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Katie McMahon

VP & GM

SoundHound

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A mobile tech industry pioneer, SoundHound Inc. VP & GM Katie McMahon has been at the forefront of working with emerging technologies that change the way people interact with connected devices. She drove the global, mass-market adoption of mobile music recognition during the rise of the touchscreen interface era (smartphones) and is currently part of the executive team at SoundHound Inc. helping to shape the voice-interface era. McMahon works cross-functionally across business, marketing, product and engineering teams, helping to drive growth of SoundHound’s Voice AI platform - the Houndify platform - which enables natural, conversational voice interfaces for the connected devices and services. Prior to joining SoundHound, Katie was Vice President of Business Development at Shazam, where she drove the early smartphone mobile strategy, international product distribution and strategic partnerships.

Bret Kinsella

Founder and CEO

Voicebot.ai

Bio

Bret Kinsella is CEO and founder of Voicebot.ai, the leading source of research, data, analysis, and news related to the voice and AI industries. Bret was named commentator of the year by the Alexa Conference in 2019 and speaks frequently on voice and AI technologies in the U.S. and Europe. Earlier in his career, Bret served as CMO of both XAPPmedia and Kit Check, COO of ODIN Technologies, and held executive roles at Accenture, Sapient, and Harris. He is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School and the Anderson School at UCLA.

Patricia Scanlon

Founder & CEO

Soapbox Labs

Bio

With over 20 years of experience in artificial intelligence and speech recognition technology, Dr. Patricia Scanlon has spent the majority of her career working on the commercialisation of research innovations. Scanlon holds a Ph.D. in Speech Recognition technology and Machine Learning systems and has held positions with Columbia University in New York, IBM T.J. Watson Research Centre, Trinity College Dublin and Nokia Bell Labs. Currently founder and CEO of SoapBox Labs, building voice technology for kids, which has raised over €3 million in funding to date including a highly competitive EU H2020 Innovation grant.

 
 

Grace Hughes

Senior Content Designer

Fjord

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Gavin O'Duffy

Technical Strategy Lead, Alexa Solution Partner Program EU

Amazon

Bio

Gavin has 20 years’ experience in consumer product design, leading projects and teams at Amazon, HP and Microsoft. Most recently Gavin is one of the founding leaders in Alexa Voice Service, which provides reference designs as well as development tools and services for OEMs building Alexa into their products. Prior to Alexa, Gavin has worked on smartphone product development in Silicon Valley since 2003 working alongside the founders of Android. Gavin is excited the potential for voice forward products to reduce or eliminate barriers to technology adoption, particularly in the area of independent living for people with disabilities. Gavin has a MSEE degree from the University of York and has completed post-graduate studies at Stanford University, California.

Niamh Bushnell

Chief Communications Officer

SoapBox Labs

Bio

Prior to joining SoapBox, Niamh was the founder and CEO of TechIreland, a not for profit that tracks and showcases all innovation in Ireland. Prior to TechIreland Niamh was Dublin’s first Commissioner for Startups where she developed a platform, an image and a voice for Dublin as a great tech city. Niamh founded the Dublin Globe publication, the #1stFridayBrekkie, and Mentoring for Scale, a monthly mentoring event for scaling companies. Niamh has been in the technology business for over two decades and spent 16 years in NYC where she built two startups (TechResources and Idirus) and became a mentor and angel investor at Entrepreneurs Roundtable Accelerator - ERANYC. Her first company Pan Research was founded in Dublin in 1996. Niamh is on the board of FoodCloud and CoderDojo.

 
 

Katy Bass

Founder & CEO

Altavox

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Dirk Songür

Studio Head, Mixed Reality

Microsoft

Bio

Managing the Microsoft Mixed Reality Studio in Berlin. Dirk’s and his team’s aim is to help create world-class Mixed Reality experiences together with our clients and partners. We believe that Mixed Reality is the next big step in how people experience the world and we want to help customers discover and ship new kinds of experiences in this field.

