Chris Cooper Talks About AI and TechSolent

This conversation began by discussing disruption in the tech industry with his company KnowNow, and then quickly leaped to AI and #TechSolent which is focusing on making the Solent the home of AI as described by Dame Wendy Hall.

AI and #TechSolent discussion starts at about 17 mins in.

About KnowNow

KnowNow has an award-winning track record of creating new products across diverse business areas, such as:

Flood Event Model – Open Data competition winner – proved it was possible to predict flood events with improved probability.

Consentua – consent management solution – loved by the industry as it is easy, lightweight and saves time, cash & reduces risk.

Our third is Entelligently – comfort management for smart buildings – proven cost reduction and improved wellbeing

They aim to fix the gap in the business support service to innovators currently available in the region. KnowNow is asking this question ask: “Why is it you can access: finance, legal, HR, marketing support? But what about the tech advice?”

Dame Wendy Hall and TechSolent

Dame Wendy Hall, DBE, FRS, FREng is Regius Professor of Computer Science, Pro Vice-Chancellor (International Engagement), and is the Executive Director of the Web Science Institute at the University of Southampton.

According to the Solent University website, Dame Wendy was co-Chair of the UK government’s AI Review, which was published in October 2017, and has recently been announced by the UK government as the first Skills Champion for AI in the UK.

With Sir Tim Berners-Lee and Sir Nigel Shadbolt she co-founded the Web Science Research Initiative in 2006 and is the Managing Director of the Web Science Trust, which has a global mission to support the development of research, education and thought leadership in Web Science.

At the launch of TechSolent, Dame Wendy said:

“This area is becoming a hub of innovation, largely encouraged by the growth of the port and associated maritime industries, along with so many other exciting diverse companies including some brilliant tech start-up businesses. I am on a journey to make Southampton a city of AI. The time is right for the city; it’s a city thriving and buzzing with tech talent”

The free to TechSolent attend events are hosted by Coffin Mew Solicitors, Aptum, Solent University & Southampton City Council and the next dates can be found here.

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