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[team_member description=”Adam joined the company in 2017 and has since been able to focus his work towards research into cutting edge technology.” social=”” image_url=”https://beltech2018.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/AdamGrimley.png” name=”Adam Grimley” job_position=”Software Engineer, Kainos Applied Innovation” color=”Accent-Color”][toggles] [toggle title=”Read more ” color=”Accent-Color” id=”b1″] Adam is a software engineer at Kainos. Adam joined the company in 2017 and has since been able to focus his work towards research into applications of cutting edge technology in the immersive space through the company’s Applied Innovation capability. Adam has recently been exploring the use of immersive technology for enhanced learning across the public sector using virtual reality to create realistic scenarios.
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[team_member description=”Aislinn is an experienced developer and architect with 10+ years experience leading Kainos development projects.” social=”” image_url=”https://beltech2018.com/schedule/img/speakerImg/AislinnMcBrideBWT.png” name=”Aislinn McBride” job_position=”Head of Engineering, Kainos Evolve” color=”Accent-Color”][toggles] [toggle title=”Read more ” color=”Accent-Color” id=”b1″] She works across a range of technologies and delivery approaches. Her passion is keeping it simple and working with teams to build solutions that solve real business problems. She is passionate about the tools and techniques that allow teams to deliver at pace with the highest levels of quality. [/toggle] [/toggles] [icon color=”Extra-Color-3″ size=”small” image=”icon-twitter”]
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[team_member description=”Akshay Ruparelia, 19 is Founder and Managing Director of Doorsteps.co.uk, Startup of the Year 2017.” social=”” image_url=”https://beltech2018.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/AkshayRuparelia.png” name=”Akshay Ruparelia” job_position=”Managing Director, Doorsteps” color=”Accent-Color”][toggles] [toggle title=”Read more ” color=”Accent-Color” id=”b1″]His sole mission with Doorsteps is to offer a branded, well serviced proposition to the residential resale market in the UK. He has taken the market by storm in his first year by taking almost 1% of UK market share of properties for sale, from a complete standstill and minimal marketing in the last 12 months. Having started the business during school, now worth £12m+, he is dubbed by business publications and worldwide media as “the new Mark Zuckerberg” – as well as a “21st Century Icon” – in several awards won throughout the year.
He has a clear passion for property and democratising the way homes are sold in the UK, with the lowest cost service and 14th Largest Estate Agents in the UK [/toggle] [/toggles] [icon color=”Extra-Color-3″ size=”small” image=”icon-twitter”]
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[team_member description=”Andrew is a Final Year Computing Student at Ulster University, Coleraine. ” social=”” image_url=”https://beltech2018.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/AndyTaylor.png” name=”Andrew Taylor” job_position=”Student, Ulster University” color=”Accent-Color”] [toggles] [toggle title=”Read more ” color=”Accent-Color” id=”b1″] Andrew spent one year as a placement Software Engineer in the Applied Innovation Team at Kainos. During this time, Andrew worked with Virtual Reality (VR) technologies. Andrew is currently finishing off his Computing degree whilst undertaking a Kainos-sponsored Final Year Project involving VR.
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[team_member description=”Austin helps clients in the pharmaceutical, biotech, diagnostics and healthcare sectors derive value from their data.” social=”” image_url=”https://beltech2018.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/austinTanney.png” name=”Dr Austin Tanney” job_position=”Head of Life Science & Healthcare, Analytics Engines” color=”Accent-Color”] [toggles] [toggle title=”Read more ” color=”Accent-Color” id=”b1″] Austin completed his PhD in biomedical science in the University of Ulster and has career path that spans startups and multinationals from lab science to bioinformatics through to product management and commercialisation.
Austin has a passion for new technology and its impacts on our society.
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[team_member description=”Carley is Co-Founder and CEO of AppAttic, a technology company who develop innovative and engaging healthcare solutions. ” social=”” image_url=”https://beltech2018.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/CarleyMorrow.png” name=”Carley Morrow” job_position=”Co-Founder & CEO, AppAttic” color=”Accent-Color”] [toggles] [toggle title=”Read more ” color=”Accent-Color” id=”b1″] Carley is a user-focused product owner who has led AppAttic to be named as one of the Disrupt 100 “businesses with the most potential to influence, change or create new global markets” in 2017.

As product owner, Carley has taken multiple pieces of research from ideation through prototype to commercial launch. Her most recent project is Magic Moovr, an immersive Virtual Reality game that adapts to the physical and cognitive ability of the player. Magic Moovr was developed as part of MAGIC PCP, a Horizon 2020 research challenge and makes use of next-generation mobile VR headsets and controller-less hand tracking.

Carley’s passion is developing innovative, outcome focused products that blur the line between healthcare and entertainment. She believes immersive technologies offer an immense opportunity to transform the lives of patients and their loved ones for the better.
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[team_member description=”Damian is Founder and Managing Director of Big Motive, a digital design and innovation studio with offices in Belfast and London. ” social=”” image_url=”https://beltech2018.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/DamianCranney.png” name=”Damian Cranney” job_position=”Managing Director,Big Motive” color=”Accent-Color”] [toggles] [toggle title=”Read more ” color=”Accent-Color” id=”b1″] Throughout his career, he has advised a wide range of brands, businesses and technology startups – advocating design thinking approaches to create products and experiences that solve business problems while addressing the needs of users, audiences and customers. Past clients include Diageo, Unilever, Honda Motors Europe, Nike, Oracle, Hertz, MTV, TG4, BBC, Channel 4, National Trust and Net-a-Porter.
Damian leads his team at Big Motive to deliver expert services spanning user experience research and design, digital product design and innovation consulting. Big Motive’s mission is to help and empower visionary technical teams to design products and services that inspire growth.
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[team_member description=”David has over 20 years’ experience in building software systems across many domains and technologies. ” social=”” image_url=”https://beltech2018.com/schedule/img/speakerImg/DavidAndersonBWT.png” name=”David Anderson” job_position=”Director of Technology, Liberty IT” color=”Accent-Color”] [toggles] [toggle title=”Read more ” color=”Accent-Color” id=”b1″] As Director of Technology with Liberty IT, working on many Liberty Mutual key systems, David has exposure to a wide range of technologies and techniques covering Architecture, UX, Dev, Test, DevOps, Analytics & Cyber-Security. A life-long programmer, David brings deep technical knowledge along with strong collaboration and teamwork skills to deliver business value. Since 1997, Liberty IT has created complex world class IT solutions exclusively for Fortune 100 U.S. parent company, Liberty Mutual Insurance, developing a wide range of enterprise scale, Customer Focused solutions which leverage cloud technologies, agile engineering and disciplined practice to enable highly dynamic business needs. Software Development is a critical component of digital transformation.
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[team_member description=”CSIT is the UK’s Innovation and Knowledge Centre for cyber security.” social=”” image_url=”https://beltech2018.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/DavidCrozier.png” name=”David Crozier” job_position=”Head of Strategic Partnerships & Engagement, CSIT” color=”Accent-Color”] [toggles] [toggle title=”Read more ” color=”Accent-Color” id=”b1″] David Crozier is Head of Strategic Partnerships & Engagement at QUB’s Centre for Secure Information Technologies (CSIT). CSIT is the UK’s Innovation and Knowledge Centre for cyber security and was one of the first accredited NCSC Academic Centres of Excellence in Cyber Security Research.

