Speakers

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    • Bobby Kerr - Entrepreneur, Broadcaster, former Chairman of Insomnia Coffee Chain

      Bobby Kerr – Entrepreneur, Broadcaster, former Chairman of Insomnia Coffee Chain 

      Energia Clever Business Panel on the Energia Grow SME stage with Bobby Kerr Bobby is formally co-owner and Chairman of Insomnia Coffee Company (which he exited from in 2018), Ireland largest independent coffee chain. Bobby is a presenter on “Down to Business” the popular Newstalk radio business show on Saturday at 10am and “Bobby’s Late Breakfast” a life style magazine type show which airs at 9am on Sunday mornings. He also co-hosts a slot called the “Agony Uncle” on The Hard Shoulder on Newstalk. He was one of the original Dragons on Dragon’s Den for the first 4 years of t...

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    • Karl Deeter - Head of client advice at Advisors.ie

      Karl Deeter – Head of client advice at Advisors.ie 

      Karl Deeter is the Compliance Manager (PCF 12) at Irish Mortgage Brokers, a company he co-founded in 2004. He is also the head of customer advice in Trinity Accountants and Financial Advisors to a firm of accountants and auditors. He is the co-author of a best selling book called 'This book is worth €25,000' which came out in September 2017 by Gill Books, co written by Charlie Weston of the Independent. Karl writes two national weekly columns on finance, one for The Sun and  the other for the Sunday Business Post, in the past he was co-contributer to a segment on RTE Radio 1 called 'Talking...

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    • Joe Healy- Manager of High Potential Start-up Division

      Joe Healy- Manager of High Potential Start-up Division 

      Joe is the Divisional Manager with responsibility for High Potential Start Up companies. Joe joined Enterprise Ireland in 1997.  During his time with Enterprise Ireland he has worked in a number of senior roles. He was appointed Secretary to the board from 2013 to 2017.  During this period, he was the Manager in charge of Corporate Governance, Policy, Planning and Government Relations. Prior to that, Joe was the Manager of the Equity and Legal Department in the Investment Services Division from 2011 to 2013 and the Manager of the Dairy, Beverages, Food Technology...

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    • John Byrne – CEO, Corlytics

      John Byrne – CEO, Corlytics 

      John Byrne is founder and CEO of Corlytics, responsible for setting the company’s vision and strategy. He is a serial entrepreneur in the financial technology sector, John has built and sold a number of global technology based enterprises. He co-founded one of the first campus companies in Ireland in 1985 in the energy technology sector and built Information Mosaic in 1997, a global player in the securities software industry which was sold to Markit in 2015. He set up Corlytics to provide real regularly risk intelligence. Following a tsunami of global regul...

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    • Benjamin J. Boyle - CEO, Caipiteal

      Benjamin J. Boyle – CEO, Caipiteal CEO BeJoZa Ltd.

      Benjamin J. Boyle is a serial entrepreneur and investor with qualifications in business management, financial trading and investments and capital markets, he is also currently enrolled as a Scholarship MBA candidate at Trinity College Dublin. Benjamin has won a number of awards in Artificial Intelligence, FinTech and Investing and was recently received a lifetime achievement award. Benjamin's career to date has included consulting for entities as small as early stage startups all the way up to government bodies, this experie...

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    • Dermot Casey- Venture Leader ,NDRC

      Dermot Casey- Venture Leader ,NDRC 

      Dermot sources startup investment opportunities and with cash and acceleration mentor them through to securing early customers and follow-on investment. He helps the  digital startup, IP or technology rich, or with an innovative business model, that needs pre-seed investment and help to get to a seed round. He's a catalyst, talent scout and matchmaker. He was COO and CTO for Storyful and grew it from 2 to 35 people, building the technology and the processes, raised a few million in funding and ran a 24x7 organisation. Storyful sold to NewsCorp in 2013 for $25 million. Before Storyful he has wo...

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    • Dr. Nikos Minas - Technologist | Patent Attorney | IP strategist,  MacLachlan & Donaldson

      Dr. Nikos Minas – Technologist | Patent Attorney | IP strategist, MacLachlan & Donaldson 

      Nikos is a Senior Patent Attorney with MacLachlan & Donaldson. He is specialising in the protection of industry 4.0 innovations, and regularly advises on the topics of innovation harvesting, Intellectual Property Protection Strategy (IPPS), and IP assets monetisation. Before becoming a Patent Attorney, Nikos was part of the R&D team that put the foundations in the fabrication of Three-Dimensional (3D)- Semiconductor Integrated Circuits, which paved the way for the development of the Through Silicon Via' (TSV) DDR4 memory currently used in next-generation HPC systems and graphics cards....

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    • Emma Boylan - MD, Outside the Box

      Emma Boylan – MD, Outside the Box 

      Emma helps small business owners, who struggle with marketing, fill their business with ideal clients and find a faster path to way more money by Standing out and NOT sounding the same as every other business. So they have massive breakthroughs in their profit and attract their ideal clients again and again.   Title: The faster path to way more money:  5 steps to fill your business with all the clients you can handle Synopsis: Is your business a "Me Too" or ‘Same As’’ business, that looks and sounds like everyone...

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    • Joe Keating - Chief Data Officer, Glantus

      Joe Keating – Chief Data Officer, Glantus 

      Joe has worked with many of the most successful organisation across Ireland, UK and beyond to strategically apply Data Management, Automation and Analytics to optimise company performance. At Glantus, Joe has brought this experience to bear by embedding his knowledge into a set of Software Products that simplify Data, designed for business users. Presentation title: Data is Simple. Synopsis: For too long, working with Data has been complicated.  Joe will take you through a set of steps...

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    • Aileen Hughes- Internal Audit Analyst ESB & Chair of the Chartered Institute of Public Finance & Accountancy (CIPFA), Ireland

      Aileen Hughes- Internal Audit Analyst ESB & Chair of the Chartered Institute of Public Finance & Accountancy (CIPFA), Ireland 

      Aileen Hughes, ACCA is a systems accountant and auditor with both public and private sector background. Originally from a family owned practice, she has worked in a variety of finance environments including project accounting on large scale design-build (PPP infrastructure) for engineering multinationals as well as legal accounting/knowledge management and healthcare service and industry. Contracts included a plethora of interesting engagements that involved fraud investigations, internal control enhancements and policy writing as well as assistance with start-ups, take-overs and finance data ...

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    • David Fitzgerald – CEO, Motor Insurers’ Bureau of Ireland (MIBI)

      David Fitzgerald – CEO, Motor Insurers’ Bureau of Ireland (MIBI) 

      David is an experienced insurance professional, and is CEO of MIBI. This is a non-profit-making organisation registered in Ireland, established in 1955 by Agreement between the Government and those companies underwriting motor insurance in Ireland. Their principal role is to compensate victims of road traffic accidents caused by uninsured and unidentified vehicles. They are also the 4th EU Motor Insurance Directive Compensation Body, which handles claims made by EU citizens who have been involved in an accident which has occurred outside their country of residence. He is a qualified accountant...

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    • Jane Pearce – Managing Director ,Vistra

      Jane Pearce – Managing Director ,Vistra 

      Jane Pearce is the Managing Director at Vistra . She leads the corporate, fund administration and private client trust business on the Island. She was Group Director of Ogier Fiduciary Services with global responsibility for the Closed Ended Funds Administration business. She is trained with Ernst & Young and have been involved in the administration and accounting for complex investment structures for more than 20 years. Prior to joining Ogier, she was Head of Private Equity Administration for Kleinwort Benson in the Channel Islands. She also held positions with Gartmore and Deutsche Bank

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    • Martin McFadden – Manager – Accounting & Finance, Quest Recruitment

      Martin McFadden – Manager – Accounting & Finance, Quest Recruitment 

      Martin leads the Accounting & Finance division of Quest Recruitment, a leading Dublin based Financial & Professional Services Recruitment firm. Martin has proven experience working at Mid, Senior & Executive level financial appointments including Partner, Director & Senior Management level roles across leading accounting firms and select finance/audit/risk roles in industry, particularly Financial Services. His deep market knowledge of the Dublin finance scene, particularly of Professional Services, leaves Martin well placed to advise candidates o...

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    • Cian McDonagh -Digital Marketing Manager at Three Ireland

      Cian McDonagh -Digital Marketing Manager at Three Ireland 

      Cian Mc Donagh is Digital Marketing Manager at Three Ireland, one of Ireland’s leading telecommunication companies. In his role, Cian is responsible for all brand, sponsorship and tactical communications delivered through digital channels. A senior member of the marketing team, Cian has overseen and led a number of award-winning marketing campaigns for Three.

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    • Ken Nugent- RTÉ Group Client Sales Manager

      Ken Nugent- RTÉ Group Client Sales Manager 

      Presentation Title: STOP, LOOK and LISTEN - Perspective in Media   Synopsis: Increasingly we are blinded by the lights of the media, we are stuck in our own consumption bubble and think our customers are too, we need to step back and take a fresh look at how, when and where we connect with our customers.

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    • Brendan Dowling, Founder & CEO, Consumer Data Protection, Ireland

      Brendan Dowling, Founder & CEO, Consumer Data Protection, Ireland 

      Brendan Dowling is the Founder and CEO of Consumer Data Protection, the world’s first Consumer Data Protection (CDP) cloud technology, that allows Consumers take control of their personal data and relationships with Enterprise, while allowing Enterprise to freely engage with Consumers, across various communications channels, while being compliant with the latest Data Protection legislation (GDPR)

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    • Gavin Duff – Head of Digital Performance, Friday – Digital Agency

      Gavin Duff – Head of Digital Performance, Friday – Digital Agency 

      Gavin has been working in digital marketing for 15 years, with vast experience in SEO, analytics, e-commerce, content, and creative online thinking. He is adept at defining effective future PPC, SEO, display, content, e-commerce, conversion optimisation and social direction for businesses across all sectors. He also has vast experience in lecturing and strong capabilities in bringing companies of all sectors and sizes to increased ROI.   Title: SEO Done Right Synopsis: SEO is not just about ‘fixing your website’ so ...

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    • David Cashman -Commercial Director at Zevas Communications

      David Cashman -Commercial Director at Zevas Communications 

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    • Maire Hunt - Network Director Software Skillnet, Managing Director, Nett-Plus Consulting

      Maire Hunt – Network Director Software Skillnet, Managing Director, Nett-Plus Consulting 

      Retain or Return –Are tech women the answer to our skills shortage? Currently women represent less than 20% of technology workers and only 4% of tech CEOs. 56% of women leave technology mid-career. However it is well proven that gender diversity has a tangible impact on numerous elements of company performance. Quite simply companies with diverse leadership are more successful. If we have only 26% female STEM graduates in Ireland, we need to retain and nurture this talent as a high priority. We also need to normalise off-boardin...

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    • Ayse Guvencer - Head of Digital and Strategy, Starcom

      Ayse Guvencer – Head of Digital and Strategy, Starcom 

      Graduated from Northwestern University with a double degree in Economics and Political Science, Ayse started her digital career at Razorfish in 2004 looking after Fortune 500 clients in finance, retail, entertainment and travel. After returning to Istanbul, she assumed to role of building up the performance marketing department of a start-up which became Performics. After a brief interlude with creative agency management at Ogilvy One, Ayse moved on to launch iProspect and AMNET into the Turkish market.In 2016, she moved on to Google to manage small businesses an...

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    • Jack Murray - Founder & CEO, All Good Tales

      Jack Murray – Founder & CEO, All Good Tales 

      Speaker Bio: Jack is a media innovator with over 20 years’ experience in the Irish communications Industry. In 2006 he purchased the Irish Media Contacts Directory. Over the last ten years he transformed the business to MediaHQ. In 2016, Jack had his eureka moment and created All Good Tales, after realising that communications was evolving to a golden age of storytelling, and those with the best stories succeed. He is a native of Ballinasloe, he lives in Harold’s Cross, Dublin with his wife, two daughters and dog called Maxi Lopez. Presentation Title:...

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    • Naomh McElhatton – Director of Digital Education, SMART NI

      Naomh McElhatton – Director of Digital Education, SMART NI 

      As founder of the She Said Club, SMART NI and the DANI Awards, Naomh is well known for delivering top class digital transformation training and marketing consultancy around the globe. Being heavily involved within the digital and creative industries, Naomh is a STEM Ambassador, sits on the board of the Digital Catapult and recently delivered her TEDx Talk in Stormont highlighting our online addictions.   Title: Changing the Cultu...

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    • Alan Costello - Venture Investment Leader, NDRC

      Alan Costello – Venture Investment Leader, NDRC 

      Alan sources and invest in early stage technology startups for the NDRC.  Background in science and technology commercialisation for multinationals and venture backed startups, now working to support Ireland startup ecosystem gain scalable, sustainability.   Title: How to access early stage angel and venture capital investment in Ireland Synopsis: Availability of capital in Ireland in European context Quality bar needed to attain private capital Value added supports available    

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    • Mario Gheghici – CEO, Federation of Marketing

      Mario Gheghici – CEO, Federation of Marketing 

      Mario is the founder of the Federation of Marketing (http://federationofmarketing.com) and is responsible for technological and product developments. Mario has over 15 years' experience in media and advertising. Throughout his career, he has been a journalist, a PR expert and now he is known as a social media, online marketing, web development and SEO specialist. Mario has spent his professional life honing his skills in Digital Media, embraci...

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    • John Burns - CEO, Fariones Cloud Services Limited

      John Burns – CEO, Fariones Cloud Services Limited 

      John Burns founded Fariones Cloud Services Limited in April 2017. John is a chartered management accountant with a 1st class graduate diploma in computing. He is an associate member of the Professional Speaking Association, and a distinguished toastmaster within Toastmasters International. John loves to share his knowledge with fellow professionals.   Title: From Ideation to Reality. Synopsis: My presentation will be about my experience of starting my own business, and will evolve around what I have learned over the past 12 months, in ...

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    • Lucinda Kelly - Founder & CEO at Popertee

      Lucinda Kelly – Founder & CEO at Popertee 

      Lucinda set up Popertee in 2016 through NDRC Launchpad, the leading tech accelerator in Ireland. She raised her seed round within 18 months and is about to open another investment round. Lucinda will share some tips that she learnt along her journey so far.

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    • Ken Finnegan - Director of Technology and Innovation at Harbour Innovation Campus

      Ken Finnegan – Director of Technology and Innovation at Harbour Innovation Campus 

      The Harbour Innovation Campus Dún Laoghaire, in the South of Dublin is a prime strategic location for cutting edge innovation for companies across Ireland. The Campus will leverage Ireland’s superb capability in areas such as Artificial Intelligence, Augmented and Virtual Reality, Data Analytics, the Internet of Things, 5G and Blockchain to facilitate and help companies co-innovate and develop solutions in application areas such as FinTech, MarineTech, AgriFoodTech, CommTech, Smart Cities and Energy. Ken partners with business to create great innovations and provide investment in technology...

