Artificial Intelligence Powering Irish Business

On this episode of the Digital Irish Podcast, we host a panel of entrepreneurs and tech innovators who are working with AI to grow their business.

The first part of the conversation focuses on demystifying AI and its use, before shifting focus to the specific role of AI in business and the future of AI in Ireland.

This conversation provides a comprehensive overview of AI and its potential impact on Irish Businesses. A fascinating conversation for anyone who is interested in learning more about this rapidly evolving technology.

Our guests include:

  • Rafael Pagés – Co-founder and CEO of Volograms, a Trinity College Dublin spin out using AI to create volumetric 3D holograms for immersive communications. Rafa is an expert in immersive technologies with more than 10 years of experience, both as entrepreneur (with another startup founded in the field) and as a researcher (with a PhD in Computer Vision and 25+ published papers and patents). As Volograms co-founder, he was nominated for the Enterprise Ireland HPSU Founder of the Year Award in 2019.  
  • Alan Gormley – CEO of Shopbox. Alan has over 26 years at the forefront of AI working with the largest companies across Europe. Frustrated by the huge barriers to entry for most companies, Alan founded Shopbox AI in 2020. His mission is to enable any retailer to benefit from deep AI, with no effort.
  • Dr Amelia Kelly – CTO, Soapbox Labs. Dr Kelly is an artificial intelligence engineer and manager, specialising in speech recognition and natural language understanding. Masters and PhD in Speech Tech from Trinity College Dublin. Fulbright Scholar. For the last 8 years she has helped build a cross-functional team of engineers and researchers and create the SoapBox Engine, a speech recognition and analysis system specifically for children’s voices and use-cases.
  • Noel Kenehan – Lead, AI/ML Center of Excellence, Google Cloud Partnerships

This episode is hosted by Dave Byrne, alongside guest host Martha O’Byrne-O’Reilly.

Martha is Senior Vice President of Digital Technologies at Enterprise Ireland, and is based in San Francisco. In her role Martha works proactively with Irish enterprises to support them reach their full potential in the US market. Martha joined Enterprise Ireland in April ’23 with over 10 years’ experience working in tech both in the Bay Area and in Ireland. Her previous roles included Head of Messaging Partnerships at Meta and Global Sales Partnerships Lead at Twitter. In her own words: “It’s a privilege to represent Ireland’s thriving digital tech ecosystem and I’m looking forward to building successful, long-term business relationships between US customers and Irish enterprises”.


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