2016 Speakers

    • Denis Hayes - Managing Director, IRDG

      Denis Hayes – Managing Director, IRDG 

      Denis has been with the IRDG since July 2011, he became Managing Director in 2011. He has over 30 years experience in the fields of research, development and innovation. During this time he has worked for leading brand companies and been involved in a variety of new market activity, product launches and product renovation. He has played a leading role in innovations associated with brands such as Cadbury, Yoplait, Avonmore, Kilmeaden, Heinz, Bulmers, Magners and Ballygowan.

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    • Dr Barry Fennell, KTI

      Dr Barry Fennell, KTI 

      Presentation Title: “Inspiring Partnerships – the National IP Protocol 2016” Speaker Bio: Barry Fennell holds a PhD in Materials Science from the University of Limerick.  He joined the ceramics research unit in Enterprise Ireland in 2000 where he worked with Industry and Academia on a wide range of glass and ceramic research-based projects.  A number of years later he managed the Proof of Concept Programme under the EI Commercialisation Fund.  In 2006, he was nominated as National Contact Point for FP7 Space and served as National Delegate to the Euro...

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    • Dr. Maria Hayes- Research Officer, Teagasc

      Dr. Maria Hayes- Research Officer, Teagasc 

      Presentation Title: “Waste not, want not: By-product and resource utilisation in the food industry” Presentation Synopsis: This presentation will focus on the potential utilisation and applications of by-product or co-products and underutilised resources from the marine and meat processing sectors. Challenges in relation to ingredient generation and utilisation will be outlined and potential solutions proposed. Speaker Bio: Maria is a natural products chemist and microbiologist based at Teagasc. She has an honours BSc degree in s...

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    • Mark Carolan- Head of R& D, Espion Group

      Mark Carolan- Head of R& D, Espion Group 

      Presentation Title: “Building Ireland’s first commercial Cyber Security Laboratory” Presentation Synopsis: Discussing the various drivers and challenges in building a state of the art Cyber Lab. Examining the Standards, processes, skills and environmental requirements necessary to create a facility which will help protect the region’s Critical Infrastructure providers.

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    • Stephen Walsh- ‎Planning & Research Consultant, Future Analytics

      Stephen Walsh- ‎Planning & Research Consultant, Future Analytics 

      Presentation Title: “Enhancing Societal Resilience in European Urban Infrastructure” Speaker Bio: Stephen Walsh BA(Hons) MPlan MSc MIPI AIED works as a Planning and Research Consultant with Future Analytics Consulting Ltd, based in Fitzwilliam Square. Stephen’s role with Future Analytics Consulting encompasses a wide remit of areas including spatial planning, urban resilience, housing an older population and research on emerging paradigms of sustainable energy provision. Prior to his commencement with Future Analytics Consulting Ltd, Stephen worked as...

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    • Marc Buckley- Adaptive Nutrition

      Marc Buckley- Adaptive Nutrition 

      Presentation Title: A New ERA of Sustainability in the Food and Beverage Industry. Presentation Synopsis: Complete Sustainable Production/Manufacturing Solutions: Economically, Organically and Technically.  Net Zero, CO2 Neutral, Renewables (Solar Wind, Hydro), Energy Storage (TESLA PowerPacks), Waste Management, Vertical Farming, Recycling Resources, Recyclable Packaging, etc... Speaker Bio: Marc Buckley is a sustainable futurist, exponential entrepreneur, Co-Founder of ANJA GmbH & Co. KG and speaker. His drive is to bri...

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    • Declan Devine- Director, Materials Research, AIT

      Declan Devine- Director, Materials Research, AIT 

      Presentation Title: Polymer research and its importance to the Irish manufacturing industry. Presentation Synopsis: Polymer and plastics materials are of critical importance to the Irish economy. The plastics sector in Ireland accounts for 179 firms which employs 6,500 people which is 4% of the total Irish manufacturing workforce. However, these figures do not include the medical device sector which itself is heavily reliant on the polymer sector as up to 80% of all medical devices are made of or contain polymer components. This sector consists of 400...

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    • Mark Regan – Managing Partner, Regan Solicitors's

      Mark Regan – Managing Partner, Regan Solicitors’s 

      Presentation Title: Tax allowances, grants and assistance for R&D Speaker Bio: Mark is the managing partner at Regan Solicitors. He has practised as a commercial lawyer for the past 21 years and was the senior partner in the Commercial and Litigation Department of another commercial law firm for 15 of those years. He has since established his own firm and brand as Regan Solicitors with a view to providing and expanding his existing client base with a more bespoke and efficient service. He is highly regarded in the area of Company and Corporate Law...

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    • Alistair Quinn – Innovation & Technology Specialist,Southern Regional College

      Alistair Quinn – Innovation & Technology Specialist,Southern Regional College 

      Presentation Title: Employer Engagement and Cross-Border Opportunities with i3 at SRC. Presentation Synopsis: i3 is the award winning business support centre at Southern Regional College. This presentation will give a brief introduction to i3 and some of the support available, including information on the cross-border collaboration opportunities available to Irish businesses within engineering and a range of other sectors. Speaker Bio: Alistair comes from a mechanical engineering background and holds an MEng honours degree in Mech...

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    • Adrian Kinkaid- CEO, MIP Diagnostics.

      Adrian Kinkaid- CEO, MIP Diagnostics. 

      Presentation Title: Introducing nanoMIPs or “Plastic Antibodies” Presentation Synopsis: This presentation will describe a novel technology for the production of a polymer based affinity reagent: the nanoMIP sometimes referred to as a “plastic antibody”. NanoMIPs are nanostructured polymer particles each imprinted with a single high affinity binding site for the target. They are the next generation of affinity reagents based on established molecularly imprinted polymer science. Additional functional groups such as fluorophores and electrochemical senso...

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    • Dr Donal M Kelly – European Patent Attorney, FRKelly

      Dr Donal M Kelly – European Patent Attorney, FRKelly 

      Presentation Title: “Preparing for the perils and pitfalls of managing your intellectual property”   Speaker Bio:     Donal is a European Patent Attorney and a European Trade Mark and Design Attorney, and represents applicants and proprietors in examination, opposition, and appeal proceedings before the European Patent Office (EPO), the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO), the Irish Patents Office and the United Kingdom Intellectual Property Office (UKIPO).   Serving as European counsel for academic i...

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    • Fred Logue- Solicitor, FP Logue

      Fred Logue- Solicitor, FP Logue 

      Speaker Bio: Fred Logue is a lawyer qualified to practice as a solicitor in Ireland and England & Wales. Fred specialises in Intellectual Property Law, Information Law and Commercial Law. He advises clients on a range of topics including software licensing, technology transfer, competition law, access to information and data protection law. Recent matters he has acted in include Acting for a multinational software company in the telecommunications sector where he advised on patenting strategy and commercial contracts. Advising a multinational s...

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    • Andrew Bradley - Director, Bradley Brand & Design

      Andrew Bradley – Director, Bradley Brand & Design 

      Presentation Title: Real innovation is brand led Presentation Synopsis: Everybody is busy trying to innovate. Those who understand how their innovation is relevant to customers have a better chance at succeeding. Andrew Bradley will discuss how best to understand what your brand stands for and how to keep it relevant to your customers. Speaker Bio: Andrew Bradley has been at the forefront of brand and design thinking in Ireland for over 20 years, proud to have created some household names. He is at his creative best when working...

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    • Ross Campbell- Cyber Colloids

      Ross Campbell- Cyber Colloids 

      Presentation Title: From food waste to functional fibres and fat replacers. Speaker Bio: Ross Campbell has a joint honours degree in Chemistry and Management Science from Stirling University. Ross has worked for a number of different companies in various roles, including Dow Corning, 3M, Courtaulds all involving polymers for many industrial applications.  He then joined Unilever’s Quest food ingredient division to head up their hydrocolloids business unit which is now part of Kerry. Ross left Quest in 2001 and started up CyberColloids which has become...

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    • PJ Moloney- CEO, EireChrom/EireBio

      PJ Moloney- CEO, EireChrom/EireBio 

      Presentation Title: Trends in Upstream and Downstream Process Development for BioPharmaceutical Manufacturing, and the role of Analytical Characterisation, Qualification and Control Speaker Bio: Since being established in February 2013, EireChrom has gone about growing the business with considerable success. ...

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    • John O Boyle- Business and Team Coach, Xenergie

      John O Boyle- Business and Team Coach, Xenergie 

      John’s background includes nearly 20 years in international telecommunications, consumer and leisure sales and marketing. Starting off as a Graduate Management Trainee for British Airways, a post for which nearly 7,000 people applied, John excelled to become EMEA Marketing Director of T-Motion (Mobile Internet for T-Mobile) and member of the European Senior Management team within 10 years. His approach to strategic sales and operational design advances on markets throughout Europe, Africa and Middle East, made him the perfect candidate to work for numerous MNC’s throughout his career. His expe...

