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Conference AI for for small-to-medium enterprises

The highly-successful conference “AI for SMEs” is being held for the third consecutive year, with this year’s event scheduled for October 26, 2021. The exceptional response to the networking event in the past two years illustrated that while numerous small-to-medium enterprises (SMEs) are focused on the issue of artificial intelligence (AI), the benefits of the technology are still not being efficiently exploited. The event therefore aims to help SMEs get started with AI and demonstrate how this can be successfully achieved.

Taking targeted advantage of AI

Many German companies have long since successfully implemented AI on a large scale. But what about the small-to-medium enterprise sector, which is considered the backbone of the German economy and whose highly-developed engineering products are in high demand around the world? While the German SME sector remains innovative and flexible, in terms of implementing AI there is a lot of catching up to do in many places. Not all SMEs are taking full advantage of the benefits of promising applications such as process automation, customer interaction and the development of new business models.

AI conference – a proven format

What potential does AI offer? What steps are required to develop AI applications within your own company? These and other questions will be answered by leading AI experts at the “AI for SMEs” conference. This includes Dr. Johannes Kross, head of the Center for Code Excellence at fortiss and specialist for enterprise software engineering and software quality. Dr. Kroß will discuss the processes and methods used for the professional and end-to-end engineering of AI or machine learning (ML) systems and introduce typical challenges, best practices and the associated benefits for companies.

You can also expect a day with numerous practical impulses from small-to-medium enterprises who have already successfully addressed the issue of AI. The conference will furthermore offer presentations from IBO GmbH, reports on experiences from the new program “AI Transfer Plus” from the Bavarian State Ministry for Digital Technology, an overview of practical training and education opportunities by the Chamber of Industry and Commerce, plus an overview of starting points and funding possibilities designed to help companies get started with AI.

Use the opportunity to network

The event is being organized by fortiss, UnternehmerTUM, the appliedAI Initiative and the Munich and Upper Bavaria Chambers of Industry and Commerce. After conducting last year’s event with a digital format, this year will use a hybrid format. Interested participants can register to attend the event in person at the Munich Urban Colab or stream all of the presentations online.

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