Thousands of global users to tune in to Northern Ireland’s Digital DNA 2020

Posted on November 6, 2020 by Jonathan Symcox

PwC’s Lynne Rainey and Digital DNA’s Simon Bailie, pictured before social distancing restrictions where in place

Northern Ireland’s biggest tech event returns next week and will be streamed online to a global audience. 

Organisers of Digital DNA 2020 hope it will provide an opportunity for anyone working in or interested in the tech industry to find out more about the latest trends and insights. 

This year’s event will be different to previous editions with all talks being streamed online. It will allow viewers to watch keynote talks and discussions, take part in interactive talks, network with other attendees and visit exhibitor areas. 

Powered again by PwC, the event expects almost 3,000 people to tune in from around the world to hear from over 60 speakers on Tuesday 10th November and Wednesday 11th November. 

“We spoke with a wide range of stakeholders from the local tech community and everyone said they really wanted the event to go ahead,” said Simon Bailie, CEO at Digital DNA. 

It is such an important event for the local ecosystem and the opportunity to provide a unique shop window into why Northern Ireland is a top destination for tech talent was one we were determined not to miss.”  

The tech industry in Northern Ireland is a major contributor to the local economy. This year’s Digital DNA is all about Getting Back to the Future and will provide a platform to start those conversations or spark those ideas that will help us rebuild the economy. 

“As the pace of change in the world of work accelerates as a result of the global pandemic,” said Lynne Rainey, partner at PwC. 

“It’s critical to highlight the range of opportunities in the digital sector. We know how important this industry will be to our recovery and it’s more important now than ever that we meet disruption with a desire to find opportunity.”  

Speakers for 2020 include Prakash Janakiraman, Founder and Chief Architect at Nextdoor; Neil Walsh, Chief of Cybercrime at the United Nations; Maria McKavanagh, CEO of Verv; and Connall Dempsey, Global Technology Leader at PwC. 

Organisers have said that going online “has opened up opportunities to attract a wide range of speakers who may not have been available if we were to do the event in-person”.  

Bailie added: “When we made the decision to move online, we knew we would never be able to recreate the in-person experiences.  

2020 will be different but we are confident there will be something for everyone with fireside chats with the brightest minds in tech and panel discussions from local tech leaders on some of the biggest tech topics of today.”  

This year’s event is also supported by Danske Bank, Allstate NI, Signifyd and Liberty IT. Belfast City Council and Invest NI are also supporting the event, which organisers have made free for anyone who has an interest in the tech industry. 

To find out more and to register your free pass, visit www.digitaldna.tech

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