Virtual Conference & Showcase

17th to 19th November | 3 days, 18 sessions, 28 speakers with global insights

Inspiring Innovation for 2021!

  • Be inspired by the most innovative companies and global thought leaders. 
  • Learn about the winning strategies and latest trends that will help you innovate and drive your business forward in the new reality of 2021.
  • Immerse yourself and your team in the very latest thinking and best practices around Agile-Stage-Gate, Sustainability, Remote Working, Cross-industry Innovation, Digital Transformation, AI, Blockchain, Networking in our New World and lots more.
  • Witness the Future of Innovation.
  • Break New Barriers.  Attract the Best Talent.  Grow your business in 2021.
  • Engage with Global Thought Leaders including Dr. Robert G. Cooper (innovation thought-leader & father and creator of the Stage-Gate® system), Ramon Vulings (cross-industry creativity & innovation guru), Mark Gallagher (Formula 1), Conor O’Neill (NearForm), Alessandra Sala (Shutterstock), John Bell (European Commission), Tom Raftery (Futurist & Innovation Evangelist), Anja Svetina Nabergoj (Innovation Coach at Stanford & many more…


Global thought-leaders and industry people who inspire and challenge us!

Dr. Robert G. Cooper

President of Product Development Institute & father and creator of the Stage-Gate® system.

Anja Svetina Nabergoj

Lecturer and Innovation Coach at Stanford

Ramon Vullings

International keynote speaker on business creativity & cross-sector innovation

Mark Gallagher

Performance Insights & Formula One

Leo Clancy

Executive Committee of IDA Ireland

Denis Hayes

Managing Director of the IRDG Innovation Network

Aidan McCullen

Change Consultant, Corporate Coach and Host of the Innovation Show

Ailbhe and Izzy Keane

Multi-Award Winning Entrepreneurs at Izzy Wheels

Dr. John Bell

"Healthy Planet” Director at European Commission

Robert O'Mahony

Head of Sustainability at Logitech

Sue Garrard

Advisor on Sustainability Strategy & former EVP Sustainable Business and Communications at Unilever

Kingsley Aikins

Chief Executive Officer at The Networking Institute

Conor O'Neill

Chief Product Officer at NearForm

Lewize Crothers

CEO & Founder at Exit Entry

Conall Laverty

Founder & CEO at Wia

John McKiernan

Head of Innovation Pipeline at ESB

Derek Roddy

Founder & CEO at Climote

Lory Kehoe

Adjunct Assistant Professor in Technology Trends at Trinity College Dublin

Brian McGuire

Co-founder and CEO at Cental Ltd

Rob Leslie

Founder & CEO at Sedicii

Peter Rose

CTO and co-owner at TEKenable

Donal Tierney

Chairperson IRDG & CEO Bimeda Holdings

Lorna Martyn

SVP, Head of Technology at Fidelity Investments

Fearghal Carroll

Chief Financial Officer at Cup Print

and more to be announced...

Flavour of companies who attended in recent times include

Abbott Vascular, Action Point, Active Difference, Advanced Energy, AIB, Allergan, AllState, Alltech, Analog Devices, Arris Communications Ireland Ltd, Avaya, Aviareto Limited, Bank of Ireland, Becton Dickenson, Bimeda Holdings, BioMarin, Brown Thomas / Arnotts, Cartoon Saloon, CBE, Celtrina, Commscope, Cook Medical, Dairygold, Dell EMC, Deloitte’s EMEA Blockchain Lab, Design Partners, Diomac, Dolmen Design and Innovation, EirGen Pharma, EirGrid, Elsevier,  Enable Ireland SeatTech, Enterprise Ireland, ESB, EY Ireland, FastForm Research Ltd, Fexco, Fireblock, FireEye, Flex, Glanbia Ireland, Goodman Medical, Graph Engineering – GMOD, Horseware Products, IDA Ireland, Informatica, Innovotec, Intel, Invoice Fair, Irish Distillers Pernod Ricard, Jaguar Land Rover Ireland, Johnson & Johnson

Kingspan, Klas Telecom,  Kora Healthcare, KPMG, Lean Unlimited, Lionbridge, Lufthansa Technik, Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals, Mallon Technology Ltd, Marco Beverages, Marinochem, Mason Technology, Medite Smartply, Medtronic, Merit Medical Ireland, Merlyn Showering, Metabolomic Diagnostics, Minteq, Molex Ireland, Moog, Morgan McKinley, Musgrave, Nutribio, Q1 Scientific / TriviumVet, Recreate, Robotics & Drives, Silver Pail Dairy, SMBC Aviation Capital, Spearline Risk & Compliance, SR Technics, State Street, Stryker, Sulzer Pump Solutions Ireland, Sunlife Financial, T.E. Laboratories, TEKenable, Teleflex, Teva Pharmaceuticals, The Packaging Hub, Three, TQS Integration, Traco Power Solutions, Transitions Optical, Tricel, Ventac, VHI, Waters Technologies, Wisetek Solutions

What guests said about last year’s Conference

IRDG team, take a bow! I have to say the conference was fantastic. The content flow and order of speakers was very well thought out. The speakers themselves were excellent and kept us engaged throughout. The Lyrath hotel as a venue and facilities were super also.

Fantastic sessions – well prepared and the speakers really spoke to audience needs. The passion of the speakers for their work was infectious.

Great standard of speakers, haven’t been at a conference where the standard has been as high. Really got me thinking on leadership and innovation like never before. The greatest ideas can come from anyone in the company.

Really enjoyed it and left inspired and informed. I loved hearing from so many different organisations and seeing how they bring innovation into their organisation. I also really loved the graphic illustrator outside. It was a fantastic addition.

An excellent choice of presenters. The whole event was managed well with little time wasting.  Some excellent ideas to takeaway. Well done to all.

I feel the more of these I go to the more I get out of them – the speakers this year were extremely interesting.

This was the best IRDG event I have attended. Speakers were excellent, engaging and relevant and interaction at the stand was very relevant. Thank you – organisation was slick as ever.

I’ve attended numerous conferences over the years and this would rank amongst the enjoyable and valuable – the excellent presentation in almost all cases, the seamless continuity between talks, and the balance of contrasting topics and styles – well done!

The atmosphere is always relaxed and friendly at IRDG events which creates the environment for people to chat.

Very enjoyable, lovely to have the evening event in advance of the conference for those that travelled early & have the opportunity to network.

Highlights from the Lyrath Estate, National Innovation Conference 2019