Belfast chosen to host MIT Technology Review's EmTech Europe conference for three years

  • MIT Technology Review's EmTech Europe conference will be held in Belfast for the next three years, highlighting the city's position as a rapidly growing tech hub.

    Massachusetts Institute of Technology is renowned worldwide for its tech innovation programmes and ground-breaking research, and each year the institute's Technology Review magazine hosts an annual conference somewhere in Europe to explore all the exciting recent advances in the world of tech.

    The EmTech Europe conference brings together researchers, leaders, CEOs, and tech enthusiasts from around the world, connecting top minds in cutting-edge fields such as artificial intelligence, connected health, and green energy. The show includes expert speakers and thought leaders, talks on emerging technologies, and demonstrations of ground-breaking new research.

    Belfast has now been announced as the location for the EmTech Europe conference for the next three years due to its position within Europe as a rapidly emerging tech hub. The 2021 conference is due to be held on May 27th and 28th July 1st and 2nd this year and will take place virtually due to Covid, with the 2022 and 2023 events hopefully moving back to the regular live event format.

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    The city was selected due to its reputation as an emerging global tech hub, with both offices of major US tech firms now set up here and several local companies that are now recognised as some of the world leaders in their fields. The past several years has seen the local tech scene boom and thousands of people upskilling into careers in everything from data science to cyber-security.

    EmTech Europe 2021 will be focused on sustainability in tech development, with the main themes being "a sustainable future", "and intelligent future", "a healthy future," and "an equitable future." We can expect to see presentations on topics such as renewable energy, new MedTech developments, and artificial intelligence.

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    Nico Crepaldi, Head of Custom Content at MIT Technology Review, commented: "MIT Technology Review's mission is to equip audiences with the tools to understand and contribute to a world shaped by technology—our events bring that mission to life around the globe. Today, we are delighted to see the EmTech series returning to Europe, better and stronger than ever before, with Belfast as its hub."

    Local tech giant Kainos' Group Chief Technology Officer Tom Gray, who is curating the event, commented: "To secure EmTech Europe for Belfast is a major coup for our burgeoning tech sector and wider industries. MIT Technology Review is a globally respected publication and being able to play host to one of its flagship conferences affirms Belfast’s place as a growing global tech hub."

    For more information or to register your place at the event, head over to Tickets are currently at the early-bird price of €299 EUR per head until the end of March.

    UPDATE: This event has been pushed back to Thursday 1st and Friday 2nd of July.

    Source: Written based on press release

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