Aisling's role is to help bridge the gap between the development team and stakeholders across other
With a background in Product Testing of multiple enterprise payments platforms, she has a keen
interest to grasp new concepts and methodologies and develop innovative and creative solutions
to problems. Prior to PwC she worked at CyberSource/Visa, primarily in the Payment Acceptance
sector, specialising in Integration Testing of traditional and alternative payment gateways
and methods. At Bitnet Technologies, Aisling held a dual role of Product Owner and Product
Test Engineer, responsible for leading an agile team focusing on back of house products for
the Bitcoin processing platform. Most recently, within PwC’s Digital and Emerging Technology
team, she has led the product approach to numerous design and developments within the Financial
Services sector, including Proof-of-Concepts tailored to the Insurance and Banking industries.
She plays a key role in building out the Product and Design Think functions within PwC NI.
CEO of Kami
Alex is the founder of Kami, an AI company focus on conversation automation and analysis with machine
Aislinn is an experienced developer and architect with 10+ years experience leading Kainos development
She works across a range of technologies and delivery approaches. Her passion is keeping it simple and working with teams
to build solutions that solve real business problems. She is passionate about the tools and techniques
that allow teams to deliver at pace with the highest levels of quality.
Partner, Kernel Capital
Allen is a partner in Kernel Capital, an ICT-oriented venture capital firm investing on the island
Kernel Capital is an ICT-oriented venture capital firm investing on the island of Ireland. Kernel
Capital has raised £165m in venture capital funds, most recently in 2016, and its investment
performance ranks alongside the top tier of comparable US and European funds, with the fully
divested 2002 Fund delivering an average Gross IRR of 25% for each year from 2002 through
to 2015. Allen joined Kernel Capital in 2014 and sits on the firm’s Investment Committee,
holding a number of directorship positions within portfolio companies. Prior to joining Kernel
Allen worked at Invest NI where he was an executive within Invest NI's Corporate Finance
Division, responsible for leading and project managing key elements of Invest NI’s Access
to Capital Strategy. Prior to this Allen worked in corporate finance for three years at Ulster
Bank and in his early career he worked within the Corporate Finance division at Grant Thornton
with a focus on mid-corporate M&A. Allen has extensive established networks across the business
community in Northern Ireland through interactions and execution of a large number of commercial
transactions with technology driven start up, growth and later stage companies.
Lecturer, Open University
Armando is Lecturer at the Open University, School of Engineering and Innovation, with a research
interest focusing on radar.
Armando has a MSc in Telecommunication Engineering at the Universita’ di Napoli “Federico II”. He was awarded a PhD degree
from the University of Edinburgh, (School of Geosciences) in the field of polarimetric SAR interferometry,
which received 2 accolades. He has worked at the University of Alicante, Institute of Computing
Research and was a post-doctorate researcher and lecturer at the ETH Zürich, Institute of Environmental
Engineering. His main research interests include processing of stacks of radar images for surveillance
with focus on target detection, change detection and classification;developing ground based radars
and executing measurement campaigns and applying Image Processing, Computer Vision and Machine
Learning methodologies to remote sensing images.
Head of Life Science & Healthcare, Analytics Engines
Austin helps clients in the pharmaceutical, biotech, diagnostics and healthcare sectors derive value
from their data.
Austin completed his PhD in biomedical science in the University of Ulster and has career path that spans startups and multinationals
from lab science to bioinformatics through to product management and commercialisation. Austin
has a passion for new technology and its impacts on our society.
Professor at University of Ulster
Chris is the Director of the Computer Science Research Institute and holds the position of Professor
of Biomedical Engineering.
He is based within the School of Computing and Mathematics at Ulster University. He received a Bachelor of Engineering in
Electronic Systems and DPhil in Biomedical Engineering both from Ulster University. Chris joined
the University as a Research Fellow in 1999 and was appointed as Lecture in Computer Science
in 2000. Following this he held positions of Senior Lecture and Reader within the Faculty of
Computing and Engineering before his appointment as Professor of Biomedical Engineering in 2008.
