Prequel to Human+Machine Contest to Feature Keynote from Garry Kasparov

Jennifer Sikora

April 6, 2022

Keelvar’s intelligent Sourcing Bots are ready to compete. Our debut Human+Machine Contest has been rescheduled for 2021, due to COVID-19 pandemic lockdown restrictions affecting our studio location and travel in Ireland. During that Contest, attendees will see how a Keelvar sourcing bot compares to an expert human buyer of ocean freight, as buying organizations submit spot bids to invited shipping carriers to win new pieces of business. The bot and buyer will each handle the bidding events, supplier interactions, and analysis -- and then present recommendations to the buying organizations about how to award the business. The buying organizations will blindly judge the recommendations (without knowing whether expert buyer or bot proposed it) and make their decision.

But because of the rescheduling delay to this exciting action, we have added a Prequel event to our original contest date of December 3rd.

This Human+Machine Prequel event will look at the past, present, and future of automation meeting humans and its effects on work and innovation. Famed chessmaster Garry Kasparov will be our featured speaker, as he looks back at his matchups in the mid-1990s against IBM’s Deep Blue computer. In 1996, in what became a symbolic victory for mankind over artificial intelligence, the 13th world chess champion Kasparov defeated Deep Blue. IBM responded by upgrading Deep Blue’s intelligence, and in 1997, the machine ultimately defeated Kasparov.

But unlike the Kasparov vs. Deep Blue contests that pitted human against machine, intelligent sourcing automation will be best realized by humans and machines working together to play to their strengths. Keelvar is pleased to feature Kasparov as he delivers a presentation about The Future of Work in the context of digital and automation transformations. He also currently serves as the Chairman of the Human Rights Foundation.

Following Kasparov's opening session, attendees will hear from our panel of experts -- including the Contest's expert human buyer -- in a discussion about how Kasparov's perspectives relate to the future of work in procurement and strategic sourcing.

We'll also give Prequel attendees a sneak-peek at our Sourcing Bot!

If you haven’t signed up yet for the free Human+Machine Contest 2021, you can RSVP here:

Jennifer Sikora is Keelvar's vice president of marketing, bringing 20 years of technology-based go-to-market experience to her role, including a return to the procurement and sourcing solution arena. Connect with her on LinkedIn at:

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