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    • Andrea Linehan - Commercial Director Grid Finance

      Andrea Linehan – Commercial Director Grid Finance 

      I am a commercial and marketing professional with over 15 years of international experience in sales, marketing and commercial development across a range of products and services. I spent 10 years in the Middle East working with a PPP for the Omani Government and am now a Director in the non-bank finance space. I hold a BSc (Hons) in Finance, am a Postgraduate of the Chartered Institute of Marketers, have an Advanced Diploma from the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants and an MBA from Trinity College Dublin.

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    • Lisa White - Founder at Spire.works

      Lisa White – Founder at Spire.works 

      Technologist, Transformation Manager, Consultant, Innovator, Program Manager, Evangelist, Entrepreneur, Team Leader and Follower, Security Specialist, Privacy Guru, Corporate Stooge, Cultural Sponge, Talker. I'm reinventing management consulting. My dream is to MAKE WORK BETTER - for workers, customers and shareholders alike, by changing the way organisations are run. I founded Spireworks, to bring together a global consulting community of innovation expertise. We support clients facing unprecedented market and technology threats. Everything we do is incremental and therefore infinitely ...

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    • Bernard Chanliau - ICF Ireland Coach of the Year

      Bernard Chanliau – ICF Ireland Coach of the Year 

      My calling is around strategic transformational change – vertical learning – raising the level of consciousness of individuals-teams-organisations in order to future proof them in this VUCA world. Currently owner of BC Leadership Team Coaching, I'm a bi-lingual Professional Certified Coach (PCC- ICF since 2010 and Ireland Coach of the year 2015). I work with Fortune 1000 and ScaleUps organisations, offering deep experience of Dialogic Organisation Development (OD); culture and operations management for driving customer-centric business change strategies. My background includes 18 year...

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    • Dr. Manuel Breschi - CEO e-Up

      Dr. Manuel Breschi – CEO e-Up 

      I am a passionate product visionary with a wide IT engineering background, over 15 years of international experience in CRM implementation projects, IT solutions and multi-industry business cases, including enterprise corporations and start-up ventures. I successfully drive higher value and ROI on growth & innovation through lean product leadership, working with engineers, designers, data scientists, marketing, sales and customers, collaboratively designing high-engaging products and creative go-to-market strategies.

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    • Krithika Ramanarayanan - Data & Insights Manager at Davy

      Krithika Ramanarayanan – Data & Insights Manager at Davy 

      Passionate about data storytelling. I work in the Software & Predictive Data Analytics Consulting Industry, with an in-depth knowledge and understanding of the requirements analysis, design, development, quality assurance and production support phases of projects. My career has led me to provide strategic solutions and shape direction for clients in various industries such as Investment Banking, Government Revenue Tax Department, Trading and Risk Management, Reinsurance, Electrical Utility, Hospitality, Online Gaming, Telecommunications I have assisted organisational growth in multip...

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    • Sharon O' Reilly - IT-GRC Consultant at IT Governance Europe

      Sharon O’ Reilly – IT-GRC Consultant at IT Governance Europe 

      Successfully guided companies through the ISO 27001, ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 process to registration. Particular expertise in the Irish BPO sector. Specialties: Business/Information Security/Data Protection/Quality/Environmental/Energy Management Systems implementation and registration Bespoke GAP and Internal Audits Information Security/Data Protection/Quality/ISO Standard-specific training design and delivery Presentation Title: How ISO 27001 can help with your GDPR Compliance.

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    • Goran Peuc -Director UX Design

      Goran Peuc -Director UX Design 

      Goran has been working as designer in the digital design industry since the age of dialup modems, mostly in high powered agencies working for big international clients. For the last 5 years he settled down in SAP (Ireland) as UX Design Director, working on solid products impacting SAP's large customer base.

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    • Ivana Bartoletti - Head of Privacy and Data Protection, Gemserv

      Ivana Bartoletti – Head of Privacy and Data Protection, Gemserv 

      Ivana Bartoletti is the Head of Privacy and Data Protection, at Gemserv. Her years of experience in the field span the public and private sectors, including senior roles in the NHS, Barclays and Sky. Ivana holds a Master of Laws degree (LLM) with a Distinction and a postgraduate management degree in European Public Affairs.

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    • Jason Burns - Analytics Client Architect, IBM Ireland

      Jason Burns – Analytics Client Architect, IBM Ireland 

      Presentation Title: "essence of GDPR" and how a cultural change is needed rather than a GDPR solution

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    • Niamh Bushnell - CEO and Founder, TechIreland

      Niamh Bushnell – CEO and Founder, TechIreland 

      Niamh Bushnell is the founder and CEO of TechIreland, a not for profit established in Dublin in January 2017. TechIreland maps and tracks all product innovation in Ireland and is on a mission to tell the story of Irish innovation to the world. Prior to TechIreland Niamh was Dublin’s first Commissioner for Startups where she developed a platform, an image and a voice for Dublin as a great tech city. Niamh founded the Dublin Globe publication, the #1stFridayBrekkie, and...

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    • Sara White - Brand Architect & Client Liaison, Right Track Creative

      Sara White – Brand Architect & Client Liaison, Right Track Creative 

      Sara White is the co-founder and lead ‘brand architect’ with Right Track Creative - an innovative branding and web design agency based in Dublin. Responsible for client liaison and visual brand strategy, Sara has a strong focus on personal branding and coaches clients towards clarity  and vision in their brand and online presence.     Title: Branding is Personal  - gain clarity & vision for your visual brand Synopsis: What is branding? Branding is a visual representation of the personality of your business combined with what your clie...

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    • Éadaoin Curtin - Personal Branding Photographer, Firechild Photography

      Éadaoin Curtin – Personal Branding Photographer, Firechild Photography 

      Éadaoin’s entire life, from the age of 9, has been about photographing people from all walks of life. Having studied design before finding her way into full time photography, authenticity and integrity are at the core of her work. She truly believes that blending in is simply not an option; imagery that connects with people is vital - especially in this era of social media and instant impact!   Title: Stand out success Synopsis: Powerful secrets to using your authentic brand to make an impact, get more clients and make more money.

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    • Diarmaid Mac Mathúna Director - Agency, indiepics

      Diarmaid Mac Mathúna Director – Agency, indiepics 

      Diarmaid Mac Mathúna is Director – Agency at indiepics. He has been named a Top 30 Business Tweeter by the Sunday Independent. A regular speaker at Irish and European events, he has given many workshops on how best to use social video campaigns for marketing and communications. Title: Social Video in a World of ​Digital Marketing Synopsis: For ​brands​ to connect with ​consumers​ in the age of social media and ​digital marketing overload,​ we need to be reminded that a picture is still worth a thousand words. In today’s attention economy, ​marketers​ nee...

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    • Angela Kelleher - Service Designer, Service rePublic Team

      Angela Kelleher – Service Designer, Service rePublic Team 

      Angela is a service designer in the Service rePublic team.  She has a Science background and worked in environmental consultancy for a number of years prior to joining Cork County Council in 2006. These years provided valuable experience of working with a range of stakeholders across various service areas. She became interested in customer service improvement while working on a number of service review and process improvement projects during her time working in the ICT department in the Council.  Angela has enjoyed designing various services in collaboration with the roads, planning and env...

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    • Peter Turley – Profit Builder, Speaker, Thought Leader, SALEStalk

      Peter Turley – Profit Builder, Speaker, Thought Leader, SALEStalk 

      Peter enables winning organisations to develop greater sales effectiveness. He focuses on ramping up their sales skills in medium to high ticket sales for challenger brands to the next level using combinations of live performances, workshops, immersive technologies and behaviour changing tools and techniques. These motivational sales programmes are designed to inspire individuals to be remarkable, authentic and truthful while enabling their prospects to become trusted repeat customers. TAB Boards Ireland, Business Speaker of the Year 2017 Irish Business All Star, Thought Leader (Sales In...

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    • Derek Murray - EMEA, Credit & Collections Team Lead

      Derek Murray – EMEA, Credit & Collections Team Lead 

      With a constant drive towards the use of automation in a world leading computing company, Derek has worked the last two years in credit and collections. Within two years he has risen to team leader, in a fast paced EMEA environment, while concurrently securing his honours bachelor’s degree in management. Titel: AI in Credit & Collections Synopsis: The purpose of my presentation is to convey the importance of AI use in credit and collections. The start of the presentati...

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    • Courtney Brennan - M&A Analyst, Pegasus Capital

      Courtney Brennan – M&A Analyst, Pegasus Capital 

      I completed my undergraduate degree in Business and Economics in Trinity College Dublin and previously studied at HEC Paris. Experience to date includes working on six live M&A transactions, including the RockSpring Patrizia merger and the sale of Small World Financial Services to Equistone Capital Partners. Previous experience working in Morgan Stanley UK FIG Capital Markets team.     Title: M&A in the Financial Services Industry Synopsis: Introduction to Financial Services sub-sectors Macro trends and ch...

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    • Shane O’Connor – Technology Risk Manager, Susqhuehanna

      Shane O’Connor – Technology Risk Manager, Susqhuehanna 

      Shane O’Connor is the Technology Risk Manager for Susqhuehanna (‘SIG’) in Dublin. SIG are a quantitative trading firm specialising in ETF and Options market making and low latency, high frequency trading. Shane joined SIG in 2006 and over the past 12 years has developed successful QA and Operational Support functions before, in 2016, taking on his current role to develop and manage SIGs Technology Risk function. In his other life Shane is a Winter Olympian (Vancouver 2010), OCI Executive Board Member and Chair of the OCI Athl...

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    • David Campbell- eCommerce Manager at Retail Excellence

      David Campbell- eCommerce Manager at Retail Excellence 

      Experienced eCommerce Manager with a demonstrated history of working in the retail industry. Skilled in Retail, Web Design, Labour Relations, Management and Teamwork. Strong operations professional with a Masters in focused in eCommerce/Electronic Commerce from Dublin City University

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    • Ross O'Mullane-Marketing Manager at Energia

      Ross O’Mullane-Marketing Manager at Energia 

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    • Rohit Thakral- CEO Target Integration

      Rohit Thakral- CEO Target Integration 

      Rohit Thakral has  17 years of  experience  working in environments from Manufacturing to Services, from Retail to Distribution and from Event Management to Software Development. He has  been running a businesses since 2008 and has been successful in converting a small business to a mid size software development company spread in 4 countries with development centre in 3 of them.He has experience of managing large CRM and ERP implementation projects, software development projects, cloud migration projects and software sales management. Presentation Title: How Blockchain based Smart C...

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    • Cristiane Pitzer - Agile Coach ,PaddyPower Betfair

      Cristiane Pitzer – Agile Coach ,PaddyPower Betfair 

      Agile Coaching and Enterprise culture change are my areas of expertise in a world that is going Digital. I work with teams and leadership to design and build a workplace that is adaptable to the ongoing changes and shifts in the world and that unleashes innovation within each individual being.”

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    • Dr. Amelia Kelly - Director of Speech Technology, Soapbox Labs

      Dr. Amelia Kelly – Director of Speech Technology, Soapbox Labs 

      Dr. Amelia Kelly is the Director of Speech Technology at Soapbox Labs and has more than a decade's experience, spanning academia and industry, in the areas of speech signal processing, natural language processing, machine learning and artificial intelligence...

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    • Rigel Di Scala- Digital Architect, Wipro Digital, Ireland

      Rigel Di Scala- Digital Architect, Wipro Digital, Ireland 

      Rigel is a software architect and engineer with over 15 years of professional experience. He has led the design and implementation of several, award-winning digital transformation projects for EU and US legislatures, and global information service providers. He is currently working with financial institutions as a digital architect. He is deeply interested in how distributed systems and egalitarian networks can help individuals and organisations. Presentation Title: Blockchain and the GDPR

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    • Hillary Lemass- Data Protection & Compliance Manager Genomics, Medicine Ireland

      Hillary Lemass- Data Protection & Compliance Manager Genomics, Medicine Ireland 

      Hillary Lemass has PhD in Oncology with over 12 years within the pharmaceutical industry. She has worked in the therapeutic areas of cardiology, neurology and vaccines. She has extensive experience in regulatory, pharmacovigilance, and scientific affairs. She headed the sales and marketing of ViiV Healthcare, managing their HIV portfolio, with responsibility for defining and delivering the company’s strategy. Within the healthcare industry she has worked with start ups and new product development, helping to position the product through market research, strategy development and financial viabi...

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    • Dara Keogh - CEO, GeoDirectory

      Dara Keogh – CEO, GeoDirectory 

      Dara Keogh is the CEO of GeoDirectory, an innovative technology company providing unique and definitive databases of all 2.2 million residential and business addresses in the Republic of Ireland. GeoDirectory’s unique products has been used by thousands of Irish and international organisations and millions of consumers each week.  Dara's specialities are in Innovation, Data Management including GDPR and in Location Mapping and Address Management.  Dara has an MBA from University College Dublin,  a Degree in Information Technology from Dublin City University and  a Degree Economics &...

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    • Niall Brady- Senior Research Engineer - Cognitive Buildings/IoT Energy Analytics IBM

      Niall Brady- Senior Research Engineer – Cognitive Buildings/IoT Energy Analytics IBM 

      Niall Brady is a Senior Research Engineer at the Smarter Cities Technology Centre, Dublin, Ireland.His research work focuses on big data Energy Analytics in Cognitive Buildings and Retail Refrigerationenvironments, with his main area of expertise being in real world sensor interfacing and backend development of data driven algorithms for the validation of system control behaviour and energy optimisation.Before joining IBM Research, in 2011, he spent 6 years working in IBM’s service delivery organisation, as country IT Security...

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    • Anil Nayak- Principal Consultant - Blockchain Wipro

      Anil Nayak- Principal Consultant – Blockchain Wipro 

      Anil is a principal consultant with Wipro Technologies with over 12 years of experience in Treasury implementation/transformation projects. He is Council member for Blockchain, IoT and Artificial Intelligence at Wipro. His professional activities includes Consulting CIO’s on Digital Strategy, Architecture & Delivery Roadmap. He loves to teach and is an invited guest lecturer at International Universities (covering Emerging Technologies).He works with start-up’s to create partnership with Wipro Technologies/Ventures, contributes as expert member of NSAI (National Standards Authority of Irel...

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    • Bruno Diniz - CTO Incube

      Bruno Diniz – CTO Incube 

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    • Aisling Nagle - Digital Marketing Consultant, Tailor Made Marketing

      Aisling Nagle – Digital Marketing Consultant, Tailor Made Marketing 

      During Aisling’s Masters in International Tourism at the University of Limerick in 2004-2005 she designed and implemented ecommerce adoption strategies for the Castletroy Park Hotel. Her dissertation ‘The evolution of electronic distribution’ demonstrated entrepreneurial and innovative thinking as she took theory from her Masters and applied it to a real live business with the Castletroy Park Hotel. Along with her supervisor Sinead O’ Leary, they published a paper and presented it at the 2nd Annual Tourism and Hospitality Research Conference 2006 where it was short listed for best paper. “T...