He has significant global technology and cyber security domain expertise developed at CSIT over the last 6 years, as co-founder of Liopa Ltd – a CSIT Spin-out company, Product Manager at Lagan Technologies, IT Manager at Jinny Software and as an e-Commerce Consultant with Intel Corporation. He was also previously a Systems Engineer at the Northern Ireland Office where he designed, developed and maintained security marked IT systems for government.

In his current role, David leads on developing global, national and regional strategic partnerships with public sector organisations, industry, academic institutions and innovation ecosystems with significant interests in cyber security.

He recently co-authored the new Northern Ireland Cyber Security Framework for Action published by the NI Department for Finance in November 2017 as well as the UK Cyber Security Sectoral Analysis published by the UK Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) in November 2017.

David curates and co-chairs the annual CSIT Cyber Security Summit, leads on the Centre’s marketing and communications activity and has advised the Northern Ireland Organised Crime Task Force on Cyber Crime since 2013. He has recently returned from a US State Department funded all Ireland Strengthening Cybersecurity professional exchange programme to Washington D.C. and Boston.

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[team_member description=”Neon is founded and lead by award-winning design visionary Deepa Mann-Kler, previously she worked as a fulltime visual artist.” social=”” image_url=”https://beltech2018.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/DeepaMann-Kler.png” name=”Deepa Mann-Kler” job_position=”Founder, Neon” color=”Accent-Color”] [toggles] [toggle title=”Read more ” color=”Accent-Color” id=”b1″] Neon is founded and lead by award-winning design visionary Deepa Mann-Kler. Deepa directed and produced her first virtual reality experience “RETNE” built for HTC Vive and demoed at SxSW17. Previously Deepa worked as a fulltime visual artist with a strong focus on public art installations and was invited to participate in Lumiere London 2016 and Derry/Londonderry UK City of Culture 2013. Deepa also has eleven years experience working in equality and authored the first report into racism in NI “Out Of The Shadows.”
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[team_member description=”Over more than 25 years later he’s worked on desktops, mobile, super computers, embedded systems and anything anyone will let him tinker with. ” social=”” image_url=”https://beltech2018.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/EamonnBoyle.png” name=”Eamonn Boyle” job_position=”Trainer & Mentor, Instil Software” color=”Accent-Color”] [toggles] [toggle title=”Read more ” color=”Accent-Color” id=”b1″] Eamonn Boyle has been programming since the age of 9, starting with BASIC on his Amstrad CPC 464 (64KB with a massive 256KB expansion pack). Over more than 25 years later he’s worked on desktops, mobile, super computers, embedded systems and anything anyone will let him tinker with. Until a few years ago he worked as developer, technical lead and architect before making the transition into full time training and mentoring at Instil Software. Eamonn is passionate about helping people write beautiful, clean code in whatever platform and language they are using (though he’s got a soft spot for C#).

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[team_member description=”Emma Pollock currently leads Citi’s Communications Surveillance R&D teams.” social=”” image_url=”https://beltech2018.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/EmmaPollockPlaceholder.png” name=”Emma Pollock” job_position=”Communications Surveillance R&D Team Leader, Citi” color=”Accent-Color”] [toggles] [toggle title=”Read more ” color=”Accent-Color” id=”b1″] Emma’s software delivery group supporting data acquisition and processing across Trading and Communications data sources.
Emma joined Citi in May 2017, with a wealth of experience in delivering enterprise software solutions for handling data at scale across a diverse spectrum of technologies and domains. She previously headed up provision of Software Solutions within BT Ireland and led a number of different software delivery teams in the NYSE Euronext Belfast Centre of Excellence. Prior to that Emma worked as a software developer in NYSE Euronext, Fujitsu Australia, 3PAR and Latens Systems and completed an MEng in Electrical and Electronic Engineering at QUB.

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[team_member description=”Gemma has thirteen years’ experience in the IT industry, she currently leads Kainos’ Tech Outreach programme.” social=”” image_url=”https://beltech2018.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/GemmaCrothers.png” name=”Gemma Crothers” job_position=”Head of Tech Outreach, Kainos” color=”Accent-Color”] [toggles] [toggle title=”Read more ” color=”Accent-Color” id=”b9″] Gemma currently leads Kainos’ Tech Outreach programme, a Corporate Social Responsibility initiative designed to inspire Kids, empower Teachers and influence Policy Makers to improve digital literacy and skills in schools.

The IT industry is booming worldwide and Gemma is passionate about enabling the next generation of young people to become creators of Technology, providing them with Education and employment opportunities.

Previously, Gemma worked across a wide range of Enterprise IT Project roles, gaining a wealth of experience in Software Testing, Consultancy and Business development during her ten years in Kainos. She is responsible for curating BelTech EDU, a Technology conference designed to inspire Post Primary students across Northern Ireland through demos and talks from inspiring role models in STEM industries.
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[team_member description=”Giancarlo’s goal is to make today better than the past, and help companies move their projects towards the future.” social=”” image_url=”https://beltech2018.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/GiancarloDV.png” name=”Giancarlo DiVece” job_position=”President, Unosquare” color=”Accent-Color”]
[toggles] [toggle title=”Read more ” color=”Accent-Color” id=”b1″] As President of Unosquare Giancarlo Di Vece believes software engineering is not only a science, it’s also an art. This refreshing viewpoint, along with his leadership and passion for technology, globalization, and IT recruitment talent, has led to thousands of business projects successfully completing their digital transformation initiatives with Unosquare in creative and pioneering ways.

