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Saturday, October 19

11:00am EDT

AI Keynote: Machine Learning Sees You Now
Artificial Intelligence, more precisely Machine Learning, is already a big part of our lives. Things like facial recognition can impact our everyday experiences in unexpected, and even sometimes illegal ways. Deborah Raji, a Fellow at the AI Now Institute in New York, and a participant with the Algorithmic Justice League which advocates for a world with inclusive and ethical AI, describes what AI/ML can do now, and ways in which it has already been incorporated into society and homes.


Saturday October 19, 2019 11:00am - 11:50am EDT
Penthouse A - 75 seats

1:00pm EDT

Climate Keynote: It's Worse Than We Think
Climate Change Keynote: Stephen Leahy, winner of the 2018 SEAL Award for Climate Journalism and 2014 Lane Anderson Award for Best Canadian Science Writing will speak about where we are in 2019. Inaction on climate change is steering the world to the worst case scenarios and this talk will cover climate indicators and consequences we might not know, and what to expect in 2029 and 2039.

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Stephen Leahy

Biosphere Journalist, National Geographic, etc
Travelled to a lot of weird and wonderful places, met astonishing diversity of people in 25 years reporting on our biosphere - the thin layer of life that supports us - and our interactions with it. Happy to talk about freelancing, media, science, climate, nature, oceans, and lots... Read More →

Saturday October 19, 2019 1:00pm - 1:50pm EDT
Penthouse A - 75 seats

2:00pm EDT

Economic Keynote: How Emerging Technologies Change Our Workforce, Our Economy & Our Community
When we consider new technologies (from AI to autonomous vehicles to big data to the Internet of Things), we often look at them from a system-wide perspective – but technological change occurs within individual communities, businesses and even careers. Its deepest impacts occur at a local level, transforming workforces, governments, and educational systems. This wide-ranging and engaging session will look at where we are now in local economic and workforce development, and where we may headed in the future.


Saturday October 19, 2019 2:00pm - 2:50pm EDT
Penthouse A - 75 seats
Sunday, October 20

1:00pm EDT

Cryptocurrencies to CryptoKitties and Beyond
Blockchain is a revolutionary technology that allows us to create trustless, decentralized systems with an immutable history. Such systems have found some application in finance through the speculative markets created by cryptocurrencies. They have also enabled criminal activity through providing new, difficult to track, ways of transacting value. However, these (mis)applications are not the only use case for blockchain. The technology has evolved from replicating simple ledgers to complex state machines, which can be used for performing more involved computations and thus opening new possibilities in supply chain management, insurance, and other businesses typically left to trusted third parties (such as escrow services). In this talk, expert Michael Birch will discuss some of the technical details of how blockchains work in the context of these past and future applications of the technology.

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Michael Birch

Lead Developer, CasperLabs
Michael Birch is a physicist turned software developer who now works at CasperLabs, a blockchain startup. Michael received his masters in physics from McMaster University, after which he decided to leave academia. Unbeknownst to him at the time, this started his journey to becoming... Read More →

Sunday October 20, 2019 1:00pm - 1:50pm EDT
Penthouse A - 75 seats