Amplitude conference to demonstrate the magic of research and industry collaboration

Disruptive Innovation is the theme of a new conference aimed at businesses and innovators which will demonstrate how availing of Government funding to collaborate with researchers. Organisers recognised the need in the South East for an event dedicated to facilitating collaboration opportunities between entrepreneurs, start-ups, multinationals, academic researchers and state agencies.

Amplitude, which runs in Waterford’s WIT Arena on 3 October 2018 is led by research centres in Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) and Institute of Technology Carlow (IT Carlow). Funding opportunities vary from Innovation Vouchers worth €5,000 up to R&D and Commercialisation Funds worth six figures to a company. The driving force behind the event are WIT research centres TSSG, SEAM, PMBRC and RIKON along with Design Plus and engCORE from IT Carlow.

“This event will drive discussion around future trends, how research can have a dramatic impact on industry and how they consider future technologies for their sectors,” said MC for the event, Niamh Bushnell, CEO of Tech Ireland.

Prof Willie Donnelly, President of WIT and one of the founders of WIT’s TSSG research centre, explains that between both institutes almost every industry can gain from collaboration to grow, develop and improve their product, processes or services – no matter the size.

“Companies will discover how to design and develop new or existing products or services.  Academic experts and industry partners from both Institutes will give real life examples of successful collaborations,” he says.

Dr Patricia Mulcahy, President of IT Carlow said that often times it is hard for companies and innovators to navigate the vast array of supports, funding and information when they needed.

“Our goal is to help businesses and innovators see or hear something or connect with someone that could be a game changer for their organisation”.

Keynote speakers include Ann Kehoe, Global Head of Brand for Alltech and Marc O’Regan, CTO with Dell EMC who will break down their experiences in the realm of Disruptive Innovation and how their companies face the daily challenges of staying ahead of their competitors.

Also taking to the stage at Amplitude is an internationally recognised speaker and Waterford native, Keith Barry, whose talk entitled ‘Brain Magic’ remains in the Top 25 TED Talks of all time since 2008. Barry says “’I’m excited to share my thoughts and experience at the Amplitude conference this year.  My life is dedicated to researching the human brain and the power of our subconscious minds.  As a scientist myself I look forward to talking about how through continuous research, collaboration with others and dedication I believe we can all harness our subconscious potential to achieve greatness.  I’ll also talk about how through NLP/mirroring and body language techniques you can better communicate your ideas to others.”

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