In 2016 he was awarded the Senior Distinguished Research Fellowship from Ulster University, His
research within biomedical engineering addresses the themes of the development and evaluation
of technologies to support ambient assisted living. Chris is the Group Leader of the Smart Environments
Research Group and also the co-PI of the Connected Health Innovation Centre at Ulster University.
IT Lead, OpenDataNI
Cormac is the IT lead for OpenDataNI at Digital Shared Services in the Department of Finance.
He previously worked in Land & Property Services on a number of geospatial projects including the development & implementation
of a rapid editing system to revise DAERA’s extensive Single Farm Payment geospatial data. He
is interested in data analytics (especially with a geospatial bent) and promoting the re-use
of public sector data to the outside world.
Managing Director of Big Motive
Damian is Founder and Managing Director of Big Motive – a digital design and innovation studio with
offices in Belfast and London.
Throughout his career, he has advised a wide range of brands, businesses and technology startups – advocating design thinking
approaches to create products and experiences that solve business problems while addressing the
needs of users, audiences and customers. Past clients include Diageo, Unilever, Honda Motors
Europe, Nike, Oracle, Hertz, MTV, TG4, BBC, Channel 4, National Trust and Net-a-Porter. Damian
leads his team at Big Motive to deliver expert services spanning user experience research and
design, digital product design and innovation consulting. Big Motive’s mission is to help and
empower visionary technical teams to design products and services that inspire growth.
Director of Technology - Liberty IT
David has over 20 years’ experience in building software systems across many domains and technologies.
As Director of Technology with Liberty IT, working on many Liberty Mutual key systems, David has exposure to a wide range
of technologies and techniques covering Architecture, UX, Dev, Test, DevOps, Analytics & Cyber-Security.
A life-long programmer, David brings deep technical knowledge along with strong collaboration
and teamwork skills to deliver business value. Since 1997, Liberty IT has created complex world
class IT solutions exclusively for Fortune 100 U.S. parent company, Liberty Mutual Insurance,
developing a wide range of enterprise scale, Customer Focused solutions which leverage cloud
technologies, agile engineering and disciplined practice to enable highly dynamic business needs.
Software Development is a critical component of digital transformation.
CEO, Immersive VR Education
David Whelan is formally the editor/chief of Virtual Reality Reviewer and a founding member of the
Virtual Reality Awards.
David has won multiple awards for his pioneering work on creating and producing the VR Documentary “Apollo 11 VR” and has
been an integral part of the VR development community over the past few year. David is passionate
about re-engaging students into educational studies and ensuring that access to good education
is available to everybody regardless of their financial status or geographical location.
VRNI Limited, Director
Deepa Mann-Kler is the Producer and Creative Director of RETNE, the first production from VRNI Ltd.
RETNE recently made its US debut at SxSW. She is an award winning, internationally acclaimed, multi-disciplinary artist.
Software Trainer at Instil Software
Eamonn Boyle trains and mentors full-time at Instil Software, and is passionate about helping people
write clean code.
Eamonn Boyle has been programming since the age of 9, starting with BASIC on his Amstrad CPC 464
(64KB with a massive 256KB expansion pack). Over more than 25 years later he’s worked on desktops,
mobile, super computers, embedded embedded systems and anything anyone will let him tinker with.
Until last year he worked as developer, technical lead and architect before making the transition
into full time training and mentoring at Instil Software. He helps people write clean code in
whatever platform and language they are using (though he’s got a soft spot for C# and C++).
Product Manager at AllState
Emma Mulholland is a co-founder of ProductTank Belfast, and a Product Manager at CompoZed labs, in
Allstate Northern Ireland.
She has been working in Product, specifically eCommerce for 6 years, and is a passionate advocate of all things Agile. Previously
she worked for Marks and Spencer and Tesco.
Gillian has over a decades’ worth of experience in Software Development, working across the full
She has helped design and architect numerous large scale enterprise applications in many technologies across the full stack.
