Alexandra Deschamps-Sonsino

Alexandra Deschamps-Sonsino

Internet of Things Thought Leader, Entrepreneur and Product Designer

Alexandra Deschamps-Sonsino is an interaction designer, product designer and entrepreneur. She was named first in a list of 100 Internet of Things Influencers (Postscapes 2016), 2nd in the Top 100 Internet of Things Thought Leaders (Onalytica 2014) and included in the Top 100 Influential Tech Women on Twitter (Business Insider 2014). She is the founder of the Good Night Lamp, connected lamps for your global friends and family. She is also the Director of designswarm, a strategic consultancy focusing on the internet of things. Some of her clients include BBC, P&G, British Gas, EDF, Nominet, British Telecom and others. She was also co-founder and CEO of Tinker London, a smart product design studio. Tinker was the first distributor of the Arduino platform in the UK. She has been running the London Internet of Things meetup since 2011, the second largest meetup on the topic in the world. Her work has been exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Victoria & Albert Museum and galleries around the world. She is part of the Mozilla Leadership Network Advisory Group and an advisor to many start-ups.

Caroline Dowling

Caroline Dowling

President, Flex Communications & Enterprise Compute

Caroline Dowling is business group president at Flex (NASDAQ: FLEX), a $24.5B, industry leading, Fortune Global 500 company with more than 200,000 employees and operations in 30 countries. In this role, she leads the communications and Enterprise Compute Business Group (CEC) a $9B group, comprised of an international team focused on product design, manufacturing and services providing end-to-end solutions worldwide for the telecom, networking, server, storage, cloud, data analytics and converged infrastructure markets.
Additionally, she is responsible for managing our Global Service & Solutions (GSS) a $1B business unit, including forward and reverse logistics, spare parts management and end to end global distribution.
Prior to this role Ms. Dowling held several senior executive roles at Flex over the past 16 years including President of NOVO & technical services and SVP of Global business development. Ms. Dowling joined Flex through the acquisition of The Dii Group, where she held various management roles of increasing responsibility, including vice president of Europe, director of European business and original equipment manufacturer (OEM) manager.
She is a graduate of the Harvard Business School Advanced Management Program.

Paul Murray

Paul Murray

Investment Director, Atlantic Bridge

Paul has over 12 years’ operational experience in the Semiconductor industry and joined Atlantic Bridge in January 2012. Prior to joining Atlantic Bridge, Paul worked in various engineering and management roles in Multi-National and Startup Companies including Analog Devices, Parthus and Phyworks.

Whilst with Analog Devices he led the development of Fibre Optic Communications products and has extensive experience of high speed communications industries. Most recently he was a key member of Chipsensors, an Irish Fabless startup developing environmental sensing devices that was acquired by Silicon Laboratories in 2010. In this role he helped shape the technical and strategic direction of the company leading up to acquisition.

Paul holds a First Class Honours degree in Electronic Engineering from University College Dublin and a Masters in Management from the Smurfit Business School, University College Dublin and is the holder of a number of US patents. He is a Kauffman Fellow having completed the program in Palo Alto, California as a member of Class 17 in 2014.

An avid outdoor enthusiast, Paul participates in many outdoor acivities such as hiking and orienteering and volunteers as a Mountain Ranger in the Dublin Mountains.

Dr Clyde Hutchinson

Dr Clyde Hutchinson

Innovation Specialist, Office of the CIO, eHealth Ireland

Clyde is committed to the Irish start-up ecosystem and its internationalisation. Clyde is a mentor for Irish universities, campus companies and the DCU Ryan Academy amongst other incubation centres and is involved in co-running several start up programmes, events and conferences in sports and health. He is currently the Innovation lead for eHealth Ireland having had previous careers as an academic and general manager of a global consultancy firm.

Brian Finnegan

Brian Finnegan

Solutions Architect, Sungard Availability Services

Brian is a Solutions Architect with Sungard Availability Services (Sungard AS) in Dublin with over 20 years of experience in IT management, consultancy, and service provision. Prior to joining Sungard AS, Brian held several positions, including Project Manager at AboveNet, IT Network Manager at Maxol, and Senior Consultant at Ciall (an IT Consultancy).