Gillian Armstrong

Solutions Architect

Liberty IT

Bio

Gillian builds applications using Cognitive and Serverless Technologies, and is fascinated by how both of those are changing the paradigms around Human-Computer Interaction. She has a particular interest in Conversational AI as it sits at the intersection of Technology, Psychology, Linguistics and Philosophy.

 
 

Emily Ross

Founder

Inkvine

Bio

Emily Ross is a business strategist, marketing lecturer and startup mentor. She is founder of Inkvine, an international growth partner for award-winning technology firms such as Artomatix, Nutritics and Nova Leah. She co-founded SportsTech Ireland in 2017 to help position Ireland as a leading destination for sports innovation and investment. As Director of a leading B2B agency, she helped EI funded tech firms to grow and scale. While leading Corporate Partnerships with UNICEF Ireland, she managed strategic campaigns with Total Produce, IKEA, Aer Lingus and P&G. She has written for Image Magazine and the Gloss, and lectured for LIT and Irish Times Training. She is an advisory board member for SXSW Pitch 2020. In her spare time, she coaches women’s rowing.

Michael Anthony Schuler

Voice User Interface Designer

Google

Bio

Michael is a conversation designer at Google. He leads the design of voice-, touch-, and type-based interactions for the Google Assistant and generally acts as a conversation design evangelist. Previously, he worked for more than 10 years as an operatic vocal coach, and he credits that experience with his sensitive ear for prosody. A hyperpolyglot, Michael has studied music and language in Japan, Costa Rica, China, Austria, and Switzerland and holds degrees in Linguistics and East Asian Studies from Harvard University.

Múirne Laffan

Founder

LaffanLABs

Bio

Entrepreneurial digital media leader who has built and managed high performing teams, DTC Sport, News & Entertainment products and content businesses in global roles at RTÉ, Ireland’s Public Service Media, and Universal McCann, New York. She led the team that developed, built and ran Football and Hurling pay-per-game streaming service GAAGO, RTÉ Player, RTÉ.ie and RTÉ NewsNow – a portfolio of brands used by customers in 200+ countries. Múirne is driven by leveraging business and creative implications of new technologies, evolving consumer behaviour and emerging platform economics, She set up LaffanLABs as a platform for her to work with content creators, publishers and start-ups on developing new product propositions and building direct connections with consumers. Múirne has a demonstrated track record of thought leadership with inclusion in CDO Club’s Top 50 Global Influencers, Ad Age Media Innovators, Top 50 Women in STEM and Sport, and founding Chair of European Broadcasting Union digital committee

 
 

Ralph Drewnowski

User Experience Explorer & Designer

Kainos

Bio

Ralph is passionate about inclusive design and building services accessible for everybody, regardless of their abilities.  Having worked with governments in Poland and United Kingdom, he’s advocating for complex systems to work in favour of humans, not the other way round. He’s a fan of industrial revolution and steampunk.

Claire Houston

Software Engineer

Kainos

Bio

Working primarily in AI & Machine Learning. Claire is a core member of the Artificial Intelligence Capability and has been exploring the use of Chatbots and NLP to change how customers interact with services.

Dustin Coates

Voice Search Lead

Algolia

Bio

Dustin is Voice Search Lead at Algolia and author of Voice Applications for Alexa and Google Assistant (Manning Publications). He is also the co-host of the VUX World podcast, where he has the opportunity to speak with voice builders about what they've learned building on new platforms with new experiences. A proud Texan, he lives in Paris.

 
 

Charlotte Breen

IT Security and Data Specialist

Breen Consulting

Bio

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.

Mayank Gandhi

Data Scientist

Webio

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Christine Galloway

Senior Software Engineer

Workgrid Software

Bio

Christine specializes in leveraging Conversational AI to improve the employee experience by making the work day easier.

 
 

Grant Ronald

Director of Product Management

Oracle

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Ed Hailstone

Executive Product Manager - Voice + AI

BBC

Bio

Exec. Product Manager for the BBC, Ed has 15 years experience in broadcast technology as a developer and product manager. Now working with the Voice + AI team to build a platform for the BBC Assistant and beyond....

