Transform 202o

When? July 15-16, 2020
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© 2020 VentureBeat Transform, the AI Conference of the Year.

July 10 - 11 | San Francisco | The Hilton, Union Square

BUSINESS AI

INTEGRATION

Transform 2019

Join the AI thought leaders for two days of powerful talks and unbeatable networking.

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General session: Day One

Wednesday

July 10th

8:00 am

Registration and Breakfast presented by Bold360

9:00 am

Continental 1-4

Welcome - Stewart Rogers, Analyst-at-Large, VentureBeat

Opening Remarks - Matt Marshall, Founder & CEO, VentureBeat

9:15 am

Continental 1-4

Vanja Josifovski, CTO, Homes, Airbnb

Moderator: Matt Marshall, Founder & CEO, VentureBeat

Fireside Chat

9:40 am

Continental 1-4

Julie Choi, VP, Artificial Intelligence Products Group, Intel,

Jessica Wang, VP Marketing, Mixpanel

Women in AI Breakfast Recap

9:50 am

Continental 1-4

10:15 am

Continental 1-4

AJ Abdallat, CEO, Beyond Limits

Moderator: Matt Marshall, Founder & CEO, VentureBeat

Fireside Chat

Kevin Scott, EVP & CTO, Microsoft

Moderator: Deepak Agarwal, VP of Artificial Intelligence, LinkedIn

Fireside Chat

10:40 am

Continental 1-4

Tech Showcase Demos

Companies: Cognitive Scale, Applied Brain Research, integrate.ai, AI Foundry, D-ID

11:10 am

Networking Break for industry verticals (Expo Ballroom):

  • Gaming

  • Manufacturing

  • Retail/Commerce

  • Finance

  • Health

  • Energy/Manufacturing 

  • Government

News in the age of algorithmic recommendation

Nick Rockwell, CTO of the New York Times, has been driving his company’s machine learning efforts to increase engagement among readers and drive subscriptions. He’ll reveal more about what he’s learned around the customer journey, how he’s measuring success, and why ML is hard and essential for a modern media business.

 

Nick Rockwell, EVP & CTO, The New York Times

Moderator: Jaime Fitzgibbon, Innovation Strategist & Director of the San Francisco Innovation Hub, Booz Allen Hamilton

FIRESIDE CHAT/PREZO

11:45 - 12:10 pm

Continental 1-4

The promise of Reinforcement Learning: Moving to a more general AI
 
A ton of excitement has broken out after some leading reinforcement learning technologies, pioneered by teams at OpenAI, DeepMind, Uber and others, have figured out how to build an AI agent that can learn how to do things almost from scratch -- with only a described task as a starting point. RL is now beating the world's best human players at games like Dota 2, Quake III or Montezuma’s Revenge. Now companies are looking at ways to take reinforcement learning wins beyond games and applying it in areas such as advertising, e-commerce, warehouse management, manufacturing, finance and healthcare -- basically anywhere you have have a constantly changing pool of tasks. We discuss the leading areas of application.
Ganapathi Pulipaka, Chief Data Scientist, Accenture
Moderator:  Joe Maglitta, VentureBeat
PANEL

12:10 - 12:35 pm

Continental 1-4

How to personalize in the age of privacy. Case study: Kayak
With data over collection happening right now, it’s essential for companies to be strategic about the data they’re collecting and using it as efficiently as possible. In this session, we’ll hear from KAYAK’s Chief Scientist & SVP of Technology, Matthias Keller, on how to deliver a personalized user experience without breaking consumer trust when it comes to privacy. In 2018 and 2019, KAYAK revamped its marketing tools, investing heavily into in-house analytics and relying much less on third parties.
Matthias Keller, Chief Scientist & SVP, Kayak
Moderator: Maggie Rauch, Senior Director, Research, Phocuswright
FIRESIDE CHAT

3:55 - 4:20 pm

Continental 1-4

How to develop and deploy AI responsibly

The success of AI has come with a renewed appreciation and need for responsible and ethical AI throughout the development and deployment process of AI, from ensuring diverse voices and perspectives are in the right conversations, to testing for algorithmic fairness in datasets and models. We hear from some leading voices about how this is being done. We explore difficult areas like the difference between transparency and interpretability, and when “black-box” approaches are appropriate, and when they aren’t.

Margaret Mitchell, Senior Research Scientist, Google,

Kathy Baxter, Architect, Ethical AI Practice, Salesforce,

Tim O'Brien, GM, AI Programs, Microsoft

Moderator: Lori Sherer, Partner, Bain & Company

PANEL 

4:40 - 5:05 pm

Continental 1-4

Toppling the Ivory Tower: Creating a “Research” Organization for Innovating in a Fast-paced AI World

As one of the most powerful technologies to reshape business in decades, AI is challenging traditional “research” organizations to re-think the way to be relevant and bring deep, durable innovation to products and services. Today’s advanced AI experts must have their feet firmly planted in today’s business, while paving an aspirational path for tomorrow. What skills and attributes should you look for in your dream team? How can you attract and retain talent in a fiercely competitive job market? How can you adopt Lean Startup methods to mitigate the risks associated with experimenting with new ideas? And, from the vast set of opportunities to explore, how can you decide what’s core for your business, where innovation is critical to survive and thrive, versus what’s context for others to solve? In this fireside chat, Intuit Chief Innovation Officer, Bharath Kadaba, will share his perspective on all this and more in a lively Q&A with NVIDIA Director of ML Research, Anima Anandkumar.