For the last few years she has worked in LIT’s Emerging Business and Technology Department exploring
new technologies and using them to build solutions that push technical boundaries to solve real
business problems. She still dabbles in the full stack, but lives where technology meets humans
in the user interface and experience. Currently she is part of a small team building new capabilities
for our business using Cognitive Technologies.
Lead for IoT Alliance Belfast
Gillian is the lead for the Internet of Things Alliance in Belfast and Director of Women Who Code,
Gillian helps bring together those that participate in creating and deploying IoT - from industry, academia and our local
tech talent. She is part of the Adoreboard team, an Emotion Analysis company, and also works
with Aepona (an IoT Service Creation & Enrichment Platform). Prior to this Gillian was part
of Intel, working closely with the IoT Division globally. She is a co-organiser of #HacktheHub.
AWS Cloud Architect, Liberty IT
Gillian works as an AWS Cloud Architect in Liberty IT's Emerging Business & Technology Division.
Gillian has 18 years experience Coding, Designing and Architecting across the full stack in a wide
variety of technologies for large scale applications. Loves the challenge of constantly learning
& exploring new technologies but also has the ability to incorporate these at scale with real
products & applications within the enterprise. Passionate advocate of Cloud Native Architectures
and DevOps with a keen interest in Data Analytics, Machine Learning and AI in general. Currently
Technical Product Owner for a small team exploring how Cognitive Technologies can change the
Employee Digital Experience within Liberty Mutual.
Senior Manager, Allstate Northern Ireland
Hugh is the Senior Manager for Information Security Risk Management for Allstate Corporation.
Hugh has over 15 years’ experience in IT, 10 of which have been primarily Cybersecurity focused and works for AllState NI.
Currently Hugh leads Allstate’s Risk Assessment teams across multiple remote locations. These
risk teams cover both supplier risk management and Allstate’s cybersecurity risk management functions.
Hugh has worked extensively across enterprise security strategy, identity management and risk
management functions, driving security and subsequently delivering a key enterprise service to
the business. Hugh is passionate about security and where it can be delivered effectively as
a business enablement capability. Hugh is involved in delivering cyber security programmes to
a diverse range of individuals and groups, and strongly believes in the commitment to supporting
people and businesses to make informed decisions when it comes to cybersecurity.
Technical Evangelist, AWS
Ian works to increase the awareness of AWS cloud services and works to help customers benefit from
the adoption of AWS.
Ian has almost 20 years’ experience in the IT industry, covering operations and engineering within
hosting, telecommunications and cloud service providers. Prior to joining AWS, he lead a systems
engineering team for an integrated software and hardware company that focused on the creation
of cloud computing services with telecommunications and other IT service providers across Europe,
the Middle East and Africa. He has been working with cloud computing technologies since 2008,
with customers of all sizes- from startups to large enterprises. He has a special interest in
the development of Connected Device and IoT applications, and in architecture patterns for the
deployment of large scale gaming platforms in the Cloud.
Dr Irene Lopez De Vallejo
Director of Research, Digital Catapult
Irene has devoted the last 20 years to multidisciplinary applied technology research and international
With a background in social sciences and architecture, her long-standing passion is to understand the complex relationships
underlying societies, technologies and continuously evolving physical and digital environments.
She currently leads a terrific team building the Digital Catapult’s collaborative R&D programmes
across the UK, EU and internationally, as well as the organisation’s regional and international
development strategy. Irene thoroughly enjoys networking, finding unique people and ideas and
bring them together to solve societal and economic challenges posed by multi-party, multi-country
Data Engineer, Mastodon C
Jason is the author of “Machine Learning - Hands on for Developers and Technical Architects
Jason works on high volume streaming and realtime complex data.
Partner, Kernel Capital
Jayne has been with Kernel Capital for almost 4 years and sits on the firms’ Investment Committee.
