Third Digital Leadership Forum meeting April 23 2013

The 3rd Digital Leadership Forum meeting took place today at the Mansion House, hosted as ever, by Lord Mayor of Dublin, Naoise Ó’Muiri.


Attendees were:

Mark Bennett (DCC); Dominic Byrne (Fingal County Council ); Paul Carroll (DigiWomen); Eoin Costello (Deep Pool);Martin Curley (Intel); Paul Dunne (Digital Skills academy); Sean Fallon (DCC); Peter Finnegan (DCC);Edel Flynn (The Digital Hub); Tim Gleeson (BT); Ben Hurley (NDRC); Albert Jordan (DCENR);Mary Rose Lyons (Brightspark); Philip Maguire (DCC); Kevin Marshall (Microsoft); Lorna Maxwell (DCC); Sarah Moloney (DCC); Joan Mulvihill (Irish Internet Association); Deirdre NiRaghallaigh (DCC); Naoise Ó Muirí (DCC); Ann O’Dea (Silicon Republic); David Prendergast (INTEL LABS); Kieran Rose (DCC); Johnny Ryan (Irish Times); Pauline Sargent (DigiWomen); Annette Soraine (CISCO Ire); Didzis Vilcans (Google); Susan Whyte (Electric Ireland);

Presentations were given on the following:

  • Digital Dublin Day (Sean Fallon)
  • Deep Pool (Eoin Costello)
  • Digital Repository (Lord Mayor)
  • Digital Playground(Peter Finnegan)
  • Open Innovation 2.0 (Martin Curley)
  • Fusion (Johnny Ryan)
  • Digiwomen (Pauline Sargent)
  • Digital maturity Model (David Prendergast)
  • Guadalajara and Global Digital Cities Network (Lord Mayor)
  • Digital Masterplan (Lord Mayor)

The audience:


Digital Dublin Day

Sean gave an overview of the activities that took place on Digital Day 8th March 2013, when a marquee was erected on the forecourt of the Mansion House with lots of activities throughout the day. Activities included coder dojo with James Whelton; Techspace young innovators interviewing citizens re digital; ‘Ted talks’ type presentations; Lots of digital exhibitors; Library bus scanning old photographs; DigiWomen presentation; eCars; the story of the Mansion House; Twit pic competition; to name but a few.

The digital hub joined in with tutorials for young people in developing ringtones for mobile phones and on Skype for older citizens.

A video of the day recorded by Ballyfermot College of Further Education.

It was a fabulous day of fun with digital in the city.

Deep Pool

Eoin Costello from DIT Hothouse explained the background to the Deep pool project – an independent guide to the Dublin’s start-up ecosystem.

Whilst a lot of data has been gathered and collated by the Deep pool team further progression with the project is proving difficult. The main issues being funding to provide the ‘front end’ for the data and especially in seeking a solution to allow data to be continually updated and kept current.

These issues have somewhat stalled the project – however solutions will continue to be sourced.

Digital Repository

No further progress reported on this however a meeting of all stakeholders has been arranged to attempt to progress matters.

Digital Playground

No further updates on this initiate.

Open Innovation 2.0

Martin Curley updated the audience on the upcoming Open Innovation 2.0 conference and event being held in Dublin on 20/21 May 2013.

Martin advised on the background, events taking place, the guests attending and those presenting.

Sarah Moloney advised on the various competitions being launched in association with the event, more details here.

More information on the Open Innovation 2.0 events are available on Digital Dublin.

Martin Curley speaks on Open Innovation 2.0 conference:



Johnny Ryan from the Irish Times introduced the Irish Times Fusion initiative.

Irish Times FUSION is an initiative that brings startups together with creative agencies and advertising agencies to find new customers and grow their businesses. Irish Times FUSION matches the energy of Ireland’s startup community with the enormous market access of the branding and advertising world.

Registration closed 25 April.


Pauline Sargent gave an update on the DigiWomen initiative.

DigiWomen is a social enterprise intending to play their part in bringing female entrepreneurs to the fore in the digital marketing industry in Ireland. They are aiming to  provide by a series of practical & visible projects to educate and inspire women to become active thought leaders in their areas of expertise.


Digital maturity Model

David Prendergast from Imperial College and INTEL presented on the Digital Maturity model, jointly being developed by INTEL, IVI NUIM, Dublin City and DCU.

A major workshop is being held on April 29 at Pearse Street Library whereby City Council and city service providers are invited contribute to the overall development of the model and assist pinpoint Dublin’s maturity level.

More updates will be provided post workshop.

Guadalajara and Global Digital Cities Network

The Lord Mayor updated on recent trade mission to Guadalajara and San Jose and of the signing of an agreement with Guadalajara whereby both cities will co-operate on digital city matters. This agreement with Guadalajara will be the fore runner of a Global Digital Cities Network.

Digital Masterplan

The Lord Mayor updated on the development of the Digital Masterplan which si due to be officially launched on 11 June but should be completed by mid May.

Fourth Digital Leadership Forum

The Fourth Digital Leadership Forum has been provisionally set for June 4 2013.

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