Women in Tech Conference 2020


REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED - please email wib@ndevents.co.uk to check if there are available places due to cancellations.
Women in Business NI is delighted to bring together a collective of Northern Ireland’s leading Tech companies and organisations to host the third Women in Tech NI Conference.  This year's conference theme is Connect, Collaborate, Conquer!  This empowering full day event will gather role models who innovate, challenge and embrace technology. 
Full conference agenda:
08.30               Registration & Networking with Welcome Refreshments
09.00               Welcome & Opening of Conference – Emer Maguire
09.05               Message from Title Sponsor – MCS Group
09.10               Facilitated Networking Session
09.30               Connect - Social Prescribing and the Power of Change - Jennifer Neff, Co-Founder & Co-CEO of Elemental
Elemental is a Derry based health tech innovation company led by former community development workers. They help organisations all around the world to enhance the impact of their social prescribing programmes via their award-winning portfolio of digital social prescribing products and consultancy services. As the leading digital social prescribing software provider in the UK and Ireland, Elemental are bridging the gap between health, housing, prison care and the community, with a range of digital solutions designed to support the strategy and practice of self-care and independence.
10.00               Collaborate - Panel Session 1 – Developing NI’s AI Capability
Professor Cathy Craig, CEO, INCISIV
Dr Kathryn Harkin, Senior Team Manager, Artificial Intelligence, Allstate NI
Chloe McAteer, AI Engineer, Kainos
Mairead O’Cuinn, Principal Software Engineer, Liberty IT
Dr Austin Tanney, Head of AI, Kainos
10.45               Mid-Morning Refreshments Break
11.10               Conquer - ‘Achieving your goals: insights and inspiration from a career in tech’ - Dr   Aislinn Rice, Managing Director, Analytics Engines
Dr Aislinn Rice serves as CEO of Analytics Engines, the trusted data analytics partner to local and international customers across industry and the public sector. A senior sales and marketing professional, Aislinn was previously an Executive Director for Andor Technology plc. Prior to this, Aislinn held the role as VP Global Sales and Business Development with Machine Vision Technology culminating in its successful acquisition by Agilent Technologies. A graduate of the Executive Leadership Program at Harvard Business School, she is also a non-executive director on the board of QUBIS, the organisation which commercialises Queen's University research and development through the formation of spin-out businesses. Aislinn is an IoD Chartered Director (CDir) and was awarded the IoD NI Director of the Year Award (Large Company category) in 2011. She holds a PhD in Chemistry from Queen’s University Belfast.
11.50               Collaborate - Panel Session 2 – The Future of Work 
Emonn Bunting, Managing Director, Outsource
Colette Kidd, Chief People Officer, Kainos
Dr Liz O’Sullivan, Senior Manager of Security Strategy, Innovation & Analytics, Allstate NI
Lynne Rainey, Partner, PwC UK
12.25               Bring IT ON Ambassador Programme – Sara Lyons, Belfast Met
12.30               Lunch
13.30               Opening of Afternoon Session – Energiser Exercise – Emer Maguire
13.45               Breakout Sessions  
Connect          The Importance of Networking
A session aimed to provide delegates with useful hints and tips of effective networking.  This session will be facilitated by Catherine McGinnity, R&D Process Development Leader, Sensata Technologies                          
Collaborate    The importance of Women Networks Panel
Louise Coyle, Manufacturing Director & Chair of the Seagate Women's Network
Louise Lahiff, Director of Strategy, Planning and Comms, Version 1
Stephanie Maher, Senior Development Manager, New Ventures & Blockchain, PwC
Sarah Nicol, Production Support Analyst, Allstate NI         

Conquer         Confidence in Your Career; What story are you telling yourself?

A session led by MCS Group that will get you thinking about your motivations, unique qualities and the barriers you need to overcome to achieve your ultimate career goals.


15.00               Keynote Speaker – Priya Lakhani OBE
Priya Lakhani is the CEO and founder of award-winning company Century Tech. Her company is bringing together AI, neuroscience and education to measure and simulate brain responses to tuition, analyse what works for whom and how, and ultimately produce personalised learning. Priya is an innovative and inspiring speaker and we look forward to welcoming her to Belfast.
16.00               Conference Close – Roseann Kelly MBE, CEO of Women in Business NI

Keynote Speaker:


Priya Lakhani OBE is an entrepreneur who has founded a food business, a social enterprise, and now founded and leads a company developing the latest artificial intelligence and big data technology to understand how the brain learns.  Century Tech, is a company bringing together AI, neuroscience and education. Century’s aim is to measure and simulate brain responses to tuition, analyse what works for whom and how, and ultimately produce personalised learning. By understanding how the brain learns and responds, educators can receive real-time insights, tailoring the learning experience and improving student performance. 
In presentations, Priya looks at the cutting-edge work her company is carrying out, and the lessons for training and education and as well as companies seeking to innovate and emulate the start-up ethos. She speaks about her entrepreneurial experiences, especially as a non-technical person running a tech business, and looks at what innovation is and how to embed it into a culture. She also tackles diversity, talent and culture within organisations and wider areas of skills, employment and the business environment.
The event will take place at Titanic Belfast with the speakers providing delegates with a day of industry-focussed learning as well as access to high calibre education and development experts. With global and local perspectives on the conference topics, this will be a fantastic thought-provoking day.


February 13 2020
Women in Tech Conference 2020

09.00 - 16.00


Members: £60 +vat
Non members: £60 +vat


Titanic Belfast

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