The second Amplitude conference, hosted by the Technology Transfer offices and Research Centres from Waterford Institute of Technology and Institute of Technology Carlow, welcomed researchers and business’ from across the region to Lyrath Estate in Kilkenny on 6th November. Key players in the Precision Agriculture, Future Health, Smart Energy as well as the Manufacturing, Engineering and Design sectors, from academics to business people, came together to discuss future collaboration opportunities and how they can gain access to the multitude of funding streams available.
Among the guest speakers were government representatives from Department of Health, Department of Agriculture, Food & Marine, Department of Business, Enterprise & Innovation and Minister of State, John Halligan who outlined the strong positioning of Ireland’s research & innovation on an international scale.
This year, Amplitude was supported by Purdy Lucey Patent Attorneys and Invest Kilkenny. KCLR fm, the local regional radio station, broadcasted live from the conference for the morning and spoke to a number of stakeholders including delegates, research centres and speakers. Listen back on the show and the interviews here.
The purpose of this conference in the region is to bring together the research and business community in one room and discuss the current state-of-the-art, the opportunities available within industries and the ways in which a research centre can assist a company maximise on these opportunities.
Dr. Mark White, Vice President for Research & Innovation in WIT, closed the conference was delighted to see the conference grow in its second year. “Co-hosting Amplitude with our partners in IT Carlow and seeing it grow year on year is a clear sign of the relevance of a research-to-business conference in the region.”
“We are keen on making Amplitude a regional event and plan on moving the conference within the South East in 2020. Too often we stay within the boundaries of Waterford and Carlow and we are happy to say that hosting the conference in Kilkenny brought a new audience we didn’t have in 2018.” Ailish Delaney, Technology Gateway Manager at Design+, states.
Keep an eye on www.Amplitude.ie and their social media channels in the new year for the new location of the conference as the team begin planning Amplitude2020.
Local media coverage from the day
Introduction to Amplitude: https://share.transistor.fm/s/5873b1fd
Amplitude on the Day: https://share.transistor.fm/s/4947119c
Precision Agri & Future Health: https://share.transistor.fm/s/db5312af
Manufacturing, Engineering & Design: https://share.transistor.fm/s/6379bb00