Event Overview

The theme of this years Summit is ‘Co-Creating the Digital World; beyond 2027.’
Ensuring how this happens will bring both challenges and opportunities to Industry leaders and academic researchers across various sectors.
We will hear from experienced industry leaders, policy makers and academic speakers, with keynote addresses and parallel breakout discussions, this summit will discuss some of the key questions challenging them.

Scheduled alongside the 2023 IVI Summit we are facilitating Innovation Workshops to provide an international overview and discussion of digital transformation and strategic directions in specific areas to explore the digital capabilities needed for successful transformation.

Date and time:

Wed 21st June 2023 09:00 – 17:30 IST

Thu 22nd June 2023 08:00 – 17:30 IST


In person at Maynooth University


Ground Floor, Theatre 3, TSI Building, North Campus Maynooth University Maynooth Ireland View map


Workshops (21st June)

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9:00 – 12:15 – Shaping Digital Transformation in Higher Education

The aim of this workshop is to bring together stakeholders, leaders and policy makers – both academics and managers- who are responsible and impacting the digital transformation in higher education. Topics including student experience, online learning, technology adoption, micro-credentials, workflows, innovative curricula, digital skills and many more with a view to develop a roadmap for digital service improvements & innovation in Higher Education. The discussion will be framed on Digital Capability and its practical applications to engage in peer discussions and to establish a network of like-minded higher education leaders & innovators.

12:15 – 13:00 – Networking Lunch

13:00 – 17:30 – Leadership of Urban Digital Innovation for Public Value

The aim of this workshop is to bring together stakeholders with responsibility for delivering digital innovation projects in cities and the public sector to discuss challenges faced in successfully planning and executing digitisation projects. This workshop will discuss aspects, competencies and capabilities required to lead Digital Innovation in Urban areas. We will provide an overview of the Capability Maturity Model developed at the Innovation Value Institute and we will introduce a novel competency framework, developed as part of the interdisciplinary research project Digital Cities for Change (DC2) at the University of Cambridge.

17:30Informal Gathering at the Roost Bar, Maynooth

Agenda for Summit (22nd June)

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Time  Topic of Discussion  Speaker  Speaker Designation 
9:00 – 9:05 Welcome & Introductions  Gabriel Hogan (Co-Chair)
Siobhan Keogh (Co-Chair)
Professor Markus Helfert
Information Governance Manager at Maynooth University
Forum Manager at Regional Skills Mid-East
Director of Innovation Value Institute
9:05 – 9:25  Welcome Address Professor Eeva Leinonen President of Maynooth University

9:25 – 9:45

Keynote: ‘Government in the Digital World; beyond 2027’
Presented by:
Barry Lowry Chief Information Officer at Irish Government 

9:45 – 10:00 
‘Risk management and human rights – preparing for the EU AI Act’
Presented by: Professor Dave Lewis  Interim Director of ADAPT Centre
10:00 – 10:15  ‘Art of Digitalisation’
Presented by: Joan Mulvihill  Digitilisation & Sustainability Lead at Siemens Ireland 
10:15 – 10:30
‘Beyond platforms. Modern data sharing architectures’
Presented by: Dr Christoph F. Strnadl Deputy Chief Technology Officer at Software AG
10:30 – 11:00
Networking Break 

11:00 – 11:45
Panel session:
Shaping the digital world – The role policy making plays in practice and research

With this panel we aim to discuss the role policy making plays in setting up the conditions and constraints for shaping the world from tomorrow – with a view of the digital element and the long term perspective beyond 2027. The key major challenges of our decade – Green and Digital – require collaboration and alignment between all key stakeholders and policy making enabling the appropriate setting that allows innovation, economic growth in a safeguarded and societal balanced way.
This panel session speakers include:  Chair:  Denise Manton
Joan Mulvihill
Barry Lowry

Professor Dave Lewis

Seán Ó Foghlú
Dr Christoph F. Strnadl
Executive Director at Empower
Digitilisation & Sustainability Lead at Siemens Ireland

Chief Information Officer at Irish Government
Interim Director of ADAPT
Research Fellow at Maynooth University
Deputy Chief Technology Officer at Software AG
11:45 – 12:05
Keynote: ‘Delivering Value with Cybernized Services’
Presented by: Professor Tuure Tuunanen Vice Dean of IT Research, University of Jyväskylä
12:05 – 12:20
‘Co-creating the Transformation Journey of Irish MNCs’
Presented by: Helen Burke
Vice President of IDA Ireland
12:20 – 12:35
‘Digital Transformation: Charting a Path of Success through Strategic Vision, People, and Technology’
Presented by: Crystel Robbins Rynne  Chief Operations Officer at HRLocker 
12:35 – 12:45
‘Leadership for Sustainable Digital Transformation in Europe’
Presented by:
Professor Markus Helfert Director of Innovation Value Institute
12:45 – 14:00
Networking Lunch 
14:00 – 14:15

Innovation Challenge Ceremony
The Innovation Challenge is in collaboration with three universities:
Ivano-Frankivsk National Technical University of Oil and Gas, Maynooth University with the Innovation Value Institute, and the Kyiv National Economic University named after Vadym Hetman.
Larysa Gerasko, The Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Ukraine to Ireland, will attend.
14:15 – 15:35
Three parallel workshops:
Workshop One: Data Governance – Community of Practice
Workshop Two:  Digital Transformation – Examples & Successful Journeys
Workshop Three: Skills and Recruitment 



