Tech Summit 2017

Join some of the brightest technology minds in Ireland at the 2017 Tech Summit. World class speakers and business leaders will critically explore the hot and happening topics of Artificial Intelligence, HealthTech and the Future of Work! We are in the midst of a tech revolution in an age where everything is accelerating exponentially; let our experts take you on this exciting journey.

This fast-paced event will also include excellent networking opportunities, interactive panels and showcase cutting-edge technology currently on offer by industry.


Artificial Intelligence – learn how devices perceive their environment to mimic human cognitive functions thereby blurring the lines between reality and computer-generated intelligence.


Health Tech – listen to industry experts describe how digital and technological innovations are radically transforming healthcare.


The Future of Work – explore the intersection of robotics, economics and workplace dynamics. The organisational structure, as we know it, is under fire – it’s time to transform how we work!


Tech is changing how we work, live and interact.  Whether you actively work in tech or not, this conference is for you. Join us on May 4th for this exciting event.


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Conference Chair

Anthony O'Callaghan

Director of Analytics and Artificial Intelligence
Johnson Controls

Johnson Controls a leader in the buildings solutions space appointed Anthony O’Callaghan to lead their Global Analytics and Artificial Intelligence practice in September 2016. Headquartered globally in Cork, Artificial Intelligence and Analytics are a few of a number of key global functions driven from this location.

A graduate from UCC Cork, Anthony has held a number of key tech leadership roles in IT spanning the last 15 years in areas such as AI, Analytics, Operations, Deployments, M&A and emerging technologies. Anthony is also the chair of the Cork Tech 20, a thought leadership council comprised of the top technology leaders in the region aimed at providing thought leadership in order to drive commercial opportunities across our member companies.

Anthony is also a very active member of Cork’s active tech sector where he remains as a board member of IT@Cork European Tech Cluster, a non-profit independent business organisation representing the interests of the IT industry in Ireland.


Nigel Ackland

Pioneering user of the worlds most advanced artificial arm Bebionic v3 Hand Tester

As a pioneering user of the Bebionic 3 artificial hand Nigel enthuses, Having a Bebionic hand has made me feel human again. The psychological benefits of wearing this are immense. I feel “disabled” without it. The former precious metal smelter‘s life has now taken a very different direction. I am very fortunate to have the opportunity to share my experience and try to encourage the mass production of hi tech prosthetics so that millions of other amputees can live the lives that most of us take for granted. Right now, around the world over 20 million Amputees have NO access to ANY sort of prosthetics, and the number grows every day.

The Bebionic hand has had a great impact on his life: People stop me every day to ask about it. How my hand makes other people feel when they see it appears to be just as – if not more - important as how it makes me feel when I wear it. It’s good to shake hands again, it’s what humans do.

“No one ever asked to shake my Hook”

Prof. Geraldine Boylan

Director of INFANT, Professor of Neonatal Physiology at University College Cork

Geraldine Boylan is Professor of Neonatal Physiology, Department of Paediatrics & Child Health, University College Cork, Ireland and Director of the Irish Centre for Fetal and Neonatal Translational Research – INFANT

INFANT work with a wide variety of industry partners to develop innovative technologies that will improve the treatment and care available during pregnancy, delivery and the newborn period.

Geraldine has worked in the area of clinical neurophysiology for many years and now works exclusively in the field of neonatal neurophysiology. She leads the Neonatal Brain Research Group at the INFANT centre – a multidisciplinary research team of clinicians, scientists, and engineers focused on neurological monitoring of newborns in the intensive care unit. The group use signal processing and machine learning techniques to develop medical devices that assess the health of the newborn baby. A clinical trial of a medical device developed by the team for the detection of newborn seizures has just been completed in 8 centres across Europe.

Diane Baker

Senior Manager, Client Development at Berkley Grou

Currently, As Senior Manager, Client Development at Berkley Group, Diane works with Startup’s, SME’s and Multinationals in Ireland to provide the most efficient & cost effective talent solutions across primarily the Information Technology, Finance, FMCG and Pharmaceutical/LifeScience sectors. Through collaboration, stakeholder engagement and solutions driven communications, Diane identifies potential efficiencies and process improvement opportunities across all stages of Talent Attraction, Employer Branding, Recruitment & Retention. Largely project focused, the objective is to ensure that Berkley’s Clients attract & retain the very best talent for their organisation whist maintaining a positive candidate journey and Employer value proposition.

