DUBAI: Dubai World Trade Center (DWTC) is set to host the first-ever edition of what is to become the most influential Artificial Intelligence (AI) event to date, Ai Everything (AiE). The summit will run from April 30 – May 1, 2019 and will witness the highest calibre of AI talent engage with a thriving global AI community.
The two-day event will be held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai and will be hosted by the UAE’s National Program for Artificial Intelligence with the support of global association partners International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), and in strategic partnership with Smart Dubai. The ground-breaking gathering of the world’s foremost thought leaders, inventors, practitioners and researchers from governments, businesses, NGOs and academia is geared to reimagine the future of AI and to demonstrate how this deep technology will be harnessed to implement impactful change across the world.
In line with the UAE AI Strategy 20311), AiE will envision how the UAE has emerged as a global testbed for AI innovation and look at ways to create new vital markets that unlock high economic value for a sector that is expected to contribute US$320 billion2) to the Middle East economy by 2030. Inspired by the strategy to establish the UAE as an innovative AI investment destination, the summit seeks to convene the world’s leading investment community to explore integrated smart solutions that ultimately boost the performance of private and public sector entities across all levels imaginable, while creating a vibrant AI start-up and educational ecosystem.
The most empowering AI gathering of industry leaders to date
Ai Everything will unravel real world use cases across industries, and forge collaborations and partnerships, hosting over 130 influential speakers, including globally recognised AI-supremo, Dr. Andrew Ng, Co-founder of Coursera and Google Brain and Adjunct Professor at Stanford University. Dr. Ng was also named among Time’s 100 Most Influential Persons In the World3) for his ground-breaking implementation of AI at Baidu and Google.
Noteworthy global visionaries speaking at the event also include Audrey Azoulay, Director General of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO); Dr. Eng Lim Goh, VP and CTO at HPC and AI at Hewlett Packard Enterprise, and the AI lead behind NASA-Hewlett Packard Enterprise’s most powerful computer in space; Dr. Li Xu, Co-founder and CEO of SenseTime; Seng Yee Lau, Senior Executive Vice President and Chairman of Group Marketing and Global Branding at Tencent; and Dr Ben Goertzel, CEO at SingularityNET, Chief Scientist at Hanson Robotics the developer of the social humanoid robot star Sophia and Chairman of the Artificial General Intelligence Society.
The high-octane content at Ai Everything will feature various industry tracks including Education, Finance, Healthcare, Transportation, Retail, Marketing, Energy, Government & Smart Cities & Creative Economy. High-level speakers come from leading firms and institutions, including Airbus, GSK, Johnson & Johnson, Tencent, Huawei, Rolls Royce, KLM, DHL, Pfizer, Intel, Amazon, HSBC, AIG, Lloyds Banking Group, Shell, Honeywell, Halliburton, Walmart, Sephora, a part of luxury giants LVMH, Expedia, Facebook and Alibaba.
“The potential of AI to create outcomes for society, advancing how we live and work, is universally recognized: researchers can develop advanced treatments for a specific individual; municipalities can reduce car accidents by predicting risk conditions on the basis of weather, traffic, events. To harness the full potential of AI, a multidisciplinary approach is required, combining advanced technologies, vertical competencies, policies and infrastructures, innovation and research. Hewlett Packard Enterprise recently announced a participation in the World Economic Forum’s initiative to end world hunger by 2030, bringing the best of technology to advance our lives and communities,” said Fabio Fontana, VP & Managing Director, Hewlett Packard Enterprise Middle East.
Creating a marketplace for scalable and deployable AI
Transforming into a global marketplace for deployable AI solutions, the exhibition will serve as a knowledge exchange platform for bringing those solutions into the mainstream. The show will convene 100+ of the world’s most revolutionary AI tech companies and start-ups from 30+ countries. Alibaba Cloud, Alteryx, BrainCo, Dataiku, DEWA, Dubai Health Authority, Google, Hikvision, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Huawei, Injazat, Microsoft, PwC, Dubai Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) and SenseTime will be amongst other participating companies that will feature the most transformative AI solutions, providing glimpses into the persuasive powers of this technology.
Some of the most anticipated technologies include those brought to market by SenseTime, a billion-dollar AI start-up, which will focus on computer vision and deep learning, as well as Microsoft’s AI platform that will showcase its suite of powerful AI tools, including Bot Framework, Cognitive Services and Azure Machine Learning.