Giancarlo focuses his organization’s efforts on the financial services and life sciences space, as he trusts that these are the organizations that impact the way people live and interact with one another every day. Under Giancarlo’s direction, he and his team actively seek the best talent and then places them into processes and practices for distributed agile augmentation. His goal? To make today better than the past, and help companies move their projects towards the future.

Always looking for a challenge, Giancarlo started gainfully buying and growing businesses at a young age. At the age of 21, he purchased a small craft company dedicated to the North American market and transformed it into a 100-person operation selling to some of the largest retailers in the US. In 2013, with a background in industrial engineering, he decided to move into the technology industry by joining Unosquare and quickly embraced his role of transforming the organization to align with client needs.

By helping organizations understand their projects, manage their talent, and realize their process, Unosquare has been named one of the 100 fastest-growing private businesses in Oregon for four years in a row and one of the fastest-growing US companies on the Inc. 5000 list for three years in a row. Giancarlo’s enthusiasm and contributions have been sought out as inspiration for others, and he is often invited to write and speak on the topics that influence the industry.

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[team_member description=”Gillian works as Head of Cloud Engineering & AI at Workgrid Software..” social=”” image_url=”https://beltech2018.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/gillianmccann.png” name=”Gillian McCann” job_position=”Head of Cloud Engineering & AI, Workgrid Software.” color=”Accent-Color”]
[toggles] [toggle title=”Read more ” color=”Accent-Color” id=”b1″] Workgrid Software is a Liberty Mutual startup company focused on delivering Intelligent Workplace products for the enterprise.
Prior to WorkGrid Software worked most recently as a LIT Cloud Architect & Technical Product Owner of the Liberty Mutual Cognitive Technology team and as such responsible for the explorations into how Chatbots and Conversational AI could be leveraged to improve the employee experience for our global employees.
Passionate advocate of Serverless Architectures with a keen interest in how Conversational Interfaces, Machine Learning and AI can be applied in internal and external products.
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[team_member description=”Helen takes a lead role in all business marketing and PR and is responsible for the company website and social media presence.” social=”” image_url=”https://beltech2018.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/HelenNorris.png” name=”Helen Norris” job_position=”Investment Analyst, Kernel” color=”Accent-Color”]
[toggles] [toggle title=”Read More” color=”Accent-Color”] As Investment Analyst Helen is responsible for reviewing national and global trends in early stage investing and for specific sectoral and targeted company research. Prior to joining Kernel Capital Helen completed an M.Sc. in Business Management at the Michael Smurfit Graduate School of Business UCD. Helen holds a First Class honours B.Soc,Sc. and was awarded a First Class honours for her dissertation that analysed the impact of the ‘Celtic Tiger’ public and economic policies (1997-2008).

To date her work at Kernel Capital has been focussed on the firm’s participation in a major research programme eDIGIREGION. This 3 year project with fifteen European academic and commercial organisations focussed on developing a platform for innovation and job creation outside major European cities. The output of this program was published in Q1 2017.

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[team_member description=”A highly curious individual currently working at axial3D as a machine learning and scientific software developer through the FUSION development grant.” social=”” image_url=”https://beltech2018.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/noprofile.png” name=”James Fitzpatrick” job_position=”Axial” color=”Accent-Color”]
[toggles] [toggle title=”Read More” color=”Accent-Color”] A highly curious individual currently working at axial3D as a machine learning and scientific
software developer through the FUSION development grant. Within the project I am acting as the technology bridge between academia and axial3D. In my career, I have worked both within academia and the private sector in image processing, machine vision and machine learning.
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[team_member description=”Jason is the author of “Machine Learning – Hands on for Developers and Technical Architects” ” social=”” image_url=”https://beltech2018.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/JasonBell.png” name=”Jason Bell” job_position=”Data Engineer, Mastodon C” color=”Accent-Color”]
[toggles] [toggle title=”Read More” color=”Accent-Color”] Jason works on high volume streaming and realtime complex data.

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[team_member description=”Jessica Caldwell is the Programme Manager of 4th Industrial Revolution Challenge with Connect at Catalyst Inc.” social=”” image_url=”https://beltech2018.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/JessicaCaldwell.png” name=”Jessica Caldwell” job_position=”Program Manager, Catalyst Inc” color=”Accent-Color”]
[toggles] [toggle title=”Read More” color=”Accent-Color”] Jessica Caldwell is the Programme Manager of 4th Industrial Revolution Challenge with Connect at Catalyst Inc. A debate series exploring innovative technologies and their impacts on all areas of life. With a background in the arts she aims to promote creative thinking in everyday life. The societal challenges presented by the 4th Industrial Revolution marry Jessica’s interests in innovation, technology, creativity and policy to deliver the series.
Jessica is the Curator of the Belfast Hub of the World Economic Forum Global Shapers movement and an alumna of the Washington Ireland Programme. She is a graduate of Queen’s University Belfast with a BA in Law with Politics and an MA in Arts Management with a special interest in cultural policy.

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[team_member description=”‘I want to improve the individualised diagnosis and treatment of complex diseases.'” social=”” image_url=”https://beltech2018.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/JoannaHolbrook-1.png” name=”Joanna Holbrook” job_position=”Drug discovery scientist & Head of ‘Omics’ integration, BenevolentAI. ” color=”Accent-Color”]
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She was previously professor of bioinformatics at NIHR biomedical research Centre at University of Southampton and currently holds a visiting professorship at same. Joanna has a PhD in Molecular Cell biology that she obtained at the MRC institute for molecular cell biology at University College London. Prior to BenevolentAI, Joanna held a position of Senior principal investigator at the Singapore Institute of Clinical Sciences, A*STAR, studying epigenomic markers of complex disease progression in observational and interventional cohorts. She worked for 10 years in drug discovery and development at Glaxosmithkline R&D.