Nick Trogh

Developer Relations Lead for Belgium and Luxembourg

Microsoft

Bio

Nick Trogh is the DevRel lead for Belgium and Luxembourg within the Microsoft WE HQ. He’s engaging with professional developers to guide them on the path towards Azure ninja status. His main technology focus is on Cloud, AI and conversational interfaces. You can also find him as a speaker at conferences or meetups, or any place where you find tech enthusiasts. Feel free to reach out to him on Twitter. Prior to joining Microsoft over a decade ago, Nick has been working as a software architect at different IT consulting firms, covering a wide range of Microsoft and other technologies and platforms.

 
 

Connor Cirillo

Global Conversational Marketing Manager (Chatbots & Messaging)

Hubspot

Bio

Connor is HubSpot's first conversational marketing manager. In this role, he makes it easier for prospects to build relationships throughout marketing, sales, and service. This includes designing conversations, building experiences, and optimizing programs over time.

Stephen Redmond

CIO Enterprise Insight Studio Lead

Accenture

Bio

Based at The Dock in Dublin, Stephen delivers AI solutions for internal teams. He has extensive experience with AI and Machine Learning, Big Data, Graph Databases, Digital Assistants, Advanced Analytics, Data Visualisation, Architecture and Project Management.With over twenty years’ experience delivering data and analytics projects both in the public and private sectors, he frequently presents on data topics to a mix of business and technical audiences. He also lectures part-time on data analytics at the National College of Ireland. Stephen is a published author and has a global reputation, including been recognised as a Qlik Luminary (2014 through 2019).

Christopher O'Hagan

AI Engineer

Kainos

Bio

Christopher is a Software Engineer at Kainos working in the Artificial Intelligence Practice. Through his work in Kainos he’s gained experience in Machine Learning, focusing on projects using NLP and classification tools to improve the workflow of development and product support. His most recent work has focused on the creation of a virtual assistant for answering high throughput security questions.

 
 

Dave Hearne

Senior UX Designer & Front End Developer

TSSG

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Niall Rafferty

CEO

Medxnote

Bio

Niall co-founded Medxnote to give doctors and nurses their own digital assistant to make their life easier and improve clinical outcomes for patients. Niall is a former NHS trained radiographer with 17 years' experience in both clinical radiology and healthcare IT systems.

Stephen Barnes

Senior Software Engineer

TSSG

Bio

 
 

Oisin Ryan

Founder & CEO

ServiceDock

Bio

Paul Sweeney

EVP Product

Webio

Bio

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. . He is a founder of Convercon.

Patrick Byrden

Senior Director Customer Solutions

TiVo

Bio

Patrick leads TiVo’s Personalised Content Discovery team in EMEA. He is focused on helping customers implement voice, analytics and recommendation-led entertainment discovery solutions that enable consumers to find and enjoy the entertainment content they love.

 
 

Cormac O'Neill

CEO

Webio

Bio

CEO of 'The Conversational Middleware Company' he is passionate about bringing conversational messaging and voice-first technology to the entreprise and enabling them to use the power of AI to automate conversations via autonomous smart chatbots or blended live agent engagement. Applying Machine Learning, NLP and Webio’s Propensity Indicator X to deliver optimal customer conversation outcomes. He brings to the table over 20 years’ management experience within the telecommunications, retail, financial services and travel sectors, particularly in implementing operational best practices and budget control systems.

David Curran

OpenJaw Technologies

Machine Learning Engineer

Bio

David Beirne

Country Manager & VP

UPMC International

Bio

 
 

Benjamin Cowan

Assistant Professor

UCD's School of Information & Communication Studies

Bio

His research lies at the juncture between psychology, human-computer interaction and communication systems in investigating how design impacts aspects of user behaviour in social, collaborative and communicative technology interactions. He focuses specifically on how theory and quantitative methods from psychological science can be applied to understand and design speech and language technologies across of number of domains and contexts. Dr Cowan is the co-founder and co-director of the HCI@UCD group, one of the largest HCI groups in Ireland and is a funded investigator in the SFI funded ADAPT Centre.

Colin Lewis

CMO Technologies

OpenJaw

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