Digital Transformations, the conference on the digital society, is delighted to welcome Seán Rocks as the chair of our evening panel, featuring Julian Gough and Paul McBride.
Seán Rocks is the presenter of Arena, RTÉ Radio 1’s flagship arts, culture and entertainment programme (Mon-Fri 7pm) In that role, Seán has interviewed many major writers, actors, musicians and artists – including Salman Rushdie, Martin Amis, Edna O’Brien, Martin Sheen, Danny De Vito, Saoise Rónan, John Banville, Brendan Gleeson, Roddy Doyle, Steve Reich and Marina Carr. He has hosted numerous outside broadcasts from major arts festivals, and anchored Arena’s live three-hour broadcasts from Meeting House Square during Culture Night 2013 and 2014. He has also hosted public interviews with figures in both the national and international arts world. The Monaghan man, a former actor, has been working with RTÉ Radio since 2000 and has previously guest presented The Arts Show, Spirit Moves and Rattlebag. He has also produced, written and presented several series for Radio 1. Before that, he worked with RTÉ Lyric Fm, presenting programmes including Lyric Breakfast, Lunchtime Choice, Lyric Pitch and CultureFile.
Julian Gough is the popular and acclaimed author of Juno & Juliet, and now of Connect a virtual-reality-obsessed teenage boy is caught in a collision between his parents’ high-tech careers, and his choices will alter the balance between technological progress and human life as we know it. Connect is a novel of ideas that explores what connection—both human and otherwise—might be in a digital age.
Paul McBride is the founding General Manager & VP of Global Data Solutions for machine learning at Lionbridge. A Kerryman, he has made Mayo his home since arriving in Ballina twenty years ago to “spend just one year” starting up the business for its multinational parent. Today, the Ballina business has developed a community of over 15,000 bi-lingual professional across the 5,000 towns and cities in 102 countries around the world. This “Global Crowd” provides local data and insights that enable technology brands make their Artificial Intelligence (AI) based products and services, such as internet search , more relevant. Paul sees the business he leads as less an Information Technology and more a Social Science enterprise – as they extend their technology to some of the remotest regions in the world to enable societies undertake their own digital transformations.