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THE DIGITAL IRELAND FORUM SEPTEMBER 2012

 

delegates DIF Sep 2012On 21 September local digital leaders gathered in Dublin's Shelbourne Hotel to discuss new trends in the age of the connected consumer and Ireland's opportunities and challenges, at a forum hosted by Silicon Republic. They were joined by visiting keynotes Ben Hammersley and Neville Hobson, and broadcaster and author Matt Cooper chaired lively panel discussions, before an audience of over 240 c-suite executives and senior policy makers, on how the demands and needs of this new consumer is transforming how we do business, how we transact, even how governments interact with their citizens.

 Lord Mayor of Dublin, Mr Naoise Ó Muirí on making the capital one of the world's leading digital cities

Lord Mayor of Dublin, Mr Naoise Ó Muirí on making the capital one of the world's leading digital cities

Opening address: Lord Mayor of Dublin, Mr Naoise Ó Muirí
Lord Mayor Mr Naoise Ó Muirí was elected the 343rd Lord Mayor of Dublin at the Annual City Council meeting held in City Hall on Monday, 25 June. Naoise studied engineering at the National University of Ireland, Galway, and is a member of Engineers Ireland. He is self-employed and runs an Irish-owned technology company. His priorities for his term as Lord Mayor of Dublin include "laying the foundation blocks for Dublin to become a leading city in all things digital".

The Lord Mayor tells the Digital Ireland Forum Dublin is to launch free Wi-Fi in 20 locations

 Ben Hammersley on how technological change is affecting global societies and economies

Ben Hammersley on how technological change is affecting global societies

Keynote 1: Ben Hammersley
Ben Hammersley is an author, technologist and writer, who specialises in the effects of the internet on modern society. He is also British Prime Minister David Cameron's Ambassador to TechCity, London's equivalent of Silicon Valley, and editor-at-large of Wired magazine in the UK. Ben has worked for the BBC, the Times and The Guardian. He is a member of the European Commission's High Level Expert Group on Media Freedom. Famous also for inventing the word "Podcast", he recently published 64 Things you Need to Know Now for Then.

icon: launch videoWatch: Ben Hammersley reveals the ingredients for Ireland to form a global technology cluster

 Digital thought leader Neville Hobson on leadership in the social era

Digital thought leader Neville Hobson on leadership in the social era

Keynote 2: Neville Hobson
Neville Hobson is an opinion leader and influencer in digital communication for business, and is a frequent public and private speaker on digital media trends that matter to organisations. Neville has been blogging since 2002, and is co-presenter with Shel Holtz of the For Immediate Release podcast series including the weekly The Hobson & Holtz Report, which started in January 2005.

icon: launch videoWatch: Neville Hobson on how social media means firms need to forge closer ties with employees and customers

PANEL DISCUSSIONS

Digital leaders discuss the challenges and opportunities of reaching out to the connected consumer at #DIF12

Digital leaders discuss the challenges and opportunities of reaching out to the connected consumer at #DIF12

Local leaders debate with Ben Hammersley on the value of presence of multinational tech companies in Ireland at #DIF12

Local leaders debate with Ben Hammersley on the value of presence of multinational tech companies in Ireland at #DIF12

PANELIST BIOGRAPHIES
 TanyaTanya Duncan, CEO, Interxion
With more than 15 years in the ICT industry, Tanya Duncan began her career in the telecoms sector with roles at both KPNQwest and Esat BT, and joined Interxion in 2001, where she was appointed managing director in 2005. Tanya is also vice-chair of the Telecoms Internet Federation Outsourcing Group in Ireland. With both a businesss and technical background, Tanya has been a driving force in the establishment of Interxion as a major player in the data centre market in Ireland. She holds a degree in mechanical and manufacturing engineering from Trinity College, as well as a post-graduate degree in business studies.
 Jeroen HoencampJeroen 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 an 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.
 Muirne LaffanMúirne Laffan, managing director, RTÉ Digital
Múirne Laffan is MD of RTÉ Digital and a member of the RTÉ executive board. Responsible for leading RTÉ's overall digital strategy, Múirne is a graduate of the College of Marketing at Dublin Institute of Technology. She played a pivotal role in the set up of McCann Interactive in 1994 in its New York office. As SVP, and director of worldwide clients, she was a member of the  leadership team that created Universal McCann. In 2001, she joined RTÉ, and Múirne led the team that innovated and created a successful portfolio of digital brands, and was instrumental in creating www.rte.ie and the RTÉ Player.
 Maurice MortellMaurice 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.
 Anna Scally KPMGAnna Scally, partner, KPMG in Ireland
Anna Scally has extensive experience in advising multinational companies, and clients include companies in the ICT, digital and gaming industries, as well as the pharmaceutical and life sciences and financial services sectors. Anna is passionate about the necessity to foster innovation and create entrepreneurial companies, and advises a number of start-up tech companies on the challenges around fundraising, structuring shareholding arrangements, rewarding founders and employees and growing global operations. Current chair of the American Chamber of Commerce in Ireland's Tax Focus Group, she also mentors on the Startupbootcamp Accelerator Programme. KPMG's latest report on Consumers and Convergence can be downloaded here.
 Colm O'NeillColm O'Neill, CEO, BT Ireland
Colm O'Neill joined BT in 2009 as managing director for Business, with responsibility for driving the company's growth in the business and government sectors. He became chief executive officer of BT Ireland in September 2011. He previously worked in EMC for nine years, holding several senior management positions across the UK and Ireland, including country manager for EMC Ireland. He has also held positions at Fujitsu Services and PwC. Colm graduated from University College Dublin with an honours degree in computer science and maths. He also holds a certified diploma in accounting and finance, and a diploma in professional selling from Dublin Institute of Technology.
 Andrew maybinAndrew Maybin, network services director, Tibus
Andrew specialises in internet infrastructure, content delivery and hosting. Wholly owned by UTV Media plc, Tibus is one of Ireland's largest and most progressive digital service providers to the Irish, UK, European and Australian markets. After graduating in law from Newcastle University, Andrew went on to work with Eircom, establishing its internet business in Northern Ireland, and then worked for an international IT consultancy specialising in internet gambling. He joined Tibus in 2002, and clients span many sectors, including e-commerce, sport, finance, media and government. He speaks widely on the relevance of the internet to competitiveness, sits on a number of industry boards, and is chairman of INEX.
 Dan AdamsDaniel Adams, Executive Director, Communications, Media & Technology, Accenture
Dan Adams has over sixteen years' experience at Accenture, with expertise in the telecoms, media and technology industries and in multi-national logistics and supply chain for consumer goods and technology companies. Dan graduated with a Masters degree in Engineering from Southampton University and subsequently a Masters qualification in Structural Engineering from the École Nationale des Ponts et Chausées in Paris. In Ireland Accenture recently launched a report by the EIU that looked at Ireland's readiness to respond to today's connected consumer. Download report PDF here.

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