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Thank you for taking part in WEX’s second annual Tech Talk Portland!

The night kicked off with a keynote speech on artificial intelligence from Huma Abidi, Engineering Director in Machine Learning / Deep Learning Software Engineering from the Intel Corporation, as she shared valuable insights and drive game-changing innovation using these technologies. Our panel of experts then covered how to support use of artificial intelligence in business. We loved the lively discussion with questions from the audience and enjoyed time networking with all attendees-- please view our gallery below to see photos from the event!

Keynote Speaker

Huma Abidi

Engineering Director in Machine Learning and Translation Team at Intel

Huma Abidi is responsible for Deep Learning Software optimization for Intel Xeon processors. Huma joined Intel as a Software Engineer and has worked in a variety of Engineering, Validation, and Management roles in the area of Compilers, Binary translation, and Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Deep Learning. Twice she has received the Intel Achievement Award - Intel's highest honor and thrice awarded with the Intel Software Quality award, for delivering quality software.

Speakers & Panelists

Melissa Smith

Event Host
Chief Executive Officer
of WEX

David Cooper

Chief Technology Officer
of WEX

Whit Richardson

Panel Moderator
Journalist and Creator
of Maine Startups Insider

Kay Aikin

Chief Executive Officer
at Introspective Systems

Bob Maus

Head of America’s AI/ML BD Team
at AWS

Shaun Meredith

CEO and Cofounder
of Omnic Data, LLC

Frequently Asked Questions

Where should I park?
AURA directly abuts the One City Center Parking Garage (23 Free St, Portland, ME 04101). There are additional outside Pay-and-Display parking lots close to the venue, along with available street parking.
Light food and beverages will be available during the networking periods before and after the event. Wristbands and one drink will be included with the event ticket for those who are 21 and over.
No, we welcome as many people as possible to attend. However, seating within AURA is limited and seats will fill up quickly.
A PDF of your event ticket will be sent to the email address you supplied to EventBrite upon registration. If you do not print your ticket, please have the PDF readily available on your phone.
Yes. College students may purchase tickets at a discounted price of $10.
Please email us at or call at 207-523-7510 for any questions about the event.

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