RAISE Team Reflects on AI UK 2024: A Journey of Networking and Collaboration 

Amidst the bustling streets of London, the RAISE (Responsible Generative AI for SMEs in UK and Africa) project team journeyed to the AI UK 2024 event, hosted at the Queen Elizabeth II Centre in Westminster, London, across 19th – 20th March 2024. From the moment we stepped into the vibrant atmosphere of the conference venue, anticipation filled the air, and we were eager to immerse ourselves in the latest advancements and insights within the realm of artificial intelligence (AI). 

As we set up our booth adorned with the RAISE project logo, our excitement soared, knowing that we were about to showcase our pioneering work to a diverse audience of AI enthusiasts, industry leaders, and other stakeholders. The stage was set for an unforgettable experience of innovation, networking, and collaboration. 

From the outset, it was clear that the initial version of the RAISE guidelines – on which you can provide feedback to help inform a revised and updated version later on in the project – had sparked significant interest among attendees. As they approached our booth, their eyes lit up with curiosity, eager to delve into the intricate details of our framework for responsible generative AI. The engaging discussions that ensued were a testament to the relevance and timeliness of our research, highlighting the pressing need for ethical guidelines in the rapidly evolving landscape of generative AI. 

One of the highlights of the event was the interactive conversations we had with stakeholders from various sectors. From SMEs looking to harness the power of generative AI to enhance their business operations, to policymakers seeking to navigate the complex ethical considerations surrounding AI deployment, each interaction was a valuable opportunity to exchange insights and perspectives. 

Beyond the confines of the conference hall, networking sessions provided ample opportunities to forge new connections and partnerships. We engaged in lively discussions with fellow researchers, industry professionals, and policymakers, laying the groundwork for future collaborations that will further advance the mission of responsible AI adoption. 

The RAISE team also had the privilege of attending thought-provoking sessions and keynote speeches by renowned experts in AI. From exploring the ethical implications of AI-driven decision-making to envisioning the future of responsible AI governance, the sessions provided valuable insights and inspiration that will undoubtedly inform our ongoing research. 

As the curtains drew to a close on AI UK 2024, the RAISE team reflected on the whirlwind of experiences and insights gained over the course of the event. It was a journey filled with inspiration, collaboration, and a shared commitment to shaping a future where AI serves as a force for good. 

Looking ahead, we are energized and determined to continue our efforts to empower SMEs in the UK and Africa to embrace generative AI responsibly. With the support of our partners, stakeholders, and the broader AI community, we are confident that together, we can pave the way for a future where AI innovation is synonymous with ethical integrity and societal benefit. 

In conclusion, AI UK 2024 was not just an event in which to showcase our initial guidelines on generative AI —it was a transformative experience that reaffirmed our dedication to the principles of responsible AI and ignited a renewed sense of purpose in our journey towards a brighter future.