The IP expo is held every year, with one event in Manchester and a sister event in London later in the year. It’s an opportunity for people in the north of the UK to see demos of the latest IT innovations that can drive their business forward. With talks from industry experts and seminars about everything ranging from
Cambridge Analytica, Trend Forecasting and Data Protection
With the first talk expected to be popular and starting promptly at
Cadbury’s Crème Egg Catch
With a gap in between the talks we wanted to see, I managed to drag Mark and Mitch over to the Sophos stand, where they persuaded us to take part in a game to win some Cadbury’s cream eggs (why not!). The aim was for all 3 of us stand in a wind tunnel for 30 seconds, and try and catch blue and yellow balls, with each ball caught contributing to winning a cream egg. We managed to catch a few, meaning we each won a delicious Cadbury’s cream egg, success!
Devops and Development Tools
We then headed over to the Developer theatre where Susan Duncan; the Senior Principal Product Manager from Oracle was giving a talk on Devops and Developer tools. As we made the switch to be fully Agile last year, we thought this talk would provide some insight into how other Agile teams work. In the quick 30-minute presentation, we saw how development teams can improve their delivery speed and product quality with Agile methodology.
AI for All
The last talk that we attended was ‘AI for All’ from Chris Testa- O’Neill, an Applied Data Scientist from Microsoft. With this talk also in the Keynote theatre, it was expected to be a busy one. Microsoft brought out some new AI software recently and Chris highlighted how AI isn’t just for data scientists anymore. It’s rapidly becoming a software that is accessible for everyone. He discussed AI capabilities offered today, that can bring immediate benefits to individuals and businesses alike. He also spoke about Microsoft’s current position on AI, and how to ensure AI practices are ethical. With AI being a relatively new concept that is capable of lots of things he placed a lot of emphasis on making sure AI is done ethically.