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We held our Annual Technology Conference: Technology and Digital Disruption on Wednesday 6 March from 8.30am - 1.00pm in the Marker Hotel.

Digital Entrepreneur, journalist and COO of Kinzen, Áine Kerr, was our MC for the event.

In conversation with Áine, Oisín Tobin, Technology Sector Lead Partner, talked us through the most significant technology trends to be aware of this year.

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Oisín Tobin, our Technology Sector Lead Partner, in conversation with event MC, Áine Kerr

Technology Sector Survey

Our audience poll found that 51% of Ireland’s technology leaders see legal/regulatory risk as the biggest barrier to AI adoption, followed by lack of skills/talent (33%). The survey also found that more than four out of five (81%) technology leaders are investing in AI research and development. 64% said they had increased their investment levels compared to last year, while 17% said their investment levels remained the same. Explore the full technology sector survey findings.

Panel Discussions

We also had three expert panels who debated topical issues in the sector.

Panel 1 – Fintech – Money Meets Machines

  • Máire Reidy, Senior Regulatory Lawyer, Stripe
  • Jon Bayle, Founder & CEO, Life & Provide
  • Liam Boggan, CEO and Founder, Quantmatix
  • Rowena Fitzgerald, Partner, Financial Regulation, Mason Hayes & Curran

Panel 2 - Going Global: Scaling your Technology Company

  • Ciaran Meghen, Founder and Managing Director, IdentiGEN Ltd
  • Deirdre Smith, Associate, Rethink Digital Advisory and Chartered Director
  • Ciaran Byrne, Co-Founder, The Head Plan
  • Conall Geraghty, Partner, Corporate, Mason Hayes & Curran

Panel 3 – AI Revolution and Regulations

  • Aditya Mohan, Senior Scientific Officer, National Standards Authority of Ireland
  • Tom Murray, Corporate Counsel, Indeed Ireland
  • Deirdre Ardagh, Senior Privacy Lawyer, Three Ireland
  • Brian McElligott, Head of Artificial Intelligence, Mason Hayes & Curran

For more information and expert advice on how any of these topics may impact on your business, please contact a member of our Technology team.

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