SOOCon24 Wrapup

Momentous: Reflecting on the Second Annual State of Open Con Wow, can’t believe it has been a week since the State of Open Con 2024 kicked off! In the end, there were 208 impressive speakers over two days across eight tracks and over 150 sessions and activities. Plus a broad delegate experience space across the […]

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2024 plenary – Baroness Stowell

Baroness Stowell Plenary Bio Tina Stowell is a Conservative peer and Chairman of the House of Lords’ Communications & Digital Select Committee. She is a former Cabinet Minister, was Leader of the House of Lords until July 2016, and was Chair of the Charity Commission from 2018 to 2021. Before joining the House of Lords

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2024 plenary – Umesh RAJANI​

Umesh RAJANI Plenary Bio Ace On Data – Founder Building enterprise applications integrating Domain Fine Tuned Open Source models and closed source model APIs Researching & building Temporal encoding in LLMs (To be released under MIT License) Researching & building direct audio ingestion and inference with LLMs through fine tuning or model merge (To be

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2024 plenary – Margaret Hartnett

Margaret Hartnett Plenary Bio Dr Margaret Hartnett is an award-winning, experienced research and innovation specialist with a track record of growing and exiting a hugely successful AI start up. A senior researcher, European Patent Attorney, Chartered Patent Attorney and company director, Dr Hartnett has spent almost 20 years developing into an executive-level research, innovation and

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Chaw Thant

Chaw Thant Marketing Intern Bio Meet Chaw, a current MSc. student in Branding and Marketing Communications atMiddlesex University London. Chaw's enthusiasm extends to a genuine interest in socialmarketing. Before embarking on the MSc. journey, Chaw gained practical experience,holding roles such as a Senior Account Manager at Passion Point Media and SeniorMarketing Executive at Unilever Myanmar.

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Gabriella Ban

Gabriella Ban MEETUPVIDEO Bio Gabriella Ban is a key member of MEETUPVIDEO, where she skillfully bridges the gap between technology and people through communication and adept recruitment. Her journey into videography, cultivated over the years, enhances her understanding of the company’s core activities, making her contributions invaluable. Armed with a Master’s degree in Human Resource Management Services

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Peter B. Maraczi

Peter B. Maraczi AV Consultant Bio Peter B. Maraczi is the visionary Founder and CEO of MEETUPVIDEO, a worldwide video production company with over 20 years of expertise in bringing innovative visions to life. With a decade of IT troubleshooting experience, Peter offers a unique insight into the technological challenges facing today’s businesses. His background gives

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2024 plenary – Chi Onwurah

Chi Onwurah Plenary Bio Chi Onwurah is a British Member of Parliament representing Newcastle upon Tyne Central and is also Shadow Minister (Science, Research and Innovation).Former Shadow Ministerial positions:April 2020-December 2021 Digital, Science & TechnologyOctober 2016 – April 2020 Industrial Strategy Science & Innovation (and Shadow Digital Minister Feb-April 2020)September 2015-October 2016 Culture and the

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2024 speaker – Antonio Roberts

Antonio Roberts Artist Bio hellocatfood is the alias of Antonio Roberts, an artist and musician based in Birmingham, UK. For his live performances he uses software including Pure Data to explore the creative potential of algorithms, glitches, and feedback loops. He has provided visuals for the likes of MTV, Com Truise, Blood Sport, Steve Davis,

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2024 plenary – Antonia Kerle

Antonia Kerle Plenary Bio Antonia is BBC R&D’s Chief Technical Advisor. She leads an Advisory Team that provides independent, objective advice on how emerging technology will enable the BBC to inform, educate and entertain for the next 100 years. The Advisory team supports R&D and the wider BBC to develop future BBC service offerings, contribute

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