4th International Conference on Predictive Applications and APIs

October 23, 2017: Training
October 24-25, 2017: Conference & Startup Battle
Microsoft N.E.R.D — Boston

We're also calling for sponsors!

What's at PAPIs '17?

Training & tutorials

Are you new to Machine Learning and looking to make the most of it? Learn first-hand what predictive technology can do, how to use modern tools and APIs to solve real-world problems, and how to create tomorrow's intelligent applications.

Talks & networking

PAPIs is your chance to meet the movers and shakers in real-world ML who'll discuss new developments, opportunities and challenges in building intelligent applications. It features business & technical talks for all levels of experience (see highlights & JMLR proceedings).

AI Startup Battle

PAPIs hosts the world's 1st startup competition where the jury is an AI (powered by Telefonica Open Future). Find out which are the most promising startups in Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning, or apply to pitch your own startup and be part of this unique event! Learn more... 


D. Sculley
Senior Staff Software Engineer at Google

James Savage
Data Scientist at Lendable

Cedric Archambeau
Principal Applied Scientist, Machine Learning at Amazon

More coming soon...

Check out our Call for Proposals for a chance to speak at the conference!

Previous speakers


Nuria Oliver
Scientific Director at Telefonica R&D


Bob Williamson
CEO of National ICT Australia

Mark Reid
Researcher at Apple

Mac Devine
Fellow, VP and CTO at IBM

LI Erran Li
Senior Software Engineer at Uber

Chalenge Masekera
Data Scientist at Salesforce

David Weinberger
Sr. Researcher at Harvard's Berkman Center for Internet & Society

Cynthia Rudin
Director of the Prediction Analysis Lab at MIT

Pre-conference Training Workshops

Get up to speed with some of the main topics of the conference with our 1-day training workshops taking place on October 23. Our experienced instructors will be teaching in classrooms of only up to 20 persons, to maximize interaction and so you can ask more questions than in a conference setting:

  • Operational Machine Learning with Open Source & Cloud Platforms. Learn about the possibilities of ML, how to create predictive models from data, operationalize and evaluate them.
  • Introduction to Deep Learning with Keras & TensorFlow. Learn the basics of DL, how to experiment and deploy solutions, and the most useful tools in the TensorFlow ecosystem.

Attendees should bring their laptops for hands-on practical work. Some experience with the command line and in Python programming is required.

Register below (by choosing the Training + Conference package) or contact us!



The main conference will take place on October 24 & 25, 2017 at the Microsoft N.E.R.D Center, and pre-conference training workshops will take place on October 23, 2017 (venue TBC soon).

Students get 30% off. Students and job seekers can also get in for free in exchange for volunteering. Journalists can get free media passes for covering the event — contact us!

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AI Startup Battle


AI has a track-record of improving the way we make decisions. So why not use it to decide which startups to invest in, and take advantage of all the startup data that’s available? The AI Startup Battle powered by PreSeries and Telefonica Open Future_ is a unique experience you don't want to miss where you’ll see LIVE real-world & high-stakes AI. You’ll discover disruptive innovation from the best startups in AI and the winner will be chosen by an impartial algorithm that evaluates startups’ chances of success.


Want to compete?

If your startup has AI at its core, the Battle is your chance to participate in a world premiere, get press coverage, pitch on stage, make connections at the conference and get unique exposure.

Applications are not open yet — sign up to get updates and stay tuned!



Want to be a PAPIs '17 sponsor and connect with our community? Three sponsorship tiers are available:

Sponsorship Tier Availability Visibility Comp. tickets Booth Speaking Slot
$20000 Platinum 1 Complete 10 Premium Keynote
$10000 Gold 3 High 6 Large Talk
$5000 Silver 6 Regular 3 Regular -

or Contact Us!

Venue and Gold sponsors


AI Startup Battle powered by


Silver sponsors


Community partners

PAPIs is really about bringing machine learning into use
— Danny Lange, VP of AI & ML at Unity
PAPIs is a must for every ML professional
— Marco Laucelli, CEO at Novelti

Join us at Microsoft N.E.R.D!


PAPIs is a vendor-neutral and independent community conference. It wouldn’t be able to exist without the support of its partners. This year, we're grateful to have Microsoft sponsor the venue at their New England Research & Development Center — which allows us to keep registration prices low!

Read more on how to reach the venue and local accommodation...