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    • Brendan Cunniffe- Managing Director, Prelude Medical Ltd.

      Brendan Cunniffe- Managing Director, Prelude Medical Ltd. 

      Presentation Title: Innovative Designs vs. Designing Innovatively: where does your Competitive Advantage lie? Speaker Bio: Brendan is an engineering consultant with over 20 years’ experience in the medical device industry. He is currently Managing Director of Prelude Medical Ltd., a consultancy firm that specializes in innovation product design, project management, clinical trial management, commercial feasibility assessments and ramp-up from early stage design activities into scalable manufacturing. With a Ph.D. in Finite Element Analysis, Brendan ha...

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    • Brian Harrison- Managing Director, Hitech Health

      Brian Harrison- Managing Director, Hitech Health 

      Presentation Title: Technical Receipt - Streamlining Technical Transfer.   Presentation Synopsis: One of the greatest challenges for drug development and supply is the technical transfer of the drug from the site of development to the site of commercial manufacture (and transfer to a second commercial site). No profit can be made until the drug is commercially manufactured, yet this transfer and registration process can take up to three years. The multiple functions (quality, regulatory, technical, manufacturing), the numerous communication meth...

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    • Findhan Strain- Composites Manufacturing Consultant, Belfast Metropolitan College

      Findhan Strain- Composites Manufacturing Consultant, Belfast Metropolitan College 

      Presentation Title: The Development of Composite Products in Ireland. Presentation Synopsis:  The presentation will focus on a brief overview of the composites market in Ireland, how Belfast Met can assist in designing and manufacturing composite products, case studies for aerospace and industrial applications as well as making the transition from other materials to composites. Speaker Bio: Findhan has extensive experience in the development of composite products in a wide range of industries from aerospace to motorsport to sp...

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    • Dr Phil Hemmingway- Programme Manager, Science Foundation Ireland

      Dr Phil Hemmingway- Programme Manager, Science Foundation Ireland 

      Presentation title: SFI – building partnerships between industry and academia Presentation Synopsis: This presentation will provide delegates with an overview of funding programmes offered by Science Foundation Ireland (SFI), Ireland’s national science and engineering funding agency, which are designed to build partnerships between industry and academia. Speaker Bio: Dr Phil Hemmingway is a Programme Manager at Science Foundation Ireland, Ireland’s national science and engineering funding agency. Phil works on SFI’s pre-award te...

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    • Philip Moynagh- Vice President, Internet of Things Group, Intel

      Philip Moynagh- Vice President, Internet of Things Group, Intel 

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    • Kieran Nolan- Head of School, Chemical Sciences, DCU

      Kieran Nolan- Head of School, Chemical Sciences, DCU 

      Presentation Title: Novel Materials for Wastewater Treatment Presentation Synopsis: Detergents, dyes, pesticides, herbicides and pharmaceuticals in the environment in recent years. At the same timThere has been a growing awareness of the existence of micro-pollutants such as e, conventional ‎water and wastewater treatments such as adsorption, ozonation, UV and bio-degradation can only partially remove many of these micro-pollutants from treated water. Semiconductor photocatalysis using titanium dioxide (TiO2) has also been very well researched due to ...

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    • Darren Cunningham- Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Inflection Biosciences

      Darren Cunningham- Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Inflection Biosciences 

      Presentation Title: ‘Inflection Biosciences: Innovative Cancer Biotech Start Up’ Presentation Synopsis: Darren Cunningham, Co-Founder and CEO, presents the commercial led business model taken by 2014 Biotech Startup of the Year Inflection Biosciences Ltd. In the presentation Darren will discuss how this approach may be a good model for Ireland Inc to pursue in expanding the indigenous biotech base in Ireland. He will also provide an overview of the innovative targeted therapeutics being developed by the company. Speaker Bio: Dar...

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    • Colm Beckett- Researcher, IT Carlow

      Colm Beckett- Researcher, IT Carlow 

      Speaker Bio: Colm Beckett is a graduate of Institute of Technology Carlow. He is currently following a Masters in Supply Chain Management by research. His research broadly investigates the financial supply chain. More specifically, collaborative approaches to working capital management to strengthen supply chain performance. Presentation Title: The Financial Supply Chain: Collaborative Approaches to Working Capital Management Presentation Synopsis: Supply Chain Management is often said to be the management of three flows: materi...

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    • Prof. Fionn Murtagh- Professor of Data Science, University of Derby, and Goldsmiths University of London

      Prof. Fionn Murtagh- Professor of Data Science, University of Derby, and Goldsmiths University of London 

      Presentation Title: New Challenges and Opportunities in Data Analytics, including Evaluation of Research and Innovation Presentation Synopsis: Burgeoning challenges in Big Data and data analytics include the following: ad hoc data collection; selection bias in social media, in biomedical research and elsewhere; not quantitative aspects alone but also qualitative; and the need to rehabilitate the individual. In various domains of application, we address these issues in promising and productive ways, through both narratives of lives and the lives of nar...

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    • Alison Gray - Associate Partner, BCK

      Alison Gray – Associate Partner, BCK 

      Presentation Title: Tax allowances, grants and assistance for R&D Speaker Bio: Alison Gray ACA, ACCA is an associate Partner alongside Tony Kelly and Darren Connolly in BCK. With over 12 years’ experience in the areas of audit, accounts and tax, Alison works closely with clients, in providing valuable advice on corporate strategy and tax planning to support their business needs.

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    • Tony Flanagan- Business Development Manager, SCHIVO 3D

      Tony Flanagan- Business Development Manager, SCHIVO 3D 

      Presentation Title: From rapid prototyping to additive manufacturing: the evolution of 3D printing. Presentation Synopsis: Looking at how 3D printing has evolved from a prototyping technology to the point where the Airbus A350 XWB aircraft contains over 1,000 3D printed parts and the developments that have driven this evolution Speaker Bio: 24 years of professional experience: Various Key Account and Business Development positions Electronics Manufacturing and 3D printing sectors Ireland, UK, Hung...

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    • Sarah Westall- Consultant, Autoscribe Informatics

      Sarah Westall- Consultant, Autoscribe Informatics 

      Presentation Title: How to Buy a LIMS – The Definitive Guide Presentation Synopsis: Whether you are purchasing your first Laboratory Information Management System or replacing an existing LIMS this presentation, packed with useful tips from over 60 years of practical experience, will help you find the right solution to fit your specific requirements and help you follow 'Good Laboratory Practice’. This vendor agnostic presentation will help you avoid some of the common pitfalls and discover the questions you should be asking both within your Company a...

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    • Arno Gaultier- Arno Gaultier- Innovation Consultant at A Inno Info, bringing fresh perspectives in Pharma, Agri/Agro, Food, Wine, Event & Legal sectors

      Arno Gaultier- Arno Gaultier- Innovation Consultant at A Inno Info, bringing fresh perspectives in Pharma, Agri/Agro, Food, Wine, Event & Legal sectors 

      Speaker Bio: Promoting integrity in Businesses & Public Bodies. Industrial Property Portfolio: 2 Trademarks, 1 design, 5 web domain names. Developed 5 businesses over the last 12 years: 2002 Loire Cellar: retail of wine 2005 Loire Valley Limited: wholesale of wine 2007 A Inno Info: Consulting in Innovation 2008 Zee Authentic: French Bakery, Food retail 2009 The French & Continental Market of Ireland: Event organiser, incorporated in 2014 From my business experiences, I have encountered many challenging times and situations which have strengthened my ab...

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    • exhibitor - Aoife Braiden- Research Manager, GSI

      Aoife Braiden- Research Manager, GSI 

      Presentation Title: Geological Survey of Ireland Research Programme aims and opportunities towards 2020 Presentation Synopsis: The Geological Survey of Ireland provides key data for researchers in the Earth science community. These data are freely available to academics, industry and the general public through online GSI database systems and include data for geological mapping, marine mapping, soil and streamwater geochemistry, groundwater resources, minerals and raw materials and geohazards. The GSI acts as a research performer, researcher funder ...

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    • Paul Yeomans- Business Development Manager, Nottingham University

      Paul Yeomans- Business Development Manager, Nottingham University 

      Presentation title: Is your business ready to innovate? Presentation Synopsis: The presentation will focus on the reasons why businesses innovate. Speaker Bio: Before joining the university sector Paul spent 15 years working in the Engineering and Printing Industries in a variety of roles including research and development and sales and marketing running projects worldwide. He currently manages the Knowledge Transfer Partnership portfolio at the University of Nottingham securing funding for innovative businesses across the UK...

