Our great event lineup
Introducing our speakers

We are very pleased to present some of the top speakers from the AI and ML world.

Mat Ryer

Machine Box

Co-founder of Machine Box; Artificial intelligence tech inside Docker containers. Bought by Veritone in 2018. Writer, speaker, gopher.

Chris Benson

Lockheed Martin

Chris Benson is Chief AI Strategist at Lockheed Martin RMS APA Innovations. He came to Lockheed Martin from Honeywell SPS, where he was Chief Scientist for Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning. Chris built and operationalized Honeywell’s first dedicated AI team from the ground up. Before that he was on the AI Team at Accenture. As a strategist and thought leader, Chris is among the world’s most in-demand professional keynote speakers on artificial intelligence, machine learning, emerging technologies, and visionary futurism. His inspirational keynotes are known for their passion, energy, and clarity. He is a seasoned storyteller who delights in captivating his audiences with inspiring narratives and insightful analysis at conferences, broadcasts, interviews, forums, and corporate events around the world. Chris is an innovative hands-on solutions architect for artificial intelligence and machine learning - and the emerging technologies they intersect - robotics, IoT, augmented reality, blockchain, mobile, edge, and cloud. He is Co-Host of the Practical AI podcast, which reaches thousands of AI enthusiasts each week, and is also the Founder & Organizer of the Atlanta Deep Learning Meetup - one of the largest AI communities in the world. You can find out more about Chris Benson at his website: https://chrisbenson.com

Håkan Silfvernagel


Håkan holds a Master of Science degree in Electrical Engineering and in addition, he holds a Master’s degree in Leadership and Organizational behavior. He has also taken courses on university level in psychology, interaction design and human-computer interaction. He has 19 years’ experience of software development in various positions such as developer, tester, architect, project manager, scrum master, practice manager and team lead. Håkan is also part of the local chapter of the Norwegian .NET User Group Oslo (NNUG). Currently Håkan is working as Manager AI and Big Data at Miles AS, a Norwegian consultancy company.

Gianluca Campanella


Gianluca Campanella is a Data Scientist at Microsoft, and runs his own consulting and training company Estimand. He has trained hundreds of students and professionals in coding and data science, and has spoken at many industry conferences and events. Gianluca’s background is in Mathematics and Computer Science. He holds a PhD in Biostatistics from Imperial College London, an MSc in Applied Mathematics from Universidade NOVA de Lisboa, and a BSc in Computer Science from the Free University of Bozen-Bolzano.

David Hernández


David Hernandez worked in companies like BBC for the 2012 London Olympics, scaling continuous integration at Atlassian (Sydney), and helping the UK Government at the GDS. He is one of the founders at Machine Box where he has developed state of the art Machine Learning models for face recognition and NLP, and is leading the R&D in the company.

Chris Parsons


Chris Parsons is currently a Machine Learning Engineer with IBM. Chris has contributed to Node-RED and the Watson APIs integration available through the Bluemix platform (available on GitHub). Chris is currently building systems using node.js, and has full stack development experience including building cross platform applications and services deployed to both iOS and Android app stores.

Thiago de Faria


Thiago started in Pure Mathematics, jumped to predicting things and realized it was utterly dependent on understanding the inner bits of software development and data pipelines. Thus, his primary concern changed: how to bridge the gap between ML and production? :-) DataOps FTW! He is an active part of the community (devopsdays Amsterdam, ITNEXT, amsterdam.ai & Codemotion), a knowledge-sharer, a proud father and a Big DataOps & AI Lead. Thiago is pathologically curious and a continuous learner. He knows that high-performing data teams must decrease time-to-market and build production-ready applications, always!

Laurent Picard


Laurent is a developer passionate about software, hardware, science and anything shaping the future. He works for Google where he ecstatically explores cloud technologies. In a previous life, he pioneered the ebook industry, co-created the 1st European ebook reader, and co-founded Bookeen. He now enjoys sharing his passion in international conferences. You can find him on twitter at @PicardParis.

Natalie Pistunovich


Engineering Team Lead, Fraugster - Natalie is a learner, a Gopher, a public speaker and a sailor. She is leading the observability efforts at Fraugster, Berlin, and is the organizer of GopherCon Iceland. Prior to that she was a Backend Developer at GrayMeta, Los Angeles, a co-founder at Connta, Nairobi, a Backend Developer at adjust, Berlin, and a Silicon Integration Engineer at Intel, Haifa. She graduated with a B.Sc. in Computer and Software Engineering from the Technion in Israel. In her free time Natalie is co-leading the Berlin chapters of GDG Go and Women Techmakers.

Ben Gilburt

Sopra Steria

Ben is the founder of AI Ethics London and a writer and speaker on AI Safety and Alignment. His aim is to take the brilliant research being carried out by the likes of DeepMind, OpenAI and universities around the world and translate it into something accessible to everyone, so people throughout the product development lifecycle will be more able to factor this into their projects, and so that everyday consumers can understand what AI can do for them, take the best possible advantage from it, and use their thoughts to guide the direction of AI in the future.

Darshna Shah


Darshna Shah has a PhD in Neuroscience, specialising in neuronal network dynamics in drug-resistant temporal lobe epilepsy. She has been working in Data Science for the last 3 years and in that time has established herself as an excellent speaker and teacher, having given talks at Tech(K)now Day, the IoT and Data Science Innovators UK Meetup, and The TFL Data Science Group, as well as co-founding and leading monthly sessions for aspiring Data Scientists in the early days of Inspiring Women in Data Science. In her role as Co-lead Data Scientist at Elastacloud, she has gained broad-ranging experience using R and Python to implement and develop a wide-range of machine learning models with data from myriad industries such as finance, aviation, transport, retail, energy, healthcare and charities. Follow her on Twitter @Darsh262.

Zdenek Hynek


Zdenek is a full-stack developer focusing on data visualisation and data science. As a head of development at Data4Change, a leading force in the data-for-good movement, he strives to find the humanity in data. He’s been working in the industry for 10 years and believes the best is yet to come. In his free time, Zdenek runs the Visualising Data London meetup.

David Spurway


David Spurway is the primary evangelist and CTO for IBM Power Systems in the UK and Ireland. As a member of the IBM Systems Channel Team and Technical Consultancy Group, David works with customers at all levels to resolve their challenges. David has been working in the IT industry for 23 years, in a range of different roles and positions. He regularly presents at events, discussing all things to do with IBM Power Systems, including AI, Cloud, Modern Data Platform, AIX, IBM i, Linux and more. With the occasional unexpected LEGO element and/or superhero turning up as needed!

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