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August 24, 2018

Keith Barry to reveal tricks of trade at upcoming Disruptive Innovation-themed conference in Waterford

Industry keynote speakers will be joined by internationally recognised speaker and Waterford native, Keith Barry at the Amplitude conference which runs in Waterford’s WIT Arena on 3 October 2018.

Disruptive Innovation is the theme of the new conference aimed at businesses and innovators which will demonstrate how to avail of Government funding to collaborate with researchers. Funding opportunities vary from Innovation Vouchers worth €5,000 up to R&D and Commercialisation Funds worth six figures to a company.

The event is led by research centres in Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) and Institute of Technology Carlow (IT Carlow) who 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.

Waterford native, Keith Barry, whose talk entitled ‘Brain Magic’ remains in the Top 25 TED Talks of all time since 2008 will take to the Amplitude conference stage. Barry will describe his experience of working with some of the top companies in the world and discuss how he grew his career to become, not only a world-renowned Mind Magician, but a consultant on the Hollywood blockbuster ‘Now You See Me’ and a mind coach to celebrities and top sports people around the world.

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.”

Industry 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.

The driving force behind the event are research centres TSSG (Telecommunication Systems Software Group), SEAM (South Eastern Applied Materials), PMBRC (Pharmaceuticals and Molecular Bio Technology Research Centre and RIKON (Business Technology Management) along with Design Plus (Design, Engineering, ICT and Bioscience) 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.

“The aim is to grow Amplitude year on year to become a recognised national and international event. Organisations such as South-East Chamber of Commerce’, Local Enterprise Offices (LEO), IDA Ireland and Enterprise Ireland will also be participating and supporting this initiative,” adds James O’Sullivan, Technology Transfer Office, WIT.

Delegates will have the opportunity to try out some exciting demos of science and technology and a dedicated start up area sponsored by South East Local Enterprise Offices will also give companies a chance to see what's emerging in the start-up scene. The event will also feature free IP workshops with Keltie Patent Attorneys, a London based Intellectual Property firm who recently opened an office in Galway. Representatives will be there on the day ready to answer questions relating to IP and will be in the main exhibition area.

Tickets are now on sale for just €25, visit www.Amplitude.ie. For more information or if you are interested in sponsoring Amplitude contact hello@amplitude.ie