Cork tech event to focus on robotics, cloud and big data

13 May 2013

(From left) Paddy O'Connell, Berkley Group; Ronan Murphy, Smarttech; and Andrew O'Shaughnessy, Newsweaver, ahead of the European Technology Summit. Image via Darragh Kane

Not-for-profit tech industry group it@cork is hosting a technology summit in Cork this Wednesday to home in on future trends in areas such as cloud computing, robotics, big data and digital media.

Dubbed the European Technology Summit, the event will feature speakers from companies such as Google, IBM, Amazon and Trend Micro, plus speakers from Irish companies, such as the email marketing software provider Newsweaver.

Topics that will be up for discussion on the day are big data, social media in business, cloud and web security, as well as future trends in areas such as robotics.

Speakers will include James Brown, Amazon’s business development lead for Ireland and the UK, who will be discussing the technical and business aspects of cloud computing,

Rik Ferguson, vice-president of security research at Trend Micro, will be covering the threats and cyber-criminal activity that the security industry works to combat in the cloud.

Ronan Murphy, it@cork director and CEO of Smarttech, said the summit will give entrepreneurs the opportunity to network with global companies and also to gain insights to help make decisions around technology in their businesses in the coming years.

“Technology is key to competitiveness and operational efficiency and this makes it a critical part of all our businesses,” he said.

On the day, there will also be a display of robots that have been created using technology from the VEX Robotics project. The EMC-sponsored project aims to nurture students’ interest in the science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) subjects. Some of the robots that have been created by students will be in action at the event.

The European Technology Summit will take place at City Hall in Cork City from 8am on Wednesday, 15 May.

Carmel Doyle was a long-time reporter with Silicon Republic