PwC Herald Talks - Business & Bots

Wed 09 May

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SKYCITY, Level 3, 72 Victoria St West, Auckland

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Running Time: 7:00am - 9:00am

Venue Location

SKYCITY, Level 3, 72 Victoria St West, Auckland

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PwC Herald Talks - Business & Bots
When machine intelligence and humans collaborate 


Following a sell-out first event in Auckland, we’re back on Wednesday 9th May with the next PwC Herald Talks – Business & Bots.

What impact could AI have on the future of your business? Josh Comrie, CEO and Co-founder of Ambit, will be joined by a panel of experts to discuss the social impacts of AI and how a collaborative approach between machine intelligence and humankind can improve business productivity and profit.

You’ll leave with the knowledge, insights and strategies to grow and diversify in the ever-changing landscape of New Zealand business.

Tickets include a stand-up networking breakfast, barista coffee and the opportunity to network with like-minded business professionals.

Event Format

7:00am Registration & stand-up networking breakfast with barista coffee
7:35am MC Welcome (Simon Dallow)
7:40am Keynote Speaker

8:00am Panel Discussion
8:30am Q&A
8:45am MC Wrap Up

9:00am End

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Keynote Speaker

Josh Comrie - CEO & Co-Founder, Ambit

Josh is an Entrepreneur, Investor and Company Director. He’s a founder and the CEO of Ambit: a NZ owned Artificial Intelligence Platform company. He’s invested in over 20 NZ hi-tech startups, so is behind some of NZ’s most successful technology exports. He acts as a director and adviser to several and Chair of one, however some simply want his money. Prior to his AI ventures, he has a background in human capital solutions, having founded and exited from 3 highly successful brands. 

Through his role as CEO, Josh advises organisations and individuals on how to extract the value from this nascent technology along with avoiding the pitfalls of new to market offerings. His perspective of AI is unique as he blends the human element, a business level view of technology and the future of work. 

Sitting at the global forefront of technology, Ambit has created a proprietary Smartbot platform. In what is a rapidly expanding and evolving market, Ambit has established a local leadership position and is moving into the global market. 

In his talk he will cover the history and state of AI, the current uses of the technology, why it’s likely to change the world and how you can get started. 


Dr Olivia J. Erdelyi – Lecturer, University of Canterbury Law School

Olivia is a lecturer at University of Canterbury, School of Law. Benefiting from a multidisciplinary background in artificial intelligence (AI), economics, law, and political science, she is primarily specialized in AI & law and has a keen interest in studying AI’s societal impacts. She has been participating in interdisciplinary research projects and publishing in leading AI venues on topics ranging from fundamental theoretic AI research with a predominantly computer scientific focus to more applied issues revolving around the nowadays increasingly central question of how society should deal with the emergence of ever more pervasive AI technologies. Prior to this role, she worked with several international law firms and European Institutions, such as the Court of Justice of the European Union and the European Commission, in the areas of corporate law and international financial regulation. As part of the worldwide efforts to revise financial stability frameworks in the aftermath of the latest global financial crisis, she contributed to European financial services and corporate group law policies. Using the insights from this regulatory policy experience, she now focuses on the daunting challenge of developing consistent international AI regulatory and governance policies in collaboration with various international stakeholders from academia, industry, and government.

Mike Burke – Director, Westpac Ventures

Mike Burke is a founding member of Westpac Ventures. The innovative and entrepreneurial business unit charged with pioneering what is next in banking focusing on horizon 2 and 3 opportunities. They are the team that pioneered the launch of Cloud, API’s and consumer facing AI among many others for banking in Australasia.

Mike was the business owner that produced ‘Wes’, Westpac NZ’s artificially intelligent personal financial assistant, launching in July as the first banking chatbot in Australasia and now partners with the squad to help achieve their strategy. He enjoys anything to do with eggs benedict, is learning lots about horse farming and is expecting his first child in September.

Asa Cox - CEO & Co-Founder, Intela AI

Asa is CEO and Co-Founder of Intela AI, a Wellington based machine learning product development and advisory firm. Managing a team of data scientists, Intela deliver solutions across data cleansing, machine vision analytics and natural language insights. Asa is the AI translator, his broad background in business and tech enables him to connect the needs of enterprise with the best data science solution. 

Background on PwC Herald Talks

PwC Herald Talks are a thought-provoking business networking series, now in its fourth year. We’ll continue to hit the road in 2018, with events in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch.

PwC Herald Talks is designed to give you the knowledge, insights and strategies to grow and diversify in the ever-changing landscape of New Zealand business.

These networking breakfast events discuss current and upcoming trends in business, the future of money, man and machine, transformational conscious leadership, millennials moving up and the next generation moving in, and the experience economy.

Join us and key thought leaders to connect, share knowledge, and think about how to grow your business and remain relevant.

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