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Tech giants set to descend on Belfast for Digital DNA

Simon Bailie, chief executive of Digital DNA, with Seamus Cushley, director of ventures and blockchain at PwC
Simon Bailie, chief executive of Digital DNA, with Seamus Cushley, director of ventures and blockchain at PwC
Ryan McAleer

By Ryan McAleer

Some of the world's most influential technology leaders will arrive in Belfast next month for Northern Ireland's biggest industry event.

Around 3,000 people are expected to attend Digital DNA, which will feature speakers from the some of the largest and most recognisable companies from across the globe, including Google, Facebook, Twitter and fintech firm Revolut.

The event runs at St George's Market over June 18 and 19.

As well as international companies, a selection of Northern Irish businesses, such as medical tech firm axial3D and smart cycle light company See.Sense, will be given a platform to showcase their work.

The heads of US firms Unosquare and Signifyd - Giancarlo di Vece and Raj Ramanand - will also make an appearance.

Unosquare opened in Belfast in 2017. It aims to double its workforce in the city from 50 to 100 people by the end of the year.

Earlier this year, Signifyd announced plans to create 150 jobs in Belfast.

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Medical technology firm axial3D will deliver a session on 'Tumours, Transplants and Technology: AI for Life'. The presentation will look at how Belfast City Hospital's Dr Tim Brown and the axial3D team carried out a world-first life-saving operation, made possible through technology.

The company will also outline how it uses machine learning to complete complicated jobs - such as building three-dimensional models from two-dimensional scans - without the need for costly human intervention.

Digital DNA chief executive Simon Bailie said: "Digital DNA has grown year-on-year and we're excited to once again bring some of the world's top tech talents to Northern Ireland.

"Audiences will hear how advances in technology have changed - and will continue to change - not only the digital and tech sectors, but traditional sectors such as manufacturing and construction as well.

"Digital DNA isn't just for tech-heads, but rather for everyone as technology continues to evolve and impact upon all of our day-to-day lives."

Seamus Cushley, from headline sponsor PwC, added: "There's such passion and pride in the Northern Ireland's technology sector.

"I'm delighted that once again PwC is sponsoring this event, which brings global attention to Belfast and our incredible home-grown innovators.

"Key for us is inspiring the next generation, who will become the leaders in this industry and critical to Northern Ireland's future economic success."

Belfast Telegraph