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Our highlights from Tech Open Air 2018

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On June 20 – 21 Tech Open Air was hosted in our home city of Berlin at the iconic Funkhaus.

The event was a perfect environment to connect, collaborate and learn from various thought-leaders representing tech, science, and music; as well as well-seasoned entrepreneurs sharing their vision on how they not only see the tech ecosystem shaping, but also the world evolving.

With a passion for mobile advertising and our expertise rooted in mobile ad tech, our team was there to make the most of TOA’s jam-packed agenda ranging from interactive panels, inspirational storytelling, to live music and art installations.

We are living in one of the most disruptive periods of tech evolution since the internet first entered the scene decades ago. Nowadays technology innovations like IoT, machine learning and AI not only power all kinds of businesses around the world, but are also interwoven into our daily lives and impact our society on a vast scale.

“AI is one of the most important things humanity is working on. It’s more profound than electricity or fire.”” – Sundar Pichai, CEO of Google.

Since WeQ’s state-of-the-art technology powers our mobile advertising solutions and operational processes, AI and machine learning topics were incredibly relevant and interesting to us. “Inescapable AI: Predicting the Next Frontier” was the one of the most exciting panels and it certainly grabbed our attention.

Mike Reiner, Venture Partner at OpenOcean Capital opened the panel with a claim that the machines are already trespassing what humans can do and started an engaging discussion about the implications for effective machine learning.

The panelists exchanged best practices for applying AI across industries, highlighting the importance of careful choices regarding the selection of data sources and the necessity of starting any process with goals and outcomes first, rather than the data and algorithms.

Cassie Kozyrkov, Google’s Chief Decision Scientist mentioned that algorithms and data can be used together to get incredible innovations done, but it’s a mistake to think of technology being separate and independent from humans – since technology won’t act as magic that will fix everything. Mark Chung, CEO of Verdigris Technologies, agreed and added that capturing human intuition will be essential to improve the work of the “machines”.

Claire Novorol, Co-Founder & Chief Medical Officer at Ada Digital Health shared that the most exciting next frontier of AI is about putting more power in the hands of the individual . In case of health tech medical knowledge, it acts as a foundation to deliver greats results using AI.

Flipping the status quo, so that the technology serves and helps people, was essential to Rebecca Clyde, Co-Founder at Botco.ai. AI certainly makes it possible.

Tech Open Air is a fantastic opportunity for tech aficionados to keep the finger on the pulse when it comes to new trends. It’s also a great way to network. In addition to the talks during the day there were also a host of satellite events allowing the whole of Berlin to join in fireside chats, workshops, unique parties and music performances. At WeQ we love diving for knowledge, as well as taking part in fun and unconventional activities. Naturally, we always embrace rich startup ecosystem that exists in Berlin and are proud to be a part of it. Hey TOA, many thanks and until next year!

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