Events we're looking forward to this week

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  • With so much going on in the tech scene here in Northern Ireland, we decided to round up events we're excited to attend this week. Make sure to follow our events Twitter to keep up with live tweets @SyncNIEvents

    4IRC Debate - How will VR transform the arts? – May 22nd

    • How will technologies such as virtual and augmented reality alter the way audiences experience art?
    • What are the possibilities for artists and makers, with access to this technology?
    • How can we use VR to enhance experiences in other sectors such as health, education, marketing and sales etc.

    Join the #4IRC Connect Shapers as we explore the arts under the 4th Industrial Revolution.

    Confirmed contributors include: Deepa Mann-Kler, NEON and Dr Franziska Schroeder, QUB Sonic Arts, Phil Morrow, RETiniZE, Stephen Shaw, Big Motive, Fiona McLaughlin, Taunt Studios and Dr Declan Keeney, QUB Film School.

    Register here to attend.


    Invent 2018 Semi Final – May 23rd

    Invent is Catalyst Inc's annual competition supported by headline sponsor Bank of Ireland UK. It showcases and rewards local innovations and proof of concept ideas that have the greatest commercial potential. It’s an opportunity to gain high-profile exposure; to validate your idea and to unlock a quality network of influencers. There’s also a prize fund of £33,000 shared by the winners. 

    The Invent 2018 Semi Final (sponsored by RPS) will take place on Wednesday 23rd May at Belfast Waterfront. Join us for food & refreshments before our 24 Semi Finalists pitch against each other live on stage to gain a place in the final. Tickets are £5 - Click here to claim your tickets for the Semi Final event!  


    May ProductTank - World Product Day – May 23rd

    Join us and 90+ cities around the world to celebrate One of the key themes of this event will be Product Inceptions, i.e. how do you actually get started after the big vision! We're lucky to have 2 great speakers who are going to broadly cover the themes below + Secure Broadcast are kindly going to create video content on the night;

    Rachel Gawley (Founder & CEO App Attic)

    Starting a company vs a building a new product
    How to manage different product streams at the same time
    What’s involved in launching products in the public health space
    Ethics of product management

    Conall Laverty (Founder & CEO of Wia)

    Background to what is iOT
    Realities of building a platform esp in Ireland
    How to prioritise steps to build a product roadmap
    Selling a true platform strategy to software partners
    How is Product Management different for iOT

    Speaker Bios

    Rachel Gawley has led AppAttic to be named as one of the Disrupt 100 “businesses with the most potential to influence, change or create new global markets” in 2017.
    Holding a PhD in Software Architecture and post-doc in connected health, Rachel is a former academic with a passion for innovation.
    She uses her specialist skill-set to develop people-focused, novel technologies that form an integral part of solutions for complex medical conditions.
    Rachel’s natural curiosity and tendency to bend the rules has enabled her to produce software that works with today’s healthcare system whilst provoking change for the better!

    Conall Laverty is the Founder & CEO of Wia, a leading cloud platform for software developers building Internet of Things applications. Wia provides a simple way for people and things to talk to each other with just a few lines of code. The platform is now being used by developers in more than 85 countries and has attracted €1m in venture capital funding with backers including Suir Valley Ventures, Enterprise Ireland and NDRC. He is a key figure in the Irish Internet of Things ecosystem.

    Previously Conall was CTO of Big Motive, a creative technology company based in London and Belfast. There he architected and developed products for BBC, Net-a-Porter and Channel 4. He was also Technical Director of Woogie, an innovation consultancy who has worked with Cambridge Silicon Radio, Deezer and startups throughout Ireland. He attained a First Class Honours Masters from Queen’s University Belfast in Computer Games Development.

    Get your tickets here >>>


    3a - Data Art Belfast – May 23rd

    Meetup bringing artists, technologists and creatives together to show, tell, and learn about the collision between Data and Art.

    Learn about visualisation techniques, data aggregation, and where to get data sources to create, inform, and excite.

    "The current quantitative explosion of digital data streams requires new ways for this information to be visualized. The processing of the research, retrieval, storage and analysis of this data is still an emerging sector, but it provides work for evaluation and analysis specialists, as well as for artists. Processing this extremely complex and diversified data is responsible for a brand new economic sector emerging in the field of information technology, along with new forms of artistic creation." - Techcrunch 2016

    Get your tickets here >>>


    WordCamp Belfast – May 25th

    WordCamp Belfast returns after a successful inaugural WordCamp in 2016.

    Anyone with an interest in WordPress can take part and we will have sessions for developers, designers, bloggers, content users and business owners. WordCamps are about learning and sharing knowledge. And getting to know others in your local area.

    WordCamps are informal, locally organised events. Created by the local WordPress community, for the local community.

    During the weekend of 25-27 May 2018, we will have lots of sessions to interest you.

    • Fri 25 May 2018, 2pm-5pm – The Contributor Event, Farset Labs Belfast
    • Sat 26 & Sun 27 May 2018 – two day Conference, the Peter Froggatt Centre, Queen’s University, Belfast 

    The Peter Froggatt Centre is fully accessible, is close to transport links and has parking closeby. More about the venue can be found here.

    More information can be found here and for tickets please click here.

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