The Revolution is Coming- Are We Ready?

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30 April 2019 -
9:30am to 12:30pm

How ready is the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector for the 4th Industrial Revolution?

The 4th Industrial Revolution is sweeping the world with rapid advances in artificial intelligence, big data, augmented reality, 3D printing and other emerging technologies and will fundamentally alter the way we live, work, and relate to one another.

How will this affect jobs, society and the future of voluntary and community organisations? What new demands and opportunities will this bring? Is our sector ready to adopt these new technological advancements?

The voluntary and community sector have an important role in this revolution, we have the experience and understanding of the need and priorities of communities and areas where technology has a role to play in finding solutions. 

A recent article published in the Third Sector blog explained: 

“There are huge opportunities to deliver social and environmental missions more effectively through new technology. Around the world there are many inspiring examples of "tech for good" that attest to this: such as the application of machine learning to find new early warning signs for diseases like Parkinson’s, or the use of virtual and augmented reality to improve wellbeing among end-of-life care patients.”   

"Looking back at previous industrial revolutions, it is clear that civil society organisations played a key role. From the abolition of child labour to the introduction of clean air legislation, the work of civil society has helped to minimise the harm done by technological change while ensuring that the benefits are felt as widely as possible".

How can your organisation use tech to tackle social challenges and how are other organisations already doing this?

We'll hear from some organisations including Mencap NI who have developed a bespoke virtual reality tool that replicates a real environment so as individuals who have difficulties with everyday activities can experience a particualr scenario before taking part in it. We'll also be hearing from other in the tech sector about how we can begin to collaborate more.

Come along and join in the discussion #techforgood

See the agenda below

9.30am: Registration (Tea & Coffee)

9.45am: Welcome and Introduction

10am: What is the Fourth Industrial Revolution and how will it impact society and work? (Jessica Caldwell, Catalyst Inc)

10:30am: What are the potential challenges and opportunities for the VCSE sector?          

Overview of Fourth Industrial Revolution report by Miao Sun, QUB student previously on placement with NICVA (Geoff Nuttall, NICVA)          

Challenges & Opportunities (Stephen Gray, NICVA) 

11:00am: Tackling changing social issues and challenges in innovative ways: Case studies of tech collaborations        

  • Mencap          
  • Core Systems     
  • Kippie CIC    

11:45am: Panel Discussion: What are the ingredients for effective collaboration?

12:15pm: Closing remarks.

For more information or any questions, please contact [email protected]


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