Fifth Digital Leadership Forum 19 Sept 2013

Well we’re back in action.
Lord Mayor of Dublin, Óisin Quinn, today welcomed the fifth Digital Leadership Forum to the Mansion House.
The agenda was simple  – how to move on, following the launch of the Digital Masterplan, and begin to realise the action contained therein.
It had been decided to pre-select a number of actions from which the members of the Leadership Forum would select five actions that they considered as being most important to the economy of the city and also identify actions that they were willing to lead on or participate in.

The following actions were presented to the audience for discussion / vote:
1. The Dublin Storefront
2. Fibre to every Home
3. Digital Accelerator District
4. Maximising Local Supply Chains to MNC’s
5. Digital Sister Cities Virtual Network
6. Dedicated programme to expand digital co-creation, e.g. Code for Dublin, CoderDojo
7. Unified City Region Portal
8. Support for Digital and Creative initiatives, e.g. Fusion
9. Expand and Develop Big Data through Dublinked
10. Dublin Public Wireless Broadband – Mesh the City
11. Dublin as Investment and Start-up location promotional programme
12. Attracting events and conferences and leading missions
13. Beta and Prototyping Office

With the proposed actions introduced the floor was opened for discussion and an enthusiastic audience had lots to say on how we might proceed.

Fibre to the home: Martin Curley advised that there would be an exciting announcement in next few weeks re a joint initiative between INTEL and TCD who have developed a new disruptive technology.

The Dublin Storefront: Joan Mulvihill advised that she is now ‘warming’to the concept (Thanks Joan 🙂 ) although suggests the concept needs to be more clearly defined. She suggested that only businesses who have already developed an online eCommerce solution should be permitted to join the storefront, and thus ensuring that these businesses have already gained the necessary skills to operate an online store. The net effect would see the storefront as a marketing tool showcasing eCommerce in Dublin.
Joan spoke of the IIA’s involvement in the eCommerce initiative Clicktailing

Accelerator District: Suggestions were that there are already such ‘districts’ in the city (eg The Digital Hub, Dogpatch etc) and Ben Hurley advised that any such ‘district’ needs to be a CITY wide district. (ie the city is the district)
It was also suggested that this action be combined with action 11 Dublin as Investment and Start-up location promotional programme as these actions are complimentary.
Edel Flynn pointed out that the biggest issue currently was the availability of grade A office space for tech industries and indicated that this is somewhere that City Council could assist?

As regards Maximising Local Supply Chain to MNC’s Michael O’Connor from Siemens stated ‘We’re here, we started in Abbey Street in 1925, we spend in the region of €130 million on our supply chain in Ireland, simply tell us what you want us to do’ – much appreciated input Michael! It was also suggested that new MNCs entering the economy should be more ‘connected in’ with the local supply chain to ensure they are less ‘mobile’.

The Digital Maturity Model came in for mention with Naoise Ó’Muiri suggesting that Dublin should aim to increase it’s Maturity score by a single unit within two years using the results thus far to target funding from horizon 2020. Milestones need to be set to achieve this score increase.

Martin Curley advised that Intel would again be hosting Open Innovation 2.0 in Dublin in June 2014 and that this would be Europe’s biggest innovation event next year – exciting times for the city. Martin suggested that instead of Dublin being renowned for such things as Guinness, it could be renowned as the ‘Innovation capital’…

On the subject of Dublin proclaiming itself as the innovation capital of Europe, Ben Hurley advised caution and that credibility was required for such a claim.

Shane Waring and Deirdre Ni Raghallaigh spoke of the pro-typing / beta action. Shane suggested that any chosen actions should be the most flexible and capable of being changed and also the ones we could learn most from. There is a core issue with ‘commercial’ testing / piloting that all need to be wary of – this is not an issue with testing of arts or cultural projects.

Following this robust discussion a vote was taken on which of the 13 proposed actions should be initially brought forward.

This vote resulted in the following five actions chosen:

1. Digital Accelerator District
2. Maximising Local Supply Chains to MNC’s
3. Fibre to every Home
4. The Dublin Storefront
5. Expand and Develop Big Data through Dublinked

These five actions will now be brought forward as a matter of urgency.
Working / action groups will be established for each action with 2/3 weeks.


We are now seeking expressions of interest from organisations / individuals that might assist in realising these actions.


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