Tech Summit 2018 - The Cork IT Network

Tech Summit 2018

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Skillnet Ticket Rate: 

One of the big perks of being a member of it@cork is access to our skillnet subsidised training programme 

This year we thought we’d reward our members who have invested in up-skilling through our Skillnet by offering you a highly-subsidised ticket rate of €100 (+ VAT)  to our flagstone Tech Summit event.

As a valued it@cork member you are being offered the opportunity to buy these tickets. Contact Annette Coburn on today to find out how to avail of this offer.


Early Bird Rate will end on 26th March 2018

(all prices are inclusive of VAT) 





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Gillian Bergin

Director of Operations & Program Management, Dell EMC Ireland Centre of Excellence

Director of Operations and Program Management Office for the Dell EMC Ireland Centre of Excellence (COE) based in Cork, Gillian works with large cross-functional global and regional teams. With over 20 years’ experience in both technical IT Applications development and non-technical program roles at EMC Ireland, Gillian now leads strategic programs for the vice-president of the Dell EMC Centre of Excellence in Cork.

Gillian holds a Masters in Data Business frim University College Cork and the Irish Management Institute. She has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics and Computer Science and a Post-Graduate Diploma in Accounting and Management Information Systems. Gillian is a certified Lean Six Sigma Green Belt and Project Management Professional (PMP). Gillian is also a director of the board with it@cork European Tech Cluster.

Denis Canty

Sr Director - Software Engineering at McKesson

Denis Canty is the Senior Director for Software Engineering with McKesson, a Fortune 5 company – leading a global software development and innovation labs team focused at designing and developing automation and AI products for the Cybersecurity division. Denis has a Degree in Electronic Engineering (2h) from Cork Institute of Technology (CIT), a Masters in Microelectronic chip design (1h) from University College Cork (UCC) and a Masters in Computer Science (1h) from Dublin City University (DCU).

In the past, he has held global roles as Lead Technologist with Tyco/ Johnson Controls in the IoT space, Principal Architect & Development Manager with Dell EMC in the cloud space, and lead the design and development of a Computer Vision platform in the automotive electronics space for Alps Electric. Denis has also held roles with start-ups in healthcare informatics, and was a member of EMC’s global innovation council. Denis is a regular conference speaker in the area of disruptive technologies, mainly in IoT, and more recently in the area of automation and AI. Outside of technology, he has led commercial efforts in each of his positions, looking at sensing new market opportunities for emerging technologies.

Anton Savage

Presenter - Anton Savage Show

Anton is a broadcaster, journalist, author and Managing Director of one of the country’s leading communications consultancies.

He has presented The Anton Savage Show, Savage Sunday, The Sunday Business Show, and was stand-in presenter on The Last Word, The Tubridy Show and The Ray D’Arcy Show. He has written for the Irish Independent, The Mail, The Sunday Business Post, was a columnist with The Sunday Independent and now writes a weekly column for The Herald.
Anton also manages The Communications Clinic, a training and consultancy firm which list among its clients some of the country’s top sports stars, corporate entities, CEO’s and politicians.

Anton’s first book was titled ‘Spin and Win, How Irish Politicians Get Elected.’

Caroline O'Driscoll

Partner - KPMG and Co-Founder of iWish

Caroline O’ Driscoll is a tax partner with KPMG and has over 20 years’ experience advising on inward and outward investment to multinational companies in the pharmaceutical, technology and food/drinks sectors.

She also advises start-up/high growth companies in the technology sector, on scaling their business overseas and on exit strategies.
Caroline graduated from UCC with a Bachelor of Law, is a Chartered Accountant and Chartered Tax Associate. She currently serves as Chairperson of IT@Cork in a volunteer capacity, a not-for-profit organisation which represents the interests of about 200 tech companies in the Cork region. Caroline is also co-founder of the award winning I Wish , a voluntary social enterprise to inspire secondary schools girls to pursue careers in STEM, which has reached over 10,000 girls since its inception in 2015. Caroline has won many awards for her work on I Wish and diversity including WMB Empowering Women Award 2015, Junior Chamber Ireland Top Ten Outstanding Person 2016, UCC Alumni Achievement Award 2017.

