And that’s a wrap! After two exciting days at the RDS, Dublin Tech Summit, came to a close. It was better than we could have ever imagined!
Day 2 saw our inspiring speakers shed light on many of the most interesting topics, including artificial intelligence, diversity, equality & inclusion, and the future of work.
Here are a few highlights from our speaker discussions at the Prism stage.
Inspiring Women in Leadership
Dorothy Creaven, Managing Director, from Rent the Runway, Renee Hawkins, COO, from Thoughtworks, Nikki Lasley, Head of Diversity, Equality & Inclusion, from Amplitude joined the Prism stage for a panel discussion with moderator Susan Dwyer, CEO & Founder of Rise Up.
Nikki revealed that her personal philosophy is that “everything starts with inclusion. Diversity comes as a result of creating an inclusive environment and making sure that things are equitable.” She noted that if you do not have inclusivity first and foremost ingrained within your company’s culture that the success of the overall diversity, equality and inclusion strategy will be hindered.
Renee added to the conversation by highlighting the importance of hiring technologists that are open and not only passionate about technology but also “passionate about society and change.”
Dorothy told the audience that finding a sponsor is equally as important as having a mentor. She suggested that “a mentor is someone you meet with.. You bounce ideas off them, they give you some feedback..” while a “sponsor is someone who will advocate for you when you’re not in the room.” Dorothy explained that sponsors “ will invite you to those meetings, they will talk about you to other people who will give you that opportunity.”
Should death be outsourced to AI?
Laura Ellis, Head of Technology Forecasting at BBC, Michelle He, COO and Co-Founder of Fintern, and Janet Adams, COO of SingularityNET, joined Eric Schurenburg, Former CEO of Mansueto Ventures, to discuss the AI question, “how intelligent humans can co-exist with artificial intelligence.”
Janet commented that “special leadership, integrity, and authenticity comes in” when asked by Schurenberg if the decisions to kill human beings deliberately should be outsourced to AI. She added that we should “outsource decisions of life and death to decentralised democratically elected leaders before AI, but AI can make incredible enhanced intelligence to those leaders to make those decisions.”
Michelle said that AI “replaces the basic repeatable jobs”. She believes that AI will allow humans to focus their focus and time on the tasks that require human, thus, enhancing efficiency.
Laura talked about content moderation during the panel discussion. She believes that “we can make social media a force for good.” Laura commented that we should be able to use the tools and technologies that we have developed to make the world a better place. Laura also noted that with the help of regulators and AI and data scientists we should be able to start the process now.
The streaming world is really dominated by the subscription players.
Deep Bagchee, Chief Product Officer at ITV was joined by moderator Spenser Skates, Co-founder of Amplitude to talk about the “media, tech, and the product-led puzzle.”
“The streaming world is really dominated by the subscription players”, such as Netflix, Disney, and HBO Max, noted Deep. He talked about how the “ad supported business model is an interesting one to pursue in the streaming world.” Deep discussed the UK market statistics, highlighting that approximately 69% of households are currently subscribing to at least one subscription service or one subscription video on demand service. While the average number of subscription services per household are more than two.
Deep stated that he believes a mixed model, which combines an ad-supported model with an ad-free subscription model, is the right choice in UK markets.
Special European guest appearance – Volodymyr Zelensky
Ian Hyland was proud to welcome Ukraine president Volodymyr Zelensky to the stage via hologram at Dublin Tech Summit, stating “Dublin Tech Summit is with you.”
Zelensky talked about his United24 initiative and urgently asked delegates to make financial and technological donations to help Ukraine.
“Ukraine is a chance for a global digital revolution, a chance for every technology company, and a chance for every visionary to show their value, skills, technologies, and ambitions”, said Zelensky.
He also added that he would make Ukraine the “freest digital economy in the world.”
How do we optimise for success in data-driven organisations?
Find out with Cassie Kozyrkov by watching her discussion from Dublin Tech Summit, 2022. She offered plenty of food for thought.
Watch her discussion HERE
Why should you be unapologetically queer?
Watch Damian Pelliccione’s talk from this year’s Dublin Tech Summit to listen to their insights on being queer in the tech world!
See Damian’s talk HERE
Thank you, next!
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