Events and talks
We are the Founders and Organisers of the successful Anthropology + Technology Conference.
We also regularly give talks about anthropology, how to get close to your customers and users, artificial intelligence (AI), and responsible tech innovation.
Anthropology + Technology Conference
Our successful Anthropology + Technology Conference 2019 took place on 3 October 2019 at the Watershed in Bristol. The conference brought together social scientists, lawyers, and technologists to discuss socially-responsible AI.
The aim of the conference was to invite the tech industry to start thinking about the societal impact of this so-called “fourth industrial revolution” alongside scientists who have deep knowledge of and about people and society, namely anthropologists and sociologists.
Keynote speakers were Professor Joanna Bryson, Dr Julien Cornebise, Dr Simon Roberts, Professor Gloria González Fuster, Roelof Pieters, and Anna Kirah. Our panel chair was Rakhi Rajani and our panellists were Professor David Prendergast, Professor Kate Robson Brown, Dagmar Steffens, and Dr Mark Woods. Our 18 PechaKucha presenters are listed in the PechaKucha Programme.
Feedback from the 2019 conference:
"I’ve been to some very good conferences but I’ve never come away with such a buzz and having had such an overwhelmingly positive experience as at Anthropology + Technology."
"A phenomenal conference which provided me with an enormous amount of inspiration, and food for thought."
"It was a friendly, diverse gathering — well organised and really enlightening."
"This was a daring event with great speakers."
"This year was a taster for me and perhaps for many people — and it was wonderful. I look forward to further discussions on fundamental anthro-tech questions and meeting more people in the field."
"Such a buzz in the room, and it brought together a real range of people with a shared purpose. Some who fell neatly into one of the two camps, but many who didn't and that made the discussions really interesting."
Local Anthropology + Technology groups
Following our successful Anthropology + Technology Conference 2019, an incredible community has formed around the intersection of social science, law, and technology.
Local Anthropology + Technology groups in countries across Europe as well as Bristol and London have been set up as well as a Slack channel. The aim of these local groups is to continue the conversations started at the conference in October and to create a community that transcends borders and distance. With the aim that we all come together — both physically and virtually — at the conference in 2020.
We've been invited to talk at these events:
I'll Be Back South West, 4 October 2018, Bristol — Dawn gave a talk on AI in Advertising: What Are The Consequences of Your Work?
DMA (Data & Marketing Association), 25 April 2019, Bristol — The DMA dedicated an entire event to the subject of emotional marketing. Dawn explained how applying an anthropological lens will inspire your teams to bring a unique perspective to their creative work and give them an edge over your competitors. She took everyone on an anthropological journey through some advertising campaigns, looking at emotion, exploring ‘woke’ advertising, and showing how you can avoid your campaign being dubbed “the year’s worst marketing move” (Gillette ad).
Spindogs, 27 June 2019, Cardiff — Dawn was invited by Spindogs to talk to their clients about how an anthropological approach can get you closer to your customers.
AI in Health and Care, 6 November 2019, Bristol — Mundy & Anson partnered with One HealthTech (OHT) for this event, which was part of the Bristol Technology Festival. Dawn gave a talk about how to innovate responsibly and why anthropologists are important tech team members.
University College London, Anthropology in the Professional World Seminar Series, 20 November 2019, London — Dawn talked about being an anthropologist in business and sharing what she's learned transitioning from academia to industry with UCL anthropology students.
Bath Girl Geek Dinners, 26 November 2019, Bath — Dawn talked about why she created the Anthropology + Technology Conference and why we need (more) anthropologists in tech.
I'll Be Back South West, 10 December 2019, Bristol — Dawn shared the amazing day that was the Anthropology + Technology Conference.
If you are interested in being involved in the 2020 Anthropology + Technology Conference or want to invite us to talk at your event, contact Mundy & Anson today >