Sunday, 14 May 2017

Tech giant AT&T comes to FutureScope in search of IoT collaboration

Tech giant AT&T is participating in FutureScope, Ireland’s only conference that promotes collaboration between entrepreneurs and multinationals. The event, taking place in Dublin’s Convention Centre today, will allow AT&T to meet with some of Ireland’s most promising IoT companies and strike up conversations with them.

This morning, Chris Penrose, President of AT&T’s Internet of Things organisation, will give a keynote speech on the mainstage of FutureScope. He will discuss what’s required to build a smarter city, the role of public-private partnerships and the need for collaboration across the entire smart cities ecosystem.

AT&T will also participate in FutureScope’s dedicated Collaboration Stage, which will showcase some of the best collaborations in Ireland and how they work. Those taking part will also include Dublin City Council, Science Foundation Ireland, Google, Ryanair, The CONNECT Centre, Enterprise Ireland and Vodafone.

FutureScope expects to attract 1,200 attendees today, 300 of whom will be entrepreneurs looking to strike up partnerships with multinationals and investors. Attendees will have the opportunity to listen to talks, panel discussions and advice on the latest trends and issues affecting entrepreneurs and the start-up community.

On the mainstage, Manuel Heckmann from Siemens’ next47 unit will discuss the €1 billion fund for scale-ups and the adoption of disruptive ideas. Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR), meanwhile, will give details of its new €600,000 fund and discuss how Dublin is tapping into the innovation of SMEs to create a Smart Dublin.

Elsewhere, a Brexit panel will discuss what Britain’s divorce from the EU means for Irish tech, while another panel will discuss why scaling up could be better for you and your business than exiting.

Michael Culligan, CEO, Dublin BIC, said: “The idea behind FutureScope is to get scale-ups, multinationals and investors into the same room and encourage them to strike up business relationships. Today’s agenda is packed full of opportunities for Ireland’s start-ups and entrepreneurs and AT&T’s presence will make today very exciting indeed.

“We are delighted that AT&T has chosen FutureScope as a platform to discuss its smart city initiatives and I encourage attendees to talk to explore possible opportunities with them. AT&T is showing enormous confidence in Ireland by coming here today.”