We spoke to Oonagh Fox from Dublin BIC to find out more about what’s happening at this year’s event and why you should attend. Link for tickets below.

When and where is it on?

Now in its fifth year, the annual tech event, FutureScope, is taking place in the Convention Centre Dublin on Thursday 31st May 2018

What was the inspiration to start it?

Today’s fast-paced advancements in technology are creating immense opportunities for businesses, while also accelerating the threat of being left behind. Open innovation has become a widely-accepted approach to business development and there has been a huge rise in companies harnessing opportunities by tapping outside potential.  This approach offers big benefits to start-ups – providing them with access to clients, capital and other resources.

Against this backdrop, FutureScope was established – it is Ireland’s only tech event dedicated to facilitating collaboration opportunities between start-ups, multinational companies, Irish enterprise and the research community.

What exciting things can people look forward to?

If you wish to deepen your understanding of the implications of emerging technologies, such as AI, IoT, AR/VR and data analytics; If you’re interested in engaging with smart technology providers, researchers and citizens to solve city challenges and improve city life; if you desire the opportunity to build your network, pitch your business and explore collaboration opportunities with entrepreneurs and technology leaders – then FutureScope is the conference for you.

As well as four stages full of content on the four key themes –  Insights, Collaboration, Innovation and Entrepreneurship – and nine breakout sessions for those who want to deep dive into topics such as cybersecurity, scaling or space tech, there is a full day ‘creativity meets technology’ tracking, solving the biggest names in animation industry, and an AR/VR showcase area featuring exhibitions, demos and targeted networking.

What opportunities are on offer for those attending?

The three big opportunities for anyone attending FutureScope:

– Build knowledge of emerging technologies –  A key element of FutureScope is the bringing together of leaders from the technology ecosystem to share perspectives on emerging technologies and how they will shape our future world, providing crucial insights to developing businesses at all stages of the innovation lifecycle. Contributors on the FutureScope Insights Stage include the World Economic Forum, Vodafone and Esri Global and artificial intelligence expert, Professor Barry O’Sullivan – each giving their take on global macro-economic trend

– Identify collaboration and new business opportunities – Previous FutureScope events have proved that impactful relationships can spring from a quality network. For example, at FutureScope 2017, Irish IoT start-up, Davra Networks, was introduced to the team behind VentureClash, a United States-based $5 million global venture competition. Since then, Davra has been awarded $500,000 through VentureClash, facilitating the company’s entry into the US market.  The good news is that VenureClash will be back at FutureScope 2018.

– Build your network – Michael Culligan, CEO of Dublin BIC, the organisation behind FutureScope, commented on the importance of the networking side to FutureScope, “When you get 1200 engaged and purposeful business owners and innovators in a room, conversations are started and contacts are made that result in real business being done. From my time working with start-ups, scale-ups and multinationals, I’ve learned that entrepreneurial success is dependent on many factors including idea, market opportunity, team, execution, funding, and of course lady luck! I’ve learned to never underestimate the power of the network”.

Who will be speaking?

FutureScope has 100+ speakers and panellists across four stages and nine breakout sessions. Each participant is committed to collaboration, innovation, entrepreneurship and sharing insights. For all the detail, see the  FutureScope 2018 programme

Tech multinationals such as Vodafone Group and Esri will speak about multi-actor projects for smart cities initiatives that they are powering.  HCL Technologies and Microsoft will be joined by start-up, RecommenderX to explore how collaborative partnership enable growth. Tech giants Facebook and Google are on board to discuss how their tools and programmes can be shared with start-ups.

Start-up success stories, such as NewsWhip, Soapbox Labs, Jobbio, Aylien, GMI and Kitman Labs will showcase the innovations that set them apart, and share their perspectives on what can be gained by taking a collaborative approach to scaling.

Public-sector enablers and investors, including Dublin City Council, Enterprise Ireland, Science Foundation Ireland, HBAN and Smart Dublin, play a crucial role in creating the environment in which businesses can become increasingly collaborative, driving technological progress and the smart economy.

How can people book tickets / when does it usually sell out?

We’re capping the numbers at 1200 to ensure quality networking and to create an environment where business gets done!

Tickets can be secured at www.futurescope.ie/tickets

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