She holds a number of directorship positions within portfolio companies. Jayne is a partner in Kernel Capital, an ICT-oriented
venture capital firm investing on the island of Ireland. Kernel Capital has raised £165m in venture
capital funds, most recently in 2016, and its investment performance ranks alongside the top
tier of comparable US and European funds, with the fully divested 2002 Fund delivering an average
Gross IRR of 25% for each year from 2002 through to 2015. Jayne is past Chairman of the Institute
of Engineering and Technology in Northern Ireland and holds and has held a number of advisory
and board roles with organisations focused on economic and social development. Prior to joining
Kernel Jayne’s career has involved leadership positions with both multinationals and start-ups,
across a range of operational and executive roles including Flextronics, Nortel, Intune Networks
and TDK. Jayne has lived and worked in culturally and politically complex environments in a variety
of global locations including Europe, China, Japan, India and North America. Roles have included
international sales, business development, corporate due diligence and ownership of a range of
cross functional technical projects of scale. Jayne holds a 1st Class Masters in Electrical and
Electronic Engineering (M. Eng) from Queen’s University Belfast, is a Fellow of the IET and is
currently undertaking the Institute of Directors Chartered Director Programme.
Senior Manager, PwC Cyber Security Practice
Jonny is a Senior Manager in the PwC Cyber Security Practice responsible for Managed Threat Detection
He is also responsible for Advanced Security Operations, Security Analytics and Threat Intelligence. Jonny’s background originates
in Networking and Network Security learning his trade building networks for BT, Fujitsu & Capita,
designing and deploying secure wireless networks, IDS and security controls for schools across
the UK. Jonny then spent a number of years with the New York Stock Exchange in the Threat Operations
team, leading the Security Architecture and Engineering efforts for the Commercial Services division,
working to design global solutions for capital markets clients and members of the NYSE that focused
on innovative and cutting edge technology. Jonny then moved to Alert Logic, where he spent 2
years as a Threat Intelligence Researcher and Analyst, focusing on identifying detection techniques
against threat actors that could be used in IDS and log analytics.
Jordan is a software engineer at Kainos and has an interest in tackling challenging problems in emerging
Jordan graduated from Queens University Belfast, holds an MEng in computer science. During his time at university Jordan
was introduced to the concept of machine learning and has continued to foster an interest in
the topic due to its potential for transforming business processes and in particular the lives
of everyday people. This interest has served Jordan in good stead, after university he joined
Kainos as a software engineer and as part of the applied innovation team he has benefited from
the opportunity of fostering his knowledge in the topic while discovering ways machine learning
can solve various problems in the real world. Jordan has also investigated the impact emerging
web technologies can have on the performance of websites and dabbled into developing applications
within the domain of virtual reality.
Software Engineer, Kainos
Kelly spent her placement year as part of the Research & Development team where she worked with a
broad range of technologies.
Kelly lead Kainos' AppCamp in 2015 and 2016 where she trained and mentored students in developing iOS mobile applications
for 8 weeks. Currently Kelly is working on a cloud based integrated healthcare product that improves
the quality and efficiency of patient care.
Lord Mayor of Belfast
Lord Mayor of Belfast is Alderman Brian Kingston.He was educated at the University of Manchester.
and Queen’s University Belfast. He is a former pupil of Methodist College and was educated at the
University of Manchester and Queen’s University Belfast. He was elected to office on 1 June 2016.
A former High Sheriff of the city, Alderman Kingston represents the Court electoral area. He
is taking the theme ‘putting citizens first' throughout his term. He has a background in community
development work in north and west Belfast for over 20 years.
Luke works with internal and external teams to use technology to solve problems, create insights
and give a competitive advantage to customers.
Luke works across a broad range of technologies and domains spending his time building teams, finding tools, and developing
people at Kainos that work with customers to create value though business, and technology innovation.
Current areas of focus are Intelligent and Connected Systems, Immersive Technology, Data-Driven
and Cyber security. Luke has been working with Immersive technology for 7+ years and is also
the co-founder of Immersive Tech Northern Ireland (@immersivetechni) – a group for creative and
technologists to collaborate on immersive technology.
