Ruth is an experienced education designer, facilitator and mentor who has delivered digital and innovation programmes to a broad range of groups from undergrad to executive level. She is passionate about action-based learning and its impact on the individual, team and organisation. Ruth is Director of the Innovation School at Talent Garden Dublin having previously worked in higher ed, creative agency and the start-up world.
Neil is a hugely popular motivational speaker on the subjects of Mindset and Mental Fitness. In his engaging and humorous talks, he loves to take the audience out of their comfort zone and into their growth zone. Neil equips attendees with tools for a growth mindset and has built a stellar reputation for helping business leaders and their teams through transformation by teaching them to embrace the small steps that lead to big changes.
Dr. Declan Tuite
Declan is lecturer and Course Director of the popular Masters in Emerging Media in the School of Communications at DCU. He delivers a broad range of modules and currently teach these on the BSc.in Multimedia, the MSc. B.A in Communication Studies and B.A. in Journalism. Dr. Tuite specialises in interactive/responsive design, sound design, algorithmic composition, the social effects of ICT, new media studies, programming, human computer interaction, usability and design for emerging media.
Prof. Mary Rose Greville
With a background in psychology, Mary-Rose has a particular interest in leadership in changing and ambiguous situations, in building high-performing teams, and in the challenges and rewards of doing both in a multi-cultural environment. She enjoys an incredible career working with global organisations including the World Bank and UNESCO. She has taught Leadership and Organisational Behaviour in the IMD in Switzerland and TCD.
Dr. Finn Macleod
Finn is Director of London based agency Beautiful Data who are specialists in building the next generation of data tools. Their technology is used by Formula 1, Thomson Reuters and others. They apply profound machine learning expertise to create human moments of clarity, simplicity and ROI.
Dr. Linda Greve
Linda is intrigued by the science behind communication and what that means in language, gesture and thought. This also helps her with her work as a coach and trainer. Based in the Aarhus University in Denmark, Linda is an Educational Developer, Researcher and Communications expert.
Prof. Barry McMahon
Barry is an award winning inventor and innovator in the medical device space. Barry believes that the principals of collaborative innovation should be ubiquitous across community and society and strives every working day to make this a reality. His role as Chief Physicist and Head of Department of Medical Physics & Clinical Engineering at Tallaght University Hospital means that he is at the face of healthcare innovation. He is also Associate Clinical Professor at the School of Medicine in Trinity College.
Aaron Doran is passionate about helping people reach their potential. Possessing a PgDip in Adult Learning Theory from the National College of Ireland, he studied Business with Psychology prior to entering the learning space. Aaron has a background leading the L&D function with Dublin NGO, Focus Ireland. Prior to that, he launched EMEA technical training at the international technology company, Indeed.com. Aaron also volunteers with education and charities in the Dublin area.
Dr. Mike Wride
Mike is a Developmental Biologist by training who is fascinated by the 'biology of business and creativity'. He is an educator by trade who teaches a range of experiential workshops on creativity and trans-disciplinary approaches to education. He is an Academic Developer and Adjunct Associate Professor in the School of Natural Sciences in TCD and also teaches regularly in India at Thapar Institute of Engineering & technology (TIET) and Schumacher College in the UK.
Trevor is an expert in design-driven innovation process and discovery, and regularly works with public and private organisations in this area. He has developed a number of radical and disruptive surgical innovations, among these, his work on Single Site surgery for Olympus named in the Cleveland Clinics top 10 innovations of 2009. Trevor holds 50 patents making him one of the most active inventors in Europe and is currently the Programme Director of the Masters in Design Innovation at Maynooth University.
Mary is a professional listener and MD of Red Dog, one of Ireland leading design and creative communications agencies. They apply creative thinking to any communication/marketing problem to produce solutions through the best medium. They write, draw, design, direct, produce and most importantly they listen.
Juliana is a manager, leader but above all, she is a sales star who has learnt her craft with positions in Google, Oracle and Dell. She is driven by improving internal sales processes and the bottom line through becoming more customer-centric and data-driven. Juliana is experienced in assessing the sales and marketing funnel and in making effective changes that impact marketing ROI.
From Software Engineer to coach on Seth Godins international altMBA and Bootstrappers Workshops Conor's goal in life is to innovate with others so that together we can move the needle. That goal has taken many forms, from starting one of Irelands largest festivals to business coaching and setting up Empathy Test, a startup that looks at the scientific evidence base that can be used when companies are looking to launch new products, services or experiences, and they need to know how the consumer is going to react in terms of thinking, feeling, and actual usage behaviour.
Steph is one of only fifty-eight individuals in the world to be recognised with Microsoft’s Artificial Intelligence Most Valued Professional award.She is the founder of Locke Data, a UK-based data science consultancy. Steph’s got more than a decade in both technical and managerial roles around Business Intelligence and Data Science for startups and mature organisations. She shares this knowledge through her consultancy, her new Nightingale product, and her technical community work.
Mick is a quantitative analyst working on data science type projects in financial services, primarily in insurance. Previously he developed volatility forecasting models in trading businesses focusing on North American equity and equity index derivatives. He advises and assists financial services companies in managing and implementing data-driven processes within their organisations. He also gives regular workshops on various statistical and programming techniques as part of the Dublin Data Science meetup.
Steve is a business coach and international author, specialising in storytelling and creative thinking. As a former BBC TV journalist, Steve reckons he has told around 20,000 stories in his career and so can probably help you tell yours. When not working, you can find Steve walking his dog, reading a book or cycling up big hills.