Brian started with Sungard AS in 2009 as a Professional Services Engineer, progressing to Operations Lead. In 2012 he joined Amazon Web Services as a Technical Account Manager, and in 2014 re-joined Sungard AS as a Solutions Architect.

Before switching to an IT career, Brian was an Avionics Engineer for Aer Lingus where he worked on line and base maintenance of commercial aircraft.

Brian holds a BSc in Information Technology and an MSc in Internet Systems from Dublin City University.

Professor Brian MacCraith

Professor Brian MacCraith

FInstP MRIA, President, Dublin City University

Professor MacCraith holds a Personal Chair in Physics at DCU. He was founding Director of both the National Centre for Sensor Research (NCSR) and the Biomedical Diagnostics Institute (BDI) at DCU. He is a member of the Royal Irish Academy and a Fellow of the Institute of Physics. He was appointed President of DCU in July 2010 and will hold this position for 10 years. As President, he has advanced DCU’s mission as a research-intensive, globally-engaged University of Enterprise that emphasises innovation in teaching, learning and research. During his time as President, DCU has been ranked among the world’s leading young universities and is included both in the QS Top 50 under 50 and the THE 100 under 50. Professor MacCraith has a strong commitment to student entrepreneurship (both social and commercial) and recently Chaired the National Review of STEM Education in Ireland for the Irish Government.

Jamie Cudden

Jamie Cudden

Smart City Programme Manager, Dublin City Council

Jamie leads the development and implementation of Dublin City Council’s Smart City Programme and rollout of a ‘Smart Dublin’ city region collaboration model. He manages key relationships across industry, academia and government to promote and build out smart city solutions and demonstrators. He is involved in a number of international smart city initiatives and is a member of the Wireless Broadband Alliance’s connected cities advisory board (CCAB). He is the current President of the City Protocol Society (CPS) an alliance of global cities, companies and academic partners all working to develop common standards and protocols to help accelerate Smart City development.

Charles Sheridan

Charles Sheridan

Director, Internet of Things Systems Research Lab, Intel

Charlie is the Director of Internet of things (IoT) Systems Research Lab in Intel’s New Technology Group, where he leads a team of researchers focused on the application of IoT technologies across multiple industry verticals. Charlie has extensive experience in managing and leading large scale projects turning research concepts into product impact. Charlie and his team were instrumental in the invention of Intel’s Intel® IoT Platform, together with his team he leads an extensive research portfolio with internal business units and external academic & industry partners focused on the key technology challenges addressing IoT scale and Interoperability. He has participated in several European Commission research projects and consulted with the EU Commission on IoT challenges. He chairs the Board of Directors for the Intel Collaborative Research Institute for Sustainable Connected Cities (cities.io) with Imperial and University colleges London. He has published a number of white papers and journal publications and co-authored 2 books on energy efficiency strategies.Specialties: Internet of Things (IoT), 5G, LPWA, IoT silicon, IoT Platforms, IoT networks, Patent filing, Research Contract negotiations, Smart Cities, Future Cities, Smart Grid, Smart Agriculture, Blockchain, Smart Building, Electric Vehicle, Sustainability, Academic research programs, Government research, h2020, Green IT consultant, Energy research programs. Data centre energy efficiency, Technical sales and marketing support, Startup experience, Business Intelligence, Influencing, Predictive Analytics, IT strategy mentoring, Project & Program management, Enterprise Architecture, Research and Development, Innovation strategies, team leadership, policy influencing.

