Dip in and out as suits your diary!  The overall format of the event will see a combination of 18 sessions over the 3 days, featuring keynotes, panel discussions and industry case studies.  Content will remain online to be viewed at any time up to 20 days after the event so you don’t have to catch it all live.

November 17th to 19th

Ireland time

Virtual Experience

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Day 1 - Tuesday, 17th November 2020

Tue 17th Nov

8:45 – 9:00am

#IRDG2020 Welcome Address

  • Denis Hayes, Managing Director, IRDG
  • Donal Tierney, CEO Bimeda Holdings & Chairperson IRDG

Under the theme of “Inspiring Innovation for 2021,” this year’s #irdg2020 will shine its lens on the innovative companies, thought leaders, strategies, and trends helping build a truly better tomorrow. 

We are proud to convene an inspiring selection of speakers who will on focus on key topics and strategies to help you innovate in your business in 2021 – topics ranging from sustainability, digital transformation, cross industry collaboration, networking in a virtual world, to leading innovation in the new normal. 

Engage with us from the comfort of your surroundings. Learn from extremely accomplished Irish and international leaders and industry practitioners. Connect with a wide community of people from all walks of life.

Tue 17th Nov

9:00 – 10:00am

Accelerating through Adversity

Mark Gallagher, Performance Insights & Formula One

(session time ~ 50 mins)

The past year has seen the Formula 1 industry face significant challenges and yet illustrate that it is by combining team work, collaboration and innovation that we can rapidly develop solutions to the problems we face.

Setting out on a path towards achieving a carbon neutral sport by 2030 is a tall order, but one which Formula 1’s engineers are now tackling through a combination of integrating existing technologies with fast-tracking new and innovative solutions aimed at benefitting society as a whole.

The Covid-19 crisis has accelerated the industry’s move towards integrating the real with the virtual, merging on-line and off-line to create a more immersive, engaging, participative experience for audiences around the world, while Formula 1’s development of the Pit Lane challenge to reverse engineer and rapidly prototype ventilators and breathing aids demonstrated an ability to pivot an entire industry in the face of the global pandemic.

Tue 17th Nov

10:15 – 11:15am

Remote Work Revolution: Unlock New Opportunities to Thrive in a Hybrid Work Environment

Anja Svetina Nabergoj, Lecturer and Innovation Coach at Stanford d.school

(session time ~ 50 mins)

As a result of the recent global pandemic, our workplaces will never be the same, even as life slowly returns back to normal. High performing teams and organizations across the globe will continue to reap the benefits of distributed and remote work, empowered by new technologies. 

Our home environments in which we eat, sleep, learn, exercise, and play have converged with our personal work spaces, where we are to focus, collaborate and produce consistent output. Established routines that helped us transition between home and work, from casual and unstructured to more formal and structured settings, have been removed. In such ‘blended work environments’ it is now harder than ever to maintain a healthy balance between our life roles while delivering high performance at work. 

Leaders have the opportunity to reimagine organizational DNA by carefully designing engaging new experiences that will inspire individuals and teams to tackle work challenges ahead. 

In this talk we will explore how Design Thinking can help us uncover employee needs and design solutions to make work from home more productive, collaborative, creative and fun both on the individual as well as the organizational level. 

Tue 17th Nov

11:30 – 12:30pm

AI Enablers for a New Digital Era

Alessandra Sala, Director of AI and Data Science at Shutterstock & Ambassador of Women in AI Ireland

(session time ~ 50 mins)

Across industries in the recent years, there has been a clear drive for digital transformation to redefine productivity and, possibly, work experiences. Recently the COVID-19 pandemic, and the consequent productivity’s disruptions, has reinforced the urgency to expedite this transformation.

Digitalization comes with the promises of zero touch automation, increasing flexibilization of production processes, enabling personalization of customer needs and reducing time to market. Today, digital transformation moves beyond AI and Robotics and dictates a fundamental interplay and integration of other cutting-edge technologies like edge computing, autonomous handling systems, industrial 5G, blockchain and additive manufacturing.

This talk will explore the key technological drivers and how strategic investment, at a private and public level, is required to support companies to transform in order to improve their competitiveness at scale. Imperative importance is to dedicate to the development of critical skills and knowledge through novel educational programs as much as the realization of innovation clusters to co-invest in technology enablers that would benefit different industrial verticals. 

Tue 17th Nov

1:30 – 3:00pm

Agile-Stage-Gate: Getting New Products to Market Faster & Better

Dr. Robert G. Cooper, President of Product Development Institute & father and creator of the Stage-Gate® system

(session time ~ 90 mins)

Dr. Cooper gives a quick introduction to his Stage-Gate® system for driving new products to market. He then moves quickly to the next generation gating system —  how Agile-Stage-Gate integrates Agile Development concepts from software development with tried-and-proven Stage-Gate methods.

