Evening Panel

The evening panel will draw together all the themes of the conference through a stimulating conversation with leading figures in the literature, technology, the arts and public policy.

Moderator – Sean Rocks

Seán Rocks is the presenter of Arena, RTÉ Radio 1’s flagship arts, culture and entertainment programme (Mon-Fri 7pm). 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

Julian Gough is a novelist, playwright, poet, musician and script-writer. His latest novel Connect is published this year by Pan Macmillan, and is set in the day-after-tomorrow world of virtual reality and driverless cars.

Paul McBride

Paul McBrideis 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.