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1st Annual IDEA Forum

Happy Hollow Club

Logo for the IDEA Forum, featuring abstract curved lines. Text on the logo reads: 'the IDEA Forum' with the acronym 'IDEA' expanded as follows: Intellectual Property, Data Privacy, Existing and Emerging Technology, and Artificial Intelligence.

Join us on Thursday, May 9, 2024, from 11:00 AM - 4:45 PM for our first annual IDEA Forum at Happy Hollow Club, with cocktails to follow. Space is limited for this complimentary event, so register early here

This event is designed to bring relevant and timely discussion about Intellectual Property, Data Privacy, Existing & Emerging Technology, and Artificial Intelligence topics to the community of professionals we work with for the benefit of our mutual clients. 

The theme of this year's IDEA Forum is business and legal considerations relating to artificial intelligence.

This year's keynote speaker is Madeline Mitchell, a vibrant and dynamic leader and Senior Manager for the US Deloitte Advisory Trustworthy AI practice. Madeline is responsible for leading teams across market offerings and industries focused on building and operationalizing AI strategies and AI governance programs both internally for Deloitte as well as externally with clients. She has a track record of success managing P&Ls, leading transformational organic and inorganic growth, building strategic ecosystem partnerships, and working with Fortune 500 clients and government agencies. Outside of work, Madeline is an adjunct professor in the MBA program at the University of Central Oklahoma where she teaches AI business strategy.

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Demystifying AI – Unpacking the Hype, Implications, and Opportunity with Tactical Steps | 75 minutes
11:30 AM - 12:45 PM
Madeline Mitchell
Madeline kicks off the day by exploring the fundamental question of "What is AI?" while addressing common misconceptions and defining the various types of AI, with a particular focus on Generative AI. Madeline also delves into the critical factors organizations should consider when formulating an enterprise AI strategy and roadmap. Drawing from real-world examples, she highlights use cases across industries, showcasing the versatility and transformative potential of AI applications. Additionally, Madeline will focus on the multifaceted dimensions of risks, regulation, and AI governance. Madeline sheds light on the inherent risks and limitations associated with AI, providing a comprehensive view of the global, federal, state, and local regulatory landscape shaping AI governance. She then guides participants through tactical steps to responsibly integrate AI into their operations while aligning with their risk tolerance levels.

Capitalizing Your AI Start-Up | 30 minutes
12:45 - 1:15 PM
Matthew J. Speiker and David E. Winkler
This program will discuss the surge in venture capital investments within the AI landscape and explore the types of AI businesses receiving substantial funding.  Understanding the venture capital fundraising journey is crucial so this program will also address VC cornerstones such as pitch decks, engaging with investors, negotiating term sheets, and the due diligence process. This program will also touch on the impact of different funding rounds on founders’ control and equity. Finally, this program will address unique legal considerations in fund raising for AI startups.

Practical Privacy Strategies in the Era of the AI Revolution | 45 minutes
1:15 - 2:00 PM
Maureen E. Fulton
This session will provide you with focused insights and actionable tips to safeguard your operations in the AI space. Whether you’re a business owner, product manager, software developer, or chief technology officer, you will gain valuable knowledge on how to navigate the complexities of AI integration while maintaining compliance with existing and emerging data privacy regulations in the U.S. and EU. We will discuss the latest AI privacy trends and their implications for your business, strategies to implement privacy measures in your AI-driven initiatives, and practical tools and knowledge needed to confidently manage privacy concerns in the age of AI.

Technology in Litigation: Pitfalls and Presentations | 30 minutes
2:00 - 2:30 PM
Daniel J. Fischer
Dan will engage the audience in ways technology has created new and challenging pitfalls for business and certain landmines to avoid, including innocuous ones that are buried in the routine landscape of today’s business environment.  Recognizing that many businesses find themselves in litigation at some point—either because someone picked a fight with you or you need to stand up to protect your interests—Dan will discuss with the audience ways technology can help (and sometimes hurt) in litigation. Finally, given the exponential learning curve and growth of AI, no technology presentation would be complete without exploring current trends with AI in litigation.  Come ready to engage, as Dan encourages audience participation to highlight points throughout his presentations!

2:30 - 2:45 PM

Comparing Global Approaches to Artificial Intelligence Regulation | 45 minutes
2:45 - 3:30 PM
Roberta C. Christensen
This presentation will discuss the importance of AI regulation in a global context and compare and contrast the current approach of the United States (including federal agencies and individual states) and other countries.  Particular emphasis will be placed on European efforts to regulate AI.

Adapting to AI in the Workplace: Navigating Employment Law Considerations | 30 minutes
3:30 - 4:00 PM
Erin S. Schroeder
AI is revolutionizing the way work, including the way that companies hire and manage people. From recruitment processes to performance evaluations, AI technologies are increasingly integrated into various facets of employment. However, this integration raises significant legal considerations for both employees and management to navigate.

AI Commercial Transaction Considerations: Providers and Customers | 45 minutes
4:00 - 4:45 PM
Jack. D. Horgan
Join us for an insightful presentation that delves into the critical aspects of AI commercial transactions for providers and customers. This session will explore essential commercial factors that AI solution providers need to address and provide an understanding of the strategic considerations customers should keep in mind when adopting AI solutions. Lastly, you will discover the contract terms that play a pivotal role in the AI commercial landscape. We’ll highlight the clauses that both providers and customers should pay close attention to.

4:45 - 6:00 PM

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Continuing Education Credit Information:
IAPP CPE, approved
Nebraska CLE, approved
Iowa CLE, approved
Compliance Certification Board (CCB), approved

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