Diane is a graduate of UCC (Economics & German. Postgraduate Accounting & information systems) with 15+ years in the recruitment sector. Having completed a graduate training program in Boston, Diane was selected as part of a start-up team that placed high level IT contract staff across Europe. Following a stint in Dublin, Diane returned to set up the Cork offices of CPL where she grew the team to just under 20 and supported a varied client base with their recruitment requirements. Diane joined the Berkley team in 2008, initially supporting their IT offering and subsequently Developing & Managing Berkley Search & Selection, the company’s Executive Search Division.

Caroline O'Driscoll

Partner at KPMG & Vice Chair of it@cork

Caroline provides corporate and international tax advice to Multinational companies particularly on inward and outward investments in the sectors of Pharmaceutical, Technology and Food/Drinks.

She advises a number of high growth indigenous companies, particularly in the technology sector, as they rapidly expand their business within Ireland and into International markets.

Caroline sits on KPMG's national Technology group ("TMT") which leads the firms strategy for this sector.

Caroline speaks at many events most recently as conference moderator at it@cork Tech Conference in 2014 and was delighted to MC the machine stage at Websummit in 2014 and 2015.

Caroline is vice chair of IT@Cork and is co-founder of I wish (Inspiring Women in Stem), a project which in conjunction with Cork City Council won the 2015 Chambers Ireland Award for excellence in local government in the "promoting economic development" category. Caroline is the 2015 winner of the WMB Boots Empowering Women Award for her work in promoting STEM.

Caroline was awarded one of the Top 10 outstanding young people (TOYP) of Cork in 2016 by Junior Chamber International Cork and was selected as one of the Top 3 overall winners to progress to the national TOYP rounds.

Aidan McCullen

Host of the Innovation Show on RTE Radio One

Aidan recently joined Dublin based Global innovation consultancy and business imagination studio Katawave. Katawave work with CEOs and business leaders to reimagine their business in a world of disruption. Through their unique methodology they develop new business models, new thinking and new businesses. Katawave works with global giants such as Pfizer, West, Teleflex and equally with creative media outlets.

As a former international and professional rugby player of 10 years he now applies his discipline to the world of digital disruption and strategic innovation. Aidan is recognized as a pioneer in digital media marketing solutions, products and business models.

Having developed and deployed the digital eco-system for Communicorp Media Group (Today FM, Newstalk, Spin, 98FM) and served as Head of Innovation for RTÉ and sitting on the board of the Irish Internet Association, Aidan has a wealth of digital transformation experience. Aidan lectures on Emerging Technology Trends in Trinity College Dublin.

Aidan is also the host of “The Innovation Show”, a global show, which is broadcast on RTÉ, Ireland’s national broadcaster. It boasts such guests as Seth Godin, Dennis Mortensen, Ted Bullas, Scott Galloway, CEO of Hailo Andrew Pinnington, Nir Eyal and many, many more.

Ken Finnegan

Chief Technology Adviser, IDA Ireland

Technology Adviser for IDA (Industrial Development Authority) Technology Ireland. He advises and provides strategic insights into technology trends both nationally and globally for the agency and client companies.

Ken was recognised in October 2015 as one of the top influencers in the Internet of Things in Ireland. Through his work in IDA Ken supports the research and development agenda for client companies in Ireland to explore and exploit technology trends.

Ken has a track record of helping companies innovate and succeed in Ireland and globally. He worked in the software, telecommunications and big data industries for 15 years before joining the IDA in 2014.

The IDA is Ireland's inward investment promotion agency; it is a non-commercial, semi-state body promoting Foreign Direct Investment into Ireland through a wide range of services.

Graham Poulter

Site Reliability Engineer at Google Ireland

A Site Reliability Engineer at Google Ireland since 2013, and previously a software engineer and bioinformatics M.Sc. in South Africa, Graham works on systems that train machine learning models for advertising and commerce. He engineers them to be more reliable, efficient, and less of a maintenance burden, and responds to incidents.

Graham's biggest contributions have been in automating updates, simplifying configuration and monitoring, and participating in the design and implementation of new infrastructure. He also trains new employees and has spoken at SRECon 2016 on machine learning technology.

Ian Brennan

Director of IT, Laya Healthcare

Ian is the Director of IT for Laya Healthcare, Irelands second largest provider of private medical insurance.

Ian leads a team of softwave development, test, project management and systems professionals that delivery all of laya's IT services.

Ian is a member of the laya healthcare executive team and ensures that laya's IT capabilities are closely aligned to the business at all times.

