National Conference & Exhibition

22nd October 2019, Lyrath Estate, Kilkenny

21st Oct | Pre-Conference Meetup

23rd Oct | Executive Workshop

“Innovation is the only way to win” – Steve Jobs

  • Be part of an inspiring experience where your business success is at the heart of the design.
  • Witness the power of the network solving some of the biggest challenges facing industry.
  • Conference Themes: What Got You Here Won’t Get You There, Digital Transformation, Innovation for a Sustainable World, Scaling SME Excellence, Leadership in Exponential Times and Formula One – Innovation in the Fast Lane.
  • Designed by business for business – connect with 300+ peers, enhance your network, and be inspired by exceptional, relevant, people.
  • International Speakers of distinction – Barry O’Reilly, global business advisor & author of Unlearn: Let Go of Past Success to Achieve Extraordinary Results;  Darrell Mann, one of the world’s most prolific inventors & Mark Gallagher, with performance insights from 2 decades of leadership at Formula One.
  • Hear innovation come alive with Irish case studies, growth stories and real experiences from diverse sectors.
  • You never know who you’ll meet or what you’ll learn…. Remember, there will always be serendipity involved in discovery!
  • Time is precious. Join our special fixture on the business calendar and make your day out count!


These are the people who will inspire & challenge us!

Wednesday 23rd October 2019


Creating High Performance Organisations

Seek to not fear the future, but invent it…

Tuesday 22nd October 2019

Pre-Conference Meetup Monday

A simple hello could lead to a million things…

A complimentary evening with wine, finger food, extra insights & great networking! Register your interest for the Meetup when you book your tickets.

Flavour of companies who attended last year

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 2018