DG CONNECT’s Bror Salmelin to keynote at Innovation Ireland Forum in October

21 Sep 2013

Bror Salmelin, adviser at the European Commission's Directorate General for Communications, Networks, Content and Technology (DG CONNECT)

Open innovation will lead to vast improvements in productivity out of research, according to Bror Salmelin of the European Commission’s Directorate General for Communications, Networks, Content and Technology (DG CONNECT). He will keynote at Silicon Republic’s Innovation Ireland Forum on 11 October in Dublin.

Ireland’s credentials as a world-leading location for technology and software companies is underpinned by a vibrant research and development ecosystem. As the world looks to innovation to provide sustainable solutions to the economic challenges of the 21st century, Ireland is well placed to leverage its knowledge ecosystem to become an international test bed for tomorrow’s innovation economy. This is the premise of the Innovation Ireland Forum, which will bring together leaders in the ecosystem and key stakeholders in the government, academia, engineering, technology and investment sectors to help shape the direction of thinking and policy in Ireland.

Salmelin returns to Ireland after having participated in the Open Innovation 2.0 conference in Dublin in May.

Further keynotes and panelists for the Innovation Ireland Forum are yet to be announced, but confirmed local leaders participating are:

  • Prof Mark Ferguson, Director-General, Science Foundation Ireland
  • Eucharia Meehan, Director, Irish Research Council
  • Travis Carpico, Country Manager, Fidelity Investments
  • Ben Hurley, CEO, NDRC
  • Prof Brian MacCraith, President, Dublin City University
  • John McSweeney, Head of ESB Innovation
  • Prof Chris Bean, Director, University College Dublin Earth Institute
  • Peter Finnegan, Director, International Relations and Research, Dublin City Council

Topics to be addressed include:

  • Innovation Ecosystem
  • International Collaboration
  • Innovation for Sustainability
  • International Test Bed
  • Sustainable Economic Models
  • Forming Tomorrow’s Talent
  • Enabling the ‘Creative Class’
  • Intellectual Property
  • Business Model Innovation

Silicon Republic’s Innovation Ireland Forum takes place on the morning of Friday, 11 October, in the Shelbourne Hotel, Dublin.

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