Don O’Leary

Head of EU Operations / Ireland Country Lead, Stripe

Don’s early career ranged from designing magnetic bearings for the aerospace industry to developing software for startups in California. Following business school, Don worked with Google and Twitter, helping build out their engineering and sales teams in EMEA.

In 2015, Don moved to Stripe to help build their European Operations, with functions ranging from customer service, sales, finance, legal, compliance and now Engineering. Stripe currently employs about 100 people in their EU HQ in Dublin.

Dr Patrick Kramer

Chief Cyborg Officer & CEO at Digiwell

Dr Patrick Kramer is a world-renowned Biohacker, Founder and Innovator. A global keynote speaker with over 20 years’ experience in leading IT & consulting companies like IBM and PWC in the areas of Digital Transformation and IOT. In 2014 he founded “Digiwell – Upgraded Humans”, the largest biohacking platform in Europe dedicated to upgrade and transform humans and organizations. Furthermore, he is a founding member of “Vivokey Technologies” a company to augment the human body with the next generation of non-medical implants. In Patrick’s vision, technology will more and more be worn under the skin. Wearing implants himself, he also experiments and develops the next-generation of cyborg technology. His work and insights into near- and in-body technology has been internationally recognized among others by Wired, The Wall Street Journal, Computerworld, RedBull Media, PCWorld and CeBIT.

Prof. Barry O'Sullivan

Founding Director, Insight Centre for Data Analytics, UCC

Professor Barry O'Sullivan is an award-winning academic working in the field of artificial intelligence for more than two decades. He is the founding Director of the Insight Centre for Data Analytics at University College Cork, and a Principal Investigator at the Confirm Centre for Smart Manufacturing which is based at the University of Limerick.

Professor O'Sullivan is a Fellow and current Deputy President of the European Artificial Intelligence Association (EurAI), one of the world’s largest AI associations with over 4500 members in over 30 countries. Professor O’Sullivan was President of the International Association for Constraint Programming from 2007-2012.

In 2013 he received a UCC Leadership Award and won the Association for Constraint Programming Distinguished Service Award in 2014. He was named Science Foundation Ireland Researcher of the Year for 2016, UCC Researcher of the Year in 2017, and elected to membership of the Royal Irish Academy in 2017, Ireland’s highest academic accolade.

Professor O’Sullivan has been involved in winning over €200 million in research funding, of which approximately €30 million has directly supported his research activities at UCC.

In addition to his academic work, Professor O'Sullivan runs his own AI consulting firm, AI Machina, and is SOSV’s AI Expert-in-Residence across its international set of startup accelerators that fund approximately 150 startup companies each year.

John Hurley

CTO - Ryanair

John Hurley has been Ryanair’s Chief Technology Officer since September 2014 and oversees the delivery of Ryanair’s industry leading digital and technology platforms and strategy. With over 18 years’ experience, John leads a team of over 400 developers working at Ryanair Labs, the airline’s digital innovation hubs based in Dublin, Madrid, Spain and Wroclaw, Poland. Labs continues to deliver the core digital facets of the “Always Getting Better” programme, with the website is now the world’s largest airline site, its best-in-class app having over 18m active users and more than 20m customers signing up for “My Ryanair” customer registration programme, as Ryanair takes its next steps to becoming the “Amazon of travel.”

Cameron Auld

Senior Biomedical Engineer

Cameron has been working with axial3D since the company’s inception in 2014. He leads a team of Biomedical Engineers in the creation of medical 3D printed models and assists in the management and implementation of quality standards relating to medical devices. Cameron also works closely with the company’s Software Development and Research teams to support a variety of machine learning and AI projects which streamline a traditionally, very labour intensive process.
axial3D specializes in medical 3D printing to advance both standards and efficiency of surgical intervention. With a focus on providing unique workflow software and automated DICOM segmentation algorithms to 3D printing laboratories globally; as well as a full 3D printing service offering, axial3D’s mission is to improve access to 3D printing for surgeons globally and drive increased efficiency and reduced costs of medical 3D printing.