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    • Colm Moynihan – Partner Presales Manager EMEA, Cloudera Inc, Ireland

      Colm Moynihan – Partner Presales Manager EMEA, Cloudera Inc, Ireland 

      Colm leads Partner Presales in EMEA and has over 25 years international experience working with global system integrators, software companies, banks, government agencies, Telcos, life science, manufacturing, transportation, stock exchanges and brokerage companies. He also held numerous positions in compliance, consulting, operations, IT, ecommerce, project management, business analysis, presales and alliances. Currently Colm leads the Partner Presales Team in EMEA for Cloudera and drives customers and partners to deliver partner based solutions built on Cloudera - the modern data platform for ...

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    • Claire Sinnott - Fundraising and Communications Officer, Matt Talbot Community Trust

      Claire Sinnott – Fundraising and Communications Officer, Matt Talbot Community Trust 

      Claire has worked in the not-for-profit sector since September 2016 with eight years’ experience in sales before that. She works with an education centre in Ballyfermot called the Matt Talbot Community Trust, which is a small organisation putting corporate partnerships at the centre of their strategy. She was the first designated Fundraising & Communications staff member hired by the organisation with a responsibility to develop and implement the first evidence-based fundraising strategy.   Title: ‘Building Bridges, Building Communities’ – How charity partnershi...

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    • PJ Fitzpatrick - Business Coach, Praesta Ireland

      PJ Fitzpatrick – Business Coach, Praesta Ireland 

      Experienced technologist with thirty years experience in IT, Trading, Derivative Pricing, Asset and Liability Management, Credit Risk and Market Risk for Irish (AIB) and International Banks (Cititbank, Lloyds and Bank Of America).   Title: Explanation of the bitcoin trust model Synopsis: Bitcoin consists of a lot of innovative features. One of the most crucial is the removal of the need for users to trust each other. This can sound impossible and the mechanism by which this is achieved is very nuanced. This talk will explain how this is achieved ...

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    • Jessica Kelly - Presenter, Tech Talk at Newstalk 106-108 FM

      Jessica Kelly – Presenter, Tech Talk at Newstalk 106-108 FM 

      Newstalk's Technology Correspondent. Broadcast journalist working in Newstalk 106 - 108FM since 2008. Contributor to publications such as The Sunday Business Post, Independent.ie and Tatler. MC for events such as Brain for Business at the Science Gallery in Dublin and Mindfield and Electric Picnic.

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    • Ian Lucey - CEO of PixAlert.

      Ian Lucey – CEO of PixAlert. 

      Ian is the founder of the Lucey Fund, a Venture Technology firm that build, sell and finance products for early-stage startups. Previously Ian has been Sales Director with Relate Software, a Deloitte Fast50 company, managed the Accountants Division in Sage. Now he is CEO and founder of Lucey Fund and sits on board of numerous companies such as PixAlert, BoscaBox, StyleFinch, ISOgenie and MedXNote.

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    • Colm Lyon - Founder, Fire.com

      Colm Lyon – Founder, Fire.com 

      Colm Lyon is the CEO and Founder of Fire – www.fire.com. Fire Financial Services – trading as Fire and fire.com is regulated by the Central Bank of Ireland. Fire provides digital accounts to businesses and personal customers based in the UK and Ireland.

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    • Claire Penny - Global Industry Leader - Watson IOT for Buildings

      Claire Penny – Global Industry Leader – Watson IOT for Buildings 

      Onward and Upward! 2017 has presented an exciting opportunity for me. I am now the Global Industry Leader for Watson IOT in Buildings. I am part of an exciting team that is delivering cognitive solutions into buildings. I still get to combine all my passion, experience and learning from the past 17 years and focus it into the users of buildings and the operational phase of a building. I get to share our cognitive building solutions with customers and also collaborate with brilliant teams who are developing the next gen of cognitive buildings. Times couldn't be more exciting!

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    • Robert Farrell - Course Director for the Digital Marketing Academy of Ireland.

      Robert Farrell – Course Director for the Digital Marketing Academy of Ireland. 

      Rob is responsible for the design and management of the academies Digital Marketing courses. He was previously the online lecturer with the Digital Marketing institute and taught MBAs in Dublin Business School. An accomplished conference speaker, Rob judges several marketing and education industry awards and has a masters in Strategic Management. Presentation Title: Avoiding the chasm: 4 digital challenges Synopsis: I...

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    • Adam Grennan - Systems Engineering Director, UK & Ireland at Cisco

      Adam Grennan – Systems Engineering Director, UK & Ireland at Cisco 

      Adam Grennan was appointed Systems Engineering Director for Cisco UK & Ireland in March 2017. He is a Director of Cisco Systems Interworking (Ireland) Ltd and a member of the Cisco UK and Ireland Operations Board. Adam is also a Non-Executive Director on two, not-for-profit boards: the Board of the Commissioners of Irish Lights (CIL) and the Board of Fast Track to Information Technology (FIT) Ltd.

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    • exhibitor - Kevin O'Donnell - Director of Product, Nitro

      Kevin O’Donnell – Director of Product, Nitro 

      Kevin O’Donnell is Director of Product at Nitro, responsible for strategy and execution of desktop and cloud enterprise productivity software. Kevin drives planning, customer engagement and delivery of solutions using agile product management approaches. Prior to Nitro, Kevin successfully led global product development teams at Microsoft in Dublin and Seattle. The Art of Saying No (and Keeping Your Customers Happy) Is your product strategy driven by customers or your roadmap? How do you decide what not to do? Learn how to harness the enthusiasm and passion of your custo...

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    • Philip Kinlen - AIB Research & Innovation Innovation Hub, Bankcentre

      Philip Kinlen – AIB Research & Innovation Innovation Hub, Bankcentre 

      Philip Kinlen works in AIB’s Research & Innovation group, much of his current focus is on distributed ledger technology. He has a background in applied mathematics and prior to AIB he worked in investment banks in London and East Asia. Presentation Title: Will distributed ledgers change Banking?

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    • Ken O'Connor - VP Marketing DAMA Ireland ,Data Supply Chain Management Consultant

      Ken O’Connor – VP Marketing DAMA Ireland ,Data Supply Chain Management Consultant 

      Ken is a data management consultant with extensive hands on experience helping multi-national organisations ensure that their data supply chain delivers the right information to the right people at the right time, while complying with regulatory requirements, such as GDPR.Ken is a founding board member and Vice President of Marketing of Data Management (DAMA) Ireland. DAMA is a non-profit, vendor-independent, global association dedicated to advancing the concepts and practices of information and data management.Ken has worked across multiple industries including airline, insurance, banking and...

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    • Dermot Walsh - VP Sales & Marketing, Each&Other

      Dermot Walsh – VP Sales & Marketing, Each&Other 

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    • Daragh O'Byrne - Vice President Marketing at Nucleus Software

      Daragh O’Byrne – Vice President Marketing at Nucleus Software 

      Daragh O'Byrne has  over 20 years ,he has been working in marketing Financial Services application software, focusing on ensuring that software provides tangible business benefits for customers, and that those business benefits are explained in a clear, concise and compelling way via an integrated set of creative marketing activities that generate results. He is always interested in new challenges, and focused on turning strategy into action, turning action into results in a co-ordinated way. Presentation Title: Overcoming the Imagination Gap Synopsis: ...

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    • Bruno Diniz - CTO ,Incube

      Bruno Diniz – CTO ,Incube 

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    • Charles Fox - Head of Finance - VP at BOI Payment Acceptance

      Charles Fox – Head of Finance – VP at BOI Payment Acceptance 

      More than anything, I believe in reaching beyond 'normal'. The world is ever changing - and driving true, valuable change to improve every day lives while reaching beyond possible makes each day interesting! Influenced by those who taught me, it is just as important to me that I impart this as a mentor to others.

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    • Alan Duncan - CEO at Select PR

      Alan Duncan – CEO at Select PR 

      An enthusiastic, communications professional with a passion for all things marketing. Extensive experience in working with a broad range of businesses, from start-ups to multi-national, blue chip companies. In 2011 Alan established Select PR, a boutique PR agency in Dublin and Belfast that provides original and creative ATL and BTL communications solutions to clients from a variety of industries. Since launching, Select PR has grown rapidly due to its ability to consistently achieve and exceed results. Specialties: Social Media, Public Relations, Marketing Communications, Media Relations...

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    • Richard Howard - Head of Technology, Media and Telecommunications at Deloitte Ireland

      Richard Howard – Head of Technology, Media and Telecommunications at Deloitte Ireland 

      Work in both an audit and advisory capacity across a range of clients in the technology, telco, media and consumer business sectors and current head of Deloitte Ireland's Technology, Media & Telecommunications Industry Group.

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    • Randall Glick – Digital Marketing Curriculum Lead, Digital Skills Academy

      Randall Glick – Digital Marketing Curriculum Lead, Digital Skills Academy 

      Speaker Bio: Randall Glick is the Digital Marketing Curriculum Lead and Mentor Lead for the Industry Partner Major Projects with Digital Skills Academy. Randall has been working in online and digital in Ireland since 1999 and has worked with start-ups, SMEs, international and multinational organisations dealing with their digital strategy, online optimisation, eCommerce, web analytics and digital marketing strategies. Title 5...

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    • David Boles - Chief Process Officer,  LivingOffset

      David Boles – Chief Process Officer, LivingOffset 

      Talk Synopsis: Over the last two years, the LivingOffset team have digitised a climate action Instrument to tackle growing emissions in the the multi point emission sectors, namely, ag, transport, Buildings, Peatland Restoration and Forestry. This is seen as a blue ocean opportunity as there is currently no solution to growing emissions in these sectors. LivingOffset utilises Blockchain to create an immutable registry of GHG reductions whereby individuals can offset their lifestyle emissions against carbon reductions from the sectors mentioned above at neglig...

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    • Sasha Kinch - Builder, Creators.ie (by Independent News & Media), Ireland

      Sasha Kinch – Builder, Creators.ie (by Independent News & Media), Ireland 

      World traveller, sushi lover, antique collector and tech adorer, Sasha has been working in Independent News & Media, Ireland’s largest media company, for over 3 years. She has just finished developing Creators.ie, Ireland’s only blogger aggregation site. In her talk, she’ll help you understand how to engage with influencers and bloggers, how to create a stunning content plan and may even share a few tips and tricks on how to build a loyal community.

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    • Sebastian Carru - Watson and Cloud Platform Business Development, IBM, Ireland

      Sebastian Carru – Watson and Cloud Platform Business Development, IBM, Ireland 

      With extensive B2B experience in sales and marketing, worked in Not-for-Profit and technology companies. Gained a considerable amount of knowledge in dealing with the Italian and European business world, leading different teams and generating a positive impact to my country. I am currently working at IBM, in Dublin, bringing Cloud, Artificial Intelligence and Blockchain technologies to the world. Title:  All Blockchain Everything: The Adtech Case Synopsis: Introduction to the pain points the Adtech industry is facing (data leaking, transparency, ROI frau...

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    • Sinead Peris - Project Manager in Business Change, Ervia

      Sinead Peris – Project Manager in Business Change, Ervia 

      Sinead Peris is an IT, multimedia Project and Change Manager leading end to end software development and roll out programs. She has  20 years  of experience of leading international transformation programs with cross  functional and inter disciplinary teams of solution architects, business analysts, UX designers, software developers, testers, release managers, product trainers and post go live support. Sinead is passionate about collaborating with clients and end users to design, build, test and deploy cutting-edge, enterprise-class web and mobile applications. An in her spare time is a member...

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    • Cihan Baykal - Life and Executive Coach, Business Mentor, Baykal Coaching

      Cihan Baykal – Life and Executive Coach, Business Mentor, Baykal Coaching 

      Having worked for over 22 years in the IT Industry, he spent the last 7 years working as an IT Executive. During that time he was responsible for datacenter management team, consultancy and pre-sales teams as well. He loves working as a IT Executive and using leadership and coaching skills and business development knowledge. For the last 5 years while he was in datacenter company, he had the opportunity to develop these skills. After he moved to Dublin, he studied Life, Executive and Career Coaching and he started his own company delivering keynotes, seminars and consultancy services on Busine...

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    • Stephen Ralph - Product Manager, Zarion Software

      Stephen Ralph – Product Manager, Zarion Software 

      Stephen Ralph is the product manager at Zarion Software. Responsible for driving the strategy, roadmap and growth for all their product offerings in the enterprise software space. Specialises in wrangling complex problems and solving with simple solutions by understanding customer needs and requirements. Presentation title: Leveraging AI and Intelligent Work Management for Financial Servic...

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    • Brendan Guildea - Barrister & Intellectual Property Law Lecturer

      Brendan Guildea – Barrister & Intellectual Property Law Lecturer 

      Brendan operates a mixed legal practice throughout Leinster, including commercial and intellectual property law litigation. He lectures IP at Griffith College Dublin on both an Undergraduate and Masters degree level. He took an LL.B from Trinity College Dublin and a specialised LL.M in Intellectual Property Law from King's College London. He is also an associate member of the Irish Association of Patent and Trademark Attorneys. Talk title: Legal regulation of cryptocurrencies: the past, present and future Synopsis: Thinking of integrating cryptocurrency...

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    • Saoirse Sheridan - Founder and CEO of Elder Home Share

      Saoirse Sheridan – Founder and CEO of Elder Home Share 

      Saoirse Sheridan is the Founder and CEO of Elder Home Share. She is also a home share companion to David, 98. Talk title: Entrepreneurship & my Big Fat Tech Dream: How to test your assumptions and stay totall Synopsis: Do you have a business idea? Do you want to take the jump and set it up? Saoirse will share her experience of going from personal problem to serving customers and transitioning to an online platform with the ambition to scale into foreign markets.  The presentation will focus on customers, competitors, markets and company vision.  If ...

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    • Dr Léon McCarthy - Second-Screen Design at The Factory of Thought / University of Limerick

      Dr Léon McCarthy – Second-Screen Design at The Factory of Thought / University of Limerick 

      At the University of Limerick, Dr McCarthy’s research spans second-screening, social-media, data-mining, data-visualisation, audio-visual production and performance. At ‘The Factory of Thought’, he designs bespoke second-screen platforms and smart-media screens. Through these platforms, audience second-screen discussions manifest in related media content on the main-screens, faciliated through bespoke AI algorithms. Through parallel data-analytics, this rich data reveals valuable insights on the audience. His research is now finding traction in the area of eHealth. As part of a H2020 proposa...

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    • Dr. Matteo Zallio - Researcher at Dublin Institute of Technology and CEO Déan Design Lab

      Dr. Matteo Zallio – Researcher at Dublin Institute of Technology and CEO Déan Design Lab 

      Dr. Matteo Zallio is an award winning architect, researcher and inventor. He holds a master with honours in Architecture and a PhD in Industrial Design. He is currently a researcher at the Dublin Institute of Technology, CEO of the startup Déan Design Lab Ltd, guest lecturer and speaker in Europe, USA and Canada. He has extensive expertise as team leader and product designer for smart technologies, Emotional Design and User Experience Design. Presentation Title: User Experience Design in the era of Internet of Things Synopsis: During the last decades we...

