QuantumBlack at CogX 2021

QuantumBlack, AI by McKinsey
4 min readJun 3, 2021

Katherine Shenton, Head of Marketing, QuantumBlack

CogX: The Festival of AI is back and is taking place from 14 June to 16 June. We’re excited that for the fourth year running, QuantumBlack and McKinsey & Company, will be part of the event and involved in a variety of panel discussions and sessions.

CogX 2021, which takes place in London, will be among the first large-scale conferences to take place as a hybrid event, offering the option to attend sessions virtually while also providing physical venue space for in-person visitors. We anticipate we’ll see more events take place in hybrid form over the coming year. We’re excited that this year’s format means attendees can still join from all over the world.

Below we’ve outlined the sessions QuantumBlack and McKinsey & Company will be taking part in for CogX 2021. Also, don’t forget to drop by QuantumBlack’s virtual booth, where you can meet members of our team.

How technology can serve everyone: Stakeholder capitalism — the what, the why and the how

Monday 14th June, 10 am (BST) — Leadership Stage

Join Dame Vivian Hunt, senior partner at McKinsey & Company and John Thornhill, Innovation Editor of the Financial Times for this fireside chat on stakeholder capitalism. This discussion will cover the need to move toward stakeholder capitalism and how it can be achieved, the role of technology in our understanding and managing of these needs, and the steps companies need to take.

From collaboration to innovation: how Porsche Motorsport sharpened its competitive edge with AI

Monday 14th June, 11 am (BST) — Lab 2 Live

Zara Davis, partner at QuantumBlack, will be joined by Malte Huneke, Technical Project Leader for the Porsche Formula E Team, to discuss how AI helped give the Porsche Formula E team a competitive edge.

Cloud Future: What next-generation cloud infrastructure means for the industries of tomorrow

Monday 14th June, 12 pm (BST) — Infrastructure Stage

Kate Smaje, senior partner at McKinsey & Company, Dom Poloniecki, Vice President & General Manager, Western Europe and Sub-Saharan Africa, Nutanix and Sue Daley, director of tech and innovation at techUK will be discussing how we can move beyond the upheaval of the pandemic and towards scalable and innovative cloud solutions for digital transformation.

The New Normal, according to the latest research

Monday 14th June, 2 pm (BST) — Economy Stage

Neira Hajro, partner at McKinsey & Company will be joined by Philip Young, Head of strategic policy delivery at Digital Catapult and Alexandra Mousavizadeh, partner at Tortoise Media to discuss how the pandemic has accelerated changes in consumer preferences and sparked new trends in consumer behaviour, and the repercussions this has for business. Now that the end of the pandemic is tantalisingly close, everyone is talking about ‘the new normal’. But what is the new normal? How have consumer expectations changed? And what can or should businesses do to adapt to those changes? Neira will be discussing the recently published Digital Sentiment Insights report.

Energy futures: AI, hydrogen and carbon-reducing tech

Tuesday 15th June, 10 am (BST) — The Planet & Smart Cities Stage

Jessica Fan, solution manager within the McKinsey Sustainability Practice will be joined by Ana Quelhas, managing director, Hydrogen Business Unit at EDP Renewables and Syrie Crouch, VP CCS, Shell, to discuss the role AI and data science will play in the future of our world’s energy production.

Right back in the 1950s: the pandemic and women at work

Wednesday 16th June, 2 pm (BST) The Future of Work Stage

Radhika Chadwick, partner at McKinsey & Company will be joined by Sophie Walker, co-founder at Activate, and Andrea Thompson, editor-in-chief at Marie Claire to explore how recent gender equality gains in the workplace have slipped over the last year, and importantly how we can rebuild workplace equality on firmer ground in the future.

How to get your first job in today’s world

Wednesday 16th June, 11 am (BST) — GenZ Stage

The job market has drastically changed and job hunting isn’t what it used to be. Hear from Lola Olaore, senior digital analyst at McKinsey & Company, George Imafidon, CEO at Motivez, and Hayden Taylor, managing director at Unloc on their top pieces of advice for today’s job hunters.

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We hope to meet some of you at CogX, be that virtually or in person! Make sure to check the CogX website for the up-to-date agenda or our LinkedIn and Instagram.



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