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Entrepreneur Newry-bound for Innovation Nation conference

By Margaret Canning ·

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Mark Little will headline the first Innovation Nation conference

Mark Little, one of the world's most renowned digital entrepreneurs, is to headline the inaugural Innovation Nation 2018 conference in Newry later this month.

The Dublin native will address the technology and innovation event on the opportunities in the digital age for companies.

He will tell his story of starting successful technology firms and working for Twitter.

A ex-Washington correspondent for RTE covering everything from the war in Iraq and Afghanistan to the election of Barack Obama, Mark founded the world's first social news agency Storyful.

It pioneered new models of verification and collaboration, before selling it to Rupert Murdoch's News Corp in 2013 for €18m.

He was then Twitter's vice president of media partnerships in Europe before co-founding The Neva Labs last year.

Innovation Nation 2018, which is being run by Newry, Mourne and Down District Council and a number of supporting partners from the public and private sectors, will showcase how organisations can use the latest innovations and technology to drive their businesses.

The conference will take place on September 27 and 28, with the second day delivered in partnership with Catalyst Inc.

Catalyst Inc is lending its expertise to shape an exciting programme for up to 300 children from 10 schools across the council area known as the 'Day of Ambition'.

Innovation Nation 2018 is being held in Newry Town Hall and the Sean Hollywood Arts Centre.

For more details on the programme, speakers and how to get involved visit www.nmdinnovationnation.com Follow Newry, Mourne and Down District Council for live updates: @nmdcouncil / #innovationnation18

Speakers at the event include representatives of some of Newry's homegrown tech companies, from First Derivatives to STATSports:

Brian Conlon, founder and chief executive of First Derivatives.

Liam Nagle, Norbrook Laboratories chief executive.

Dr Cathy Craig, INCISIV founder.

Peter McCaul, chief executive officer at Pearlai.

Helen Lennon, chief executive of Secure Broadcast.

Adrian Toner, chief operating officer at First Derivatives.

Ashleen Feeney, director at KPMG.

Sean O'Connor, STATSports chief commercial officer Sean O'Connor.

Steve Pette, co-founder at Ormeau Baths.

Steve Pette, co-founder at Ormeau Baths.

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Mark Little will headline the first Innovation Nation conference