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    • Aisling Griffin - Brand Designer,Treetop Studio

      Aisling Griffin – Brand Designer,Treetop Studio 

      Treetop Studio is Aisling Griffin, an award winning brand designer with over 14 years experience of helping SME's in Ireland and the UK, create a bold brand that instantly stands out and commands attention in the marketplace. Unfortunately most business owners are simply blending in, so no matter how good they are or how good their product is - it doesn’t matter if they don’t stand out. I believe that powerful positioning attracts premium, high paying clients which in turn boosts their bottom...

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    • Marc O’Dwyer - CEO, big red cloud

      Marc O’Dwyer – CEO, big red cloud 

      He launched Big red cloud in June 2012, the online version of big red book, to date the company successfully converts 55% of trials into sales and the number of customers is growing rapidly. Marc was recently awarded Business All Stars CEO of the Year at the All Ireland summit in Croke Park and Big Red Cloud was awarded All Star Brand of the year 2018 Marc continues to run both Big Red Book, which now supports 35,000 businesses and big red cloud with 5,000 companies. He is a very keen sportsman, having played rugby for 20 years, represented Leinster at under 16 and under 20 levels, and leagu...

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    • Per Frennbro - CEO/Founder, FRENNS, United Kingdom

      Per Frennbro – CEO/Founder, FRENNS, United Kingdom 

      Per Frennbro has over 20 years of expertise in leading and growing international business operations by promoting operational excellence, revenue and profit growth. Previous achievements include leading the transformation of banks and financial services firms and boosting the profitability of corporates as well as SMEs through enhanced sales techniques. With a strong background in engineering and robust analytical experience, Per is passionate about technology and is a strong proponent of successfully combining the latest in technological advances with business strategies, whilst preserv...

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    • Stan Nazarenko - CEO at Piprate, Ireland

      Stan Nazarenko – CEO at Piprate, Ireland 

      Stan Nazarenko is a co-founder and the CEO of Piprate; a Dublin based company that delivers a blockchain based platform providing trust, accountability and transparency in insurance data sharing.  Stan is a proven technology leader with 20 years experience in reinsurance and investment management industries. Presentation Title: Secure data wallets: creating transparency and trust in insurance data Synopsis: The data management landscape ...

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    • Eamonn Roarke - DeviceSmart IoT, International Speaker on IoT / M2M Control & Monitoring Systems

      Eamonn Roarke – DeviceSmart IoT, International Speaker on IoT / M2M Control & Monitoring Systems 

      Spent the last 15 years working on platforms to control, monitor and manage any protocol driven devices. Solutions thats provide an 8 months Return on Investment (ROI). I have managed turnkey solutions to provide realtime information to clients on the health status of their facilities, equipment, networks and remote sites. In doing so, helped to reduce OPEX and CAPEX costs through the in-depth analysis of what's happening in your facility. If you are not Monitoring IT, you can't manage IT.

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    • Barry Connellan - Managing Director, Franchise Development Solutions International

      Barry Connellan – Managing Director, Franchise Development Solutions International 

      Mr. Barry Connellan, is the Founder and Managing Director of Franchise Development Solutions International-FDSI – a wholly Irish owned, 21st Century Boutique Franchise Consultancy & Marketing firm. Barry began his early career as a stock broker after earning his BA in Business Management, Business Economics and E-Commerce from Dublin Business School. Having come from an entrepreneurial family, he has always been a keen numbers and business man so investment banking, equity trading and wealth management was a great place to begin his working carreer. From there, Barry developed a deep skil...

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    • Florentin Miron - Manager & EMEA Software Support, Citrix Systems Ireland Ltd

      Florentin Miron – Manager & EMEA Software Support, Citrix Systems Ireland Ltd 

      Winner of the American Chamber’s Future Leaders’ 2018 Hackathon and a forward-thinking technology advocate and strategist passionate for change and innovation. Within Citrix, I am part of the global Innovation champions team acting as an EMEA Innovation ambassador successfully running a patentable Innovation program for two consecutive years...

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    • Niamh Guckian - Director, Go Motion Academy

      Niamh Guckian – Director, Go Motion Academy 

      Niamh Guckian is a highly-experienced television producer director, formerly with RTÉ and The Irish Times. Additionally, as a BBC-qualified trainer, she has been training content makers in video for social media over several years. At Go Motion Academy, she uses her extensive knowledge of broadcast to teach video production for digital marketing. Her courses respond to the challenges faced by businesses in matching their social video content to challenging marketing objectives. Presentation Title: ...

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    • exhibitor - Louis Dwan - Associate Consultant, Oracle Financial Services, Co.Dublin, Ireland

      Louis Dwan – Associate Consultant, Oracle Financial Services, Co.Dublin, Ireland 

      I have an academic background in Information Systems from U.C.C. I work in an I.T Consultancy role with Oracle Financial Services supporting the Bank of Ireland I.T Centre. I have an understanding of core banking infrastructure that is critical to a functioning economy. I have a keen interest in blockchain technology and I was involved in start-up incubator during my time at UCC. I am proposing a blockchain use case to the Irish & UK property market. Along with Alex Lynch who is a portfolio analyst at State Street, London. His portfolio is Real Estate specific. Together we hope to combine ...

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    • Damien Fegan - Owner, Beacon Internet Marketing, Northern Ireland

      Damien Fegan – Owner, Beacon Internet Marketing, Northern Ireland 

      Damien has been growing business’s online for over 15 years, which is a long time in the life of the internet! He currently runs Beacon Internet Marketing – a digital marketing agency that specialises in Digital Strategy and SEO. He’s a passionate internet marketer who loves digital marketing strategy and embarrassing his children at every opportunity. Presentation Title: Practical SEO - things you can do today to drive more traffic to your website. Synopsis:...

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    • Ciaran Walsh - Founder, Dog Internet of Things

      Ciaran Walsh – Founder, Dog Internet of Things 

      Ciaran Walsh is a financial advisor, entrepreneur, dog trainer and founder of Dog Internet of Things. https://www.doginternetofthings.ie/ Presentation Title: Dogs and the Internet of Things ...

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    • Beatriz Botão Alves - Applications & Digital Customer Interaction Analyst, Jerónimo Martins

      Beatriz Botão Alves – Applications & Digital Customer Interaction Analyst, Jerónimo Martins 

      Beatriz is graduated in Design, has a Master in Advertising and two postgraduate degrees in                                       Web Design & Development and in Consumer Psychology. During her Master’s thesis, her main object of investigation was the research reflection on the interception of disciplines related to the study of cognitive behavioural process and consumer profile, the analysis of mobile devices as an emerging technology associated with the evolution of digital software, the importance of mobile applications in small screens as a means of direct communication between brand a...

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    • Valerie O'Reilly - Founder & Managing Director, Unicorn PR & Communications Ltd, Dublin

      Valerie O’Reilly – Founder & Managing Director, Unicorn PR & Communications Ltd, Dublin 

      Valerie is Founder and Managing Director of Unicorn PR & Communications Ltd. She set up the boutique agency in 2003 and specialises in Communications, Public Relations and Event Management. The company has offices in Dublin and Tipperary. Valerie and her team have fronted campaigns for some of Ireland’s most well known companies along with assisting SME’s perfect their PR campaigns. ...

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    • Laura Tato Garcia - Digital Project Manager, Scope&Go

      Laura Tato Garcia – Digital Project Manager, Scope&Go 

      Laura is a digital project manager who partners with CEOs and entrepreneurs to help them manage their projects, teams, and launches. After spending more than four years managing remote teams, Laura knows that the key to success is having a high-performing team. Laura is a certified Scrum Master and holds an Honours degree in Agile Project Management from DIT. You can reach Laura at laura@scopeandgo.com Presentation Title: How to build a high-performing remote team to grow your Business.

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    • Neil McKenna - Managing Director, KICK

      Neil McKenna – Managing Director, KICK 

      Neil is an experienced marketing expert which is evidenced by his 25 year career working for major clients such as Ardagh Group, Cable and Wireless, Diageo, AXA, Meteor, Mars Ireland and Pinewood Healthcare. With an established reputation for strategic thinking, along with a being a keen advocate of integrated communications, Neil has worked very closely with our clients on both their strategic approach and communications mix. Presentation Title: Does Digital Work? Synopsis: A privileged time Technology has enabled this generation to build a world wher...

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    • Stephen Bradshaw - Business Development Director, KICK

      Stephen Bradshaw – Business Development Director, KICK 

      Stephen is an ambitious marketeer that believes relationships are fundamental in the pursuit of success in any form of business, but especially in marketing. In his 12 years working in advertising, he has partnered with many national and international clients, including Diageo, Guinness, Beamish, Murphys, Renault, Topaz, Cable & Wireless, The National Dairy Council, TG4 and many more. With over 12 years experience in advertising and a Cannes Lions to note, Stephen has built a career encouraging clients to breakdown boundaries so that effective creativity can flourish. Presentati...

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    • Paul Griffin - Director, First Compliance Limite

      Paul Griffin – Director, First Compliance Limite 

      Paul is an Institute of Banking Certified Data Protection Officer with over 30 years experience with a wide range of industry sectors, including financial services, B2B environments and retail. He has spent most of his commercial life between the UK and Ireland, has managed business operations across Europe and North America for a division of a FTSE 100 Plc, and held various directorship, investment and advisory roles. Paul has a Commerce Degree, UCC, and a GDip Data Protection Policy and Procedures, UCD, and leads on Data Protection. Presentation title: Data protection in reality ...

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    • Colm Lally - Digital Product Designer, BriteBill

      Colm Lally – Digital Product Designer, BriteBill 

      In the constantly changing world of digital product design, my design philosophy is to be inquisitive, open-minded and responsive to new challenges and new ways of living/working in world. Presentation Title: Designing Customer Communications Software...

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    • Gerard Tannam - Founder & CEO, Islandbridge Brand Development

      Gerard Tannam – Founder & CEO, Islandbridge Brand Development 

      Gerard, a strategic planner and brand builder, has a soft spot for the all important but often ignored customer. His company, Islandbridge brand Development was set up in 2004 to work closely with clients to develop a brand framework and tool kit which helps them build new relationships and strengthen existing ones, gain competitive edge and grow their business.  Islandbridge has built bridges to market wi...

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    • Sharon McKimm - General Manager,Andovar

      Sharon McKimm – General Manager,Andovar 

      Sharon McKimm has had a varied and trans-Atlantic career in publishing, philanthropy, and non-profit sectors; but none as rewarding as the 22+ years’ experience in the multi-cultural and stimulating localisation industry. Although a former New Yorker from the Bronx, Sharon enjoys life in Ireland and thrives on the Irish obsession with sunshine. In her role as General Manager for Andovar, Sharon enjoys the challenge of establishing the Dublin Office. Presentation title: Recognising Unconscious Bias (Racism) in Your Business ...

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    • Martin Meier - UX / UI Designer, Future Finance

      Martin Meier – UX / UI Designer, Future Finance 

      Martin is currently UX Design Lead in the Irish Fintech startup “Future Finance”. Previously he designed digital experiences for “Paddy Power Betfair”. His background includes 7 years design and leadership experience in a German digital agency. Leading numerous Finance projects and a design team, has resulted in his broad UX Design and Online Marketing expertise. Martin is dedicated to a user-centered, methodical and agile design approach. His speaker engagements have included German digital conferences as well as his hometown University. Presentati...

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    • Rosemary Lafferty - Owner, Yellow Ruler Marketing

      Rosemary Lafferty – Owner, Yellow Ruler Marketing 

      Rosemary Lafferty is the owner of Yellow Ruler Marketing, a Dublin-based marketing consultancy which helps SME’s who want to create steady growth for their businesses but are unable to devote time to marketing themselves. Rosemary has a Master’s degree in marketing as well as many years’ experience as sales representative. Presentation title: How SME's can Use Marketing to Prevent Unexpected Dips in Sales Synopsis: This talk is intended to help owners of SMEs who are busy running their businesses and have no time to devote to marketing. Many SME owners ...

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    • Rhealyn Mugri - First Data Project Leader, Dun Laoghaire Toastmasters Club President

      Rhealyn Mugri – First Data Project Leader, Dun Laoghaire Toastmasters Club President 

      Rhealyn is a passionate Life Coach, technology enthusiast, Agile champion, and a Project Management Professional who is a Project Leader in First Data, a global leader in commerce-enabling technology solutions. Rhealyn is also currently the Club President in Dun Laoghaire Toastmasters leading the club in embracing a revolutionised educational programme. Presentation Title: The Change Makers Synopsis: The talk will cover about change and its impact on organisations, employees, and as well as society as a whole. This will highlight various drivers of cha...

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    • John Whelan - ICT Commercialisation Manager at Trinity College

      John Whelan – ICT Commercialisation Manager at Trinity College 

      PhD Physics , founder of a three start ups two of which raised significant VC - rode the internet bubble and  settled down with the third which was most successful in the area of mobile multimemedia tech which traded for 9 years with sales averaging over €1m per year . In  2008 became ICT Commercialisation Manager at Trinity College, Dublin responsible for commercialisation of IT/web research.  I set up and ran  Trinity College's startup accelerator LaunchBox for 5 years . Presentation title: What are the Traits of  Successful Entrepreneur ...

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    • Oli Cavanagh - Founder and Chief Commercial Officer, Flender Peer-to-Peer Finance

      Oli Cavanagh – Founder and Chief Commercial Officer, Flender Peer-to-Peer Finance 

      Oli has a background in technology startups. He founded or led sales in several technology firms with successful exits (ChangingWorlds, Brite:Bill, CI Solutions, fPrint) achieving a total acquisition value of over £170 million. Prior to founding Flender, Oli ran ICT sales in Ireland for Ericsson, the world’s largest communications technology company. Presentation Title: Fast Growth Finance for Business Expansion

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    • David Bristol - Business Consultant, Avocor

      David Bristol – Business Consultant, Avocor 

      A graduate from the University of Liverpool, David is a forward-thinking individual with a passion for technology. In his role as a consultant for Avocor, one of the fastest growing collaboration display brands, globally, David is responsible for facilitating clients in their decisions to deploy technology to improve collaboration and productivity within the workplace.   ...

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    • James O’Toole - CEO, ID-Pal

      James O’Toole – CEO, ID-Pal 

      Previously James was a management consultant for Accenture where he worked on a number of client engagements ranging from strategy development to operational excellence and delivery within the Financial Services industry. Presentation title: Identity Verification. Made Simple. Synopsis: ID-Pal is a SaaS solution for KYC that uses advanced mobile technologies to reduce the cost and risk associated with customer onboarding, whilst eliminating friction from the user experience. Businesses access industry-leading t...

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    • Lorraine Larkin - Digital Marketing Manager, Christmas FM

      Lorraine Larkin – Digital Marketing Manager, Christmas FM 

      Lorraine is an award winning strategist, who is passionate about making connections with consumers in creative and innovative ways. She is an accomplished publicist and marketer with almost 10 years’ experience delivering effective traditional and digital communications strategies for a wide range of audiences. Lorraine works in marketing for Christmas FM and has previously worked in marketing and public relations for the National Economic & Social Council, the European Commission and the Government Press Office in the De...