Bharath Kadaba, SVP & Chief Innovation Officer, Intuit

Moderator: Anima Anandkumar, Director of ML Research, NVIDIA & Bren Professor, Caltech

PREZO

5:05 - 5:30 pm

Continental 1-4

5:30 pm

General session: Day two

Thursday

July 11th

8:00 am

9:05 am

Continental 1-4

9:10 am

Continental 1-4

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Strategic Overview

Rodney Sampson, Chairman & CEO, Opportunity Hub

9:20 am

Continental 1-4

John Fremont, Co-Founder & Chief Strategy Officer, Hypergiant

Moderator: Heidi Messer, Cofounder and Chairperson, Collective[i]

Fireside Chat

9:45 am

Continental 1-4

Hilary Mason, GM, Machine Learning, Cloudera

Khari Johnson, Staff Writer, VentureBeat

Fireside Chat

10:15 am

Continental 1-4

10:40 am

Continental 1-4

Tech Showcase Demos

Companies: Skymind, Techsee, EngineML, Brainworks, Unravel

11:10 am

Networking Break for industry verticals (Expo Ballroom):

  • Gaming

  • Manufacturing

  • Retail/Commerce

  • Finance

  • Health

  • Energy/Manufacturing 

  • Government

VIP Advisory (invitation only) - location Franciscan B

What the heck does it even mean to “Do AI”?

In this panel session, we walk through what an AI project actually is, and the IT architecture required to enable it. This session is especially designed for technically-oriented executives and practitioners in the consumer space (Retail/ CPG / Travel / Hospitality), focusing on the IT building blocks necessary for organizations to get ready for AI. Having the right technology stack is critical, because it's this foundation that allows AI to be used for delightful experiences at the application level. It all starts with your data, the core asset that can give you an edge over your competitors... and 80% of it is currently untapped. This session, led by an IBM exec and two executives at AI-powered companies, explains how to gain access to this “dark” data, and then how to make the most use of it by implementing AI, ultimately boosting employee efficiency and providing consumers with real-time information.


Deborah Leff, Global Leader and Industry CTO for Data Science and AI, IBM, Chris Chapo, SVP of Data & Analytics, Gap, Inc.

PANEL

11:45 - 12:10 pm

Continental 1-4

Creating a “framework” for AI decision-making

Travel giant Booking.com arguably was an early mover on AI and ML. But how does this data-driven company make the right decisions at the right time when it has so many variables impacting the customer experience. How does it decide among ranking, imaging, NLP, language translation, moderation of text, and when and where to extend feedback loops? How do you decide what is the right blend of technology and human help in any given process? We’ll hear from Ram Papatla, Head of Experiences, about how the largest travel company is tackling these issues on a global scale.

Ram Papatla, Head of Experiences, Booking.com

Moderator: Rachel Payne, CEO, FEM Inc.

 

FIRESIDE CHAT

12:10 - 12:35 pm

Continental 1-4

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Imperative in AI Design

Experts, including some leading practitioners, share how to think about diversity throughout the development and deployment of AI, from ensuring diverse voices and perspectives are in the right conversations, to testing for algorithmic fairness in datasets and models.

Rumman Chowdhury, Managing Director, Accenture AI,

Lade Obamehinti, Technical Business Lead, AR/VR Software, Facebook

Moderator: Rodney Sampson, Chairman & CEO, Opportunity Hub

PANEL 

3:00 - 3:25 pm

Continental 1-4

Centralize or decentralize AI expertise? Which one is better?

Some companies, such as LinkedIn, are pushing for full democratization of AI across their organizations, where all engineers are encouraged to learn machine learning and make the company AI-first. However, there’s the contrarian view - espoused by companies like Autodesk - that an AI center of excellence can lead the charge, while the rest of the organization takes its cues from that group.

Alberto Lopez Toledo, CTO, Freshly, 

Mike Haley, Head of Machine Intelligence, Autodesk,

Al Brown, SVP, Engineering, Veritone

Moderator: Pedro Alves, CEO, Ople.ai

PANEL 

3:25 - 3:50 pm

Continental 1-4

3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Yosemite C

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in AI Roundtable

Hosted by: Rodney Sampson, Founder & CEO, OHUB

3:50 pm

Break presented by Bold 360

Media industry: How are publishers using AI to get an edge

We hear from executives at four media companies who are using AI platforms to discover, curate, and produce content to drive better results.

Lindsay Silver, VP, Product, CondeNast

Moderated by Rich Karlgaard, Editor-at-large and Futurist, Forbes

FIRESIDE CHAT

4:10 - 4:35 pm

Continental 1-4