Accelerate AI by Protecting Your Crown Jewels

Exclusive invite: Accelerate AI by Protecting Your Crown Jewels at The Tower of London

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In this C-Suite panel conversation at the Kafka Summit, from HotTopics, in partnership with Confluent, C-suite technology leaders and Confluent thought leaders discuss today’s value of AI, the importance of data ownership and modernising your data estate, and why a common operating model and data streaming can hold the key to taking advantage of AI


Event Details:

Join HotTopics and Confluent as we discuss accelerating AI through data modernisation

  • Date: Monday, 18th March 2024
  • Time: 1.00 pm - 9.00 pm GMT
  • Venue: Tower of London


Georgina Owens
Georgina Owens, Chief Technology Officer, William Hill International: Georgina is respected as a technology leadership presenter, panel participant, producing podcasts and is often the subject of media interviews.
Andrew Sellers
Andrew Sellers, Head of Technology Strategy, Confluent: Andrew leads Confluent's Technology Strategy Group, supporting strategy development, competitive analysis, and thought leadership. He has previously brought several AI-enabled commercial offerings to market as a technology leader and a 2-time CTO. He is a co-inventor on over a hundred patents, dozens of which are related to the application of AI tools to problems in cybersecurity and risk management.  Andrew received his PhD in Computer Science from the University of Oxford, where his dissertation investigated the use of AI to automate web-scale data extraction.
Morgan Rees
Morgan Rees, VP | Head of Data and AI Advisory, Capgemini Invent: Morgan leads Capgemini’s Data & AI Consulting capability which covers strategy, innovation, and scaling of AI-enabled business insights. He has been using data, analytics and AI to generate business value across government, defence and complex regulated industries for 14 years.
Rich Corbridge
Rich Corbridge, Chief Digital and Information Officer, DWP Digital: Rich has responsibility for technology and data across the entire department including the management of all payment systems, benefits systems, and analysis of these daily. He has over 25 years’ experience leading major digital transformation projects in diverse CIO roles across the healthcare, research, and retail sectors including the NHS. In 2022, Rich was awarded BCS CIO of the Year and in 2023 Computer Weekly listed him as one of UK’s most influential tech leaders.
Doug Drinkwater
Doug Drinkwater, Director of Strategy, Editor, HotTopics: Business technology editor, publisher and strategist with more than a decade of experience in media. Doug has worked for a number of leading B2B and B2C technology publications.


  • 1.00 - Welcome lunch and networking
  • 2.00 - Welcome: Richard Timperlake, TVP, Confluent
  • 2.05 - Insights into The Forrester Wave: Streaming Data Platforms Mike Gualtieri, Vice President & Principal Analyst, Forrester Research
  • 2.30 - From Data Mess to Data Value: Jay Kreps, CEO, Confluent
  • 3.00 - Customer Panel Discussion Hosted by Erica Schultz, President, Field Operations, Confluent
  • 3.45 - Coffee Break
  • 4.05 - Accelerate AI by protecting your crown jewels
  • 4.35 - Interactive roundtables
  • 5.35 - Wrap up & networking drinks
  • 6.30 - Private viewing of The Crown Jewels
  • 7.00 - Private Dinner and networking

Who can attend?

CIOs, CTOs, VPs Data Architecture, IT directors and VPs of Data Engineering can attend this event.


The C-suites View: Accelerating AI through Data Modernisation

The introduction of ChatGPT, Bard and other Generative AI tools like Microsoft’s CoPilot has put AI firmly on the boardroom agenda.


CEOs are asking IT departments what AI can do for the business, CFOs are curious about efficiency gains, while CIOs, CTOs and Chief Data Officers are now charged with managing the rising expectations of colleagues while putting the governance guardrails around these fledgling technologies. Some organisations have even hired their first Chief AI Officers.


In the face of such hype, data ingestion and governance have become critical to harnessing value from AI systems. For many organisations, their data today remains locked and underutilised in siloed, legacy, heterogeneous operational data stores, resulting in a data mess scattered across a myriad of applications, systems and databases. 


Getting the data foundations right, which starts with a holistic, organisation-wide data strategy and moving towards an IT infrastructure that supports high-performance, low-latency, available data, mark an important first step to moving away from ‘garbage in, garbage out’ and towards turning AI into genuine, real-time business insights. After all, without trustworthy, up-to-date data, AI is useless.


Here's what you can expect:

  1. Engaging insights led by top technology executives and industry luminaries, focusing on the latest data streaming trends.
  2. Real-life stories of how to tackle modern data challenges.
  3. Networking: A private viewing of The Crown Jewels - a magnificent world-famous collection of the Royal Collection.
  4. VIP dinner: A VIP dinner in a cherished London landmark.
  5. A complimentary pass to Kafka Summit: Access to additional valuable content and networking opportunities over two days.

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Simply fill out the form below, and a member of our team will be in touch to confirm your place.


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