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    • Barry Maye - Commercial Planning and Performance Manager, Virgin Media Ireland

      Barry Maye – Commercial Planning and Performance Manager, Virgin Media Ireland 

      Barry has worked in various senior roles in the telecommunication industry for over 30 years gaining huge experience nationally and internationally in contact centre operations, outsourced solutions and sales operations. Presentation Title: Don’t Press for Service Synopsis: My presentation focuses on the hypothesis that customers prefer to have their problems dealt with speedily and easily rather than trying to navigate their way through traditional complex Interactive Voice Recognition (IVR) systems. More often than not customers end up frustrated by n...

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    • Aileen Hughes -  Internal Control Analyst, Finance Operations, Business Support Centre, ESB Group

      Aileen Hughes – Internal Control Analyst, Finance Operations, Business Support Centre, ESB Group 

      Aileen Hughes ACCA is a systems accountant and auditor with public and private sector experience in project accounting, fraud investigations, internal control and policy reviews (assisting start-ups, take-overs and finance data migrations).  Aileen is a risk based audit enthusiast who’s undertaking a Higher Diploma in Science in Data Analytics.  She is also Chair of CIPFA, the Chartered Institute of Public Finance & Accountancy, Ireland. Presentation Title: Key Control Testing as a complementary service to Internal Audit Synopsis: Discussion on what...

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    • Niall Bodkin - CEO of Shopism.com /Founder & Chairman of eCommerce Association of Ireland

      Niall Bodkin – CEO of Shopism.com /Founder & Chairman of eCommerce Association of Ireland 

      Niall is a web entrepreneur specialising in eCommerce. He has a background in retail distribution and was early to eCommerce launching one of Irelands earliest sites in 1999. Today he heads Shopism.com, a free omnichannel marketplace for bricks and mortar stores as well as co-founding the eCommerce Association of Ireland in 2014...

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    • Dr. Csaba Kiss Kalló-Head of Connectivity, Mobility and Security Portfolio at Vodafone

      Dr. Csaba Kiss Kalló-Head of Connectivity, Mobility and Security Portfolio at Vodafone 

      Dr. Csaba Kiss Kalló is a telecommunications expert with 19 years’ experience with service providers and equipment vendors like Vodafone, Telecom Italia, Enet, Intune Networks and Ericsson.Csaba has spent most of his career working in international settings in a range of countries including Ireland, Italy, Romania, Hungary and the USA. His projects won The Irish Times “Product of the Year” and “Innov...

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    • Vanessa Tierney-Co-Founder, Abodoo

      Vanessa Tierney-Co-Founder, Abodoo 

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    • Niall Shanley-In-House Counsel - Telefónica Open Future_ (UK) & Wayra UK Limited

      Niall Shanley-In-House Counsel – Telefónica Open Future_ (UK) & Wayra UK Limited 

      Niall is responsible for all of the legal aspects of Wayra UK, Wayra Social Ventures and Wayra in Ireland. This means that he is responsible for negotiating, managing the terms of all Wayra’s investments (including any subsequent rounds, exits and other shareholder matters) and Wayra’s partnerships. He has worked with Wayra since 2014, which has allowed him the benefit of seeing the future of technology. Niall enjoys the culture of Wayra, and the great team in it, including being at the forefront of innovative change, societal inclusion, economic growth and cultural progression. This has allow...

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    • Jennifer  Appleton - Operations Director ,ISO

      Jennifer Appleton – Operations Director ,ISO 

      Jennifer  joined ISO Quality Services Ltd in 2010, having worked previously at the Birmingham Chamber of Commerce in Business Development and as a Recruitment Consultant for Birmingham based SF Group prior to that.

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    • Ricardo Farinha - Product Owner, Ocuco Limited

      Ricardo Farinha – Product Owner, Ocuco Limited 

      “One can make the difference, but two can make it quicker.” Ricardo Farinha’s background in software engineering back in 2002 placed him on a path of adventure, belief and risk all together. After graduation, his first work experience set the bar for his career: Drive software development, with limitless creativity. Nowadays, Ricardo is a Product Owner at Ocuco, a worldwide leading software company. Presentation Title: Agile, what? ...

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    • Cilian Fennell-Director, Stillwater Communications, Ireland

      Cilian Fennell-Director, Stillwater Communications, Ireland 

      Cilian is a Director at Stillwater Communications and is one of Ireland’s leading communications and messaging development consultants. He is known for his authenticity, passion and understanding of storytelling and communication, and works with leaders across all sectors in Ireland and internationally. Cilian has successfully adapted the story model to a business model and now helps companies, teams and individuals to discover, develop and deliver their story effectively. Working with narrative inquiry he guides organisations to find the true story that drives them and helps them articulate i...

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    • Terry Halpin -Solutions Consultant,Vodafone

      Terry Halpin -Solutions Consultant,Vodafone 

      Over 18 years of experience working within the mobile telecoms industry responsible for the delivery of our Enterprise managed mobility strategy and assisting customers digitally transformation journey. Also have significant expertise of complex back end software and hardware solutions. This knowledge has added significantly to the technological advancements in Ireland within the mobile and Telecommunications sector.A proven track record of consistently meeting and exceeding customer expectations and driving customer service. Regularly attends industry events such as the Mobile World Congress ...

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    • exhibitor - Emma Boylan - Owner, Outside the Box

      Emma Boylan – Owner, Outside the Box 

      Outside the Box Emma helps small business owners, who struggle with marketing, fill their business with ideal clients and find a faster path to way more money by Standing out and NOT sounding the same as every other business. So they have massive breakthroughs in their profit and attract their ideal clients again ...

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    • Howard Roberts- Technical Director at Arkphire

      Howard Roberts- Technical Director at Arkphire 

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    • Ronan Whelan - Commercial Director at Siro

      Ronan Whelan – Commercial Director at Siro 

      Ronan Whelan joined SIRO (an ESB Vodafone joint venture) in 2015, a company delivering a 100% fibre-to-the-building broadband network, with speeds of up to 1000Mbps. Ronan has responsibility for the commercial strategy, marketing, product & pricing development. As Commercial Director, Ronan was integral to securing 9 broadband retailers now connected the SIRO network, which include Vodafone, SKY, BT, Digiweb and seven other retailers.On joining SIRO, Ronan brought with him over 20 years’ telecommunications & senior management experience, where he held the role of Head of Enterprise Sal...

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    • John Burns - CEO, Fariones Cloud Services Limited

      John Burns – CEO, Fariones Cloud Services Limited 

      John Burns founded Fariones Cloud Services Limited in April 2017. John is a chartered management accountant with a 1st class graduate diploma in computing. He is an associate member of the Professional Speaking Association, and a distinguished toastmaster within Toastmasters International. John loves to share his knowledge with fellow professionals. Presentation Title: From Ideation to Reality. Synopsis: My presentation will be about my experience of starting my own business, and will evolve around what I have learned over the past 12 months, in terms o...

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    • Dr. Houssem Jerbi - Chief Data Scientist, Smart pmo

      Dr. Houssem Jerbi – Chief Data Scientist, Smart pmo 

      Houssem Jerbi is founder and chief data science officer at smart pmo. He helps companies and government agencies realise their visions from the development of a data strategy through its implementation using artificial intelligence and data analytics. Houssem worked at Facebook, Dublin and Insights, Dublin. He has led high-impact data science projects in Internet, Retail, Digital & Social Media, Advertising, Hospitality, Public Sector and Real estates. Houssem holds Ph.D. and M.Sc. degrees in Computer Science from University of Toulouse, France. Presentation Title: How Analytics ca...

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    • Jan Richards-Head of Insights & Planning, DAA

      Jan Richards-Head of Insights & Planning, DAA 

      A senior marketing and brand professional with 25 years national and international experience and an outstanding track record of achievement developing brand and communications solutions for national and multi-national brands such as Dublin Airport, Irish Life, ESB, Aviva, McDonalds, Carlsberg, and Tourism Brand Ireland. Currently Head of Insights & Planning at Dublin/Cork Airports. Specific recent successful experience leading the development and implementation of strategic marketing and communications projects for Bord na Mona (Marketing Innovation Award Winner 2011), Irish Life, An Post...

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    • Erik Odonovan -Head of digital economy policy,IBEC

      Erik Odonovan -Head of digital economy policy,IBEC 

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    • Christopher Burge - CEO, Spark CrowdFunding

      Christopher Burge – CEO, Spark CrowdFunding 

      Chris co-founded Spark Crowdfunding in 2017 to help fill the funding gap that small and medium businesses - both new and established - were experiencing. Equity CrowdFunding is a very quick and low-cost mechanism by which entrepreneurs and companies can raise money by selling shares to a ‘crowd’ of investors. Presentation Title: Disruptive Funding for SMEs. How Equity CrowdFunding works and how it can assist SMEs to fund their next stage of development.  

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    • Howards Roberts - Chief Technology Officer, Arkphire

      Howards Roberts – Chief Technology Officer, Arkphire 

      Howard has over 30 years’ experience in the ICT industry and has been the CTO in Arkphire since 2006. Over this time, he has overseen the transformation of Arkphire’s IT strategy and capabilities to provide best-in-class IT services to an international customer base. He leads the team that has designed, implemented and managed some of the largest and most complex ICT solutions in Ireland and the UK.

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    • Chris Donnelly -IT Director ,BWG Foods

      Chris Donnelly -IT Director ,BWG Foods 

      Chris Donnelly has vast experience in IT and in the retail industry in particular, having previously held the role of Head of Digital and Retail Technology for BWG Foods and Head of IT for ADM Londis plc. With his team, Chris designed and developed the award-winning Londis eCommerce platform.In 2015, when BWG acquired ADM Londis, Chris was part of the team that integrated the Londis Supply Chain and Retail Systems into BWG, one of the largest FMCG Supply Chain and IT Projects of 2015/2016. Chris was appointed IT Director of BWG Foods in 2016.

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    • Chris Ducker -Senior Director - Global Proposition Strategy ,Sungard Availability Services

      Chris Ducker -Senior Director – Global Proposition Strategy ,Sungard Availability Services 

      With more than 20 years managing teams that develop products, services and go to market propositions Chris Ducker brings a fresh customer focussed perspective to the traditionally ‘tech heavy’ IT industry. Chris has a track record in thought leadership across the Telecoms, Cloud, Hybrid IT and Business Continuity markets, most recently leading a global proposition strategy team for Sungard AS’ Market Strategy. Chris is a regular speaker at industry events, and media engagements on behalf of Sungard AS and their partners covering subjects as diverse as: Application Centric Infrastr...

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    • Ciara McMenamin - Senior Legal Analyst & Assoc, Pramerica Legal Services

      Ciara McMenamin – Senior Legal Analyst & Assoc, Pramerica Legal Services 

      Ciara McMenamin is responsible for the day-to-day management and leadership of Pramerica Legal Services and the Subsidiary Governance team, which form part of Prudential’s Law, Compliance, Business Ethics and External Affairs (LCBE) department. Ciara, a qualified Barrister, was called in the top 10% of all Barristers in her year and has worked in the legal industry for over 11 years. Prior to joining Pramerica, Ciara worked with one of Ireland’s leading Senior Counsels on many high-profile cases and published work in various national publications. P...

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    • Om Tandon-User Experience Director, DIGIT Games Studio, Dublin, Ireland

      Om Tandon-User Experience Director, DIGIT Games Studio, Dublin, Ireland 

      14+ years of holistic experience, building teams, processes, pipelines & creating massively entertaining & monetizing experiences for worlds best known IP's including, Disney, 20th Century Fox, Hasbro, Marvel and many more. Alumni Y-Combinator (Incubator of AirBnB & Dropbox) 2012 batch. With a B.Sc (Hon) in Economics & Behavioral Economics backed by masters in Advertising, users and their journey is pretty centric to my approach. I believe in building product experiences from ground up. I am fascinated and passionate about UX design & research both as a strategy implement...

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    • Pat Larkin - CEO Ward Solutions

      Pat Larkin – CEO Ward Solutions 

      With nearly two decades’ experience in the IT industry, Pat Larkin is a well-known figure in the Irish information security sector. Pat is a co-founder and co-owner of Ward Solutions, the leading information security provider, and has spent the last 10 years in commercial IT management. Pat has also worked closely with Oyster technology investment group, chaired by Bill McCabe, assessing products and technology for investment. During the period 2000-2002, Pat led the development of First-Ask, an incubate of the Oyster technology investment group, which succeeded in raising $2.5M and taking...

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    • Hakan Ozbay - Business Systems Analyst, Pramerica Systems Ireland

      Hakan Ozbay – Business Systems Analyst, Pramerica Systems Ireland 

      Hakan Ozbay has been with Pramerica since December 2004. Initially, Hakan worked as a Systems Developer with different technologies like Mainframe, .NET and JAVA. Hakan has been a Business/Systems Analyst with LCBE for the last 5 years, and last 3 years of 5 is with TeamConnect Legal Matter Management System.   Title: Legal Tech: In-house legal practice management, from BA to Lawye Synopsis: Our presentation focuses on how our in-house legal practice is managed.  We have worked with in-house technologists to develop a multi-funct...

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    • Gerry Morley - Director at Tech Guard

      Gerry Morley – Director at Tech Guard 

      Gerry Morley is an I.T Security consultant with 13 years industry experience. He is a director and co-founder of Tech Guard – an Irish I.T Security company that helps businesses reduce their risk of a data breach and increase GDPR compliance through implementing effective I.T security and user awareness measures. Presentation Title: The importance of a human firewall for GDPR. This session will provide insight into the world of hackers, the techniques they employ to easily bypass I.T security solutions like firewalls and Anti-Vir...

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    • Dr. John Ghent - CEO, Sytorus

      Dr. John Ghent – CEO, Sytorus 

      John is a co-founder and CEO of one of Europe leading data protection firms, Sytorus. A company leading the market by delivering end-to-end Data Protection solutions. He is a certified Data Protection Practitioner, holds a bachelor’s degree with honours and a PhD in computer science from National University of Ireland, Maynooth. He attended Harvard Business School, completing an Executive Education Programme. Presentation title: How to Get Data Protection Right....

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    • Dania Rifaat -Specialty Claims Manager, Hiscox Insurance

      Dania Rifaat -Specialty Claims Manager, Hiscox Insurance 

      Dania Rifaat is a Technology, Media and Cyber Claims Underwriter at Hiscox. Dania is a qualified solicitor and was formerly a litigator at a leading international law firm. In private practice, Dania regularly advised on data protection and technology disputes. At Hiscox, Dania handles a wide range of claims for tech and media clients, predominantly arising from Professional Indemnity and Cyber policies Presentation Title: Cyber: the threat close to home

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    • Rachel Gallagher-Manager in Data Privacy Services, Deloitte Ireland

      Rachel Gallagher-Manager in Data Privacy Services, Deloitte Ireland 

      Rachael is a Manager in Risk Advisory within Deloitte’s Data Privacy Team.  She previously was a Senior Policy Officer with the Information Commissioner’s Office (the ICO), the UK data protection authority, where she was responsible for advising organisations on compliance with data protection law, identifying systematic practices that failed to deliver positive information rights outcomes for individuals and helping to propose solutions. During her time with the ICO, Rachael worked in partnership with the Northern Ireland Council for Voluntary Action (NICVA) to design and deliver a programme ...

