What to Expect

Avant South will be hosted at Georgia Tech in Atlanta, Georgia – the Gate City to the South. Atlanta is an emerging tech hub for talent, start-ups, and corporations. Avant South at Georgia Tech will convene young professionals to C-level executives, tech enthusiasts, and academia for 2 days of dynamic keynotes, stimulating discussions, and fascinating discoveries.

Innovation Showcase

Explore the latest AI innovations from Georgia Tech and its partners - free and open to the public.

Southern Hospitality

Enjoy networking beneath the stars at this over-the-top opening reception on the rooftop of Coda.

KeyNotes and Breakouts

3 prolific keynotes and sessions about AI's impact on education, arts and culture, health, and government.

Up Close with The Expert

Intimately set reception featuring a conversation with a renown thought leader in Artificial Intelligence.

Event Schedule

Avant South at Georgia Tech features an exciting lineup of thought leaders. Schedule subject to change.




Street Innovation Showcase & Lab tours (Free to public)


VIP Reception

Hosted by Georgia Tech

Southern Hospitality

Ángel Cabrera, Georgia Tech
Charles Isbell, Jr., University of Wisconsin




Registration & Breakfast

Opening Remarks

Rose Scott, Mistress of Ceremony

Morning Keynote

César Hidalgo, Professor
Center for Collective Learning - University of Toulouse

ChatGPT in Education: Partner or Pariah?

David Joyner, Principal Research Associate - Georgia Institute of Technology

AI and the Evolving Urban Landscape: Smart Cities, Innovation, and Equitable Access

Donald Beamer, City of Atlanta
Debra Lam, Georgia Tech
Nashlie Sephus, Amazon

Lunch & Keynote

Kathy Baxter, Principal Architect, Responsible AI & Tech - Salesforce

Diversity or Disruption? How AI and Inclusive Innovation Create More Resilient Teams

Leigh-Ann Buchanan, President - Miami-Dade Innovation Authority

From Code to Conscience: Charting the Course for Ethical Governance

Jonnie Bradley, Responsible Artificial Intelligence Official - US Department of Energy

AI & Your Health

Anant Madabhushi, Professor of Biomedical Engineering - Emory University

AI’s Creative Canvas: Revolutionizing Arts and Culture

Brandon Butler, Butter ATL
Gil Weinberg, Georgia Tech
Joycelyn Wilson, Georgia Tech

Up Close with the Expert

Tom Gruber, Co-Creator of Siri - Humanistic AI
moderated by Rose Scott