When and where is it on?

27th September 2018 – at Newry Town Hall and the Sean Hollywood Arts Centre.

How many years has it been going?

This is the inaugural year but we’re already thinking about next year!

What was the inspiration to start it?

To show how organisations can use the latest innovations and technology to drive their businesses and to shine a light on the burgeoning tech and innovation scene in Newry, Mourne and Down district and beyond.

What exciting things can people look forward to?

We have planned a full day of panel discussions and addresses featuring key speakers from some of the most exciting businesses from in and beyond the district, as well as a host of innovation and tech experts. In addition, the Ascend Start-up Competition is taking place in The Sean Hollywood Arts Centre from 11am until 1pm. The programme is available on the website at https://nmdinnovationnation.com/.

What opportunities are on offer for those attending?

The event provides an invaluable opportunity to network and meet some of the world’s leading innovators, who have experience of running businesses, on a local, regional and global level. They will be there to use their unique experiences to offer insight into how the evolving technological landscape could impact businesses in a wide range of industries.

Who will be speaking?

Our speakers include Mark Little, the founder of Storyful and NevaLabs; Brian Conlon, Founder and Chief Executive of First Derivatives; Norbrook Laboratories Chief Executive Liam Nagle; STATSports Chief Commercial Officer Sean O’Connor; Helen Lennon of Secure Broadcast, INCISIV Founder Dr Cathy Craig; Peter McCaul, Chief Executive Officer at Péarlaí; Adrian Toner, Chief Operating Officer at First Derivatives; and Steve Pette, Co-founder at Ormeau Baths.

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

There are limited tickets available but we will be accepting bookings via Eventbrite until 11:59pm on Wednesday 26th September 2018.


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