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[team_member description=”He’s been a contributor to Free Software for nearly 20 years and believes that more developers should embrace this approach.” social=”” image_url=”https://beltech2018.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/JonathanMcDowell.png” name=”Jonathan McDowell” job_position=”Principal Software Architect, Titan IC” color=”Accent-Color”]
[toggles] [toggle title=”Read More” color=”Accent-Color”] Jonathan believes that good software engineering requires the right level of laziness, with it making more sense to concentrate effort on producing added value rather than reinventing the wheel. He’s been an active contributor to Free Software for nearly 20 years, and finds it frustrating when people refuse to consider using it within their own products due to being misinformed. Jonathan has built proprietary systems that leverage Free Software for a number of multinational companies, and believes that more developers should be embracing this approach

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[team_member description=”Jordan is a software engineer at Kainos and has an interest in tackling challenging problems in emerging technologies.” social=”” image_url=”https://beltech2018.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/jordanMcDonald.png” name=”Jordan McDonald” job_position=”Software Engineer, Kainos” color=”Accent-Color”]
[toggles] [toggle title=”Read More” color=”Accent-Color”] Jordan helps coordinate the innovation capability in Kainos with one of his main focus areas being artificial intelligence, an area where he has acquired over four years’ experience as a practitioner. Jordan has an interest in the latest advancements in AI and keeps a keen eye on the current state of the art, particularly in regard to computer vision. Jordan is the co-founder of Artificial Intelligence Northern Ireland (@ai_ni_community) – a community group with the goal of networking / educating the wider AI community in Northern Ireland.

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[team_member description=”Kathryn has over 15 years’ experience working in IT and is currently leading the AI and Machine Learning Strategy for Allstate Northern Ireland. ” social=”” image_url=”https://beltech2018.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/KathrynHarkin.png” name=”Kathryn Harkin” job_position=”Senior Team Manager, Allstate” color=”Accent-Color”]
[toggles] [toggle title=”Read More” color=”Accent-Color”] After completing a PhD in Geophysics from University College Dublin, Kathryn worked as a Software Engineer and then progressed through various project, delivery and engineering management positions. In this Cognitive Era, the demand for resources to get involved in cutting edge technologies and have a strong learning agility is an everyday requirement. Kathryn is an active advocate for Women in Technology and is passionate about life-long learning, building high performing teams and enabling others to thrive in the exponentially fast-paced environment we live in.
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[team_member description=”Keith joined Allstate Northern Ireland as the International Director Business Information Security Officer (BISO) in 2017.” social=”” image_url=”https://beltech2018.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/KeithLippert.png” name=”Keith Lippert” job_position=”Vice President, Deputy Chief Information Security Officer, Allstate” color=”Accent-Color”] [toggles] [toggle title=”Read more ” color=”Accent-Color” id=”b9″] Keith will be supporting the expansion of the BISO role within Allstate Corporation and will support the execution of key security initiatives. He has an expertise in Financial Crime Prevention, Anti-terrorism, Sanctions, Money-laundering and Fraud prevention. Keith has served as a Board member on two USA National Banks, a Russian Bank, Indian bank, Mexican Bank, and Canadian Bank.
Prior to Allstate, Keith was the Legal Chief Operating Officer for Barclay bank in London, and Vice President of International Fraud prevention for American Express.
He studied at The Ohio State University and London School of Business. Keith has two daughters, 20 years apart, and a keen interest in all things automotive.

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[team_member description=”Kelly joined Kainos in 2014 as a placement student and recently graduated from QUB with a degree in Software Engineering.” social=”” image_url=”https://beltech2018.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/KellyMoore.png” name=”Kelly Moore” job_position=”Software Engineer, Kainos” color=”Accent-Color”] [toggles] [toggle title=”Read more ” color=”Accent-Color” id=”b9″] Kelly joined Kainos in 2014 in her placement year as a Software Engineer. She has worked as part of the Applied Innovation team and has lead Kainos AppCamp and AICamp. Currently, she is working with machine learning & chatbot technologies.
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[team_member description=”Kevin Beimers runs Northern Irish indie studio Italic Pig, and is the creator of several critically acclaimed games” social=”” image_url=”https://beltech2018.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/KevinBeimers.png” name=”Kevin Beimers” job_position=”Italic Pig” color=”Accent-Color”] [toggles] [toggle title=”Read more ” color=”Accent-Color” id=”b9″] Kevin is the creator/director/writer of several critically acclaimed games, including quantum physics puzzler-platformer Schrödinger’s Cat and the Raiders of the Lost Quark, art heist & forgery adventure Mona Lisa, and his early-stage VR narrative adventure The Infinite Hotel. He also co-created Hector: Badge of Carnage, and he’s not even embarrassed about it. In his past, Kevin’s had an office on the 73rd floor of the Empire State Building, rode a tricycle around Australia, and once attended Oktoberfest with Miss Arkansas. His weapon of choice is the non sequitur, followed closely by a BFG9000 made out of Lego.
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[team_member description=”Ntropic is a VFX & Creative Content studio with offices in Los Angeles, New York and San Francisco.” social=”” image_url=”https://beltech2018.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/LauraLivingstone.png” name=”Laura Livingstone” job_position=”Executive Producer, Ntropic” color=”Accent-Color”] [toggles] [toggle title=”Read more ” color=”Accent-Color” id=”b9″] Ntropic produce high-end visual effects and digital content for every medium. Ntropic work with agencies as well as directly with brands and companies like Facebook, eBay, Visa, Apple and Google to name a few.

Laura is originally from Armagh and has recently relocated to Belfast. Her first job in visual effects was on Iron Man 2 at Industrial, Light and Magic in San Francisco. Since then Laura has gained over a decade’s worth of experience in animation and visual effects, and more recently producing VR and AR projects. She has worked on projects with well-known directors like David Nutter, Jon Favreau, Michael Bay, Robert Zemeckis, Rian Johnson and JJ Abrams.
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[team_member description=”Liam is a software engineer at Kainos. Liam is passionate about technology, solving problems, and innovation. ” social=”” image_url=”https://beltech2018.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/LiamFerris.png” name=”Liam Ferris” job_position=”Software Engineer, Kainos” color=”Accent-Color”] [toggles] [toggle title=”Read more ” color=”Accent-Color” id=”b1″] Liam joined Kainos in 2015 and has been working as a member of the company’s innovation capability, where he uses emerging technology to solve problems. Liam has experience working with Immersive Technology, with an interest in its power as a powerful psychological tool.
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[team_member description=” Luke works with internal and external teams to use technology to solve problems, create insights and give a competitive advantage to customers.” social=”” image_url=”https://beltech2018.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/lukeMcNiece1.png” name=”Luke McNeice” job_position=”Innovation Lead, Kainos” color=”Accent-Color”] [toggles] [toggle title=”Read more ” color=”Accent-Color” id=”b1″] Luke works across a broad range of technologies and domains spending his time building teams, finding tools, and developing people at Kainos that work with customers to create value though business, and technology innovation. Current areas of focus are Intelligent and Connected Systems, Immersive Technology, Data-Driven and Cyber security. Luke has been working with Immersive technology for 7+ years and is also the co-founder of Immersive Tech Northern Ireland (@immersivetechni) – a group for creative and technologists to collaborate on immersive technology.[/toggle] [/toggles]