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    • Joe Gibbs - Commercial Development Manager, Lero

      Joe Gibbs – Commercial Development Manager, Lero 

      Presentation Title: Impact through Innovation. Presentation Synopsis: How Lero’s Research is helping to provide innovative solutions to real industry problems in such diverse areas as Smart Cities, Standards Compliance, Cybersecurity, Manufacturing and Financial Services. The presentation will give an overview of Lero, The Irish Software Research Centre, how it aligns its research agenda with the needs of its industry partners and what are the possible engagement models for potential new industry partners. It will also give a brief overview of seve...

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    • John Breslin- General Manager, SmartBay Ireland Ltd

      John Breslin- General Manager, SmartBay Ireland Ltd 

      Presentation Title: SmartBay the Galway Bay Marine and Renewable Energy Test Site – A marine test bed for research, innovation to underpin the blue economy. Presentation Presentation: Irelands test facility for marine Technologies is facilitating the development of innovative approaches to energy, sensing and data management/visualisation technologies through sensor and equipment deployments in a real-world marine environment. SmartBay comprises a suite of surface and subsea technology platforms including a network of buoys and a cabled underwater obs...

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    • Dr Kieran Moran- Health & Human Performance, DCU

      Dr Kieran Moran- Health & Human Performance, DCU 

      Presentation Title: Technology enabled behavioural change as a PATHway to better self-management of Cardiovascular Disease Presentation Synopsis: Cardiovascular disease is a leading cause of premature death. While exercise-based cardiac rehabilitation (CR) improves mortality and morbidity rates, uptake is very low. PATHway [H2020, €4.9m] uses behavior change theory and an internet-enabled, sensor-based platform to promote home-based exercising, either by one-self or in a small socially connected group.  

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    • Derek Henry- Partner, Head of R&D Tax Services, BDO

      Derek Henry- Partner, Head of R&D Tax Services, BDO 

      Presentation Title: Life Cycle Funding for R&D Projects- From Inception to Exploitation. Presentation Synopsis: The talk will briefly discuss the various sources of funding for each phase of an R&D project such as: 1. EI grants 2. SFI 3. LEO 4. EIS schemes both private placement and fund options 5. Traditionally banking 6. Development capital 7. VC 8. Listing 9. Sale Speaker Bio: Derek Henry is Partner in BDO’s R&D Tax Services department. Derek leads a team of experts, including engineers and accountants,...

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    • Dennis Muldoon-	ICT Forge

      Dennis Muldoon- ICT Forge 

      Presentation Title: Internet of Things - Convergence between MRP systems, ERP systems, Big Data Analytics and physical sensors. Presentation Synopsis: Internet of Things and the convergence between enterprise management solutions such as ERP systems, manufacturing requirements planning solutions such as DDMRP, and the physical sensors actually measuring the presence or state of objects. This convergence, allied with the multiplicity of data sources within and outside an enterprise will allow management software of the future to react to parameters which...

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    • Dr. Ramesh Raghavendra - SEAM Centre Director, Waterford Institute of Technology

      Dr. Ramesh Raghavendra – SEAM Centre Director, Waterford Institute of Technology 

      Presentation Title: Metal 3D Printing: How SEAM can assist Manufacturing Industries in Ireland? Presentation Synopsis: An industry dedicated materials research and development facility, SEAM (South Eastern Applied Materials) Research Centre located at Waterford Institute of Technology, has been a success story in expanding opportunities in the Medical device, Precision Engineering, Pharma and Energy Sectors in Ireland. SEAM, currently seed funded under Enterprise Ireland’s Technology Gateway programme, has established itself as the first stop for comp...

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    • Ms. Emma Hogan- Data Analyst, ICHEC

      Ms. Emma Hogan- Data Analyst, ICHEC 

      Presentation Title: HPC enabled R&D Presentation Synopsis: As the world moves forward in an era of ever increasing data proliferation, the computing requirements associated with research are ever expanding. Exploiting these data often requires the use of High Performance Computing (HPC). The Irish Centre for High-End Computing (ICHEC) operates Ireland’s national HPC service and provides compute resources and software and domain expertise for research communities and industrial partners. Brief HPC enabled R&D case studies will be presented incl...

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    • Úna Parsons - Head of Department of Mechanical & Electronic Engineering, Institute of Technology Sligo

      Úna Parsons – Head of Department of Mechanical & Electronic Engineering, Institute of Technology Sligo 

      Presentation Title: Precision Engineering & Manufacturing Developments Speaker Bio: Úna Parsons joined IT Sligo as Head of Department of Mechanical & Electronic Engineering in 2012. She is a chartered engineer and fellow of Engineers Ireland. Úna holds a BSc in Mechanical Engineering and a MSc in Advanced Manufacturing Systems as well as a Junior Trades Certificate in Toolmaking. Her previous roles include Chief Executive Officer of the Crafts Council of Ireland, Industry Director of Engineers Ireland, Global Strategy Implementation Mana...

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    • Maria Archer- IoTaas Global business lead, Ericsson's

      Maria Archer- IoTaas Global business lead, Ericsson’s 

      Speaker Bio: Maria has worked with a range of companies from blue chip  to start-ups. Maria has specialized in growth and innovation in telecoms, media and communications, with a focus on increasing both revenue and shareholder value.  She has led and delivered diverse projects in the cyber-physical world such as big data, e-commerce, media, cyber security, IOT and connected devices. She is an international executive having worked and lived in the UK, France, Middle East, Russia and the US. Maria is passionate about the opportunities of the networked society brings...

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    • Sinead Proos- Commercialisation Development Manager, Food for Health Ireland (FHI)

      Sinead Proos- Commercialisation Development Manager, Food for Health Ireland (FHI) 

      Speaker Bio: Leading cross-functional teams to develop an innovation pipeline by transforming scientific breakthroughs into sustainable and commercially relevant products.

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    • Brian Quinn – Director of European Innovation, Intel Labs Europe

      Brian Quinn – Director of European Innovation, Intel Labs Europe 

      Speaker Bio: Brian is Director of European Innovation at Intel Labs Europe. In this role Brian oversees an innovation strategy that incorporates engagement with a broad European ecosystem, from academia to startups, industry fellow travelers to government. He works across an extensive technology agenda with a particular focus on Internet of Things (IOT) and Cloud Computing. Brian’s teams are based in Ireland, Germany and Turkey. This innovation strategy includes leading Intel’s collaborative research strategy and agenda in Europe, and his team, for example, has driven Inte...

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    • David Brody- Technologist, LifeSciences Division, IDA

      David Brody- Technologist, LifeSciences Division, IDA 

      Presentation Title: Technologies driving LifeScience R&D. Speaker Bio: David joined IDA Ireland as a Technologist in the LifeSciences Division in June ’15 having worked in the MedTech industry for the previous 10 years.  Graduating from NUI Galway with a degree in Biomedical Engineering David took up a position as a product & process development engineer with Creganna Medical. Working both in Ireland and internationally, he led teams to develop novel minimally invasive medical devices. In 2010 David joined HeartSine Technologies, where he work...

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    • Damian Costello - Managing Partner, Decode Innovation

      Damian Costello – Managing Partner, Decode Innovation 

      Speaker Bio: Damian has more than 20 years’ consulting experience, having delivered successful strategy, product, process and service breakthroughs in Ireland, Europe, North America and Asia. For the last 12 years Damian has specialised in Disruptive Innovation – helping incumbents resist attacks or helping insurgents take the maximum market share. Damian has worked with leaders and executive teams across the full spectrum from global multi-nationals to local start-ups. His background in Industrial Design has seen him operate primarily in the Manufacturing Supply Chain i...

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    • Garry Connolly- President and Founder, Host in Ireland

      Garry Connolly- President and Founder, Host in Ireland 

      Presentation Title: Ireland: Past, Present, and Opportunities in the Data Led Export Industries Speaker Bio: Garry Connolly has over 20 years of both entrepreneurial and executive experience in assisting foreign direct investment companies to achieve global success.  Garry currently serves as President and Founder of Host in Ireland, where he oversees the direction and promotion of the industry-led and sponsored initiative to further promote Ireland as an optimum location to host digital assets.  He is also responsible for the recruitment and support ...

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    • Rodger O'Connor- Gas Networks

      Rodger O’Connor- Gas Networks 

      Presentation Title: Innovation in the Irish Energy Sector. Presentation Synopsis: With increasing energy import costs, a drive to reduce emissions and a movement towards more sustainable ways of doing business there comes the opportunity to embrace new practices, new technologies and new solutions through innovation. GNI are seeking to foster innovation in the Irish Energy Sector by supporting the research and deployment of sustainable gas solutions. Through the Innovation Fund, GNI support the search for new ways to generate sustainable gas, promote ne...

