Speakers

Headlining the event, direct from Silicon Valley, is Vitaly M. Golomb He is the author of Accelerated Startup (2017) and a serial entrepreneur in the Silicon Valley trenches since his teenage years, he is a Managing Partner of GS Capital. He was previously a founding Partner at HP Tech Ventures, is a contributing writer to TechCrunch and a top-ranked mentor by accelerators and business schools in the US, Europe, and Asia.

The Nimbus Academic Director, Internet of Things TED talk master, Professor John Barrett, will open the event. His own research is focused on systems integration, in particular the packaging, miniaturisation and embedding of smart systems in materials, objects and structures with emphasis on reliability in challenging and harsh application environments. Over 35 years and has over 100 publications in topics related to his field.

John Biggs is a writer, consultant, programmer, current contributing writer for TechCrunch. He writes mainly about technology, cryptocurrency, security, gadgets, gear, wristwatches, and the internet. His work has appeared in the New York Times, Laptop, PC Upgrade, Surge, Gizmodo, Men’s Health, InSync, Linux Journal. Book – Black Hat: Misfits, Criminals, and Scammers in the Internet Age.

He builds products, writes books, and consults with startups to help them make cool things.

Dave Troy is a serial entrepreneur and community activist in Baltimore, Maryland. He is CEO and product architect at 410 Labs, maker of the popular e-mail management tool Mailstrom.co. He has been acknowledged by the founding team at Twitter as the first developer to utilize the Twitter API, with his project “Twittervision,” which was featured in the 2008 MoMA exhibition “Design and the Elastic Mind.” His crowdsourced project Peoplemaps.org uses social network data to map cities. He is also organizer of TEDxMidAtlantic and is passionate about data, cities, and entrepreneurship.

Dr Susan Rea is group lead and research fellow at the Nimbus Centre in CIT, where she leads research programs in the area of networks and distributed systems for smart cities applications with more than 12 years of research management experience. She has been actively involved in several EU-funded & national projects in these areas (FP7 SCUBA, FP7 GENiC, H2020 TOPAs, H2020 INSPEX and SEAI RD&D 2017 SmartBlocks). Susan is currently serving as the scientific manager of the ongoing EU H2020 TOPAs project, focusing on energy performance optimisation for blocks of buildings and is principal investigator on DigiBlocks (SEAI RD&D 2018), a nationally funded project investigating district scale blockchain-based energy management frameworks for smart cities.

Jon Soberg is Managing Partner at MS&AD Ventures, where he and his team invest in early stage investments. Focus areas include: InsurTech, AI, IOT, Big Data and Cyber Security.

Jon has been an early stage venture investor for nearly a decade and has made over 75 investments across 5 continents (40% of his investments are outside the US). Exits including Honest Dollar (sold to Goldman Sachs), NTNX (IPO: $4.3B valuation), 1-Page (public on ASX), Hootsuite (52X) and Cyvera ($200M valuation in 18 months). Some notable companies invested include: Addepar, Braze, Applied Data Finance, Coverhound, Credorax, Kreditech, Finiata.

Linda Doyle is Professor of Engineering & The Arts in Trinity College Dublin. Prior to taking on the role of Dean of Research at Trinity College Dublin, she was the Director of the CONNECT SFI Research, a national research centre focused on future networks and communications.  Her expertise is in the fields of wireless communications, cognitive radio, reconfigurable networks, spectrum management and creative arts practices. Prof. Doyle has a reputation as an advocate for change in spectrum management practices and has played a role in spectrum policy at the national and international level. Currently she is a member of the National Broadband Steering Committee in Ireland, and is a member of the Ofcom Spectrum Advisory Board in the UK. Linda was one of the founders of the Orthogonal Methods Group, a research platform that works in critical and creative tension with technology with the purpose of generating knowledges, insights and alternative research orientations across disciplines that are sometimes perceived to be mutually exclusive. She is a Fellow of Trinity College Dublin.  She is the Chair of the Douglas Hyde Gallery.

Troy Norcross is an experienced Strategy Director specialising in defining how Blockchain can be used to create incremental business value. Troy is Co-Founder of Blockchain Rookies and former CEO of Opengoods. By focusing on the business opportunities created by Blockchain, Troy separates the value from the technical delivery of Blockchain projects. Troy’s background ranges from software development for flight simulators to running his own start-up focused on permission marketing. Hailing originally from 4,000 acres of farmland in Missouri, Troy has lived in Amsterdam, Munich, Helsinki and currently resides in London. Troy’s breadth of experience across multiple industries gives him a unique perspective when looking at how Blockchain can be applied to a business opportunity or to an industry at large.

