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Thu 15 November
- 08:00

Registration & Light Breakfast

Thu 15 November
- 09:30

The Future of Technology

Rewiring Yourself for Success

Caroline O'Reilly

Senior Director of Engineering @ Workday

From student to engineer and from manager to director, Caroline will give her advice on how you need to rewire your thinking as you navigate through the various stages of your tech career. Illustrated by her own personal journey, and grounded in practical and accessible takeaways, she will walk you through her path to date and the key learnings and organisational tools which helped her at each stage of her journey.

Key Takeaways: The tools that can help you jump to the next level in your career. The importance of Impact Mapping. A toolkit for finding your burning priority. Decision making frameworks. How to communicate your strategy and vision.

 

Thu 15 November
- 10:00

The Future of Technology

Fuelling your Journey

Julie Spillane

Commercial Director - Global Geographic Services Division, Founder of The Dock @ Accenture

How do we plan our careers when the world is moving so fast and we know the pace of change will never be as slow as it is today? How do we keep our skills fresh when there are so many new and emerging skills every day? How do we constantly challenge our own thinking from outside our core areas of competence to keep us agile?

From creating new businesses, leading global change programs and leading innovation I think we need to apply the principles of innovation to our own career development: Discovery, no regrets and big bets.

 

Thu 15 November
- 10:30

The Future of Technology

Own your Career

Sarah Cunningham

Vice President, Technology Hub @ Mastercard

Nobody is more qualified than you to own your career. During this session, Sarah Cunningham, Vice President of Mastercard’s Dublin Technology Hub, will share learnings from her career on how you can become the lead architect of your professional future.

 

Thu 15 November
- 11:00

The Future of Technology

Coffee Break Address

Laura Doyle

Head of HR @ Distiled SCH

Thu 15 November
- 11:05

COFFEE BREAK

Thu 15 November
- 11:30

The Future of Technology

Panel: Extending the Hand to Those Who Follow

Alastair Blair

Country Managing Director @ Accenture

Aisling Keegan

Vice President & GM @ Dell

Liam Halpin

Head of Sales Solutions EMEA @ LinkedIn

Priscilla O’Regan

Head of Communications @ BT Ireland

We don't need to wait until we're CTOs or Directors to help others up the ladder. Ensuring that we are part of the solution to the various challenges facing women in the industry should be part of all of our career plans, but how? Where do we start? How do we know we're really making a difference? We'll look at what we can do to help create a brighter future and better diversity balance in the industry.

 

Thu 15 November
- 11:30

Leading Success

Connecting the Emerging Tech Dots: Business Challenges, Tech Solutions

Caragh O'Carroll

Account Director and Telecoms Sector Lead @ Fujitsu

In this session, Caragh O’Carroll will discuss common business challenges affecting multiple industries, chart current and emerging ways to address the challenges and propose a methodology for travelling the scoping and sourcing journey. Attendees will receive insights about where to focus the emerging technologies, how to reconsider the legacy and the possibilities for future change.

 

Thu 15 November
- 12:05

The Future of Technology

Fireside Chat: Inclusive Leadership

Anne O'Leary

CEO @ Vodafone

In this session we sit down with Anne O'Leary who, as CEO since 2013, has been integral in securing Vodafone's position as one of Ireland's top 10 great places to work. Anne will discuss her journey as a leader, what it means to be a champion of diversity & inclusion and what we can do to help get more women a seat at the table

 

Thu 15 November
- 12:05

Leading Success

Playing the Long Game: Building Diverse Pipelines

Kate Driskell

Technical Operations Manager @ Google

In this session Kate will talk about the challenges and benefits of building out early career programmes to kick start careers in IT. Capturing school-leavers, career changers and returners to work and integrating them into the workforce in meaningful ways.

 

Thu 15 November
- 12:05

Getting Technical - Workshops & Seminars

Getting Started with Edge AI

Dr. Cliodhna Ní Scanaill

Software Engineering Manager @ Intel

Fintan Buckley

Co-Founder & CEO @ Ubotica Technologies

Léonie Buckley

Senior Engineer @ Ubotica Technologies

AI is a rapidly growing and widely applicable field with significant career opportunities. This session will introduce the low-power, low-cost Myriad VPUs; the resources available to get started in a career in AI; and how to get involved with the Intel Edge-AI Incubator program to bring Myriad VPU enabled products to market.

 

Thu 15 November
- 12:40

The Future of Technology

Show Me What I Want! Using Big Data to Drive Marketing

Catarina Oliveira

Senior Software Developer @ Groupon

Tugba Tosun

Senior Data Engineer @ Groupon

Join us as we get a snapshot of the engineering world at Groupon. Two of the company’s female Senior Engineers - Catarina and Tugba - will take you on a tour through some of Groupon’s cutting-edge Big Data and Marketing platforms. While showing the great things they have built they will also share their experiences, challenges and how engineers can thrive when given the right working environment.

