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THE DIGITAL IRELAND FORUM2012 

Highlights from the #DIF12 panel discussion on creating an ideal environment for tech entrepreneurs

Highlights from the #DIF12 panel discussion on creating an ideal environment for tech entrepreneurs

Tech leaders on Winning in The Next Economy

On March 23rd, Silicon Republic brought Ireland's tech leaders together in the Convention Centre in Dublin to discuss the challenges and opportunities facing Ireland in its bid to compete and win in the next economy - the digital economy. MapInfo and Avego founder Sean O'Sullivan set the tone with a stirring presentation on the need for Ireland to open out to the world and to embrace the opportunities from China, while Communications Minister Pat Rabbitte offered insights into the Government's future plans for the digital economy.

 


Opening address: Pat Rabbitte, Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources

At #DIF12 Minister Pat Rabbitte says digital economy will be our real economy

At #DIF12 Minister Pat Rabbitte says digital economy will be our real economy

At #DIF12 Minister Pat Rabbitte reveals core structure of forthcoming digital plan

At #DIF12 Minister Pat Rabbitte reveals core structure of forthcoming digital plan

Pat Rabbitte has been a full-time TD for Dublin South West since he was first elected to Dáil Eireann in 1989. He has served in several portfolios in opposition and was Justice spokesperson in the last Dáil. He was leader of the Labour Party from 2002 to 2007. He served as Minister of State to the Government from 1994-1997, and as Minister of State at the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment with responsibility for commerce, science and technology.

Read coverage of Minister Pat Rabbitte's opening address here,in which he talks about the Government’s digital plan for Ireland.

 


Keynote 1: Sean O'Sullivan, founder of MapInfo and Avego; MD of SOSventures International; and latest addition to Dragons' Den

At #DIF12 Sean O'Sullivan says Ireland needs to open its economy to talent and China

Sean O'Sullivan says Ireland needs to open its economy to talent and China

Part 2 of Sean O'Sullivan at #DIF12 - Ireland as China's European hub

Part 2 of Sean O'Sullivan at #DIF12 - Ireland as China's European hub

Recognised as co-creator of the term "cloud computing", serial tech entrepreneur Sean O'Sullivan is co-founder and managing director of Avego, a 55-person technology firm with offices in the US, Ireland and China. Sean is also managing director of SOSventures International, which boasted returns averaging 27pc over the past 15 years, and is a founder of JumpStart International and Chinaccelerator. His first company, MapInfo, grew to a $200m public company, and popularised street mapping on computers. He is the latest high-profile addition to the TV programme Dragons' Den.

Read coverage of Sean O'Sullivan's keynote about Ireland becoming the Silicon Valley of Europe here.

Keynote 2: Emer Coleman, deputy director of Digital Engagement at Government Digital Services in the UK
Emer Coleman

Keynote 2: Emer Coleman, deputy director of Digital Engagement at Government Digital Services in the UK

Irishwoman Emer Coleman was recently named in Wiredmagazine's Top 100 Digital Power Influencers List 2011. Until December, she was director of Digital Projects for the Greater London Authority and had responsibility for development of the London Datastore, a project to release all of London's public-sector data into the public domain. She was also responsible for digital projects supporting the work of the mayor’s environment and digital adviser. This included supporting work to develop connectivity in London, including greatly increasing Wi-Fi availability in London ahead of the Olympic Games. Emer was adviser to central government on data release, Local Government Open Data Panel and Home Office Crime and Justice Transparency panel.

 

PANELISTS
Colm O'Neill

Colm O'Neill, CEO, BT Ireland

Colm O'Neill became chief executive officer of BT Ireland in September 2011. Colm joined BT in 2009 as managing director of Business in Ireland. He previously worked for nine years at EMC, holding a number of senior management positions across the UK and Ireland, most recently as country manager for EMC Ireland. He succeeds Graham Sutherland, who was last year appointed managing director of BT Business in Great Britain.

Read about Colm O'Neill discussing Ireland's skills gap with Sean O'Sullivan here.