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    • exhibitor - Gordon Bryan- Maintenance Manager, Bus Eireann

      Gordon Bryan- Maintenance Manager, Bus Eireann 

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    • Professor Lizbeth Goodman- Inclusive Design for Education and Chair of Creative Technology Innovation, UCD

      Professor Lizbeth Goodman- Inclusive Design for Education and Chair of Creative Technology Innovation, UCD 

      Presentation Title: Hippocatic Innovation: First do no harm. . . Speaker Bio: Professor of Inclusive Design & Chair of Creative Technology Innovation at UCD, she directs SMARTlab & the Inclusive Design Research Centre of Ireland. She is a Leonardo Advisor for the Science Gallery & served as Chair of Judges for the Sci-Art and Science on Stage and Screen panels of the Wellcome Trust and for the HERA awards of the EC. She was Director of Research for Futurelab, & won the top industry prizes for Best Woman in the Academic and Public Secto...

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    • Dr. P.J. White- Design Lecturer/ Research Principal Investigator, Institute of Technology Carlow

      Dr. P.J. White- Design Lecturer/ Research Principal Investigator, Institute of Technology Carlow 

      Presentation Title: Design Research for an Ageing Population. Presentation Synopsis: This presentation will look at how design research and human centered design can address the future needs of an ageing population. Speaker Bio: Dr. P.J. White is a qualified Product Designer and has extensive design industry experience innovating for small to multi-national businesses. P.J. holds a PhD in Product Design, specifically in the areas of Design Ethnography and product design for older adults. Academic interests include user centric ...

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    • Adrian Walker - R&D Tax Director, Deloitte

      Adrian Walker – R&D Tax Director, Deloitte 

      Presentation title: Innovation and the Incentives Landscape Presentation synopsis: This talk will be about the how R&D investment in Ireland and how the various incentives that are available can be utilised to aid companies in their pursuit of improved products and processes. Speaker Bio: Adrian leads a very specialist team in Deloitte Ireland that deal specifically with the areas of R&D and ...

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    • Tony Ward- Head of Fundraising, Fighting Blindness

      Tony Ward- Head of Fundraising, Fighting Blindness 

      Presentation Title: Outline of content for Research and Innovation conference. Presentation Synopsis: Experience of losing one’s sight and challenges for people in Ireland Why research is so important and the progress that has been made in 30 years The important role of patient organisation involvement, especially in medical research The commitment of organisations like Fighting Blindness The cost of blindness and how things can be different in the...

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    • Ronan Doorley - Doctoral Researcher, Trinity College Dublin

      Ronan Doorley – Doctoral Researcher, Trinity College Dublin 

      Speaker Bio: Ronan is a Doctoral Candidate in the School of Engineering, Trinity College Dublin where he is currently finishing his PhD research. Prior to beginning his PhD, he graduated from Trinity as a mechanical engineer and also gained experience working in the IT and construction sectors. His research investigates the interactions between urban transportation, environmental pollution and public health. More specifically, he uses a combination of statistical modelling and environmental sensing to estimate and predict the health and environmental impacts resulting from...

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    • Rory MacHale - Chief Technology Officer, Iricent

      Rory MacHale – Chief Technology Officer, Iricent 

      Speaker Bio: Rory MacHale has more than thirty years of international experience in the telecommunications industry, working with companies as varied as Eigensolve, Ammeon, Logica/Aldiscon, Softech Telecom and Siemens AG in Munich. Initially a software developer, Rory transitioned quickly into design and software architecture roles in public telecommunications, progressing to product and presales management. Rory held the post of Chief Technology Officer in his last two engagements, including ten years at Ammeon. Rory has also held a number of senior industry positions both...

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    • Alan Costello-  Innovation Specialist

      Alan Costello- Innovation Specialist 

      Presentation Title: The Startup with/versus the Corporate? Presentation Synopsis: In 1980 there were <12 accelerators/incubators associated with large corporates in the US:Today there are >8000.  Corporates are being attacked by new company offerings with faster and more direct channels to market and satisfying thinner (to begin with) market niches.  Can there by a symbiosis or are startups creating a new state of disruptive innovation?  We explore the current status quo and ask questions about partnering opportunity and risks Speaker...

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    • Manuel Saez - Senior Director, Mobile Innovation Center, SAP

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      Manuel Saez – Senior Director, Mobile Innovation Center, SAP 

      Presentation Title: Mobile-centric Digital Transformation powered by advanced data analytics. Presentation Synopsis: Hear about how SAP is leading the charge in real-time data driven decision making. Specifically, how mobile-centric scenarios are leveraging real-time advanced predictive analytics to identify non-obvious patterns to predict, and act on, future events. Speaker Bio: Manuel is Senior Director of the Products & Innovation Industry Cloud Mobility team at SAP in Dublin. He joined SAP in 2011 to setup the Mobile Innova...

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    • Derek J. Collins - Director of Customer Engagement & Innovation, Huawei Technologies

      Derek J. Collins – Director of Customer Engagement & Innovation, Huawei Technologies 

      Passionate senior manager with broad international experience gained with leading organisations in the ICT/Mobile/Telecom and multi-national communications sectors. A conscientious and positive thinking leader with business development attributes and seeks out Innovation. A proven track record of effective sales, budget planning, P&L management, financial management, project management and decision making skills. Key relationships with International contacts and senior manager hands-on capabilities. Decisive with a broad skill-set & seasoned business judgement. Board of The Irish...

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    • Alfonso Blanco-Scientific Director of Core Technologies, UCD

      Alfonso Blanco-Scientific Director of Core Technologies, UCD 

      Presentation Title: UCD Core Technologies. Providing the support that you need. Presentation Synopsis: The UCD Conway core technologies programme is the most comprehensive and advanced analysis platform for the life sciences and biomedical research in Ireland. Our suite of modern genomics, proteomics, cytometry and imaging technologies allows us to offer bespoke project design and seamless analysis across several experimental platforms. As a result, we can deliver comprehensive solutions to challenging research questions for our academic and indust...

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    • Marianna Kane- Product Designer & Founder of DesignBurst, NUIM

      Marianna Kane- Product Designer & Founder of DesignBurst, NUIM 

      Speaker Bio: Marianna Kane is a product designer with a passion for all elements of the design process. She has a wealth of experience in designing new consumer goods and founded DesignBurst Ltd in 2012 to close the gap between ideas and the market. She took a position in Maynooth University in 2013 as the Department Technician for Design Innovation to share her knowledge and skills with third level students and has since conducted a number of workshops and events to boost creativity across the entire campus. Her professionalism combined with her quirky personality has lead...

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    • Dr Hubert (Hugh) Henry- Head of Innovation and R&D, Bord na Mona Plc.

      Dr Hubert (Hugh) Henry- Head of Innovation and R&D, Bord na Mona Plc. 

      Presentation Title: Collaboration – The key to successful research and innovation in Business? Presentation Synopsis: In order to maximize the impact of our research and innovation activities it is becoming increasingly necessary to extend the confines of our usual business reach by partnering with ‘others’ to achieve our goals. It is argued that this is a skill which needs to be developed and recognizes all the individual partner requirements in the collaboration team. This paper explores how an iconic Irish semi-state company, Bord na Móna, is do...

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    • Robert O'Connor- Head of Research, Irish Cancer Society

      Robert O’Connor- Head of Research, Irish Cancer Society 

      Presentation Title: “Our health is our wealth”-The relevance of health research to our future. Speaker Bio: Dr. Robert O’Connor is the Head of Research and Acting Head of Communications for the Irish Cancer Society, Ireland’s largest cancer charity. The Irish Cancer Society is also the largest charitable funder of cancer research in the state with over 85 funded researchers currently funded across its various schemes. Robert has 20 years of experience in pharmacology, biosafety and translational cancer research. Robert graduated from UCD with an hon...

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    • Emanuele Ragnoli- Principal Investigator and Research Scientist in Analytics and Optimisation

      Emanuele Ragnoli- Principal Investigator and Research Scientist in Analytics and Optimisation 

      Speaker Bio: Emanuele Ragnoli is a Research Staff Member and a Technical Leader in IBM Research - Ireland. For the last few years he has been designing an implementing real time large scale systems that are at the intersection of Big Data, IOT (Internet of Things), analytics and HPC (High Performance Computing). Prior to joining IBM Research Emanuele  did two indutrial postodcs with NUIM, UCD, Intel Ireland and a cluster of manufacturing multinationals under the umbrella of the ICMR (Irish Centre for Manufacturing Research). His work was in the implementation of analytics a...

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    • Robert Dunne - CEO, GlycoSelect

      Robert Dunne – CEO, GlycoSelect 

      Presentation Title: From spin out to success - GlycoSeLect travels through the “valley of death”. Presentation Synopsis: It is estimated that 84% of companies spun out from Universities fail before they achieve financial break-even point. This is the “valley of death” so called by professional investors. GlycoSeLect is in this phase of company development. I will share our experience and hope to help other companies avoid our mistakes. Speaker Bio: Robert Dunne is a pharmaceutical industry executive with experience in multinatio...

