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 - 6.30 pm GMT
  • Venue: Tower of London


Georgina Owens
Georgina Ownes, 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.
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 - 2.00 pm - Welcome lunch and networking
  • 2.00 - 2.30 pm - Welcome and introductions: Jay Kreps, CEO, Confluent
  • 2.30 - 2.50 pm - Insights into data streaming: Panel Discussion
  • 3.30 - 3.50 pm - Networking
  • 3.50 - 4.30 pm - Accelerate AI by protecting your crown jewels
  • 4.30 - 5.30 pm - Interactive roundtables
  • 5.30 - 6.00 pm - Wrap up & break
  • 6.00 - 6.30 pm - Private viewing of The Crown Jewels
  • 6.30 - 9.30 pm - 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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