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    • Donna Creaven -Head of Governance, Risk & Compliance, Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI), Ireland

      Donna Creaven -Head of Governance, Risk & Compliance, Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI), Ireland 

      Donna is a Certified Data Protection Officer with a background in law, finance, strategy, risk management, governance and project management. SUSI is the single national awarding authority for the administration of Student Grant funding in Ireland. Donna has worked across multi-disciplined teams with whole of organisation responsibility and provides a focal point for independent advice and guidance on the conduct of business, governance and regulatory compliance. Donna is currently managing the implementation of recommendations from a deep-dive data protection audit, a remediation roadmap for ...

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    • Brian Downes -Facilitator, Coach, Consultant, Speaker, Leading For Performance

      Brian Downes -Facilitator, Coach, Consultant, Speaker, Leading For Performance 

      Brian Downes is an expert in the leadership, development and management of performance for individuals, teams and organisations. This is built on 25 years of entrepreneurship & business experience and deep learning on personal growth, performance and behaviour. He is the creator of the Performance Cubed approach to organisational development, T.E.A.M. work and the Performance Equation. Brian works with leaders in a variety of industries internationally on performance and business growth projects and is a coach to CEO’s and senior executives for performance & leadership development. ...

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    • Johannes Ahlmann -Chief Technology Officer , iLen

      Johannes Ahlmann -Chief Technology Officer , iLen 

      Johannes Ahlmann is the Chief Technology Officer of iLen, an Irish company delivering product traceability to consumers using blockchain in the dairy and food industry. He previously founded Fluquid, a services company crawling and leveraging web data, worked as Head of Data Science at Scrapinghub, as Head of IT at ACO Group and as Senior IT Consultant at Booz Allen Hamilton. Since early 2017 he has focused on finding and developing affordable end-to-end blockchain solutions using Ethereum, Hyperledger, IPFS, and BigchainDB Presentation Title: Food and Supply Chain Traceability usin...

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    • Paula Corcoran -Product Manager - IoT & Mobility Solutions, Vodafone Ireland

      Paula Corcoran -Product Manager – IoT & Mobility Solutions, Vodafone Ireland 

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    • Joseph Dalton - Founder, Breakthrough Brands www.jdc.ie

      Joseph Dalton – Founder, Breakthrough Brands www.jdc.ie 

      Radio show host, Business owner, Keynote Speaker. Joseph has vast expertise in sales and marketing, both in Ireland and abroad, with a proven record of accomplishment in achieving year on year company growth and regularly exceeding defined targets. His strength lies in successfully managing and motivating teams to achieve business growth. Over the years Joseph has received awards for excellence in sales and marketing.  Joseph helps companies with lead generation and sales. Joseph also produces and hosts a highly successful radio show on Dublin South FM- Breakthrough Brands. He has had the ple...

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    • Steven Purcell - Country Manager, Global Knowledge Ireland

      Steven Purcell – Country Manager, Global Knowledge Ireland 

      Steven Purcell is Irish Country Manager for Global Knowledge, a leading ICT & Best Practice Learning Solutions company. In delivering learning solutions to support customers as they adapt to key business transformations and technological advancements, we drive the way that organisations around the world differentiate themselves and thrive. Our learning programs help businesses close skills gaps and foster an environment of continuous talent development. Steven also sits on the EMEA Management team, acting as a trusted advisor to companies on their learning & deve...

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    • Kajsa Nordstrom - Head of Marketing, Cash & Carry Kitchens

      Kajsa Nordstrom – Head of Marketing, Cash & Carry Kitchens 

      Kajsa is a Swedish national and has worked internationally for the past 20 years. She has worked in Ireland since 2003 as a Management consultant with assignments for over 20 Irish companies and more recently as Head of Marketing for Cash & Carry Kitchens. She has a double degree in Marketing and Economics. Presentation Title: Digital in the context of a bricks and mortar business. In a world where “Digital” is seen as a key to success, what do you do when you are a traditional manufacturing company with retail showrooms and a product that needs to be physically buil...

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    • Simon Shaw - security architect,Hannah C.S Ltd

      Simon Shaw – security architect,Hannah C.S Ltd 

      Simon Shaw is a security architect with over 10 years experience implementing information systems designed to protect sensitive Information and demonstrate compliance with international information security standards, financial services regulation and privacy laws. Presentation Title: Identifying and managing privacy risks in software development.

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    • Simon Palmer - Desk Jockey at Goldfish.ie / Disc Jockey at RTE Pulse

      Simon Palmer – Desk Jockey at Goldfish.ie / Disc Jockey at RTE Pulse 

      Marketing and Communications Manager at Irish technology firm Goldfish. Simon also plays records on Irish state broadcaster RTE at a time when most people sane people are in bed. A PR and marketing professional with over 20 years’ experience, Simon was formerly Account Director at global business advisory firm FTI Consulting in London, where his clients included: CRBE, Tesco and Astra Zeneca. He is also the former Marketing and Communications Manager at Omniplex Cinemas. His daughter still delights in telling people that ‘daddy used to sell popcorn’. These days his work is more focused on di...

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    • Eloise McNamee - Marketing Lead, Fine Grain Property

      Eloise McNamee – Marketing Lead, Fine Grain Property 

      I lead the creation and delivery of the marketing strategy for Fine Grain Property, focused on raising awareness of our brand and properties as well as researching trends in the market. I draw on over ten years’ experience in professional services in understanding our audience and the nuances of the Irish property market. Presentation Title: Positioning your business for talent ...

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    • Brendan Guildea - Barrister & Intellectual Property Law Lecturer

      Brendan Guildea – Barrister & Intellectual Property Law Lecturer 

      Brendan operates a mixed legal practice throughout Leinster, including commercial and intellectual property law litigation. He lectures IP at Griffith College Dublin on both an Undergraduate and Masters degree level. He took an LL.B from Trinity College Dublin and a specialised LL.M in Intellectual Property Law from King's College London. He is also an associate member of the Irish Association of Patent and Trademark Attorneys.   Presentation Title: Legal regulation of cryptocurrencies: the past, present and future Thinking of integrating cryptocurrency into your bus...

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    • Martin McFadden - Manager ; Accounting & Finance, Quest Recruitment

      Martin McFadden – Manager ; Accounting & Finance, Quest Recruitment 

      Martin leads the Accounting & Finance division of Quest Recruitment, a leading Dublin based Financial & Professional Services Recruitment firm. Martin has proven experience working at Mid, Senior & Executive level financial appointments including Partner, Director & Senior Management level roles across leading accounting firms and select finance/audit/risk roles in industry, particularly Financial Services. His deep market knowledge of the Dublin finance scene, particularly of Professional Services, leaves Martin well placed to advise candidates on ...

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    • Samantha Magee - Director of Data Acquisition and Research at Rhetorik

      Samantha Magee – Director of Data Acquisition and Research at Rhetorik 

      Samantha Magee is Director of Data Acquisition and Research at Rhetorik. Originally from Milan, Samantha has 20 years’ experience in research, collating and disseminating B2B Marketing Tech Data. In that time working and implementing a range of Data Protection practices and regimes. She has managed research teams across Europe and internationally and completed research programs including the creation of proprietary EMEA, Russian, MENA and Eastern European technology databases. Presentation Title: Who’s afraid of GDRP: 20 years worth of complying with European data laws. ...

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    • John O Connor - CEO, The Hatch Lab

      John O Connor – CEO, The Hatch Lab 

      John O’ Connor studied to be a Chartered Secretary in College. He worked for 15 years in Barry’s Groups Mallow a fast paced Wholesale business. He used this experience in his role as a Business Development Adviser for Makerere University Business School in Uganda. He also lecturer for Waterford Institute of Technology in Innovation and Enterprise where he presented copious academic papers in International Conferences on Best Practice of Campus Incubation. His current position as the CEO of The Hatch Lab and EETC is a blend of Business Mentor, Project Management and Commercial Management. His s...

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    • Jeffrey Moran - European Skills Leader, IBM

      Jeffrey Moran – European Skills Leader, IBM 

      Jeff is an experienced commercial & marketing professional with a focus on driving best in class sales performance in the competitive Information Technology sector. Jeff’s career has spanned varied industries such as digital & mobile marketing, loyalty & rewards, sports marketing and Information Technology. As a skills leader & training specialist with IBM, my job is to ensure that our 700 digital sellers covering 23 countries & 17 languages have the skills & training they need to best serve our clients across Europe. Inside sales or virtual sales is the now the domina...

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    • Cormac Clancy - Barrister, GDPR Consultant

      Cormac Clancy – Barrister, GDPR Consultant 

      Cormac Clancy practises at all levels in Irish Courts for individuals, partnerships, SME’s and multi-nationals. He has a background in customer relations and management. He is a Certified Data Protection Practitioner (Law Society of Ireland Diploma School) and has been advising on and been involved in data protection matters for several years, both as lawyer and consultant. He presents workshops and training courses for the Data Protection Group. Presentation Title: How do we DEMONSTRATE compliance with the GDPR?

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    • Bairbre Brennan - Lecturer, School of Business,  Institute of Technology Blanchardstown, Ireland

      Bairbre Brennan – Lecturer, School of Business, Institute of Technology Blanchardstown, Ireland 

      Bairbre is an experienced marketing practitioner having worked with companies such as Nestle and Georgia Pacific. A member of the Fingal LEO mentor panel since 2009. Works as a lecturer in the Institute of Technology Blanchardstown. Research interests: digital enterprise and attitudes to trading online amongst Irish SMEs. Presentation Title: Beyond a Facebook Page: the challenges of trading online for SMEs Synopsis: This talk will review t...

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    • Paddy Conlon - Executive Director, CBRE

      Paddy Conlon – Executive Director, CBRE 

      Paddy is an Executive Director in CBRE specialising in Office Leasing and Acquisitions. He has been with CBRE for 17 years and has in depth knowledge of the latest trends both from the Property development community and the occupiers who are looking to shape the City of the Future.

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    • Kieran McCorry - National Technology Officer, Microsoft in Ireland

      Kieran McCorry – National Technology Officer, Microsoft in Ireland 

      Kieran has worked in the technology industry for over 27 years. He is responsible for positioning Microsoft as the partner technology company of choice and engendering trust, technology vision, strategic alignment, and relevant policy direction for Microsoft customers. He has worked across broad sections of the technology landscape including the areas of collaboration, social media, analytics, mobility, privacy, the Internet of Things, innovation, and intellectual property development. He is a frequent speaker at worldwide conferences and has been a regular contributor to various industr...

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    • Garry Connolly - Founder/President Host in Ireland Co-chair of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) Awareness Coalition

      Garry Connolly – Founder/President Host in Ireland Co-chair of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) Awareness Coalition 

      Garry Connolly is the President and Founder of Host in Ireland, a strategic global initiative created to increase awareness of the benefits of hosting digital assets in Ireland, and winner of the Datacloud Europe 2016 award for Innovative Data Center Location. He is also Co-chair of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) Awareness Coalition, a not-for-profit initiative designed to raise awareness of the data privacy obligations for companies resulting from the implementation of the GDPR. A much sought-after keynote speaker, panelist and moderator at global industry events, Garry regular...

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    • James Corbett - Managing Director, Simvirtua Ltd

      James Corbett – Managing Director, Simvirtua Ltd 

      James Corbett B.Eng, is co-founder and Managing Director of Simvirtua Ltd., one of Ireland's longest established AR/VR development studios & consultancies. With 23 years experience in IT, James has delivered training workshops and lectures to government agencies and third level institutions including Smurfit Business School, FAS, NUI, DCU, UL, LIT and others. He has presented on AR/VR at numerous conferences including AR/VR Innovate in 2017. Since 2013 Simvirtua has been building Virtual Reality apps and experiences for clients across the spectrum, from marketing (Eir) to healthcare (Mi...

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    • Jack Nagle - IT Security and Business Development Professional

      Jack Nagle – IT Security and Business Development Professional 

      A thirty year veteran of the IT Industry, with over 20 years in the area of Security and Compliance in a career that has spanned start-ups, consulting for the European Commission, implementation of major international projects, and positions with companies as varied as Baltimore Technologies, Cybertrust, McAfee and Verizon.

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    • Marc O'Regan - Technologist & CTO, Dell EMC Ireland

      Marc O’Regan – Technologist & CTO, Dell EMC Ireland 

      Marc is a passionate believer in Technology and how we can work together as an industry to better enhance and empower every person and organization in the world to achieve more Marc has nearly 20 years’ experience in Technology, starting his career at Dell in 1999 where he spent sixteen and a half years specializing in various Technology domains including Cloud, Data Analytics and High Performance Computing. During his time at Dell Marc successfully lead the Cloud and Compute Specialist Practice for Dell Ireland, helping to architect, design and develop compute and Cloud solutions, while...

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    • David McAuley - Founder, Bitpower

      David McAuley – Founder, Bitpower 

      David is the founder of Bitpower, a specialist power consultancy based in Dublin, Ireland. Advisory Council member Host in Ireland. He works at the interface between data and energy. His client base includes government agencies, data centre developers, and large energy users. He is an expert in power connections and energy efficiency, having spent a decade working in the energy policy system in Ireland. Prior to that he spent ten years in the high tech pharmaceutical and electronics manufacturing sectors, serving multinational clients. David has direct experience of Irish government and EU ...

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    • Diane Hodnett - CEO, Board Director and Entrepreneur, Advisory council member Host in Ireland

      Diane Hodnett – CEO, Board Director and Entrepreneur, Advisory council member Host in Ireland 

      CEO, Board Director and entrepreneur who has led/served as principal in global Internet Infrastructure and eCommerce/ Technology Solutions companies. Advisor to private Technology Investors infrastructure and Investment Companies. Has worked in the Datacentre/ Comms industry since 2003 leading Corporate Development and M&A activities in the US, Europe and Asia (Singapore). Diane is currently CEO, iSquared Advisory Limited, providing boutique advisory services to early stage companies, investment firms, and established organisations seeking advice and guidance related to Internet infrast...

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    • Dimitry Kirejenkov - Software Developer and Cloud Architect, Apptentic

      Dimitry Kirejenkov – Software Developer and Cloud Architect, Apptentic 

      Dimitry is a full stack software developer and cloud architect who partners with businesses to help them with technical challenges. Dimitry has worked with successful companies like Segment and Stella Doradus, and he is an AWS Cloud Architect and Cloud Security Consultant at FundCalcs. Although he loves software, his true passion is teaching and sharing his knowledge with others. Title: ...

