Monday, 28 May

Workshop @ 5-7pm: WTF are smart contracts? And how to breed CryptoKitties

Said Business School, Andrew McCormack Room


The workshop will begin with the basics of ethereum smart contracts, and why blockchain technology is essential to the trust economy. We will discuss the best way to make a deal via smart contracts as well. It will conclude with a practical application in the form of breeding cryptokitties and auctioning them for charity.

Speaker: Lukas Wagner

Moderator: Neetu Puranikmath

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Tuesday, 29 May

Demo @ 10-1:30pm: Come play with VR headsets!

Said Business School, Common Room


Ever wondered what else a VR headset could be useful for? Want to create your own VR images or videos? Want to incorporate VR in your EP project but don't know how?


Did you know the Bodleian Library has VR equipment students can use? Don't worry - you don't need to go all the way there, we have asked them to come to SBS!  Just come down to the common room during lunch to check out what VR equipment you can access for free as an Oxford Student. The VR and AR Oxford Hub will also demonstrate some of their advanced VR equipment.

Exhibitors: Richard Smith, Mattia Montanari

Moderator: Dina Nadeem

Lunch Demo @ 12:15-1:30pm: Behind the scenes - How movies make magic!

Said Business School, Seminar Room A


Have you watched Avatar, Star Wars, Transformers?


Come meet Simon Legrand who has worked on CGI special effects on all these films. He will be doing a live demo using the same motion capture technology used in the films above to record actions of human actors (volunteers needed!), and using that information to animate digital characters with computer animation.  

Lunch will be provided.

Speaker: Simon Legrand

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Wednesday, 30 May

Talk @ 11-12pm: Blockchain & machine learning in music

Said Business School, Andrew McCormack Room


We've heard a lot about blockchain disrupting various industries, but did you ever think blockchain would disrupt the music industry? Come listen to the CEO and Founder of Blokur, a startup company building a blockchain-based platform for the management and monetization of creative rights, with a mission to complete the potential of the internet for the creator. Blokur is led by several music industry veterans, and has raided a $1.2 million seed round to bring blockchain technology to music and other creative arts. 

Speaker: Phil Barry

Moderator: Pat McQuillan

Talk @ 1-2pm: Ethics by design in the age of AI

Said Business School, Rhodes Trust Lecture Theatre


How do you incorporate ethics into product design for AI?


Come hear Alice Thwaite, founder of the Echo Chamber Club, and Andrew Strait, a former Legal Policy Specialist at Google Inc., discuss core ethical challenges that AI-based technologies pose today. We will focus on the theory of ethics by design, or how to bake ethical practices and processes into product design. Starting with different theoretical backgrounds of ethics, Alice and Andrew will work their way through a few cases of ethical design decision-making.

Speakers: Alice Thwaite and Andrew Strait

Moderator: Katherine Li

Talk @ 2-3pm: AI - The Good, the Bad & the Ugly

Said Business School, Rhodes Trust Lecture Theatre


We often hear about how AI is disrupting entire industries from algorithmic trading to virtual assistants that can make hair salon appointments. But how often do we hear about its limitations?

This interactive discussion will provide you with an understanding of the differences between AI, machine learning, and deep learning. We'll also examine real-world application areas and examples of when ML triumphs and fails. Expect plenty of photos, videos, and discussion!

Speakers: Jelena Luketina and Tim Rocktäschel

Moderator: Katherine Li

Talk @ 5:45-6:45pm: SBS Distinguished Lecture Series - Economics of AI

Simple economics suggest that when the cost of something falls, we do more of it. As Artificial Intelligence improves, prediction will become so good and so cheap that it will transform business and society. It is no longer a question of if AI will change what you do, but when.

Your decision to invest in AI depends on your thesis on when you expect prediction to get good enough to transform your organization. How imminent is the transformation and what will be the economic effect of it?

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Documentary @ 7-9pm: AlphaGo

Oxford Foundry


What can artificial intelligence reveal about a 3000-year-old game? What can it teach us about humanity?

With more board configurations than there are atoms in the observable universe, the ancient Chinese game of 'Go' has long been considered a grand challenge for AI. On March 9, 2016, the worlds of Go and AI collided in South Korea for an extraordinary best-of-five-game competition, coined the Google DeepMind Challenge Match. Hundreds of millions of people around the world watched as a legendary Go master took on an unproven AI challenger for the first time in history.

This is their story.

Drinks and snacks will be provided.

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Thursday, 31 May

Lunch Talk @ 12-1:30pm: Investing in frontier tech

Said Business School, Edmond Safra Lecture Theatre


A panel discussion exploring opportunities in emerging frontier technologies such as robotics, drones, mobility, VR and AR, machine intelligence and space tech.  We will cover the changing venture capital landscape and how the industry itself is evolving to keep pace with emerging technologies, market needs and social changes.

- What is hot and what is not?
- Is the market ready for such technologies or are they passing fads?
- What are the timelines for mass adoption? And what are the key drivers?
- Who is going to win this tech race? Silicon Valley, Europe, or Asia 
- What do investors need to consider when investing in deep tech?

Lunch will be provided.

Speakers: Sunny Dhillon, Matthew Arnold, and Conor O'Sullivan

Moderator: William Stormont

Lunch Talk @ 12:15-1:15pm: Energy of the future - Making lithium batteries more efficient

Said Business School, Seminar Room A


CEO of Brillpower, Chris will share with us their game-changing battery control technology, which can increase the lifetime of lithium-ion batteries by up to 60%. He will also share the challenges and opportunities with trying to commercialise clean energy technology. Brillpower is an Oxford spinout cleantech company that was awarded best EP Project in the MBA batch of 2015, and was selected as one of the EU-top 50 seed-stage start-ups at the European Innovation Summit in 2017.

Lunch will be provided.

Speaker: Chris Birkl

Moderator: Zeella Labram

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Friday, 1 June

Talk @ 12-1pm: On AI in emergency & humanitarian settings

Said Business School, Andrew McCormack Room


Get ready for a lively and participatory discussion that will include a mini demo/interactive experience with engages with its customers in helping them to solve for challenges such as the collection and use of data in emergency and humanitarian settings, especially sensitive data related to casualties and human rights violations. This includes being part of the solution to the very real challenges that the humanitarian sector faces around sharing information in these types of environments - how much to share; how best to share; how to ensure data security etc. 

Snacks will be provided.

Speaker: Katy Pullen

Moderator: James Dickson

Lunch Workshop @ 12-2pm: AI & Deep Learning - Introduction & Applications

Said Business School, Lecture Theatre 4


This intimate workshop is designed to give you a fundamental understanding of the differences between AI, Machine Learning & Deep Learning. You will also understand AI applications, platforms and explore AI in product deployment. Finally, the workshop will also touch on the design of Enterprise AI Services. 

Lunch will be provided.

Speaker: Ajit Jaokar

Moderator: Marisha Naz

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