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An AI bot will build and run your next site... eventually

Track: Site Building | Skill level: Beginner

Artificial Intelligence is finally in mainstream news almost daily. From self-driving cars to intelligent drones, medical chatbots to insurance analysis algorithms AI has gone mainstream in a big way.

We web developers, of course, have known all about this for some time. We use AI every day to build sites, don’t we? What would we do without our trusted bots providing helpful advice as we pick colours and typography, create content, define the layout and launch a site? How would we optimise our sites without having our bots tap into big data, fire up their neural networks and provide us with the perfect website recipe in order to maximise conversions? What would our users do without a bot to converse with them and lead them to the best choice every time. Thanks to AI web development has never been easier, and every launch is a success!

Sadly, unless you are from another dimension that is not actually what web development looks like right now. So where and, more importantly, what exactly is the grand AI promise for web development. I have been looking at all the different ways AI will influence (and has influenced) web development. This talk prepares you for the inevitable changes AI will bring to web development and points out what technologies you can take advantage of today as well we what you need to be thinking about so as to be able to better handle what is coming.

The bots are actually here and more are coming. Let’s make them our friends.

Keynote Speakers

Matt Glaman

Matt Glaman

(Saturday keynote)

Matt Glaman is a developer at Commerce Guys. He is an open source developer who has been working with Drupal since 2013. He is author of the Drupal 8 Development Cookbook, maintainer of, and lover of Irish Whiskey.

Twitter: @nmdmatt

Jeffrey A 'JAM' McGuire

Jeffrey A. "jam" McGuire

(Sunday keynote)

Jeffrey A. "jam" McGuire—Evangelist, Developer Relations at Acquia—is a memorable and charismatic communicator with a strong following at the intersection of open source software, business, and culture. He is a frequent keynote speaker at events around the world. He writes and talks about technology, community, and more on weekly podcasts and as a blogger on This all helps satisfy his inner diva, which he also feeds with performances as a storyteller and musician.

Twitter: @horncologne

Danese Cooper

Danese Cooper

(Sunday closing keynote)

Danese Cooper currently serves as chairperson of the Node.js Foundation. She also works in an open source role at PayPal. Previously she was Director of the Open Source Hardware Association and CTO of the Wikimedia Foundation. She had brief stint at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation as a consulting open source strategist. She has been involved with open source since 1999.

Twitter: @divadanese

CxO Day Speakers

Sarah Wood OBE

Unruly Co-Founder (CEO)

Sarah Wood

David Axmark

Co-founder of MySQL

David Axmark

Ben Finn OBE

Co-Founder of Sibelius and CEO at Stealth Poker

Ben Finn

Barney Brown

Head of Digital at Cambridge University

Barney Brown

Professor Andre Spicer

Professor of Organisational Behaviour at Cass Business School City, University London

Andre Spicer

Paul Reeves

Reevo UN Limited

Paul Reeves



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