Career Zoo event, February 2015
Career Zoo’s February 2015 event. Image: Maxwell Photography

10 things you won’t want to miss at the first Career Zoo of 2017

10 Mar 2017

Are you heading down to Career Zoo on Saturday? Make sure you don’t miss a thing with this handy guide from director Brian Ó hOisín.

This Saturday (11 March), Career Zoo is descending on the Convention Centre Dublin for its first event of 2017. With thousands of attendees expected and a packed schedule, how can you be sure you won’t miss anything?

These pointers from Career Zoo director Brian Ó hOisín should help:

1. New tech workshops

On Saturday, you can take part in an exciting selection of exclusive tech workshops, brought to you by PwC, Criteo and If cybersecurity, big data, the internet of things (IoT) or coding is your thing, then sign up now.

2. Allies workshops

Visit the Allies workshops space for essential sessions on unconscious bias, imposter syndrome and networking for your career.

3. Tech Box

The Tech Box is the area of Career Zoo that’s just brimming with techies, all talking about the technologies driving their businesses.

Here, you’ll find representatives from Version 1,, PTC, Fleetmatics, Qualtrics, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and Rockall Technologies, and enjoy standout talks on cybersecurity, e-commerce, SaaS, DevOps and UX design.

4. PTC’s IoT demonstration

PTC has fitted out a Santa Cruz mountain bike with sensors that connect to PTC’s cutting-edge IoT technology, which measures parameters such as fork travel, wheel speed and steering angle. As you cycle the bike, the data gets beamed to the PTC ThingWorx platform in the cloud, creating a digital twin of the bike. You can then display all of these parameters in real time on your smartphone.

Check out the main stage to see the bike in action.

5. Main stage panel discussions

On Saturday, you can visit the main stage for not-to-be-missed sessions on diversity, e-commerce and IoT with our fantastic panellists.

We also have some standout speakers on hand:

  • Donnchadh Casey, head of operations and services, Qualtrics
  • Peter Mitchell,CTO, Fleetmatics
  • Dr Chris Watson, technical vice-president, office of the CTO, PTC
  • Diarmuid Gill, SVP of engineering (Europe), Criteo
  • Elizabeth Fulham, CEO and founder, SalesOptimize
  • Deirdre O’Meara, senior communications manager, eBay
  • Cliodhna Ni Scanaill, senior software engineer, IoT and wearables group, Intel
  • Laura Varga, senior DevOps engineer,

6. Public-sector recruiters

Now that the freeze on public sector recruitment has finally been lifted, and are looking to recruit for many senior-level roles spanning technology, finance, HR, and learning and development, among others.

Find them on Saturday for a chat about career opportunities.

7. Biotech employers

Once more, Career Zoo has drawn in some major employers in life sciences and biotech, including Abbott, Takeda, Amgen, BMS and Sanofi Genzyme.

Make sure to visit the biotech area to meet with these employers, as well as the Irish Medtech Association and NIBRT (the National Institute for Bioprocessing Research and Training).

8. Employer culture

Don’t miss your opportunity to learn about the culture at some of the world’s most innovative employers, from Qualtrics’ office pub to PTC’s new IoT R&D base.

Chat with companies such as Amgen,, BMS, Criteo, Qualtrics and PTC to find out more about the culture they can offer.

9. The technology

Career Zoo has always been a leader in the use of innovative technology. This March, one major new feature is a self-check-in registration process.

Remember: the event is completely paperless, so make sure you have your CV uploaded in advance.

10. The AI

Behind the scenes, Career Zoo uses artificial intelligence to make the search for talent completely seamless. Teaming up with, recruiters will be able to narrow down their search in a matter of hours. 

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