Dublin will be the focus of a global technology spotlight in May 2015, when the Irish Technology Leadership Group (ITLG) Silicon Valley Global Technology Summit takes place on 25 and 26 May 2015.

Hosted by Fingal County Council, Fingal Dublin Chamber of Commerce, Dublin City University (DCU) and the Institute of Technology Blanchardstown (ITB) the 7th ITLG annual summit will be hosted in venues throughout North Dublin from the Helix at DCU to Malahide Castle and ITB.

The ITLG delegation, led by ITLG Chairman Craig Barrett and Founder and CEO John Hartnett, will include top executives from the global tech sector including Intel, DELL, Arvato and Disney among others. This year, the event will be moderated by Forbes journalist and technology analyst, Paul Noglows, and the agenda will focus on key tech trends such as Big Data and Cloud, the Internet of Things and wearable technology, the AgTech revolution as well as looking to the critical ingredients of the technology boom – education, investment and entrepreneurship.

“The number of tech start ups and innovative solutions being created in Ireland is incredibly promising, and this is what attracts our Silicon Valley investors to Ireland year on year,” said John Hartnett, CEO ITLG at the launch of the Global Technology Summit in Fingal, Dublin. “This year’s ITLG event has an exciting line up and will feature business leaders and investors from Silicon Valley experiencing firsthand the Irish appetite for innovation and entrepreneurship.”

“We are excited to partner with the ITLG for the hosting of the 2015 Silicon Valley Global Technology Summit. This partnership is a reflection of the solid foundation of technology companies already based here and proves our commitment to support the growth of the technology sector throughout the County and especially in our newly branded Dublin Enterprise Zone. Our strong spirit of cooperation with business is carried right through to our communities, ensuring that Fingal is a great place to work, live and relax. We are pleased to welcome the Silicon Valley delegation and look forward to showing all that Fingal has to offer.

“Fingal is a thriving business region, with so much to offer the investment community as well as indigenous technology startups. From accessibility to the award-winning international Dublin Airport, to the superb connectivity and business infrastructure, the Region is already home to global technology companies such as PayPal, Symantec, SanDisk, IBM, Fujitsu, Juniper Networks, Siemens and eBay.  We are delighted to welcome the Silicon Valley delegation of global business and technology leaders to Fingal this year and look forward to working closely with ITLG leaders to promote this Region in both Ireland and the USA,” said  Tony Lambert, Fingal Chamber.

The ITLG Summit will also enable Irish executives in early stage companies to meet and collaborate with leading international investors, expanding their network, creating new business opportunities, and US market opportunities, which will all drive meaningful job creation in the Region.  Startups and entrepreneurs will also have the chance to pitch for investment to leading VCs, as well as access to leading experts in IP and commercialisation of research.

The 2 day event will will kick off with the ITLG Accelerator program, Lab 353, Company Face Off!, as well as the pitch camps sessions on 25 May 2015.  A VIP Reception will be held in the unique setting of Malahide Castle on the eve of the forum. The Global Technology Forum will then take place at The Helix at DCU, and will include keynote presentations and lively panel debates on big data, technology innovation in the agri-tech sector and the Internet of Things as well as innovation and investment.  The Forum will be followed by a Gala Networking Dinner at the Crowne Plaza Northwood Hotel, with a keynote address by Craig Barrett, Chairman of ITLG.

For more information or to register, please visit www.itlg.org

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