Last month at techSPARK we welcomed Microsoft UK to Bristol for their South West pilot AI conference, Harnessing the Power of Artificial Intelligence. 

With 100 founders and technical leads of scaleups and startups in the room, we kicked off with a fascinating keynote from Director of Digital Strategy Richard Potter, covering the opportunities and uncertainties presented by an AI powered future, before moving into a more technical deepdive into the main building blocks of modern AI technologies.

The day highlighted some real life case studies on how scaleups can best use these technologies, not to replace humans and save costs, but in fact to empower individuals and increase revenues, with much more time for strategic thinking and product development. 

After a networking lunch, a workshop and lab session in the afternoon saw these cases implemented by the more technical of those in the room, led by trainers and speakers flown in from throughout Europe including Filip Gavota from Cloudborn, Ivan Markovic and Antonia Elek from Unitfly, Tomislav Tipuric from Nephos. 

If you missed this event but you’d like to know how you can scale and grow your business with Microsoft, including access to free technology and technical support to scale via Azure Marketplace, you can browse the upcoming webinars here.

Plus a couple of online programmes that may be worth checking out – for Startups and the ISV Success Programme.

This pilot event is hopefully the first of many events Microsoft will be running in the region. So if you missed out this time, sign up for the techSPARK Newsletter to hear about the next.

Shona Wright

Shona covers all things editorial at TechSPARK. She publishes news articles, interviews and features about our fantastic tech and digital ecosystem, working with startups and scaleups to spread the word about the cool things they're up to. She also oversees TechSPARK's social media, sharing the latest updates on everything from investment news to green tech meetups and inspirational stories.