Speaking

Below you can see more information about my speaking activities and videos and related links for some of my talks. If you are interested in having me at your event, please email me at hola@cristinasantamarina.com

Conversational interfaces

Talks about chatbots, virtual assistants and other conversational interfaces for technical and non-technical audiences.

Since 2016 I have delivered technical and non-technical talks about conversational interfaces to different audiences in conferences, podcasts, and business schools.

Bots 101

My talk Bots 101 was presented at the Tarugoconf conference in Spain celebrated in the Google Campus auditorium in September 2017. Tarugoconf is one of the most influential conferences for the technology community in Spain. My talk was an introduction to conversational interfaces and tips for conversational design and UX.

Humans vs Bots

Humans vs Bots is a presentation about the challenges found in the development of NLP based chatbots and voice interfaces.

I initially prepared this talk in English for the ADDC conference in Barcelona in July 2018. There I shared a stage with speakers from companies like Facebook or Uber and I spoke about the challenges of working in conversational projects that used natural language processing, such as working out the context of the user, typos, abbreviations, slang or cultural references. This talk was recorded and you can see the video below.

I, later on, delivered a second version of talk, this time in Spanish at the Bilbostack conference in Bilbao in January 2019. and remotely as a guest lecturer with Ariel Jalali’s class at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA).

NLP + Dialogflow

NLP with Dialogflow is a more technical talk. It was designed for the developer community events and describes how Dialogflow processes user utterances to execute functions and respond to users in a conversational way. These processes are called Natural Language Processing (NLP) and rely on Artificial Intelligence (AI).

The talk also dives deeper into how NLP works. In this talk, I introduce techniques like word2vec or named entity recognition and highlight that the AIs powering NLP have biases that can be corrected by the humans that feed and label training data or by design.

In September 2019 I delivered this talk at the Morcillaconf conference organised by the Google Developers Group in Burgos. In November, I presented it again at WTM ZGZ conference organized by the Mullerestech and Google Women Tech Makers communities in Zaragoza in October 2019. This talk was recorded and you can see the video below.

In December, I repeated at the Google Cloud event for developers held at Google Campus.

Conversational Interfaces for Marketing Professionals

I have designed a Conversational Interfaces for Marketing Executives session for the InDigital program at ESADE. Framed in a wider program it describes different use cases of conversational interfaces along the customer journey in different industries that includes examples and key figures and provides guidance on the high-level development of conversational projects.

During 2019 I delivered it at alumni events and as part of the InDigital program in Madrid and Barcelona and more sessions are coming in 2020.

Bots4health: Conversational Interfaces in Healthcare and Pharma

In 2017 and 2018 I attended an event organized by Ogilvy as a speaker, and presented a session called bots4health. The sessions were organized for health industry partners of the agency in New York and Copenhague, where they invited myself and other conversational experts to share our experiences, insights and thoughts.

Legalbots: Conversational Interfaces and Law

In the last times, I have started to speak specifically about conversational interfaces in legal contexts. I presented at Robotiuris, an event for lawyers organized by Garrigues and Microsoft, as well as at the National Conference of Lawyers.

The ethics of conversational interfaces

In 2019 I had the great pleasure of sharing a panel with philosopher Adela Cortina, and High Court Judge Eloy Velasco, and discussed artificial intelligence and the ethical considerations when applying it to job automation at a session organized by Deusto University. The pictures of the event are in this album.

AI and Conversational Interfaces

In November 2016 I gave a talk about artificial intelligence and conversational interfaces in the Diape event organized in Murcia, where I explained what lies behind these technologies, and talked about the applications of AI we are already using in our daily life.

Women in technology

Talks about women in technology for women who want to pursue a career in the industry and for industry leaders who can have an influence on the diversity of technology teams.

My first talk about Women in Technology, in 2012, was at Rupy, a Ruby and Python conference organised in Brno, Czech Republic. I have delivered versions of this talk in Rails Girls events in Prague, Berlin and Córdoba, in Google Women Tech Makers and Google Developers Groups events in Córdoba in 2013, and in Campus Party in Berlin and London in 2013 and 2014.

After 2014 I reduced my public speaking and focused on my work on eHealth Africa. I started speaking about women in technology again in 2017, with my talk Women in Tech Km 0.

In May 2019 I moderated a panel in the WomenNOW event organized by ABC and Banco Santander in the Reina Sofia Museum in Madrid. Three women in technology and science talked about their lives as a minority in the industries and the advice they would give young women and girls considering a career in tech.

Later on, in November, I moderated a panel of women in technology in the Diape event organized in Murcia.

In the last year, I have also recorded an interview about women in technology for the program Enlaces in the Spanish speaking TV channel Deutsche Welle in Germany and during the spring of 2019, I scripted and recorded two 1h-long courses about women in technology for LinkedIn Learning. I recorded the courses in the company’s professional studios in Austria and it was one of the experiences in which I learned the most during 2019.

Other topics

Other than AI, conversational interfaces and women in technology I have spoken about other topics that are close to my heart: the importance of networks, my experiences as a remote, international worker, or coworking.

I participated in a series of video interviews with the swiss entrepreneur Maurice Coudourey. We walked through Córdoba and discussed remote work, digital health, and chatbots.

Timeline

This is a reverse-chronological list of my public speaking interventions since 2013.

