The State of AI / Artificial Intelligence – Networking and Panel Discussion with Experts


General Assembly Boston

125 Summer Street, Boston, MA 02110

Boston, MA, US, 02110

Today, tech startups and corporate giants alike are experimenting with artificial intelligence. We know it’s coming, but where are we in the advent of AI and how soon will it weave into our daily lives—or has it already?

Overview:​ From applications in AI across industries to major ethical debates, the panel will discuss the state of artificial intelligence and how it’s evolved.

What You’ll Take Away: Attendees will learn about major trends in artificial intelligence and take away key use cases to look out for in the coming years.

Why It Matters: Your job–and all aspects of your life– will be impacted greatly by artificial intelligence in the very near future. Learn how to harness the power of AI to make it work to your benefit.

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About the Presenters:

Eric Andersen - CTO & Cloud Leader for the State Street Integrated Account, IBM

Eric Andersen – CTO & Cloud Leader in Financial Services, IBM

Eric Andersen is an Executive IT Architect focused on digital transformation through the design and implementation of complex enterprise cloud and cognitive solutions. He has over 19 years’ experience architecting and delivering solutions for IBM’s clients. In the role of chief architect, he has defined innovative cloud and cognitive solutions across retail, transportation, banking and wealth management, insurance, pharmaceutical, electronics, oil and gas, and public sector. He is widely recognized as a thought leader in cognitive solutions with IBM Watson, and has led architecture and development teams for applications such as virtual agents and chatbots, agent assist, guided conversation, and search and discovery applications based on structured and unstructured data. His architecture expertise also includes integration architecture and service-oriented architecture (SOA), workforce management and enterprise search systems, complex upgrade and migration planning, GIS systems, transportation routing optimization, and financial trading platforms. Eric is known for his innovative customer solutions, and has twice been the recipient of IBM’s Outstanding Technical Achievement Award. He is an IBM Certified IT Architect as well as an Open Group Master Certified Architect. Follow @eric_andersen  @IBM @IBM_iX @IBMWatson

Brian Peltonen - Director of Data Analytics, Fidelity Investments

Brian Peltonen – Director of Data Analytics, Fidelity Investments

Brian Peltonen is the Director of Data Analytics at Fidelity Management & Research Company (FMR Co.). His team is responsible for identifying alternative data sets and using AI to derive investment insights for Fidelity’s equity division. Prior to his current role, Brian worked in fundamental equity research as a member of the energy sector team. Before Fidelity, Brian worked as a programmer in the video game industry and as a consultant building agent-based models and implementing genetic algorithms for corporate and governmental clients. Follow @Fidelity

Navid Alipour- Co-Founder and Managing Partner, Analytics Ventures

Navid Alipour – Co-Founder and Managing Partner, Analytics Ventures

Navid co-founded Analytics Ventures, a global venture studio providing end to end infrastructure to ideate, plan, form, launch, fund and validate brand new ventures in Artificial Intelligence. Navid has co-founded and invested in multiple AI based companies including CureMetrix and CureMatch. He looks to identify top tier scientists, academics or corporate partners, and then to work with them to turn their R&D into viable businesses. Navid serves on the board of Tech San Diego, helping develop San Diego’s now thriving eco-system. He also serves on the boards of CureMetrix, AV Lab, Kazuhm, AlphaTrAI & AdTheos. He has been a panelist, judge, speaker or moderator at forums such as UCSD, USD, SDSU, CyberHive, HeraHub, MIT Forum, RSNA, U.S. News STEM Conference, and CONNECT. Navid holds a BA from UC San Diego, and a JD/MBA from the University of San Diego. Follow @NavidAlipour @AnalyticsTown

Bill Rogers, co-founder and CEO, Orbita, Inc.

Bill Rogers, co-founder and CEO, Orbita, Inc.

Bill’s unique combination of deep, hands-on technology expertise and broad-based business strategy acumen allows him to take a unique, holistic approach to creating and managing software companies. He co-founded Orbita to help organizations leverage voice as the next digital frontier. Orbita offers the only enterprise-grade conversational platform for powering HIPAA-compliant voice and chatbot applications in healthcare. Organizations use Orbita Voice™ to design, build, and deploy virtual assistants that improve user experience and engagement across clinical, consumer, and business applications including care management, clinical trials, member wellness, customer service and more. Rogers previously founded Ektron, a provider of Web content and digital management platforms used to create and manage unique, personalized digital experiences. The company was acquired in 2014 and merged with Episerver which recently sold for $1.1B. Rogers also co-founded one of healthcare’s first telemedicine companies. Follow @Orbita_Inc @BillARogers

Chris Requena

Chris Requena (moderator) – Lead OrganizerBoston New Technology and Chief Partnerships Officer, Cape Ann Development

Chris is an app/software innovator, business grower, community builder and people connector. Since 2011, Chris has led the tech and startup group, Boston New Technology, growing it into one of the largest in the world. BNT startups get extensive publicity and support from the community at monthly events and via BNT’s network. Chris also co-founded hubEngage, a platform for employee communication and engagement. Chris is also Chief Partnerships Officer at Cape Ann Development Partners, which offers enterprise-class software, app and web development services. Chris greatly enjoys collaborating with clients and users to design and build innovative solutions that solve problems. Follow @CERequena

Event Partners:

General Assembly

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Enterprise-class software, app and web development for startups! We offer the best value for early-stage companies who are not ready to hire full-time technical staff.

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Kazuhm - Maximize Your IT Resources

Kazuhm is a next-generation workload optimization platform that empowers companies to maximize all compute resources, from desktop to server, to cloud. Kazuhm securely and efficiently recaptures unused processing power to boost productivity and minimize unnecessary IT investment.

In efforts to build a community of like-minded individuals, Kazuhm launched the Get Your Head Out of the Cloud (GYHOTC) movement. Become a Cloud Buster and bring a more-balanced approach to cloud computing to your community. See what’s in it for you! Contact: info “at”  / Follow @Kazuhm_Co

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6:00 pm: Networking with pizza and salad served

6:45 pm: Welcome & Introductions

6:55 pm: State of AI Panel Discussion

7:40 pm: Q&A

8:00 pm: More Networking

Directions & Public Transportation:

General Assembly is 2 blocks from the MBTA Red line South Station at 125 Summer St, Boston, MA (at intersection with High St – map here). Show ID at the security desk and come to the 13th floor.


There are parking meters along Atlantic Ave and other area streets, but we recommend parking at the Garage at Post Office Square ($9 after 4 pm) or LAZ Parking’s 100 High St Garage ($11 after 5:30).

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