Galway goes global with virtual festival of technology

One of Ireland’s biggest tech events is going virtual and global this year. The international line-up of expert speakers has been announced for the AtlanTec Festival 2020 which takes place online from the 18-22 May 2020.

Across five days, over 30 online events will delve into hot-topics and trends in tech and digital innovation the fields of AI, cyber security, fintech, medtech, mindfulness and leadership. This year’s line-up will also include a special focus on COVID-19 and feature NUI Galway researchers who are responding to the pandemic with innovative solutions such as applying AI.

The Art of AI & Digital Innovation is for business leaders, expert software developers, entrepreneurs and technologists who can connect in – for free – from wherever they are in the world. There will also be a fun social element with a Tech Quiz on the 20 May.

“In light of the pandemic restrictions and reflecting a changed world, the AtlanTec Festival has adapted and this year we are going virtual,” said Caroline Cawley, Chief Executive Officer of the non-profit itag which runs the event. “Our mission is to promote, strengthen and grow the information technology industry along the Wild Atlantic Way. It’s a credit to all involved here locally and to our speakers from around the world that we are adopting tech — to talk tech — and pushing ahead with such a mammoth event.”

Now in its sixth year, the festival usually takes places around various Galway venues with in-company events hosted by the many large tech companies and vibrant start-ups in the region. The conference usually culminates with a day-long conference at NUI Galway with up to 400 attendees.

The festival is supported by Avaya, Cisco, itag Skillnet, Fidelity Investments, Genesys and NUI Galway.

Fiona Neary is Innovation Operations Manager with NUI Galway’s Innovation Office and will moderate sessions on the university’s COVID-19 research responses and start-ups in the region: “The west of Ireland has a vibrant ICT sector with particular strengths in enterprise software. We have the perfect mix of third-level education institutes, high-potential start-ups and supports, innovative indigenous companies and multinational corporations. What we also have is some amazing people with incredible knowledge and insights to share. It’s so great to get together again for AtlanTec – even if it’s to be virtually this year.”

Free registration is open now at For more on NUI Galway’s research and innovation response to COVID-19 visit -ENDS-

Talks will feature: Michelle Lindersmith, Vice-President, Fusion Cyber HPE; Ruoyi Zohu, Director of Research, IBM; Keith Griffin, Distinguished Engineer and Site Lead, Cisco; Gary Short, Data Scientist, AMEY; David Rijlaarsdam, Deep Learning and Data Science, Intel Movidius; Mark Greville, Vice-President of Architecture, Workhuman; Fiona Claridge, Head of Ireland, Own The Room; Donal Simmie, Head of Data Science, Newday; Joe Dunleavy, Vice-President, Head of Innovation, Pramerica; Gerry Duffy, International Speaker, Gerry Duffy Academy; Edmund Sutcliffe, GuruTeam; JJ O’Riordan, Mindful Leader Academy; Liam Loftus, sr R&D Manager, Avaya; Maciej Dabrowski, Chief Data Scientist AI Group and Ismeal Rivera Lead Architect, Genesys; Richard Murphy, Head of FCAT Europe, Fidelity Investments; Dr Sandra Ganly and Mark Ganly, N-PRO; Mathieu D’Aquin, Director of DSI & Site-Director Insight SFI @ NUI Galway.


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