Live updates from the Digital Ireland Forum


21 Sep 2012

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Ireland’s digital leaders will be joined by international speakers to discuss Ireland’s opportunities and challenges in the age of the connected consumer, at a forum hosted by Silicon Republic.

Broadcaster and author Matt Cooper will chair panel discussions, before an invited audience of 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. Technology leaders and stakeholders will discuss the risks and opportunities for Ireland as it seeks to be a winner in the race to serve the global connected consumer.

Opening address: Lord Mayor of Dublin, Mr Naoise Ó Muirí
Lord Mayor Naoise Ó Muirí was elected the 343rd Lord Mayor of Dublin at the Annual City Council meeting held in City Hall on Monday 25th June. Naoise studied Engineering at the National University of Ireland, Galway and is a member of Engineers Ireland.

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.

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.

Panelists this year include: Jeroen Hoencamp, CEO, Vodafone Ireland; Tanya Duncan, CEO, Interxion Ireland; Múirne Laffan, managing director, RTÉ Digital; Maurice Mortell, managing director Ireland, TelecityGroup; Colm O’Neill, CEO, BT Ireland; Ann Scally, partner, KPMG; Andrew Maybin, network services director, Tibus; and Daniel Adams, executive director, Communications, Media & Technology at Accenture.