Alternative AI & Blockchain for Professional Services
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If you would like to join our speaker panel, please contact:
Sarah Katherine Bagshaw
07701 091 664
Tuesday 4th December 2018
|Optional Pre-conference sessions|
|08.00 – 08.45||
AI 201 – taking your understanding to the next level
More mature and better understood than blockchain, AI still presents challenges. We’ll provide a non-technical overview of the technology and its latest developments and uses, allowing you to hit the ground running for the rest of the day.
Blockchain 101 – everything you always wanted to know but were afraid to ask
An introduction to the capabilities of blockchain for those who want a broad view of the opportunities available from this disruptive technology. How it works, what it does, why it’s different and who is using it now, and how.
|08.30 – 09.00||Registration and morning coffee|
|09.00 – 09.05||
Chair’s opening remarks
|Strategy and innovation plenary sessions|
What is the post-digital landscape for professional services? And what should we be doing now to get there intact?
Three innovation leaders across professional services will each present a fast-paced, TED-style presentation looking at how their firms are pivoting to exploit the exponential potential of the changes we are undergoing, what they see as the “art of the possible” for AI and blockchain and who in their firms will own and lead the transformative revenue potential of AI and blockchain.
Are professional services ready for cognitive technologies?
Dr Mark Kennedy, an expert in the movement-like dynamics of disruptive changes to markets and organisations, will respond to our keynotes with research that breaks down how cognitive technologies will shape the future of professional services and cognitive work more generally. What are the hallmarks of serious change? And are these hallmarks evident in professional services?
|09.45 –09.55||Followed by joint Q&A.|
|People and organisational structures plenary sessions|
|09.55 – 10.25||
How can we get organisational re-design right?
Another three innovation leaders across professional services will each present a TED-style presentation looking at the impact of AI, blockchain and digital transformation on the professional services workforce.
How can we reimagine what we do and what business structures we need?
Followed by joint Q&A
|10.25 – 10.55||Networking break|
|10.55 – 11.25||
Getting the data pipeline right to make the most of AI, blockchain and other transformative technologies
What should we do to ensure data integrity now, and going forward?
|11.25 – 11.35||
Followed by an on-stage Q&A from a panel of professional services leaders who are at the coal face of their firms’ data challenges.
|11.35 – 12.05||
Oxford debate: Blockchain is a transformative technology with the potential to fundamentally change how professional services are provided
Two technology experts with strong views on blockchain will debate its potential. We open with a pre-debate vote using Sli.do, with delegates voting for, against or undecided. A winner will be declared by majority vote.
|12.00 – 12.05||Followed by Q&A|
|12.10 – 12.35||
Our vendor showcases are designed to provide education for the professional services sector – these sessions are NOT SALES PITCHES. By featuring a wide selection of vendors, we aim to provide delegates with a genuinely objective overview of AI and blockchain products that are specifically relevant to the professional services sector.
Four AI or blockchain vendors will each present a fast-paced, short presentation demonstrating one product, in one use case. Each short showcase will cover:
– what it does
Showcase 1: Emily Ochoa, VP, Marketing, Eigen Technologies
Showcase 2: Peter Wallqvist, VP of Strategy, iManage RAVN
Showcase 4: Elan Raja, CEO, Scan International
Followed by joint Q&A.
|AI Stream||Blockchain Stream|
|AI Case Studies||Plenary Session|
|12.40 – 13.00||
A1. Accountancy case study
Client relationship network analysis –
B1. Legal case study
Automating time-keeping records using NLP and transfer learning models
C1. Consultancy case study
How real is AI ? AI & data science for everyone
–Find out how you could be using AI now without needing to be a rocket scientist
-Practical uses of AI from experiences of working with professional services slients, and learn how with the democratisation of AI we are seeing the rise of the citizen data scientist
What can blockchain do for/ to the professional services sector?
Three blockchain leads across professional services will examine:
Followed by joint Q&A
|13.00 – 14.00||Lunch|
|AI Case Studies continued||Blockchain Use Cases|
|14.00 – 14.25||
A2. Accountancy case study
Using chatbots and process automation tools
B2. In-house legal case study
Using a practical AI solution in cases conducted by the Serious Fraud Office
C2. Consultancy case study
Engaging meaningfully with AI start-ups
14.00 – 14.20
Tax & accounting use case
Real-time VAT and smart contracts on the blockchain
|14.30 – 14.55||
A3. Accountancy case study
EY & Machine learning: stepping stones on the journey to true AI
EY’s NLG tool to automate the first draft of a report. Smart EY answers questions on EY’s travel and expense policy. We’ll look at how we’ve used AI in both.
B3. Legal case study
AI project and the Human Element
Combining people and technology to utilise their respective strengths and deliver cost-effective, efficient review of 6,000 contracts.
C3. Consultancy case study
Using AI for knowledge management and working capital management
Legal use case
DLT, blockchain and smart contracts
14.30 – 14.50
Property use case
14.50 – 15.10
Consultancy use case
Blockchain for contracts: a fully auditable DLT legal contract collaboration platform
|15.00 – 15.35||Networking break|
|15.35 – 16.05||
Keynote panel: Engaging with start-ups – a critical strategy, or an unnecessary one?
The pace of technological change poses a significant challenge for incumbent market leaders. A strategy of investing in tech incubators, or directly in start-ups, is a path that many firms have chosen, and one that many have rejected – a path that requires big decisions and big changes to organisational models and cultures. What are the reasons that firms have invested, or chosen not to invest? How, if at all, should your firm interact with incubators and/or start-ups? How must you adapt your processes to succeed in this strategy? What additional advantages do you get from investing in tech products over simply purchasing them? Which is the right course for your firm?
|16.05 – 16.30||
EY, Riverview Law and Kim – an inside look at 2018’s most disruptive acquisition
We’ll bring together the brains behind EY’s acquisition of Riverview Law with the brain behind Kim Technologies, to provide insights into both the genesis and implementation of the year’s most talked about professional services deal: why and how it will work, how Kim fits into the picture and how the team thinks the deal and the technology will change the market.
In conversation with
|16.30 – 17.15||
Can government and regulation keep pace with technological change? Engaging with government and professional services regulators on AI and blockchain
Professional services need the support of regulators and of government to exploit the potential of AI and blockchain. But can the regulators keep up with the pace of change? We’ll have a conversation with key government and regulatory experts from across the professions to find out where regulators are on their AI and blockchain journeys, how this compares internationally and how regulation of these techs might develop.
Chair’s closing remarks and close of conference
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