Applied AI Lunch Talks - Focalx and WriteWithLaika



Harnessing computer vision and overcoming the data challenge at focalx

In this talk, we'll dive into how focalx harnesses traditional AI, specifically computer vision, as a foundational pillar of its business model. We'll explore the challenges posed by data scarcity in training ML models and unveil the innovative solutions we've adopted. Discover how, by employing generative AI and other cutting-edge techniques, focalx creates synthetic data to bridge the gap, ensuring more accurate and reliable vehicle inspections. 


The Power of the Personal: Making AI for Individuals

Right now, generative AI is everywhere. But most of the tools out there offer generic one-size-fits-all experiences for users. LAIKA founders Charlene Putney and Martin Pichlmair believe that the next stage of AI will focus on the personal: crafting unique experiences for each individual user. They've been exploring this for the last year with a personalised creativity tool for writers, and are now set to pivot to crafting a full-fledged "writers room" with AI. In this talk, they'll share wisdom from their journey so far, including 3 specific actions startups can take to personalise their AI offerings. 



Isabella Merrild Agdestein, CEO & Co-founder at

Isabella, once a pro dancer, has since delved into the world of Autotech entrepreneurship. Her experiences span Strategy & Implementation Consultancy and are further enriched by her Master studies in Finance & Strategy. She founded focalx, a B2B SaaS startup disrupting vehicle inspection and handovers using AI. 

Charlene Putney, COO, Write With LAIKA

Charlene Putney is an award-winning writer and teacher from Ireland. After working at Google and Facebook in management positions, she's been writing for videogames since 2013, including writing for Divinity: Original Sin 2 and Baldur's Gate 3. 

Martin Pichlmair, CEO, Write With LAIKA  

Dr Martin Pichlmair is Associate Professor at the Creative AI Lab in ITU, and a veteran entrepreneur with several games studios under his belt including the multi-award-winning Broken Rules. 

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