MK Geek Night

#38 Sep 23 2021

18.30-23.00 (talks 19.30-22.00)

  • In-person event
  • Talks start 19:30
  • Drinks, food and chat

MKGN #38 will be held on Thursday September 23rd, 2021- doors open at 18.30 with our first speaker on stage around 19.30. Bar stays open until 22:30/23:00 so stick around for drinks and chat, there will be a tab!

We will be having a different layout within the Sky Room at MK Gallery which will take on the entire room, based around a more "cafe style" tables of 4, plus a reduced audience capacity of 80 people (normally 150).

Topics, speakers & schedule

Timings are approximate

Shiti Rastogi Manghani

Leaving 9-5 for an entrepreneurial life

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About Shiti

Shiti is an award-winning business leader with 14 years of experience across 11 countries and has managed multi-million-dollar projects to success in the US, UK, Europe and India.

Shiti strongly believes in harnessing the power of technology for social impact. In Nov 2019 she left her corporate job to start work full time on her own digital health startup BreatheHappy driven to put care before healthcare. Breathe Happy offers personalized solutions using AI for posture correction using computer vision and machine learning.

Shiti Rastogi Manghani
Co-Founder & CEO

Sam Cranwell

Balancing the mediocre against the magnificent

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When did digital designers stop taking risks? Did user experience and accessibility standards take away freedom and kill creativity?

Sam will be giving us a concise look at how 20 years of technological advancement have changed digital design. He will be reminding us that we can still delight and entertain audiences without going backwards for the sake of inclusivity.

About Sam

Sam is a designer of products both physical and digital and designed his first website in 1996. Since then he has been creating design that delights his customers and he tries his hardest to not be mediocre.

In 2018 Sam joined Oxford based digital agency Versantus as their Head of Design. He maintains a deep interest in user experience, animation and sketching (with a real pencil) whilst striving to make all of his design magnificent.

Sam Cranwell
Head of Design

Doug Clow

What actually is artificial intelligence?

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AI means more hype, more technology, more future - and more money! But what actually is it? In this talk, Doug will explain what people mean by artificial intelligence and machine learning, what sort of problems they can solve, and how they do it. We'll see a range of examples where they're being used, and look at how it goes well and how it goes wrong, from entertaining AI weirdness to serious algorithmic bias. You won't end up being able to implement techniques like Support Vector Machines or Generative Adversarial Networks (unless you already could) but you should end up with a better idea of what the people who can are up to.

About Doug

Doug is a data scientist, researcher, and digital project leader, with expertise in a wide range of subject areas. After 20 years as an academic at the Open University, he now works as a freelance consultant. His earliest attempts at AI were on a ZX Spectrum 48K (RIP Sir Clive Sinclair). It would be fair to say that his later work in the field has been more successful in technical terms and of more practical benefit to his clients.

Doug Clow
Data Science Consultant
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