Dublin, September 1st 2010 This year Dublin’s Innovation Festival will host a flagship Conference in Dublin’s new state of the art Convention Centre. Globe Forum Dublin 2010 is a unique blend of conference sessions focused on developing market-leading innovation, while also acting as a marketplace where innovators and investors can connect. On November 17th - 18th innovators, investors, researchers and leaders of business and state will gather in Dublin to seek to provide solutions to major challenges in creative methods of funding innovation, and encourage strong and decisive action to address sustainability issues through innovation. A pivotal role has been played by Dublin City Council in bringing this Global Innovation Event to Dublin. The focus of Globe Forum Dublin 2010 is Smarter and Greener – Innovation for a Sustainable Future.
SHOWCASE: Globe Forum Dublin is more than just a Conference. In addition to bringing international thought leaders to address innovation as a key to future social, economic and environmental sustainability, the event will showcase the best of current Irish research and innovation making it a “must attend” event for investors and multi-nationals interested in harnessing a wealth of talent. Leaders from Government, cities, business, research communities and education will take part, with special guests including Minister for Communications Eamon Ryan and former President of Ireland Mary Robinson. Specific challenges will be set in advance of the event with the aim of providing solutions to major challenges.
“Innovation is the key to the future of cities” in the opinion of Dublin City Manager John Tierney. “The creation of a sustainable future can only be addressed by developing innovative and creative solutions to the challenges faced in the city, in business and in communities. This event will help show the world how Dublin and Ireland are at the cutting edge of such innovation and will provide a valuable occasion to bridge innovators with investors. This global event is an important contribution to our annual Innovation Festival which highlights and promotes innovation across the city region”
CALL FOR INNOVATORS: The conference marketplace will actively encourage investment in emerging enterprises, providing professional support for innovators, encouraging new methods of funding innovation. A select group of innovators and early stage researchers will be invited to pitch to a panel of investors, with the overall winner receiving a valuable mentorship programme to guide them to secure investment. Interested innovators and early stage researchers can register their interest at www.globeforum.com/dublin. IRCSET, Accenture and the Innovation Alliance (UCD – Trinity) will play a key role in the selection process before and during the event.
SMART AND GREEN CITIES: The Forum will provide a central gathering for leading innovation and research that promotes a smarter and greener future, while demonstrating international best practice examples of how smart and green cities and economies can be built. Conference sessions will provide evidence of how the research investment in Ireland has delivered a rich harvest of innovation, while developing an action list of policy and practice innovation for business, education, and local and national government on how to advance the smart and green agenda and create a legacy from the event. The Conference is supported by a wide range of multi-national companies in Ireland, many of whom have chosen to locate key global innovation and research facilities in the greater Dublin region.
Speaking on the decision to come to Dublin, Johan Gorecki, CEO of Globe Forum said, "Globe Forum taps into the wisdom of the crowd to strengthen relationships through engagement and participation. It is about starting innovative projects, setting new directions, funding worthy initiatives and spark environmental and social change. Ireland is a very dynamic market with great research and innovations. It will be a great honour for us to set up Globe Forum in Dublin."
The event is supported by the Dept of Communications & Natural Resources, Accenture, IRCSET IDA, Enterprise Ireland, SFI, SEAI and multinational companies based in Ireland. Cities from around the Globe will be present and will show how innovation has worked to solve transport, health and other challenges. The event will have the active participation of many leading members of the Irish Diaspora. If you would like to express interest in attending this event please log on to www.globeforum.com/dublin.
For further information contact:
Glenn Hogarty, Limelight Communications on +353 (0)1 668 0600 or +353 (0)87 790 9670. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or Karen Morgan, Limelight Communications on +353 (0)1 668 0600. Email: Karen.email@example.com.
About Globe Forum: Globe Forum’s challenge is to use the power of crowdsourcing to make easier for people and companies to take action and make a change. Through our conferences as well as an active online community, Globe Forum creates a productive environment for sustainable projects, helping them to become reality. Globe Forum has since its start in 2003 worked as an accelerator for bringing sustainable innovations to the market. This has been done by matching innovative companies with industrial and market demand, helping them find knowledge, capital, network and media exposure trough the web portal and real-life forums.