Results achieved by early adopters are dramatic in terms of productivity improvements. He also looks at new-product development and Digital Transformation, and how such “smart” or software/hardware projects can best be managed. Cooper then shows how many physical-product firms — from food and beverage to medical devices — have adopted and implemented this new Agile-Stage-Gate model, some of the challenges they faced, and how they have made the new model work for them… with lots of industry examples. 

Tue 17th Nov

3.10 – 3.50pm

FREE ELECTRONS Global Accelerator

  • John McKiernan, Head of Innovation Pipeline, ESB
  • Brian McGuire, CEO at Cental & Xenotta
  • Rob Lesley, CEO at Sedicii
  • Derek Roddy, CEO at Climote

(session time ~ 45 mins)

Covid19 is hammering erstwhile robust business models …and that’s before BREXIT impacts.

Irish tech companies urgently need new channels to new growth markets!

It’s “GO BIG or GO HOME” time!

FREE ELECTRONSTM provides a direct channel to 82 million customers around the globe and is now seeking applications for the 2021 program. https://freeelectrons.org/next-edition/

In this CEO panel, three of Ireland’s leading tech entrepreneurs will explain how they are using programs like FREE ELECTRONSTM to expand their business in spite of the pandemic crisis.

ESB co-founded FREE ELECTRONSTM in 2017 to access the world’s best new tech solutions and foster faster innovation in the Irish low carbon economy. Utilities like ESB are not tech developers, but they are fantastic channels to market for any product & service that benefits our customers.

As we tackle the twin existential challenges of coronavirus and climate change, ESB is collaborating with new tech companies like Xenotta, Sedicii and Climote to improve the quality of life of our customers whilst saving them money and protecting the environment for future generations.

The ten global utility partners in FREE ELECTRONSTM from across EU, USA, Middle East, Australia and Asia are seeking new tech solutions for 2021. There is a fantastic “no regrets” opportunity for Irish tech companies to GO BIG in 2021. The US$200,000 global award will be presented to the best new tech solution at ESB Head Office in November 2021. It could be you?!

Please join this energetic panel of Tech CEO’s and ask them really hard questions to find ways to extract value for yourself as we rush headlong into the 2021 abyss together!

Tue 17th Nov

4:00 – 5:00pm

If You Can’t Stand Up, Stand Out!

Ailbhe and Izzy Keane, Multi-Award Winning Entrepreneurs at Izzy Wheels

(session time ~ 50 mins)

Ailbhe and Izzy are the founders of Izzy Wheels, a brand of stylish wheel covers for wheelchairs. The idea began as Ailbhe’s final year art project when she noticed her sister’s wheelchair didn’t reflect her bright and bubbly personality. They created a range of colourful changeable wheel covers that transformed a wheelchair into a piece of fashion and self-expression. 

Fast forward 4 years and Izzy Wheels have collaborated with 80 different artists major brands (including Barbie), they have won 15 national awards, they are selling in 35 countries, and were named on Forbes 30 Under 30 for e-commence.  

In this talk, the sisters will share how to successfully combine art with business and important lessons they’ve learned along the way. 

Day 2 - Wednesday, 18th November 2020

Wed 18th Nov

8:45 – 9:00am

#IRDG2020 Opening Address

Denis Hayes, Managing Director, IRDG

Under the theme of “Inspiring Innovation for 2021,” this year’s #irdg2020 will shine its lens on the innovative companies, thought leaders, strategies, and trends helping build a truly better tomorrow. 

We are proud to convene an inspiring selection of speakers who will on focus on key topics and strategies to help you innovate in your business in 2021 – topics ranging from sustainability, digital transformation, cross industry collaboration, networking in a virtual world, to leading innovation in the new normal. 

Engage with us from the comfort of your surroundings. Learn from extremely accomplished Irish and international leaders and industry practitioners. Connect with a wide community of people from all walks of life.

Wed 18th Nov

9:00 – 10:00am

Permanent Reinvention (live only)

Aidan McCullen, Change Consultant, Corporate Coach and Host of the Innovation Show

(session time ~ 50 mins)

In an era of galloping change we need to develop additional capability BEFORE we appear to need it. This is critical to remain relevant for our organisations and in our careers. 
 
This visual and story-rich talk will cover:

  • The rate of change  
  • Why change catches us off guard
  • The forces of change
  • What can organisations do about it
  • What can individuals do to manage it

From the forthcoming book “Undisruptable: A Mindset of Permanent Reinventionfor Individuals, Organisations and Life” with Wiley, March 2021 (available for pre order: https://bit.ly/UndisruptableAmazonUK) 
 
Brought to life by Examples, Models, Stories (illustrated through Nokia, Blackberry, Arnold Schwarznegger and more) 

Wed 18th Nov

10:15 – 11:15am

Where Is Blockchain Today and Where Is It Going?