Niamh Bushnell

Founder & CEO TechIreland

Niamh Bushnell is the Founder and CEO of TechIreland, a not for profit established in Dublin in January 2017. TechIreland maps and tracks all product innovation in Ireland and is on a mission to tell the story of Irish innovation to the world.

Prior to TechIreland Niamh was Dublin's first Commissioner for Startups, where she developed a platform, an image and a voice for Dublin as a great tech city. Niamh founded the Dublin Globe publication, the #1st FridayBrekkie, and Mentoring for Scale, a monthly mentoring event for scailing companies.

Niamh has been in the technology business for over two decades and spent 16 years in NYC where she built two startups (TechResources and Idirus) and became a mentor and angel investor at Entrepreneurs Roundtable Accelerator - ERANYC. Her first company Pan Research was founded in Dublin in 1996.

Niamh is on the board af FoodCloud and New Ireland's Millennial Board.

Eamonn Franklin

CEO, 8 West Consulting

As 8 West co-founder and former Software Development Director Eamonn is principally responsible for client relationships, and for the oversight and direction of our development groups, with over 200 personnel. Eamonn has advised on technology strategy and technical and business solutions for a wide range of clients in numerous industries, including healthcare, insurance, financial services, eCommerce, retail, and manufacturing. Serving the needs of over 50,000,000 end users in health insurance in the USA, over a number of very large insurance customers, under Eamonn’s direction 8 West has become an acknowledged leader in large health insurance software systems, with twenty years’ domain experience.

Barry O'Connor

Technology Consultant

Barry O'Connor is a Dublin based technology consultant with over 20 year's experience. In that time he has specialised in taking new ideas and concepts and bringing them into the corporate world. On the last few years he has focused exclusively on Blockchain and the emerging world of Distributed Ledger Technology.

He is currently focused on working with companies and organisations to increase awareness and understanding of Blockchain and Crypto currencies, and to help them to deploy the technology in a way that will either make or save money.

Hazel Cryan

Director, KPMG Corporate Finance.

Director in Corporate Finance, KPMG, based in Dublin. Has worked in Corporate Finance for 9 years with a primary focus on Mergers & Acquisitions and Fundraising. Hazel advises clients across a wide range of sectors including high growth tech companies.

Hazel is a Qualified Accountant, holds a Masters in Accounting from UCD Smurfit Graduate Business School and a B.Comm (Hons) from UCD. Hazel provides finance workshops to female entrepreneurs as part of Going for Growth a KPMG and Enterprise Ireland sponsored initiative, she is also a Social Entrepreneurs Ireland mentor. Hazel has previously spoken on the topic of fundraising at National Digital Week, Skibereen and Going for Growth conferences.

Prof. Paul Walsh

Artificial Intelligence Research, CIT

Machine learning technology expert, holding executive positions in a number of innovative companies and organisations. Founder of numerous startups, including life science software company the provider of bioinformatics software that rapidly accelerates innovation. Project manager expert and principal investigator funded under major national and international research programs including FP7 and H2020.

An editorial board member for major scientific publications, holding a PhD in science and a certified technology and project management professional with experience in consultancy for major international clients.

Specialties: AI, machine learning, research, innovation, project management and entrepreneurship.

Sean Lynch

Founder & Developer,

Seán is the founder and developer of which he quips is like "Pokémon Go for Tidy Towns". OpenLitterMap is the first and only litter-mapping platform to offer a GeoBlockchain reward (Littercoin) for the production of open geospatial data.

Sean is a Geography post-grad with two masters degrees, who has also worked as a dive-master in the Tropics and team lead in Australia. A self-taught developer, he is also one of the founding members of SSDP in Ireland (Students for Sensible Drug Policy).

Dr. Conor McGinn

Assistant Professor, School of Engineering, Trinity College Dublin

Dr. Conor McGinn is an Assistant Professor in the School of Engineering in Trinity College Dublin. He is the co-founder of the Robotics And Innovation Lab (RAIL) where he leads a team in investigating how robots can be developed to empower people.

