2018 Speakers


Catalina Butnaru

City.AI & Women in AI

London Ambassador


Catalina is a City AI and Women in AI Ambassador in London, where she works with the local community of AI practitioners, researchers, academics, and professionals on democratizing access to accurate information about the state of AI and its applications.She was part of the IEEE working groups that are currently refining AI Ethics standards, and developing measures of transparency, well being, and privacy in AI. Having worked with startups her entire career, she is developing an agile ethics in AI process to help teams develop better AI.

Max Amordeluso

EU Lead Evangelist

Amazon Alexa


Max Amordeluso is the Lead Evangelist for Amazon Alexa in Europe. His main mission is to introduce Alexa to European developers, and demonstrate how they can build natural and delightful voice experiences for customers. Max has held several technical leadership roles during a career spanning over 15 years—prior to his current role he led the teams that brought Alexa Skills Kit to United Kingdom and Germany, and spent the previous two years leading the Solutions Architects team for Amazon Web Services in Europe. Max is passionate about topics including Human Computer Interaction, the Internet of Things and the materialization of science fiction predictions.

Ajit Jaokar

Principal Data Scientist

University of Oxford Data




Alessandro Prest

Co-Founder & CTO at LogoGrab



Alessandro Prest is co-founder and CTO of LogoGrab, an Artificial Intelligence platform that tracks the presence of brands in billions of online pictures. Alessandro has covered several research positions in international institutions and industries delivering A.I. solutions that span from quality control for the semiconductor industry to detecting cats on YouTube. He received a Google-funded Ph.D. in Computer Vision from ETH Zurich in 2012 and a M.Sc. cum laude in Computer Science from the University of Udine in 2007.

Gillian Armstrong


Liberty IT


Gillian works as part of the Cognitive Technologies team in the Emerging Business and Technology department in LIT. Her team is focussed on exploring and using innovative technology in interesting new ways to improve how our employees do their jobs. She has more than a decade’s worth of experience in many technologies across the full stack, but her passion is for where technology meets humans in the user interface and experience. She truly believes that technology should be used to make lives better, and loves being a software engineer as it allows her not just to think up big ideas, but also to make them a reality. An essential part of her team’s magic is a seven-foot-tall inflatable unicorn that is always happy to pose for selfies.

Paul Sweeney

EVP Product



Paul leads Webio’s Product Vision. He has over 20 years’ experience in research, new venture development, venture capital and outsourcing across the telecoms, Internet and technology sectors. Paul previously held the positions of Chief Innovation Officer and Chief Product Officer at customer communication specialists VoiceSage. He also worked at Eir where he was responsible for new venture development, advising more than 40 start-ups. Paul is currently a strategic advisor to TSSG, the internationally recognised centre of excellence for ICT research and around ten other start up or scaling companies, and an active participant in the start-up community in Ireland. He is a cofounder of Convercon. Funfact: he also started a poetry festival.


Brian Heron

Director & Principal Designer



Brian is a Director and Principal Designer at Each&Other, an experience design agency that partners with large organisations to transform their businesses. He has lectured on content strategy and design thinking for DIT and UCD and his client list includes Google, Zurich International and Vodafone. Each&Other is an employee owned company that operates internationally from an old converted priory in Dublin and works across multiple sectors, including finance, enterprise, tech and both local and national government.

Dirk Songuer (2017)

Studio Head HoloLens

Microsoft Berlin


Working for Microsoft, Dirk is currently building the new Holographic Studio in Berlin for the Microsoft Consultancy Services. The aim is to assemble a team to create world-class HoloLens experiences for clients and partners and help them shape a Mixed Reality future. Dirk has more than 20 years of experience in digital, having worked in development, project management, QA and User Experience / Information Architecture. Together with his teams he worked for clients like Nintendo, Audi, DHL, UBS and Deutsche Telekom to transform their businesses and bring their relationship with customers to the next level.

Adrian Zumbrunnen (2017)


UX Engineer


Adrian is a designer, writer, and coffee enthusiast currently residing in Zurich. He is design tinkering at Google where he’s working on Google Assistant and conversational design. Before joining Google, he was at Information Architects where he worked for various clients in the industry.


Benjamin Keyser (2017)

Director of Product Management



Benjamin is Director of Product Management at Intercom, leading the Developer Platform and Messenger teams. Benjamin is a Product Designer, bringing together User Experience and Product Management leadership together in an unholy union of futuristic idealism and market pragmatism. Having started his career as a content strategist and writer working in companies such as IBM, Razorfish and Apple, Benjamin dove into the startup world of Silicon Valley working on ill-fated but clever social media, messaging and community platforms. Later, after years of therapy, he moved to Europe and joined Telefonica where he launched a global messaging and voice communication platform. Most recently, Benjamin led the redesign of the upcoming Ubuntu mobile and desktop platforms before joining Intercom in the spring of 2016

Charlotte Breen (2017)

IT Security and Data Specialist

Breen Consulting


Working where text, people and software meet . She researched and designed the core Data Loss Prevention rules and policies for RSA/EMC. She developed DLP Security Incident Analysis and Escalation rules and policies for Synopsys. She works at the level of what this legislation means for your data, combined with that software. Originally coming to the field from Librarianship, Charlotte has developed taxonomies, classification system, EDRMS, provided training in Advanced Information Management, worked with multinationals across verticals, and with government departments across the EU. With 20 years of data project experience, she’s highly experienced at spotting what will go wrong next.

