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HamburgAI with IBM, Codecentric, Interone and over 180 participants

collectAI is the ambassador of HamburgAI, a local community gathering connected to CityAI. Last Wednesday, January 17th, we organised the third, and – thus far – largest edition of HamburgAI (#HHAI) to date. Around 180 attendees at the sold out event joined speakers from IBM Watson, Interone and Codecentric for an evening of sharing, connecting and discussion around Artificial Intelligence.

The audience split was fascinating with around one third of the attendees raising their hands as coders. The varied audience also gave us interesting feedback on the three speakers. For the coders, Dan from Codecentric was a big favourite as he delved into specific details on several projects and challenges. His project analogy with movie plots was rather neat too (one for the Star Wars fans).

For many the headline speaker was Dirk from IBM Watson. He gave an overview of the state of the nation for AI, and then showed several examples of solutions and services such as IBM Discovery that he offers across the DACH region.

The demo portion came from Christo from Interone, one of Germany’s leading digital agencies. Christo treated us to a live set of examples creating visualisations within minutes from blocks of data. Similar to the examples provided by Dirk, coders were encouraged to have a go themselves with software and data streams available open source. Having come across many clients wrestling with the issue of data visualisation the speed and flexibility of the AI-based example Christo showed really resonated for me.

Then followed a couple of hours of drinks and networking – an illustration of the interest in the subject. This was the first #HHAI where the tickets sold out well ahead of the event itself – a great sign for the growing AI community in Hamburg.

The next event is on 28th March and almost one quarter of the tickets have already been sold. They are available under Eventbrite. Stephan Uhrenbacher, leading German entrepreneur (Qype/Yelp) and AI investor will give an overview on the AI landscape. We will also be hosting the first ‘AI Challenge’ where delegates will be given a 5 minute slot to pitch the Artificial Intelligence challenge that they are facing and ask their peers to help – we have several requests and will keep the applications open until the end of February – if you are interested please get in touch with us.