BelTech 2020: Focus on cloud native computing, AI and cybersecurity

  • The seventh annual BelTech Conference will take place in the ICC Belfast Waterfront Hall on Thursday 2 and Friday 3 April 2020.

    The technology conference brings together business leaders and technology experts to celebrate advancements in the Northern Ireland tech sector, with the aim of also inspiring and engaging a new generation of tech leaders.

    BelTech 2020 will take place over two days and focus on cloud native computing, artificial intelligence (AI) and cybersecurity, all of which are seeing significant advancements and growth in Northern Ireland. Further themes will include edge computing/Internet of Things (IOT).

    The conference will also invite school pupils to use their own creativity and skills to compete against each other and design a new app. The finalists will then be invited to BelTech EDU to present their apps on the second day of the conference.

    BelTech is led by Dr Tom Gray, group chief technology officer of one of Northern Ireland’s largest indigenous tech companies, Kainos.

    The event is sponsored by Allstate NI, Options Technology, Unosquare, Belfast City Council and Hays Recruitment.

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    Dr Gray said that in BelTech’s seven years, “it has steadily grown due to a very close-knit tech community who love to interact, learn and share ideas with each other and with business leaders.”

    He added: “The core focus of this year’s conference is cloud native computing. This is an architecture and approach that is enabling the next generation of products and services. Amazon is one of the leading cloud native platforms and we are thrilled to have someone from Amazon speak at this year’s conference.”

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    Belfast’s Lord Mayor, Cllr Daniel Baker commented that “digital innovation is a key sector which will help solve urban challenges in Belfast and help us grow an inclusive economy.

    "We’re working to create a Smart Belfast with our city partners and as part of the Belfast Region City Deal, £350 million will be invested in digital innovation projects – so it’s vital that we’re supporting skills development, fostering collaboration and inspiring future generations.”

    John Healy OBE, managing director and vice president at Allstate NI said: “This year’s line-up of speakers is really exciting and the addition of Beltech EDU to connect and encourage the next generation of technology champions is a really excellent and insightful opportunity for anyone with an interest in technology.”

    For further info on Beltech and to book tickets please visit

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