2019

  1. BOTS vs HUMANS @BILBOSTACK Bilbao (SP)
  2. Women in Tech @ Enlaces Deutsche Welle TV (DE)
  3. Conversational Interfaces @ Podcast “En el Mundo Real”
  4. Conversational Interfaces Use Cases @ ESADE Madrid (SP)
  5. Conversational Interfaces Use Cases @ ESADE Barcelona (SP)
  6. Podcast “Mas Que Startups”
  7. MODERATOR @ WomenNOW Madrid (SP)
  8. ETHICS IN AI @ Universidad de Deusto Bilbao (SP)
  9. CHATBOTS IN LAW @Congreso de la Abogacía Valladolid (SP)
  10. Conversational Interfaces Use Cases @ ESADE Madrid (SP)
  11. NLP with Dialogflow @Google Developers Group DEVFEST Burgos (SP)
  12. NLP with Dialogflow @Google Developers Group DEVFEST Prague (SP)
  13. NLP with Dialogflow @Google Women Tech Makers Zaragoza (SP)
  14. CHATBOTS IN LAW @Robotiuris Madrid (SP)
  15. Conversational Interfaces @ Podcast ESADE
  16. AI and Conversational Interfaces @ Diape (SP)
  17. MODERATOR @ Diape (SP)
  18. NLP with Dialogflow @Google Developers Group Madrid (SP)

2018

  1. BOTS vs HUMANS @KOPON Conf Barcelona (SP)
  2. BOTS vs HUMANS @Google Developers Group DEVFEST Córdoba (SP)
  3. BOTS4HEALTH @ OGILVY Healthbots Copenhague 2018 (USA)
  4. FIX A BOT WORKSHOP @UXConf Berlin (DE)
  5. BOTS4HEALTH @ OGILVY Healthbots NYC 2018 (USA)
  6. BOTS vs HUMANS @ remote guest lecture with Ariel Jalali UCLA (USA)
  7. BOTS vs HUMANS @ ADDC Conf (SP)
  8. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uc9Ei3Ax-qM
  9. WOMEN IN TECH @Google Women Tech Makers Córdoba (SP)
  10. MENTOR @ Startup Weekend eHealth Cordoba (SP)
  11. MENTOR @ Startup Weekend Social Impact Marbella (SP)
  12. INNOVACIÓN PARA NO TECNÓLOGOS @El Garage (SP)
  13. MENTOR @ Akademia by Bankinter + Universidad de Loyola (SP)
  14. PRODUCT DESIGN WORKSHOP @Sopinet (SP)

2017

  1. BOTS 103: Expectations and reality @CITY.AI MADRID (SP)
  2. PARTICIPANT & WINNER @Startup Weekened Cordoba (SP)
  3. CHATBOTS @I.E.S Gran Capitán (SP)
  4. 50%: Google for women @Google Developers Group Córdoba (SP)
  5. BOTS 102: BUILD A BOT @Autentia (SP)
  6. INNOVACIÓN PARA NO TECNÓLOGOS @Universidad de Loyola (SP)
  7. INNOVACIÓN PARA NO TECNÓLOGOS @EOI Lucena (SP)
  8. INNOVACIÓN PARA NO TECNÓLOGOS @Universidad Loyola (SP)
  9. BOTS 101: CONVERSATIONAL INTERFACES @Tarugoconf (SP)
  10. INNOVACIÓN PARA NO TECNÓLOGOS @EOI Murcia (SP)
  11. INNOVACIÓN PARA NO TECNÓLOGOS @EOI Cartagena (SP)
  12. SALUD DIGITAL @Universidad de Córdoba (SP)
  13. AGILE @Betabeers Córdoba (SP)
  14. PROTOTIPADO @Universidad de Loyola Córdoba (SP)
  15. CONVERSATIONAL INTERFACES @Healthetia (CH)
  16. INNOVACIÓN PARA NO TECNÓLOGOS @EOI Lucena (SP)

2016

  1. CHATBOTS IN HEALTHCARE @VASOCH (IN)

2015

  1. NETWORKING IN BERLIN @Instituto Cervantes (DE)
  2. THE POWER OF NETWORKS @Mrgn.in (DE)
  3. WOMEN IN TECH @Rails Girls Córdoba (SP)

2014

  1. WOMEN IN TECH @Universidada de Córdoba (SP)
  2. RAILS GIRLS BEGINNERS WORKSHOP @cosfera (SP)
  3. SOCIAL MEDIA WORKSHOP (DE)

2013

  1. WOMEN IN TECH @Campus Party London (UK)
  2. COWORKING @Remote with Coworking Valencia (ES)
  3. GLOBAL-LOCAL COLLABORATION @Coworking Europe Conference (ES)
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  4. INDUSTRY FOCUSED COWORKING @Coworking Europe Conference (ES)
  5. RAILS GIRLS BEGINNERS WORKSHOP @co.up (DE)
  6. THE POWER OF COWORKING @Bett Coworking (DE)

2012

  1. WOMEN IN TECH @Rupy (CZ)
  2. RAILS GIRLS BEGINNERS WORKSHOP @Locus Workspace (CZ)
  3. RAILS GIRLS BEGINNERS WORKSHOP @Red Hat (CZ)
  4. WOMEN IN TECH @Campus Party (DE)
  5. RAILS GIRLS FOLLOWUP WORKSHOP @co.up (DE)
  6. RAILS GIRLS BEGINNERS WORKSHOP @co.up (DE)

Would you like to chat about a potential talk at your event? My lines are open at hola@cristinasantamarina.com. Feel free to reach out to find my availability and agree on a presentation topic.