Tech Summit 2019

Prepare to be enlightened, informed and enabled by world class speakers and business leaders at Tech Summit 2019. As well as preparing yourself for the tech future which we will live and work in, you will also take home practical advice that you can apply today in the workplace, in the areas of Cyber, Talent, Diversity and Circular economy. Tech Summit 2019 is an unmissable event in the 2019 calendar if you want to solve the real business challenges of today and are preparing for the transformational forces that are coming.

In addition to world-class speakers and excellent networking opportunities, this years’ Tech Summit will see a new delivery format with keynote speakers, interactive panels as well as new workshop deep dive sessions throughout the day in the following areas:



Some say we are living in an era of cyber insecurity more than cyber-security. The costs of cyber-crime, ransomware attacks and data breaches are only going in one direction – up! It’s no longer a questions of “if” but “when” you or your organisation will come face-to-face with these real threats.

Is your business aware and adequately prepared? Learn effective steps you can take to protect your data, operations, customers and brand.

Topics in this section include….

  • Cyber-security & crime
  • Cyber talent pipeline
  • Cloud Security
  • Security Operations Centre (SOC’s)
  • DevSecOps
  • GDPR & Data Privacy
  • Data Protection: Cyber backups

Talent for Today and Tomorrow

With the Irish economy on target for 7.5% full year growth in 2019 and approaching levels of full employment, business’s ability to scale and attract/retain top talent  challenging. With advancements in Robotics and AI, and the challenges around infrastructure and accommodation our talent needs and demands are changing. How can we become more creative in solving these challenges together?

Topics in this section include…

  • Talent attraction – being that employer brand of choice
  • STEM courses – increasing registrations & addressing drop-out rates
  • Remote working
  • The knowledge-worker
  • Business and Education partnerships


“I’m not different from you, I’m different like you” Embracing diversity is a strategic business imperative and creating an inclusive culture is not just words on a page, it takes real action to yield real rewards.

Topics in this section include…

  • Innovation through diversity
  • Unconscious bias
  • Diversity to Inclusion
  • The needs of Multi-generational workforce
  • Focusing on ability, not disability

The Circular Economy: your legal and social obligations

50m tonnes of electronic waste is produced each year with 1/5 of it being disposed of correctly. Are you disposing of your end-of-life equipment in a compliant and ethically responsible way, with full traceability?

Topics in this session include…

  • eWaste & Circular economy
  • IT Asset disposition and EOL equipment
  • GDPR & effective data cleansing
  • Reputational implications of getting it wrong

Our skillnet contribution

This year, due to the generous support of our skillnet (it@cork skillnet) ticket prices for our members have been heavily subsidised, making them fantastic value-for-money.

Our skilllnet provides subsidised training and up-skilling in all forms for eligible it@cork member companies, another perk of being a member!

For more information on it@cork skillnet and subsidised up-skilling opportunities click here.

Watch out for Skills Hub at Tech Summit!

In addition to helping us to bring you these highly-competitive ticket rates, our skillnet will be hosting a ‘skills hub’ in the Millenium Hall breakout area. Steering group members will be on hand to chat about all things Tech, as well as answering any training queries you might have. There will be a   Q & A lunchtime session where Antonio Santos of Atos will interview Paul Gerrard on The Importance of diverse skillset & collaboration in teams to deliver quality software products & projects


More and more organisations are moving to more collaborative, iterative and team-based software development and delivery processes. Agile encourages collaboration, but shift-left, DevOps and continuous delivery approaches force the issue, and as more dynamic and flexible process become the norm, ICT skills are no longer enough. Historically, the technology industry has focused on technical skills, but the tech business is increasingly a people business. To succeed, ICT professionals will rely more and more on softer, non-technical skills. These skills include inter-personal, collaboration, communication and project survival skills. Individual and team productivity will only increase if we bring such skills into our project teams.