Workshop One

Data Governance – Community of Practice (CoP)
The CoP workshop brings together senior leaders from a diverse group of organisations, including industry, academia, public sector, policy makers and society to work collectively to co-create a Data Governance Roadmap for Ireland with concrete recommendations and actions that will directly contribute to ensuring Ireland is a world leader in the data economy. Three Specialist Working Groups have been established to focus on (i) Data Value (ii) Standards and (iii) Open Data/Data Sharing.  These working groups identify common challenges which participants face and aim to collectively co-create best practices, collate findings amongst participants that can inform future policy and guidance documents and facilitate the development of tools and assessments that participants can use in their organisation. Experts from the three working groups join our CoP Data Governance panel to further explore and advance the critical areas that are needed to enable organisations thrive in the growing data economy.
In this session, there will be a presentation from Simon Hanratty titled ‘It’s A Journey to Connected Data.’
Workshop one panelists include: Denise Manton
Professor Dave Lewis
Dr John Gough
Simon Hanratty
Professor Markus Helfert
Katharine Cooney
Marta Janczarski
Barry Smith
Dr Silvana Togneri MacMahon
Executive Director at Empower
Interim Director of ADAPT Centre
Senior Director of Data Science & Analytics at Hertz
Chief Information Officer at Irish Life
Director of Innovation Value Institute
Visualisation & BI Specialist at Digital Manufacturing Ireland
National Standards Officer at Microsoft
Standards Officer at National Standards Authority Ireland
Assistant Professor at Dublin City University

Workshop Two
Digital Transformation – Examples & Successful Journeys
With this workshop we aim to discuss the role digital transformation plays in different sectors such as construction, health and wellbeing, and agritech.We will see how digital transformation is bringing innovation and efficiency across sectors, empowering organisations to adapt and thrive in the rapidly evolving digital landscape. Some of the advantages of digital transformation that will be discussed are enhanced efficiency, increased agility, innovation and competitive advantage, data-driven decision making, improved communication and collaboration, and cost savings.
Workshop two panelists include: Dr Zohreh Pourzolfaghar
Dr Marco Alfano
Sonia Neary
Padraig O’Neill
Dr Gabriele Obermeier

Assistant Professor at Maynooth University
Person-Driven, Health & Wellbeing Cluster Lead at IVI
Owner and Managing Director at Wellola
Managing Director and VP Unum Ireland
Senior Operations Specialist at SAP
Workshop Three
Skills and Recruitment
‘The world is witnessing a dramatic shift towards digitalisation, transforming the way we live, learn and work. To navigate this new and rapidly evolving landscape of work and life, a diverse and intertwined set of digital and soft skills are imperative. In keeping with the summit’s theme, this panel explores the question: How might we develop skills provisions to meet current and future challenges and opportunities?’
Workshop three panelists include:
Dr Zsuzsanna Zarka
Helen McMahon
Dr Katriona O’Sullivan
Dr James Uhomoibhi
Ronan Laffan
Project Lead at Maynooth University IUA MicroCreds
Senior Executive for Client Skills, Enterprise Ireland
Digital Skills Lecturer at Maynooth University
Engineering Lecturer at Ulster University
Head of Advisory Services at Version 1
15:35 – 16:00 Networking break
16:00 – 16:20 Keynote: ‘The Technological Revolution through the Evolution of Innovation’
Presented by: Russell Kane  University Engagement Lead at Microsoft Ireland

16:20 – 17:20 
Panel session:
Realising Innovative Projects – Many ways for Funding Research and Collaborations
With this panel we will discuss the opportunities and ways to apply for funding research and collaborations, including national and international funding programmes. We aim to discuss the advantages and challenges or some funding schemes, provide some insights into the funding landscape and provide guidance how to find suitable programmes. Reasons for the diverse funding landscape with many various programmes will also be discussed. The panel will be informative for companies, practitioners, policy makers and researchers.
This panel session speakers include:
Chair: Dr John Judge
Professor Neil J. Rowan
Peter Hubbert
Dr Jane Carrigan

Dr Aisling McEvoy
Rebecca Doolin

Head of Research Development at ADAPT
Director at Bioscience Research Institute at T.U.
Director of RD&I at Fidelity Investments
NCP at Marie Skłodowska-Curie Office – Ireland

Head of Enterprise Partnerships at Science Foundation Ireland
Vice President of External Affairs at Maynooth University

17:20 Closing Remarks 
  Followed by a Networking Wine & Canape Reception

Innovation Challenge 2023 for Students

With this year’s Innovation Challenge, we are inviting students at Bachelor and Master Level from Ireland and the Ukraine from the three participating Universities to collaborate and develop an innovative solution that can help to improve lives and education. The innovation challenge is a competition organized by Ivano-Frankivsk National Technical University of Oil and Gas, Maynooth University with the Innovation Value Institute and Kyiv National Economic University named after Vadym Hetman to bring forward innovative solutions.

Students from the three participating Universities are invited to apply and will be assigned to form small international and interdisciplinary teams. The teams will collaborate virtually and propose a solution that can improves lives and education in the Ukraine and/or across Europe.

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