Dr. Wendy Belluomini

Dr. Wendy Belluomini

Director, IBM Research Ireland

Dr. Wendy Belluomini is the Director of IBM Research Ireland. Previously, she served as IBM’s strategist for Brain-inspired Computing where she led the commercialisation strategy for IBM’s brain inspired computing hardware and ecosystem. In this role she developed the first commercial uses of brain inspired computing hardware. Prior to that, she led a research team in enterprise storage systems which created technologies to improve the reliability and performance of IBM’s enterprise storage products, including the first deployment of commodity flash memory in an enterprise storage system. She has also held several key technical roles in IBM Research in the areas of microprocessor architecture and design, EDA tools, and formal verification. Dr Belluomini is the co-author of 30 patents and has published extensively in technical conferences and journals. She has an undergraduate degree from the California Institute of Technology and a Ph.D. from the University of Utah in Salt Lake City.

Professor Willie Donnelly

Professor Willie Donnelly

President, Waterford Institute of Technology

Professor Willie Donnelly was appointed President of Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) in April 2015, having held the position of Head of Research and Innovation at the Institute for the previous 10 years. He is also Chair of the Telecommunications Software and Systems Group (TSSG), a world class research mobile service and communications management research centre. Prior to entering academia Prof Donnelly worked for 15 years in the telecommunications and utilities industries.

His main areas of research interest are the management of next generation networks. He has extended his work in this area to focus on smart agriculture and in particular the development of integrate communications management solutions and decision support systems for secure food production.

Nationally he has led two HEA funded PRTLI projects, M-Zones and FutureCom and was director of the SFI Strategic Cluster FAME. He is a Co-PI on the SFI funded Principle Investigator Precision Dairy project and of the Science Foundation Ireland research centre Connect. He has led more than 30 Pan-European projects working with key international industry players such as Ericsson, D-Telekom, ATOS and Nokia. He is the founder member of a number of HPSUs in the mobile service space including Feedhenry, Fuseami and Zolk-C

He is a members of the “Research, Innovation, and Science Policy Experts” (RISE) high level group (HLG) established by Commissioner Moedas. RISE gives direct strategic support to the European Commissioner for research, innovation, and science and to the European Commission. He is the Irish representative on the European member state Future Internet Forum. He is a founding member of the European Digital Enlightenment Forum which is an expert level Think-Tank providing guidance to Europe on Digital Policy

Mark Bannon

Mark Bannon

CEO, VT

Mark is the Founder and CEO of VT – Ireland’s Sigfox operator. In 2016, VT built Ireland’s only nationwide dedicated IoT network which currently boasts over 100,000 connections in the country. Mark has a rich experience within the IoT space having developed his business with partners along every point in the IoT value chain from device makers, cloud service providers, infrastructure providers and silicon vendors right through to delivering IoT solutions to the end customer. Mark is an Aspire scholarship alumni and winner of Ireland’s best young entrepreneur in Dublin City.

Raymond O’Connor

Raymond O’Connor

Aruba Ireland Country Manager, Hewlett Packard Enterprise

Raymond joined HP as part of the 3Com Acquisition in 2011 having previously worked at 3Com for 10 years. Since 2011 Raymond is the head of HP Networking business in Ireland, which then became the HPE Aruba business unit in 2016. Today the HPE Aruba business is about providing mobile next-generation network access solutions for the mobile enterprise. Raymond’s role is to lead that message to the Irish marketplace, and be the trusted advisor for enterprises of all sizes for their mobility and IOT strategies.

Brendan Dowling

Brendan Dowling

CEO, Consumer Data Protection

Brendan Dowling is the Founder and CEO of Consumer Data Protection, the world’s first Consumer Data Protection (CDP) cloud technology, that allows Consumers take control of their personal data and relationships with Enterprise, allowing Enterprise to freely engage with Consumers, across various communications channels, while being compliant with the latest Data Protection legislation (GDPR). Brendan is a serial technology entrepreneur in the telecoms and media industry, having built and exited a number of internationally traded companies, such as imagine mobile (the first MVNO) and DVM (one of the first mobile digital content stores). Brendan is well known for his thought leadership on technology innovation and is a regular speaker at conferences, business schools and government sponsored events. He is a member of the Global Irish Economic Forum and author of “Accelerating Company Growth”. Brendan qualified as a Chartered Accountant with KPMG Dublin, then moved to PWC London, he holds an MBA from UCD and a B. Comm from UCC and has been a serial entrepreneur for over 30 years.