Lory Kehoe, Adjunct Assistant Professor in Technology Trends at Trinity College Dublin

(session time ~ 50 mins)

After years of hype, where is blockchain today and where is it going, if anywhere? The purpose of this session is to briefly explain what blockchain is (and perhaps more importantly, what it is not), when to use it (and you’ve guessed it, when not to), some notable applications, what’s going on in Ireland with the technology and where it is headed next.

Wed 18th Nov

11:30 – 12:30pm

IRDG Member Insights – Navigating through Covid

  • “An Open Source Journey from Code to Covid-19” by Conor O’Neill, Chief Product Officer at NearForm.
  • “Hyper cooperation – How a Pandemic Created a New model for Software Delivery” by Peter Rose, CTO and co-owner at TEKenable.
  • “From food packaging to face shields – Change driven by innovation, speed and open communications” by Fearghal Carroll, Chief Financial Officer at CupPrint.

(session time ~ 50 mins)

IRDG members will share experiences of their how their businesses responded and coped with the challenges and opportunities presented during the pandemic.

Wed 18th Nov

1:45 – 2:30pm

Ireland’s National Innovation Coefficient

Leo Clancy, Executive Committee, IDA Ireland

(session time ~ 40 mins)

IDA’s role is to promote Ireland as a premium destination for Foreign Direct Investment and to work with companies to ensure they thrive and grow their investments. One of the key predictors of long-term stability and continued growth is the undertaking of Research, Development and Innovation as part of the operation. As a small island on the far north west of Europe we can’t afford to just replicate the conditions in other competing locations, we need to go beyond. I will discuss the make-up of what I think is the multiplier that makes Ireland a great place for cutting edge innovation. I’ll describe some of the key trends for RD&I in Irish multinational companies and IDA’s strategy to achieve continued growth. 

Wed 18th Nov

2:45 – 3:45pm

Enabling our Virtual Future

  • Lorna Martyn, SVP, Head of Technology at Fidelity Investments
  • Lewize Crothers, CEO and Founder at Exit Entry
  • Conall Laverty, Founder & CEO at Wia
  • Anand Mecheri, CEO at Invicara

(session time ~ 50 mins)

  • Lorna Martyn, Fidelity – MODERATOR 
  • Lewize Crothers, Exit Entry – Creating Opportunities for Everyone 
  • Conall Laverty, Wia – Building hardware in a pandemic for tomorrow’s virtual world 
  • Anand Mecheri, Invicara Digital Twins for Built Assets 

This session will explore innovations in digital to attract diverse talent, optimize physical built assets and virtual workspace experiences as we reimagine the future of work. 

Wed 18th Nov

4:00 – 5:15pm

The Power of Networking in a Changed World (live only)

Kingsley Aikins, Chief Executive Officer at The Networking Institute

(session time ~ 75 mins)

We are living at a time of great disruption, turbulence but also opportunity. We don’t know today what tomorrow will bring. This makes planning difficult but should not stop us preparing for a different world when we come out the other side. Key to this will be your network which is now going to be more important than ever.

This webinar will focus on what you and your organisation have to do now to prepare yourself for what the world will look like in the years so to come. It will also address the question that we all must ask ourselves  – Is my network good enough for where I want to be in three years time and, if not, what action should I take, particularly at a time when we can’t connect interpersonally.

This webinar will be delivered by Kingsley Aikins who has lived and worked in six countries around the world. Kingsley is founder and CEO of The Networking Institute based in Dublin and was former CEO of The Ireland Funds for 17 years based in the US. Before that he was the Sydney based representative of Enterprise Ireland and IDA Ireland. Kingsley will outline what you need to do to build a strong and diverse network and how you need to take responsibility for your own career progression at a time of great flux and change.

The Networking Institute has developed a suite of online training programmes in Networking, Philanthropy/Fundraising, Speaking/Presenting and Diaspora Engagement and has worked with over 100 companies, organisations and governments in more than 30 countries.  www.thenetworkinginstitute.com 

Day 3 - Thursday, 19th November 2020

Thur 19th Nov

8:30 – 8:45am

#IRDG2020 Opening Address

Denis Hayes, Managing Director, IRDG

Under the theme of “Inspiring Innovation for 2021,” this year’s #irdg2020 will shine its lens on the innovative companies, thought leaders, strategies, and trends helping build a truly better tomorrow. 

We are proud to convene an inspiring selection of speakers who will on focus on key topics and strategies to help you innovate in your business in 2021 – topics ranging from sustainability, digital transformation, cross industry collaboration, networking in a virtual world, to leading innovation in the new normal. 

