Dr. Gary Mc Darby is a serial entrepreneur with a background in Electronic Engineering and Neuroscience. He has a 1 st Class honours degree in Electronic Engineering (UCD 1988), a Master’s Degree in Engineering Science (UCD 1995) and an MIT endorsed PhD in Biomedical Engineering (UNSW 2000).
Gary spent 4 years as Principle Investigator leading the MindGames group in MIT Media Lab Europe focusing on technology and Neuroscience. This group was responsible for notable inventions including the relax to win concept – a novel gaming strategy for stress management ( now commercialised ), Aura-Lingua – a new way of getting sensory information into the brain ( now commercialised ) and the Cerebus Brain Computer Interface – the first ever wireless, configurable, portable brain computer interface. He recently did a 3 year stint in Australia (2016-2018) where he ran Enterprize Tasmania, the early stage technology incubator for the State. As CEO of Enterprize, he successfully helped early stage companies get into accelerator programs on the mainland. One company, Bitwoke technologies, successfully got into Cicada (who many consider to be the top deep tech incubator accelerator in the Asia Pacific region). This was the first time a Tasmanian startup had succeeded in getting into Cicada.
Gary was responsible for the rollout of the first Citywide Open Innovation IoT platforms based on LoRa for Launceston and Hobart and he established the Advanced Sensor Manufacturing Facility with Definium Technologies in Launceston. He won the Pearcy Tasmanian Entrepreneur of the year award for 2018 – the first non- Tasmanian to do so. Now back in Ireland, he is currently the technical lead on the Edge AI project – an Enterprise Ireland Commercialisation Funded project based in the Invent Centre in Dublin City University and affiliated with the Insight Data Analytics pan University project.