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STEMS seeks to examine the diversity of STEM talent in NI

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Startacus and Matrix NI partner on STEMS, 3 interconnected events, with leading speakers exploring themes around AI and bias, STEM development in schools and the workplace, and tech growth and entrepreneurship

Exploring the current reality vs the future vision of STEM talent in NI, STEMS is a series of 3 interconnected virtual events, delivered by Startacus, which aim to examine the diversity of talent in NI and where we can expect growth to stem from.

Taking place on 23rd, 24th, and 25th February, during this year's NI Science Festival, the Matrix NI-partnered event will see leading startup community and media company Startacus run 3 interconnected events, with leading local and international speakers exploring themes around AI and bias, STEM development in schools and the workplace, and tech growth and entrepreneurship. 

Key speakers and panelists so far confirmed for the 3 x 1 hour 15 minute events include:

Furkan Karayel - an award-winning inclusive leadership advisor

Naomi Timperley - Top 50 Computer Weekly Most Influential Women in UK IT 2018, 2019 & 2020

Scarlet Jeffers - Co-founder, Clario. Scarlet co-founded her latest product and company, Clario, two years ago. Featured in multiple ‘Top Women to Watch in STEM’ lists in recent years.

Gillian Armstrong - A Software Engineer for more than 15 years who is a passionate advocate of Ethical and Human-Centred AI.

Dave Graham - a technologist at Dell Technologies looking at how technology shapes the world and supporting their work within the World Economic Forum specifically around AI Governance

stems sponsors.Chris McCreery, Director of NI Science Festival said:

We are delighted to be collaborating with Startacus and Matrix NI to explore these important STEM subjects and issues during NI Science Festival 2021. The pandemic has underlined as never before the importance of STEM to the community and highlights how vital it is for us to have a workforce with the skills to meet such challenges.

With an ambition of creating legacy from each of the events, Alastair Cameron, co-founder Startacus explained: 

“It is anticipated that we will create a digital time capsule, a recording for attendees to re-visit 12 months on to consider how much has changed within 12 months and also how much has been achieved. Alongside Matrix NI we are also delighted that Bazaarvoice and Glandore are also supporting these important events as community sponsors.”

The STEMS events are afternoon sessions, taking place on the 23rd, 24th and 25th February and each will include a keynote speaker, an industry leading panel and a NI-based female founder showcasing their relevant startup to the audience. 

stem whyDr Rob Grundy, Matrix NI Chair said:

“Matrix is delighted to support this event, bringing together as it does some key themes from the Matrix work plan – developing STEM skills, women in STEM and AI. Post-Covid, STEM skills will be more important than ever and we want women and girls to feel confident and empowered about using science and technology to achieve their career goals.”

Free tickets are now available to be booked - click here to register for all of the events, or perhaps just the event that interests you the most. 





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Published on: 8th February 2021

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