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The AI Opportunity: Developing an AI Ecosystem in Upstate New York

January 24, 2019: 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

What is artificial intelligence? Why does AI matter? What opportunities does it present locally and regionally?

In this Lunch and Learn event, panelists will share ideas, experiences, and viewpoints about AI technology, research and development, ethics, and policies. Attendees will have the opportunity to participate in a Q&A session and network with professionals in the industry who share common goals.

Attendance is free but limited to 100. Lunch will be provided.

Panelists include Bob Bedard, the President and CEO of deFacto Global, Inc., the software company behind the creation of a regional AI Center of Excellence; Dr. Craig Skevington, CEO of managed service provider STEADfast IT, which utilizes AI in its high-tech help desk; and Colin Garvey, a Ph.D. student at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) specializing in AI risk governance.

Hosted by the City of Saratoga Springs, IgniteU NY, and Saratoga Springs Smart City Commission.


12 pm – Registration and lunch

12:30 pm – Introductions, overview, and panel discussion

1:30 pm – Networking



Saratoga Springs City Center
522 Broadway
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 United States
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