Sat 6th Jul 2013
Businesses, organisations and entrepreneurs must embrace and engage with digital technology if they are to survive and flourish in the future – that was the message as over 150 people gathered for the first ever TechXplore event held at Riddel Hall, Queen’s University Belfast on 28 February 2013.
The event, which was organised by the Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce and MW Advocate, in partnership with CME Group, heard from twelve speakers on a range of issues including starting a technology company, how to finance technology firms, what to say on social media, how global communications will look in the future as well as the legal, moral and societal impact of technological change. TechXplore’s associate partners are Invest NI, Belfast law firm Mills Selig and KPMG.
Speaking after the event Ann McGregor, Chief Executive, NI Chamber of Commerce said: “Northern Ireland has the potential to become a major global centre of excellence for technology and today’s event included a broad range of companies from small tech start-ups to global players all of whom are based here. As well as showcasing the region’s expertise in this field, TechXplore means that companies, public sector bodies and entrepreneurs can see the potential benefits for embracing technology in their own organisations, and learn how to take the vital first steps.”
Carl Whyte, Partner at MW Advocate said: “While TechXplore’s speakers come from a range of backgrounds and discussed a wide range of topics, the one underlying theme is the importance of engaging with and embracing digital technology. From businesses wanting to drive online sales, to parents keen to monitor their children’s online activity, empowering yourself with the skills and know-how are a vital step which will ensure confidence and competence online.”
TechXplore heard from a wide range of speakers including Vincent Breslin, founder and CEO of Belfast-based Siansplan.com, Mark Bennett who is head of CME Group’s operations in Northern Ireland as well as Lisa Clancy, GAA Head of Communications, the BBC’s Will Crawley and former head of CEOP Jim Gamble. CME Group’s Global Head of Communications also outlined his view on the future of social media and local start-up CEO Rich Dale joined Dermot Walsh on a panel discussion on cloud computing.
The event is the first of its kind in Northern Ireland and is set to take place annually. “With speakers from the US, across the UK and Ireland TechXplore has, in its first year, attracted speakers of great calibre. Without speakers and sponsors TechXplore would not have been possible and thanks are due to everyone involved,” added Carl.