it@cork TechFest

Annual Tech Summit – virtually at your door

14th – 18th September 2020

A Connected Future – New Complexities | New Opportunities | New Normal

Track 1 – Smart Cities

09:00, 14th September 2020

Are Smart Cities a smart idea?

By 2050, 66% of the world’s population is expected to live in urban areas. The challenge will be in supplying these populations with basic resources like safe food, clean water and sufficient energy, while also ensuring overall economic, social and environmental sustainability. Smart Cities come from Smart designs. We must design with a citizen-centric approach so genuine human benefit can result and cities remain places to live as well as work.

This track will examine how leveraging digital technology is the key to delivering positive impact to urban regions.


Track 2 – Cyber Security

09:00, 15th September 2020

Designing for a New Era of Threats and Complexity.

We are now in a new era of cybersecurity where the focus has shifted from ‘security by prevention’ to ‘security by design’ With the volume of data, fuelled by connected devices, set to grow exponentially over the next 5 years, security by design is becoming a fundamental development approach to ensure security and privacy of devices and systems are maintained.

This track will examine how the design/architecture functions are increasingly driving the cyber security agenda within organisations, cities and society at large.

Track 3 – The Future of Education

09:00, 16th September 2020

Online, blended, earn-as-you-learn – where will it all land?

As educational institutes re-open after months of closed doors, parents, teachers, students, and educators collectively hold their breath to see if the effort over the past few months will pay off and learners can remain in education. We wonder if the speed of change, immeasurably accelerated by the pandemic, will result in permanent change or will some revert once a vaccine is found. We have come to understand, the far-reaching economic and societal consequences of school closures in terms of our ability to work productively and have a newfound admiration for educators, many now consider as front-line workers. Will there be a new emphasis on apprenticeships and on-the-job learning; will the student experience be inspiring and engaging; how can technology close the gaps?

This track will examine and debate the future of education from many important perspectives.


Track 4 – Future of Work

09:00, 17th September 2020

Covid-19 has changed society, peoples thinking, values and outlook; possibly forever. It has also changed the workplace and forced employers to embrace remote working almost overnight.

Tech companies are leading the way in the transition to remote work environments. In May of this year, Google, Facebook and Twitter announced their intentions to offer employees the option to work remotely indefinitely.

The remote working movement will have a profound impact on the future of work such as:

  •  Any company can hire from a global talent pool
  • Company culture will become increasingly output orientated rather than time based
  • Will employees be compensated for cost of working expenses?

This track will explore the future of work and what it means for your company.


Track 5 – Digitalisation of Bio Pharma Manufacturing

09:00, 18th September 2020

Cork and the South-West region of Ireland are unique in terms of strong and vibrant clusters in ICT, medical devices, and pharma. With close to 14,000 people employed in the pharmaceutical, biopharma and medical technology sector and more than 30,000 employed in ICT sector in the region, the importance of these sectors to the region have never been greater.

This track will explore:

  •  The vast opportunities for convergence between ICT, biopharma, food and manufacturing 4.0.
  • A focus on the power of data analytics and how it (data) can be effectively used in order to transform and evolve the biopharma and food processing environments.
  • Explore what technologies are driving transformation and operational excellence in biopharma and food production industries resulting in superior outputs and products for the market.

it@cork TechFest Workshops

Workshop 1:

IoT Workshop, 14th September, 14:00 – 15:00 (IST)

Nikos Chalikias and Brian Cahill from the Nimbus Research Centre will deliver a workshop on their approach to IoT technology development for industry with reference to specific case studies.

This workshop will be delivered by:

Nikos Chalikias , Senior Embedded Systems Engineer at Cork Institute of Technology

Brian Cahill, Business and Research Development Research Fellow at the Nimbus Research Centre

In this workshop, Brain and Nikolas will examine:

  • The innovation journey from innovation concept to commercialisation
  • How to access funding for r&d and innovation in your business
  • How to partner with research centres with expertise e.g. embedded systems, sensors, IOT
  • How to internationalise your business by working with international

Workshop 2:

Cyber Security Masterclass – 15th September – 14:00-15:30 (IST)

Cyber Security Master Class Session 1: “Security 101 and insight into the hacker ”

This module will demonstrate various techniques employed by hackers and cyber criminals. This session will allow attendees to understand typical attack flows and often overlooked security gaps and highlight the simple and fundamental steps that and organisation can take securing their environments while also highlighting some very basic items all organisations can pay attention.

