SMWi Toronto kicked off yesterday, with talks from noted speakers like Jesse Brown and the #6ixdad, Norm Kelly. Today, as #SMWiTO expands beyond the TIFF Bell Lightbox and across downtown Toronto, BetaKit prepares for its own #SMWiTO event tonight at Lighthouse Labs.
BetaKit at #SMWiTO: AI, Bots, and Social Media, (Oh My)
Here’s the deal. Tonight, from 7pm-9pm at Lighthouse Labs, we’re bringing some of the smartest people we could find to talk about how bots and artificial intelligence will impact the future of social media and our interactions online. We’re sandwiching that panel conversations with some networking over the classic 1-2 combo of pizza and adult beverages.
Back to the panelists. Check out these seriously smart people!
Paul Gray – Director, Platform Services at Kik
Paul’s career spans 15 years in marketing, product management, strategy, brand development and IP creation roles based around the world. At Kik, Paul works with developers, brands and agencies to create innovative experiences. He has brought brands such as MTV, Spotify, Burger King and BuzzFeed to the Kik platform, as well as established partner guidelines for “Chatbot” developers.
David Suydam – CEO and founder at Architech
David’s experience as an entrepreneur, technology consultant, and corporate leader has spanned almost 20 years in some of the most complex business environments throughout Canada. His company Architech, creates great-looking web, mobile and business applications for clients such as Disney, Walmart, Whirlpool and more.
Erin Bury – Managing Director at 88 Creative
Erin is the Managing Director at 88 Creative, a Toronto-based creative communications agency. She writes a monthly column for the Financial Post, and is a tech commentator on CTV News and Newstalk 1010. She has also appeared in publications including The New York Times, Forbes, CNN, and Canadian Business, and was named one of Marketing Magazine’s top 30 Under 30 marketers.
Amanda Parker – CEO and co-founder at SimplyInsight
Amanda is the CEO and co-founder of SimplyInsight, a data analysis as a service platform. SimplyInsight plugs directly into your data sources and allows you to ask questions of your data in natural language. Previously, Amanda ran a successful digital marketing agency working with notable clients like Pepsi, 20th Century Fox, UMG and Indigo.
Ok, I’m in on this bots business. How can I attend?
It’s really easy! Do you have a #SMiTO All Access or Single Day Pass? If so, you get in for free (looking to get one? Go here and use the code BETASMWI20 for a 20% discount).
Not interested in checking out the rest of #SMiTO’s amazing schedule, but still want to come hang out at Lighthouse Labs tonight with BetaKit and bot enthusiasts? Register at our Eventbrite page here.