...and how to plan for things blowing up. Because things always blow up.

Workshop

Workshop

 

Thu 2 May

14:10 - 15:10

THEME:

D&I&U

Taming the Unicorn: Operationalizing Product-Market Fit

Aidan Madigan-Curtis

VP of New Product Introduction & Operations @ Samsara

Finding ‘Product-Market Fit’ is as elusive as finding a unicorn - with just as many ...

Finding ‘Product-Market Fit’ is as elusive as finding a unicorn - with just as many myths and legends around it. In this session, we’ll focus on how execution plays a key role in getting to product market fit. Drawing pages from lessons learned in the hyper growth battlefield, this session will cover a wide array of quick insights to help audience members of any function early in their product-market journey.

Key takeaways include:

  • How to really hear from the only people who matter: your customers
  • How to get an MVP to market quickly
  • How and when to pivot or iterate and double down
  • Sales & marketing tactics for an early or maturing product

Workshop

Thu 2 May

14:10 - 15:10

Taming the Unicorn: Operationalizing Product-Market Fit

THEME:

D&I&U

Aidan Madigan-Curtis

VP of New Product Introduction & Operations @ Samsara

Finding ‘Product-Market Fit’ is as elusive as finding a unicorn - with just as many ...

Finding ‘Product-Market Fit’ is as elusive as finding a unicorn - with just as many myths and legends around it. In this session, we’ll focus on how execution plays a key role in getting to product market fit. Drawing pages from lessons learned in the hyper growth battlefield, this session will cover a wide array of quick insights to help audience members of any function early in their product-market journey.

Key takeaways include:

  • How to really hear from the only people who matter: your customers
  • How to get an MVP to market quickly
  • How and when to pivot or iterate and double down
  • Sales & marketing tactics for an early or maturing product

Workshop

Workshop

 

Thu 2 May

14:45 - 15:15

THEME:

Taking Charge of Your Future

Building a Team for Longevity

Deborah Kirkham

CEO @ PTW

The tech sector is a highly competitive, high turnover industry. This means recruiting and ...

The tech sector is a highly competitive, high turnover industry. This means recruiting and retaining high-quality employees is a challenge. Deborah brings a unique, first-hand perspective to this challenge, as she articulates her personal experience in leading a globally dispersed team that has an average tenure with her company of nearly nine years.

Key takeaways include:

  • Retention is about personal connection, trust, and advocacy, not tools and tech
  • True connection comes from rethinking how you collaborate - including your off-sites
  • While KPIs are great tools in some cases, honest and in-the moment feedback is essential for open communication
  • If you want to have an incredible company culture, own it, live it and make it a priority
  • If you want people to thrive, have no tolerance for politics or hierarchical thinking
  • Recognise each of your direct reports’ super power. The biggest assets to your company are not always the people who shine the brightest or talk the loudest. Sometimes they are the people who work incredibly well in a very small niche

Professional Development

Business Strategy

Founders & Entrepreneurs

Thu 2 May

14:45 - 15:15

Building a Team for Longevity

THEME:

Taking Charge of Your Future

Deborah Kirkham

CEO @ PTW

The tech sector is a highly competitive, high turnover industry. This means recruiting and ...

The tech sector is a highly competitive, high turnover industry. This means recruiting and retaining high-quality employees is a challenge. Deborah brings a unique, first-hand perspective to this challenge, as she articulates her personal experience in leading a globally dispersed team that has an average tenure with her company of nearly nine years.

Key takeaways include:

  • Retention is about personal connection, trust, and advocacy, not tools and tech
  • True connection comes from rethinking how you collaborate - including your off-sites
  • While KPIs are great tools in some cases, honest and in-the moment feedback is essential for open communication
  • If you want to have an incredible company culture, own it, live it and make it a priority
  • If you want people to thrive, have no tolerance for politics or hierarchical thinking
  • Recognise each of your direct reports’ super power. The biggest assets to your company are not always the people who shine the brightest or talk the loudest. Sometimes they are the people who work incredibly well in a very small niche

Professional Development

Business Strategy

Founders & Entrepreneurs

Professional Development

Business Strategy

Founders & Entrepreneurs

 

Thu 2 May

14:45 - 15:15

THEME:

The Future of Tech

Data in 2019: Privacy, Trust, Consumer Sentiment

Micheline Casey

Global Head of Data, Ford Smart Mobility @ Ford Motor Co

Sensor technology can connect us to pretty much anything, but as we amass more and more data a ...

Sensor technology can connect us to pretty much anything, but as we amass more and more data a key question to ask ourselves is: What is the potential for all this data? Who owns it? Is there a danger of misuse? What might the societal benefits and pitfalls of this proliferation of data be? This discussion will have a spotlight on Spotlight on Data Trends, Privacy, Trust and Consumer Sentiment.

Key takeaways include:

  • Discover the potential for IoT data
  • Evaluating real-world case study examples of IoT-driven data collection and analytics
  • Considering the societal benefits and pitfalls of a proliferation of data
  • Examining the potential: How far will the data take us
  • Critiquing the sensor technology landscape

Founders & Entrepreneurs

Business Strategy

Thu 2 May

14:45 - 15:15

Data in 2019: Privacy, Trust, Consumer Sentiment

THEME:

The Future of Tech

Micheline Casey

Global Head of Data, Ford Smart Mobility @ Ford Motor Co

Sensor technology can connect us to pretty much anything, but as we amass more and more data a ...

Sensor technology can connect us to pretty much anything, but as we amass more and more data a key question to ask ourselves is: What is the potential for all this data? Who owns it? Is there a danger of misuse? What might the societal benefits and pitfalls of this proliferation of data be? This discussion will have a spotlight on Spotlight on Data Trends, Privacy, Trust and Consumer Sentiment.

Key takeaways include:

  • Discover the potential for IoT data
  • Evaluating real-world case study examples of IoT-driven data collection and analytics
  • Considering the societal benefits and pitfalls of a proliferation of data
  • Examining the potential: How far will the data take us
  • Critiquing the sensor technology landscape

Founders & Entrepreneurs

Business Strategy

Founders & Entrepreneurs

Business Strategy