Aisling's role is to help bridge the gap between the development team and stakeholders across other functions.
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.
Alex is the founder of Kami, an AI company focus on conversation automation and analysis with machine learning.
Riskpro©, a risk management platform assisting executives to manage corporate risks with machine intelligence for CSC – a Fortune 500 Co. Travelzen, one of the largest B2B online travel agent in China. Octopus Card Central Clearing Centre, world largest transportation payment system, with over 10M daily transaction in Hong Kong. He believes “To reap the most societal benefits from AI, we first have to trust it”.
Aislinn is an experienced developer and architect with 10+ years experience leading Kainos development projects.
Allen is a partner in Kernel Capital, an ICT-oriented venture capital firm investing on the island of Ireland.
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.
Armando is Lecturer at the Open University, School of Engineering and Innovation,with a research interest focusing on radar.
Dr Austin Tanney
Austin helps clients in the pharmaceutical, biotech, diagnostics and healthcare sectors derive value from their data.
Austin has a passion for new technology and its impacts on our society.
Chris is the Director of the Computer Science Research Institute and holds the position of Professor of Biomedical Engineering.
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.
Cormac is the IT lead for OpenDataNI at Digital Shared Services in the Department of Finance.
Damian is Founder and Managing Director of Big Motive, a digital design and innovation studio with offices in Belfast and London.
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.
David has over 20 years’ experience in building software systems across many domains and technologies.
David Whelan is formally the editor/chief of Virtual Reality Reviewer and a founding member of the Virtual Reality Awards.
Deepa Mann-Kler is the Producer and Creative Director of RETNE, the first production from VRNI Ltd.
Eamonn Boyle trains and mentors full-time at Instil Software, and is passionate about helping people write clean code.
Emma Mulholland is a co-founder of ProductTank Belfast, and a Product Manager at CompoZed labs, in Allstate.
Gillian has over a decades’ worth of experience in Software Development, working 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.
Gillian is the lead for the Internet of Things Alliance in Belfast and Director of Women Who Code, Belfast.
Gillian works as an AWS Cloud Architect in Liberty IT's Emerging Business & Technology Division.
Hugh is the Senior Manager for Information Security Risk Management for Allstate Corporation.
Ian works to increase the awareness of AWS cloud services and works to help customers benefit from the adoption of AWS.
Dr Irene Lopez De Vallejo
Irene has devoted the last 20 years to multidisciplinary applied technology research and international policy development.
Jason is the author of “Machine Learning - Hands on for Developers and Technical Architects”
Jayne has been with Kernel Capital for almost 4 years and sits on the firms’ Investment Committee, holding a number of directorship positions within portfolio companies.
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.
Jonny is a Senior Manager in the PwC Cyber Security Practice responsible for Managed Threat Detection and Response.
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 technologies.
Kelly spent her placement year as part of the Research & Development team where she worked with a broad range of technologies.
Lord Mayor of Belfast
Lord Mayor of Belfast is Alderman Brian Kingston.He was educated at the University of Manchester.
Luke works with internal and external teams to use technology to solve problems, create insights and give a competitive advantage to customers.
He has been involved in the development of the city’s first ever community plan, the Belfast Agenda.
Dr Martin Spollen
Martin co-founded Yedup with a vision to deliver next generation AI - ultra-fast statistical machines
Matt Brown is a Belfast-born designer based in San Francisco and has been designing for over fifteen years.
Michael is a data specialist working in the financial services sector, with nearly 10 years experience.
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
Dr Michaela Black is Head of School for School of Computing & Intelligent Systems in Computer Science
He is a Deputy Secretary and is an Executive Director on the Board of the Department of Finance (DoF).
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.
Philip is a commuter cyclist with over 20 years experience in electronic and software engineering.
Phil Weir specialises in open source technologies, drawing on his background as a web developer and mathematician.
Rebecca is a freelance service designer currently consulting for the Northern Ireland public sector Innovation Lab.
Richard is helping civil engineers explore how digital and emerging technology can transform 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.
Rory is Deputy CTO for Kainos Digital, a software architect, product manager and lapsed developer.
Rose Kane Quinn
Rose Kane Quinn is a BI Analyst and Software Developer with Neueda Consulting.
Ryan leads the Product & Design Team within PwC's Digital Services in Belfast.
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.
Ryan is a Senior Technical Evangelist working for Microsoft across the island of Ireland.
Sam is a Director of CineCopters, an aerial drone filming company
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 working with a number of leading edge companies.
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.”
Simon is the VP of Engineering for Openmind Networks. He has an MSc in experimental physics and has over 20 years experience.
He is also a great guitarist.
Stephen’s role involves engaging lecturers and students of all disciplines and levels with tech talks and curriculum advice.
Stephen’s role as UX Director at Big Motive is complemented by his diverse range of skills and experience.
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.
Steve is responsible for developing the support ecosystem for entrepreneurs in Northern Ireland to create and scale innovation companies
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.
Tom is a 25-year tech veteran and in addition to being Head of Digital Catapult NI, is CTO & Director of Innovation at Kainos Group plc.
Will Semple is a Leader in the PwC Cyber Security Practice responsible for Managed Threat Detection
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.
William leads the full service retail side of the Bank with a branch network, direct service teams and digital channel.