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    • Gary Rainsford- Clinical & Innovation Program Manager , Biomedical Research

      Gary Rainsford- Clinical & Innovation Program Manager , Biomedical Research 

      Presentation Title: Thinking Inside the Box – A disciplined Approach to Innovation Presentation Synopsis : This talk will outline the fundamental role of innovation in a company’s growth ambitions and details a disciplined approach that enables your company to plan, scope and allocate resource and budget to your innovation activities. Speaker Bio: Gary is the clinical and innovation program manager at BMR, a global SME medical device company who specialize in electrical muscle stimulation therapy. He is responsible for deliverin...

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    • Paul McCann- CDG Brand

      Paul McCann- CDG Brand 

      Presentation Title: Luxury Brands, can we learn from them? Presentation Synopsis: Creativity is not a learned behaviour, it takes talent, imagination and self-belief. Engaging people through emotions, superior workmanship, and a luxurious aura is an art in itself. Branding goods and services delves deeper past wealth and opulence. Speaker Bio: 27 years of working in the brand and graphic design industry, with a Masters in Professional Design Practice and currently researching a PhD in Design Innovation in NUIM Paul Mc Cann embra...

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    • James McRedmond- Chief Scientific Officer,  Java Clinical Research Ltd

      James McRedmond- Chief Scientific Officer, Java Clinical Research Ltd 

      Presentation Title: Helping drug development with better data in early phase clinical trials. Presentation Synopsis: Pharmaceutical development is an expensive business, with no drug certain of progressing through the various stages of clinical trials. Java Clinical Research uses sophisticated laboratory procedures to give detailed, targeted data on drug actions and side effects in early clinical studies. This approach can show clinical proof-of-concept, provide pathway or mechanism data, or address potential side-effects in small studies in human subject...

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    • Dr. Joanna Griffin- Rotunda Hospital

      Dr. Joanna Griffin- Rotunda Hospital 

      Presentation Title: 270 years of Innovation at The Rotunda Hospital Presentation Synopsis: How innovations at The Rotunda have changed maternity care over the lifetime of the oldest working maternity hospital in the world. Speaker Bio: Joanna Griffin holds a Ph.D in Biochemistry from University College Dublin where she developed expertise in the domain of protein engineering. She was appointed Director of Research and Academic Affairs at The Rotunda Hospital in 2013 where she manages a diverse research portfolio including Mater...

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    • Mike Allen- Director of Advocacy, Communication and Research, Focus Ireland

      Mike Allen- Director of Advocacy, Communication and Research, Focus Ireland 

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    • Dr John Scanlan- Director of Commercialisation, Maynooth University

      Dr John Scanlan- Director of Commercialisation, Maynooth University 

      Presentation Title: How your company can benefit from knowledge transfer partnerships with Universities Presentation Synopsis: Recent developments in national policies and associated research funding represent significant opportunities for companies to leverage wide supports from Universities. Companies that engage in terms of research and development programs avail of significant EI / SFI / H2020 and other supports and can add additional benefits offered by incentives such as the Knowledge Development Box. In addition to research collaboration, compa...

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    • Jennifer Brennan- Horizon 2020 National Contact Point, IUA

      Jennifer Brennan- Horizon 2020 National Contact Point, IUA 

      Presentation Title: “MSC Actions: Access key to European Research Funding”. Presentation Synopsis: "The Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions in Horizon 2020 represent a significant opportunity for research-active organisations to secure European research funding, with a strong focus on collaboration between the private sector and academia. The MSC Actions fund all areas of research from science, engineering and technology through to social sciences, humanities and business.  This talk will summarise the various funding streams under the MSC Actions, helping...

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    • Brian Cahill- Programme Manager, Litmus Trialling Centre

      Brian Cahill- Programme Manager, Litmus Trialling Centre 

      Presentation Title: Fail to Prepare, Prepare to Fail : Litmus – providing IoT testbeds to prepare new products for new markets. Presentation Synopsis: Litmus is a service provided by the Nimbus Centre, Cork Institute of Technology, where new products and services can be tested in a number of testbed environments. Litmus testbeds include access to numerous Energy related infrastructure on the CIT campus, water and sewage treatment infrastructure in collaboration with Cork County and City Councils, and the Urban and Rural Community Testbed based in M...

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    • Harriet Doig - Information, Advocacy and Research Officer, Multiple Sclerosis Society of Ireland

      Harriet Doig – Information, Advocacy and Research Officer, Multiple Sclerosis Society of Ireland 

      Speaker’s Bio: Harriet graduated from King’s College London in 2005 and has worked in a variety of information provision and advocacy roles in the voluntary sector since, in the UK and Ireland. She has worked at MS Ireland since 27th October 2015. Her role includes promoting and supporting the MS Ireland research agenda and disseminating information on research to our stakeholders. Harriet is also currently studying a Social Science degree at Dublin Business School. Presentation Title: “Multiple Sclerosis research in Ireland in 2016”. Prese...

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    • Professor Theo Lynn - CEO, Rendicity

      Professor Theo Lynn – CEO, Rendicity 

      Speaker’s Bio: Professor Theo Lynn is Chief Executive Officer of Rendicity. Rendicity develops and markets solutions for provisioning and processing compute-intensive workloads in the cloud. A serial entrepreneur, Theo has over two decades of experience in the ICT sector. He is Associate Dean of Industry Engagement at DCU Business School where he is also the Principal Investigator of the Irish Centre for Cloud Computing and Commerce. Presentation Title: Appetite for Disruption: Rendicity Presentation Synopsis: The talk will di...

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    • Mark Heaton- Go Gas Renewables

      Mark Heaton- Go Gas Renewables 

      Presentation Title: Microsystems and Nanotechnology Presentation Synopsis: My work in nanotech as carried out at Imperial College and Omicron was to fabricate a MEMS (microelectromechanical systems) microturbine, using the integrated circuit fabrication methods of printing, masking and prototyping with final laser machining to contour the microturbine in 3D.   MEMS is part of the ideal to scale down conventional machines so that they can work with the miniaturization seen in the IC industry which in following Moore’s Law in double downscali...

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    • Dr. Frances Lucy- Director of the Centre for Research Innovation and Sustainability (CERIS), IT Sligo

      Dr. Frances Lucy- Director of the Centre for Research Innovation and Sustainability (CERIS), IT Sligo 

      Presentation Title: To the Waters and the Wild: Environmental Research at IT Sligo. Presentation Synopsis: At IT Sligo, the Centre for Environmental Research Innovation and Sustainability (CERIS) provides a resource for key applied national and international research needs in Applied Ecology and Resource Management. Our expertise includes management of invasive species and high nature value grassland, innovative research on marine and freshwater algae, wastewater treatment optimisation, zooarchaeology and fungal biotechnology. We also focus on renewable...

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    • Gary Mullin - Director, ION Connect

      Gary Mullin – Director, ION Connect 

      Speaker’s  bio: Gary is the Managing Director of ION Connect, an innovative Galway based company who work across the spectrum of state organisations, research consortia and SMEs. ION Connect provides an integrated, creative and original approach to bringing your research and innovation to those who matter. We deliver high-impact strategies for dissemination using cost-effective communication tools and methodologies. Presentation Title: AIM High - Communicating your story to those who matter. Presentation Synopsis: ...

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    • Dr Liam Brown- Vice President Research, enterprise and development, LIT

      Dr Liam Brown- Vice President Research, enterprise and development, LIT 

      Presentation Title: Innovation through Collaboration. Presentation Synopsis: According to 3M – “Research is the transformation of money into knowledge and innovation is the transformation of knowledge into money!” Collaboration when undertaken effectively has led to some major innovative breakthroughs. This presentation will highlight some collaborative case studies that have generated and transferred knowledge in Limerick and the Midwest region. It will include some market led, impact focused and high-quality research projects and enterprise and developm...

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    • Ciaran Coakley - Marketing & Sales Executive, Griffith College Dublin

      Ciaran Coakley – Marketing & Sales Executive, Griffith College Dublin 

      As a marketing and sales executive at Griffith my personal goal is help students find the education that best suits them. I am currently the primary account manager over the design, computing and graduate business faculties. My primary goal is customer acquisition. To achieve this my responsibilities include planning, organising and carrying out the overall marketing strategies for these faculties. I am directly involved in the lead generation and nurturing process via both traditional and digital channels. Traditional channels not only include planning, organising and running events, it also ...

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    • Liam McCarton- Lecturer, (WIRC) & (ESHI), Dublin Institute of Technology

      Liam McCarton- Lecturer, (WIRC) & (ESHI), Dublin Institute of Technology 

      Speaker Bio: Liam McCarton is a Chartered Engineer, with over 20 years’ experience in International Development, Environmental Engineering & Project Management of water, sanitation, education & health infrastructure projects. Liam has project managed major infrastructure projects in Ireland, Asia and Africa. Liam leads the Development Technology Research Group within the Water Innovation Research Centre (WIRC) at DIT (www.dit.ie/dtc). Liam is also a Director of Engineers Without Borders – Ireland. Presentation Title: Nature Based Solutions (NB...

