FutureScope 2018 came to Dublin’s Convention Centre this week and is Ireland’s only conference that promotes collaboration between the entrepreneurial community and multinationals. Here’s how the conference went.

DublinBIC’s annual FutureScope conference took place this week in Dublin with entrepreneurs and leaders from all over the business world coming together to share perspectives on emerging technologies and how they will shape our future world, providing valuable insights to businesses at all stages of the innovation lifecycle.

FutureScope has become a must-attend event for those most active in Ireland’s vibrant technology ecosystem, including start-ups, scale-ups, multinational companies, innovative Irish enterprises, the research community, investors, academia and state agencies.

Five years on from being founded, FutureScope was born out of the strong desire of firms like Google and IBM to provide the forum, the opportunity for the MNCs and the startup community to really start to engage in a meaningful way. In its first year, roughly 150 attended the event, and yesterday’s event was attended by more than one thousand people.

The key themes for FutureScope 2018 included the Internet of Things, data analytics and AI, the business applications of VR/AR, digital transformation and technologies driving the future world.

With 120 speakers spread across four stages – insights, collaboration, innovation and entrepreneurship – there was something for everyone.

“The central premise of the event is to create a platform for global multinationals, large innovative Irish companies and successful entrepreneurs to explore business opportunities,” says Michael Culligan, CEO, Dublin BIC.

The event also hosts the One2Watch competition which seeks to find Ireland’s most scalable business idea. Bespoke Choice, the interactive wedding venue booking sales platform, won the prestigious competition. Bespoke Choice will receive a €2,000 cash prize, space in Dublin BIC’s award winning Guinness Enterprise Centre and a range of consultancy services from Dublin BIC to support its growth.

Michael Culligan, CEO, Dublin BIC, said: “The One2Watch competition seeks to find Ireland’s most scalable business idea and award the winning company with supports to enable it to scale and grow.”

“The calibre of entrants this year was extraordinarily high with each of the four finalists bringing to the stage a business concept with transformative potential for its sector. Bespoke Choice is a well-deserving victor and with support services from Dublin BIC, the sky is the limit in terms of business growth and development,” added Michael.

Pictured above at FutureScope’s One2Watch competition are: Joe Healy, divisional manager, high potential startup (HPSU), Enterprise Ireland; and Ronan Kelly, managing director and founder, Bespoke Choice, One2Watch winner 2018.