The annual AtlanTec Festival went virtual this year for the first time since its inception six years ago. There were speakers and attendees from across 23 countries and over 350 different companies and universities. The festival featured 30 online events that ran over five days, from May 18-22, and reached a total audience of over 2,500+ people.
Virtual presentations covered topics and trends in tech and digital innovation in the fields of AI (Artificial Intelligence), cybersecurity, medtech, fintech, mindfulness and leadership. This year’s line-up also included a special focus on COVID-19 and featured NUI Galway researchers who are responding to the pandemic with innovative solutions.
We spoke to Caroline Cawley, Chief Executive of AtlanTec Festival and ITAG (Innovation Technology AtlanTec Gateway) and Dee Timoney, ITAG Skillnet Network Manager, to find out their tips on running a successful virtual event, the benefits of running AtlanTec fully online and what they think events will look like in the future. We also spoke to Karl Gaffney of Avaya, a previous AtlanTec festival attendee, who discusses how he found this year’s fully virtual AtlanTec festival.