Virtual AtlanTec Festival will focus on AI and digital innovation

13 May 2020

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ITAG’s AtlanTec event is going completely virtual this year and will focus on the art of AI and digital innovation.

As Covid-19 restrictions continue, the sixth annual AtlanTec Festival of Technology conference has joined the many other events that have opted to go virtual.

The event is organised by IT Association Galway (ITAG). It usually takes place in NUI Galway, with last year’s festival featuring key events such as the Tech Tag World Championships and the Digital Women’s Forum, along with a series of school events.

Future Human

CEO of ITAG, Caroline Cawley, said: “In light of the pandemic restrictions and reflecting a changed world, the AtlanTec Festival has adapted and this year we are going virtual. Great credit to all involved, we have worked with our expert speakers and contributors and have transitioned all our sessions online.”

Key industry experts

The virtual event will take place from 18 to 22 May and it’s free to register. Participants can attend more than 30 virtual ‘tech talk’ sessions.

The theme of this year’s event is the art of AI and digital innovation, and the sessions will include topics that combine futuristic thinking, real-life case examples and deep dives into innovative technologies and trends from key industry experts.

Among the event’s speakers are award-winning STEM advocate Norah Patten, cybersecurity expert Michelle B Lindersmith and Genesys’s Maciej Dąbrowski.

Patten is an aerospace engineer who aims to be, among other things, the first Irish person to leave Earth’s orbit. She also established Planet Zebunar to inspire the next generation of engineers, astronauts, scientists and innovators.

Lindersmith is vice-president of the Cybersecurity Fusion Center at Hewlett Packard Enterprise, with more than 15 years of management experience in both the IT and cybersecurity spaces at Fortune 100 companies.

And Dąbrowski is an experienced data and machine learning engineer, product owner and manager, working as the chief data scientist of the AI group in Genesys.

The sessions will focus on AI, innovation, cyber, fintech, medtech, leadership and digital women, as well as how these areas will change in the midst of Covid-19. The line-up of speakers will present sessions and enable participants to take part and engage through Q&As at the end of each session.

AtlanTec is a multiple-event festival that will take place from 18 to 22 May and will be run on the Cisco Webex conferencing platform.

Jenny Darmody is the deputy editor of Silicon Republic