OEN PubTalk: Can Portland Be the Next Hub for Artificial Intelligence?

There’s a lot more to Artificial Intelligence than self-driving cars. At our April PubTalk, local AI experts will talk about what AI entrepreneurs are working on right here in Portland. They will discuss the opportunities and barriers when it comes to making Portland the next AI hub, including where AI is headed in the next 3-5 years and some of the possibilities they see in the industry based on current technology.


Eat pizza. Meet people. Learn something new.

The OEN PubTalk™ is our flagship monthly happy hour — a perfect starting point for new community members and a great place for established members to make new connections.

Held the second Wednesday of every month, OEN PubTalks are what the name implies — an hour of networking followed by a talk on a specified theme. And yes, they take place at a pub.

Our PubTalks usually kick off with a short pitch from an OEN member, followed by audience Q&A. As always, the program will be preceded by time for networking and will include free appetizers and pizza. Registration begins at 5:15 p.m.

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Cost: $10 for OEN members; $25 for non-members. *Sorry, no refunds.*

Not yet an OEN member? Join today and you can get a free pass to our April PubTalk!


Rob Bart

Rob Bart (Moderator)

Partner, Brahman Capital

Rob is a serial entrepreneur with a law degree from Lewis and Clark College and a Masters in Education from University of Oregon. He is a partner in Brahman Capital: an AI accelerator for early stage start-ups. He has been leading a discussion group of the morality of AI for the past 9 months and recently launched a start-up using machine learning to examine legal documents for greater efficiency and accuracy.

Craig Peterson

Craig Peterson

CEO and Founder, VEFXi™ and Aurra™ Corporation

Craig is CEO and Founder of his 6th and 7th high-tech startups: 1) VEFXi™ (VideoEffects) Corporation which is developing an ASIC microchip to convert 2D VR into 3D VR for VR headsets and VR phones, and it also enables phones and tablets to have holographic-like 3D display from ordinary 2D streaming content and gaming, and 2) Aurra™ Corporation which is developing large-scale holographic displays called HologramWall™s for commercial, public, sports, and entertainment venues such as demonstrated by their working indoor demo which can create a holographic experience that extends 8ft to 12ft in front of a 16ft x 9ft HologramWall even from ordinary 2D digital-signage content. He created two successful startup businesses in Shanghai China, one which became a leader in mobile phone and digital TV microchips, and one that is still a top leader in custom ASIC design and manufacturing. He created 3 startups inside Intel during his 29-year employment there: one was the initial core of today’s 3rd largest business at Intel, one spun out and became a leading ASIC design and manufacturing company in the Bay Area.

John Hartman

John Hartman

Media Strategy and Development Expert

John has run a media strategy lab since 2006 and has over 20 years’ experience in media strategies and development across Digital, TV, Film, Commercials, Virtual Worlds, Interactive and Events. Recently he was the senior architect for a state of the art post production facility focused on 4K and 360° workflows for feature films. John is currently building out an adaptive storytelling platform that leverages big data and AI to create a different story experience based on the audiences who is interacting with the story.


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April 12, 2017 5:15 PM
April 12, 2017 7:00 PM
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