Unleashing Digital Empathy: Women Pioneering AI & Spatial Tech

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Session Overview

A new era of disruption has arrived, the convergence of generative AI and spatial computing is reshaping our landscape, creating new opportunities previously unimagined. It is our purpose to ensure that our market advancements in emerging technologies create equitable bridges across our societal digital divide for citizens who have access in our society and for those who do not.

The keynote will focus on digital empathy: how can we leverage disruptive technology to create compassionate, inclusive human-centred design experiences, and how can we empower each other to unleash our inner superpowers. The session will also showcase some of the most inspiring examples of women who have made a significant impact in this space but are often overlooked.

Digital empathy means:
Unleashing new, creativity
Unleashing new, insights
Unleashing new, potential
Unleashing new, opportunities

This session is for you if…you’re interested in learning about digital empathy, our position on disruptive technologies, and how to leverage them positively to amplify your voice and enable you to be bold.

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  • Workforce

According to the World Economic Forum, 1.1 billion jobs are likely to be transformed by technology in the next decade. In order to remain competitive, it’s more important than ever to be aware of the skills that are most in demand as well as identify the best ways to leverage technology to empower and future-proof your teams.

With the rise of AI tools like ChatGPT, we’re witnessing a significant shift in the types of skills that are most in demand for today’s hybrid, distributed workplace. To stay ahead, it’s essential to understand how you can differentiate and future-proof yourself and your team members by developing in-demand skills, like problem solving, collaboration, and adaptability, as well as knowing the ways you can amplify those skills within your team by implementing the right technologies and recognising the ways your team members work best.

Session Key Takeaways:

  • Review what skills currently are and will be most in demand over the coming years for individuals and teams to remain competitive
  • Understand how advanced technologies can amplify skills for both individuals and teams
  • Discuss practical ways to promote inclusion, innovation, creativity and agility within your teams by understanding their work styles and leveraging technology

This session is for you if…

  • You’re wanting concrete ways to progress and future-proof your career
  • You’re looking for innovative ways to leverage technology at work
3:30pm
Workshop

How To Project Confidence Even When You Don’t Feel It

60 mins
  • Track - Workshop
  • Career Development
  • HR/DEI
  • Leadership

There’s a big misconception that confidence is a thing you feel, but in reality, confidence is how you act. What counts is if other people THINK you’re confident.

This session will explore how we all often lack feelings of confidence and how to project confidence anyway. Emma Wicks and Tanya Goldhaber, two senior women who have braved every imaginable stressful professional situation and keep being told they’re really confident will cover the difference between perception and reality, how they’ve learned to project gravitas even when they’re dying inside, and how that’s really worked for them professionally. In smaller groups, we’ll share experiences, support each other with individual challenges, discuss techniques we’ve tried and learn how to speak up in a range of situations.

Session Key Takeaways:

  • How to can act confident even if you don’t feel it
  • How to ensure you speak up through preparing in advance
  • How to manage your feelings, if you don’t feel confident and are jealous of people who do, those people probably don’t feel confident either

This session is for you if…you let a lack of confidence stop you in speaking up or going for opportunities.

11:35am
Panel Discussion

Leadership For The New Era: Agility, AI And Beyond

60 mins
  • Track - Plan
  • AI/ML
  • Leadership

In today’s rapidly evolving tech landscape, leadership must adapt to meet the challenges and opportunities of the new era. Join us in this insightful session as we delve into the core principles of effective leadership, enriched by agility and powered by artificial intelligence.

Discover how leading-edge organisations are harnessing AI to drive innovation, enhance decision-making, and foster collaboration. Explore strategies to develop agile leadership skills, enabling you to navigate complex, ever-changing environments with confidence.

Our expert speakers will share real-world examples, practical insights, and forward-thinking approaches that empower leaders to thrive in the dynamic world of technology. Whether you’re an established leader or an aspiring one, this session will equip you with the knowledge and strategies needed to excel in the tech-driven landscape of tomorrow. Don’t miss this opportunity to unlock your leadership potential and shape the future of tech.

12:45pm
Presentation

Driving Positive Change In A World Of Data, Analytics & Gen AI

30 mins
  • Track - Software
  • AI/ML
  • Data
  • Software & Development

How can AI be leveraged to change the way we live and work? How can Data and AI be used to improve lives – from healthcare to sport – as well as for those of us who are neurodiverse?

Join us at this session, as we embark on an inspiring journey into the heart of data and analytics, exploring the boundless possibilities of placing data at the centre of business and the use of techniques such as generative AI. In a world where technology evolves at lightning speed, women are at the forefront of innovation, pushing the boundaries of what’s possible and driving positive change.

