Thriving through Digital Transformation

MAY 17-21 2021

Increasingly, companies are turning to Cloud Computing platforms to drive their Digital Transformation; not just for their business needs, but also to shape their Future of Work.

AtlanTec 2021 brings together local, national and international speakers to explore some of the key challenges and opportunities this presents.

The 2021 Festival will host 30+ virtual events and includes sessions focusing on Digital Transformation, Future of Work, Emerging Tech, Cloud, Cyber Security, Insider Voices and Wellness. An international line-up of expert leaders will present sessions and enable participants to take part in and engage through Q&A’s at the end of each session.


Some of the illustrious speakers that confirmed for AtlanTec 2021 are as follows:

Nicklas Bergman

Nicklas Bergman
Founder, Funder,

Marek Zmuda
Software Architect at
Intel Technology Poland

Alan Hicks
CTO at
Manna Drone Delivery

John Tyrrell
COO and Co-Founder of

Kristina Podnar
Digital Policy Consultant
TEDx Speaker | Author

Dermot Ryan
Yoga Teacher, Author,
Meditation Facilitator

Paddy Medley
Managing Director
Hewlett Packard Enterprise Galway Ltd

Mark Jordan
Chief Technologist
Skillnet Ireland

Lorna Martyn
SVP, Head of Technology
Fidelity Investments

Bruce Daisley
Ex-Twitter VP,
now #1 Bestselling Author

Sarah Armstrong-Smith
Microsoft Chief Security Advisor,
Non-Executive Director and Keynote Speaker

Belinda Waldock
Co-Founder & Director of
Software Cornwall

Sarah Kieran Ph.D.
Researcher and Lecturer at
University of Limerick

Gary Short
Principal Data Scientist at

David Renton
Security and Compliance
Project Manager at Genesys

Venkatesh Kannan
Centre Technical Manager
Irish Centre for High-End Computing

Kay Jordan
Senior Director, IT Strategy &
Planning at Avaya

Laura Delizonna, PhD
Stanford Instructor, Executive Coach,
Keynote Speaker

Jessica Barker

Dr Jessica Barker
co-CEO and Co-Founder Cygenta;
Chair of ClubCISO

Pat Divilly
Emotional Resilience and
Wellbeing Coach and Facilitator.

Jim Duggan Personal Professor in Computer Science at National University of Ireland Galway

Professor Jim Duggan
School of Computer Science
NUI Galway

Ian McLoughlin

Edward Curry
Vice President of the BDVA
Insight | Lero | NUIG |

Keith Griffin
Distinguished Engineer at Cisco
Site Leader for Cisco Galway

Noel Carroll, Ph.D
Programme Director MSc Information
Systems Management, NUI Galway

Steve Forcum
Passionate Avayan

Deirdre Giblin
Head of OSS Service Delivery
Customer Adaptations, Ericsson


Monday 17th May


17may10:30 am11:30 am10:30 - Nicklas Bergman, Futurist

Navigating the Tech Storm - Future of Work

17may12:30 pm1:30 pm12:30 - Kristina Podnar, Digital Policy Advisor

Driving innovation through digital policy - Future of Work

17may2:00 pm3:00 pm14:00 - Bruce Daisley

The Joy of Work - Future of Work

17may4:00 pm5:00 pm16:00 - Dr Jessica Baker, CO /CEO /Founder at Cygenta

The Human Side of Cyber Security- Cyber Security

Tuesday 18th May


18may10:30 am11:30 am10:30 - Venkatesh Kannan - Centre Technical Manager, Platforms and Technologies Programme Manager, Irish Centre of High End Computing

Positioning Quantum Computing in Ireland across Europe and Globally - Emerging Tech

18may11:30 am12:30 pm11:30 - John Tyrrell, COO and Co-Founder of MyWallSt

Simplicity through Technology - Fintec

18may1:30 pm3:00 pm14:00 - Future of Work - Panel Discussion

18may3:00 pm4:00 pm15:00 - Gary Short


18may4:00 pm5:00 pm16:00 - Sarah Armstrong Smith, Chief Security Advisor Microsoft

Cyber Criminals, past, future and present - Cyber Security

Wednesday 19th May


19may9:00 am10:00 am09:00 - Pat Divilly, Emotional Resilience and Wellbeing Coach

Resilience and Dealing with Uncertainty - Wellness

19may10:30 am11:30 am10:30 - David Renton, Security and Compliance Project Manager, Genesys

A look behind the curtain. What it takes to secure data in a cloud native world.The People involved, the challange of securing at scale, and how we can prove it. - Emerging Tech

19may11:30 am12:30 pm11:30 - Edward Curry, VP of the Big Data Value Association | Insight | Lero | NUI Galway

Big Data

19may12:30 pm2:30 pm12:30 - Belinda Waldock, Co-Founder & Director of Software Cornwall, & Author

Agile - Work Hybrid Model - Insider Voices

19may3:00 pm4:00 pm15:00 - Laura Delizonna

Psychological Safety for High Performing Teams - Digital Transformation

19may4:00 pm5:00 pm16:00 - Marek Zumba, Software Architect, Intel Technolgy Poland

Security by Design - Cyber Security

19may7:00 pm8:00 pm19:00 - Paintclub

Paintclub - join us online Paint & Proscecco - Wellness

Thursday 20th May


20may10:30 am11:30 am10:30 - Ian McLoughlin, Lecturer Computer Science, GMIT

Academics, Analytics, and SMEs - Emerging Tech

20may11:30 am12:30 pm11:30 - Daniel Forde, Director of External Relations & Business Development, INNOVO by Atlantic Therapeutics


20may12:30 pm1:30 pm12:30 - Panel Discussion - Deirdre Giblin Ericsson, Lorna Martyn Fidelity Investments

Insider Voices

20may2:00 pm3:00 pm14:00 - Alan Hicks, CTO at Manna Drone Delivery

Scaling Drone Delivery - Emerging Tech

20may3:00 pm4:00 pm15:00 - Panel Discussion - Digital Transformation

Avaya Kay Jordan & Mark Jordan Skillnet - Digital Transformation

20may4:00 pm5:00 pm16:00 - Panel Discussion - Cyber Security, HPE, Rapid7, TitanHQ

Digital Transformation - Rethinking Cybersecurity - Cyber Security

Friday 21st May


21may9:00 am10:00 pm09:00 - Dermot Ryan, Yoga Meditation Author

Chair Yoga - Wellness

21may10:30 am11:30 pm10:30 - Prof. Jim Duggan, Lecturer Computer Science, NUI Galway

Infectious Disease Modelling: A System Dynamics Approach - Medtech

21may2:00 pm3:00 pm14:00 - Dr Sarah Kieran, Dept. of Work and Employment Studies UL

Digital Transformation in a Post Covid World of Work - Future of Work

21may3:00 pm4:00 pm15:00 - Noel Carroll, Lecturer in BIS and Programme Director for the MSc, NUI Galway

Low Code No Code - Digital Transformation



    Check out some of the highlights of the 2019 Conference and Festival where 1000+ delegates attended some of the 20 events organised by the Atlantec Committee.



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