Cathcart Associates were delighted to sponsor Manchester Digital’s first demo evening on Wednesday night. This was event was focused entirely on Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) giving a few organisations the opportunity to show off what they are doing in the exciting world of Data Science.
First up we had Daniel, CEO of Wondrwall, the world’s most intelligent light switch. To be honest, he had me hooked just with the tag line. Using Machine Learning models Daniel and the team have essentially turned your home into a brain. The light switch learns when you will be home, what temperature you like the house, when to have the lights on and off – all very cool. They have also built some brilliant burglar deterrents and safety features. A great start.
We then had the newly appointed Head of Research Ilaria of Digital Bridge, who talked about narrowing of the imagination gap when it comes to home decoration. Having seen these guys before at the first MancML, I knew what to expect – however, it was still brilliant to see again. Essentially their technology allows you to try out new wall papers, sofas and paint colours on your phone before you make the dreaded trip to IKEA or B&Q – absolute result.
Last, but by no means least we had Charlie from Dootrix who talked about their learns and early foray into Machine Learning / AI. Whilst not as ‘technical’ or detailed as the first guys, it was great to hear them talk about how they ended up involved in this area and the work they do. In fact, it probably resonated with a lot of people in the room who have been able to see the effect of AI / ML without really ever planning on!
All in all, it was a fantastic night, that was as usual put together brilliantly by the Manchester Digital team. Everyone stayed around, asked questions and ‘networked’ (horrific term, we all just chatted and had a couple of drinks).
We cannot wait for the next one and will hopefully be involved once again.
Next MancML Event
On a slightly separate note, however, still in keeping with the AI / Machine Learning theme, we’re also buzzing for the next MancML event, which is just over a month away. This time we are being hosted by the lovely Rentalcars.com in their incredible office space on Fountain Street. After a short hiatus (mostly due to Liam travelling around Croatia and Erik sunning himself in Tel Aviv), we’re hoping for a stellar turn out on our return.
As it stands, we have four talks confirmed, including the return of Peak BI (that makes it a hat-trick, we’ll sort out an award or some sort of lifetime achievement recognition); Rentalcars.com who will explain how they are setting up a Data Science team in Manchester from scratch; the Head of Data Science from Barnett Waddingham will tell a story of a failed Data Science project and finally, we will close the show with our very own Erik Mathiesen, who has yet to decide a topic, but in true Erik fashion, he’ll pull something off last minute!
We’ll also have a selection of food and drinks on the night as usual, with loads of chances to chat, mingle and ask as many questions as you like.
As always, you can get tickets through our website or by contacting any of the team (Erik, Colin or Liam. With a limited capacity we fully expect tickets to be snapped up quick, if you’re not fast you may well be last and bitterly disappointed.
We look forward to seeing some familiar faces on the November 23rd, as well as I am sure, some new ones.
Lots of love,
Liam & MancML & Cathcart Associates.