The 4th Industrial Revolution Challenge held 10 events in 2018 with 600 attendees exploring themes of Mobility, Education, Digital Identity and VR in the arts. This year saw 30 Connect Shapers, individuals from corporate, academia and start-ups come together to participate in 4 design thinking ideations in order to uncover the most exciting topics relevant to the Northern Ireland tech community.
The Connect Shapers were also celebrated at a private audience with Professor Andy Hopper, former head of Computer Science at Cambridge at the Bullitt Hotel in April, an opportunity to ask some of the most pressing questions around AI, big data and the future of work.
Highlights from our Techwatch blog include an article written by Connect Shaper, Chris Clements on Smart City, no, Smart Citizens.
Connect Shapers, Carrie Hanna and Brian Shevlin kicked off the Autumn events, by facilitating design thinking sessions, aimed at generating thought provoking interactions and outcomes.
Some incredible contributors brought their expertise to 4IRC this year including, Eilish Bouse on big data in the future of transport, entrepreneur Padraic Sheerin, Co-Founder of Squad who spoke on the ethics of deep learning and Stephen Howell from Microsoft Ireland who spoke on the future of smart toys. We couldn’t run the challenges without the support of the Connect Shapers and we are always grateful for their time and enthusiasm.
The 2019 schedule of events kicks off on Tuesday 12 February entitled What is the future for the consumer in the energy market? Future sessions will follow on Cyber security, Fintech and many more.