International, dynamic and unique: the DATA festival consciously sets a counterpoint to established events in Germany. The programme for the third edition of the event from 17 to 19 March 2020 has now been announced.
450 participants from 16 countries, the DATA festival 2019 was a great success. Clearly, the three-day conference will catapult Munich, Bavaria and Germany onto the AI map. It is only logical that the event should also take place in 2020. Now the programme has been announced. (Click here for the program) Besides top-class speakers from all over the world, there will be an Escape Room, an Afterwork-Party and Networking-Sessions this year – instead of the usual “Coffee-Breaks” there will be “Beer-Breaks” in the afternoon. The next Data festival 2020 will take place from 17.03.2020 to 19.03.2020 in the heart of Munich.
The goal: to boost Germany’s AI performance
The central purpose of the event is to promote Germany as an AI location. The independent consulting and analyst firm BARC and Data Science- and AI-Consultancy Alexander Thamm GmbH have joined forces to establish the DATA festival. Dr. Carsten Bange, founder and managing director of BARC, emphasizes: “German companies can only improve if more is said and done about each other: About successful approaches, but also about problems and obstacles”. Alexander Thamm from the eponymous company adds: “The basic idea of the DATA festival is to build up a community that will drive the topic of data and AI forward in Germany with zeal. And that’s also how we run the festival.
Prominent speakers from all over the world
After a successful “Call for Presentation”, in which more than 120 applications were received, our program committee (link) selected the most exciting presentations from all submissions. Participants of the event can look forward to speakers from international companies, start-ups and universities. Dr. Juan Bernabé Moreno, Global Head of Advanced Analytics, AI and Data Lab at E.ON Digital Technology GmbH, will give a presentation based exclusively on short videos. Using concrete examples and results, he will show how data and AI help energy companies to master the major challenges facing the industry. A trio led by Harrison Wilde from the Alan Turing Institute of the University of Warwick, have written an algorithm that makes it possible to help homeless people faster. They have optimized an existing platform of a British charity with an AI algorithm so that emergency calls can be answered more effectively. AI can save lives, especially in the cold season, when frostbite threatens. Immanuel Schweizer, Head of Artificial Intelligence Research at Merck KGaA, explains how Reinforcement Learning supports chemists in inverse drug design. Other exciting presentations among others will include Christian Schneider from wetter.com GmbH, Laura-Luisa Velikonja from Telefónica Germany GmbH & Co. OHG and Dr. Andreas Nawroth from Munich Re.
Panel discussions and workshops provide individual added value
On the first day of the DATA festival the so-called Pre-Conferences take place. The basics of Data Science and Machine Learning will be taught. On the other two days of the event, in addition to the lectures, the focus will be on a vivid exchange between all event participants and various panels. The discussion rounds offer a look beyond the technical horizon. A panel will focus on the ethical dimensions of artificial intelligence. Another panel will discuss how Germany is positioning itself in the field of AI across all industries.
Good news for everyone who wants to take part in Data festival: Reduced “early birds” tickets are still available until 20.01.2020.