Business Research Manager, City Council
He has been involved in the development of the city’s first ever community plan, the Belfast Agenda.
He is also working with city partners to develop a ‘Smart Belfast’ framework that aims to encourage greater collaboration
between public, academic and private sector organisations to encourage the adoption of innovation
and new technologies to address city challenges.
Dr Martin Spollen
Co-Founder and CEO, Yedup Limited
Martin co-founded Yedup with a vision to deliver next generation AI - ultra-fast statistical machines
The machines learn continuously in real time from streaming online content. Based in Belfast, the company applies its technology
to predict intra-day share price movements in real time from analysis of live social media content.
Yedup publishes its results live via low latency API to institutional clients in the capital
markets, enabling them to profit systematically from being first to know about impending market
movements. Martin has extensive experience in the investment industry, including as Chief Investment
Officer. He is a Fulbright Fellow and holds PhD in Mathematics.
Founder, Extraordinary Facility
Matt Brown is a Belfast-born designer based in San Francisco and has been designing for over fifteen
A graduate of the Royal College of Art in London, he runs Extraordinary Facility, a design studio
for learning and play. Before that, he worked on exploratory user interfaces in the Human Interface
Prototyping Group at Apple.
Michael is a data specialist working in the financial services sector, with nearly 10 years experience.
Michael is a Senior Manager,Banking & Capital Markets, Service Delivery Centre Belfast. He assists
clients in tackling compliance challenges derived from their data. He helps clients to gain insight
and value from data that exists within their organisation, ranging from large databases containing
millions of records to email servers and document repositories. As part of this work, Michael
helps clients to identify gaps in their data governance framework and any associated operational
issues. Michael implements remediation plans using specialist Artificial Intelligence and Machine
Learning technology to drive key efficiencies in data capture and review to help create enriched
data sets. Global Banking Industry experience: Michael led the data governance team assembled
to provide specialist services to comply with FCA data requests and worked closely with the Legal
& Compliance teams to meet reporting deadlines. Michael led the review and processing of multiple
data formats using specialist indexing and OCR technology to assist with contract disputes and
regulatory compliance. Global Insurance Industry experience: Michael led a data remediation engagement
for a large Insurance House who were complying with a regulatory request. Michael worked closely
with the client to review their data universe and structured data sets. As part of this engagement,
Michael liaised with key stakeholders to provide an agreed approach to produce the required outputs
for regulatory request.
Dr Michaela Black
Head of School, Ulster University
Dr Michaela Black is Head of School for School of Computing & Intelligent Systems in Computer
She works in the School of Computing and Intelligent Systems at Ulster University. She has a BSc (Hons) in Computing Science,
DPhil in the area of Machine Learning with British Telecom with a Patent posted: Rationalization
of data used in model of time varying event behaviour (US 7024426 B2) & Data rationalisation
(US 20020183999 A1). Michaela has published around 50 publications including book chapters, journals
and conferences. Her research covers Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Data Mining,
Big Data, Telecoms, Education, Health, Gamification, Games and User Profiling. She is PI on newly
awarded PM18 Big data for Supporting Public Health Policies – MIDAS (Meaningful Integration of
Data, Analytics and Services) project of €4.5million, and is grant holder of an international
consortium who have been awarded €3.6million Horizon 2020 project PH27 PCP project – MAGIC –
Mobile Assistance for Groups and Individuals in the Community and. Within her research she has
supervised and successfully completed of 6 PhD studentships including Handling Latency for Online
Learning with Concept Drift, and has given several invited talks on Big Data have been presented
to the range of conferences and workshops. Her consultancy work ranges from Horizon2020 applications,
SBRi Gamification of Medicines, to InterTradeIreland FUSION projects. Michaela is involved in
a number of regional, national and international Connected Health research projects with particular
expertise in Mobile Technology for Health, Gamification and Adaptive AI. As Head of School for
School Michaela delivers a strong focus on teaching and developing a strong Research-teaching
Nexus, Professional skills, Employability and Entrepreneurship. Her excellence in Teaching has
been recognised by her being awarded a Distinguished Teaching Fellowship in 2016.