Key Takeaways: See how engineers think about the world. Learn about how modern marketing is driven by engineering and data. Creating the right environment for engineers to thrive.

 

Thu 15 November
- 12:40

Leading Success

The F word - Why Flexibility is the Future of Work

Ciara Garvan

CEO @ WorkJuggle

As someone who has worked in Technology for most of her career Ciara shares why she made the move to launch her own tech start up with WorkJuggle.com. She explains why flexibility is key to attracting the best talent, retaining women in your organisation and closing the gender pay gap. She also talks about the diversity backlash and what it means for all of us.

Key takeaways: How to harness the new ways of working to create positive change, how to manage resistance to changes in working practises (the infamous "can't set a precedent" line) & why what we do now is more important than ever.

 

Thu 15 November
- 12:40

Getting Technical - Workshops & Seminars

Seminar: Intro to Quantum Computing

Caroline McMahon

Software Development Engineer @ Workday

In this session, Caroline McMahon will introduce the topic of Quantum Computing. The session will focus on how quantum computing differs fundamentally from classical computing; the unique way a quantum computer solves problems and the exciting potential applications that have the scope to transform our world and our lives as radically as classical computing has done over the past fifty years. No prior knowledge is assumed but attendees, no matter their background, will gain an understanding of the basics of quantum computing and its potential.

 

Thu 15 November
- 13:10

LUNCH

Thu 15 November
- 14:10

The Future of Technology

Engaging Men – How MARC can change your organisation’s culture for the better

Stephen Caulfield

Vice President & GM @ Dell Bratislava

Stephen Caulfield, Vice President of Services at Dell will discuss strategies for bringing the men in the industry to the table, how Dell walks the walk and the importance of making it personal and telling your story.

 

Thu 15 November
- 14:10

Getting Technical - Workshops & Seminars

How to "Own your Space" in a Tech World - Engage and Influence with Presence

Olivia MacDonnell

Founder @ Confident Speak

Despite amazing advancements in technology, what can it not give you? Technology still cannot give you the presence to persuade and the ability to move any audience.
Whether you need to speak with key stakeholders, C level or to influence your team in a confident, credible manner, this workshop will give you the confidence to enjoy doing so.
Imagine yourself instantly improving and transforming your speaking style - simply by controlling your voice and body. What would that mean to you personally? What would that mean for your business success?

Key Takeaways: Speak, stand and move with confidence and credibility when communicating with key decision makers, leadership and clients. Learn vocal secrets from the world of performance to engage and connect with listeners. Understand what “presence” is and how to use it to achieve positive results when communicating in the tech world.

 

Thu 15 November
- 14:45

Starting Up

Creating Success

Niamh Bushnell

Founder & CEO @ TechIreland

Nikki Lannen

Founder & CEO @ WarDucks

Furkan Karayel

Founder & CEO @ Diverse In

Patricia Scanlon

Founder & CEO @ SoapBox Labs

In this panel we go to the source - the female founders of some of Ireland's hottest start-ups. Join us as we discuss the key insights from their journeys and share the best practices involved with being an industry disrupting founder.

 

Thu 15 November
- 14:45

The Future of Technology

Technology Trends That Will Shape Our Future

Dorothy Creaven

Account Management, Client Partner @ EPAM

Rachel Izzard

Chief Financial Officer @ Aer Lingus

Margaret Troy

VP Technology & CTO EMEA @ First Data

Sarah O’Neill

Head of the Foundry @ Google

Thu 15 November
- 14:10

Starting Up

Practicing what we preach: An entrepreneurial approach to helping Female Founders.

Helen Fullen

Pre-Acceleration Programme Leader @ NDRC

Before you can find the ‘right’ solution for your customers, you must first idenify the ‘right’ problem to be solved. At NDRC we have channeled our energy towards truly understanding what it is that female tech entrepreneurs need and want to build their ventures.

 

Thu 15 November
- 15:20

The Future of Technology

Diversity & Inclusion - A Need to Have, Not a Nice to Have

Sheree Atcheson

Board-appointed Global Ambassador @ Women Who Code

Diversity of your leadership means diversity of your team which means diversity of your product. Products made by diverse people are substantially more likely to be profitable as they are created for a varied audience.

This talk will focus on the business benefit of diversity in your organisation, how employees of all levels can be involved and how we need to embrace diversity of all facets, not just gender.

Key Takeaways: Everyone can have an impact, male allyship is crucial, middle management must be engaged for your D&I strategy to succeed.

