2nd GRADE Conference, June 12-13, Dundalk, Ireland

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Steve Collins a CTO, investor, entrepreneur, and academic. He is also a venture partner and advisor to Frontline Ventures, in London, helping them on investing in seed stage deep-tech software companies with a particular interest in AI and Machine Learning. Most recently he was CTO of King (of Candy Crush fame) and led their technology strategy and shared technology organisation for 4 years, helping move Candy and all King games and technology platform to the Cloud and bring AI deeply into the company, accelerated with the acquisition of Peltarion, a Swedish AI company. He also been a founder multiple times. In 2010, Steve co-founded Swrve a real-time marketing automation cloud for mobile apps. Previously, he created the team that developed Kore VM, a script execution engine for game consoles which was acquired by Havok. In 1998 he co-founded Havok, the leading real-time physics and animation solution provider to the game industry, acquired by Intel in 2007. Steve founded the Trinity College ISG Lab (now the GV2 Group), dedicated to research into computer graphics, vision and animation and also created the MSc. program for Entertainment Technology at Trinity College. He works with startups as a mentor and investor, and has been a visiting professor at Goldsmiths and Trinity College Dublin, working with early stage companies, their founders and with students on ideas formation and strategies for bringing these ideas to market.