The UCD Engineering Graduates Asoociation autumn panel discussion on 'What will the digital future mean for Ireland?' will be held on October 14 in the Clinton Auditorium, Belfield
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The 2015 UCD Engineering Graduates Association (EGA) autumn panel discussion on ‘What will the digital future mean for Ireland?will be held on October 14 at 6pm in the Clinton Auditorium, Belfield.

This year’s keynote speaker is Dr Brian Motherway, chief executive of the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI). The expert panel will consist of Anne O’Leary, CEO Vodafone, Ronan Harris vice president Google Europe, Middle East and Asia, Dr Eleni Pratsini director IBM Research and Dr Helen McBreen investment director at Atlantic Bridge Capital.

“According to the World Economic Forum, Ireland’s digital economy is expected to be worth €21.1billion by 2020, making up some 10 per cent of GDP and creating 150,000 jobs. It is clear that no sector of the Irish economy and no profession or job will remain untouched by the future digital advance” says PJ Rudden, president of UCD EGA.

“There is little doubt that The Internet of Things (IoT) will represent a paradigm shift in our way of living by 2020 and beyond when some 35 to 50 billion devices will be connected to an entirely automated and interconnected world by 2050. Urban populations are predicted to grow by an estimated 2.3 billion people over the next 40 years and as much as 70 per cent of the world population will live in our cities and towns,” added Rudden.

“The business areas most impacted by this transformation will be communications, energy, buildings, commerce, healthcare, food, entertainment, transport, water, environment and manufacturing. The integration of all of these systems will represent the smart city model. In fact it is predicted that there will be more devices connected than there are people on the planet.

“We need to prepare ourselves, our families and our businesses for this digital future and the smarter systems and cities that will be transformed. On October 14 next we are pleased to have in UCD some of the leading Irish and global players in the ICT business to give their take on the dynamic and fascinating future that we face.

“At the same time, our world will still be run by humans who strive for sustainable employment, a high quality environment and healthy lifestyles assisted by tools of the digital age,” Rudden concluded.

What is the Internet of Things? What are ‘wearables’? What will future smart cities resemble? What is big data? What is cloud computing? How critical are sensor devices to monitor behaviour? What is assisted health? What is an ambient assisted city? What are digital traces of human interactions? What is the sharing economy or collaborative consumption?

All these questions and more will be answered at this ambitious event in UCD which is expected to attract a large audience so please register on ega@ucd.ie to secure your place. Please note you do not have to be a graduate of UCD to attend this event but you do need to preregister.

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The 2015 UCD Engineering Graduates Association (EGA) autumn panel discussion on 'What will the digital future mean for Ireland?' will be held on October 14 at 6pm in the Clinton Auditorium, Belfield. This year's keynote speaker is Dr Brian Motherway, chief executive of the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI)....