 

Thu 15 November
- 15:20

Getting Technical - Workshops & Seminars

Breaking Barriers: Making Machine Learning a Part of Your Skill Set

Johanni Thunstrom

Machine Learning Engineer @ Workday

Data has become a torrent flowing into every area of the global economy, making Data Science and Machine Learning an increasingly essential skill in a wide variety of jobs across industries. Machine Learning Engineers, Data Scientists, and Big Data Engineers rank among the top emerging jobs on LinkedIn. For those interested in breaking into the AI revolution, the only true requirement is patience and a ruthless dedication for addressing gaps in skill set. In this talk, we will provide a set of guidelines which will help newcomers break into the field or apply these skills to capture additional value in their current workplace.

 

Thu 15 November
- 15:50

COFFEE BREAK

Thu 15 November
- 16:15

The Future of Technology

Engineering a Generation Z Culture

Barbara McCarthy

Director of Engineering @ HubSpot

It’s time to talk about “Generation Z”. Millennials have dominated the discussion around building company culture for some time now. But as we start to welcome the next generation of engineers, we’re faced with a whole new set of challenges and opportunities. HubSpot’s Director of Engineering, Barbara McCarthy, will share her take on Generation Z; the impact it’s had on the recruitment of top talent, how she’s building innovative and diverse teams, and how to retain top talent in a competitive tech landscape. Barbara will also share some practical examples around building an engineering culture to attract and keep a workforce with changing expectations of employers, a different take on the very nature of work, and strong values that they prioritize above all else.

Key Takeaways: find out what Generation Z expects from employers, and learn how to build an engineering culture that will attract and retain a diverse team of top talent in a competitive landscape.

 

Thu 15 November
- 16:15

Career Guidance and Personal Development

The Backroads into Tech

Fiona O'Brien

Chief Channel Officer & Head of Operations EMEA @ Lenovo

Details Coming Soon...

 

Thu 15 November
- 16:15

Getting Technical - Workshops & Seminars

Cherchez la Femme

Jillian Godsil

Co-Founder @ Blockleaders

The mis-coined expression from Alexander Dumas' novel, 'The Mohicans of Paris', refers to how woman are the source of all problems. I want to use this familiar expression to look for women in blockchain - whether they be problematic or not! Right now only 4% of the blockchain community are women.

We will look at the exciting and transformational world of blockchain and why women need to get involved. Jillian has never been more excited in her 30+ career in fintech to be part of blockchain - and she invites women of all ages to come join the revolution.

Key Takeaways: It is never too late to teach an old dog new tricks. Pivot your experience into new areas and excel. You cannot afford not to be involved in blockchain - we are going to change the world and we need women to be at the helm.

 

Thu 15 November
- 16:50

The Future of Technology

The Workplace of Now: Personal Stories of Achieving Flexibility

Sarah Cunningham

Vice President, Technology Hub @ Mastercard

Ciara Garvan

CEO @ WorkJuggle

Along with a panel comprising a remote worker; a recent returner to the workplace; a Dad who took extended paternity leave; and a HR professional – all discussing the topic of workplace flexibility

Sarah and Ciara will be joined by a panel comprising a remote worker; a recent returner to the workplace following a career break; a Dad who took extended paternity leave; and a HR professional – all sharing their personal, honest journeys of their quest to achieve workplace flexibility

 

Thu 15 November
- 16:50

Career Guidance and Personal Development

Progressing with a Gender-Blind Attitude

Oksana Afonina

Director of EMEA Growth Partnerships @ AppLovin

Men have historically dominated the tech industry, and for many women building careers in this business may be intimidating and challenging. In tandem with this, research suggests that many issues women face in the workplace stem from a confidence gap, and fortunately there are ways to reduce this gap. In her talk, Oksana will share learnings, observations and tips from her experiences of building a career in male dominated environments and overcoming personal barriers to help accelerate your career.

Key Takeaways: learn how to implement change that starts from you, self-awareness and self-education is key, there are always opportunities to empower others around you and scale your impact.

 

Thu 15 November
- 17:25

Career Guidance and Personal Development

Reducing "Workaboutwork" Through a More Enlightened Way of Working

Geraldine MacCarthy

Head of Business EMEA @ Dropbox

We spend more time managing work and than actually doing it. Workaboutwork is all the extra, bureaucratic work that we do before we get to our actual work, and it’s stopping us from bringing our best selves to the office. Geraldine MacCarthy, head of Dropbox Business at EMEA will share her insights on how to reduce workaboutwork through a more enlightened way of working, and how being a senior leader at Dropbox has taught her the importance of improving workspaces, encouraging teams, and offering tools that work best for people.

 

Thu 15 November
- 18:00

NETWORKING DRINKS