Stuart Hillston is an early-stage advisor, UK technology market expert, Entrepreneur, Investor, and Founder of ConCap Ltd. He advises tech companies on how to develop and articulate a commercial strategy that appeals to investors.

Prof. Dirk Pesch is Head of Nimbus Research Centre. The research facility carries out research and innovation in Cyber-Physical Systems and the Internet of Things (IoT) with applications in energy and water resource management, health and assisted living, smart cities and the built environment.

Dirk’s own research interests focus on architecture and design of low power wireless networks and services for the Internet of Things and interoperability issues associated with IoT applications. He has over 25 years research and development experience in both industry and academia and has co-authored over 180 scientific articles.


Dr. Alan McGibney is the group lead for IoT Systems and User Interaction at the Nimbus Centre with research interests in the area of Internet of Things (IoT) and Cyber Physical Systems. He has acted as scientific and technical lead on a number of EU and nationally funded projects with a particular focus on the application of IoT coupled Blockchain, distributed systems, and ICT for smart building automation, integration and energy management. He has extensive experience in the areas of distributed optimisation, tool and service development, software architectures and platforms.

Brandon is an established international business leader, acting as the CTO for Matrix IT and the managing director for SteriTrack LTD and SteriTrack GK. He is an advocate, inventor, and evangelist for machine learning, cloud technologies, and has done extensive work developing hardware and software systems. He is a member of AIM, ISO, GS1, TAGs, and has co-developed 31 patents (including US20160374775/WO2016210111A1).

Joshua Sutton is the solution leader and CEO of Pandera, an advanced analytics and innovation company. He’s a seasoned technology leader with over 20 years of experience and expertise across multiple industries such as: healthcare, banking, manufacturing, hospitality, and supply chain. Over the course of his career he has overseen and contributed to more than fifty major analytics initiatives, including a mobile computing project designed to help shrink a company’s device footprint. His recent focus has been on advancing business functions, product strategy development, and infusing suggestive decisioning methodologies into enterprise BI technologies.

His focus on improving the capabilities of people through the education and advancements of technology is evident in the founding of his multiple tech community initiatives. Pandera’s tech community outreach programs have helped shape and drive growth in tech communities across the country.

Prior to joining Pandera, Joshua served as a strategic consultant and associate partner for Accenture, directed the BI group for Tyco International, and led teams for some of the largest hospitality and telco companies in the United States. Josh has also developed information management strategies that help organizations leverage massive data volumes to drive positive outcomes.

Richard Linger is a Director and Gateway Manager in the Nimbus Research Centre. The research facility carries out applied research and innovation in Cyber-Physical Systems and the Internet of Things (IoT) with applications in energy and water resource management, health and assisted living, smart cities and the built environment.

Richard’s own interests are focused on technology commercialisation and the AI / Energy technology domains. He has also led several start-ups in smart renewable energy sector.

As blockchain program manager within the EMEA Blockchain Lab, Paula is responsible for leading Blockchain solution projects, proposition design and use case validation engagements for clients across all industry sectors.

Paula works with Deloitte’s global Blockchain community and clients to build assets and solutions that can solve complex commercial problems and transform the way our clients do business and create value.

Paula is a dynamic, hands-on, Developer-turned Senior Scrum-Master, Paula has led strategic improvement projects focused. She has demonstrated the ability to motivate, organise, lead and coach Scrum teams across multiple locations, with a verifiable track record of managing complex projects while delivering on time, on budget and exceeded expectations.

Geoff Allen is founder of Mersus Technologies. The Athlone based company specialises in immersive content solutions for industry and have established themselves as thought leaders within the space. Geoff has particular expertise is the application of IoT/4.0 in the areas of smart manufacturing, medical devices and communications. Current projects include collaborations with Siemens AG and The Camfil Group.  The company are currently establishing trade links across China for the delivery of Virtual & Augmented Reality content solutions, across the spectrum of digital communication platforms and applications. Earlier this year Mersus received a nomination for the Irish Times Innovation Awards in the New Frontiers category.

Dr Donna O’Shea

Donna graduated with a BSc in Software Development & Computer Networking (2002), a Master of Engineering by research (2004) and a PhD (2007) from Cork Institute of Technology.

Her current position is lecturer in Computer Science and she is also Principal Investigator of Ríomh – Intelligent Secure Systems research group and member of Nimbus Research Centre. Over the past year Donna has also worked with the IDA in establishing the National Cybersecurity Cluster called Cyber Ireland the goal of which is to ensure that Ireland is well positioned both to service the already significant activities in the area of cybersecurity research and innovation and to build excellence and talent that will enable further growth in this expanding field. Donna is a funded investigator in the SFI ENABLE and researcher in SFI CONNECT research centres.

