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“How To Get Started with AI Now”

Asa Cox

Founder & CEO of Arcanum, which specialises in helping finance teams increase their productivity with AI. Asa has nearly a decade of experience working with applied AI and has led Arcanum to work with well known startups and enterprises in New Zealand and internationally.

“A Glimpse At The Future of Entertainment”


Dr. Miles Gregory is a leading figure in the world of cultural entrepreneurship blending traditional art forms with cutting-edge technology. Born in Wellington, and educated in NZ and the UK, Miles has served as the founding artistic director for several organizations but he’s particularly known for founding the Pop-up Globe, which attracted audiences of over 750,000 people in Australasia. A multiple-award winner, including a Sir Peter Blake Leader Award, for the last three years he’s been the executive director at Emmy-nominated Auckland creative digital agency Gladeye. His latest project in collaboration with Gladeye seeks to redefine storytelling through AI and immersive experiences.

“Cybersecurity in the Digital Age: Protecting Business Assets & Customer Trust”

Sam Pickles

Sam has provided IT and security services for banking, government, and service provider clients for over 25 years across the US, Europe and Asia Pacific. He built some of the world’s largest web application firewall gateways, conducted penetration testing of networks, applications and hardware devices and currently focuses on advanced techniques for web application vulnerability shielding. As CTO, Sam has presented around the world on “web application shielding” and is the brain behind RedShield’s technology stack.

“Harnessing the Power if Data: Leveraging AI & Analytics for Business Growth”

Emily Blumenthal

Emily is Research Director for emerging global leader in AI for insights, Yabble, with over 15 years’ experience applying the latest in best practice to big brands including Foodstuffs, Sky TV and Coca-Cola.

“Enhancing Customer Experience in the Age of AI: Delivering Personalised Experiences at Scale”

Greg Cross

Co-Founder of Soul Machines, a ground-breaking high tech company of AI researchers, neuroscientists, psychologists, artists and innovative thinkers; reimagining how we connect with machines. Greg also co-founded PowerbyProxi a company that was sold to Apple in 2017. Soul Machines works with celebrities like: Jack Nicklaus, K-Pop legend Mark Tuan & NBA All Star Carmelo Anthony.

“What Are The Long Term Implications Of AI For Humanity?”

Professor Albert Bifet

Albert is a Professor of AI, Director of the Te Ipu o te Mahara AI Institute at the University of Waikato and Co-chair of the Artificial Intelligence Researchers Association (AIRA). His research focuses on Artificial Intelligence, Big Data Science, and Machine Learning for Data Streams. He is the co-author of a book on Machine Learning from Data Streams published at MIT Press.

“Positioning New Zealand Organisations for Competitive Advantage”

Matt Ensor

CEO & Founder of FranklyAI, a pioneering Generative AI startup established in 2020 and is a Business Director at Beca which  has evolved into one of New Zealand’s premier users of Generative AI, recording over 150,000 interactions in just the last few months. 
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Thursday 23 May 2024
8:30am – 5:30pm
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