Chief Executive, ESS
He is a Deputy Secretary and is an Executive Director on the Board of the Department of Finance (DoF).
Paul, as Senior Responsible Owner (SRO) for Digital Transformation is leading a “Digital First” strategy being rolled out
across the NI public sector. Paul is also the lead of Open Data within the public sector and
is the Chief Information Officer (CIO) for the NICS. ESS provides shared services for ICT, HR,
Finance, Property Management and Digital Transformation. ESS has delivered savings in excess
of £170 million and has won a number of significant awards. These include a European Foundation
in Quality Management (EFQM) 3* Award and Steps to Excellence Gold standard; a Top 100 placing
in the Sunday Times Best Companies to Work For Awards; Shared Services & Outsourcing Network
(SSON) European Award for Excellence in Transformation. Paul was awarded a visiting professorship
at the Ulster University Business School where he occasionally lectures on change management
and shared services.
Co-founder and CEO, See.Sense
Philip is a commuter cyclist with over 20 years experience in electronic and software engineering.
After designing air traffic control simulators for National Air Traffic Services, he went on to design,
build and maintain trading systems for several multinational investment banks. After inventing
See.Sense to help make his cycle commuting journey safer, Philip left his corporate career to
focus exclusively on See.Sense.
Director Flax and Teal
Phil Weir specialises in open source technologies, drawing on his background as a web developer and
Phil has used a wide range of software in academia and industry, particularly for researching floating
structures in the Antarctic and simulating surgical procedures in bio-engineering for web-based
interfaces. He is a joint coordinator of the Belfast Linux User Group and is part of a collaborative
project to support open development locally.
Freelance Service Designer
Rebecca is a freelance service designer currently consulting for the Northern Ireland public sector
Rebecca has a background in Aeronautical Engineering with over 5 years experience in aerodynamic
design and 7 years experience in innovation. She has worked with several innovative organisations
including design consultants IDEO, collaborative innovation companies, Imaginatik and Hype innovation
and technology specialists Equiniti. Within the Innovation Lab Rebecca has worked on several
projects including improvement of medicines adherence, system requirements for an online feedback
system for health and social care and improvement of recycling targets through service and product
design. Rebecca loves going to the gym, running, travelling, making her own clothes and working
as a STEM ambassador. She thinks the world would be a better place if services were always designed
for the user. Rebecca’s favourite quote is – “At its core, creative confidence is about believing
in your ability to create change in the world around you.” Tom Kelley, IDEO.
Regional Director, ICE
Richard is helping civil engineers explore how digital and emerging technology can transform the
As ICE Regional Director he is responsible for working with around 2,000 civil engineers in NI, enhancing
their knowledge, celebrating their work and helping the public better understand civil engineering.
He works with a wide range of industries, representative bodies, civil servants and politicians
to ensure that our quality of life is improved through the built environment. Prior to his role
with ICE, Richard was a senior engineer with the multinational consultancy AECOM, responsible
for the delivery of capital infrastructure projects in Northern Ireland and the Isle of Man.
Richard is a Fellow of ICE and Chartered Manager and holds a Master of Business Administration.
He is also a Non-Executive Director of Colleges NI.
Deputy CTO, Kainos
Rory is Deputy CTO for Kainos Digital, a software architect, product manager and lapsed developer.
Over the years he has worked in almost every role imaginable in IT, from testing to web design. He is regularly wrong and
likes to help people learn from this by sharing his experience #sharethefail.
Rose Kane Quinn
Rose Kane Quinn is a BI Analyst/Software Developer with Neueda Consulting.
After a career in product design she changed direction and completed her masters in software development
in 2016. She is a former NESTA awardee. She loves data visualisation and making the technically
complex simple to understand.
Product Lead, PwC Digital Services
Ryan leads the Product & Design Team within PwC's Digital Services in Belfast.
