The Festival of All Things AI, Blockchain and Emerging Technologies

June 11 – 12 · Tobacco Dock, London

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“The accelerator pedal is foot to the floor, but it’s not clear who’s got their hands on the wheel or in fact where we’re all going. CogX is bringing together incredible thought leaders from around the world to exchange views on the impact of AI across 18 industries and domains with an innovative format of keynotes, panels and breakout sessions. Each session will update us on the current status, identify the challenges and propose initiatives which will move the conversation forward”

Charlie Muirhead, Founder & CEO of CognitionX

Moving the conversation forward

CogX 2018 will bring together 4,000 attendees and 300 speakers across 5 main stages, more than doubling the size of the acclaimed inaugural 2017 event.

The event will feature an expanded agenda discussing not only The Impact of AI on Industry, Government and Society, but also the pressing question for executives of How To Get From Lab to Live and at the same time deploy AI responsibly and ethically.

CogX will explore how AI Intersects With Emerging Technologies including Blockchain, IoT and 5G telecoms, VR and AR, as well as the future of transportation, health and education.

The winners of the CogX 2018 Annual Awards will be revealed on Monday 11 June, recognising the best products and technology across all key industries and technological domains.

Venue Map


At CogX 2018 we’re proud to announce that we will be running seven separate stages, each with their own theme and agenda over two days, creating over 112 hours of programming (not including workshops or breakouts).

View the full two-day agenda

The Stages



How will AI impact the economy, financial services, healthcare and major industries globally?

What is the future of work?

How will we ensure the benefits are for the many, not just the few?

What is the latest thinking and where are we in modelling scenarios and proving out?



New, novel approaches to AI are being developed at an unprecedented pace.

This stage will be run by the engineers and researchers pushing the boundaries of AI as they present their bleeding edge research and findings.



AI is forcing us to think harder and more precisely about ethics than ever before. This dedicated stage will dig into the ethical considerations that must be addressed if we are to have a responsible transition to being an AI-driven society.

e.g How can we guard against mistakes and how do we protect against unintended consequences?



AI technology continues to be more widely adopted each year. This stage is dedicated to showcasing real case studies of AI being deployed at scale.

How to identify the problem and match it with and AI solution?

Do you build in-house or buy technology off the shelf?

How long did it take to get from concept to deployment?

What was the ROI?

What are the common potholes to avoid?



Decentralised technologies have seen a huge wave of interest and controversy.

This stage is dedicated to penetrating the hype bubble and exploring the opportunities at the intersection of AI and decentralised technologies.

Leading engineers and entrepreneurs in this space will talk about the technologies that have real-world applications, from the safe storage of personal data to high-speed, low-cost payments.



In partnership with The Alan Turing Institute, the national institute for data science and AI this stage will showcase the art of the possible, and advocate interdisciplinary research.

Please submit papers here

This stage will demonstrate the application of data science and AI to real-world problems. Core themes range from data-centric engineering, high-performance computing and cyber-security to smart cities, health, the economy and ethics.



The CogX 2018 Lightning Stage is a showcase of technologies and strategies from across the world.

Discover the most inspiring large companies, startups and scale-ups as they pitch their ideas, tools and technologies that will change the world.

Each Lightning Pitch will give you a glimpse into AI and technology applications that will drive the market forward in 2018 and beyond.


Impact of AI

AI is changing everything all industries and all sectors, government and society, join us to discuss.

Deployment is Mission Critical

AI no longer a buzz word, deploying AI is now critical to every business, government and society as a whole.

Celebrate Innovation

A positive, optimistic look at the new technology that will transform industries.

Global View

Speakers and delegates from all over the world both to listen to and learn from but also to share the thinking from the UK.

Diversity or Die

Every effort will be made to include people and the topics that explore diversity and the need for diversity in AI.

Emerging Technology

Disruptive technology is getting even more so – come and discuss the intersection of AI with Blockchain, IoT, AR, VR and more.

Seriously Entertaining

Enjoy yourself while you explore the festival, leave us both having learnt something and smiling.


  • Keynotes
  • Panels and Fireside chats
  • Head-to-head debating
  • Hosted Breakfasts
  • Matchmaking Lunches
  • 50 Winners
  • 150 Nominees
  • Awards Gala Dinner
  • ‘How to’ workshops
  • Roundtable sessions to dig into topics
  • Tech demos, drone racing and autonomous vehicles
  • Startup Village and Lightning Pitch Stage
  • 45 Market-leading Vendors
  • All main sessions streamed online
  • Live Studio Sessions
  • Thought Leader Interviews

Executive VIP

The ultimate CogX 2018 experience. Unprecedented access to the full conference and trade expo.
Executive VIP Two Day Conference & Expo Pass


June 11 – 12, 2018

Full Conference & Expo Tickets

Experience all of CogX 2018. Access to all seven stages including keynotes, panels, fireside chats, and head-to-head debating. Attend breakouts and themed workshops across All Things AI. Walk the Startup Village and listen in on the Lightning Pitch Stage, and more…


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Expo-Only Tickets

See and hear from bleeding-edge tech startups and innovators at the Startup Village. Walk the halls of blockchain and emerging technology vendors. Explore the 16,000 sqm Tobacco Docks and discover the latest and greatest in All Things AI around every corner.