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    • Colette Quinn - Founder & MD, Real Insights

      Colette Quinn – Founder & MD, Real Insights 

      Spreaker’s Bio: Colette set up Real Insights in 2004 and has over 20 years’ experience as a market researcher gleaned here and abroad. She has worked for the biggest research agency in the world in London and Germany working with global brands managing multi-country quant and qual studies for the likes of Coca Cola, Unilever, Boots and Gillette as well as managed big research budgets when she was Head of Consumer Insight at Vodafone Ireland and Musgrave Retail Partners Ireland Ltd. Colette has a no-nonsense commercially focused attitude to research and how it should b...

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    • Eugene Burns - Creative Director, Brandlogik

      Eugene Burns – Creative Director, Brandlogik 

      I’m the Creative Director of Brandlogik the number one ranked Irish design agency on Google. I’m an experienced international creative director who has delivered successful design and branding projects for blue chip companies like Visa, BT and MTV Europe. I’m the founder of Brangento.com the tech startup that means everyone can build a great brand. See Brangento.com for more. I created the brand identity for Zurich Financial Services, led the team that helped build a travel website into a £10 million company, was head of design for PKF one of the top consulting firms in the City of Londo...

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    • Alice Redmond - Vice President, Commissioning Agents, Inc.

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      Alice Redmond – Vice President, Commissioning Agents, Inc. 

      Alice Redmond is an experienced Regulatory Compliance commissioning, qualification, and validation subject matter expert with 20+ years of experience in providing technical services to pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries. Member of the task team that authored ASTM E2500 and contributing author to ISPE guidance documents on implementing science and risk based qualification. Significant experience with project planning and coordination. Deep understanding of aseptic processing, oral solid dosage, powder inhaler, pen injector, packaging, labeling, and warehousing operations. Past experien...

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    • Jess Walsh- Research Nurse, School of Nursing, Midwifery and Health Systems, University College Dublin

      Jess Walsh- Research Nurse, School of Nursing, Midwifery and Health Systems, University College Dublin 

      Presentation Title: eHealth: Monitoring Patients undergoing Chemotherapy Using Mobile Phone Technology Presentation Synopsis: UCD School of Nursing, Midwifery and Health Systems are, in partnership with the University of Surrey, conducting a Randomised Controlled Trial  within four Irish Hospitals, trialling eSMART (electronic Symptom Management using Advanced Remote Technology).  The mobile device allows patients who are undergoing chemotherapy to enter in their symptoms on a daily basis.  This information is sent to a secure server, processed, and c...

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    • Nikolas Pearmine - Partner, Insight & Innovation Director, Black Swan Innovation

      Nikolas Pearmine – Partner, Insight & Innovation Director, Black Swan Innovation 

      Speaker’s Bio: 9 years experience working across FMCG, Consumer Electronics and Financial Insight & Innovation. Clients include, Unilever, Mondelez, P&G, Vodafone, Pepsi and Nike to name a few. A founding Partner of Black Swan Innovation, a subsidiary of the Black Swan Group, combining the power of data and people to deliver demand driven innovations for clients, globally. Presentation Title: Open Source Innovation. The data science of Innovation. Presentation Synopsis: “ Why do 98% of product innovations fail?” Why?...

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    • Ben Schubert - Vice President, Nielsen Innovation Practice, Nielsen

      Ben Schubert – Vice President, Nielsen Innovation Practice, Nielsen 

      Speaker Bio: Dr. Ben Schubert is Vice President at Nielsen where heads up the Nielsen innovation business in the UK and Ireland. Ben got his PhD from the University of Berlin where he researched the psychological foundations of behavioral economics. He has over a decade of experience researching innovations and is passionate about how new products and services come into the world and how we can make sure they are here to stay.

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    • Declan Slemon- Director Research and Development, Aerogen

      Declan Slemon- Director Research and Development, Aerogen 

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    • Barry Aldwell- Postdoctoral Research Fellow , TCD

      Barry Aldwell- Postdoctoral Research Fellow , TCD 

      Presentation Title: The application of Cold Spray as an additive manufacturing process Presentation Synopsis: Cold Spray shows great potential for use as an additive manufacturing process. With Cold Spray it is possible to manufacture metal components at build rates exceeding 250 g/min, with densities of greater than 95%, with no heat affected zone or changes in the microstructure of the feedstock. It is also possible to create composite materials by mixing powders, and to join materials which are not metallurgically compatible. This presentation will...

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    • Huw Watkins – Project Director, Aberystwyth Innovation & Enterprise Campus

      Huw Watkins – Project Director, Aberystwyth Innovation & Enterprise Campus 

      Presentation Title: Stronger Together – Bridging the gap to commercial success. Presentation Synopsis: Huw will outline how a Research led University in Mid Wales is developing a transformational project to drive innovation and entrepreneurship in the agri tech industry. The presentation will explore how working in partnership is the only way to develop solutions to tackle global challenges of the future. Speaker Bio: Huw spent the first half of his career in technical and managerial roles within the regulated and commercial bus...

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    • Michael Phillips - Director Product Innovation, ICON

      Michael Phillips – Director Product Innovation, ICON 

      I am a product manager and eClinical innovation specialist with 12 years IT experience and a biochemistry training. After graduating with a PhD, I spent 10 years working in science and medicine publishing, before moving into IT within the same industry. I combined my background as an editor with my IT skills to help advance business objectives through the development of excellent reporting systems and production tools and processes. Although initially employed as a business analyst at ICON, my clinical informatics skills were soon recognised and I was deployed as the principal technical archit...

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    • Stefan Buzoianu- Business Development Manager Animal Health/Nutrition, AnaBio Technologies Ltd

      Stefan Buzoianu- Business Development Manager Animal Health/Nutrition, AnaBio Technologies Ltd 

      Presentation Title: "Encapsulation for ingredient optimisation in food, feed and pharma". Speaker Bio: Stefan Buzoianu graduated with 1st Class Honours from Veterinary Faculty in Romania in 2007, earned a PhD in animal health/nutrition and animal models with Waterford Institute of Technology/Teagasc in 2012 and went on to work as a researcher for Teagasc, investigating link between intestinal microbiota and pig health. Dr, Buzoianu joined AnaBio Technologies LTD in 2015 as the Animal Health/Nutrition Business Development Manager and is currently respo...

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    • Dr Michael McAuliffe -Researcher, CAPPA Centre

      Dr Michael McAuliffe -Researcher, CAPPA Centre 

      Speaker’s Bio: Dr. Michael McAuliffe is a postdoctoral research in the Centre for Advanced Photonics and Process Analysis in Cork Institute of Technology and Tyndall National Institute. He obtained his PhD from University College Cork in 2013 before joining CAPPA. His main interests lie in the spectroscopic techniques applied to industrial applications.  Presentation Title: The added value of chemometrics for any industry through enhanced analysis of spectroscopic data.  Presentation Synopsis: Chemometrics is the use of mathema...

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    • Roisin Bell - MD & Owner, KnowledgeWorks

      Roisin Bell – MD & Owner, KnowledgeWorks 

      Speaker’s Bio: Roisin Bell has fifteen years’ experience as a consultant and as a successful entrepreneur and has been collaborating with Real Insights on projects for almost a decade. Roisin set up KnowledgeWorks, her own market analysis consultancy, in 2001, and won the Mallin Invent Start-Up of the Year Award in 2003. Roisin’s experience is across a wide range of business sectors: from software and technology to manufacturing, the arts and financial services: from start-ups to growing businesses, always bringing an objective perspective to the client’s business and...

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    • Dr. Sean O’Hogain - Lecturer, (WIRC) & (ESHI), Dublin Institute of Technology

      Dr. Sean O’Hogain – Lecturer, (WIRC) & (ESHI), Dublin Institute of Technology 

      Speaker Bio: Dr. O’Hogain has been lecturing on the Engineering degree course for 30 years, specialising in water and wastewater analysis. Recent teaching innovations have included courses in sustainability and climate change. Research topics have included Reed beds, design construction and monitoring and Rainwater Harvesting, design construction and monitoring. Research projects included TECSPAR, an EU funded collaboration between three European Institutions and three Latin American Institutions. Presentation Title: Nature Based Solutions (NBS) withi...

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    • William O'Halloran- Chairperson, Leave No Trace Ireland

      William O’Halloran- Chairperson, Leave No Trace Ireland 

      Presentation Title: The relevance of research within Leave No Trace Ireland. Presentation Synopsis:  About Leave No Trace in Ireland  Why research is needed to underpin the Leave No Trace message in Ireland  Some examples of how we carry out research in Leave No Trace Ireland  The importance of research being supported by our volunteers and partners   Speaker Bio: William O Halloran started teaching Leave No Trace skills and ethics throughout Ireland in 2007 and has been a Leave No Trace advanced trainer since 200...

