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Join us July 13th-14th

8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. 

Hyatt Regency Chicago


Maximize your learning and networking! Join us for this workshop and the entire IFT FIRST: Annual Event and Expo experience by registering below.

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Course Overview:

This interactive workshop will provide the science of food community with a deep understanding of artificial intelligence through hands-on exercises, industry use cases, and insights from Artificial Intelligence thought leaders. Partnered with Sidecar, this in-person workshop will equip attendees with the knowledge, skills, and confidence to harness the power of AI within their own organizations and roles. In order to provide the most immersive and hands-on experience during this workshop, Sidecar will set up a dedicated instance of Betty, a personalized IFT AI assistant, tailored to IFT's content. This will offer a real-world experience of AI applications, allowing attendees to see the immediate value of integrating such technology into their daily routines.


Participants will learn:

  • Artificial intelligence (AI) fundamentals and how advanced applications like ChatGPT work.
  • Hands-on prompt engineering to apply generative AI models.
  • Cutting-edge AI tools and real-world use cases tailored for IFT's industry.
  • Best practices for using AI ethically and safely.



  • An Introduction to Artificial Intelligence (AI)
  • Understanding Large Language Models (LLM) in Business and Food
  • Evaluating AI-enabled Machine Learning (ML) in Tools Such as ChatGPT, Gemini, Claude, etc.
  • Deducing Embodied AI and Real-World Examples Through Movement and Sensory Inputs
  • Assessing the Future of AI
  • Developing a Strategic AI Roadmap for Your Organization

IFT will host a complimentary Happy Hour & Networking Event for all registered workshop attendees on July 13th following Day 1 of lecture


Thomas Altman

Thomas Altman
Co-Founder at Tasio

Thomas Altman, an enthusiast in applied data modeling, aims to empower your team with advanced data science techniques. His guidance will help you turn underutilized data into valuable resources.



Drew mcfarlaneDray McFarlane
Co-founder at Tasio

Dray McFarlane leverages his rich background as an enterprise solution architect for non-profits, infusing the bootcamp with a deep understanding of association business processes and the transformative power of AI.