Web Summit 2015 – Day 1 

Just catching my breath after day 1 of web summit. Wow! How can it get any better? And it doesn’t feel like day 1, as networking and talking tech began yesterday. I shared a coffee with Ed Walsh from EMC after registration yesterday, and an excellent conversation set the scene for the web summit. I’m really looking forward to the EMC/GE panel event tomorrow. 
The big thing for me is to compare this with last years event, and see how the tech landscape has shifted. We are seeing a lot around the usual topics – analytics, mobile, social. The big additions this year is that it seems more focused per vertical, with medical and retail featuring prominently. I believe the key drivers are simply around the concept of “process and life optimisation”. The Internet of things (IoT) is everywhere, both in talks, conversation and startups. Virtual and Augmented Reality are also a hot topic this year. 

With 2000 startups, there are multiples of everything, so trying to pick out the cream can be a challenge. The best advice I could give to startups is to have 3 key differentiators ready, along with three of their biggest clients. Selling is a key component of technology, and it can be overlooked. 

I attended some really cool talks today, with the future of healthcare talk on  the centre stage generating a nice buzz because it applies to everyone. Amit Singh from Google also spoke very well on how machine learning will be an enabler. Rob Mee, CEO of Pivotal held a captive audience with some fascinating insight into enterprise software analytics they provide. A thought leader with a unique vision. 

Ramji Srinivasen of Counsyl speaking at panel event on future of healthcare

The athmosphere does indicate the size of the tech landscape here in Ireland. Even when having coffee yesterday, I bumped into Fintan and Adrian from Firmwave, who bring really cool technology around firmware and software design for IoT. Check those guys out tomorrow. It was also great to catch up with the team from Analytics Engines in Belfast. A company with great momentum, drive and a suite of analytics services in numerous verticals now including manufacturing and life sciences. 

One key element that you see is that we have a huge advantage in how small our island is as its natural for collaboration to occur, and it’s going to be crucial to technology enablement in this country. Everyone has a role to play, from the kids to the elder generation. Coderdojo again has a strong presence, and we can learn from the kids creativity and enthusiam. Never lose it. Again I met lots of bright talented people in tech at Web Summit, none more so than Andrea Graham from EMC, who despite her age, acts and converses like someone far more senior, and has even built her first company. People like Andrea have a big role to play in Irelands technology future. 

It was also great to see such a cultural diversity, with over 100 countries represented. I am fascinated by tech landscape and trends in Africa. With such huge populations and not having a widespread number of tech solutions, it seems like the perfect landscape as a Testbed for new technology. This year there are a number of alpha startups from Africa on display. Awesome to see. 
An interesting dynamic is also see how startups have progressed in a year, it was good to see startups like Algolia progress so well. 

Me and Alexander Farrell from Aveeza chilling near main stage!

So now it’s onto day 2! Expect another update tomorrow. 
Finally – Go team Tyco! 

Graham Baitson, Glenn Fitzpatrick and myself modelling the Tyco t shirts!

