• 4IRC Water: Will the 4th Industrial Revolution transform water security?

    Join the 4IRC Shapers as we explore how new technologies, data and research are impacting water security in an uncertain future of climate change, agriculture growth and political uncertainty. We will be discussing: - Planning and cooperation in terms of global water management - Data analysis - Technological innovation This discussion aims to challenge perceptions and open conversations with students and academics, business and the start-up community. Everyone is welcome to attend. Speakers: Professor Tony Byrne, Professor of Photocatalysis, School of Engineering Ulster University Safewater for all - truly a global challenge John Kinney, MD, Cleanfields Technologies LTD “Enabling Water Sector in 5IR” Alistair Jinks, Head of Business Services, NI Water BIG DATA …. a revolution in the water industry Brian Moloney, StormHarvester Refreshments on arrival.

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  • 4IRC Space: Are the opportunities for NI out of this world?

    Join the 4IRC Shapers as we explore the opportunities for Northern Ireland companies in the Space industry. We will be discussing: - What opportunities exist for NI companies in the space sector? - How do we develop new space-based business models relevant for the NI market? - How do we encourage more exploration in the this market? - What are the challenges and risks in working in this sector? This discussion aims to challenge perceptions and open conversations with students and academics, business and the start-up community. Everyone is welcome to attend. Case Study - Fergus Wallace, performanceActive Practical applications for space assets in business We will host two panels on the night. Panel 1 - Emerging tech and the space sector Chair - 4IRC Shaper Brian Shevlin Denver Humphrey - Head of R&D at Arralis Leslie Orr - Director ADS NI Panel 2 - Opportunities for NI Chair - 4IRC Shaper Anna Valli Prof Alan Fitzsimmons, QUB Tara Walsh, Makematic Video interview with Robert Hill, NI Space Office

  • 4IRC Crypto-Assets: What are the challenges to wide spread adoption?

    Join the #4IRC Connect Shapers as we explore the future of crypto-assets and their wide spread adoption. We will be discussing: - Will crypto scale? - What are the impacts for small, medium and large business? - How will it be regulated? How will regulatory bodies react? - Will banks adopt the changes? - What are the security implications? - What are the fraud implications? This discussion aims to challenge perceptions and open conversations with students and academics, business and the start-up community. Everyone is welcome to attend. Food and refreshments will be provided on arrival. This event is kindly supported by Eagle Labs. Contributors: Roland Bone, Vice President, Barclays, specialising in Financial Crime Compliance David Stubley, CEO, 7 Elements Ltd Claire Burn, Software Engineer, Rapid7 Stephen McPeake, Founder, CivicDollars & Reportall Simon Whittaker, Director, Vertical Structure Joining the panel discussion, Mark Woods, Asset Recovery Manager, Wilsons Auctions

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  • 4IRC Product: Product delivery to embrace the 4th Industrial Revolution

    Join the #4IRC Connect Shapers as we explore products of the future and how we develop them for the 4th Industrial Revolution. We will be discussing: - How well are we adapting to a new digital world? - How can we build great products for 2030 and beyond? - What are the implications for the future of work? - Why are UX & UI so important? - Opportunities with advanced manufacturing This discussion aims to challenge perceptions and open conversations with students and academics, business and the start-up community. Everyone is welcome to attend. Food and refreshments will be provided on arrival. This event is kindly supported by Ulster University Students Union Enterprise Centre. Contributors: Brian Shevlin, Arity Rebecca Walsh, Service Design Lead, Big Motive Kyle Gawley, Founder, Get Invited Janet Coulter, Senior Lecturer in Design, Ulster University Adrian Lester, AllState will deliver activity Daniel Mc Glade, CEO Oroson will join the panel

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  • 4IRC Energy: What is the future for the consumer in the energy market?

    Join the #4IRC Connect Shapers as we explore what the future is for the energy market in the age of the 4th Industrial Revolution and what opportunities and challenges will arise for the consumer? We will be discussing: - Technological advances in the energy space - What will the energy market look like in 2030? - Active consumer vs. passive consumer - How can consumers find alternate routes to the market, what are the opportunities with self generation? - Environmental impacts and the future energy market This discussion aims to challenge perceptions and open conversations with students and academics, business and the start-up community. Everyone is welcome to attend. Food and refreshments will be provided on arrival. Please use the Howard Street entrance to the Catalyst Belfast Fintech Hub. Contributors: Joe Devlin, Forecasting Analyst, Viridian Christine Boyle, CEO, Senergy Jenny Livingston, Head of Energy Services and Development, Power NI Dr Patrick Keatley, Research Fellow, Energy Storage Integration, Ulster University Panel: Joe Reynolds, Head of Energy Strategy, Dept for the Economy Connect Shapers: Robin Duncan, Joe Devlin & Brian Shevlin

  • 4IRC Toys: Do smart toys make smart kids?

    Join the #4IRC Connect Shapers as we explore some of the latest smart toys and gadgets available to children and young people. We will be discussing if children having access to ‘smart’ toys such as gaming consoles, raspberry pi, Alexa, Fortnite, iPads, interactive toys and more have a positive or negative affect on their development. Concerns that these IoT devices area easily hacked are causing parents to worry about the privacy of children and young people being breeched. We will also be discussing the impact for children’s intelligence, cognitive development and social behavior when they use smart devices and toys that blur the line between make believe and reality. This discussion aims to challenge perceptions and open conversations with students and academics, business and the start-up community. Everyone is welcome to attend, and we encourage young people to come along. Food and refreshments will be provided on arrival. There will be demos from both CSIT and Microsoft on the night. Confirmed contributors include: Keynote from Stephen Howell, Microsoft Ireland Lightening talks from: Dave Anderson, Director of Technology, Liberty IT Dr Victoria Simms, Research Director, Ulster University Demo from: Dr Ciara Rafferty, Lecturer, School of EEECS, CSIT Panel contributions from Roisin Finnegan, Deloitte Ventures Connect Shapers: Paul McKernon, Brian Shevlin, Carrie Hanna, Dr Kelly Clark, Michael Crossan and Stuart Greenlees

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  • 4IRC Digital Identity: Inclusive or Invasive?

