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Global tech leaders to descend upon Digital DNA

Some of the world’s most influential technology leaders will arrive in Belfast for Digital DNA, Northern Ireland’s biggest digital and tech event next month.

With an anticipated 3,000 people in attendance, Digital DNA – once again powered by headline sponsor PwC – 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.

Medtech firm axial3D will deliver their much-lauded session from this year’s SXSW conference in Austin, Texas on Tumours, Transplants and Technology: AI for Life. In it, they will explain how Belfast City Hospital’s Dr Tim Brown and the axial3D team undertook a world-first life-saving operation made possible through technology. They will also outline how they use machine learning to complete complicated and laborious tasks to create 3D models from 2D scans, which in turn removes costly human intervention.

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

Seamus Cushley, Director of Ventures and Blockchain at PwC, 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 generation 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