Vienna, 27.09.2018 - WeAreDevelopers is working together with Microsoft to organize Europe’s biggest AI conference for developers. The WeAreDevelopers AI Congress will take place in the Vienna Hofburg on the 4th and 5th of December. Under the motto “People. Code. AI,” leading developers and IT experts will share their wealth of knowledge and discuss the latest innovations and burning questions in the field of machine learning.
After the tremendous success of the WeAreDevelopers World Congress in May of this year with more than 8,000 attendees, there will be an event in December explicitly focused on artificial intelligence. The 32 panels and 16 workshops planned by WeAreDevelopers and Microsoft are specifically geared to the needs of developers. One of the main focuses of the conference will be AI-assisted decisions and how reliable they are. Another big topic will be ways to improve the user experience of machine learning software.
Besides developers, IT decision-makers will be present to gain insights into the latest developments in human-machine interaction and how AI technologies can help create a future worth living.
WeAreDevelopers and Microsoft announce their partnership
For the first AI congress in Vienna, WeAreDevelopers has brought an experienced partner on board. For almost 25 years, Microsoft has been conducting research and investing in the field of artificial intelligence in pursuit of the vision of democratizing AI and making the benefits of this technology available to everyone. Microsoft attaches great importance to the responsible development and use of AI technologies for the good of society and thus supports appropriate regulation.
“In WeAreDevelopers we have found a partner who shares the same vision as we do. The key to creating a better future is the exchange of knowledge. This AI conference is a big step in that direction,” said Dorothee Ritz, General Manager of Microsoft Austria.
“The partnership between WeAreDevelopers and Microsoft allows us to use our synergies to make this event extremely worthwhile and informative. Both partners can look back on a rich wealth of experience which they can draw on to elevate the importance of the conference,” said Benjamin Ruschin, Managing Director and Co-Founder of WeAreDevelopers.
Artificial intelligence is happening now
Smart cities, self-driving cars, online support agents that communicate with people and successfully solve problems – what was once science fiction is now a reality. And yet there are still a lot of unanswered questions – especially when it comes to computers making autonomous decisions.
“The focus on AI of the event in December is due to the urgency of the topic. We desperately need to talk about human-machine interactions, discuss areas of application and, most importantly, address ethical issues,” continued Ruschin. “Now is the time to actively shape AI technologies and make smart decisions. We need a framework that guarantees that machines can assist humans in a useful way. If we miss this opportunity, we miss it forever,” emphasized Ritz.
About Microsoft Austria
Microsoft (Nasdaq “MSFT” @microsoft) is the leading platform and productivity company for the mobile-first, cloud-first world, and its mission is to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more. Microsoft Austria is a subsidiary of Microsoft Corporation/Redmond, U.S.A., the world’s leading manufacturer of the standard software, services and solutions. Since 1991, Microsoft has been represented in Austria by its branch in Vienna and employs around 300 people. The goal is, together with more than 5,000 local partners, to help people and companies reach their full potential through software. Find out more here: https://www.microsoft.com/de-at
WeAreDevelopers is hosting many different conferences and executive circles each year, tailored to the interests and needs of developers and IT professionals. In April 2015, Benjamin Ruschin, Sead Ahmetovic, Thomas Pamminger, and Markus Wagner launched the WeAreDevelopers World Congress, which became the largest developer conference in Europe. The Congress brings together world-leading technology companies, such as IBM, SAP, Facebook and Google, with the European developer community and brings international tech leaders such as Steve Wozniak (Apple's co-founder), Joseph Sirosh (Corporate Vice President, Artificial Intelligence & Research at Microsoft) and Klaus Straub (CIO of BMW) on stage. In addition to the WeAreDevelopers World Congress, the company is organizing conferences which cover developer-specific topics such as Artificial Intelligence, Security, Blockchain, Internet of Things, and Virtual Reality on a regular basis. The company also hosts the WeAreDevelopers Executive Circle, which was initiated in 2017, and became a regular series of events that supports companies with their growing developer culture. Find out more here: www.wearedevelopers.com/ai-congress