Interview: DCU’s Brian MacCraith on Ireland’s opportunity to be an international test bed for innovation (video)

4 Sep 2013

Prof Brian MacCraith, president of Dublin City University

Ireland has many unique strengths that can allow it to be a very attractive test bed for innovation, but it is vital that we leverage these strengths to the fullest. That’s according to Prof Brian MacCraith, president of Dublin City University (DCU).

Dublin’s DCU describes itself as ‘the University of Enterprise’, and at the heart of its DNA is innovation, says MacCraith.

“In our most recent strategic plan, which is called Transforming Lives and Societies, we have a major focus on innovation,” he says. “We’ve re-titled our VP for research to become VP for research and innovation, we’ve appointed a new director of innovation, we’ve just opened our new Innovation Campus, we’ve created the President’s Award for Innovation.” And the list goes on.

And, indeed, MacCraith offers a very neat definition of what innovation means to him in our full interview below. He also details the vision for the new Innovation Campus, and describes the sectors where Ireland can truly be an international test bed for innovation.

Watch the full interview here:

Prof Brian MacCraith is a panelist at Silicon Republic’s Innovation Ireland Forum, on 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