“After 25 years of cutting-edge research through our Microsoft Research Division, we find ourselves on the cusp of a Digital Transformation enabled by a generational shift in AI computing. As an industry we are building a truly connected world where machines, people and businesses will be automated or augmented with advanced AI capabilities. The promise of AI is ground-breaking, and Microsoft is working with its customers and partners across more than 15 industries to enabled new AI-infused scenarios. At Ai Everything we look forward to engaging in dialogue and forging new partnerships that will turn what was once fiction into reality,” said Kevin Dallas, Corporate Vice President, AI & Intelligent Cloud Business Development, Microsoft USA who will deliver a highly anticipated keynote address at AiE.
Google’s Kaggle Days debut at Ai Everything
In a region-first, Ai Everything will be the scene of the Middle East’s debut of Kaggle Days. Kaggle is the largest online community of the world’s data scientists and machine learners. The event will see the region’s largest gathering of data scientists, including four of the world’s top six ranked Grandmasters, who will participate in the ‘Dubai Police Challenge’. They will compete to come up with the best AI-powered solution that furthers the Dubai Police’s goals of optimising the safety and overall quality of life of its citizens.
Start-ups and Innovators drive the emerging AI market
Offering an unparalleled AI-variety from dozens of start-ups, including Dataiku – Prevision.io and Ingage.ai – the event will connect the most innovative entrepreneurs from within the global AI start-up ecosystem with other disruptors, buyers, investors and mentors.
One of the main attractions will be the Harvard-incubated, BrainCo, which is a major disruptor in the global AI ecosystem and will give visitors to AiE a transformative experience of their brain-machine interface technology products. BrainCo applies its expertise in machine learning, design, and neuroscience to create innovative brain-based applications in the education, fitness, and wellness spaces.
“By measuring the activity in people’s brains we can use EEG technologies to translate signals into a measurable attention level. We are making the invisible, visible. This will radically change how we experience moments. For example, educators can get a better understanding if students are engaged or if there’s a lack of attention. By quantifying brain activity, we can prepare for better outcomes and help people achieve their maximum potential. If you can control your mind, the outcomes will be amazing. We are excited to come to Ai Everything and engage with a global community of innovators and explore partnerships to bring these immersive technologies into the mainstream,” said Max Newlon, President of BrainCo USA.
Ai Everything will feature the Supernova Challenge with cash prizes worth $100,000. Entrepreneurs from around the world will demonstrate their AI-driven products, including a virtual agent that will mark a generational shift in how transactions are conducted online, an AI software which will enables the blind to safely navigate regular streets and avoid obstacles independent of physical assistance , and an edtech platform which trains gamers to improve their skills and win big prize money, tapping into the $1 billion esports industry4).
Learn2Play is an international eSports EdTech company offering gamers a platform to improve their skills. L2P counts with over 1 million subscribed users on its two platforms, MoreMMR and MoreLegends, which make use of AI and machine learning technology to provide a match analysis and meta analytics for Dota 2 and League of Legends, respectively.
The Ai Everything Brave Awards will celebrate the very best of lab-to-live innovations, industry applications, and pilot projects of first-movers and early adopters with pioneering spirits who have spearheaded the growth and proliferation of AI. Entrants include the most promising start-ups, including those incubated by leading business schools, revealing the latest in AI, ranging from brain-sensors to acne diagnoses and FinTech solutions.
A knowledge hub for AI empowerment
There will be dozens of free-to-attend and regular workshops and clinics, run by the Big Innovation Centre, Dataiku, INSEAD, Expedia, Microsoft and Google. Participants will also have access to a bespoke version of the Stanford University’s “Introduction to Data Science” course, conducted live on-site by Stanford’s own faculty tutor.
Trixie LohMirmand, Senior Vice President, Event Management, Dubai World Trade Centre, organiser of AiE, said, “Advances in technology have propelled AI well into the mainstream. Ai Everything will be the first-ever AI thought-leadership platform, accelerating social and economic well-being. Over two days, we will uncover what is to become the largest AI event in the region and most ambitious gathering of the global AI elite, comprising of government leaders, the most prominent and cutting-edge companies, as well as inventors and technologists that work on ground-breaking AI-solutions. AiE will be an enabler of the UAE’s AI vision and support the realisation of a global joint mission to augment the world’s happiness”
Ai Everything is supported by Strategic Enterprise Sponsors, Hewlett Packard Enterprise and Intel; Strategic Government Sponsor, Injazat; Strategic Startup Sponsor, SenseTime; Platinum Sponsors, Huawei and Dubai Roads and Transport Authority (RTA); Gold Sponsors, Microsoft and DEWA; and Knowledge Partner, PwC. News Desk