Dr Sue Black to keynote at Future Jobs Forum on 21 February in Dublin
Dr Sue Black, founder and CEO of Savvify

Dr Sue Black to keynote at Future Jobs Forum on 21 February in Dublin

30 Jan 2014

We’re delighted to announce that Dr Sue Black will travel to Dublin to keynote at Silicon Republic’s Future Jobs Forum 2014 in The Convention Centre Dublin on the morning of 21 February. Listed as one of the ‘Ten women in tech you need to meet’ by The Guardian, Black is an award-winning computer scientist and radical thinker.

A senior research associate in the Department of Computer Science at University College London, in 2011 Black set up The ‹goto› Foundation, a non-profit that aims to make computer science more meaningful to the public, and help build a tech-savvy workforce. Black is also a long-time champion for women in computing and recently launched Savvify, a social enterprise that aims to empower people through technology. Savvify is currently running #techmums, a programme to help mums become tech savvy.

Black is currently writing a book about saving Bletchley Park. She campaigned from 2008 to 2011 to save Bletchley Park and was instrumental in the campaign to secure the Turing papers for the UK. This campaign, how it worked, and what it has achieved are the subject of the book.

Black also recently won the PepsiCo Women’s Inspiration Network award.

“We’ve been following Sue’s many great initiatives for a long time, and we’re thrilled to finally bring her to an Irish audience for the first time,” said Ann O’Dea, CEO and editor-at-large at Silicon Republic. “We know that Sue will bring another dynamic and inspirational voice to this key discussion of how we meet the skills challenge in coming years.”

Silicon Republic’s Future Jobs Forum will look at how Ireland can compete and win in the global skills race. As the race continues to find and attract the best talent, Ireland today finds itself competing with an ever-growing number of countries for the best candidates in science, technology and innovation. The solutions will be examined at the second annual Future Jobs Forum.

The objective of this forum is to bring together some of the best minds and stakeholders in education and industry to propose constructive and viable solutions to help Ireland compete and win in this global battle for talent. International keynotes will offer a global view, and tease out solutions with our panels of local leaders.

Senior panelists already confirmed include:

  • Conor McDonnell, Fidelity Investments Ireland
  • Richard Eardley, Hays Ireland
  • Prof Orla Feely, Irish Research Council
  • Dr Ruth Freeman, Science Foundation Ireland
  • Anne Lanigan, IT’s Happening Here
  • Brian Ó hOisín, Career Zoo

Keep an eye out for further great speakers and panelists to be announced in coming days.

Silicon Republic’s Future Jobs Forum takes place in The Convention Centre Dublin on 21 February at 8am. Please visit the forum website for further information or to book your place.

Ann O’Dea
By Ann O’Dea

Ann O’Dea is CEO and co-founder of Silicon Republic, an online source of science and technology news since 2001. She was also the founder and curator of Inspirefest, a unique international sci-tech event that aimed to disrupt the traditionally homogenous tech conference calendar. Today, that event has evolved into Future Human to showcase the leaders building the products and services for a new tomorrow. Ann is a fellow of the Irish Computer Society and the Institute of Art, Design & Technology. She received a Net Visionary award from the Irish Internet Association in 2015 for her work on ensuring the visibility of women role models in her industry, and was named Media Woman of the Year at the 2014 Irish Tatler Women of the Year Awards. In 2015, she was the first woman to be inducted into the Irish Internet Association’s Hall of Fame. Ann sits on the advisory board of TeenTurn, which provides teenage girls with experience in STEM.

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