More than 60 guests packed the bleachers at MOW Ruoholahti on Thursday, September 6th, at the BilotGo.ai event. The morning seminar included viewpoints on artificial intelligence and machine learning, and featured three guest speakers as well as the BilotGo.ai hackathon teams.
After some opening words from Bilot CEO Mika Tanner, the lead of the newly-founded AI Accelerator, Alexander Törnroth, kicked off the event with a look at what AI is and what it isn’t, touching on common misconceptions about the forms and capability of artificial intelligence. “Don’t believe the hype: You’re not too late. Believe the hype: Act. Now,” Törnroth encouraged participants.
Following Alex, Finland’s Minister for Economic Affairs Mika Lintilä took the stage to talk about Finland’s national AI strategy. “I’ve been travelling a hell of a lot lately and the number one topic of conversation everywhere is artificial intelligence”, said Lintilä, calling upon Finnish companies to embrace new technologies and use them to their advantage.
After the first two guest speakers, the stage was set for the BilotGo.ai teams to present the results of the reverse hackathon. Teams Kone, Reima, Altia and Raisioagro showcased their business cases and answered questions from the audience. The cases in the hackathon varied from offering prediction in elevator sales to creating a “predictive maintenance” system for dairy cows, showing that artificial intelligence and machine learning have their place in a wide range of industries.
To round off the event, Maria Ritola, founder and CMO of iris.ai, took the conversation beyond blockchains and sketched a picture of what artificial intelligence will look like and behave like in the future.
Thanks to all the guest speakers, the hackathon teams, and our active audience for a great event!