Automated Intelligence (AI) joined Government Leaders and the Northern Ireland Digital sector at Northern Ireland’s first Digital Summit, hosted by Momentum, the voice of the digital sector in Northern Ireland. The Summit brought together 6 Northern Ireland Executive Ministers, 6 government departments, the main players in the Northern Ireland Digital sector, alongside representatives of the Universities, schools, and financial institutions. The event, which was chaired by lobbyist Barry Turley, discussed the issues of access to skills, access to funding and access to markets leading to the creation of 20,000 new jobs in the sector in the next 5 to 10 years.
Earlier this year, Momentum engaged the services of highly respected economic consultant Colin Stutt who developed a detailed series of proposals. These proposals were then considered and added to by internationally respected ICT analysts Gartner and then presented to the summit yesterday morning.
The proposals were then discussed in plenary session and further in a series of breakout sessions along the themes of ‘Access to skills, access to funds and access to markets’. Those proposals were then fed back to the overall summit for further discussion.
During the day delegates heard from the DEL Minister Stephen Farry, DETI Minister Arlene Foster, DE Minister John O’Dowd and DCAL Minister Caral ni Chuilain. Later, the First and deputy First Minister spoke at the dinner and underlined the Executive support for the sector.
Fergus McIlduff COO for Automated Intelligence represented the company at the event and comments “I was delighted to be in attendance, the event was a fantastic opportunity for the IT sector to discuss and endorse the proposals and to add their personal perspectives. I believe the consultative approach that has been taken, is a fantastic catalyst in the journey for NI to become a leading digital hub in global markets. It was great to see the developments that have already taken place. I look forward to seeing the on-going impact the Summit will have on future progress and the opportunity for Automated Intelligence to support Momentum in their efforts.”
Mark Godfrey CEO for Automated Intelligence comments “When starting up Automated Intelligence in 2010, we decided to base ourselves in Belfast. This is partly due to the aspirations and the commitment from NI government and digital sector to actively promote it as a technology centre of excellence. As a growing IT company and member of Momentum, we appreciate the work they are doing which supports access to skills, funds and markets which will no doubt enable the local IT community to continue to thrive”