The AI & Insights Theatre, sponsored by PwC, featured some of the UK’s leading Tech businesses.

Take a look at this year’s programme below with details on each speaker and the synopsis of their talk.


Day One Agenda Day Two Agenda


Day One

We’re going to take our theatre visitors on a journey. The explosion of big data is revolutionising business and the world around us. It’s an asset you already own, but it’s meaningless until enriched and brought into focus. Using innovations in AI, data analytics and human insights, PwC and their array of speakers will share how you capture it, analyse it and use it to understand potential futures, improve organisational performance and transform the way you work.

Session Agenda
Session 1
10:00 – 11:00
AI & The Future of Work

Rob McCargow, Director of Artificial Intelligence, PwC
Host & Welcome presentation

Speakers from:
– Julian Ware, UK & Ireland Sales Manager, ABB Robotics
– Elizabeth Clark, The Co-Founder & CEO, DreamAgility
– Dave Walters, Director of AI, Intechnica

Session 2
11:20 – 12:20
AI & IoT – Marriage Made in Data

Sue Daley, AI Director, techUK
Host & Welcome presentation

Speakers from:
– Megan Higgins, Director, PwC
– Jon Corner, Chief Digital Officer, The City of Salford & CEO, The Landing
– Mark Birkin, Professor and Director of the Consumer Data Research Centre (CDRC), University of Leeds

Session 3
13:30 – 14:30
Tech for good (v evil)

Jenny Frances, UK Drones Lead, PwC
Host & Welcome presentation

Speakers from:
– Katie Gallagher, Managing Director, Manchester Digital
– Matthew Priestley, Ecosystem Manager, Barclays Eagle Labs
– Adam Hosker, CEO, AlphaBot Labs
– Louise Anderson, Federation Manager, Co-op Ventures

15:00 – 15:20 Dr Richard Fitton, University of Salford
“Smart meters: How to innovate with this technology to add value.”

This session will provide background information around the smart metering infrastructure in the UK, but more importantly explore the opportunities around this platform, the future innovations and how developers can start working with these devices.

Day Two

We’re going to take our theatre visitors on a journey. The explosion of big data is revolutionising business and the world around us. It’s an asset you already own, but it’s meaningless until enriched and brought into focus. Using innovations in AI, data analytics and human insights, PwC and their array of speakers will share how you capture it, analyse it and use it to understand potential futures, improve organisational performance and transform the way you work.

Session Agenda
Session 1
10:00 – 11:00
Machine Learning-Building greater efficiencies & productivity

Fabrice Ciais, Machine Learning Senior Manager, PwC
Welcome presentation

Speakers from:
– Steve Mills, Data Analytics Director of the North, PwC
– Martin Sutton, Commercial Director, Peak AI
– Laura da Silva, Founder of ‘Inspiring Women in Data Science’ Meetup group, Microsoft MVP in AI & Data Scientist at DataRobot
– Nick Latocha, Head of Data & Insight, Travel Counsellors

Session 2
11:20 – 12:20
Boardroom decisions powered by data

Megan Higgins, Director, PwC
Host & Welcome presentation

Speakers from:
– Nikolay Mehandjiev, Professor of Enterprise Information Systems, University of Manchester
– Julian Davenport, Risk & Compliance Director, CarFinance247
– Connor Peter Lyons, Development Manager, Associated British Ports

Session 3
13:30 – 14:30
15 to 1 – Solving the multi-data set conundrum

Georgie Bryce, Director, PwC
Host & Welcome presentation

Speakers from:
– Jack Barmby, CEO, gnatta
– Gavin Wheeldon, CEO, Purple WiFi
– Tom Middleton, Data Director, TransUnion
– Kristina McGuirk, Marketing Director, UKFast

14:40 – 15:00 Ben Hookway, CEO, Relative
“Language Understanding: From law enforcement to consumer insights, how Relative Insight uncovers the unknown value from language data”

Ben Hookway, CEO of Relative Insight, talks through the company’s law enforcement roots and explains how they apply the same principles for consumer brands, releasing business value from language data.