Dr. McGinn has won awards in both design and robotics, most notably the Engineers Ireland award for Innovation in 2013.

Dr. Sonja Hermann

Research fellow, Principal Investigator, Trinity Centre for Bioengineering

Moving from Germany to Ireland in 2007, Sonja joined University College Dublin as a research associate in the School of Physiotherapy and Performance Science. In 2009, Sonja joined Trinity College Dublin in the Trinity Centre for Bioengineering where she is a research fellow and principal investigator. Over the last 11 years, she has been a passionate and active advocate driving awareness and innovation in design thinking, ergonomics, human factors, human computer interaction and interface design.

Prior to her research career, Sonja was a member of the BMW research and development team on Design- Ergonomics in Munich, Germany. She worked on projects focused on driver monitoring, fatigue and drowsiness detection.

Most recently, in the digital health domain, Sonja has developed a sensor and method for pressure-ulcer prediction “SanaSense”, with US and European patent being currently granted. SanaSense measures tissue/muscle compression, which allows to objectify subjective feelings of discomfort or pain. Sonja also has a keen interest in advancing human digital models, enabling them to feel discomforts and is a consultant advisor to industry in the areas of smart sensor hardware and software applications.

Donal Travers

Head of IDA's Technology Group

Donal Travers is the Head of IDA’s Technology Group, which has responsibility for securing and supporting investments from the global technology sector. Dónal’s responsibilities include the development of new business and the growth of the existing technology portfolio, including the proportion of R&D activity.

Dónal joined IDA Ireland in 1997 and has held a number of roles in the intervening period, including five years based in IDA’s Silicon Valley office, managing the organisation’s business development on the West Coast of North America. Before his current role, he managed IDA’s Professional Services and BPO business from the Dublin office. Dónal is a graduate of Business Studies and Marketing from Dublin City University.

Amelia Kelly

Ph.D / Director of Speech Technology at Soapbox Labs

Dr. Amelia Kelly is the Director of Speech Technology at Soapbox Labs and has more than a decade's experience, spanning academia and industry, in the areas of speech signal processing, natural language processing, machine learning and artificial intelligence.

Prior to joining Soapbox Labs, she worked as a speech recognition engineer in a Silicon Valley start-up, helped to create the natural language processing and dialog systems for IBM Watson, and contributed to the development of the first Irish language speech synthesiser at Trinity College. She holds a PhD in Speech Technology, and an M.Phil in Linguistics, both from Trinity College Dublin, and a B.Sc. in Physics and Astronomy from National University of Ireland, Galway. As well as various academic publications, she holds a patent in the area of cognitive computing, and is a regular speaker at technical conferences and summits in Ireland and abroad.

Berni Good

Cyber Psychologist

Berni Good is a Psychologist, a member of the British Psychological Society and founder of Cyberpsychologist Limited a consultancy company that works with video games and tech companies seeking to understand the impact on human behaviour of immersing in technology.

The session will focus on Future Psychology and how tech companies can address the psychological needs of human beings in the landscape of Cyberpsychology.

Dr. Brendan O'Flynn

Head of Group – Wireless Sensor Networks

Dr Brendan O’Flynn received both his PHD and M Eng Sc degree from University College Cork in the areas of Smart Systems Integration and Electronics system design. Brendan is a senior staff researcher at the Tyndall and is head of group for the Wireless Sensor Network activities at Tyndall. The WSN group is employing a system level design methodology focusing on the development of the embedded software and energy aware system intelligence, the necessary deployment tools to get systems into the field and ensure long lifetime deployments of complex sensing platforms.

Brendan’s research interests’ lie in the areas of sensor system integration, low power embedded system design and development (hardware and software), algorithm development for embedded system data fusion, system miniaturization, RF system design and optimization and system deployment.

Brendan has published extensively in this area and has secured significant funding for Tyndall in the area of development and deployment of WSN technologies and applied research activities for energy the environment and health and has supervised a number of postgraduate students, both at MEngSc and PhD level.