Kathleen Walch is a serial entrepreneur, savvy marketer, AI and machine learning expert, and tech industry connector. She is a principal analyst, managing partner, and founder of Cognilytica, an AI research and advisory firm, and co-host of the popular AI Today podcast. As a master facilitator and connector, who is well connected in the technology industry, Walch regularly meets with innovators in key markets and gets the opportunity to see the latest and newest technologies from game-changing companies. Walch is a regular contributor to both Forbes and TechTarget where she covers topics related to AI, machine learning, data science, and best practice AI methodologies.
Ron Schmelzer is principal analyst, managing partner, and founder of the Artificial Intelligence-focused analyst and advisory firm Cognilytica. He is also the co-host of the AI Today podcast, SXSW Innovation Awards Judge, founder and operator of TechBreakfast demo format events, and an expert in AI, machine learning, enterprise architecture, venture capital, startup and entrepreneurial ecosystems, and more. Prior to founding Cognilytica, Schmelzer founded and ran ZapThink, an industry analyst firm focused on service-oriented architecture (SOA), cloud computing, web services, XML, and enterprise architecture, which was acquired by Dovel Technologies in August 2011.