Customer surveys and focus groups are the typical tools for understanding customer needs, but they don't accurately reflect the customer experience. ODAIA Co-Founder & Chief Growth Officer Helen Kontozopoulos explains how artificial intelligence can help businesses better assess how customers interact with their brand and improve customer experiences as a result.
Host: Michael Bancroft, Globalive Media
Supported by BDC Capital's Women in Technology Venture Fund.
About Globalive Media:
Globalive Media is co-founded by venture capitalist and entrepreneur Anthony Lacavera and media executive and journalist Michael Bancroft. We are a premiere curator and producer of multimedia content focused on business, innovation and technology. Globalive Media produces the globally-broadcast television series Beyond Innovation, which delves into the most exciting technological innovations coming to market that can transform our world for the better.
About BDC Capital:
BDC Capital is the investment arm of BDC- Canada’s only bank devoted exclusively to entrepreneurs. With $3 billion under management, BDC Capital serves as a strategic partner to the country’s most innovative firms. It offers a full spectrum of risk capital, from seed investments to transition capital, supporting Canadian entrepreneurs who wish to scale their businesses into global champions. Visit bdc.ca/capital.
ODAIA is a pioneer in combining process mining, customer journey mapping and AI to deliver sales and marketing insights and process automation tools to enterprise companies globally. ODAIA is headquartered in Toronto, Canada with offices in Switzerland.
The aim is to provide a space for women and allies in the AI community to get together in a relaxed, social environment
About this Event
UPDATE MARCH 12TH: in order to ensure our community's safety, we have moved this event to be online. Join through the Zoom meeting
We’d like to facilitate networking and authentic conversations through a series of lightning talks. The topics can be: career journeys, interesting technical topics, research problems that the speaker is working / has worked on, and so on.
For this Women in AI Social, the aim is to provide a space for women-identified folks and allies in the AI community to get together in a relaxed, social environment, and learn from each other’s journeys. People of all genders are welcome to attend this event, but should respect that the event centers on women’s voices and stories.
6:30 - 6:45 welcoming remarks
6:45 - 7:30 lightning talks
7:30 - 8: breakouts with invited guests
8 - 8:15: closing remarks
Monday, March 9, 2020
In recognition of International Women’s Day on March 9, 2020, the Faculty of Applied Sciences and Technology at Humber College in Toronto hosted “Women in Leadership: Creating a Vision for an Automated World”.
I had to do the talk from home, because I was self isolating, here is the event breakdown:
The event was coordinated by Professor Maryam Davoudpour, Chair IEEE Women in Engineering Toronto Section, and Adriana Ieraci, CEO and Founder of Conveyor Built, Founder of the GYBO Robotics Network and Adjunct Lecturer at the University of Toronto.
Guests from the engineering community heard from an impressive list of women leaders:
Sharing their fearless stories about overcoming obstacles in their careers were discussed by:
The Faculty of Applied Sciences and Technology thanks these women for making a difference and being great role models for women!
When: February 20, 2020 6:00pm to 10:00pm
Where: The Everleigh, 580 King St. West
Panelists include: Elias Demangos, President of Fortigo Freight Services, Helen Kontozopoulos, Co-Founder, ODAIA.ai, Dr. Catherine Kreatsoulas, MSc., PhD., Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health, Matty Tsoumaris, Partner, Honeycomb Hospitality Group Inc.
Moderator: Gina Alexandris, Senior Director, Law Practice Program, Ryerson University.
This is has started out to be an amazing year, I am really excited to be joining the start-up program in Silicon Valley this year!
The Canadian Consulate in Palo Alto has partnered with BDC Capital’s Women in Technology Venture Fund to host the 2020 Women in Tech Silicon Valley Program. The program runs from February 25-27, 2020 and is tailor-made to help promising Canadian women-led companies accelerate their growth.
“Congratulations to the 12 Canadian women-led tech companies that are turning innovative ideas into thriving businesses,” said the Honourable Mary Ng, Minister of Small Business, Export Promotion and International Trade. “Our government wants to help support more success stories like these ones, which is why we created Canada’s first-ever Women Entrepreneurship Strategy. Through this strategy, we create national networks of support and mentorship and invest in financing opportunities, just like BDC Capital’s Women in Technology Venture Fund.”
The 12 tech companies selected are women-led with proven business traction in their industry:
“For tech companies with global ambitions, Silicon Valley is a fantastic location to make connections and seize market opportunities,” said Rana Sarkar, Consul General of Canada in San Francisco. “Our goal is to bring women-led companies to San Francisco and Silicon Valley for an intensive three-day program that helps propel their growth and expand their network.”
The agenda for the three-day intense in-market program is designed to support the needs of the 12 companies selected. The companies will receive direct introductions and one-on-one meetings with, potential investors and strategic partners, participate in forums with local peers to share best practices, receive advice from local experts, and benefit from other networking opportunities.
“Our mandate is to support and grow great women tech leaders,” said Michelle Scarborough, Managing Partner, Strategic Investments and Women in Technology Venture Fund, BDC Capital. “What we have heard repeatedly from our portfolio and the ecosystem is they need help making strategic connections outside of Canada, so we are glad to be working with the Canadian Government to help propel the growth of women-led tech companies and to inspire more women to play strong leadership roles in tech.”
BDC has made it a priority to support the growth and success of women entrepreneurs at every stage of their business, through access to financing and capital, advice and resources. The $200 million Women in Technology Venture Fund is dedicated to investing in women-ledtechnology companies and is helping to build a robust ecosystem to support women in tech and in investment roles today and in the future. Find out more at bdc.ca/womenintech.
