Should I Go to an AI Event? How to Decide Which Events to Attend

Daniel Faggella

Daniel Faggella is Head of Research at Emerj. Called upon by the United Nations, World Bank, INTERPOL, and leading enterprises, Daniel is a globally sought-after expert on the competitive strategy implications of AI for business and government leaders.

Should I Go to an AI Event - How to Decide Which Events to Attend

Should I attend an artificial intelligence event or not?

What event should I go to?

Should I go to this event?

Should I go to that event?

We hear these questions a lot. I joke often that the money is being made in artificial intelligence today at events. The vendor companies can raise $50 million in venture funding, but it takes them a lot of time to generate $10 million in revenue.

That's not because these companies are bad companies or they're not run by very smart people. It's a testament to how nascent these technologies are and how many great barriers there are to bringing AI into the enterprise. There are a lot of hurdles to overcome, and so a lot of money is being made at events.

I've gone to probably too many AI events myself as a speaker, panelist, or just from being in the area, and I've talked to a great many executive teams who've probably been to, admittedly, too many AI events. Prioritizing which ones to go to is not as simple as, "Oh, go to this one. Do...

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