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Written on July 11, 2018 by Campus Life in Professional

We are now a few days past the TechIE conference and it is time to reflect on this first edition. TechIE aims to become the flagship event of the IE Business School, helping students and alumni uncover how tech drives the future of business.

This years’ topics covered Big Data, IoT, Fintech, Quantum Computing and Blockchain and Artificial Intelligence. A few statistics: 7 speakers – +130 attendees – 6 hours of conferences and networking Co-organized by different tech clubs of IE, the event held its promise of sharing knowledge on the latest technological trends. The day started off with Juan de la Pena Gayo, expert in IoT and Data services at Microsoft, who spoke about the latest trends in IoT and Industry 4.0 talking about the different uses of data one could have. His talk on how products such as HoloLens could bring change to the industry was very interesting.

Carlos Kuchkovsky, CTO of new digital business at BBVA then came on stage to talk about the concepts of digitalization and blockchain in the banking sector. Addressing topics such as Tokenomics and the AI Revolution. Matthew Gladstone, country brand ambassador of Revolut then took the change to discuss the roadmap of the company as well as the different steps the company went through to become the first digital bank unicorn. Javier Abadia, lead developer at StyleSage gave a talk on how the Fashion Industry was in the process of embracing the latest technologies. By leveraging Artificial Intelligence and Big Data, Javier took us through the StyleSage product and its different features which help brands uncover new trends by crunching through large amounts of data.

Our final guest speaker on stage before our panel was Juan Gomez, Senior Software Engineer at IBM Quantum Computing. Juan gave a presentation on the emergence of Quantum Computing and demystifying the different uses businesses could try to implement in the future. On discussing the potential revolutionary uses Quantum Computing could have, Juan invited us to explore the world of quantum computing by experimenting with a quantum computer online.

Finally, the conference ended on a panel discussing the Future of Banking. Moderated by Jose Esteves, IE Business School Professor, Carlos Kuchkovsky and Matthew Gladstone were joined on stage by Alfonso Sainz de Baranda, Chief Growth Officer at Bnext and Salvador Casquero, co-founder of 2gether. The members of the panel gave their opinion on the recent regulations (GDPR, PSD2), the status of challenger banks and traditional banks. After discussing whether or not the industry would consolidate, the speakers shared their thoughts on the next technological innovations in the field of banking and how students should prepare for these.

The conference ended on a more relaxed note with a cocktail, giving attendees the opportunity to network and meet with the speakers.

All in all, this was a very positive first edition and we can’t wait to get back to work on the second edition! Thank you all for having made this TechIE conference a success!

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