Session Key Takeaways:

  • The role women have played, and will continue to play, in Analytics, AI and driving positive change
  • How AI will play a critical role in enhancing all of our decision making as we move forward, changing the way we live and work
  • How we can inspire the next generation through sport and technology

This session is for you if…you are a seasoned data scientist, a forward-thinking AI enthusiast or simply curious about the future of IT. This session is your opportunity to see what Oracle are bringing to the community, market and enabling businesses for the future.

11:30am
Workshop

Gender Equity & Reproductive Health: The Invisible Barrier To Inclusion

60 mins
  • Track - Workshop
  • HR/DEI
  • Non-Technical
  • Premium Only

Reproductive Health is often overlooked in the workplace, despite it having a profound effect on an employee’s well-being, experience and development opportunities. To truly address gender equity at work and close the gender pay gap, it’s time we acknowledge the effects reproductive health can have at work.

This workshop is a frank and honest look at why reproductive health should be a key part of a DEI strategy. Potential discomfort intended. It’ll be worth it.

Session Key Takeaways:

  • Understand the effect reproductive health can have on employee’s experience
  • Understand your comfort levels as a manager and senior leader
  • Action points to take to your business and start making change.

This session is for you if…you are a senior manager passionate about taking gender equity seriously and want to fight for change within your organisation.

11:35am
Panel Discussion

Panel: Driving Diversity And Inclusion In AI

60 mins
  • Track - Future Impact
  • AI/ML
  • HR/DEI

AI is being rapidly deployed across industries so it is essential to build AI that is ethical and equitable for all. This requires engaging with diverse perspectives and combating the lack of representation that has long prevailed in the tech industry.

This panel brings together leading voices in technology, policy, and activism to discuss practical approaches for building more diverse and inclusive artificial intelligence systems. The discussion will draw on the panellists’ unique experiences and perspectives to explore issues of representation and bias in AI, as well as strategies for effecting change within the tech community.

Session Key Takeaways:

  • Practical approaches to mitigating bias and increasing representation in building AI systems
  • First-hand experiences on advocating for the participation of marginalised groups
  • Advice on overcoming obstacles and driving change as women in tech

This session is for you if…you are interested in AI and want to hear from leading women who are actively building diverse and ethical AI systems.

12:10pm
Presentation

How To Recruit Male Allies

30 mins
  • Track - Implement
  • HR/DEI
  • Non-Technical
  • Workforce

Allyship is a vital part of the future of leadership, a skillset we should all be looking to foster, and is an essential part of driving gender equity initiatives. For all the talk about allyship and equitable workplaces, is the world of tech really turning the dial? With a clear economic case and organisations talking about their hunger for diverse talent, where is the gap between aspiration and execution?

Join psychologist and male ally Lee Chambers as he explores the current state of allyship, how he is engaging men in inclusion, and how to move from performative to active allyship.

Session Key Takeaways:

  • The latest research on the allyship gap
  • How to engage men in inclusion and allyship
  • How allyship can be a career booster for you

This session is for you if…you are interested in making the tech ecosystem more equitable, want to drive effective gender initiatives or want to see how allyship can be your leadership advantage.

5:10pm
Presentation

How To Train And Deploy Your Own Large Language Model On Android

30 mins
  • Track - Software
  • AI/ML

Dive into the practicalities of building and deploying large language models (LLMs) on Android in this hands-on session. We’ll cover the essentials of LLMs for tasks like text generation and translation, train a model using Keras and TensorFlow Lite, and conclude with a live demo of deploying this model to an Android device. Walk away ready to infuse your apps with the power of advanced language processing.

The Why: As we all know, language models such as GPT have taken the world by storm, and it is quite evident that AI will be an integral part of our day-to-day lives, especially for engineers. Understanding language models, how they work, and how they can be leveraged to create more efficient and innovative solutions is crucial for engineers to remain competitive in the ever-evolving technological landscape.

Session Key Takeaways: 

  • Understand the fundamentals of large language models and their capabilities in text generation, translation, and question answering
  • Gain practical knowledge of training an LLM using Keras and TensorFlow Lite on a text dataset
  • Learn how to deploy the trained LLM to an Android device for real-time language processing in mobile applications

This session is for…whether you’re an Android developer seeking to enhance your apps with language processing capabilities, a machine learning engineer eager to explore the possibilities of LLMs on mobile platforms, or a data scientist investigating the potential of LLMs across diverse domains, this session is for you.