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    • Philip Bourke - Lecturer in Computer Games Development, Institute of Technology Carlow

      Philip Bourke – Lecturer in Computer Games Development, Institute of Technology Carlow 

      Philip has over 29 year’s industry experience in development, working with international organisations. A speaker at numerous conferences Games:EDU Develop Conference. Recently Philip gave workshops to hundreds of games development enthusiast on 8-Bit Games Development @ 8-Bit Conference. As a member of the European Conference on Games Based Learning committee he also founded the national computer games console programming festival, Games Fleadh. Recipient of Microsoft Most Valuable Professional award in 2008 to 2015. He is a graduate of Computer Science at Trinity College and holds a Masters...

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    • Andrew Parle - Digital Marketing Executive, Irish Red Cross

      Andrew Parle – Digital Marketing Executive, Irish Red Cross 

      A graduate of DIT and the Digital Skills Academy in Dublin, Andrew has a BSc Honours Degree in Technology, Design and Innovation, specialising in Digital project management and marketing, A teacher at heart, Andrew is seasoned Social Media & Digital Marketing lecturer. Andrew has developed digital campaigns for a variety of businesses and is currently responsible for the Irish Red Cross Digital Marketing activities.   Title: Strategic Content    

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    • Anna Browne - Commercial Director, Dataconversion, Ireland

      Anna Browne – Commercial Director, Dataconversion, Ireland 

      Anna is the Commercial Director of Dataconversion, Ireland’s leading data-focused software development company. Dataconversion is trusted by clients such as AA Ireland, Sky, Peter Mark as well as a number of Financial Institutions, to build customised solutions that enhance performance in three main areas for their clients: creation of comprehensive Data Strategies to complement Customer Experience initiatives; development of Customer Engagement Platforms to boost performance; and Data Integrity Management to improve CX and ensure compliance. Together with the Dataconversion team, Anna is resp...

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    • Dr Richard Lee Kin - specialist Periodontist & founder, Mint Clinic

      Dr Richard Lee Kin – specialist Periodontist & founder, Mint Clinic 

      Dr Richard Lee Kin is a specialist Periodontist. He is founder of the Mint Clinic in Adelaide Rd., Dublin 2 where he maintains a full - time clinic , practice limited to Periodontology & Dental Implantology. His particular interest is in AI & health care and is shortly due to be speakin in amsterdam at the EFP , a world conference on dental and periodontal health ~ Irelands only representative. Presentation title: AI ROBOTICS & THE FUTURE OF HEALTH CARE Synopsis: AI is getting increasingly ...

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    • Helen Cahill - CEO, InvoiceFair

      Helen Cahill – CEO, InvoiceFair 

      Helen Cahill, Co-Founder & CEO. Helen has over 20 years financial services experience in leading banks and a proven track record in building diverse businesses. She has a deep understanding of the corporate sector having provided treasury risk management solutions to companies in Ireland, the UK and the US. In recent years, as an experienced Financial Adviser, she has gained significant insights into how high net worth professionals investors think and behave.

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    • Alessandro Prest - CTO, LogoGrab

      Alessandro Prest – CTO, LogoGrab 

      Alessandro leads the LogoGrab technology team. Alessandro is a former Google researcher in artificial intelligence and computer vision at the prestigious ETH Institute. He has undertaken multiple research positions in several institutions and has extensive experience in delivering artificial intelligence solutions to different markets. Title: From cave paintings to Emojis Synopsis: Humans are the only specie utilising a symbolic form of communication. This has evolved over a period of 40000 years, and like all things in the interne...

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    • Kevin Kiley - Vice President of Sales & Partnership, OneTrust

      Kevin Kiley – Vice President of Sales & Partnership, OneTrust 

      Kevin Kiley is Vice President of Sales & Partnership at OneTrust a global leader in privacy management software which helps organizations operationalize data privacy compliance and Privacy by Design. In his role, Kiley works closely with many of the world’s largest companies on developing, delivering and supporting their privacy programmes. Previously, Kevin was at VMware where he led the North American EUC Enterprise Sales organisation, a $350+ million business.  Kevin holds an MBA from La Sorbonne completed Summa Cum Laude with additional post-graduate studies at Oxford University. He cu...

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    • Peter Berends - User Experience Curriculum & Team Mentor, Digital Skills Academy

      Peter Berends – User Experience Curriculum & Team Mentor, Digital Skills Academy 

      Peter Berends is the User Experience Curriculum Lead and a Team Mentor for the Industry Partner and Entrepreneurial Projects with Digital Skills Academy. Since 2011, Peter has been working on digital experiences for start-ups, SMEs, international and multinational organisations in Europe and North America, optimising their user experience and lead generation. Prior to working with Digital Skills Academy, Peter worked with several organisations including Google and Web Summit as well as teaching in several educational institutions.   Title: 4 Things Your ...

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    • Rowena McCormack - Partner, DAC Beachcroft Dublin

      Rowena McCormack – Partner, DAC Beachcroft Dublin 

      Rowena is a litigation specialist with considerable experience in dealing with a broad range of complex disputes. She routinely attends before the Commercial Court and High Court and has previously advised clients attending before the Joint Committee of Inquiry into the Banking Crisis in Ireland (the Banking Inquiry) and the Financial Services Ombudsman. Rowena's experience includes advising professionals, corporates, financial institutions, technology, and media clients. Rowena has a particular interest in cyber risk and data...

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    • Sergey Sobolev - Change agent, Mind Digger Ltd, Ireland.

      Sergey Sobolev – Change agent, Mind Digger Ltd, Ireland. 

      Drawing from his 15 years of experience in various IT and management roles, Sergey aims to bring change to small and medium businesses and help them with the transition to more productive and adaptive ways of working. With access to Russian and Western management perspectives, he strives to use simplest, most practical approaches from both worlds to achieve significant results.  Presentation Title: Costs of Agile Synopsis: This talk covers main challenges...

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    • Scott McConnell - Sales Director, Equinix

      Scott McConnell – Sales Director, Equinix 

      Scott has been Sales Director for Ireland and the Emerging Markets with Equinix since 2015. Working in the data centre industry for 13 years he previously held the position of Sales Director for Ireland with Telecity Group and prior to this was Sales Manager for Interxion in Dublin. Scott is responsible for executing the Equinix sales strategy and has over 20 years’ experience in the ICT sales sector. He has also held various management positions in the telecoms sector in the UK and Ireland. Scott has a BA (Hons) from University College Dublin and a graduate diploma in management studies from ...

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    • Eoin Corry - Business Development Manager, Temple Street Foundation

      Eoin Corry – Business Development Manager, Temple Street Foundation 

      Eoin Corry is the Business Development Manager at the Temple Street Foundation which raises funds for Temple Street Children’s Hospital.  He is one of the organisers for the team-building and fundraising event called Techies4TempleStreet.  This event attracts hundreds of companies from both the Tech and Business communities for a unique treasure hunt around Dublin City whilst raising funds for Temple Street Children’s Hospital.

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    • Anja Basaric - Digital Marketing Specialist at Evros Technology Group

      Anja Basaric – Digital Marketing Specialist at Evros Technology Group 

      Anja has worked with a number of successful brands in Ireland helping them develop and implement digital marketing strategies across a variety of channels. She has spent some time within Irish marketing agencies before moving in-house to one of the country’s leading technology company, Evros Technology Group. Anja currently manages digital marketing for seven brands: Evros, Digital Planet, itContracting, Comsys, Inspired, mySoftware.ie and eSource.ie. Presentation Title: The Importance of Building Audiences and Buyer Personas for Marketing Personalisation Synopsi...

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    • Edward Grant - CFO, Solgari

      Edward Grant – CFO, Solgari 

      Ed has over 20 years of experience in technology, private equity and corporate finance. A graduate of University College Dublin and the University of Regensburg, Ed spent 10 years working in corporate & investment banking with Citi in Dublin, London and Paris, covering the Technology, Media and Telecoms sectors. Ed subsequently moved into private equity with a particular focus on SaaS leading to the launch of Solgari. Presentation Title: The Digital Race – Compliant & Integrated Omni-Channel Cloud Communications

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    • Conor Ahern - Service Designer, Service rePublic

      Conor Ahern – Service Designer, Service rePublic 

      I have over 25 year experience working in the hospitality industry, motor industry, financial services sector. I have spent 20 years in the public service working with Cork County Council in clerical and administrative roles for 2 years and followed that up with 17 years in ICT. My initial role in ICT was as technical support for business systems users for two years. I spent the next 10 years as a business systems analyst & developer, providing design & implementation services & consultancy to Cork County Council's many customer departments & managers. My last 5 years in ICT in...

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    • Valerie Walsh - Executive Council Member, Host in Ireland

      Valerie Walsh – Executive Council Member, Host in Ireland 

      Valerie Walsh is the Vice President of Asset Management for Digital Realty in Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA). Ms Walsh joined Digital Realty as one of the first employees in Europe, through an acquisition in 2006. As Head of Asset Management, Valerie has responsibility for the financial performance of the portfolio of thirty-five properties in EMEA, ensuring the Company maintains continued growth, through successful new signings, on-going control of expenses and retaining our required returns on capital invested in the region. Over the course of her 10+ years’ experience with Digital R...

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    • Tanya Duncan - Managing Director, Interxion

      Tanya Duncan – Managing Director, Interxion 

      With over 15 years in the ICT industry, Tanya began her career in the Telecoms sector with roles at both KPNQwest and Esat BT. Tanya then joined Interxion in 2001, where she held a number of positions before becoming Managing Director in 2005.

Tanya’s customer focus coupled with a strong understanding of both business and technical requirements has propelled Interxion’s success in the Irish data centre market. Tanya has played a vital role in the positioning and development of Interxion’s data centres in Ireland.

Tanya holds a degree in Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering from Trinity...

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    • Eoin Lambkin - Founder & Director, Circular Data Solutions

      Eoin Lambkin – Founder & Director, Circular Data Solutions 

      An ‘old timer’ of the wireless communications industry, Eoin gracefully exited to concentrate on investing and developing new business opportunities. In 2015 he co-founded Circular Data Solutions Ltd, a company specialising in supplying equipment that destroys ‘end of life’ data storage devices. Eoin is also an Entrepreneur in Residence at the Catalyst Inc Innovation Centre Belfast providing mentoring to start-up companies with high growth potential. Working closely with international Government departments and commercial organisations providing solutions to ensure the chain of custody of thei...

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    • Paddy Quinn - Principal, Paddy Quinn & Co Chartered Accountants

      Paddy Quinn – Principal, Paddy Quinn & Co Chartered Accountants 

      With over 15 years experience working with startups and fast-growing business, Paddy is able to advise on all the major accountancy and tax issues these businesses encounter. Paddy is a member of Chartered Accountants Ireland and a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.   Title: Accountancy Basics for Startups Synopsis: Paddy will take you through the must-know accountancy and tax information for all start-ups including: ...

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    • Cormac Martin - Occupational Psychologist & Regional Operations Lead, cut-e Ireland

      Cormac Martin – Occupational Psychologist & Regional Operations Lead, cut-e Ireland 

      Cormac is currently practicing as an Occupational Psychology Consultant for the leading psychometrics company in Ireland; cut-e. He is also functioning as the Regional Operations Expert for Ireland and the UK, providing consultation internally with regards to the best use of current tools, the creation of customized solutions, and integrating partner solutions. Cormac offers consulting expertise in the design, implementation and validation of psychome...

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    • Felipe Lodi - Partner, WorkFlow ICT

      Felipe Lodi – Partner, WorkFlow ICT 

      Felipe Lodi creates marketing strategies to leverage personal brands and companies in the digital world. After 24 years designing software for multinationals in countries such as Belgium, Germany, Ireland and Brazil, Felipe co-founded WorkFlow ICT, the Learning and Development business that is disrupting the recruitment market in Ireland. Presentation Title: Build Your Personal Brand and Skip the Recruitment Agency. Synopsis: Discover the nine drivers that make your P...

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    • Dermot Daly - CEO & Founder, Tapadoo

      Dermot Daly – CEO & Founder, Tapadoo 

      Dermot Daly is the founder and CEO of Tapadoo. Dermot has worked in the mobile arena since 1998. He worked on the world's first WAP-based cinema ticketing application and mobile parking systems deployed in Dublin, Sydney, Berlin and Las Vegas. He launched Tapadoo in 2009 after the demand from his business clients for mobile apps. Dermot ran Dublin's iOS developer meet ups, XCake from 2009 to 2012. In addition, he is the co-founder of Úll, a conference aimed at iOS and Mac developers and designers. Dermot occasionally takes part in podcasts such as Redcert, Let's Talk Apple and App Stories. Der...

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    • Stephen Fitzpatrick - Vice President Sales Northern Europe, 1NCE GmbH

      Stephen Fitzpatrick – Vice President Sales Northern Europe, 1NCE GmbH 

      A dynamic and innovative senior business leader with nearly twenty years successful experience in enterprise, public sector and multinational technology sales. I specialize in IoT, Security and Connectivity. Presentation Title: IoT Connectivity Disrupted 

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    • Jill McGrath - CEO, TAM Ireland (Television Audience Measurement)

      Jill McGrath – CEO, TAM Ireland (Television Audience Measurement) 

      Jill McGrath has been CEO of TAM Ireland since 2012. TAM Ireland oversees an accurate and effective audience measurement system for the whole of the Irish television advertising industry Jill has worked across the entire spectrum of the Irish Ad business.  Her career has included working in Ad Agencies, the Press, Radio, Online and now the TV Industry. On the client side Jill was Marketing Director in FM104 for many years and  set up the first online Dating site in Ireland Maybefriends.com   Title: Joining the Dots Synopsis: Over the last deca...

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    • Nigel Tozer - Solutions Marketing Director EMEA, Commvault

      Nigel Tozer – Solutions Marketing Director EMEA, Commvault 

      Nigel Tozer is a Commvault subject matter expert on GDPR, and on the advisory board of the Chief Data Officer Exchange. He has more than two decades of experience in the IT industry with the majority of it in enterprise software, cloud and other business-transforming technologies.  Nigel is a regular speaker at events and webinars on data value and best practices.     Title: 5 Ways that GDPR Will Benefit Your Business Synopsis: Many organisations are struggling to get to a defensible position with regard to GDPR, and just because May 25...

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    • Grainne O’ Keeffe - Head of Innovation, Spearline Risk & Compliance

      Grainne O’ Keeffe – Head of Innovation, Spearline Risk & Compliance 

      Grainne is Head of Innovation at Spearline Risk and Compliance, a global software company based in Skibbereen, West Cork that develops data protection software solutions. ‘Spearline Data Protection’ is a GDPR operational compliance workflow tool that gives you a central place to record all of your GDPR efforts, including your privacy-related policies and procedures, allowing you to centralise the management of your GDPR compliance. ‘Spearline Data Protection’ will allow you to identify, investigate and report on any breaches that may occur in your organisation.