About the Trade Commissioner Service As part of Global Affairs Canada, the Canadian Trade Commissioner Service (TCS) helps Canadian companies and organizations succeed globally. With trade offices across Canada and in 161 offices around the world, the TCS can provide Canadian businesses with on-the-groundintelligence, qualified contacts, partnership opportunities, and practical advice on foreign markets to help them make better, more timely and cost-effective decisions in order to achieve their goals abroad.
About BDC CapitalBDC Capital is the investment arm of BDC—Canada’s only bank devoted exclusively to entrepreneurs. With $3 billion under management, BDC Capital serves as a strategic partner to the country’s most innovative firms. It offers a full spectrum of risk capital, from seed investments to transition capital, supporting Canadian entrepreneurs who wish to scale their businesses into global champions. Visit bdc.ca/capital.
#startups #womenwholead #womenfounders #sfo #Canada #ODAIA #HelenKontozopoulos #AINorth
Our team joined The Upside Foundation of Canada in the fall, to support for Dixon Hall by packing 500 hygiene kits. We also took part of a video!
We are joined by Wattpad, Nudge.ai, TribalScale, Zoom.ai xocial.com, Willful, SpaceiShare Inc., and us! ODAIA who contributed to the video!
Upside Foundation is helping scaling Canadian startup founders make a difference in the world by giving back to the charities of their choice through donating equity instead of cash. Check out this Forward video to hear directly from some of the amazing founders who having pre-committed equity in their businesses.
#TheUpsideFoundation #ODAIA #PhilipPoulidis #HelenKontozopoulos #GivingBack #Canada
Panel: Creative Ways to Collect & Use Data for AI Helen Ngo, ML Engineer, Dessa
Sarah Sun, Chief Data Strategist, GoldSpot Discoveries
Helen Kontozopoulos, Co-Founder, ODAIA.AI
Moderator: Rogayeh Tabrizi, CEO, Theory & Practice
Date: November 22, 2019
Location: The Carlu, Toronto, Canada
#AI #ArtificialIntelligence #ProductDevelopment #AIsaas #Toronto #Canada #WomeninTech #TMLS2019 #HelenKontozopoulos
Ensuring Diversity & Inclusion in Artificial Intelligence
Date: November 14, 2019
Time: 6 - 9pm
Location: Element AI, Toronto, Canada
Host: AI4Good, Element AI, Real Ventures
About the panel:
“Ensuring Diversity and Inclusion in AI” is an opportunity to learn about the need for diversity throughout the technology sector, with a focus on the effects of a lack of representation in advanced technology sector such as AI.
The event will feature a panel of founders and research leaders who are working towards bringing representation to the technology that shapes are lives. Discussion will center around the effects of the current status quo, how to change the face of technology, and what can be done to overcome the biases already in the system.
The event will be hosted at Element AI and will provide time to network with those driven towards inciting change throughout the technology sector.
Anna Klimbovskaia is the COO & co-founder of Diversio, a technology company that leverages data to analyze, improve, and track diversity and inclusion in the workplace. She was formerly Director of Research for the Office of the CEO at the Royal Bank of Canada, where she led RBC’s thought leadership on the Future of Work and developed RBCUpSkill, a digital tool helping Canadians build resiliency in an age of AI and workplace automation. Anna is an Advisor for the Pan-Canadian K-12 Computer Science Education Framework, a joint initiative between Canada Learning Code, Amazon and the Government of Canada.
Helen Kontozopoulos is the co-founder of ODAIA.ai a consumer journey predictive analytics platform created out of The University of Toronto in 2018. She is an Adjunct Professor at the UofT, where she teaches product development, design, and entrepreneurship. She also co-founded an innovation lab out of the Department of Computer Science, where she helped students use AI and emerging technology to create commercial ready products.
Lara O'Donnell is the Director of Research at Element AI, a Canadian AI software and solutions provider that has deep roots in conducting fundamental and applied research. At Element AI, Lara focuses on building relationships with academic and research organizations that share common research interests and values and turning these relationships into tangible activities. Prior to this, Lara was a Senior Director of Research at CIFAR, an organization dedicated to tackling questions of global importance such as diversity and inclusion, through the creation of global, interdisciplinary teams of the world's top scholars.
Kishawna Peck is the Founder of Toronto Women in Data Science, an organization that holds an annual conference and events that demonstrate the broad applications of data science across different industries and sheds light on the career journeys of women in data science. Everyone is invited to participate in the conference, which features exclusively female speakers. She is also an analytics professional currently working as a Manager of Financial Data Analytics at HomeStars. She is an advocate for diversity and inclusion in technology and for building diverse talent pipelines for data science and other advanced technology fields.
#AI #Speaker #Diversity #ArtificialIntelligence #ElementAI #ODAIAai #Toronto #Canada #AIinEthics #Ethics #HelenKontozopoulos
AI Stream at Elevate 2019
Conversations about artificial intelligence are often focused on future promise – the world that AI will build. But what does AI mean in 2019?
Date & Time:
Wed, Sept 25, 10:00AM-4:00PM
Location: MaRS Centre, Toronto, Canada
Elevate AI will investigate the commercialization and practical application of artificial intelligence, machine learning, and deep learning right now. At Elevate AI, academics, startup founders, and corporate leaders will discuss the AI-powered products that are being built, shipped, and sold today.
Guests should expect sessions where today’s AI leaders show their work and speak openly about the ethical and practical challenges they face in their industry.
Event link: https://elevate.ca/events/ai/
U of T researchers, entrepreneurs to showcase work at Elevate 2019 tech festival
#Elevate2019 #ArtificialIntelligence #AI #MADMEN #MATHMEN #Marketing #Sales #Speaker #Toronto #Canada #Elevate
September 27, 2019
I'm the Co-Founder at ODAIA.ai & an Adjunct Professor, at the Department of Computer Science, University of Toronto, Canada