Business diary: Events coming up

Your weekly round-up of conferences, dinners and seminars

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Announcing the AI Roadshow in The MAC on May 22 are (from left) Vicky Twomey-Lee (TechFoundHer Dublin Bootcamp co-organiser), Mairin Murray (TechFoundHer founder), Dr Lollie Mancey (innovator and entrepreneur) and Tina Calder (Excalibur Press)


A women in tech organisation set up by Northern Ireland entrepreneur Mairin Murray will bring its hugely popular AI Roadshow to Belfast on Wednesday May 22.

It follows on from the success of the recent TechFoundHer Bootcamp in Dublin, a one day innovation summit for female founders.

The AI Roadshow taking place at The MAC in Belfast will include the premiere screening of the Los Angeles produced award winning movie Show Her The Money, a powerful and uplifting film dedicated to shedding light on the challenges and triumphs of women entrepreneurs in their quest for funding.

The film, produced by Catherine Gray and directed by Ky Dickens, takes audiences on an emotional journey through the lives of resilient and visionary women who have defied societal norms, shattered glass ceilings, and overcome obstacles to build their businesses.

Catherine Gray and investor Wendy Ryan, both featured in the movie, will be attending the roadshow from the US to do an after screening panel plus Q&A.

The TechFoundHer AI Roadshow has an inspirational lineup of speakers who will lead a series of motivational talks with practical takeaways about the power of tech and the AI revolution that’s under way.

TechFoundHer was set up by Mairin Murray earlier this year with the mission to “unlock the potential of women to start and lead tech companies for the benefit of our economy, society and world”.

Roadshow speakers include producer, advocate and She Angels Founder Catherine Gray, diversity champion and CEO Kadabra, Wendy Ryan, innovator and entrepreneur, Dr Lollie Mancey, Belfast based media and marketing expert Tina Calder of Excalibur Press and Mairin herself.

TechFoundHer AI Roadshow is supported and sponsored by Belfast City Council, Ormeau Baths, DogPatch Labs, PorterShed, Republic of Work, RDI Hub and Excalibur Press. For information and to book tickets go to

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Donagh Cottage Farm in Donaghcloney is one of the 20 participating farms taking part in Bank of Ireland Open Farm Weekend from June 14-16. This free to attend event is organised by the Ulster Farmers’ Union and will see a range of activities and educational aspects to highlight the local farm to fork story. Pictured are William Irvine, deputy president of the UFU, Brian Matthews from participating farm Donagh Cottage Farm, Lauren Hamilton, sales development manager from NFU Mutual, which is a platinum sponsor of the initiative, and farming enthusiast Gabriel Murray (4)


A major cyber security conference entitled Security First will place on Thursday May 16 in the iconic ICC Belfast.

Run by Integrity 360, it brings together the cyber security industry to discuss the latest threat landscape developments and industry insights, and offer actionable advice on how to protect your organisation from the most prevalent cyber threats in 2024.

The event will be packed with networking with industry peers, panel discussions featuring leaders from local organisations, Patrick Kielty as special keynote speaker, true leading cyber technology vendors and a drinks reception to close.

The themes for this year are AI, Exposure & Resilience, and the agenda includes Talking Exposure by Integrity 360 CTO Richard Ford; Securing the Digital Perimeter by its product director Brian Martin; talks by Fortinet & Check Point; panel sessions featuring IT leaders from Graham Group, Belfast Harbour, NI Cyber & Workday.

For the full agenda and sign up details go to

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Launching the Food to Go Awards taking place in November are (from left) Q Radio presenter and awards host Ibe Sesay;, Junior Minister Pam Cameron; Kiera Campbell, chair of the NI Food to Go Association and sales director at Henderson Foodservice; and NI Food to Go Association founder Michael Henderson (Kelvin Boyes)


The Northern Ireland Food to Go Association, founded by Michael Henderson, has launched a new series of awards to celebrate and help grow the businesses which make up the vibrant take-away and food to go sector in the north

The inaugural NI Food to Go Awards, launched at Belfast’s Malmaison Hotel, will take place at the Crowne Plaza Hotel on Tuesday November 19, hosted by Q Radio presenter Ibe Sesay.

“The Food to Go Awards are the official awards from the Northern Ireland Food to Go Association, which will be a benchmark of excellence to celebrate and highlight the businesses which create the food to go industry here, " Michael says.

“We also see it as a great opportunity for businesses within the sector to grow and learn and continue to evolve their professionalism and standards.”

The NI Food to Go Association, which has recently rebranded from its former NI Takeaway Association moniker to be more representative of the ever-evolving industry, provides an expert voice, advice and advocacy under its “unite, support, grow” ethos, while upholding industry standards for businesses working in the sector across Northern Ireland.

He added: “Over the past five years, we have grown our membership base to represent every taste of our local food to go scene, from Asian cuisine to artisanal sandwich establishments, coffee emporiums and Mexican food trucks, and we want to celebrate their innovation and contribution to the economy here in Northern Ireland.”

Full details of the awards, which will be supported by one of Ireland’s leading suppliers to the hospitality industry, Henderson Foodservice, can be found at