Michael Hardegger

Team Leader

Michael is a data science professional with 15 years of experience in applying AI to business and research problems. He leads a cross-functional data team at Digitec Galaxus AG that focuses on data-driven automation of purchasing, pricing, and related decisions.

From Illusion to Impact: A Journey through Data Science Missteps

It starts with a business stakeholder and a vague belief that data science can solve a poorly defined problem. Add to this mix a project manager keen to impress and an AI engineer with a PhD in graph neural networks but little interest in the business context.
This sets the stage for what we call the “data science cycle of bullshit”. This cycle produces fancy graphics, extensive reports on model selection (spoiler alert: you will likely end up with a graph neural network, regardless of the actual problem), and managers proudly labeling their company as “data-driven”.
In this talk we’ll discuss why this cycle is so common and how to mitigate its impact on a company’s journey towards effective AI implementation.

Frequently Asked Questions

For whom is Cloud Leadership Day?

Cloud Leadership Day brings together over 800 leaders and experts from across industries to share their experience and insights on the latest trends, best practices, and strategies related to cloud transformation

Who is deciding on the topics?

The program is selected by an independent board of customer representatives and delivered by cloud practitioners and experts. Content is selected to provide maximum benefit to participants through relevant topics, innovative insights, and clear, actionable takeaways. 

When will the 2024 program be released?

Our board members are currently reviewing speaker submissions to decide which talks to bring to the Cloud Leadership Day stage.

The first round of speakers will be announced at the end of February, so stay tuned!

When and where does Cloud Leadership Day take place?

Cloud Leadership Day will be on June 19, 2024, from 7am to 5.30pm CEST, followed by informal drinks and networking.  

This in-person conference will be held at: 

Arena Cinema Zurich 

Kalanderplatz 8 

8045 Zurich 

What type of tickets exist?
Early Bird tickets are available until December 31, 2023. Grab them before they fly away! 
Individual tickets, as well as discounted group tickets, will be available after Early Bird. For more info about pricing, head to our ticket shop or drop us an email.



What about the co-located Data & AI Leadership Day?

Data & AI are important topics in the cloud area too, which is why this conference will take place alongside Data & AI Leadership Day. Ticket holders will have access to both conferences.