Speakers at Tech and Beer Norwich October 2021
The event then moved onto the five speakers from the community, who would cover in their own way a concept relevant to their area of tech of tech in general. We have given a small overview of the speakers and their areas of discussion. The rules of engagement were outlined by Kent. 6 minutes per speaker. No self-promotion. No more than 5 words per slide. Challenge accepted.
James Rix – Co-Founder, Readingmate
James Rix of Norwich based Readingmate (in fact one of the tenants of Akcela’s Startup Business Incubator in Norwich, Norfolk) started the speaker sessions unaided by a presentation. A brave move we felt but James delivered it impeccably. Whilst mentioning the company he founded a mere once, James navigated a discussion on how tech can change the world. Why companies such as Facebook (or Meta as the group is now known) grab the headlines, but innovative products and services are not lauded as they should be. An interesting meandering through tech and an excellent start.
Sebastian Miller – Creative Director, UxCambridge
Staying on the theme of tech saving the world. Sebastian of Cambridge based UX company, UxCambridge, talked on how UX can reduce energy consumption leading from faster decision-making processes. Enabling the user to get to the goal rather than searching for it. It was an interesting whistle stop tour of UX, chipsets, energy consumption and human interaction.
Asa. B – SKC Games
Haverhill based SKC Games gave a fantastic talk on the definition, meaning and future of artificial intelligence. Asking the audience to question what actually AI really means, and what computing power is doing within the space. Learning to produce predictive and accurate outputs, as opposed to truly delivering anything that could be seen as intelligent. In the conventional sense of intelligence.
Neil Garner – Founder and CEO, Thyngs
To say that Neil was put under pressure with this, is an understatement. The Founder and CEO of Thyngs was called in last minute, when a member of the speaker panel was unfortunately hit by a potential COVID case last minute. Neil managed to re-engineer a slide deck and deliver an excellent update on how Thyngs create real world relationships as opposed to the general view of ROI or acquisition costs on digital platforms.
James Adams – Managing Director, Akcela