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[team_member description=”Mark’s been hooked on coding since finding BASIC on an ICL 1900-series mainframe in 1976 or thereabouts. ” social=”” image_url=”https://beltech2018.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/MarkAllan.png” name=”Mark Allan” job_position=”Developer, Consultant and Azure MVP” color=”Accent-Color”] [toggles] [toggle title=”Read more ” color=”Accent-Color” id=”b1″] Mark is a developer, consultant and Azure MVP who has learnt from over three decades of mistakes. Mark’s been hooked on coding since finding BASIC on an ICL 1900-series mainframe in 1976 or thereabouts. Since then he’s worked in just about every corner of development – mainframes to mobiles, assembly language to functional programming, Access to NoSQL, desktop to cloud, device drivers to websites. He’s still learning.
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[team_member description=”Makematic work with partners like Crayola and the BBC, to develop online professional development courses and classroom-ready content, for teachers. ” social=”” image_url=”https://beltech2018.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/MarkNagurski.png” name=”Mark Nagurski” job_position=”CEO & Co-Founder, MakeMatic” color=”Accent-Color”] [toggles] [toggle title=”Read more ” color=”Accent-Color” id=”b1″] He previously co-founded CultureTECH, one of Europe’s largest digital festivals for young people, and has over 15 years experience in business development roles.
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[team_member description=”Marty is the Principal Architect for Rakuten’s Blockchain Lab. He’ll be doing a talk titled: ‘A Decentralised Marketplace for Digital Assets'” social=”” image_url=”https://beltech2018.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/MartyBell.png” name=”Marty Bell” job_position=”Principal Architect, Rakuten’s Blockchain Lab” color=”Accent-Color”] [toggles] [toggle title=”Read more ” color=”Accent-Color” id=”b1″] Marty is the Principal Architect for Rakuten’s Blockchain Lab, de-mystifying the hype around blockchain and designing practical applications with the technology.
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[team_member description=”Mary-Jane graduated from QUB in summer 2017 and has been working at Kainos as a Software Engineer since.” social=”” image_url=”https://beltech2018.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/MaryJaneMcBride.png” name=”Mary-Jane McBride” job_position=”Software Engineer, Kainos” color=”Accent-Color”] [toggles] [toggle title=”Read more ” color=”Accent-Color” id=”b1″] Mary-Jane is a software engineer in the Applied Innovation team, she has 4 years experience in the industry and most recently she has been working on machine learning and chatbots.
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[team_member description=”Mia Boom-Ibes is Vice President, Security Innovation, Strategy and Analytics for Allstate Insurance Company. ” social=”” image_url=”https://beltech2018.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/MiaBoomIbes.png” name=”Mia Boom-Ibes” job_position=”Vice President, Security Innovation, Strategy and Analytics, Allstate” color=”Accent-Color”] [toggles] [toggle title=”Read more ” color=”Accent-Color” id=”b1″] Mia Boom-Ibes is Vice President, Security Innovation, Strategy and Analytics for Allstate Insurance Company. In this role, she is responsible for Allstate’s cybersecurity strategy and priorities. She manages relationships with key business and technology stakeholders to ensure alignment and enable consistency across the enterprise.
In addition, Mia leads an Innovation and Analytics team to develop new capabilities and services in cybersecurity. Her team collaborates with research groups within Allstate as well as international academic groups and organizations to address global challenges such as digital identity, security and privacy in big data and security analytics.
Prior to becoming a vice president at Allstate in July of 2017, Mia was a director in Allstate Information Security with responsibility for setting the strategy and direction for information security governance, risk and compliance efforts across the corporation.
She spearheaded the creation of the company’s first Enterprise Information Security Policy and Information Security Risk Management program aligned with industry best practices and frameworks. In addition, Mia has designed and built security governance programs to obtain or retain PCI compliance status at multiple institutions.
Mia began her Allstate career in 2012 as an information security compliance and consulting manager, quickly progressing to roles of increasing leadership. She previously served in information security roles at John Deere Financial, PwC Consulting and Discover Financial Services.
Mia holds CISSP and CISM certifications and bachelor’s degree from the College of Saint Benedict. As the proud mother of four sons, Mia leads an active lifestyle balancing her work responsibilities, learning new skills in mixed martial arts and enjoying time with her husband and children.

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[team_member description=”Nell Watson FBCS, FIAP, FRSA, FLS, FRSS, CITP is an engineer, educator, and tech philosopher who grew up in Northern Ireland” social=”” image_url=”https://beltech2018.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/NellWatson.png” name=”Nell Watson” job_position=”Engineer, Educator, and Tech Philosopher” color=”Accent-Color”] [toggles] [toggle title=”Read more ” color=”Accent-Color” id=”b1″] Nell founded Poikos (now QuantaCorp). This original, patented technology enables fast and simple 3D body measurement from only two planes (front and side), using a simple cellphone camera, by applying sophisticated deep learning technologies.This service enables fast and accurate personalization services in telemedicine, mass customization, and retail.

Today, Nell educates others in how to implement such technologies, for example, by creating video coursebooks for O’Reilly.

She is also Co-Founder of EthicsNet, a non-profit, building a movement of people who are committed to help machines understand humans better. This community acts as role models and guardians to raise kind AI, by providing virtual experiences, and collecting examples of pro-social practices.

