MIDAS held its annual conference in the AVIVA stadium in Dublin on Tuesday 24th November 2015. The theme of the conference this year was ’Challenges Growing Start-Ups and Building their Economic Impact for Ireland’. The conference was very successful with a strong representation from the microelectronic companies in Ireland. Universities, Technical Institutes and Government agencies were also well represented.
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Microelectronic Multinationals attending, included Analog Devices, ARM, Cadence, Cypress, Infineon, Intel, On Semiconductor, Qualcomm, Tyco and Xilinx. Irish Startups and SMEs present were Cloudium Systems, Edalic, Emdalo Technologies, Endura Technologies, IC Mask Design, MFG Vision, Movidius, S3 Group, SensL and Silansys.

The conference was chaired by John Blake, MIDAS Chairperson, with an opening address by Michael Martin TD, Leader of Fianna Fail. The conference included a number of interesting talks by speakers on the experiences of growing Startups in Ireland and beyond. The talks led into a lively panel discussion on the subject between the speakers and the audience where a wide range of questions were addressed.

The speakers on the ‘Challenges Growing Start-Ups and Building their Economic Impact for Ireland’ included:

1. Donal Sullivan, VP GM of Tyco Ireland & Chairman of MCCI
2. Sean Mitchell Founder & CEO, Movidius
3. Chris Kennedy, CTO & Co-Founder of Trustev
4. Peter Simkens, Managing Director, DSP Valley Cluster in Belgium and Chairman of Silicon Europe Alliance
5. Kevin Sherry, Divisional Manager, HPSU & Growth Engagement at Enterprise Ireland

The conference concluded with a networking lunch where attendees were also able to see technology demos by Intel, Cypress and Emdalo Technologies.

MIDAS would like to convey a sincere thanks to the generous sponsors of its annual conference: Analog Devices, ARM, Intel, Enterprise Ireland and IDA Ireland.