Disruptive Innovation is the theme of a new conference aimed at businesses and innovators which will demonstrate how availing of Government funding to collaborate with researchers can benefit a company.
Amplitude, which runs in Waterford’s WIT Arena on 3 October 2018 is led by research centres in Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) and Institute of Technology Carlow (IT Carlow). Funding opportunities vary from Innovation Vouchers worth €5,000 up to R&D and Commercialisation Funds worth six figures to a company.
Industry keynote speakers will be joined by Mind Magician Keith Barry.
Launching the event, Prof Willie Donnelly, President of WIT and one of the founders of WIT’s TSSG research centre, explained that between both institutes almost every industry can gain from collaboration to grow, develop and improve their product, processes or services – no matter the size.
“Companies will discover how to design and develop new or existing products or services. Academic experts and industry partners from both Institutes will give real life examples of successful collaborations,” he said.
Dr Patricia Mulcahy, President, IT Carlow said that often times it is hard for companies and innovators to navigate the vast array of supports, funding and information when they needed.
“Our goal is to help businesses and innovators see or hear something or connect with someone that could be a game changer for their organisation,” she said.
The driving force behind the event are research centres TSSG (Telecommunication Systems Software Group), SEAM (South Eastern Applied Materials), PMBRC (Pharmaceuticals and Molecular Bio Technology Research Centre and RIKON (Business Technology Management) along with Design Plus (Design, Engineering, ICT and Bioscience) and engCORE (Centre of Research and Enterprise in Engineering) from IT Carlow.
Organisers recognised the need in the South East for an event dedicated to facilitating collaboration opportunities between entrepreneurs, start-ups, multinationals, academic researchers and state agencies.
Keynote speakers include Ann Kehoe, Global Head of Brand for Alltech and Marc O’Regan, CTO with Dell EMC who will break down their experiences in the realm of Disruptive Innovation and how their companies face the daily challenges of staying ahead of their competitors.
Delegates will have the opportunity to try out some exciting demos of science and technology and a dedicated start up area sponsored by South East Local Enterprise Offices will also give companies a chance to see what’s emerging in the start-up scene.
Also taking to the stage at Amplitude is an internationally recognised speaker and Waterford native, Keith Barry, whose talk entitled ‘Brain Magic’ remains in the Top 25 TED Talks of all time since 2008. Barry will describe his experience of working with some of the top companies in the world and discuss how he grew his career to become, not only a world-renowned Mind Magician, but a consultant on the Hollywood blockbuster ‘Now You See Me’ and a mind coach to celebrities and top sports people around the world.
The event will also feature free IP workshops with Keltie Patent Attorneys, a London based Intellectual Property firm who recently opened an office in Galway. Representatives will be there on the day ready to answer questions relating to IP and will be in the main exhibition area.