Julien Decot (2017)

Director of Product Partnerships



Julien is a veteran internet executive with more than 10 years’ experience working in Silicon Valley across multiple senior roles in large consumer internet companies including Amazon.com, eBay and Skype. He joined Skype in 2007 where he built the team in charge of Strategy, Business Development and Corporate Development, and managed the strategic partnership between Skype and Facebook. Prior to joining Facebook, he founded a mobile messaging company called TextMe, which reached 40M users and is now a profitable and successful business. In his role as Director of Product Partnerships, EMEA, at Facebook, Julien helps companies of all sizes use Facebook’s platform to build, grow and monetize their products.


Emma Reid (2017)

Principal Technical Evangelist



Emma Reid is part of the Developer Experience team in Microsoft Ireland helping ISVs to build reliable and scalable solutions on Azure to delight their customers. She has over 15 years of experience in IT consultancy working for various local and multinational companies including Dell and Accenture delivering solutions for customers across Retail, Medical, FMCG, Financial Services and Government. Emma is passionate about technology and is currently focussed on Cognitive services and the Bot Framework. She is a strong advocate for diversity and inclusion with a focus on encouraging young women into STEM and as such delivers the “IT is not just for Geeks” program to teenage students in Dublin. She has a BSc in Computer Applications from Dublin City University along with certifications in Enterprise Architecture, Designing and deploying cloud solutions on Azure, Project Management amongst others.

Elizabeth McGuane (2017)

Product Content Strategist



Elizabeth is Intercom’s product content strategist. She defines and shapes the product’s tone of voice and devises patterns for content across the company’s apps and Messenger. Since joining Intercom in late 2015 she’s helped out with the redesign of its messenger, and last year helped launch its Educate product — a knowledge base that comes integrated with the Messenger — as well as designing lightweight bots for Educate and for Respond, its sister product for customer support. As part of Intercom’s product design team, her role is to ensure language and content are central to the team’s design process. A dual Irish-Canadian citizen, Elizabeth started out at The Sunday Business Post and moved into UX in 2007. Over the past decade she’s worked with the agencies Each & Other, DigitasLBi and as a freelance consultant on projects for Lloyds Bank, Honda, the British Council, Ovo Energy, Vitsoe and FutureGov, among many others.

John Fitzpatrick (2017)

VP of Product & Engineering



John Fitzpatrick is the VP of Product and Engineering at Voysis. Voysis is the complete voice AI platform to enable voice driven natural language instruction, search and discovery. Prior to joining Voysis John was Director of engineering for Logentries which was acquired by Rapid7. John was founder of Forkstream, an early stage startup developing Wi-Fi network selection technology that was acquired by Openet. There he was Director of Openet Labs with responsibilities for new product development, research and standardisation. Previously John was the recipient of a Marie Curie research fellowship and a postdoctoral fellow at University College Dublin and NEC Labs. John has organised International conferences and been a reviewer for a large number of journals and conferences. He holds a PhD in Computer Science from University College Dublin and is a graduate of Dublin Institute of Technology and Dublin City University.


Elaine Burke (2017)

Managing Editor

Silicon Republic


Elaine is an award-winning journalist and editor who turned her attention to science and technology in 2011, having always had a passion for learning about the next big innovation. As managing editor at Silicon Republic, she’s proud to be part of a team working to showcase and encourage diversity in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM), and is an advocate of integrating the arts into this creative mix. She tweets about STEAM – and anything else that interests her – at @CriticalRedPen and can often be heard on the airwaves discussing the latest news and trends in science and technology.

Ed Melvin (2017)

Digital Strategy Director



Ed is the digital strategy lead at creative shop Publicis Dublin. Ed has over 15 years’ experience in digital strategy and delivery, across the web, mobile, apps and more recently, conversational interfaces. Clients include Vhi Healthcare, Bord Gáis Energy, Iarnród Éireann, Kerrygold and Asavie. Publicis’ role is to build distinctive, memorable brands, through “storytelling and experiences”, working in partnership with clients and a multidisciplinary agency team.

