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27 September 2018

Newry Town Hall  |  Sean Hollywood Arts Centre

 

What is Innovation Nation?

Spark Ambition. Spark Investment. Spark Success.

 

Innovation Nation 2018 is a first for the Newry, Mourne and Down district. It will lift the lid on how you and your organisation can make the most of the opportunities which the global technological revolution is creating.

It’s an opportunity to engage with the leading lights across all aspects of the technology revolution, and build relationships with the individuals, companies and attendees who will be in Newry on Thursday 27 September 2018.

The event will host some of the world’s leading thinkers on all aspects of technology – from cyber security to artificial intelligence, robotics to augmented reality – and offer practical advice on how you can harness current and future trends to improve efficiency and grow your bottom line.

Innovation Nation 2018 will also celebrate the powerhouse tech scene which has emerged in the Newry, Mourne and Down district over the last few years, showcasing the ground-breaking work which companies in the area have been carrying out and listening to the entrepreneurs behind them as they share their experiences.

With technology now infiltrating every aspect of our work and personal life, the inaugural Innovation Nation is a must-attend event for anyone interested in technology and innovative practice.

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Schedule

Speakers

  Adrian Toner   First Derivatives: Chief Operating Officer

Adrian Toner

First Derivatives: Chief Operating Officer

  Liam Hannaway   Newry, Mourne and Down District Council: Chief Executive

Liam Hannaway

Newry, Mourne and Down District Council: Chief Executive

  Liam Nagle   Norbrook Laboratories: Chief Executive

Liam Nagle

Norbrook Laboratories: Chief Executive

  Seán O'Connor   STATSports: Chief Commercial Officer

Seán O'Connor

STATSports: Chief Commercial Officer

 
  Dr Cathy Craig   INCISIV: Founder

Dr Cathy Craig

INCISIV: Founder

 
  Denise Collins   Norbrook Laboratories: HR Director

Denise Collins

Norbrook Laboratories: HR Director

 
  Jerome Finnegan   Fieldmotion: Managing Director

Jerome Finnegan

Fieldmotion: Managing Director

 
  Brian Conlon   First Derivatives: Chief Executive

Brian Conlon

First Derivatives: Chief Executive

 
  Marie Ward   Newry, Mourne and Down District Council: Director

Marie Ward

Newry, Mourne and Down District Council: Director

  Suzanne Murdock   Director: The Hub Newry

Suzanne Murdock

Director: The Hub Newry

 
  Councillor Mark Murnin   Newry, Mourne and Down District Council: Chairperson

Councillor Mark Murnin

Newry, Mourne and Down District Council: Chairperson

 
  Helen Lennon   Secure Broadcast: Chief Executive

Helen Lennon

Secure Broadcast: Chief Executive

 
  Paul McKernan   STATSports: Managing Director

Paul McKernan

STATSports: Managing Director

 
  Johnny Hanna   KPMG: Head of Tax

Johnny Hanna

KPMG: Head of Tax

 
  Brian Doran   Southern Regional College: Chief Executive

Brian Doran

Southern Regional College: Chief Executive

  Greg Maguire   Humain: CEO

Greg Maguire

Humain: CEO

 
  Claire McAlinden   Queen's University Belfast: Director of Operations

Claire McAlinden

Queen's University Belfast: Director of Operations

 
  Steve Pette   Ormeau Baths: Co-founder

Steve Pette

Ormeau Baths: Co-founder

 
  Matthew Scott   Navada Studios: Chief Executive

Matthew Scott

Navada Studios: Chief Executive

 
  Chris Donnelly   KPMG: Associate Director

Chris Donnelly

KPMG: Associate Director

 
  Professor Frank Lyons   Head of School of Creative Arts and Technologies

Professor Frank Lyons

Head of School of Creative Arts and Technologies

  Ashleen Feeney   KPMG: Director

Ashleen Feeney

KPMG: Director

 
  Mark Bleakney   Invest NI: Southern Regional Manager

Mark Bleakney

Invest NI: Southern Regional Manager

 
  Peter McCaul   Péarlaí: CEO

Peter McCaul

Péarlaí: CEO

 
  Mark Little   NevaLabs: Co-founder

Mark Little

NevaLabs: Co-founder

 
  Shane Brett   GECKO Governance: Chief Executive

Shane Brett

GECKO Governance: Chief Executive

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Innovation Nation Dinner

Sponsored by

A true celebration of innovation in Newry, Mourne and Down, the inaugural Innovation Nation Dinner, is sponsored by Norbrook Laboratories, one of the world’s largest veterinary pharmaceutical companies headquartered in Newry City. It will allow attendees to relax in the setting of the newly refurbished Newry Town Hall alongside peers, industry leaders and other companies who champion innovation and technology.

Hosted by multi-award winning TV and radio presenter Connor Philips - who is originally from Newry - the Innovation Nation Dinner will include key highlights from the day alongside an opening welcome from Norbrook Laboratories CEO Liam Nagle, a fireside chat with First Derivatives’ CEO Brian Conlon in recognition of his work in moulding the firm into one of the most successful companies in the world and the unveiling of the winner of the Start-Up Investment Pitch.

Places are limited due to the capacity of the venue. If you are interested in taking a table or purchasing individual tickets for this inaugural dinner, for more information call 028 9018 3242 or email matthew.jeffrey@lanyoncommunications.com

Ascend Start-up Competition

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Innovation Nation 2018 has teamed up with leading start-up platform Startacus to deliver Ascend, an all-Ireland tech start-up pitch competition, where up to 12 early-stage start-ups will be given a platform to showcase their latest innovation.

The pitch competition will see start-ups with high growth potential from the digital and tech space taking to the stage to pitch their business to a panel of industry leaders and enterprise experts, and in front of the Innovation Nation attendees.

The winning start-up, to be announced at the Innovation Nation 2018 Dinner on Thursday 27 September, will receive a cash prize of £3k, part of a wider £50k package of high value corporate services. 

You can apply in two ways...

Application Option 1

  1. Record a one minute video telling us what your company does and why you deserve to win.
     
  2. It could be a pitch, a product showcase... or anything, be creative and remember to keep it under a minute.
     
  3. Post your video on Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #InnovationNation18 and #AscendComp18
     
  4. Our team will be in touch to let you know the next steps.
 

Application Option 2

If cameras aren't your thing, then your second option is to complete the standalone application form. 

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Day of Ambition

With an impressive education system and track record, the Newry, Mourne and Down district prides itself on providing the community’s young people with a well-rounded, holistic education in safe environments which allow them to thrive.

In collaboration with Catalyst Inc., Innovation Nation's Day of Ambition on Friday 28 September 2018 will provide an exciting opportunity for pupils across the district to engage with all aspects of STEM subjects and meet some of the individuals, companies and other students who will be participating at the event.

STEM-related industries contribute greatly to the sustained growth and stability of the economy and are a critical component in helping shape the future of innovation. The incorporation of STEM within education stimulates critical thinking, increases science literacy and enables the next generation of innovators.

For more information call 028 9018 3242 or email matthew.jeffrey@lanyoncommunications.com

Note: this event is exclusive to pre-GCSE pupils at schools within Newry, Mourne and Down District Council.

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Partners


Media Partner

 
 

Venue

Newry Town Hall & Sean Hollywood Arts Centre                 

Bank Parade
Newry
BT35 6HP

 
 

Contact Us

For more information call

028 9018 3242

or email

matthew.jeffrey@lanyoncommunications.com

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