Nell lectures globally on Machine Intelligence, AI philosophy, Human-Machine relations, and the Future of Human Society, serving on the Faculty of AI & Robotics at Singularity University.”
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[team_member description=”Nigel is an experienced and innovative digital content producer with a passion for technology.” social=”” image_url=”https://beltech2018.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/NigelMcAlpine.png” name=”Nigel McAlpine” job_position=”Immersive Lab Lead, Digital Catapult NI” color=”Accent-Color”] [toggles] [toggle title=”Read more ” color=”Accent-Color” id=”b1″] After 20 years at the BBC, leading teams to produce unique digital projects across Web, TV and Radio he set up StoryFX, a creative consultancy bringing stories to life with the latest digital platforms.
While at the BBC, he developed a wide range of innovative content and applications to launch on bbc.co.uk and at live outside broadcasts, to give the audience a brand new digital experience.
With StoryFX, he is focusing on Virtual & Augmented Reality and immersive storytelling and his aim is to partner with key industry expertise to exploit the latest technology to produce stunning visuals.
His new role at Digital Catapult as Immersive Lab Lead means he is engaging with a range of SME’s, industry stakeholders and individuals to highlight the potential of Immersive Technology in driving innovative business opportunities in Northern Ireland, by showcasing the cutting edge technology available at the Digital Catapult Immersive Lab.
Nigel is also facilitating an Invest NI lead Collaborative Growth Programme on the Immersive Technology landscape in Northern Ireland and its potential.
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[team_member description=”Our current Lord Mayor, Councillor Nuala McAllister (Alliance) was elected to office on 1 June 2017.” social=”” image_url=”https://beltech2018.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/LordMayor.png” name=”Nuala McAllister” job_position=”Lord Mayor of Belfast” color=”Accent-Color”] [toggles] [toggle title=”Read more ” color=”Accent-Color” id=”b1″] Nuala is a former business officer for the Alliance Party at Stormont, Councillor McAllister represents the Castle electoral area.
The 28-year-old, from the north of the city, is taking the theme ‘Global Belfast’ throughout her term.
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[team_member description=”I like to challenge myself to find better ways of doing things to improve the effectiveness of a system.” social=”” image_url=” https://beltech2018.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/ÖmerDemirok.png” name=”Ömer Demirok” job_position=”Vulnerability Analyst, Black Duck by Synopsys” color=”Accent-Color”][toggles] [toggle title=”Read more ” color=”Accent-Color” id=”b1″] After spending years as an end user of custom build applications, I decided to enter the world of IT and get to know the other side better. My journey started with the Cyber Security Academy and continues at Black Duck Software. Thanks to my company’s excellence and expertise in the open source software security management, I’m practising my skills in the best environment. My main responsibility is analysing unstructured security advisories and creating enhanced vulnerability reports related to open source software. As being one of the team leaders of vulnerability analysts, it’s my responsibility to ensure that all reports meet the quality standards.
I like to challenge myself to find better ways of doing things to improve the effectiveness of a system. I believe that questioning what we are doing is a very important key for the progress.
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[team_member description=”Paul is the VP and General Manager of DAQRI International, an enterprise augmented reality company driving the future of work.” social=”” image_url=”https://beltech2018.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/PaulSweeney.png” name=”Paul Sweeney” job_position=”VP & General Manager, DAQRI International” color=”Accent-Color”][toggles] [toggle title=”Read more ” color=”Accent-Color” id=”b1″] Paul directs day-to-day operations of DAQRI International headquarters in Dublin, and also drives international Alliances and Channel activities with DAQRI’s growing eco-system network. He has 20 years of international experience in leadership in the high tech sector, spanning technical and commercial fields. Paul holds a 1st class honours degree and a PhD in Electronic Engineering (1999).
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[team_member description=”Peter Fossick is a seasoned design director specialising in service design, UX design, business transformation and innovation roadmapping.” social=”” image_url=”https://beltech2018.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/PeterFossick.png” name=”Peter Fossick” job_position=”Design Director, Factotum Design” color=”Accent-Color”][toggles] [toggle title=”Read more ” color=”Accent-Color” id=”b1″] Peter Fossick is a seasoned design director specialising in service design, UX design, business transformation and innovation roadmapping to deliver branded omni-channel customer-centric products and services. He is the former Service Design Programme Director at IBM, a former Director of Strategic Design at Boston Consulting Group – Digital Ventures and he currently leads Factotum Design, a design and innovation agency in the UK.

With a rich range of project experience, Peter has worked across diverse sectors with top tier global corporations, SMEs and start-ups in the USA, Europe, MENA, China and Australia. His project and client experience includes: AMP, Belfius Bank, Bank of Ireland, Cazenove, Chic-Fil-A, GM, Fairfax Media, IBM, Nissan, Lloyds Banking Group, Renault, The Saudi Ministry of Health, Standard Chartered Bank, VTech Holdings, WilliamHill Online and many more.

With a proven track record in successful boot-strapping and scaling start-ups at speed, Peter is an angel investor in several companies in the USA and UK. He established Argo-Investments as a boutique angel investment group.

As an academic Peter developed the first BFA & MFA in Service Design in the USA as well as ground breaking undergraduate and postgraduate curricula in Design Thinking, HCD, Product Design, UX Design, Interaction Design as well as in Innovation and Design Management in the UK, USA and SE Asia.
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[team_member description=”Peter is a FS digital disruptor with over 10 years experience in building and delivering new propositions for Barclays, TescoBank & Tesco before moving home to join DanskeBank in Dec 2017″ social=”” color=”Accent-Color” image_url=”https://beltech2018.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/PeterGourley.png” name=”Peter Gourley” job_position=”Head of Digital Channels, DanskeBank UK”] [toggles] [toggle title=”Read more” color=”Accent-Color”]Peter helped implement Branch and digital innovation solutions for Barclays before moving to TescoBank where he was the product owner for the Tesco Digital Wallet, Pay+. At DanskeBank, he is responsible for the development of a new Mobile App Team to bring new disruptive technologies to market.[/toggle][/toggles]
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[team_member description=”Phil Weir specialises in open source technologies, drawing on his background as a web developer and mathematician.” social=”” color=”Accent-Color” image_url=”https://beltech2018.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/philweir-1.png” name=”Phil Weir” job_position=”Director, Flax and Teal”] [toggles] [toggle title=”Read more” color=”Accent-Color”]Phil has used a wide range of software in academia and industry, particularly for researching floating structures in the Antarctic and simulating surgical procedures in bio-engineering for web-based interfaces. He is a joint coordinator of the Belfast Linux User Group and is part of a collaborative project to support open development locally.[/toggle][/toggles][icon color=”Extra-Color-3″ size=”small” image=”icon-twitter”]
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[team_member description=”Rachel is a software specialist, she was named as one of Innovate UK’s Women in Innovation 2016 ” social=”” image_url=”https://beltech2018.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/RachelGawley.png” name=”Rachel Gawley” job_position=”CTO and founder, AppAttic” color=”Accent-Color”][toggles] [toggle title=”Read more ” color=”Accent-Color” id=”b1″] Rachel has led AppAttic to be named as one of the Disrupt 100 “businesses with the most potential to influence, change or create new global markets” in 2017.
Holding a PhD in Software Architecture and post-doc in connected health, Rachel is a former academic with a passion for innovation.
She uses her specialist skill-set to develop people-focused, novel technologies that form an integral part of solutions for complex medical conditions.
Rachel’s natural curiosity and tendency to bend the rules has enabled her to produce software that works with today’s healthcare system whilst provoking change for the better!
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[team_member description=”Rebecca has a background in Aeronautical Engineering with nearly 10 years’ experience in innovation and design thinking with 3 years’ experience in Service Design.” social=”” image_url=”https://beltech2018.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/RebeccaWalsh.png” name=”Rebecca Walsh” job_position=”Service Designer, Public Sector Innovation Lab” color=”Accent-Color”][toggles] [toggle title=”Read more ” color=”Accent-Color” id=”b1″] Rebecca currently works in the Public Sector Innovation Lab as a Service Designer and has worked on several in projects in Health and Social Care and with local councils. She loves running, travelling, working as a STEM ambassador and being a voluntary member of Code4Good NI.
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[team_member description=”Rick has worked on products used globally by 75 of the Fortune 100 companies, including NASA, Sony, Salesforce and Disney.” social=”” image_url=”https://beltech2018.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/RickMonro.png” name=”Rick Monro” job_position=”Principal UX Architect, Puppet” color=”Accent-Color”][toggles] [toggle title=”Read more ” color=”Accent-Color” id=”b1″] With a career in design stretching back over two decades, Rick started in visual communication before moving to exhibition design and wayfinding systems. Interactive design has been his focus since 1998, just as the web began to take root in our lives.

