Tech Industry Alliance Announces TechFest 2023

Tech Industry Alliance has today officially launched TechFest 2023, its annual flagship technology conference which will be held in the Clayton Hotel in Cork City from 8:30 am on the 25th of May 2023.  To coincide with and complement the main event, a  festival of supporting events will take place throughout the week of TechFest which will be led by well-known organisations and agencies throughout the South-West region. Tickets for the main conference are currently on sale at https://techindustryalliance.ie/event/techfest/

The line up of expert speakers include leading Norweigian AI Expert and Futurist Elin Hauge whose expertise in connecting the dots between business strategy and the application of AI is world-renowned. The event, MC’d by award-winning industry broadcaster Jonathan McCrea, will also feature parallel sessions focused on sustainability, digitsation, cyber, energy etc,  networking opportunities and an industry expo featuring leading companies from across Ireland.

Gillian Bergin, Tech Industry Alliance Chairperson and Senior Consultant with DELL Technologies commented: “We are delighted to be announcing TechFest 2023 which is the first technology conference under our new brand Tech Industry Alliance, a collaboration between it@cork and KerryScitech.  Following on from a really successful TechFest last year, we are excited with this years amazing line up of speakers and even greater opportunities to network with colleagues and businesses across the south west region.”

“Staying with our three key themes of Transform, Innovate and Inspire, we will hear from Industry and academia on the latest AI technology with its societal and sectoral impact, the future of power and responding to the energy crisis, as well as how we are building tech capabilities and expertise in the South West around cyber security, energy and smart manufacturing. Business leaders and academic thought-leaders will discuss the challenges and opportunities facing Ireland and how talent and skills need to be realigned in an increasingly fast changing environment”.

Approx. 300 people are expected to converge on the Clayton hotel on the day to attend the event, network, connect and collaborate. Other expert speakers on the day include Matt Watts, Chief Technology Evangelist at NetApp and Dr. Paul Deane, Research Fellow at MaREI Centre for Marine and Renewable Energy.  The conference will also feature speakers, panellists and facilitators from The Cantillon Academy at MTU, Enterprise Ireland, Technology Ireland, UCC, Keelvar, Trend Micro, Graphite Note, Grant Thornton Ireland, Future Planet, ENERCON, EY, VMware and MTU

TIA Ingnition team lead and CFO, Aspen Grove Solutions Manjit Gill added: “We are delighted to be further developing the festival theme of TechFest and are building on the successful alliances formed throughout the region over the last number of years and in particular, the successful events held last year as a part of the week-long festival. We encourage and welcome any new organisations who want to showcase and support the very best of our tech ecosystem to get in touch and be a part of the celebration of our growing STEM community in the region”.

Tech Industry Alliance is inviting organisations in the South-West of Ireland to host an event for members and beyond. If you have an idea for a partner event, please contact Juliette at juliette@techindustryalliance.ie.

Tickets for the event are now on sale at https://techindustryalliance.ie/event/techfest/ but numbers are limited so attendees are encouraged to book early as the event is expected to be a sell-out.