    Queens University Belfast

    Join the #4IRC Connect Shapers in partnership with Innovation Afterhours as we explore the future of digital identity and it's far reaching impacts politically, societally and for business. The discussion will focus on: - What technologies are changing the world of personal identification? - With these advances in digital identity technology, how do we ensure privacy and control of data? - Will the UN's programme ID 2020 lead to a more fair society for all? - Where are the most beneficial impacts; societally, politically or in business? This discussion aims to challenge perceptions and open conversations with students and academics, business and the start-up community. Everyone is welcome to attend, and the audience are encouraged to participate. We are delighted to be partnering with Innovation Afterhours at The Grad School QUB on this 4IRC event. Food and refreshments will be provided on arrival. B-Secur is a UK-owned global technology company with a mission to: Revolutionise the way people experience technology in the connected world by using their own unique heartbeat, and become a global ECG technology company enabling our partners to provide next generation security and wellness across multiple platforms. At 4IRC they will be demoing some new exciting technology, so come along and chat to them! Connect Shapers: Kevin Gannon & Ailis Mone, PwC and Christian Heath, Danske Bank Confirmed contributors include: Sarah McCarthy, Researcher CSIT, Alan Foreman, CEO B-Secur, Kris Thompson, Head of Digital Customer Experience, Danske Bank, Kevin Gannon, Solutions Architect, PwC and others to be announced.

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  • 4IRC Deep Learning: Do we need to review our ethics?

    DeepMind’s Cofounder Thinks AI Should Get Ethical in 2018. Mustafa Suleyman, who cofounded Google's deep-learning subsidiary, wants the artificial-intelligence community to focus on ethics in 2018. Ethics in AI is crucial but so is education, says Microsoft UK CEO, Cindy Rose Join the #4IRC Connect Shapers as we explore the biggest discussion in AI & Machine learning in 2018. The discussion will focus on: Creating a clearer picture of what we mean by AI, ethics and bias. With societal structures still imbued by inequality how can we ensure the data used in AI does not reflect this? What role does business play in the development of ethics around AI & machine learning? This event aims to challenge perceptions and open conversations with academics, business and the start-up community. Connect Shapers: Brian Shevlin, Claire Burn, Pete Wilson, Pamela Topping, Stuart Greenlees Confirmed contributors include: Padraic Sheerin, Co-Founder, Squad Padraic is a seasoned data scientist who spent 10+ years bringing machine learning to the highly regulated US insurance industry and most recently co-founded Squad, a London-based fintech startup which uses AI & behavioral science to make saving & investing money much easier for the mobile generation. Angelina Thomas Villikudathil, PhD Candidate, Ulster University Angelina completed a Bachelors of Engineering in Computational Biology (Bioinformatics) at Karunya University, India. She won a competitive award at the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay to gain research experience in computational molecular modelling and simulation analysis. This led her to pursue a full-time post graduate research programme at Ulster University in Machine Learning. Pete Wilson, Founder, VeroZen Pete has been a business change professional and management consultant for over 30 years and led a number of large and complex business transformation programmes, many of which have included a significant degree of technology implementation, business process re-engineering and change. Pete is the founder of VeroZen.com, leading the development of next generation ‘Bizchangeware’, which is cloud-based software that supports the acceleration and industrialisation of business change while maintaining its high value to the business. Bryan McDermott, Developer, AllState Bryan is a full stack developer at AllState. He will open the session with a brief interactive introduction into machine learning and how anyone can get started utilising machine learning with simple online exercises. We will be looking for volunteers from the audience to participate on the night.

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  • 4IRC: Tech doesn't innovate, People do!

    Ormeau Baths

    What is the source of innovation, people or technology? Join the #4IRC Connect Shapers as we explore the role technology plays in our lives under the 4th Industrial Revolution. - Does technology limit or enhance human creativity? - Has technology allowed us to unlock human pontential? - Are we born to innovate but taught to conform? - What prevents innovation in the work place? This debate aims to challenge perceptions and open conversations with academics, business and the start-up community. Confirmed contributors include: Dr Karen Bonner, Lecturer, School of Management QUB Mark O'Donnell, CTO & Co-Founder, Elastic Energy Aislinn McBride, Technologists, Kainos Dr Rachel Gawley Connect Shapers: Ailis Mone & Clare McKeever, PwC and Carrie Hanna

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  • 4IRC IoT: Smart City or Surveillance City?

    Oh yeah music centre

    What constitutes a Smart City? How do Smart Cities work? What role does IoT technology play in delivering a Smart City? Is your city helping you be an active citizen or watching your every move? Join the #4IRC Connect Shapers as we explore the opportunities within IoT for the development of our cities. Confirmed contributors include: Conall Laverty, Founder & CEO, Wia, Deirdre Ferguson, Senior Consultant, Smart Belfast BCC, Eilish Bouse, Data Scientist, Arity and Professor Chris Nugget, Head of School of Computing, Ulster University. Connect Shapers: Chris Clements, PwC, Paul McKernon, Proofpoint, Kevin Gannon, PwC, Gideon Twum, Deloitte

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