For the last decade Rick has led and managed design teams in Ireland, advocating for user-centred design through consultancy and mentoring in organisations from startups to enterprises across the UK and Ireland.

Rick has previously lectured part-time in Creative Entrepreneurship at Ulster University, is a syllabus consultant and lecturer in User Experience for the Digital Marketing Institute, and has lectured in design at the Mobile Academy Belfast.

In his current role at Puppet, he is a proponent for design thinking across teams to help drive positive product experience across a variety of interfaces including GUI, command line, language and API.[/toggle]

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[team_member description=”Seamus has experience in establishing and running successful software development centres.” social=”” image_url=”https://beltech2018.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/SeamusCushley.png” name=”Seamus Cushley” job_position=”Director, PWC” color=”Accent-Color”][toggles] [toggle title=”Read more ” color=”Accent-Color” id=”b1″] As a Director at PwC, Seamus is focused on building startups, educating executives, and designing comprehensive strategies to help large companies, governments, and SMEs take advantage some of the most advanced technology companies coming to market.

Seamus is primarily focused on helping clients understand and shape how blockchain can be applied to solve real-world problems, and why this nascent and disruptive technology should be part of their business strategy in the digital age.

Seamus has over 15+ years in FinTech, having held various roles in Financial and Payments organisations, within engineering and product development. Experience in establishing and running successful software development centres, primarily engaged in delivering new innovative e-commerce products
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[team_member description=”Serving as the Head of Research at AnyVision, he has built up the world leading AI team for real world security and surveillance.” social=”” image_url=”https://beltech2018.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/SankhaSubhraMukherjee.png” name=”Dr. Sankha Subhra Mukherjee” job_position=”Head of Research, AnyVision” color=”Accent-Color] [toggles][toggle title =”Read More” color=”Accent-Color”] Dr. Sankha S. Mukherjee received his Ph.D. from Heriot-Watt University, UK as a James-Watt scholar. He, along with Prof. Neil Robertson and Mr. Elyon Etshtein, founded AnyVision Research in the UK in 2016. Serving as the Head of Research at AnyVision, he has built up the world leading AI team for real world security and surveillance. His research interests include machine learning including deep learning, meta learning, multimodal fusion, and computer vision.
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[team_member description=”Søren has more than 10 years of experience within the Nordic financial sector and a deep technical understanding.” social=”” image_url=”https://beltech2018.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/SorenRA.png” name=”Søren Rode Andreasen” job_position=”Chief Digital Officer, Danske Bank” color=”Accent-Color] [toggles][toggle title =”Read More” color=”Accent-Color”] Søren’s primary interests are innovation within retail/wholesale banking and commercialisation of disruptive ideas and technologies.
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[team_member description=”Stephen’s role as UX Director at Big Motive is complemented by his diverse range of skills and experience.” social=”” image_url=”https://beltech2018.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/StephenShaw-copy.png” name=”Stephen Shaw” job_position=”UX Director, Big Motive” color=”Accent-Color] [toggles][toggle title =”Read More” color=”Accent-Color”] His experience ranges from product development to game design and content strategy. Stephen studied at Glasgow School of Art and University of Ulster before graduating with first class honours and beginning his early career as an interactive designer. Stephen worked in a number of creative agencies building digital products and campaigns for a wide ranges of brands and businesses including BBC, Diageo, Channel 4, Save the Children, Budweiser, Invest Northern Ireland, Queens University, Net-A-Porter and University of Ulster.
As a digital producer, he has collaborated with TV production companies to deliver interactive experiences and content for a variety of BBC Northern Ireland and BBC Worldwide projects. Stephen has directed multi-platform factual projects for network broadcast and digital content for a number of motion pictures. He has served as an advisor to Channel 4’s ‘Ideas Factory’, a judge for the Digital category of the ICAD Awards, served as chair of Bruiser Theatre Company, and attended trade missions to Helsinki, Washington DC and SxSW as a creative industry representative. In 2013 he was appointed as the inaugural Entrepreneur in Residence at Ulster University.

Stephen’s focus is on the development of next generation interfaces between people and digital products. With his team of UX designers and engineers at Big Motive, Stephen develops innovative solutions to client problems, delivering beautifully crafted products that enhance content and user experiences.[/toggle][/toggles] [icon color=”Extra-Color-3″ size=”small” image=”icon-twitter”]

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[team_member description=”Steve has a special interest in machine learning, artificial intelligence, and deep learning. ” social=”” image_url=”https://beltech2018.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/StevenTurner.png” name=”Dr Steven Turner” job_position=”Enterprise Solution Architect, Amazon Web Services” color=”Accent-Color”][toggles] [toggle title=”Read more ” color=”Accent-Color” id=”b1″] He helps enterprise and startup customers across a variety of sectors including fintech, travel & transport, retail and media build highly scalable, flexible and resilient cloud architectures.

