Technology trailblazers from the world of artificial intelligence are heading to Sligo in March to see how the technology can benefit millions of people around the world.

Because of the world-leading projects being conducted by its graduates in multinationals, you could say IT Sligo is already on the world stage.

However, the region’s tech credentials are about to be super-charged thanks to the news that IT Sligo, in partnership with tech firm LiveTiles, will host the AI for Good Global Visions conference from 25 to 27 March.

“Welcoming the AI for Good conference to Ireland’s west coast is timely and the conference will explore the ways in which new technologies can improve quality of life for millions around the globe”

The event, which is fully supported and endorsed by the United Nations agency for Information and Communications (ITU), will be the first of this kind to be held outside Geneva.

From campus to AI village

Niall McEvoy, head of Innovation at IT Sligo explained: “The event will transform the campus here in to an AI village. It will put IT Sligo on the world map and will dispel some of the negative myths around AI and focus on how the technology can be used for the betterment of our world.

“We are very lucky to have LiveTiles here in Sligo. They came here more than a year ago and have rapidly expanded and evolved to drive AI technology from here.

“Crucially, for the region, the arrival of this pivotal UN conference will also promote Sligo as a tourist destination, so it is all coming together.”

“AIforGood Global Visions will connect innovators in artificial intelligence with problem owners to solve national and global challenges” says Karl Redenbach, CEO of LiveTiles who are partnering with the UN’s ITU agency to launch the event in Ireland. “AI represents not just the biggest economic opportunity that the world has witnessed but an unequalled opportunity to leverage AI technologies for good and to put human-centric policies and design at the forefront of how we interact with technology.”

Keynote speakers include Neil Sahota, Global Lead for IBM Watson, Digital Inclusion advocate Joanne O ‘Riordan, Alessandra Sala from Nokia Bell Labs and Ethical AI leading expert Dr. Kevin Danaher. The conference has been organised by US firm, Live Tiles who have their EMEA headquarters in Sligo and is supported by The Western Development Commission, The Atlantic Economic Corridor, IDA Ireland, IT Sligo, Sligo County Council and Tech Northwest.

CEO of The Western Development Commission Tomás Ó Síocháin welcomed the announcement and said “improvements in technology and developments in artificial intelligence [AI] will bring significant change to the way we live.

“Welcoming the AI for Good conference to Ireland’s west coast is timely and the conference will explore the ways in which new technologies can improve quality of life for millions around the globe.“

Written by John Kennedy (john.kennedy3@boi.com)

Published: 23 January, 2020

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