KainosKainos develop digital technology that helps people work smarter, better and faster. We provide full lifecycle development and support of customised Digital Services for government and commercial customers all over the world, and build innovative software products that make life easier for our clients and their customers. We employ around 1,000 staff across eight offices in Europe and the USA.
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MATRIXMatrix, the Northern Ireland Science Industry Panel, is an industry led body which advises government and informs academia and industry on the commercial exploitation of R&D and science and technology in Northern Ireland.
Matrix produces in-depth reports outlining the findings and recommendations of our specialist panels. These reports are an invaluable resource for anyone interested in how new technologies and market opportunities can be developed within the NI economy and beyond.
Our latest report, “AI Research Capabilities in Northern Ireland”, will be launched at AICON. It suggests that the right components are in place to establish an AI Centre of Excellence in Northern Ireland.
The report demonstrates that individually, UU and QUB are significant sources of AI research excellence. Collectively, they constitute a UK powerhouse. If the AI publications they produce are pooled, UU and QUB together would rank 6th in the UK in terms of the number of publications produced to date during the current UK Research Excellence Framework.
We’re currently conducting research into the Agritech sector, and will be holding a workshop at AICON to investigate the applications of AI in agriculture and food production.
Our website has all the latest science and technology news and events, as well as a library of our reports and other relevant publications and details of UK and Irish funding competitions and SBRIs.
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Digital Catapult Northern IrelandUnlocking NI’s potential through collaboration, inspiration and technology Digital Catapult Northern Ireland focus is to help large and small organisations work smarter, more creatively and efficiently through adopting innovative digital technologies. We specialise on the three technology programmes where we can make the most impact. These are: future networks, artificial intelligence and immersive. We also explore the areas that have the potential to be a future focus for UK industry as broad enabling technologies necessary for many of our projects. Digital Catapult Northern Ireland is a gateway for companies based in Northern Ireland companies to access the full range of services as part of the Digital Catapult network. Advanced digital technologies only reach their potential if they are applied to industry. We focus on sectors ready to create the most value to the region and through collaboration aim to bridge the gap between small businesses, corporations and academia to address the challenges faced by business. Northern Ireland has a strong tradition of innovation and the development of digital solutions will help us compete on a global scale, promoting the region as a hub for new technology and ideas.
Invest Northern Ireland (Invest NI)Invest Northern Ireland (Invest NI), the region’s economic development agency, works in partnership with new and existing businesses offering advice and financial assistance in order to develop and expand the business to improve capability and international competitiveness. Northern Ireland has accumulated a number of industry accolades with Belfast ranked as the number one city in Europe for new software development projects, the top destination for financial technology investment projects, and the top international location for US cyber security development projects. A revolution in Artificial Intelligence (AI) technology is already emerging, and Northern Ireland has the potential to replicate global success in this sector. The region’s AI start-up and SME tech community is already thriving due to harnessing talent through incubation, a highly developed entrepreneurial ecosystem, and a vibrant networking scene. To help businesses adopt Digital ICT and AI technologies, Invest NI can provide a range of services and support including:
- Employment & training grants
- Research and development grants
- Finance investments and loans
- Market development assistance
- Property search, talent sourcing and business development support
- Dedicated Invest NI project team