Friday 20 September 2019

Speakers from arts, media, business and science to spin a wider web of possibilites

Nicola Mendelsohn of Facebook
Nicola Mendelsohn of Facebook
Peggy Johnson of Microsoft
Mary Aiken
Author Dan Brown

Mark O'Regan

A host of famous names from the world of sport, business, literature and social media will grace the stage at this year's Web Summit, offering their thoughts on an array of thought-provoking topics.

Concussion in sport, a key issue following a spate of injuries in this year's Rugby World Cup, will be dissected in detail at the 'Sport Stage' tomorrow.

Entitled 'Head games: how concussion has impacted sport', keynote speaker Cindy Parlow Cone, a two-time Olympic Gold medallist, will tease out the issue alongside Rod McLoughlin, the IRFU's head of medical services.

As everything becomes more connected, 'EyeRobot: Are machines finally catching up to science fiction?' is the topic of an address by Remi El-Ouazzane, CEO of Movidius.

He will discuss how these 'seeing' machines are changing the way we look at smart devices, and the impact they will have on our day-to-day life.

The ever-changing media landscape is also being shaped by emerging technologies which are changing the way news is delivered.

Anne-Marie Tomchak, a presenter and producer with the BBC, will explain how our consumption of news has never been so instant and widespread.

She will be joined by Andrew Morse, head of digital at CNN, and Aine Kerr, managing editor with Storyful.

'The future of healthcare', will explore how technology is changing the way patients are being diagnosed and treated.

Meanwhile, titans within the business world will draw on some of the parallels between entrepreneurship and a sporting mentality in a talk entitled 'From scoring goals to business goals: Winning on and off the field'.

And while, the customer journey has never been more influenced by technology innovation, how do we make technology and processes invisible in this same journey? The answer may come on Wednesday, when Paul Walsh, chief information officer of tech giant Dell, will outline his vision of bringing customers new levels of convenience through 'invisible technology'.

In a hotly-anticipated address, author Marie Kondo will offer tips on how to create the optimum work environment during her talk 'The art of tidiness: The work edition'.

Another talk, fronted by Justin Toploff of InfusionSoft, Jonathan Hunt of Vox Media and Dan Rosen of Telefonica, will tease out how the next generation of software and automation is helping to drive revenue and sales in the world of business.

Since 2003, 'Movember' has raised millions of euro and funded over 1,000 programmes focusing on prostate cancer, testicular cancer and mental health. 'Having fun, doing good, changing the world' will probe how a company can have fun while also trying to do some good.

Irish Independent

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