Engage with us from the comfort of your surroundings. Learn from extremely accomplished Irish and international leaders and industry practitioners. Connect with a wide community of people from all walks of life.

Thur 19th Nov

8:45am – 9:45am

The Big Planetary Problems; why your business can’t ignore them and a practical guide on how to respond.

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

(session time ~ 50 mins)

The volume and level of dire warnings about the state of our planet has risen dramatically over the last couple of years. It’s clear now that we need to end our addiction to fossil fuels and build low carbon, low impact economies and lifestyles.

But how much do you really understand about the issues? And what can one business do about them anyway? How can a business work out what changes they might make and what is the business case for change? As we struggle with the pandemic, how do we find the bandwidth and understand the actions a business can make to build back better?

Sue’s session will look at these questions through a very practical lens, framing the issues, setting out how they affect businesses, and providing advice on how to take action.

Thur 19th Nov

10:00 – 11:00am

Research and Innovation powering the Green Deal transformation

Dr. John Bell, “Healthy Planet” Director at European Commission

(session time ~ 50 mins)

Director John Bell (DG Research and Innovation – Healthy Planet) will explain the integral role of research and innovation (R&I) in powering both the Green Deal and the recovery.  

The speech will open with the ‘big picture’ view of the European Green Deal, underlining its necessity to face up to the systemic challenges facing Europe in terms of the climate crisis, biodiversity loss, shifting economic model and the upheaval wrought by the COVID-19 pandemic.

It will then explore the contribution of R&I to the Green Deal transitions across all key sectors of our environment, economy and society, emphasising the four Green Deal Missions and the Green Deal Call as pioneering R&I actions. To conclude, it will highlight some of the opportunities for Ireland to embrace the Green Deal paradigm shift and be at the forefront of this fifth great mission of the European Union. 

Thur 19th Nov

11:15 – 12:15pm

Cross-industry innovation: now more than ever! 

Ramon Vullings, International keynote speaker on business creativity & cross-sector innovation

(session time ~ 50 mins)

Our society faces a number of major challenges. Many of them are complex, also called ‘wicked problems’. To solve them, cross-over cooperation between silos and sectors is crucial. Designing these collaborations and finding new solutions needs a new discipline: cross-industry innovation.

Ramon Vullings is a cross-industry expert, he engages with clients via his research, projects and keynote presentations. Ramon speaks enthusiastically about how you can go from best to next practices in your business! 

Ramon helps business leaders, new business development and HR managers with strategy, tools & skills to look beyond the borders of their domain to transform their business in a smarter way www.RamonVullings.com 

Thur 19th Nov

1:30 – 2:30pm

Developing a Roadmap Towards Innovation Excellence

Stephen Creaner, Executive Director at Enterprise Ireland

(session time ~ 50 mins)

It has never been more important than it is today to innovate effectively. All companies need to be able to sense and make sense of the rapidly changing world around them. They need to be able to identify and choose the right innovation opportunities and execute them well. In this session Enterprise Ireland’s Stephen Creaner will discuss Enterprise Ireland’s new approach to helping clients build roadmaps to develop the right capabilities and access the right supports for innovation success. 

Thur 19th Nov

2:45 – 3:45pm

Designing for Sustainability; How to take a desire to do the right thing and evolve it into a capability that delivers value and results. 

Robert O’Mahony, Head of Sustainability, Logitech

(session time ~ 50 mins)

We all have a desire to do the right thing on sustainability. What this means in practical terms may differ from sector to sector but there are some fundamentals that can be applied across the board. 

The challenge posed by climate change is a shared one and the stakes are high for all of us. At Logitech, sustainability is “pervasive” across all our activities, motivating us to reimagine product design throughout all lifecycle phases.  

Robert will share the journey that has seen Logitech make multiple forward-looking public commitments and deliver good progress on those with the key environmental goals of reducing carbon and toxicity while improving circularity of their products and operations. This session will share insights and practical guidance around the methods, tools and capabilities that supports Logitech’s ongoing transformation and commitments to climate action by designing for sustainability. 

Thur 19th Nov

4:00 – 5:00pm

The Intersection of Technology and Sustainability – We Can Optimize for People, Planet, AND Profit 🙂

Tom Raftery, Global Vice President, Futurist & Innovation Evangelist SAP

(session time ~ 50 mins)

Digital transformation has been a buzzword at the periphery of our consciousness for several years now with many proofs of concept but few delivered projects at scale. Covid 19 has changed that with organisations now rushing to digitize for increased visibility into their supply chains, reduced risk, and greater resilience.

But what does this increased digitization mean?

SAP Futurist and Innovation Evangelist Tom Raftery unpacks these trends to show how digital technologies are transforming the lives of individuals, enterprises, and the planet for the benefit of all.