Ian ensures that all of laya's IT systems and development meet members needs, recent innovations have included the care on call app, claims app, members area and significant improvement to the online sales tools.

Ian joined laya healthcare after 15 years with Bon Secours Health System as director of IT, and 15 years prior to that as a Executive Officer in the Irish Naval Service where he spent much of his time at sea in a variety of roles.

DC Cahalane

CEO, Republic of Work

REPUBLIC OF WORK is a new city centre innovation hub for business of all sizes in all kinds of industries. Founded by DC Cahalane, one of the cities best known startup entrepreneurs and Dave Ronayne, Managing Director of Irish Mainport Holdings, REPUBLIC OF WORK is on a mission to help Cork businesses take advantage of the latest business technologies and processes.

DC is a veteran of Ireland’s startup community who’s led growth and marketing at some amazing Irish companies like and Trustev. He’s also worked on projects with companies like Facebook, Twitter, Microsoft and Mastercard, on topics like disruptive innovation, modern business models, influencer marketing and community development. He’s passionate about helping people who start their own businesses. In his not so spare time, he’s helped over 65 startups across the globe get started, get funded and get noticed.

Michael Redmond

Chief Operating Officer at eHealth Ireland is the creator of eHealth Ireland’s Quality Innovation Corridor (QIC) Programme

Recently appointed as Chief Operating Officer, Michael has taken on an exciting new leadership challenge focused on maximising the effectiveness of our investment in eHealth. A true believer in the power of technology to help transform the patient experience, he is focused on delivering the benefits of digital for patients and for care providers.
Prior to this, as Director of Change and Portfolio Management for the Office of the CIO, Michael established and built eHealth Ireland’s capability to provide programme & change management services.
A graduate of Trinity College Dublin, Michael is certified in MSP, PRINCE2 and ITIL. With 20 years’ experience in the Health tech sector leading major transformational projects, he was previously Corporate IT manager for the North-Eastern Health Board (NEHB), where he introduced the first ITSM based regional ICT customer service desk.

Michael began his ICT career as a computer programmer with the Revenue Commissioners in the early 1990s, before moving on to Dept of Foreign Affairs as a systems analyst, and subsequently to the Dept of Finance before moving into the Health service in 1998, where he led the NEHBs successful drive to computerise 80% of all GP practices in the region, before going on to lead the ICT project underpinning the regional GP out of hours’ service.

Bernard Brogan

Founder & Commercial Ninjaneer @ PepTalk Wellbeing

Bernard is a qualified chartered accountant and holds a Master’s in Business Management and Marketing. Bernard a Founder and the Commercial Director with PepTalk Wellbeing. He is also Director, Head of Strategy and New Business Development at Legacy Consultants.

As a high profile Dublin GAA player, Bernard has won 4 All Ireland Medals, 10 Leinster Medals and 3 GAA Football All Star Awards, as well as the title of Footballer of the Year in 2010.

Bernard was appointed in 2016 as President of the Federation of Irish Sport, the umbrella body for all of Irish sports governing bodies. He also sits on the Board of Directors for Aware, the national depression support, education and information organisation.

Barry O'Sullivan

Professor in the Department of Computer Science at University College Cork

Barry is a professor in the Department of Computer Science at University College Cork. He is a founding Director of the Insight Centre for Data Analytics, one of the world’s largest centres focused on data analytics with almost 500 researchers and staff.

Professor O’Sullivan also serves as Deputy President of the European Artificial Intelligence Association, the world’s largest AI association with over 4500 members. He was elected a Fellow of the association in 2012, an honour recognising the top 3% of its members. He is the only Irish scientist to give an invited keynote at the annual conference of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence in the US.

Professor O’Sullivan has received awards for leadership, he received the international Association for Constraint Programming Distinguished Service Award, and was named Science Foundation Ireland Researcher of the Year for 2016. Professor O’Sullivan has been involved in winning over €140 million in research funding, and has written more than 250 peer-reviewed scientific publications on many aspects of artificial intelligence. In 2017 he established AI Machina, a consultancy firm specialising in artificial intelligence.

Thierry Donneau-Golencer

Director of Product Management for Salesforce Einstein at Salesforce

Thierry Donneau-Golencer is Director of Product Management for Salesforce Einstein at Salesforce.

He was the Co-Founder and AI Lead at Tempo AI, maker of the Tempo Smart Calendar which was acquired by Salesforce in May 2015.

Prior to funding Tempo, Thierry worked as a researcher in the AI center at SRI International where he was involved with the CALO project and various other spin-offs.