Largest Technology Conference in West of Ireland

Posted in Connect on November 4, 2015.


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This Friday Mayo plays host to the Drones and Data X Conference. The opportunity to glimpse the future of transport, emergency services,  agricultural monitoring, delivery services, emergency services and policing will be on show in Westport, Co. Mayo. The Drone Conference will feature some of the most influential companies and speakers from the world of aerial robotics and commercial drones. Come and join Facebook’s drone expert, NASA’s head of unmanned air traffic management, as well as industry experts, leading drone CEOs, and learn about the latest developments from companies in Silicon Valley and beyond.

One of the most exciting technology developments over the past number of years has focused on UAV’s (Unmanned Aviation Vehicles). Some futurists see Drone technology as the largest ‘game changer’ since the internet. Mayo will play host to the leading technology developers in the industry including NASA, Facebook, Amazon and Google.

“Ireland has a great opportunity to position itself as the best country in Europe to test new technology and utilize new trends in the storage of data. The west of Ireland has lots of space to test out some of these technologies”, according to event founder Philip McNamara.

The  Drones and Data X Conference will be held this Friday November 6th in Knockranny House Hotel, Westport.. This will be followed by a networking weekend in Achill hosted by Pure Magic and the Mayo.ie team.

David Minton, Economic and Trade Executive with Mayo County Council said that ‘we have some of the leading entrepreneurs and technology experts from around the world attending the event. Leading technology innovators from Google X will be in attendance sharing their views on the future for drone applications. It’s exciting and Mayo is leading the way”

Mayo aims to lead the way in associating itself with these new sectors and trends. By collaboration and networking, Mayo intends winning future employment and business from these sectors by creating an attractive environment.

After the conference on Friday 6th of November, the speakers and invited guests will decamp to Achill Island, for kite surfing, cycling and technology seminars over two days. Attendees will enjoy the Wild Atlantic Way and some of Irelands most beautiful beaches.

The Western Development Commission (WDC) has heavily supported Mayo County Council in securing this conference for 2015. Ian Brannigan, Acting Chief Executive of the WDC was delighted to be supporting the conference and sees significant potential in this emerging technology sector saying “Statewatch has reported that in 2014 the EU spent €315M on drone technology and this is set to increase in 2016. The West of Ireland is attempting to be a first mover when it comes to exploiting sectoral opportunities”.

For more information in relation to the conference please log on to either www.nua.io or www.mayo.ie/Invest or contact David Minton on 094 904 7029. Subsidized ticket prices are available for local attendees so please get in touch with Mayo County Council

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