The second day of the inaugural Dublin Tech Summit jumped into gear on Thursday with another full and varied timetable, expert speakers, a startup pitch competition and a series of workshops. In our role as founding partner we want to fill you in on all the goings on from day two of this exciting event.
The buzz around the event was evident from early morning, with thousands of attendees making their way to the Convention Centre in Dublin. Presentations on Thursday focused on the key themes of Internet of Things, Fintech and Innovation.
In the impressive Prism auditorium three humans and a robot took to the stage for a panel discussion called Rise of the Robots. RoboThespian (or George as he likes to be called) had some interesting insights into the robotic future and much of the discussion focused on the ethics of robotics – how humans will programme robots and what they will be used for. George himself told us not to panic, that robotics is still 20-30 years away.
David Moloney of Movidus echoed the panel’s thoughts at a later keynote where he spoke about Ireland’s place in the imminent AI revolution. Rather than be worried about robotic overlords, we should be thinking about how robots and AI can serve us, whether it’s as simple as performing household chores such as vacuuming, or driving trucks across the US.
In many ways, we’re seeing that trends like robotics and the Internet of Things are much more of a slow burn than was initially anticipated.
Rik Ferguson of Trend Micro told us how the Internet of Things is decades old, with the first wearable device being developed as far back as 1955. Later we heard from an expert panel, including eir Business Head of IoT Damian Duffy, who spoke about the potential of low-power-wide-range-network (LPWAN) to change the IoT landscape.
It appears we’re on the cusp of a series of revolutions; we heard on Wednesday about the prospective Med Tech revolution, and Thursday Phillipe Gelis of Kantox gave a fascinating look at what we can expect for the next 10 years in Fintech. He said we’re likely to see banks merging with fintech companies as they strive to innovate and defend against the competition they’re facing from Google, Amazon, Facebook and Apple, or as they’re collectively known as, GAFA.
For this future we’re hearing about at the Dublin Tech Summit to become a reality, we will need to see continuing innovation from entrepreneurs and startups. Throughout the two days of the event startups have been pitching to judges live on stage and the competition will culminate at the end of the event when a winning startup will be named.
For any entrepreneur or startup, finding investment is often a tipping point, and Anne Ravanona of Global Invest Her gave a lively presentation about how female entrepreneurs can break the funding ceiling for women. She advised attendees to learn from women who have already been successful “success leaves clues…follow them”.
The two days of the Dublin Tech Summit have shown the spotlight on the future and what we can expect. As one of the more entertaining speakers at the event, Ben Jones of Quantum X, put it “we’re living the most exciting time in history”, and that’s something that certainly came across over the past two days.