Proudly sponsoring Digital DNA 2019

Northern Ireland’s biggest digital and tech event is back!

With an anticipated 3,000 people in attendance, Digital DNA - sponsored by PwC NI - will feature speakers from the some of the largest and most recognisable companies from across the globe, including Google, Facebook, Twitter and fintech firm Revolut.

Alongside some of Northern Ireland’s own indigenous tech companies, such as medical tech firm axial3D and smart cycle light company See.Sense, they will deliver keynotes speeches as well as take part in panel discussions and fireside chats to an audience that encapsulates the technology sector and beyond.

With established offices in Belfast, the respective heads of foreign direct investors Unosquare and Signifyd – Giancarlo di Vece and Raj Ramanand – will feature at the two-day event at St. George’s Market. Earlier this year, Signifyd co-founder Ramanand announced plans to create 150 jobs in the city, whilst Unosquare’s chief executive di Vece aims to double his current Belfast workforce from 50 to 100 people by the end of 2019.

Other speakers at Digital DNA will include Elaine Whyte, UK Derones Lead at PwC, Melanie Dawson, Director of Digital Construction at construction firm GRAHAM and Matt Armstrong-Barnes, Chief Technologist at Hewlett Packard Enterprise.

Seamus Cushley, Director of New Ventures and Blockchain said:

"There's such passion and pride in the Northern Ireland's technology sector and I'm delighted that once again PwC is sponsoring this event. which brings global attention to Belfast and our incredible home-grown innovators. 

"Key for us is inspiring the next generations who will become the future leaders in this industry, and critical to Northern Ireland's future economic success. Having a tech conference with the variety and high-energy of Digital DNA on our doorstep is an important way to celebrate what is being achieved here now and what more will be done in the next few years."

Simon Bailie, CEO of Digital DNA, said:

“Digital DNA has grown year-on-year and we’re excited to once again bring some of the world’s top tech talents to Northern Ireland. Audiences will hear how advances in technology have changed – and will continue to change – not only the digital and tech sectors, but traditional sectors such as manufacturing and construction as well.

“Digital DNA isn’t ‘just for tech-heads’, but rather for everyone as technology continues to evolve and impact upon all of our day-to-day lives.”

Digital DNA will take place 18 – 19 June 2019 at St. George’s Market, Belfast. The full schedule and passes for the two-day conference are available via https://live.digitaldna.org.uk

DDNA
Speaker: Elaine Whyte, PwC UK Drones Lead

It's estimated the drone ecosystem could be worth as much as £42bn - nearly 2% of GDP - by 2030. Creating over 600,000 jobs and £16bn of productivity savings, they could have a significant impact on the UK economy. But what needs to happen to realise these benefits and what are the likely barriers to progress? Elaine will explore these questions and outline some of the commercial uses for drones today and in the future.  

DDNA
Speaker: Andrew Jordan, Head Of Technology & Innovation PwC Operate

We often see and hear about the impact automation and robotics has in car production and factories, but how does it impact those of us who work in industries like finance and legal? What is the impact of automation today on work that in the past was done manually and how much more will automation and AI do over the next 5 to 10 years, and what are the skills and behaviours that we need to adopt in order to work in this new phase? Andrew will discuss what technology can deliver today and what it can't.

We often see and hear about the impact automation and robotics has in car production and factories, but how does it impact those of us who work in industries like finance and legal, what is the impact of automation today on work that in the past was done manually and how much more will automation and AI do over the next 5 to 10 years, what are the skills and behaviours that we need to adopt in order to work in this new phase? Andrew will discuss what technology can deliver today - and what it can't. 

 

We often see and hear about the impact automation and robotics has in car production and factories, but how does it impact those of us who work in industries like finance and legal, what is the impact of automation today on work that in the past was done manually and how much more will automation and AI do over the next 5 to 10 years, what are the skills and behaviours that we need to adopt in order to work in this new phase? Andrew will discuss what technology can deliver today - and what it can't. 

 

We often see and hear about the impact automation and robotics has in car production and factories, but how does it impact those of us who work in industries like finance and legal, what is the impact of automation today on work that in the past was done manually and how much more will automation and AI do over the next 5 to 10 years, what are the skills and behaviours that we need to adopt in order to work in this new phase? Andrew will discuss what technology can deliver today - and what it can't. 

 

DDNA
Speaker: Rachel Gawley, Lead Researcher New Ventures & Blockchain

How do we validate opportunities before going into full startup mode?  Rachel will provide an overview of taking a venture design approach to new ideas to grow a startup.  The vital role of customer and product research combined with deep technical knowledge and domain experts during the early stages of forming a new business.  She’ll conclude with a discussion on the human aspect of this approach; what it means for the tech startup ecosystem, how we collaborate together as a community and the future of work.

 

 

DDNA
Speaker: Pat Beattie,  PwC Technology Director

Data is increasingly recognised as a business asset, critical to operating in a Digital world and driving competitive advantage. Most organisations however have failed to adopt the same approaches that govern and manage other assets. Pat will talk about the common challenges he experiences in advising and supporting organisations to maximise the value of their data and exploit it for business benefit. Drawing comparisons on how Data is treated versus other business assets, Pat will outline the foundational aspects that help organisations maximise the value of their data and set themselves up for future success.

DDNA
Speaker: Lauren Pleydell-Pearce, PwC Executive Creative Director

As the pace of global innovation quickens, advancements in technology mean we’re perpetually imagining and engineering a new future. From the use of biometric technologies, to genderless AI, to the augmentation of humans, to technology carving out a place in our homes and hearts, we are entering uncharted territory.

Lauren will explore the profound impact of emerging technologies on our world, and our responsibility to society as innovators as we race towards a new future.

 

DDNA
Speaker: Kevin Gannon, PwC Blockchain Solutions Architect

From proofs of concept to prototypes and pilots - there is a lot going on in the Blockchain space. But what are the considerations, pitfalls and impacts to decision-making in bringing such applications from their early stage to being in a live, production state. Decisions like tech stack selection, developer ramp up, user experience, operating nodes and many more come to the fore. Kevin will provide insights, based on delivering projects for Microsoft, Amazon, Bank of England and others, into this kind of journey, discussing how the app that you initially set out to build, may not end up being the same by the time it goes live.

 

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