Bojana Jamborcic (2017)

Lead UX Designer



Bojana is a Lead UX Designer with an intense curiosity about the underlying drivers of human behavior. Building on a design foundation in Architecture, she honed her skills in San Francisco while working at small and large companies. Currently she’s leading the UX efforts at Typeform, in beautiful Barcelona. In her perfect world, technology would be designed around human behavior and biology, plus a small jar of Nutella would be delivered to her desk, daily. In her free time she enjoys the Argentine tango and occasionally writes about herself in third person.


Claire Dowling (2017)

Creative Director

Deloitte Digital Ireland


Claire is Deloitte Digital Ireland’s creative director. With 14 years experience as a design strategist and user experience specialist, Claire loves nothing more than a wickedly challenging problem to solve. Starting life as a graphic designer and typography nerd, a side-step into digital cemented by a degree in behavioural psychology saw Claire become an experience specialist.In addition to the day job, Claire is an assessor for the International Society of Typographic Designers, a board member of the Irish Design Institute, a lecturer in universities across the UK and Ireland and a regular speaker at international conferences.

Ian Wallis (2017)

Director Chatbots & Mobile PaaS Business Development



Ian drives Chatbot and Mobile PaaS business development in Europe for Oracle helping customers and partners embrace the next wave of innovation and digitalisation. His focus is on driving customer success centred around chatbots, virtual assistants, artificial intelligence, mobile and cloud services. Ian previously worked in mobility sales for Pega Systems.

Simon Michael (2017)

Senior Technical Evangelist



Simon is a Snr. Technical Evangelist in the Developer Experience (DX) team at Microsoft. He helps customers understand more about making applications smarter with Machine Learning APIs such as Microsoft Cognitive Services, and understanding the notion of ‘Conversations-as-a-Platform’ which involves learning how chat bots and smart assistants can change the way we interact with technology today. Prior to Microsoft, Simon was development lead for McLaren on F1 engine configuration and data telemetry applications. He holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science


Ultan O’Broin (2017)

Snr. Director, Oracle Applications User Experience EMEA



Ultan has worked in software development in the U.S. and EMEA since 1996. His charter is EMEA and APAC Oracle partner enablement and sales enablement using UX ‘design’n’build’ accelerator UI kits for developers and startups. He has patents in design patterns, has published books, blogs, and articles on technology, and spends his mid-life crisis running marathons to avoid completing his PhD in Trinity College Dublin.

Nicola Aitken (2017)

Software Engineer



Nicola is a Software Engineer at Typeform. Currently, she’s turning typeforms into messaging conversations on Facebook (more platforms coming soon). In the past, Nicola worked on Aeroplane engines and holds a law degree from the University of York. Nicola hails from the mining village featured in the film “Billy Elliot.”

Maeve O'Gorman (2017)

Vhi Healthcare

Digital Strategy Lead


Maeve is the digital strategy lead for Vhi Healthcare. Through varied roles in digital strategy and development, Maeve has worked for both agencies and in-house, most recently for Vhi Healthcare, to develop new platforms and tools for digital customer engagement. Her focus in Vhi is on developing a new integrated health strategy, for service provision and customer service experiences, including conversational UI.


Grant Ronald (2017)

Director of Product Management, Mobile & Intelligent Bots



Grant Ronald is Director of Oracle Product Management for Mobile and Intelligent Bots responsible for getting customers up and running with Oracle technologies. Before the exciting world of mobile and chatbots, he had a variety of roles in his 20 years at Oracle including developing Oracle Forms, Java and mobile technologies. Previously he spent 7 years as a developer at EDS Defence building secure military IT systems. He is author of the McGrawHill book “The Quick Start Guide to Fusion Development”, a regular magazine contributor and has spoken over 200 times at more tech conferences that he can remember.

Andrea Revilla (2017)

Product Owner



Andrea is Product Owner at Typeform. Currently, she’s leading the Chat Integration project. In the past, Andrea worked as java developer at Disney in Argentina. She also worked on the LifeLine product team, a federal program in the US that assisted people with low-income to access mobile services.

Colm Moriarty (2017)




Colm is the founder of HomeHero that was developed in the ESB Innovation’s incubator in Dogpatch Labs. HomeHero Home is a virtual assistant for home energy. It helps people live more sustainable, efficient and comfortable lives. Send HomeHero a photo of a household appliance (like a dishwasher) to see – how much its energy use costs or how it could be saved through efficient use HomeHero can be found on Facebook Messenger @YourHomeHero.


Graham Brierton (2017)

Co-Founder & CTO



Good engineers give you things that work. Great engineers create what you need. It’s this philosophy that has driven Graham in his 25 years of designing and building meaningful applications and platforms for large scale international enterprise such as ABB Alstom, Bank of Ireland, Scottish Hydro, Zurich Insurance. He builds teams around him of like-minded engineers who both understand the customers need and how to build robust yet elegant purposeful solutions.Over the past 12 years he has worked with the Webio executive team marketing and selling award winning products and services in Enterprise Messaging.