Auckland, 9 May – SKYCITY Theatre (7-9am)
Wellington, 10 May – Shed 6 (7-9am)
What impact could AI have on the future of your business? Join us as we explore the ideal relationship between humankind and machine intelligence, the social impacts of AI, and how a collaborative approach between humans and AI can improve business productivity and enhance customer experiences.
You’ll leave with the knowledge, insights and strategies to grow and diversify in the ever-changing landscape of New Zealand business.
Josh Comrie – CEO & Co-Founder, Ambit
AUCKLAND | WELLINGTON
Josh is an Entrepreneur, Investor and Company Director. He’s a founder and the CEO of Ambit: a NZ owned Artificial Intelligence Platform company. He’s invested in over 20 NZ hi-tech startups, so is behind some of NZ’s most successful technology exports. He acts as a director and adviser to several and Chair of one, however some simply want his money. Prior to his AI ventures, he has a background in human capital solutions, having founded and exited from 3 highly successful brands.
Through his role as CEO, Josh advises organisations and individuals on how to extract the value from this nascent technology along with avoiding the pitfalls of new to market offerings. His perspective of AI is unique as he blends the human element, a business level view of technology and the future of work.
Sitting at the global forefront of technology, Ambit has created a proprietary Smartbot platform. In what is a rapidly expanding and evolving market, Ambit has established a local leadership position and is moving into the global market.
In his talk he will cover the history and state of AI, the current uses of the technology, why it’s likely to change the world and how you can get started.
Dr Olivia J. Erdelyi – Lecturer, University of Canterbury Law School
Olivia is a lecturer at University of Canterbury, School of Law. Beneﬁting from a multidisciplinary background in artiﬁcial intelligence (AI), economics, law, and political science, she is primarily specialized in AI & law and has a keen interest in studying AI’s societal impacts. She has been participating in interdisciplinary research projects and publishing in leading AI venues on topics ranging from fundamental theoretic AI research with a predominantly computer scientiﬁc focus to more applied issues revolving around the nowadays increasingly central question of how society should deal with the emergence of ever more pervasive AI technologies. Prior to this role, she worked with several international law ﬁrms and European Institutions, such as the Court of Justice of the European Union and the European Commission, in the areas of corporate law and international ﬁnancial regulation. As part of the worldwide efforts to revise ﬁnancial stability frameworks in the aftermath of the latest global ﬁnancial crisis, she contributed to European ﬁnancial services and corporate group law policies. Using the insights from this regulatory policy experience, she now focuses on the daunting challenge of developing consistent international AI regulatory and governance policies in collaboration with various international stakeholders from academia, industry, and government.
Asa Cox – CEO & Co-Founder, Intela AI
Asa is CEO and Co-Founder of Intela AI, a Wellington based machine learning product development and advisory firm. Managing a team of data scientists, Intela deliver solutions across data cleansing, machine vision analytics and natural language insights. Asa is the AI translator, his broad background in business and tech enables him to connect the needs of enterprise with the best data science solution.
Mike Burke – Director, Westpac Ventures
AUCKLAND | WELLINGTON
Mike Burke is a founding member of Westpac Ventures. The innovative and entrepreneurial business unit charged with pioneering what is next in banking focusing on horizon 2 and 3 opportunities. They are the team that pioneered the launch of Cloud, API’s and consumer facing AI among many others for banking in Australasia. Mike was the business owner that produced ‘Wes’, Westpac NZ’s artificially intelligent personal financial assistant, launching in July as the first banking chatbot in Australasia and now partners with the squad to help achieve their strategy. He enjoys anything to do with eggs benedict, is learning lots about horse farming and is expecting his first child in September 2018.
Dr Elizabeth Broadbent – Associate Professor in Health Psychology, University of Auckland
Dr Elizabeth Broadbent is an Associate Professor in Health Psychology in the Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences at the University of Auckland, New Zealand. She obtained an honours degree in electrical and electronic engineering from Canterbury University (1995), to pursue her interest in making personal robots. After becoming interested in the psychological aspects of illness and in psychoneuroimmunology, she obtained her MSc (2002) and PhD degrees (2005) in health psychology from the University of Auckland. She now combines her health psychology and robotics interests to study healthcare robotics. Elizabeth is a Vice Chair of the multidisciplinary CARES robotics group. In 2010, Elizabeth was a visiting academic at the School of Psychology at Harvard University and in the Program in Science, Technology, and Society at Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Boston, USA. In 2017, she obtained a Fulbright award to return to Boston to conduct further research on companion robots. She has over 100 journal publications, including randomised trials on the health benefits of personal robots.
David Jones – General Manager, Business Growth & Innovation, WREDA
David has over twenty years’ experience of regenerating and growing city economies in both the UK and New Zealand, alongside specific experience of working in the commercial sector at start-up through to multi-national company level. He has founded a business accelerator company, in 2016 was one of The Sunday Times prestigious Maserati 100 for services to entrepreneurship and now heads up Wellington Regional Economic Development Agency’s (WREDA’s) intervention in business growth, investment and talent attraction. He is the overall lead for WREDA’s tech, screen and digital sector intervention, and as part of that has been responsible for WREDA’s role in the LookSee global talent attraction campaign that resulted in over 48,000 people applying to be part of the Wellington tech scene. David is now a member of the Partnership on AI global working group on the impact of Artificial Intelligence on the workforce