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Academia Tickets

Discounted tickets available to students studying in fields relevant to Artificial Intelligence or Machine Learning.
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Public Sector Tickets

Available to those individuals working in the public sector.
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Awards Gala Dinner

Winners will be announced at our Awards Gala Dinner on Monday, June 11th. It’ll be a night to remember with 50 winners hand picked by our panel of judges from hundreds of entries.
Awards Gala Dinner


June 11, 2018

Volunteer Tickets

Meet interesting people, learn a lot of new things and get a chance to be part of the CogX volunteer community. From chaperoning VIPs to being smiley, happy human signage to registration and badge checking, there will be many opportunities to help make CogX 2018 an incredible experience for all.
Volunteer Two Day Conference & Expo Pass


June 11 – 12, 2018



Global Chief Information Officer, JPMorgan Chase & Co.

Lori Beer is the Global Chief Information Officer (CIO) of JPMorgan Chase & Co., responsible for the firm’s technology systems and infrastructure worldwide. Beer manages a budget of more than $10 billion and nearly 50,000 technologists supporting JPMorgan Chase’s retail, wholesale and asset and wealth management businesses. She also serves as a member of the firm’s Operating Committee and is a co-sponsor of the firm’s Access Ability Business Resource Group.

Beer joined the firm in 2014, and most recently was the Chief Information Officer for the Corporate & Investment Bank (CIB). Prior to joining the firm she was executive vice president of Specialty Businesses and Information Technology for WellPoint, Inc. She was responsible for a $10 billion business unit which included WellPoint’s Specialty Products. Beer was named a Computerworld Premier 100 IT Leader and National Association for Female Executives Women of Excellence Health Care Champion.



CEO, Humu (Former SVP, People at Google)

Laszlo is CEO of Humu, a company making work better through science, machine learning, and a little bit of love. His New York Times bestseller, WORK RULES!, has been published in more than 25 languages.

From 2006 to 2016, Laszlo was S.V.P of People Operations and a member of Google’s management team, growing the company to over 70,000 employees while ensuring the culture remained innovative and robust. During his tenure, Google was recognized over 150 times as an exceptional employer, and was named the #1 Best Company to Work For in the United States seven times.

Laszlo is credited with creating the field of “People Analytics”, the application of academic-quality rigor and Google-paced innovation to people management.

Dr. Joanna


Reader, Bath & Princeton Universities
Joanna J. Bryson is a transdisciplinary researcher on the structure and dynamics of human- and animal-like intelligence. Her research covering topics from artificial intelligence, through autonomy and robot ethics, and on to human cooperation has appeared in venues ranging from a reddit to Science. She holds degrees in Psychology from Chicago and Edinburgh, and Artificial Intelligence from Edinburgh and MIT. She has additional professional research experience from Princeton, Oxford, Harvard, and LEGO, and technical experience in Chicago’s financial industry, and international management consultancy. Bryson is presently a Reader (associate professor) at the University of Bath, and an affiliate of Princeton’s Center for Information Technology Policy.



Partner at Andreessen Horowitz

Frank Chen is a Partner at the venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz based in Menlo Park, CA. He runs the deal and research team at the firm. His team is responsible for finding and evaluating great entrepreneurs and companies and building a comprehensive knowledge base of trends, technologies, products, and people along the way.

Prior to Andreessen Horowitz, Frank was the Vice President of Strategy for HP Software, where he helped the company understand and act on changes resulting from the rapid enterprise adoption of virtualization technologies across servers, network and storage. Frank joined HP Software through its acquisition of Opsware, where he was the vice president of Products and User Experience for a broad set of Opsware’s data center automation products.

Frank joined Opsware when it was Loudcloud, a managed services provider. At Loudcloud, Frank served as the director of Product & Services. Frank spent his first year at Loudcloud as the Western Region deployment director, where he oversaw the teams that architected, deployed and managed all of Loudcloud’s West Coast customers including Ford Motor Company, Fox Sports, Fandango, Blockbuster and many others.

Before Loudcloud, Frank was the vice president of Product Development at and was previously the director of Product Management at Netscape Communications. Earlier in his career, Frank also held various engineering, product management and developer relations roles at GO Corporation, Oracle, Apple and IBM.

