Bill Liao joins line-up at Digital Ireland Forum

12 Sep 2011

Entrepreneur, mentor and investor Bill Liao has been added to the line-up of the Digital Ireland Forum, which will take place in Dublin’s Shelbourne Hotel on the morning of 30 September.

Liao co-founded the business social network service XING and is a venture partner at SOS Ventures, a global venture capital firm and investment management firm. He is also the co-founder of the Coder Dojo movement to assist young people to learn how to programme.

Author of Stone Soup: A Secret Recipe for Making Something from Nothing, Liao is a regular speaker at conferences and seminars, speaking on social media and networking, entrepreneurship, how to make something from nothing, global warming and sustainability and development. Events he has spoken at include TED at Long Beach California, The Globe Forum in Stockholm, Sweden, The London School of Economics and many others.

Hosted by, the opening address at the Digital Ireland Forum will be made by Minister for Enterprise, Jobs and Innovation, Richard Bruton, while the other keynote speaker is former UK government digital adviser Lord David Puttnam.

These keynote speakers will be joined by Ireland’s technology CEOs, who will take part in mediated panel debates on the key issues that need to be tackled in Ireland today: digital Infrastructure, jobs and skills, education and creating a digital society.

These include Vodafone CEO Jeroen Hoencamp, new BT Ireland CEO Colm O’Neill, Cisco Ireland managing director Mary Lou Nolan, EMC Ireland country manager Jason Ward, head of innovation at Houghton-Mifflin Harcourt Fiona O’Carroll, TelecityGroup (Ireland) managing director Maurice Mortell and Promethean’s chief education officer Jim Wynn.

To learn more about the Digital Ireland Forum, or to book your place, go the website.

Photo: Entrepreneur, mentor and investor Bill Liao

Ann O’Dea is the CEO and co-founder of Silicon Republic and the founder of Future Human