By @SimonCocking. Great interview with  who will be the Keynote speaker at the upcoming Digital Transformation Conference, Pavilion Theatre, Dun Laoghaire, Co Dublin  on 8th June 2017 (see here more info and for tickets). Chris will be speaking about how to Digitally Transform by Collaborating with Irish Research Partners.

1 min pitch for what you are doing now?

I am a mentor, advisor, investor, chairman and journalist – Board member on various start-ups, Partner at the Atlantic Bridge University Bridge Fund,  Chairman of Science Gallery International, and a regular columnist with the Irish Times.

How were the last 12 months, what worked well, what didn’t move as quickly as you would have liked?

Pretty good.  I published my first book:  Reminiscences of the Father of Computing in Ireland (available from Amazon here).

I also sat through a very large number of start-up pitches and presentations!  I made some investments and got involved with some really interesting start-ups – with hopefully some more on the way.

 What are your plans for the future?

To make more investments.  Build some valuable companies. Maybe write another book. Enjoy life even more.

What will you be talking about at Digital Transformation Conference

There’s some really interesting world class (digital technology) research happening in the Irish university system.  There are some start-ups already doing some really interesting commercial disruption with this research.  There’s opportunity and funding/investment available for others to join the movement and get involved.

 What inspired you to speak at it?

I live in the Dun Laoghaire Rathdown area and would really like to see it emerge as a cluster of interesting start-ups.

 Which influencers and websites do you follow to keep up to date with the latest developments?

You mean apart from www.dilbert.com?

Its a long list!!

As well as Irish Tech News? TechCrunch, Wired, Verge, Medium, Contently, Arstechnica, sploid, WSJ tech news, Mercury Tech News, Sciencealert, gizmag, cnet…   and then Guardian, Atlantic, San Francisco chronicle, South China Morning Post, RT, CNN, Fox, HuffingtonPost, Politco, Der Speigel, The Economist, NY Times, fivethirtyeight… and then foxtrotalpha, national interest, war is boring… and of courseCrunchBase, linkedin.

And a bunch of fellow twitterers (have a look at who I am following).

How can people find out more about what you are working on?

Tweet me @chrisjhorn.

 Anything else you’d like to add / we should have asked?

The global Science Gallery movement,  which started with Science Gallery Dublin,  is rocking!  We’re about to open in Science Gallery London next year right opposite The Shard in the city centre,  plus Science Galleries Melbourne, Bengaluru, and Venice are all in the pipeline.  Our first Science Gallery Lab opens in Detroit this year,  and there’s a few more cities in our Labs pipeline,  not just first-world but also including in the developing, third-world.  Meanwhile HUMAN+ just opened last week in Singapore,  and has had a phenomenal reaction!  SEEING opened in Miami two weeks ago,  as the inaugural exhibition of the amazing new Frost Science Museum there.  ILLUSION is running in New Jersey,  BIORHTHYMN in Stockholm, and BLOOD is opening in Melbourne in July.

Wearing my Atlantic Bridge University Fund hat, I would point to the opportunities to digitally advance your business by collaboration with Irish research partners. There are many interesting research projects including blockchain, data mining and insights,  AI inference,  natural language understanding, all occurring in the Irish university system, of start-ups and collaborations that are now receiving funding in this space (from Atlantic Bridge) which can disrupt/transform specific business markets.


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