By bridging a strong engineering background with deep product and design thinking, Ryan has been
pivotal in shaping multiple world-class digital products and platforms. He is currently pioneering
the use of design thinking within PwC to help clients of all sizes across various industries
to correctly define their problems and creatively build solutions that deliver real value.
Technical Evangelist, Microsoft
Ryan is a Senior Technical Evangelist working for Microsoft across the island of Ireland.
With a master’s in Computer Engineering, Ryan partners with tech startups to help them scale
their business leveraging the power of Azure. He also works with customers looking to build
next generation mixed reality experiences using HoloLens.
Sam is a Director of CineCopters, an aerial drone filming company
CineCopters, founded in 2013, brings Belfast, Northern Ireland, Ireland and the UK a higher standard of aerial drone filming.
One of the industry leaders in aerial cinematography we bring together state-of-the-art aerial
drone technology, the latest digital 4K RAW HD cinema cameras, zero delay HD video transmission,
advanced gimbal technology and a group of highly dedicated professionals with over 45 years hands
on television and film experience.
Seamus McAteer is an independent board member and advisor.
He works with a number of leading edge companies in data analytics, mobile technology, and AI. He
brings a wealth of experience from his track record as a repeat entrepreneur and successful operator.
Seamus was co-founder and CEO at Datasnap.io an analytics platform that linked user physical
world engagement to online behavior via micro-proximity technology. Datasnap.io was acquired
by Neustar in Oct '16 where Seamus was VP New Ventures. Metaresolver a mobile ad platform that
Seamus founded and led as CEO was acquired by Millennial Media where Seamus was SVP of Analytics
and Insight. MMetrics, a company Seamus co-founded and led as Chief Product Architect and board
member, delivered currency data used by companies in the mobile sector and was acquired by Comscore.
As an independent board member he helped with the sale of Motally to Nokia, Zokem to Arbitron,
and he was a member of the executive team at Majestic Research when it was acquired by ITG. Seamus
lives in San Francisco and enjoys trail running on the Marin Headlands and in his neighborhood
with his German Shepherd."
VP of Engineering for Openmind Networks
Simon is the VP of Engineering for Openmind Networks. He has an MSc in experimental physics and has over
20 years experience.
He is a seasoned telecoms executive with proven capabilities in innovation, development, major project
deliverables, global customer support and people leadership. He is also a great guitarist.
Academic Program Manager, Microsoft
Stephen’s role involves engaging lecturers and students of all disciplines and levels with tech talks
and curriculum advice.
In this role he engages lecturers and students of all disciplines and levels with tech talks and curriculum advice. Stephen
is a passionate advocate of CoderDojo and Computational Thinking both in and outside the classroom.
He developed Kinect 2 Scratch and is a PhD candidate in SMARTLab, UCD on Computational Thinking education
with kinaesthetic learning. Before joining Microsoft Ireland he was a software engineer and Computing
lecturer on software development education and games based learning.
UX Director, Big Motive
Stephen’s role as UX Director at Big Motive is complemented by his diverse range of skills and experience.
His experience ranges from product development to game design and content strategy. Stephen studied at
Glasgow School of Art and University of Ulster before graduating with first class honours and beginning
his early career as an interactive designer. Stephen worked in a number of creative agencies building
digital products and campaigns for a wide ranges of brands and businesses including BBC, Diageo,
Channel 4, Save the Children, Budweiser, Invest Northern Ireland, Queens University, Net-A-Porter
and University of Ulster. As a digital producer, he has collaborated with TV production companies
to deliver interactive experiences and content for a variety of BBC Northern Ireland and BBC Worldwide
projects. Stephen has directed multi-platform factual projects for network broadcast and digital
content for a number of motion pictures. He has served as an advisor to Channel 4’s ‘Ideas Factory’,
a judge for the Digital category of the ICAD Awards, served as chair of Bruiser Theatre Company,
and attended trade missions to Helsinki, Washington DC and SxSW as a creative industry representative.
