2 tracks + 50 speakers with thought-provoking insights.

10:00 - 10:15


Official opening of the event. Compered by Irish Broadcaster and Tech Correspondent, Jess Kelly.

10:20 - 11:20

A Story of Two West Coasts

Why would a successful games company move from Silicon Valley to the Wild Atlantic Way?

For Brenda and John Romero, both long-time, award-winning game designers, the reasons were numerous. In this talk, Brenda and John discuss how they first came to Ireland on a Fulbright Fellowship, how a process of research became one of discovery, and ultimately, led to them founding Romero Games in Galway. From Ireland’s suitability to high tech, to its government support and quality of life, The Romeros give you insight into the why and how of moving a company from one west coast to another.

11:25 - 11:55

The Disk Light Shouldn’t Blink

Bobby will talk about how CarTrawler currently processes over 3,000 searches a second on its low cost LINUX boxes, and what techniques and tech culture they used to achieve that. CarTrawler operate complex inventory and machine learning based (real-time) pricing to close to 1 billion active customers a year through the 100 or so airlines it powers. CarTrawler is mainly a Java shop on the backend and AngularJS and ReactNative on the frontend.

12:00 - 12:30

Do you want to use your technology expertise to improve the lives of billions? Learn how we are doing this with Artificial Intelligence!

12:35 - 13:05

Talk to Me - Bots, Assistants and the future of conversational interfaces

From Messenger Bots to Alexa there's so much going on right now in the conversational interface space. Sam will take a look at how we got here, where we are today, identify some emerging trends and common misconceptions as well as where things are going in the future.

The talk will be a mix of technical and product related content to help you understand what different platforms and technologies are out there today, what their capability and limitations are as well as starting to identify common models across the space

13:05 - 13:25


13:25 - 13:55

Panel: The Irish Tech Scene

  • John Forde, Development Team, Overstock
  • Rob Campion, Tech Lead, HubSpot
  • Vicky Twomey-Lee, Event Organiser/Diversity in Tech Advocate

14:00 - 14:30

Exploring StackOverflow data

When you’re stuck while programming - who you gonna call? StackOverflow!

It’s an invaluable source of daily help to many. Interestingly, you can also download the entire data dump of StackOverflow and let machine learning loose on the dataset.

In the talk Evelina will look at what we can learn from the behaviour of developers worldwide. The dataset can give us answers to many questions - where should I move to find people who like my favourite programming language? And is my favourite language used also for hobby projects, or just for serious projects in the enterprise? We’ll look at how to answer these - and in the meanwhile you will also learn about ideas behind some machine learning algorithms that can give us insights into complex data.

Evelina will use a combination of functional language F# with statistical computing language R to show how you can easily access and process real-world data the functional way.

14:35 - 15:05

Panel: Pushing boundaries in Cyber, Data and Machine Learning

  • Colin Kane, Head of Analytics, Bank of Ireland
  • John Savage, Data Scientist / Bioinformatician, Nuritas
  • Dr Sorcha Healy, Data Scientist, McAfee

Compere Jess Kelly
15:10 - 15:40

Building Engineering Culture at Scale

Company culture has a big impact on how software engineering teams build and ship products. Your development process, team, and product vision are all influenced by the values and beliefs of the company. So how can you build an engaging engineering culture that scales and encourages innovation? HubSpot is a software company with a unique approach to company culture that drives their engineering team structure and process.

In this talk, Director of Engineering at HubSpot, Barbara McCarthy, will share HubSpot's approach to development culture and how it's helped the company grow.

15:45 - 16:00

The tools and technology we needed to scale Workday

16:05 - 16:35

Panel: Irish Tech Ecosystem and what it has to offer you

  • David Tighe, Head of Innovation, Bank of Ireland
  • Erin Khoo, Growth Manager, Indeed Prime
  • Lucia Macari, Principle QA, Overstock
  • Pierre-Alain Bouchard, Senior Engineering Manager, Zendesk

Compere Jess Kelly
16:40 - 16:45

Closing Remarks


17:00 - 17:00

Event Ends

10:00 - 17:00 Lower Ground Floor

Line Wobbler

Line Wobbler is a one-dimensional dungeon crawler game with a unique wobble controller made out of a door-stopper spring and a several metre long ultrabright LED strip display.

Line Wobbler
10:00 - 17:00 Lower Ground Floor


DEEP is a meditative and psychoactive VR game that is controlled by breathing. Players don the Oculus Rift and the custom DEEP controller to explore a beautiful and mysterious undersea world.

12:00 - 13:00 Lower Ground Floor

Doom Deathmatch with John Romero

Opportunity to play against the creator of DOOM, John Romero.

Doom Deathmatch
11:00 - 11:25

Featureless ML Solutions for Zero Day Detection

Dr Sorcha B Healy, Data Scientist at McAfee

11:30 - 11:55

Evolving Learning @ Workday

Diarmuid Coyle, Manager Software Development Application at Workday

12:00 - 12:25

How Building a UI Component Library Boosts Engineer Productivity and Quality

Rob Campion, Tech Lead at HubSpot

12:30 - 12:55

How we are using machine learning and data engineering to discover molecules with extraordinary health benefits

John Savage, Bioinformatician at Nuritas

13:00 - 13:25

Tech on the Wild Atlantic Way

Darragh Sherwin, Development Team Lead at Overstock

13:30 - 13:55

Delivering Personalised Customer Experience Through Advanced Analytics

Colin Kane, Head of Analytics, BOI Retail Ireland at Bank of Ireland

14:00 - 14:25

Trends In Tech Jobs

Erin Khoo, Growth Manager at Indeed Prime

14:30 - 14:55

Making hard choices - The story of a full application rewrite

Pierre-Alain Bouchard, Senior Engineering Manager at Zendesk

15:00 - 15:25

The story of Scylla (Workday's public Cloud).. the six-headed dragon

Marcelo Costa, Senior Software Development Engineer at Workday

15:30 - 15:55

Architecting & Building for a Successful Cloud Deployment

Pat Lynch, Software Architect at McAfee


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