9:00am
Keynote

IQ Is dead. Long Live LQ: Is The Ability To Learn The Most Important Type Of Intelligence?

30 mins
  • Track - Keynote
  • AI/ML
  • Career Development

The only kind of intelligence anyone is talking about these days is AI. But perhaps our real focus should be LQ – learning quotient – the most important form of human intelligence in this new era.

At Makers we know you can teach people tech – but that the thing that really transforms people’s lives is being good at learning. And we know that LQ can be taught. In this talk we discuss why LQ is more important than ever in the AI era – and how to build it.

Session Key Takeaways:

  • Why LQ matters now more than any other form of intelligence
    How to build it
  • The critical role of emotional wellbeing and resilience in enabling LQ

This session is for...anyone thinking about how to build the skills and capabilities needed to thrive in the exponential age. 

2:50pm
Presentation

Redefining Business Transformation: Collaborative Solutions With AI

30 mins
  • Track - InfoTech
  • AI/ML

Discover how AI reshapes business transformation into a collaborative journey. This session will explore the integration of AI in various transformation stages, enhancing efficiency, creativity, and problem-solving, with a focus on AI and human teams jointly navigating complex initiatives.

We will share practical applications on how to reimagine transformation programmes based on real life examples of how we have reimagined service design and transformation.

Session Key Takeaways:

  • AI as a strategic partner in business transformation stages
  • Enhancing creativity and efficiency through AI-human collaboration
  • Future perspectives on AI’s evolving role in business transformation

This session is for…

  • Business transformation leaders and strategists
  • AI and technology professionals
  • Innovation managers and process improvement experts
2:55pm
Presentation

Shattering The Glass Ceiling: Women Leading In The Digital Future Of 2040

30 mins
  • Track - Future Impact
  • AI/ML

Learn about the latest digital innovations and their impact on gender equality and leadership. Witness how women are using technology to create a more equitable world and empower yourself to be a part of this transformation.

Join a dynamic exploration of how women are leading the charge in a people-powered digital future. Discover how emerging technologies like AI, Quantum Computing, and Brain Computer Interfaces are enabling women to shape a future that’s inclusive and empowering for all.

Session Key Takeaways:

  • Gender Equality in Tech Leadership: Gain insights into the current state of gender equality in tech and the challenges that remain
  • Exploring Cutting-Edge Technologies: Understand the potential of groundbreaking technologies set to redefine our world by 2040
  • Empowering Women in Tech: Learn how women can use these technologies to break barriers and lead the way towards a more inclusive future

This session is for...

  • Aspiring changemakers and leaders passionate about using technology for positive global change.
  • Tech enthusiasts and professionals interested in the latest technological advancements and their applications.
  • Advocates for social responsibility and sustainability, keen on using technology for societal and environmental betterment.
3:25pm
Presentation

Navigating Neurodiversity In Tech

30 mins
  • Track - InfoTech
  • HR/DEI

Whyy is neurodiversity important in technology. Shazia Hussain talks about her experiences of navigating neurodiversity in the technology sector having worked for some of the biggest tech corporations out there, JP Morgan Chase, Accenture, Barclays.. and how to build inclusive teams, support them and what the benefits are

Session Key Takeaways:

  • Why is neurodiversity important in tech.
  • What’s Einstein got to do with it?!
  • How and why is it important that we support people with neurodiversity.

This session is for…anyone who wants to understand why neurodiversity is so important in tech

12:45pm
Presentation

Shattering The Glass Ceiling: Women Leading In The Digital Future Of 2040

30 mins
  • Track - Implement
  • AI/ML

Learn about the latest digital innovations and their impact on gender equality and leadership. Witness how women are using technology to create a more equitable world and empower yourself to be a part of this transformation.

Join a dynamic exploration of how women are leading the charge in a people-powered digital future. Discover how emerging technologies like AI, Quantum Computing, and Brain Computer Interfaces are enabling women to shape a future that’s inclusive and empowering for all.

Session Key Takeaways:

  • Gender Equality in Tech Leadership: Gain insights into the current state of gender equality in tech and the challenges that remain
  • Exploring Cutting-Edge Technologies: Understand the potential of groundbreaking technologies set to redefine our world by 2040
  • Empowering Women in Tech: Learn how women can use these technologies to break barriers and lead the way towards a more inclusive future

This session is for...

  • Aspiring changemakers and leaders passionate about using technology for positive global change.
  • Tech enthusiasts and professionals interested in the latest technological advancements and their applications.
  • Advocates for social responsibility and sustainability, keen on using technology for societal and environmental betterment.

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