Innovation Dublin brings festival mood to Irish R&D

15 Oct 2009

Innovation Dublin is a week-long festival celebrating and promoting innovation in Ireland amongst entrepreneurs, academia, business and artistic expression, with events running in various locations from UCD to The Guinness Storehouse.

Launched yesterday, 14 October, and ending next Tuesday, on 20 October, Innovation Dublin throws a spotlight on inventive and original research, technology and business ideas in Ireland, but in the artistic and open spirit of an arts festival.

Being that Innovation Dublin is happening in our capital city, each of the events is themed around an important aspect of urban life: culture, enterprise, people, movement, the environment or the public realm.

If you visit the Innovation Dublin website you will see a programme of events. Highlights from today’s event include the Entrepreneurs Live! Seminar at NovaUCD, Belfield Innovation Park in UCD, running from 12.30pm-2pm.

At this particular session, Dr Eddie O’Connor, CEO and founder of Mainstream Renewable Power, will be talking about his experience combining entrepreneurism and research.

Tomorrow, the Centre for Next Generation Localisation (CNGL) at the School of Computing in DCU will be hosting a ‘Localisation Innovation Showcase’ event in association with the Innovation Dublin festival.

There will also be exhibitions and events covering the more artistic side of innovation, including digital arts screenings for the general public, today at the RuaRed Arts Centre, from 9.30am-5pm, showcasing films and digital media from Irish artists.

By Marie Boran

Photo: “Vikings” from the Fingal Living History Society with Noel Crawford, CEO of IBM Ireland, mark the launch of Innovation Dublin at the new Wood Quay venue.

Photo by Conor McCabe/Jason Clarke Photography.