Maurice Mortell

Maurice Mortell, managing director, Ireland, TelecityGroup

Maurice Mortell was appointed managing director, Ireland, of TelecityGroup in 2011, after its acquisition of Data Electronics, where Maurice was CEO for 10 years. A seasoned IT specialist, Maurice is a regular speaker on the managed services and data centre markets in Ireland. A member of the Telecommunications Information Federation Committee (TIF), he is a former chairman of the Outsourced Services Group within IBEC and sits on the board of the Irish Internet Association. 

Jeroen Hoencamp

Jeroen Hoencamp, CEO, Vodafone Ireland

Jeroen Hoencamp was appointed CEO of Vodafone Ireland in July 2010. Prior to this, he was director of enterprise at Vodafone Netherlands from 2006, and member of the General Management Board for the last six years. He joined Vodafone Netherlands in 1998 and held senior management positions in sales, retail and corporate marketing. He spent his early career in Curaçao, where he worked as officer in the Royal Dutch Marine Corps and in Atlanta (US) as senior marketing representative at Canon Southern Copy Machines, Inc., before moving to the Netherlands in 1994 to work in senior marketing and sales positions for Thorn EMI/Skala Home Electronics BV.

Read about Jeroen Hoencamp talking about connectivity and skills going hand-in-hand with creating a viable digital economy here.

Diane Hodnett

Diane Hodnett, CEO, Sea Fibre Networks

Diane is the CEO of Sea Fibre Networks, owner and operator of Europe's most advanced sub-sea telecoms network, CeltixConnect. Diane has had many senior executive appointments in the telecoms/technology sector. She held the position of director of Corporate Development with euNetworks, a pan-European telecom company, where she played a major role in listing the company on the Singapore Stock Exchange. She has also been involved in fundraising activities and in the acquisition of the Viatel network. Diane is also on the board of the IDSC (International Digital Services Centre), established to advise and support the development of digital services in Ireland as part of the plan for Government.

Diane Hodnett discusses how infrastructure is key to reaping the rewards of big data. Read the story here.

Martin Curely Professor Intel

Prof Martin Curley, director, Intel Labs Europe

Martin Curley is director of Intel Labs Europe, and formerly global director of IT Innovation at Intel. Martin is author or co-author of three books on technology management for value, innovation and entrepreneurship. Martin is also professor of technology and business innovation at NUI, Maynooth, and co-founder/director of the Innovation Value Institute, helping lead an industry-academic open innovation consortium to advance IT management and innovation. He is currently chair of the EU Open Innovation Strategy and Policy Group and a member of the EU High Level Panel on Innovation Measurement.

Read coverage of Prof Martin Curley talking about the creation of a supportive environment for entrepreneurship here.

Jason Ward EMC

Jason Ward, Country manager, EMC

Jason Ward began his career with Misys Financial Systems, where he grew its Irish base and developed its presence in the Northern Ireland broker market. He moved on to JD Edwards, where he managed the growth and expansion of its ERP customer base in Ireland. He then moved to Siebel Systems, working with the management team to establish the Siebel CRM business in Ireland. Prior to joining EMC, Jason spent eight years with Business Objects, where he managed the direct and indirect channels and also oversaw the integration with SAP following Business Objects' acquisition in 2006.

Jason Ward talks about how Ireland can be the innovation hub for the big data revolution. Read the story here.

Professor Mark Ferguson SFI

Prof Mark Ferguson, director general, Science Foundation Ireland

Mark Ferguson became the youngest professor in Britain when he was appointed professor in life sciences at the University of Manchester in 1984, at the age of 28. His career has since seen him receive numerous international awards, prizes, medals and honours for his research work, including the 2002 European Science Prize. Mark has a deep interest in translating scientific research findings into successful commercial entities. He founded the Manchester Biosciences Incubator, which mentors and supports start-up companies. Based on inventions and patents from his university research, Mark is co-founder of bio-tech company Renovo, which he led to IPO on the London Stock Exchange, raising stg£67.5m.

Prof Mark Ferguson talks about Science Foundation Ireland planning to initiate a new kind of PhD qualification. Read the story here.