After a very full first day, the second and final day of the event was no different and proceedings kicked off with another opening keynote.

In the day one summary post, it was highlighted that the sessions would touch upon engagement and digital transformation. Day two’s main keynote therefore was focused much more in depth on data, machine learning, and analytics.

Here are some highlights from the opening and closing keynotes:

Opening Keynote

The morning was hosted by Andrew Spooner, Technical Evangelist at Microsoft and while he summarised some of the day before themes and ideas, those raised particularly by Satya Nadella, Andrew also made his own point about how mobile is now our default way of being and we become more productive through a seamless array of devices. As Steve Clayton mentioned, productivity is currently at its lowest since WWII and Microsoft are trying to tackle this by creating the technology to allow workforces to work anytime, anywhere and communicate and collaborate more easily with colleagues across a number of devices and Microsoft’s cloud platform, Azure.

Scott Guthrie, EVP Cloud & Enterprise, Microsoft was the first scheduled speaker to the stage and he spoke about how the combination of software and data equal the building of intelligent apps, but also that now every company is a data company; they all have information that can be translated and used to make informed decisions about their business and customers and this now applies to everyone. One such example was the Connected Cow about how farmers are now able to use a combination of analytics and Azure to determine an animal’s health and when they reach the optimal time to get pregnant, and even determine the sex of the calf!

Following Scott Guthrie, there were presentations from Chris Bishop, Scientist & Lab Director who spoke about artificial intelligence and deep neural networks which essentially revolves around machine learning and observation using vision, speech and natural language; Kevin Ashton, Inventor of ‘The Internet of Things’ who highlighted that the future is not about how quickly things change, it’s how we (humans) quickly we adapt to the changes. He also discussed how the world is becoming a place of data and that much of the technology we used, particularly personal computers that are a big focus of Microsoft to develop, are essentially sensor platforms. He concluded by saying that the economic impact of the Internet of Things is: more outputs from fewer inputs.

Graham Cluley, Security Analyst tailored his session around trust and the internet, and David Chappell, Principal, Chappell & Associates closed the morning keynote by discussing the Cloud as our new default platform.

Closing Keynote

DR Krysta Svore and Prof Brian Cox, Future Decoded 2015 UK

The ICC Auditorium was packed for this closing keynote which saw Professor Brian Cox and DR Krysta Svore present on ‘Quantum Computing: Transforming the Digital Age’. Now, forgive us, to translate the session in words within this post will not only not touch the surface, we won’t do it any kind of justice. Therefore, as soon as it becomes available from Microsoft, we’ll insert a link to the video so you can experience it for yourself.

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