Master class delivered by Karl Schlauch, Cloud and Security Architect at Trend Micro

Cyber Security Master Class Session 2: “How to hunt threats vs reacting to security events”

There has been a notable paradigm shift in the cyber security landscape in recent times.  Cyber security professionals are adopting a proactive threat hunting approach in place of the more conventional and often passive cyber surveillance approach.  The increasing volume of attacks on IT networks and systems make it imperative that companies implement robust threat hunting systems and procedures. 

This workshop will demonstrate how to conduct threat hunting activities highlighting the methods and techniques on how to implement such practices in your organisation. 

Master class delivered by Ian Kenefick, Senior Cyber Security Engineer at Trend Micro

Workshop 3 : 

Authentic Resilient Leadership Workshop

16th Sept, 14:00 – 15:00 (IST)

Creating Authentic Resilient leadership -in agile times

……..Now is not the time for leaders to be invisible…….

During this workshop Fiona will discuss the following:

  • The 5 different pillars of authentic leadership: Passion, Behaviour, Connectedness, Consistency, CompassioN
  • How to create true followership and visible leadership in your organisations
  • The link between authenticity and Resilient
  • How we can bring our true selves to work in an virtual environment

Fiona Buckley is a corporate trainer, keynote speaker and empowerment & executive coach in the areas of Leadership & Management Development, Leading virtual Teams, Work Behaviour and Personalities. Before setting up her own business in early 2016, Fiona held a number of senior corporate roles with her last position being VP of Professional Services for a global virtual organisation. When she was in this role she completed a Master’s Degree in Work Behaviour and her thesis  explored “The Key challenges that impact Relationships in Virtual Organisations. She is also associate faculty with the Irish Management Institute (IMI) for the past 4.5 years facilitating executive programmes and is also a strategic consultant with Mercer.

Workshop 4:

Live Coding a Serverless App with the AWS CDK,

17th September, 14:00 – 15:00 (IST)

The rise of Serverless development and cloud-based infrastructure has rapidly reduced time to market for new products. In this workshop Ryan will walk through creating a new product using React, AWS Lambda, CloudFormation and other cloud services. Watch Ryan create a simple backend application and frontend interface, define the cloud service infrastructure and deploy a working application using TypeScript and the CDK in less than an hour.

This workshop witll be given by Ryan Adams from Instil.

Ryan is a software trainer with Instil. He has 17 years experience working in the industry as a developer, project manager, technical architect and team lead. Most of his career has involved working on software for learning, from BBC Schools to LMS Systems including Moodle and Open edX.

Workshop 5:

Data Analytics Workshop – 18th September, 14:00 -15:00 (IST)

Data Literacy and the ability to use the data that your organisation has access to will be key skills required for companies to survive into the future. The workshop session will highlight three of the key understandings that companies need to develop in their employees in order to position themselves to build data driven business decisioning cultures. These understanding are 1. Understanding the business context in which decisions should be made based on data. 2. Understanding the data architectures of the data that the company has access to, both internal to the company and external to the company and finally 3. Understanding the process to be used for the organisation to be able to realise the value that becoming more data focused will bring.

The workshop is given by Dave Clarke from Clarke Analytics and will:

  • Highlight lessons learned across many data analytics projects, highlighting how to recognise whether a data analytics project is likely to be successful or not from the outset.
  • Showcase modern data architectures used to support real time decisioning, continuous process verification and end to end data visibility across manufacturing sectors.
  • Give a demo of an advanced analytics platform

Dave Clarke is a Data Scientist working in the IoT, Manufacturing and Supply Chain Analytics space where he develops company strategies for big data analytic solutions and services.

In October 2016, Dave set up Clarke Analytics Ltd with his wife Helen, providing high quality analytics consulting and training services to customers in the analytics sector. Previously Dave worked with EMC where he consulted one to one with senior business executives across Europe, The Middle East and Africa and set up multi-disciplinary teams in the data warehouse and business intelligence space. Dave has over 25 years’ experience in data science roles, program management, software architecture and management consulting across multiple domains including manufacturing (including the regulated life sciences sectors), retail, utilities, healthcare, banking, and insurance.