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    • Richard Hamerton-Stove - Senior Principal, Digital Transformation, Infosys Consulting

      Richard Hamerton-Stove – Senior Principal, Digital Transformation, Infosys Consulting 

      Speaker Bio: Richard has worked as a consultant for a number of years on both sides of the Atlantic. He experienced the first dot.com boom in 2000 while in San Francisco working for what became LBi Digitas and now works mainly in financial services sector for the consulting unit of the giant Indian IT company, Infosys. Presentation Title: Making sense of the increasingly complex digital enterprise Presentation Synopsis: What do we mean by ‘digital enterprise’ and how do we get things done in an increasingly complex and inter-dep...

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    • Michael Walsh - BeWiser Project Manager, IT@Cork

      Michael Walsh – BeWiser Project Manager, IT@Cork 

      Speaker Bio: Following experience in sales and marketing roles in SMEs and CBF, (forerunner of Bord Bia) Michael Walsh taught marketing and management in Cork Institute of Technology as a senior lecturer, and as a visiting lecturer in UCC. A Fellow of Marketing Institute of Ireland (FMII), Michael received a Lifetime Award for Marketing Education from MII in 2011. He supervised students’ research to Master and PhD.  Michael has worked with European partners on BeWiser (Building Enterprises, Wireless and Internet Security in European Regions) project since 2013 for IT@Cor...

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    • Ciaran Doyle - Senior CX Solution Consultant, Oracle

      Ciaran Doyle – Senior CX Solution Consultant, Oracle 

      Speaker Bio: I spend my working week on the coal face of Digital Transformation projects within the Sales and Marketing departments of innovative UK and Irish companies. I take a consultative approach to all stages of this cycle, and am happiest when solving challenges faced by Marketing, Sales, Service and Social departments. I take a data and analytics first approach, allowing business stake holders to utilize complex Business Intelligence to make key decisions, in a language they can understand. Presentation Title: What 2017 will look like for yo...

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    • Kevin Cosgrave - European Patent Attorney, Alkermes Pharma Ireland Limited

      Kevin Cosgrave – European Patent Attorney, Alkermes Pharma Ireland Limited 

      Speaker Bio: I have been a member of the IP Group of Alkermes Pharma Ireland Limited (and previously Elan Pharma International Limited) for almost 10 years. Over that time, I have been closely involved with a wide variety of IP related matters. My current role includes a number of activities, principally managing the prosecution of a number of patent families, liaising with R&D on the development of new IP, trademark activities, litigation support, licensing and providing support to the business and commercial functions in respect on IP issues. Presentation T...

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    • Emmanuel Pouey – Former VP Global Innovation, Bacardi Global Brands

      Emmanuel Pouey – Former VP Global Innovation, Bacardi Global Brands 

      Speaker Bio: Emmanuel Pouey is a veteran of the Spirits industry with a career spanning over 25+ years in Marketing, Innovation and General Management roles. He was tasked by Bacardi’s CEO in 2010 to set up a high performance Global Innovation capability in order to step up Bacardi’s game in Spirits Innovation. He created and launched with his team, across all regions, 20+ new products which have been multi awarded in international competitions and have led the Bacardi company to double its Innovation value in 3 years. Emmanuel holds an MBA from EDHEC Business School in Fra...

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    • Christine O'Meara- Commercialisation Specialist, TSSG

      Christine O’Meara- Commercialisation Specialist, TSSG 

      Presentation Title: Wizeoni. "The connect self" Presentation Synopsis: Wizeoni believes that a customer-centric approach to personal digital data makes sense for individuals and organisations that serve those individuals. Wizeoni’s person-centric Data Platform-as- a-Service for the Internet of things enables organisations to seamlessly, collect, store and manage personal data in a privacy-preserving, transparent, data locker. This technology helps companies fulfill their compliance obligations in a resource-efficient, customer-friendly manner. Individ...

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    • Michael Darcy – CEO, Hal Software

      Michael Darcy – CEO, Hal Software 

      Speaker Bio: Michael has been CEO of Hal Software (www.hal-software.com) for the last three years.  An Irish company, Hal Software's "Spike Prototype" product enables customers design how they would like their Industrial Control and Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES) to work, and how they would interact with other systems, (including those of third parties), using a standards based, non-proprietary framework.  Previous to Hal Software, Michael held senior financial and commercial roles in several technology companies, including Cable & Wireless and The Now Factory. ...

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    • Barbara MacMahon – Corporate Sustainability Consultant, Life Cycle Solutions for Sustainable Business

      Barbara MacMahon – Corporate Sustainability Consultant, Life Cycle Solutions for Sustainable Business 

      Presentation Title: Design for Sustainability and Sustainability for Better Design - how sustainability principles make better products" Presentation Synopsis: "With a BSc. Industrial Design Engineering from Brunel University and an MSc. Technology Management from UL, Barbara specialises in Product Design for Sustainability Throughout her career she has sought not just design better products but to use sustainability to add value to the product design process and throughout the product life cycle. Her talk, "Design for Sustainability and Sustainabilit...

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    • Peter Gillis - Communications Lead and Researcher, Technology Enhanced Learning

      Peter Gillis – Communications Lead and Researcher, Technology Enhanced Learning 

      Speaker Bio: Peter is a member of the research team at Learnovate, the TCD hosted research centre for technology enhanced learning. He holds a first class honors degree in Psychology, the focus of his research was cognitive theory of multimedia learning. Peter has also earned an MSc in Technology Enhanced Learning at TCD. His research interest is the interaction between motivation and technology enhanced learning. Peter has over two decades commercial experience in the multimedia industry, he was Managing Director of one of the first multimedia agencies in Ireland workin...

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    • Dr. Lorraine Byrne- Executive Director, CRANN Institute & AMBER National Centre

      Dr. Lorraine Byrne- Executive Director, CRANN Institute & AMBER National Centre 

      Presentation Title: Advanced Materials and Bioengineering Research Centre  (AMBER)– Partnering for Materials Impact Presentation Synopsis: AMBER is the national centre for materials science research and one of the key drivers for Ireland’s growing international reputation for excellence in materials science research.    We are carrying out disruptive research with our industry partners – synthesising, designing and engineering materials for specific applications and products.  We partner across established companies both multinational and SMEs and eme...

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    • Tatiana Schofield - Head of Knowledge Exchange, Royal College of Art

      Tatiana Schofield – Head of Knowledge Exchange, Royal College of Art 

      Speaker Bio: Tatiana holds an MBA from Warwick Business School, UK, where she focused on innovation strategy and entrepreneurship. She is a Chartered Marketer and Chair of the Greater London Regional Board at the Chartered Institute of Marketing, UK. Tatiana has over 20 years' experience in research commercialisation, business development and professional training. Throughout her career Tatiana has held senior management roles at leading universities and professional training institutions including Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA), Kaplan Professional...

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    • José Pietri, Principal, MindShare Consulting – Paris. SHIP Project

      José Pietri, Principal, MindShare Consulting – Paris. SHIP Project 

      Presentation Title: "Alliances. The new paradigm in economic development" Presentation Synopsis: Mindshare consulting is currently working on an Erasmus+ Knowledge Alliance project with Louth and Meath Local Enterprise Offices and other European partners on the SHIP Project ( SMEs and HEIs In Innovation Partnership).This short talk will explore our current paradigms concerning innovation and, especially, collaboration amongst SMEs and Universities (and other stakeholders) and how Alliances can represent a new paradigm and a powerful way to produce mor...

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    • exhibitor - Alex Milton, Programme Director for Irish Design 2015

      Alex Milton, Programme Director for Irish Design 2015 

      As a designer, educator, curator and author I have promoted an interdisciplinary and entrepreneurial approach to design. I am currently the Programme Director for Irish Design 2015, a major government initiative. I am also a Visiting Professor at Manchester School of Art, Aston University and the National College of Art and Design, Dublin, and an external examiner at a number of institutions. Previous roles have included Head of Design at the National College of Art and Design, and Deputy Head of School at the School of Textiles & Design and Head of Design Research at Heriot-Watt Uni...

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    • Regina Reulbach- Commercial Development Manager at INSIGHT

      Regina Reulbach- Commercial Development Manager at INSIGHT 

      Presentation Title: Big Data - Where is the value? Presentation Synopsis: Data is everywhere. Sources are endless and data is growing massively on a daily basis. Though what data should I collect and why? This presentation will highlight opportunities, which derive from collecting the right data, analysing it and making better informed decisions. This creates value for people, business and government in a data-driven society. Practical examples of industry-research collaborations from the Insight Centre of Data Analytics will be shown. Insight is ...

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    • Oisin Boydell- Senior Researcher, CeADAR

      Oisin Boydell- Senior Researcher, CeADAR 

      Presentation Title: New Frontiers in Data Analytics Speaker Bio: Dr Oisín Boydell is lead researcher in advanced analytics at the Centre for Applied Data Analytics (CeADAR) based at University College Dublin. His interests lie real-time analytics, data mining, machine learning and related techniques for extracting useful information and insights from massive datasets.

