Following its stops in London and New York, the Everyday AI conference by Dataiku landed in Bengaluru on July 12, 2022. Over 400 data leaders and practitioners came together in person for the event, with an additional 850 tuning in via live stream (more on that later). Participants were given the opportunity to create new connections, take part in engaging sessions, and shine a spotlight on the Everyday AI revolution emerging in India.
If you missed the event, don’t worry — we share our key takeaways from the conference below!
1. Arrival of the Everyday AI Conference in APJ
Our customer panel discussion featuring speakers from Dataiku, Alstom, Suez WTS, Morgan Stanley, and JK Lakshmi Cement
First things first: Everyday AI Bengaluru was a landmark moment for Dataiku. Not only was it our first conference held in India, but it was our first in the Asia-Pacific and Japan region overall.
India plays a leading role in the global AI ecosystem and is central to Dataiku’s growth and our customer’s ability to scale."- Ulysses David, Dataiku Global VP International Strategy & GM, India.
The arrival of the conference in India also coincides with an increase in dedicated Dataiku users in the region. Our India User Group on the Dataiku Community is flourishing, now counting three leads among its ranks: Aditya Sharma in Bengaluru, Anusha C. in Chennai, and Shubham Jamwal in New Delhi. Under the program, they lead both offline and online events for fellow users in their respective cities, with newly-appointed lead Aditya Sharma even participating in Everyday AI Bengaluru to connect with both prospective and existing users in the region.
“I attended the event just after beginning my journey as a Dataiku User Group Lead, and what better place could it be to meet community folks and understand their expectations from the user groups,” says Aditya of his experience at the conference. “This has immensely helped me to shape our vision for a new, creative approach to building our community, bringing in more inclusivity and a different style of knowledge sharing.”
2. Providing an Online Experience
We know it’s not always easy or possible to attend events in person, which is why at Everyday AI Bengaluru, we decided to offer an opportunity for participants to connect virtually. The live stream of the conference — open to registrants as well as the wider public via LinkedIn Live — allowed those who couldn’t be there in the flesh to hear from speakers in real-time and get a feel for the event.
Vimal Venkatram, Managing Director - India at Snowflake, discussed their partnership with Dataiku and how you can mobilize your data with Snowflake
In addition to letting participants take part in our morning sessions, they were also free to build their own agenda by picking from one of our two afternoon tracks. This was complemented by a few exciting extras and fun surprises, which leads us to our next section…
3. Facilitating Networking — Online and Offline
We know a lot of people are suffering from video conference fatigue these days, which is why we livened up the Everyday AI Bengaluru live stream with a number of interactive elements to help keep participants engaged. Post-sessions we hosted a fun, interactive quiz for our online attendees with the opportunity to win prizes, followed by breakout rooms in which participants could network and discuss hot topics including self-service analytics, MLOps, and Responsible AI.
One of the key highlights of the online component was undoubtedly the Dataiku Escape Room. For the game’s public unveiling, our group of virtual participants worked together to solve puzzles and escape the Dataiku flow before the timer ran out.
The Dataiku Escape Room was a hit with online participants, who found it fun and immersive
There was no shortage of engaging entertainment for our offline participants, either. Upon registration, attendees received a bingo sheet with questions to help spark discussions with other participants. The responses derived from these conversations could be used to fill out the sheet, which they could later hand in for a special gift.
Another popular addition was our photo booth, where participants used Dataiku-themed props to take photos as a memento of the event.
Testing out the photo booth at Everyday AI Bengaluru
Last but not certainly not least, we had a number of booths. At these booths participants mingled with Dataikers, discovering all that Dataiku offers, from accelerating your day-to-day work to empowering users through different Community initiatives and resources.
Dataiku demo in action at our Accelerate booth
4. A Wide Selection of Sessions and Tracks
The day was filled with a wide variety of sessions hosted by AI leaders and experts across industries, with our speakers sharing insight into topics including scaling AI, MLOps, tapping into unstructured data, and more.
A session that many hailed as a highlight of the event was that of Usha Rengaraju, Chief of Research at Exa Protocol. In her talk, she explored how AI and data science can be applied to help solve problems facing the autistic community, from advancing diagnosis to helping autistic people lead more independent lives.
I am thankful for the opportunity to present a session on the topic of “AI for Autism” and it's heartening to see a lot of them reach out to me post the session showing support for the cause and expressing their willingness to collaborate and contribute to the project.” - Usha Rengaruju, Chief of Research, Exa Protocol
In the afternoon, we featured two dedicated tracks that dove deeper into Dataiku, with our “AI in Action” track giving participants the opportunity to learn from real-world use cases, and our “Dataiku Unveiled” track focusing on the latest Dataiku features and products — including the recently unveiled Dataiku 11!
5. Closing Set From Our Resident DJ
While conferences aren’t all about the afterparties, we’d be remiss not to mention the one at Everyday AI Bengaluru. Participants were treated to the musical stylings of our very own John Jordan, VP of Global Customer Operations and Advocacy at Dataiku, who did a DJ set to wrap up the event. A memorable end to a memorable day!
“DJ JJ” shows off his hidden talent to Everyday AI Bengaluru attendees