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    • Graham Carroll - Founder & Client Services Director, The Friday Agency

      Graham Carroll – Founder & Client Services Director, The Friday Agency 

      Graham is a founding Director of The Friday Agency. His role involves managing the relationship between the agencies larger clients and it’s specialist group of creative and content experts. Graham also lecturers in Digital and Content Strategy at SureSkills’s Digital Marketing Diploma program and has provided consultancy and training for clients such as Google, IBM and Aer Lingus. More recently Graham delivers User Experience workshops with UXTraining.com.     Title: User Experience is the new frontier of Digital Marketing

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    • David Doyle - Managing Director, B2BSell.com

      David Doyle – Managing Director, B2BSell.com 

      David has spent over 30 years in sales, working from the bottom up and successfully building IT enterprises from zero to acquisition. Having studied Electronics and Computer Science at DIT and Enterprise Ireland’s Export Sales Development Programme, he has spent most of his time in sales. He is founder and Managing Director of B2B Sell and leads a team of experienced business and technology trained sales professionals offering Lead Generation Opportunity Research Sales Appointment Setting Sales Outsourcing     ...

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    • Billy Farrell - National Sales Manager,  Fexco Corporate Payments

      Billy Farrell – National Sales Manager, Fexco Corporate Payments 

      Billy has over 20 years’ experience in payments helping clients across a diverse range of sectors to reduce FX risk and increase efficiency in International payments processes.   Title: International payments in a changing world Synopsis: Join us at the Finance Summit to learn how we provide businesses and individuals with efficient, secure and transparent international money transfer and payment solutions.

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    • Mike O’Halloran - CEO, Fexco Asset Finance

      Mike O’Halloran – CEO, Fexco Asset Finance 

      Mike has over twenty years’ experience in the financial sector and currently is the CEO of Fexco Asset Finance. Mike works with clients across a range of sectors helping them achieve the finance solution for their business.   Title: Flexible Finance Solutions for your Business Synopsis:  Our experienced team understand the needs of businesses both large and small and we are available to discuss the various flexible funding solutions on offer, join us at the Finance Summit so we can help you to release the locked in value that your business needs ...

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    • Damian Pothecary - Design Consultant, IPS Ltd

      Damian Pothecary – Design Consultant, IPS Ltd 

      Damian Pothecary has been working with organisations to improve business processes for more than two decades. Specialising in the tricky area of paper and digital content management and distribution. Damian has worked with some of the largest names in the industry with customers ranging from SMB through to PLC’s. With a focus on identifying technologies that create real world benefits to businesses, Damian is passionate about solutions that demonstrate simplicity.   Title: Process, print, data and pain: making information and documents easier to produce, reduce and ...

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    • Shirley Finnerty - Business Group Lead, Microsoft Ireland.

      Shirley Finnerty – Business Group Lead, Microsoft Ireland. 

      Shirley Finnerty is the Business Group Lead for Devices in Microsoft Ireland.  Over the past 20 years, she has focused on the evolution of the workplace, enabled by devices and technology.  Primarily working within the Telecommunications and IT sectors, both in Ireland and Internationally, she has experienced the acceleration of change within the workforce and the embracement of a digital culture.   More recently, she has concentrated on cyber security and strategies to protect users, corporate data and their devices.   Title: The Challenges of Enabling a Secure and...

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    • Jennifer Brennan - Associate Director, Next Generation

      Jennifer Brennan – Associate Director, Next Generation 

      Jennifer is the Associate Director for the within Next Generation Recruitment. Jennifer has 12 years of experience in the recruitment sector, ten of these with a leading Global Irish Agency where she managed the number one Irish Office Support Agency in Ireland. Over her career she has recruited for all levels of roles within Legal, Finance, Office Support and IT.  Jennifer is fast becoming a taught leader in the area of IT recruitment and has spoken on events in the past on how to hire great candidates Working in recruitment for the past 12 years, Jennifer has worked across leading tech...

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    • Brian Hickey - Software Engineering Manager, EnerNOC

      Brian Hickey – Software Engineering Manager, EnerNOC 

      Brian leads the software engineering team at EnerNOC’s EMEA HQ in Dublin, where he and his team are currently implementing EnerNOC’s next generation flexibility services platform. The platform is the future of demand response capabilities at global scale; it maximises opportunities and addresses complexities that maturing energy markets and technologies are presenting to industrial and commercial organisations around the world. Throughout his career, Brian has worked in many aspects of the software industry in a variety of roles, and has long been a champion of using Cloud infrastructure to ac...

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    • David McConnell - Chief Technical Evangelist, Inpute Technologies

      David McConnell – Chief Technical Evangelist, Inpute Technologies 

      David has over 30 years’ experience in designing and implementing secure document management solutions across SMEs, government departments and enterprise organisations. Through a practical demonstration, David will show how companies can leverage document management solutions to assist in complying with GDPR.  

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    • Jason Cooper - Advanced Mind & Business Coach

      Jason Cooper – Advanced Mind & Business Coach 

      Jason Cooper is an Advanced Mind & Business Coach and uses tools and techniques of NLP, NeuroScience and other tools and techniques to get success in people. He has over 20 years of Sales and marketing experience from large multinational to aggressive, small online tech startups. Jason specialises in business skills development within the IT, Finance and manufacturing industries. Jason has achieved consistent success resulting in marked increases in productivity levels in sales targets, enhanced communication skill sets and advanced staff motivation and performance.   ...

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    • Edel Kennedy - Head of Marketing, URBANVOLT

      Edel Kennedy – Head of Marketing, URBANVOLT 

      Edel Kennedy is Head of Marketing for URBANVOLT. She joined the company when it was a startup and helped build it into the fastest growing energy services company in Ireland. URBANVOLT is now the biggest Light as a Service company in the world, and is ranked by Inc.com as Number 226 in the Fastest Growing 5000 Companies in Europe. Bringing her experience as a former journalist, Edel helped to build URBANVOLT into an international brand which is now the leading choice for Fortune 500 companies. URBANVOLT began by offering Light as a Service and is now expanding into other energy services ...

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    • Eoin Christian - Managing Director, GRENKE

      Eoin Christian – Managing Director, GRENKE 

      Eoin Christian who is the MD of GRENKE Invoice Finance who can talk about alternative forms of finance available to the industry. Eoin is head of GRENKE Invoice Finance but also was previously head of the Leasing division and is currently chair of the IFP (www.ifpireland.ie) which is the umbrella body for independent finance providers in Ireland so he very experienced and knowledgeable of the opportunities and providers of smart finance options available to businesses.   Title: Smart Finance for Smart Businesses

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    • John Madigan -Head of Marketing and Research,SBCI

      John Madigan -Head of Marketing and Research,SBCI 

      John joined the Strategic Banking Corporation of Ireland in February 2015 from KBC Bank. At KBC Bank Ireland he had been Senior Manager Strategy and Planning, Retail Distribution as part of the Retail Distribution Leadership team since 2013.  There he led the rollout of KBCI Retail Distribution strategy, delivering on both the expansion of KBCI physical branch infrastructure and the expansion of KBCI product suite to include Consumer Finance products.  Prior to joining KBC, John spent 34 years with Bank of Ireland, where his roles included Head of Branches - Dublin Central and South, Head of M...

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    • Ronan Fitzpatrick - Director of Digital, PCW

      Ronan Fitzpatrick – Director of Digital, PCW 

      Ronan is the Director of Digital within the Consulting team of PwC Ireland. Prior to joining PwC, Ronan spent over 20 years in Industry, primarily in Digital, online and mobile roles spanning both IT and Commercial. Ronan has excellent practical knowledge of the Business, Customer Experience and Technology aspects of all digital, e-Commerce and mobile solutions. He has extensive professional experience in competitive, commercial environments with significant strategy development and implementation, infrastructure, architecture, application management, digital development and project/portfolio ...

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    • Ivan Kelly - Innovation Program Manager

      Ivan Kelly – Innovation Program Manager 

      Ivan Kelly has over 20 years of experience in innovation development and supply chain management within the global ICT sector. He has worked with global companies to develop their internal processes and to grow their innovation capacities to access partnership opportunities. Ivan has led the development of global supply chains to support R&D in ideation and prototyping, through the value chain to operation excellence and market release. Ivan has a BEng, CEng MIEI, MSc and MBA.   Title: Fostering Innovation – a practical users guide

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    • Hugh Jones - Co-founder, Sytorus Ltd

      Hugh Jones – Co-founder, Sytorus Ltd 

      Hugh Jones is a co-founder of Sytorus Ltd, a specialised provider of Data Protection training, consultancy and assessment services. Hugh provides professional Data Protection guidance, and is a frequent speaker at Privacy and Data Management events in Ireland and overseas. Through Sytorus, Hugh offers both general and bespoke training to organisations in the areas of data manage...

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    • Aidan Healy - Head of Learning and Development, UnPlug

      Aidan Healy – Head of Learning and Development, UnPlug 

      Aidan oversees the design and delivery of all of the evidence-based programmes. Aidan comes from a background in psychology, coaching and leadership development. Over the last ten years, he has worked in organisations across the public, private and non-for-profit sectors, mostly recently at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland. Aidan brings a depth of international experience and intercultural competence to the UnPlug team, having previously delivered training and coaching programmes across six continents.

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    • Pascal Derrien - CEO, Talent Cloud Media (TCM)

      Pascal Derrien – CEO, Talent Cloud Media (TCM) 

      Pascal Derrien is the CEO of Talent Cloud Media (TCM). Pascal joined TCM at an early juncture after having held senior Operations Leader positions in Microsoft, Gateway or Sony. Pascal is also a brand ambassador for the iconic social media platform beBee (11 million users) based in Madrid.  The Recruitment Marketing company has recently launched and is already attracting curiosity and respect from key opinion leaders in the recruiting sector. In 2018 alone, numerous clients have availed of TCM bespoke solutions realizing that using data in an innovative and disruptive fashion was key in having...

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    • Roy Wilson - Cloud Solution Architect, Microsoft

      Roy Wilson – Cloud Solution Architect, Microsoft 

      Roy is a Senior Solution Architect with 20+ years experience applying technology to real world problems. In his current role he supports key Microsoft customers with design, deployment and adoption of the hybrid Microsoft Data Platform, including Big Data, Machine learning & AI, SQL Server and Azure based IoT solutions.

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    • Aoife Murphy - Major Accounts Director, Vistatec & Managing Director, Think Global Forum Europe

      Aoife Murphy – Major Accounts Director, Vistatec & Managing Director, Think Global Forum Europe 

      As a consultative sales professional, I have always been delighted to work with world leading organisations to devise solutions that support their plans for global expansion, broadening my experience in strategy development, delivery and organisational change. My background in languages, international marketing, technical authoring and project management has helped me to fully understand customer requirements and call on the appropriate experts to create effective and sustainable solutions.

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    • Deirdre Arnold - Tech Apprenticeship Business Development Officer, FIT Ltd

      Deirdre Arnold – Tech Apprenticeship Business Development Officer, FIT Ltd 

      Deirdre is a graduate of NUIG with a BA in Training and Education.  She has been working in the Adult Education Sector for the last decade and with FIT (Fast Track into IT) has played a central role in the successful implementation of the ICT Associate Professional Pilot, which has led to the new national Tech Apprenticeships.  She is currently focused on the implementation of the Apprenticeship programme in the Midlands and the West of Ireland.   ...

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    • David Hanlon – Team Lead, Change Management, Revenue

      David Hanlon – Team Lead, Change Management, Revenue 

      David Hanlon is a team lead on the Change Management team for the PAYE modernisation project.  He is a Revenue professional with extensive experience in the practical application of tax and audit. As an auditor in Large Cases division his knowledge spans across multiple economic sectors including manufacturing, life sciences, food, financial and ICT.   Title: PAYE Modernisation – Overview of significant changes to operation of PAYE from 1st January 2019

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    • William McLoughlin - Barrister & Senior Consultant, Argent Business Consultants

      William McLoughlin – Barrister & Senior Consultant, Argent Business Consultants 

      William McLoughlin BL is a barrister specialising in regulatory compliance, data protection, employment, planning and judicial review. He is the founder of Argent Business Consultants, www.argentbusinessconsultants.ie, a data protection and employment consultancy firm that provides solutions to all data protection related matters; from developing policies and procedures to data breaches and litigation strategies. Before entering law, William was an account manager for a large multinational telecommunications company then set up his own ...

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    • Liam Lynch - Cyber Security Evangelist, L2 Cyber Security Solutions

      Liam Lynch – Cyber Security Evangelist, L2 Cyber Security Solutions 

      Liam spent the last 30 years working in the areas of networking and security. He has developed a way of delivering training on the technical topics of Cyber Security and Data Protection in a simple, no nonsense fashion. Some people even enjoy his training sessions.   Title: Data Breaches – some examples th...

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    • Brian Crooke - Founder and CEO, Office Worker Health

      Brian Crooke – Founder and CEO, Office Worker Health 

      My goal is to empower people to make their workplaces healthier places to be. My passion for health and wellbeing began during my 10 years working as a management consultant for a large corporation. Seeing the bad habits, lack of activity and ill health developed by my colleagues over a period of time drove me to set up Office Worker Health. Office Worker ...

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    • Patrick Haughey - MD, Haughey Media

      Patrick Haughey – MD, Haughey Media 

      Patrick Haughey is an award-winning radio producer, content editor, and podcaster. Having produced ‘The Last Word with Matt Cooper’ on Today FM for over ten years, he joined the technology company Voxpro as Content Editor. Here, he devised Voxpro’s entire content strategy and launched the highly successful Voxpro Studios podcast series. As MD of Haughey Media, Patrick helps companies get closer to their customers through innovative content, cut-through communications, and media traction.

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    • Thomas Gilligan - Director of Services, Mayo County Council

      Thomas Gilligan – Director of Services, Mayo County Council 

      Tom Gilligan is currently a Director of Services with Mayo County Council. His role involves responsibility for Housing, Roads, Services Development, Procurement and Efficiency within the local authority. Prior to joining Mayo County Council, Tom worked with Limerick City and County Council as its Head of Finance

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    • Geraldine Moloney - SME Customer Manager, Electric Ireland

      Geraldine Moloney – SME Customer Manager, Electric Ireland 

      Geraldine is the SME Customer Manager in Electric Ireland.  With a background in Marketing and IT, Geraldine is passionate about serving SME customers & using IT where useful to enhance Customer Experience.

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    • Andrew Dobbin - The Business Mindset

      Andrew Dobbin – The Business Mindset 

      I’m a grounded, authentic person and have always believed in hard work, integrity and loyalty. I work with business owners to give them focus, direction and accountability. I help them to get a fresh perspective on their business, increase sales and make more money. Owner of The Business Mindset 5 Steps to a “Great” Referral In this talk we will focus how people can create great referrals for others and how they can educate others to bring them referrals from their target market.

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    • Alec Drew

      Alec Drew 

      Some people have an academic viewpoint and share their knowledge of business based on theories. Some talk from a single industry experience and have detailed knowledge of that sector. Alec talks about business from a broader spectrum based on practical lessons learned over the last 35 years in four different sectors. He shares a unique insight into how simple changes in how you do things can deliver significant profIts without you having to spend any money.

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