The Response-ability Summit brings together technologists, who are working on emerging technology projects related to AI, and anthropologists to foster dialogue and collaboration across the disciplines.

History of the Response-ability Summit

The inaugural 2019 conference saw 150 delegates from around the UK and Europe meeting to discuss socially responsible AI at the Watershed, a leading arts and media space, on Bristol’s historic harbourside.

The 2020 event returned on Friday 9 and Monday 12 October, this time online, connecting speakers and delegates from across the globe, and two major sponsors, Microsoft UK and Spotify, with funding from UKRI (ESRC).

Who Founded the Response-ability Summit?

The Response-ability Summit is the brainchild of Dawn Walter, Founder and Managing Director of Mundy & Anson.

As Dawn explains, “The impetus for me was the social impact of algorithmic decision-making. There has been, and continues to be, much discussion about ethics. What seemed to be missing was a call for social scientists. The aim of this annual summit is to invite the tech industry to start thinking about the societal impact of this “fourth industrial revolution” alongside scientists who have deep knowledge of and about people and society: social scientists.

Why the Response-ability Summit was Created

The Response-ability Summit exists to:

  • create dialogue around the opportunities of today’s cutting-edge technology
  • show how socially responsible tech is the only way we can all truly benefit
  • help leading technology companies understand the value of combining teams of technologists with social scientists
  • create a forum for leaders from the different fields to network and share ide