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Austin AI Exposed

February 24 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Austin AI Exposed

Austin innovators reveal the future of artificial intelligence.

How much do you really know about artificial intelligence companies in Austin and the problems they are solving?

Artificial intelligence is a rapidly growing trend in technology that’s pushing standards across industries and beckoning the future forward faster than ever. The future of artificial intelligence is now, and it’s being developed right here in Austin.

Join us for an exclusive and insightful peek into the future of machine learning and AI in Austin. Hosted by Galvanize, the learning community for technology, this event will feature a series of lightning talks by the innovators and owners of Austin’s own artificial intelligence companies.



6:30 pm – Arrive, grab drinks, snacks and settle in

6:50 pm – Introductions

7:00 pm – Lightning talks begin

7:50 pm – Q&A

8:10 pm – Happy hour and networking



Ben Brown, CEO of Howdy.ai

Ben Brown from Howdy.ai created Botkit, the most popular open-source botmaking toolkit in use today. With over 100,000 downloads by developers in 2016, Botkit will continue to play an important role in the production of bot software this year. Ben will talk about Botkit’s growth, and where he sees opportunities for developers looking to break this exciting space.


Jason Baldridge, Co-Founder and Chief Scientist at People Pattern

People Pattern provides audience intelligence for major brands and agencies by applying machine learning and natural language processing to create rich profiles about individuals based on their publicly available social data. Jason will briefly cover their approach to features and modeling, including how they apply semi-supervised techniques like label propagation.


Usman Shuja, VP of Business Development at SparkCognition

Usman Shuja is Vice President of Business Development at SparkCognition, a cognitive analytics startup that is applying Artificial Intelligence to solve cyber-physical security challenges. In this role, he is responsible for developing new markets for Cognitive and AI technologies, including IBM Watson-powered applications.


Harlan Beverly, CEO of Free Beer AI

Talk Title: “Making an Actually Useful AI Company & AI Societal Impact”

Three-time Founder/CEO Harlan Beverly, CEO of FreeBeer.AI, will discuss the process of ideation, customer development, and AI development iterations for creating an “Actually Useful” AI company. Harlan will also discuss his startup FreeBeer.AI in context of AI’s potential impacts on society.

Harlan is the CEO of Free Beer AI, Inc, a consumer artificial intelligence startup in Austin, Texas. Harlan also teaches entrepreneurship at UT Austin where he is a lecturer and assistant director of Texas Venture Labs. Harlan has previously founded and sold two consumer startups (B2C): Bigfoot Networks, Inc. and Karmaback, Inc., and was CEO and sold Key Ingredient, Inc, a consumer website business. Harlan holds more than 20 patents, and is still an active developer as well as business creator.  He received his B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Ohio Northern University and M.B.A. from The University of Texas at Austin, and his Ph.D. in Business from Oklahoma State.


Andrei Faji, Head of Customer Experience at WayBlazer

While the internet is a treasure trove of information for travelers, travel brands have trouble keeping up with, making sense of, and intelligently utilizing online data produced every day. We’re using artificial intelligence to help travel brands mine through this unstructured data in order to provide a personalized discovery and planning experience for travelers.

Wanderlust is in our DNA. WayBlazer exists to enable people to search less and travel more.



February 24
6:30 pm - 9:00 pm


Galvanize Austin
118 Nueces St
Austin, TX 78701 United States


Galvanize Austin