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    • Julie Spillane- Director of the Centre for Innovation, Accenture

      Julie Spillane- Director of the Centre for Innovation, Accenture 

      Presentation Title: Vision To Reality. Building a living, breathing innovation hub. Presentation Synopsis: The Accenture Centre for Innovation is bringing together innovators and domain experts across multiple industries, to foster creative ideas and discover the new. Julie Spillane discusses the 3 key ingredients to creating this global centre, in the heart of Dublin’s docklands. Speaker Bio: Julie Spillane is Director of the Centre for Innovation in Dublin - a living, breathing innovation hub acting as an accelerator for Acce...

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    • Dr. Paul Pallath- Chief Data Scientist and Director, SAP

      Dr. Paul Pallath- Chief Data Scientist and Director, SAP 

      Presentation Title: Mobile-centric Digital Transformation powered by advanced data analytics. Presentation Synopsis: Hear about how SAP is leading the charge in real-time data driven decision making. Specifically, how mobile-centric scenarios are leveraging real-time advanced predictive analytics to identify non-obvious patterns to predict, and act on, future events. Speaker Bio: Paul Pallath is the Chief Data Scientist & Director with the Advanced Analytics Organisation at SAP. With over 20 years of experience in Advanced A...

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    • Dr. Dairine Dempsey - Vice President, Strategic Regulatory Affairs, ICON

      Dr. Dairine Dempsey – Vice President, Strategic Regulatory Affairs, ICON 

       Speaker bio: Dr. Dairine Dempsey is a PhD pharmacist with over 15 years’ experience as a pharmaceutical regulator.  She has held a number of senior positions in the Irish national competent authority for medicines, the Health Products Regulatory Agency (HPRA), where she represented Ireland at the European Medicines Agency,  the European Commission and internationally.   She later provided pharmaceutical consultancy services to pharmaceutical companies & governments in the EU, US & globally, during which time she also led...

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    • Menelaos Ioannidis – Director, Lightsource Labs

      Menelaos Ioannidis – Director, Lightsource Labs 

      Speaker Bio: Menelaos has over two decades experience in web based software development and he has created many innovative software platforms in the past. Since 2008 he is working on the IoT for Renewables space and in 2011 created with his team PVSense, the leading large scale solar monitoring platform in the UK. He joined Lightsource early in 2015 as the Head of Monitoring and now he is leading the new innovation venture of Lightsource based in Dublin. Presentation Title : Shaping the new energy space Presentation Synopsis: L...

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    • Cianan Clancy - Global Innovation Strategy Manager, Paddy Power

      Cianan Clancy – Global Innovation Strategy Manager, Paddy Power 

      Speaker Bio: With over 10 years of global strategy and innovation experience, Cianan is a successful senior executive dedicated to cultivating and executing disruptive innovation and empowering large and small companies to embrace a culture of innovation by thinking and acting like start-ups. He is a Lean Start Up evangelist and an advocate of customer-centric innovation strategies that focus on rapid ideation, prototyping, and customer testing to bring new products to market. Cianan helps to build 10x teams focused on high impact growth and disruptive product solutions tha...

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    • Dr John McKeon - CEO, Allergy Standards

      Dr John McKeon – CEO, Allergy Standards 

      Speaker Bio: Dr McKeon is responsible for corporate strategy and all operational activities at Allergy Standards Ltd including expanding related services and developing client relationships. John is a medical doctor and holds a Fellowship from the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland. Since 2000, in addition to working in Emergency Medicine, Dr McKeon became joint founder and CEO of the Company.

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    • Dr Frank Devitt  - Design Innovation, Maynooth University

      Dr Frank Devitt – Design Innovation, Maynooth University 

      Speaker Bio: I've been Founder, CEO, Manager, Designer and Engineer in many businesses over 25 years, mostly in technology industries serving global markets. Currently I research, teach, train, coach in all aspects of building innovation capability, design innovation, design thinking and lean approaches to scaling entrepreneurial projects.

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    • Kevin MacSweeny - Director, Broadlake

      Kevin MacSweeny – Director, Broadlake 

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    • Cera Selvin – Manager, Solar Energy, ESB

      Cera Selvin – Manager, Solar Energy, ESB 

      Speaker Bio: With 15 years experience in the energy sector, working in projects in Ireland, UK, Middle East, Australia and Africa. Most interested in low carbon future, energy effiency, renewable technology and the systems needed to support these. Excited by new opportunities for consumers in this "once in a generation chance" to transform how energy is delivered and consumed. Technical and commercial roles are very diverse varying across functions and asset classes. (operations and maintenance engineer, Mechanical consultant, Energy efficiency, commissioning manager ...

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    • Paddy O'Boyle-Business Development - Information & Communications Technology, Invent (DCU)

      Paddy O’Boyle-Business Development – Information & Communications Technology, Invent (DCU) 

      Presentation Title: Collaborate to Innovate Presentation Synopsis: There are very generous grants available to companies of all sizes, to support R&D projects with universities like DCU. 1) Find out how these programmes can work for your company. 2) Learn about the expertise that is available in DCU in ICT. 3) Hear some interesting case studies of companies that have worked with DCU. Speaker Bio: Paddy is Director of Business Development for ICT at Dublin City University, and is responsible for technology licensing, new sta...

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    • Michele Keogh- Business Development Manager, Transfermate

      Michele Keogh- Business Development Manager, Transfermate 

      Presentation Title: A Smarter Way to Send and Receive International Payments Speaker Bio: Michele Keogh has been working with TransferMate Global Payments since its inception and has over 10 years’ experience in international payments.  Originally from the United States, Michele settled in Dublin in 2004 and manages a large portion of TransferMate’s client base in Ireland and the UK across a myriad of industries from pharma to transport to medtech and more.   Over 15,000 companies in Ireland and worldwide use TransferMate’s service. By usin...

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    • Eric Robson- Data Mining & Social Computing  Manager, TSSG

      Eric Robson- Data Mining & Social Computing  Manager, TSSG 

      Presentation Title: Driving sustainable food production with Precision Agriculture Presentation Synopsis: Over the last number of years, the use of ICT, particularly Internet of Things (IoT) technologies has been strongly advocated for in the area of Agriculture under the umbrella of Precision Farming. Continuous monitoring and automations are the two typical reasons for deployment of an IoT system within a farming environment. It is expected that the use of the IoT increase sustainability of modern farming, ensure its growth necessary to meet the ev...

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    • exhibitor - Raymond Wolfe 	Researcher, CIT

      Raymond Wolfe Researcher, CIT 

      Presentation Title: Photonics: Enabling advancements in R&D through platform research Presentation Synopsis: Photonics is considered an enabling technology, allowing new products and processes to be developed in already well established scientific areas. In this presentation we will show the wide range of applicability of Photonics solutions in particular to providing platform solutions from which more specific solutions can be derived. We will also showcase how the...

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    • Andrew O’Reilly- Commercial Manager, Deloitte RD&I

      Andrew O’Reilly- Commercial Manager, Deloitte RD&I 

      Presentation Title: R&D Tax Director,Commercial Manager , Deloitte Speaker Bio: Andrew has career spanning 20 years in commercial roles, primarily within ICT and software companies. For 6 years Andrew has been dealing specifically with the R&D tax credit, assisting companies in understanding both the intricacies of the legislation and making sense of the business case for changing the way they deal with the claim.

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    • Professor Brian O’Neill - Director of Research, Enterprise and Innovation Services, Dublin Institute of Technology

      Professor Brian O’Neill – Director of Research, Enterprise and Innovation Services, Dublin Institute of Technology 

      Speaker Bio: Brian O’Neill is Director, Research, Enterprise and Innovation Services at Dublin Institute of Technology and for the three partners of the Technological University for Dublin Alliance (DIT, IT Tallaght and IT Blanchardstown. Prior to that, he was Head of the School of Media at Dublin Institute of Technology where he developed an international profile as a researcher on youth, new media and the internet. Presentation Title: The Greenway Hub at DIT Grangegorman. Presentation Synopsis: Dublin Institute of Technology w...

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    • Tríona Kennedy- ‎Senior Project Manager, Stryker Orthopaedics

      Tríona Kennedy- ‎Senior Project Manager, Stryker Orthopaedics 

      Presentation Synopsis: The presentation highlights Stryker as a whole, the depth and breadth of what we do; focuses in on Stryker Ireland and then presents Stryker’s work on Additive Manufacturing. Speaker Bio: I have been working with Stryker since 1999, based in Cork. Background in Materials Science and Engineering, PhD from University of Limerick. Now Manager of Business & Process Development in Advanced Operations and led the Stryker Additive Manufacturing project since it commenced in Ireland in 2005.

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