Rio Davila Otoya
Rio leads the Google Launchpad startup program in the UK & Ireland and teaches yoga and meditation at gPause, Google’s mindfulness initiative. He is a connector and in the last 8 years has built communities, incubator programs and collaborations in the intersection of the creative and tech industries. He is passionate about painting, personal development, the neuroscience of breathing and empathy as a key "technology" for the future.
Clare helps organisations maximise the opportunities presented by the latest trends in technology, from AI to Virtual/Mixed Reality. Passionate about how technology is changing and shaping the world we live and work in, she regularly speaks on topics related to digital transformation and organisational change. She was a key member of the Microsoft Ireland Leadership Team for 8 years as Microsoft transformed from a software product to a cloud services organisation, giving her first-hand experience of leading through times of change.
Dr. Francesca Bonin
Francesca Bonin is a Research Scientist at IBM Research Ireland, working on AI and Natural Language Processing (NLP). She holds a PhD in Natural Language Processing at Trinity College Dublin (Ireland), a MSc. in Language Technologies from the University of Pisa (Italy). Her research interests includes AI, NLP and Cognitive computing, and currently she is working in the area of health informatics, towards technology innovation in the health domain. In IBM Research AI, she has been part of the Project Debater team, developing breakthrough AI technologies for the last IBM AI Gran Challenge. She serves the NLP community as program committee member of the main international conferences in NLP and Speech Technologies.
Mark Swaine, founder of ‘UX Guy’ and ‘UX Institute’ is an international UX, Design and Product Design Thought Leader, delivering exceptional product
design and education to blue chip companies, growth stage companies, tech startups and VC’s.
Mark helps companies build internal ux design practices, implementing, ux research / strategy, workshop facilitation, cx mapping, mvp creation, prototyping, product roadmap development, usability testing, UI / design systems, automated / bot / automated experiences, education and training.
Garrett is an experienced designer focusing on UX and digital product design. With a background in Multimedia and Design Innovation he has worked across industries including social media news startups, vehicle routing systems, banks and telcos. He helps teams to achieve their objectives by facilitating Design Thinking and Human Centered Design processes. He is currently Principal UX & Product Designer at Marino Software and he also lectures on UX Research and Design.
Marius is passionate about all things innovation. Holding a MSc. in Innovation and Business Development from Copenhagen business school, he has established own startups, worked as venture scout, and researched design's influence in strategic innovation.
Dr. Shirley Coyle
Shirley Coyle is a designer, creator and engineer who enjoys tackling innovation challenges. Shirley has a diploma in fashion design and a PhD in Biomedical Engineering. She founded Common Ground Design in 2018, a consultancy start-up, providing expertise in wearable technology and UX design. She has carried out pioneering work in wearable technologies for the last 15 years in academia and industry. She previously worked in DCU’s Insight Centre for Data Analytics, working across disciplines to create solutions for business and society. Her work is user- focused and her motivation is to use technology to improve the quality of people’s lives. She has a personal interest in sports and fitness, and is driven to create solutions that promote health and well-being.
Gill is an expert when it comes to creating a customer focused experience. She is currently based in Malmö, Sweden, working at IKEA’s Global Headquarters in the Home
furnishing Retail Design Department. She is passionate about finding innovative, creative ways of working and influencing change for the better through people. She harnesses her natural flare for leadership, coaching and communication to engage others. She has been educated in Asia, Ireland and the UK and enjoys continuous learning through facilitating workshops, hosting talks and sharing and exchanging new and creative ways to meet the customers of tomorrow.
Ryan Thorpe is a fintech professional who has lead BD initiatives across UK/IE before moving to European BD Operations. Ryan heads up a number of Marketing projects, including digital marketing initiatives, at Revolut - one of the fastest growing fintechs in the world. He joined Revolut to work on growing the company. Prior to Revolut, Ryan worked in entrepreneurial fields with various start-ups across USA, Asia and Europe.
Jonathan has over twenty-five years experience creating advertising, marketing and communications solutions for B2C, B2B and social business clients in Europe and Asia Pacific. He is a member of the Academic Council for the G5A Foundation for Contemporary Culture in Mumbai, India and a fellow of the RSA. Jonathan runs a variety of corporate workshops including strategic planning, business modelling, organisational change and product development.
Rosemary is an experienced strategic Business Development consultant who has a 20 year track record of leading teams through the sales process. She has worked with companies across several industries from the Life Sciences and ICT to deliver international growth in the Middle East and the US with multi-million euro revenue increases.
Ivan is a Consulting Business Architect with IBM. He has a passion for data-driven value creation and is heavily involved in IBM's Watson projects.
An experienced bridge builder between technology and business value, Ivan works with international banking, insurance and public sector clients to deliver the first steps on the journey into the "3rd age" of technology with Artificial Intelligence (machine learning an NLP based services)
Robert is Senior UX Designer at Version 1 and has also lectured in Technology and User Experience Design, Digital Multimedia and Web Design at National College of Ireland.
Dr Bruno Voisin
Dr Voisin is a Senior Data Scientist at the Irish Centre for High End Computing (ICHEC). He joined in February 2008, under the e-INIS infrastructure project, to assist the design and implementation of information systems for Humanities and Social Sciences throughout Ireland in partnership with the Irish Digital Humanities Observatory (DHO). Since then, he's been mostly working in the context of ICHEC's Technology Transfer activities, providing data analytics expertise and training to research groups, public sector agencies and industrial partners.