VB Summit 2018

Accelerating your business with AI

Berkeley, October 22 & 23, 2018

2018 Featured Speakers

Jan Pedersen

VP & Chief Scientist, Artificial Intelligence


Join the thought leaders

 VB Summit is Silicon Valley’s most intimate invitation-only executive event, focusing this year on how execs are using AI and how it is disrupting  the technology landscape across the globe.

VB Summit is where senior product, brand, innovation and marketing execs (VP+) from across industries openly learn, share and debate in frank conversations. And it's where execs learn what this changing landscape means for their business.

2017 Speakers

Jeff Dean

Senior Fellow


Oscar Selma

Director of Research


Jeremy King



Al Lindsay

Vice President

Alexa Engine at Amazon

Dr. Sameena Shah

Director of Research

Thomson Reuters

Li Fan

Head of Engineering


Ron Herson



Lili Cheng

CVP, AI & Research


2018 Themes and Topics

Build or Buy: Do you start a third-party technology solution or hire a bunch of very expensive people (if you can find them!) to develop your AI solutions? There's no answer that doesn't require a lot of AI experts, and no such thing as free. Here's how some smart brands figured it out.

Leveraging open-source AI: Major technology companies Facebook, Google, Microsoft and others are open-sourcing AI code that other companies can exploit to accelerate own AI solutions. We showcase some brands that are doing this, and how.

AI's impact on product development: The legacy approach to product development doesn't hold when developing AI solutions. The role of product manager is changing; It's one thing to draw up a wireframe for a mobile app; it's another to build a predictive AI system.

Beyond the Valley: Countries like China, Canada and the U.K. are emerging as significant development and talent centers for AI. And some regions have advantages over the U.S. And some companies, like Alibaba, Tencent and Baidu are offering AI products and services that are in some cases way ahead of what U.S companies are offering, and yet are relatively unknown. What are the implications for hiring, product development, organizational restructuring? 

The virtual assistant matrix: The virtual assistant ecosystem is only going to become more powerful and more central to the way we interact with technology. How do companies wade through that ecosystem and make decisions on what conversational backends to optimize for between Alexa, Google Home, Cortana, etc. 

Operationalizing: We will showcase the best examples we can find of how to make the AI magic happen, from defining the problem, to collecting data, forming algorithms, and then executing with a human in the middle (or not).

Corporate transformation: Machine learning is driving changes at all different levels, from tasks, to business processes (improving productivity), supply-chain optimization, marketing, sales forecasting, security, and even entire business models. How does the C-Suite stay out in front?

AI & Design: How AI will be the future of UX, now that interacting with intelligent software and devices — be it at home, work, in the car, or on the go — becomes more natural, intuitive and intelligent

Stay tuned for more on VB Summit 2018!


Berkeley, California | Claremont Hotel & Resort

Located at 41 Tunnel Rd, Berkeley, CA

VB Summit 2018 will be at the Claremont Hotel & Resort in Berkeley, just a 20-minute drive from downtown San Francisco. The Claremont is one of America’s iconic luxury hotels, overlooking San Francisco Bay. Its close proximity to San Francisco offers out-of-town guests excellent access to all the city offers for leisure or business, but is just far enough away from downtown to provide a perfect retreat setting. 

Check out our special event + hotel package when you register.

2018 Sponsors