Paul Gerrard, Principal, Gerrard Consulting





Sponsorship opportunities available. Contact Sarah Walsh  ( or Eoghan O’Mahony ( 

As the Head of the Department of Computer Science at Cork Institute of Technology (CIT), Tim has a keen interest in actively engaging with industry. The department, which is one of the largest Computer Science departments in Ireland, offers a range of modern undergraduate programmes and a host of opportunities at master’s degree and at...
Robert is a Director in Trend Micro’s Forward Looking Threat Research team, where he is involved in analysing the latest Cybercrime threats, specializing in researching the future threat landscape, Open Source Intelligence (OSINT) and coordinating investigations with international law enforcement. Robert is a regular presenter for the press and at security conferences. He also lectures...
Jonathan Healy is a broadcaster who has worked in radio, television and online media for two decades. He has been as a presenter with Newstalk 106-108fm and a senior correspondent with Sky News, with his work featuring prominently on both stations. Jonathan also has experience working with TV3, RTE, FM104, The Cork Independent and Cork’s...
Ciaran Luttrell is Director of Service Operations for eSentire, a global provider of Managed Detection & Response Information Security Services. He started eSentire’s European Security Operations Centre in Cork in 2015 and oversaw it’s growth to over 30 Security, Network and Customer Support Analysts who monitor their customers networks, endpoints and logs for known and...
Eoin Hinchy is founder of Tines, a cyber security start-up based in Ireland. Tines allows security teams automate their manual workloads making them more effective and efficient. Before founding Tines in 2018, Eoin held security leadership positions in various enterprise security teams. He was a senior engineer in eBay Inc’s Global Threat Management team and as DocuSign’s...
Gillian Harford is the former Head of HR Strategy & Planning with AIB.  With a career spanning more than 35 years, she has been responsible for significant people change with particular focus on Culture, Career, Diversity and Agile Work.  Gillian is currently working on assignment as the Country Executive for the 30% Club in Ireland,...
Aisling Keegan has been the Vice President and General Manager for Dell Technologies Ireland for over two years and is currently responsible for driving the company’s commercial business on the island of Ireland. This involves delivering a wide range of services, solutions and products to a diverse group of customers in the public and private sector....
Aisling Curtis is a Commercial Director Microsoft Ireland. Aisling joined Microsoft in January 2016 after 20 years in Telecommunications. She held several senior in-market and global commercial roles leading business and consumer teams in start-up and turn around environments. Aisling’s passion is to create value for customers and develop an engaging results driven environment for...
Bill Boorman is recognised internationally as a subject expert and speaker in the area of future of work, talent management and talent tech. He has worked with companies like BBC, Oracle, Naspers and Rackspace and advises on the integration of social recruiting for corporate companies He is also an advisor to a range of talent tech...
John Riordan is Director of Support for Shopify. John leads a variety of different customer support teams for Shopify, including groups in Ireland, Lithuania, Sweden, Canada and the Philippines. The majority of John’s teams work from home, a business model he has been an evangelist for over the last 15 years in the US, UK...
Dr Andrea C Johnson is the Director of Global Business Systems at Workhuman.  She is currently leading a major strategic partnership with Microsoft, investigating and implementing AI, Machine Learning and Bot frameworks.  As part of this work she has been involved in ground-breaking research and development in Diversity and Inclusion.  She is part of a...
David Corcoran is Global Talent Management Lead for Enterprise Ireland, based in their London office. David works in partnership with 120+ innovative Irish talent management companies to help them start, grow, innovate, and develop partnerships in global markets. With particular focus on the UK, David advises Irish talent and technology companies ranging from high potential...
  Michelle is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development; holds a Degree in HR & Accounting; along with various other qualifications including the N.C.E.F. and Diploma in Spinal Maintenance. She has over 15 years’ experience leading top-tier organisations from a human capital perspective, including a number of high profile start-ups such...
Paul Gerrard is a consultant, teacher, author, webmaster, programmer, tester, conference speaker, rowing coach and publisher. He has conducted consulting assignments in all aspects of software testing and quality assurance, specialising in test assurance. He has presented keynote talks and tutorials at testing conferences across Europe, the USA, Australia, Malaysia, South Africa and occasionally won...
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    2019-05-09 07:30
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