Grakn-ing Around: An AI startup on the road in 2017

What have we been up to and where to find us next

Precy Kwan
Feb 9, 2017 · 2 min read

On the backs of Graph and Data Day Texas, we have been busy at work and exhibiting at different conferences back here in the UK.

AIBE Summit — 4 February 2017 (London)

We were one of the exhibitors at the Artificial Intelligence, Business & Entrepreneurship conference the past Saturday. It was great to see that interest in Artificial Intelligence is heating up from both technical and non-technical audiences.

Image from AIBE

We had a chance to speak with some of the startups exhibiting, who provided confirmation of the issues facing those building AI applications — they need tools to manage the complexity in their data layer. On the surface, these companies are working on completely different use cases — from creating personalised recommendations in different verticals to natural language processing. However, at the core if it, these teams are all looking for ways to manage and understand their data. We have begun discussions with some of these startups and are looking forward to some future collaboration!

WSDM 2017 — 6 February 2017 (Cambridge)

We exhibited at the Startup Day at WSDM and it was a great homecoming for Haikal and I to go back to our alma mater in Cambridge.

We had a chance to connect with some interesting AI startups, again working on a range of problems. Much to Haikal’s delight, many of the questions we received were about the finer technical points of our technology.

Two talks really stood out to us — the story of Evi/True Knowledge which eventually was acquired by Amazon to form the core of Echo/Alexa and Adrian Coyler’s talk about raising funding and how to frame your thinking around a business model.

We also won second place in the Microsoft Ventures Startup Pitch Competition. Many thanks to the organisers and judges — Adrian Coyler, William Tunstall-Pedoe, Tapas Kanungo and Jon Reynolds.

Upcoming Events

Dublin Tech Summit — 15–16 February 2017 (Dublin)

We have been selected to exhibit at Dublin Tech Summit as one of the top 100 startups. We will be there with a demo of our product, so if you happen to be around, please come visit us at our booth or send me an email (precy at grakn dot ai).

New Open Source Graph Technologies Meetup — 13 March 2017 (London)

We noticed that there hasn’t been a collective community to talk about different sorts of open source graph technologies. So we decided to start our own! We would love to see you at our first event on 13 March 2017, which is hosted by Campus London. Please join the Meetup group to attend.


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