In 2013 he was appointed as the inaugural Entrepreneur in Residence at Ulster University. Stephen’s
focus is on the development of next generation interfaces between people and digital products. With
his team of UX designers and engineers at Big Motive, Stephen develops innovative solutions to client
problems, delivering beautifully crafted products that enhance content and user experiences.
Co-founder and Director of Connect, Catalyst Inc
Steve is responsible for developing the support ecosystem for entrepreneurs in N.I to create and scale
Steve spent ten years prior to this in California including co-founding Kineticom, Inc a San Diego, California, based technical
talent firm in 2000 ranked #33 on the Inc 500 list of the fastest-growing, privately-held US companies
in 2006. Steve graduated from University of Northumbria with a degree in Business Information Technology.
Dr Suzanne Little
Dr Suzanne Little is a lecturer in the School of Computing at DCU and a Funded Investigator at the Insight
Centre for Data Analytics.
She is working in the area of information access and retrieval across a variety of application domains.
She completed her PhD at the University of Queensland, Australia in 2006 examining and developing
tools for analysing and managing scientific multimedia data and worked at The Open University, UK
before moving to Ireland. She has worked on a number of EU projects in the areas of multimedia, technology
enhanced education, security and big data. Dr Little is currently working on the Smart Stadium for
Smarter Living project with Intel, Microsoft, Croke Park and ASU developing an Internet of Things
testbed and as part of the EU Cloud-LSVA and VI-DAS projects in big video data from instrumented
vehicles. Her expertise is in video analysis, semantic search and data integration.
Head of Digital Catapult Northern Ireland
Tom is a 25-year tech veteran and, in addition to being Head of Digital Catapult NI is CTO and Director
of Innovation at Kainos Group plc.
Tom Gray graduated from Queen’s University Belfast, holds a BSc. in Computer Science, and has studied Innovation Management
at MIT Sloan.Tom has been the driving force behind many of Kainos’ most innovative and successful
customer and staff initiatives, including HealthHackEU, Kainos AppCamp, CodeCamp and Code4Derry.
He founded and curates the content for the annual BelTech conference, which has a strong focus on
emerging Digital technology. Tom is a member of the Board of the Northern Ireland Science Panel –
MATRIX – and is Deputy-Chair of the MATRIX ICT panel. Tom is a member of the CCEA Regulatory Advisory
Panel. He is Chairman of the Ulster University Industrial Liaison Board, and is a member of the Industry
Board of Manchester Connected Health. Tom is past-Chair of the IET in Northern Ireland.
Leader, Cyber Security
Will Semple is a Leader in the PwC Cyber Security Practice responsible for Managed Threat Detection and
He works with PwC clients globally helping to solve some of the their most challenging cyber risk questions. Prior to PwC
Will has served as Head of Global Threat for the New York Stock Exchange, managing cyber risk from
nation state attackers, industrial espionage, hacktavism and cyber crime related incidents. Will
was later appointed CISO for the European, APAC and Commercial business units of the NYSE overseeing
EU and US Regulator interactions for the Exchange on Cyber matters. Will has actively contributed
to the industry by serving as Chair of a European Council working group on Network Information Sharing
and Incident Response and assisted in the formulation of policy and legislation for Cyber Security
in the EU.
Head of Consumer Banking, Bank of Ireland UK
William leads the full service retail side of the Bank with a branch network, direct service teams and
He provides transactional banking, mortgages, personal loans, credit and debits cards throughout
Northern Ireland. With over 20 years of experience working in service delivery and proposition
development, William has a wide exposure to developing and delivering solutions for customers
to fulfil their financial needs whether face to face or in the digital environment. Bank of Ireland
opened its first branches in Belfast, Derry/Londonderry and Newry in 1825. Today partnership
remains a distinctive and important characteristic of the Bank’s business strategy. Bank of Ireland
UK continues to work closely with a range of partners to develop customer propositions and recently
launched a new and multi-award winning mortgage application system.