Donna’s research expertise lies in the area of enterprise security and network and service management with a specific focus on the design, analysis and optimisation of wired and wireless communication systems, networks and services.

During her PhD she made a significant contribution in the area of service provisioning for Beyond 3rd Generation (B3G) networks. On completion of her PhD she spent five years working for IBM and this work exposed her to the rigorous design discipline that is a prerequisite for the successful development of large, complex systems across several sites, multiple design teams and various target platforms. The work in IBM also deepened her technical knowledge in the area of network and service management for mobile and Cloud based services.

As part of Donna’s role as lecturer she is also programme director for the fully online programmes, MSc in Cloud Computing, MSc Artificial Intelligence, MSc Software Architecture & Design and MSc in Information Design & Development and also teaches a number of online modules across a range of academic programmes. She is chair of the Computing Department’s research studies committee and is a committee member of IEEE UK Ireland Women in Engineering and is a IEEE Senior Member.

William J. Brown is Professor and Research Fellow in the School of Communication and the Arts at Regent University in Virginia Beach, Virginia. He received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Environmental Science from Purdue University, a Masters’ Degree in Communication Management from the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Communication, also from the University of Southern California. His academic research interests include international media, development, and the use of entertainment for social change. Dr. Brown has published extensively in academic journals and books in the field of communication during the past 25 years and has served as a Fulbright Senior Specialist in the Netherlands and Norway. Dr. Brown serves on the Board of Directors of Friends for Africa Development, a non-profit organization that has funded and completed numerous development and sustainability projects in East Africa during the past 20 years. He also is a partner of Brown, Fraser & Associates, an international media research and consulting company that has conducted more than 250 media studies in North America, Central and South America, the Caribbean, Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Middle East. Dr. Brown especially enjoys giving workshops and seminars on using entertainment media for social change, drawing on more than 30 years of international research and teaching experience.

Dr. Nadeem Ghafoor is the VP of Space Exploration at Canadensys Aerospace, a Toronto-based space systems and services company, where he leads the exploration and education business areas for government and commercial space. Dr. Ghafoor leads a wide range of space initiatives at Canadensys, with particular emphasis on game-changing technologies that enable today’s smaller, faster and more affordable missions to last longer in deep space and planetary environments, accelerating the pace of commercial development as the frontier pushes out to the Moon, Mars and beyond. Dr. Ghafoor has worked for over 20 years in large and small space sectors across Europe & North America, and is a firm advocate for broadened space access for all, in particular working with new sectors and new nations that are only just beginning to explore the breadth of commercial opportunities, national impact and societal returns available in the modern space era.

Dr. Greg Bollella, CTO, Internet-of-Things, VMware, Inc., has been interested in algorithms and software architectures that support the deterministic execution of logic within general-purpose operating systems and virtual machines since 1992. At VMware he is investigating infrastructure management for the Internet-of-Things. While a Senior Engineer at IBM, he was fundamental to the industry effort that spurred the creation of the Java Community Process and established JSR-01 the first activity under the JCP and led the JSR-01 Expert Group that defined the Real-Time Specification for Java. During his work on the Golden Gate project at Sun he concurrently held a position, for four years, at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, as Distinguished Visiting Scientist. He holds a Ph.D. in computer science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His dissertation research is in real-time scheduling theory and real-time systems implementation. This work creates an architecture that defines fundamental issues that are necessary for supporting real-time applications within general-purpose operating systems and language runtimes.

Isabelle is a Principal at Suir Valley Ventures where she focuses on identifying and evaluating investment opportunities in areas including AR/VR, IoT and Fintech. Her previous experience has been working across the telco, technology and media sectors in London, Madrid and the Nordics.

Isabelle started her career at Telefonica on the Corporate Development & M&A team focused on acquiring and investing into companies in the following areas; SaaS, M2M, FinTech, Security, IoT and AdTech. Isabelle also supported Telefonica’s venture capital arm based in Silicon Valley with investments such as Box.com and Blueliv (Cyber Security) and also worked closely with the Wayra Academy (Telefonica’s Accelerator Programme) in London. She then went on to the Venture arm of  Norwegian Media Group Schibsted, sourcing and managing Seed, Series A and upwards investments into marketplaces, prop-tech, fintech and deep tech companies.

Immediately before joining Suir Valley she worked at the Barclays Fintech Accelerator Programme powered by Techstars, working closely with start-ups and helping them to build and grow their businesses

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