STARWEST 2024 Keynote : Revenge of the Nerds: How to Build a Tech Career Niche in the AI-verse


Thursday, September 26, 2024 - 8:30am to 9:30am

Revenge of the Nerds: How to Build a Tech Career Niche in the AI-verse

A major question so many of us have on our minds is, HOW do I shift my career to something related to AI so I can stay relevant? This has been coming from industry professionals as well as college grads/new job seekers across ALL industries. QA is no exception! Dona shifted her career to an AI niche in the past year and have hassled and helped many others do the same thing. She want to help YOU do it, too. Let's discuss. What is AI today? What are the five skill sets relevant in the AI-verse? How can you create a career niche in the AI-verse based on your industry and goals? Lastly, Dona will reveal that there is a *shiny bonus* job in the AI-verse that QA/Test folks are UNIQUELY qualified to do.

Dona Sarkar

Dona Sakar believes you are one experiment away from being your most powerful self at work. And yes, in life! Currently, at her day job, she's running 100 experiments as the Chief Troublemaker of the Microsoft AI and Copilot Extensibility Program. Her goal is that people all over the world can use Microsoft's AI and Copilot programs to reason over their OWN data and truly make AI useful for their business. Dona's also a keynote speaker (fave audience is corporate leaders like YOU), a multi-published author (it turns out fiction writing is useful in software!), the owner of the ethical luxury fashion brand called Prima Dona Studios, and has recently become a wine bar co-owner and is studying to be a sommelier. A few years ago, she was named one of Fast Company's 100 Most Productive People and Cosmopolitan magazine's Businessperson of the Year for her multi-faceted (aka weird) life. And yes, she is always ready to get on a plane and come see YOU.