Frank holds a B.S. in Symbolic Systems from Stanford University where he graduated with distinction and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa.


di Grassi

Formula E World Champion & CEO of Roborace


CEO, Royal Mail
Moya Greene has been Chief Executive Officer of Royal Mail Group since July 2010 responsible for the management of the business and the development of the strategy. Prior to joining Royal Mail, Moya was CEO of Canada Post where she led a successful transformation programme, significantly improving profitability despite declining mail volumes.
Ms. Greene has a strong track record in strategic planning, complex negotiations and relationship building in the private sector. She also has a strong public sector background, developed over a 17-year period when she assumed progressively senior roles in seven different Ministries of the Canadian federal public service.
In 2013, Ms Greene received the Sunday Times Business Person of the Year Award. In 2014, she received the Financial Times Boldness in Business Award, and the Ashridge Business School Leader of the Year Award. Ms Greene was ranked one of the most powerful EMEA female CEOs in Fortune 2015.

Dame Wendy


Professor of Computer Science at the University of Southampton & Managing Director of the Web Science Trust
Dame Wendy Hall, DBE, FRS, FREng is Regius Professor of Computer Science, Pro Vice-Chancellor (International Engagement) at the University of Southampton, and is the Executive Director of the Web Science Institute.
With Sir Tim Berners-Lee and Sir Nigel Shadbolt she co-founded the Web Science Research Initiative in 2006 and is the Managing Director of the Web Science Trust, which has a global mission to support the development of research, education and thought leadership in Web Science.
She became a Dame Commander of the British Empire in the 2009 UK New Year’s Honours list, and is a Fellow of the Royal Society.
She has previously been President of the ACM, Senior Vice President of the Royal Academy of Engineering, a member of the UK Prime Minister’s Council for Science and Technology, was a founding member of the European Research Council and Chair of the European Commission’s ISTAG 2010-2012, and was a member of the Global Commission on Internet Governance.
She is currently a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Futures Council on the Digital Economy, and is co-Chair of the UK government’s AI Review, which was published in October 2017.


Hancock MP

Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport


CEO, Picasso Labs
Anastasia Leng is the founder & CEO of Picasso Labs, which helps brands and agencies automate creative decision-making. By combining machine learning with visual recognition technology, Picasso Labs measures how consumers’ real-time response to imagery and video changes based on the unique visual properties of each creative. Picasso was selected as one of Unilever’s most innovative marketing companies of 2016 and one of their most innovative startups of the last 5 years. The company helps brands like Unilever, AB inBev, Google, Mondelez, and Tesco understand the visual preferences of their audience, reduce creative guesswork, and improve marketing performance. Prior to Picasso, Anastasia co-founded Hatch, one of Time Magazine’s Top 10 Startups to Watch in New York and one of four most innovative retail companies (National Retail Federation). Prior to Hatch, she spent 5+ years at Google, where she led entrepreneurship efforts in EMEA and was responsible for early-stage partnerships for Google Voice, Chrome, and Wallet. Anastasia graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a triple major in Psychology, Sociology, and French. She’s been a nomad all her life and has lived in Bahrain, Vietnam, Hungary, Russia, France, England, and the US. She remains a mediocre tennis player and an aspiring writer.

Carol E.


Board Member,
Carol E. Reiley has been at the forefront of robotics and AI for over 15 years and was the youngest member on the IEEE Robotics and Automation board. She’s worked on highly regulated products in a variety of different applications such as space, underwater and medical. She did her graduate work at Johns Hopkins University as an NSF Fellow researching how humans and robots interact, worked on the da Vinci system at Intuitive Surgical, and most recently cofounded and was the President of a self-driving car startup She’s raised over $77M and built a partnership with Lyft, Grab, and automotive companies. Reiley was selected by Forbes as one of the twenty incredible women advancing artificial intelligence research. She currently holds over six patents and has was the first female engineer on the cover of MAKE magazine. She’s been featured in major publications such as MIT Tech Review, NYTimes, Harper’s Bazaar and given several Tedx Talks. She is also a published author and is now starting a new startup.

Prof. Jürgen


Director & Professor, The Swiss AI Lab IDSIA – USI & SUPSI
Sir Nigel

Shadbolt FRS FREng

Chairman of the Open Data Institute (ODI) Professor of Computing Science, University of Oxford

Sir Nigel Shadbolt is Professor of Computer Science at the University of Oxford and Principal of Jesus College. He is also the Chairman and Co-Founder of the Open Data Institute (ODI). Since 2009, Sir Nigel has helped transform public access to Government information.

With over 500 publications he researches computer science, artificial intelligence, open data and web science. He is currently Principal Investigator on a large EPSRC grant researching the theory of social machines – Web scale problem solving systems comprising humans and computers.

In 2006 he was a founder of Garlik Ltd, which in 2008 was awarded Technology Pioneer status by the Davos World Economic Forum. Garlik was acquired by Experian Ltd in 2011. In 2013 he was awarded a Knighthood for services to science and engineering. He is a member of the Data Advisory Board and in 2015 the Chancellor asked him to Co-Chair the UK French Data Taskforce. In 2018 he published The Digital Ape: how to live (in peace) with smart machines, described as a ‘landmark book’.