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DENIS CANTY IS EXCITED TO BEGIN IN JULY 2017 WITH MCKESSON, A FORTUNE 5 COMPANY – AS THEIR SENIOR DIRECTOR OF CYBER SOFTWARE ENGINEERING IN CORK. HIS LAST ROLE (TO JUNE 2017) WAS AS THE LEAD TECHNOLOGIST FOR IOT WITH JOHNSON CONTROLS INNOVATION GROUP BASED IN CORK, IRELAND. THAT ROLE MEANT COLLABORATING EXTENSIVELY BETWEEN HIS TECHNICAL AND SALES TEAMS TO DRIVE FURTHER COMMERCIALISATION OPPORTUNITY THROUGH TECHNOLOGY (BOTH OUR OWN AND PARTNERS/STARTUPS) INTO OUR SALES CHANNELS, SPECIFICALLY LOOKING AT THE EMERGING SMART BUILDING MARKET. THE PROJECTS INCLUDE OUR EXISTING TECHNOLOGIES – BUILDING SECURITY, RETAIL, HVAC AND BUILDING ENERGY – AND EMERGING TECHNOLOGIES SUCH AS IOT, AR AND MACHINE LEARNING. A KEY COMPONENT WAS TAKING KEY INPUT FROM NUMEROUS STAKEHOLDERS AND PROCESSES TO DELIVER ROI FOR CUSTOMERS AND PARTNERS. HE THEN LED THE TEAM TO BUILD AND DEPLOY THE SOLUTIONS IN AN LEAN AGILE MANNER. DENIS SPOKE ON THE NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL CIRCUIT FOR JOHNSON CONTROLS AT NUMEROUS TECHNOLOGY CONFERENCES. HIS LEADERSHIP STYLE IS LEADERSHIP THROUGH TRUST AND DELIVERY, AND I TAKE RESPONSIBILITY FOR MY TEAM, COMPASSION AND HUMILITY ARE ALSO IMPORTANT AS A LEADER IN MY OPINION. I LIKE TO BUILD A BALANCED CULTURE, WITH THE PEOPLES PERSONALITIES IMPORTANT INPUTS INTO THAT. DENIS HAS A DEGREE IN ELECTRONIC ENGINEERING (2H) FROM CORK INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY, A MASTERS IN MICROELECTRONIC CHIP DESIGN (1H) FROM UNIVERSITY COLLEGE CORK AND A MASTERS IN COMPUTER SCIENCE (1H) FROM DUBLIN CITY UNIVERSITY. PRIOR TO JOHNSON CONTROLS, DENIS HELD A POSITION OF PRINCIPAL DATA ARCHITECT AND DEVELOPMENT MANAGER WITH EMC FROM 2010 TO 2015, SPENDING 2011 IN SILICON VALLEY. HE LED A TEAM FOCUSED AT REDUCING AND CONSUMING NINE TEST AUTOMATION PLATFORMS FROM EXTERNAL MANUFACTURERS TO ONE EMC CLOUD HOSTED PLATFORM. HE ALSO WORKED ON A NUMBER OF WORKFLOW AUTOMATION SOFTWARE REPLACING TEDIOUS MANUAL EXTRACT, SEARCH AND REPORT COMPILATION THAT RESULTED IN EFFICIENCY GAIN (WRITTEN IN PYTHON). I ALSO BUILT PREDICTIVE ANALYTICS APPLICATION IN MANUFACTURING AND DATA SCIENCE MODELS FOR THE CUSTOMER VERTICAL WITH THE CTO OFFICE. DENIS BROUGHT MICROSERVICES BASED DESIGN ALONG WITH DISTRIBUTED STORAGE AND PROCESSING TO THE GROUP, CHANGING THE DEVELOPMENT CULTURE IN THE PROCESS. DENIS WAS ALSO A MEMBER OF EMC’S GLOBAL INNOVATION COUNCIL AND AS AN AMBASSADOR WITH THEIR OFFICE OF THE CTO, LEADING THEIR CUSTOMER INSIGHT SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT. DENIS WON TWO GLOBAL INNOVATION AWARDS IN HIS TIME WITH EMC, IN THE AREAS OF SUSTAINABILITY AND E-SERVICES, AND HAS A PATENT IN INTELLIGENT POWER MANAGEMENT ON STORAGE ARCHITECTURE. HE ALSO WORKED PREVIOUSLY FOR ALPS AUTOMOTIVE DIVISION FROM 2005-2010, IN A VARIETY OF ROLES, INCLUDING AS THE LEAD COMPUTER VISION ENGINEER, AND THE LEAD TECHNOLOGIST ON EUROPEAN RESEARCH PROJECTS IN THE AREAS OF IN-VEHICLE DISTRACTION MONITORING AND SMART HOME DEVICES. DENIS ALSO SPENT TIME CONSULTING IN THE START-UP WORLD, SUCH AS A HEALTHCARE INFORMATICS CONSULTANT WITH ACE HEALTH, LEADING THE DEVELOPMENT FOR AN APPLICATION WHICH HELPS HEALTHCARE SERVICE PROVIDERS ACHIEVE BETTER PATIENT OUTCOMES AND CUT COSTS THROUGH A REGULATOR-APPROVED PREDICTIVE ANALYTICS PLATFORM IN THE DUTCH AND US MARKETS. HE ALSO HAD HELPED NUMEROUS STARTUPS ON BUILDING THEIR TECHNOLOGY ROADMAP TO ALIGN WITH DEFINED TARGET MARKETS AND CUSTOMER BASES.

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