Before AWS, Steve spent nine years in the IT networking & application performance industry. He held a CTO position for a Cambridge-based IT Optimisation Consultancy and was a Senior Technical Architect Consultant for a global Systems Integrator.

Steve has a Ph.D. for the use of Artificial Intelligence in High-Performance Computing from the University of Sunderland. He also has a BSc (Hons) in Computer Science from the University of Warwick, and an MSc in Network Systems from the University of Sunderland
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[team_member description=”Simon McLoughlin is the lead mobile software engineer for IBM Ireland’s Innovation Exchange team based in Dublin.” social=”” image_url=”https://beltech2018.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/SimonMcLoughlin.png” name=”Simon McLaughlin” job_position=”Lead Software Engineer, IBM” color=”Accent-Color”][toggles] [toggle title=”Read more ” color=”Accent-Color” id=”b1″] After completing his honours bachelor degree in computer science, Simon focused on native mobile development working for both small startups and large mobile telecommunications companies. After joining IBM, Simon has broadened his focus and now uses IBM’s Watson and Cloud platform to build automated chatbots for social media networks, predictive analytic healthcare solutions, and large scale IoT solutions to track and monitor semi-autonomous cars. Simon recently worked on the LEANBH project in conjunction with the INFANT centre in cork, which was awarded an Innovation in Business excellence award by the Fingal Dublin Chamber of Commerce.
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[team_member description=”Vertical Structure are an established cyber security company providing security services & security training to organisations of all sizes.” social=”” image_url=”https://beltech2018.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/SimonWhittaker.png” name=”Simon Whittaker” job_position=”Cyber Security Director, Vertical Structure Ltd” color=”Accent-Color”][toggles] [toggle title=”Read more ” color=”Accent-Color” id=”b1″] The majority of Simon’s work involves working with companies to perform penetration & security testing, improving secure coding practices and providing security consultancy to companies that are keen to drive growth and improve their processes & procedures through the principles of Prepare, Protect & Persist.
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[team_member description=”Tom is a 25-year tech veteran and in addition to being Head of Digital Catapult NI, is CTO & Director of Innovation at Kainos Group plc. ” social=”” image_url=”https://beltech2018.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/TomGrayBWT.png” name=”Tom Gray” job_position=”Head of Digital Catapult N.I” color=”Accent-Color”][toggles] [toggle title=”Read more ” color=”Accent-Color” id=”b1″] Tom Gray graduated from Queen’s University Belfast, holds a BSc. in Computer Science, and has studied Innovation Management at MIT Sloan.Tom has been the driving force behind many of Kainos’ most innovative and successful customer and staff initiatives, including HealthHackEU, Kainos AppCamp, CodeCamp and Code4Derry. He founded and curates the content for the annual BelTech conference, which has a strong focus on emerging Digital technology. Tom is a member of the Board of the Northern Ireland Science Panel – MATRIX – and is Deputy-Chair of the MATRIX ICT panel. Tom is a member of the CCEA Regulatory Advisory Panel. He is Chairman of the Ulster University Industrial Liaison Board, and is a member of the Industry Board of Manchester Connected Health. Tom is past-Chair of the IET in Northern Ireland.[/toggle] [/toggles] [icon color=”Extra-Color-3″ size=”small” image=”icon-twitter”]
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[team_member description=”IET Northern Ireland Robotics League – Winners 2018″ social=”” image_url=”https://beltech2018.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/UUJ.png” name=”Ulster Society of Student Engineers” job_position=”Students, University of Ulster” color=”Accent-Color”][toggles] [toggle title=”Read more ” color=”Accent-Color” id=”b1″] Engineering society of Ulster University Students Union

Founded in 2017 with the aim of improving the quality of student life and employability with the assistance of the School of Engineering and the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET).

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[team_member description=”Victoria has an insatiable appetite for people, learning, continuous improvement, and getting things done. ” social=”” image_url=”https://beltech2018.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/VictoriaCallumPlaceholder.png” name=”Victoria McCallum” job_position=”International Adventurer and Instigator” color=”Accent-Color”] [toggles] [toggle title=”Read more ” color=”Accent-Color” id=”b1″] Having worked in 7 industries in 6 countries, Victoria’s latest adventure is focused on developing technical skills
to enhance her existing skill-set to build a career within the tech industry. After buying her first personal laptop at 30, two years later she started an apprenticeship in software engineering at Belfast Metropolitan College, and another two years after that,
she’s now an IT Contractor working as a Technical Project Manager within the cloud architecture and engineering space. Victoria is also an active STEM Ambassador and diversity in STEM advocate, leading the Women in Tech Belfast Lean In circle and co-organising
the annual Women TechMakers conference.
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[team_member description=”Poulter was one of the pioneering class of graduates of the National Computing Centre’s pilot program.” social=”” image_url=”https://beltech2018.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/WallacePoulter.png” name=”Wallace Poulter” job_position=”Consultant” color=”Accent-Color”] [toggles] [toggle title=”Read more ” color=”Accent-Color” id=”b1″] Born in Exeter in Devon, Wallace Poulter ran for president of the student union at Exeter University when he was 2 years old – it was, unsurprisingly, in all the papers – and it has been all downhill since then. Raised in the North-East, Poulter was one of the pioneering class of graduates of the National Computing Centre’s pilot program to accelerate computer programmers into industry. That and an interest in gaming led to LucasArts, Sega, Atari Midway and others as an award winning designer, producer and executive producer before turning to developer relations and business development with Apple and other hi-tech firms. Most recently the Director of Strategic Insight at Magic Leap, Poulter is now a consultant in the Immersive space.
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[team_member description=”Will spends his time working with public sector customers to create services that meet real user needs. ” social=”” image_url=”https://beltech2018.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/WillHamill.png” name=”Will Hamill” job_position=”Solution Architect, Kainos” color=”Accent-Color”] [toggles] [toggle title=”Read more ” color=”Accent-Color” id=”b1″] Will believes that soft skills are hard and that understanding human systems helps design better technical systems.
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[team_member description=”Other speakers will be announced leading up to the event. Make sure to revisit this page for updates.” social=”” image_url=”https://beltech2018.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/noprofile.png” name=”Other Speakers TBA” job_position=”-” color=”Accent-Color”][toggles] [toggle title=”Read more ” color=”Accent-Color” id=”b1″]Check back for updates.[/toggle] [icon color=”Extra-Color-3″ size=”small” image=”icon-twitter”]
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