Dublin, 17 November 2010. Globe Forum Dublin 2010, the flagship conference for Dublin’s Innovation Festival was officially opened today by Lord Mayor of Dublin, Gerry Breen in the Convention Centre Dublin. Over 650 delegates including innovators, investors, researchers, and leaders from Government, cities, business and research, are attending this two day event. The conference will be addressed by a host of Irish and International speakers including special guests Minister for Communications, Eamon Ryan TD; former President, Mary Robinson; and Former Vice President of the European Commission, Margot Wallström.
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, it is also attended by investors and multi-nationals interested in harnessing a wealth of talent.
The focus for Globe Forum Dublin 2010 is Smarter and Greener – Innovation for a Sustainable Future. This unique event offers sessions focusing on developing market-leading innovation, while also acting as a marketplace where innovators and investors can connect. Specific challenges have been set in advance with the aim of finding solutions. The innovative work of multinationals based in Ireland will be highlighted and Intel in particular will unveil its new initiative designed with Smart Bay in Galway to support the marine environment and shipping.
Johan Gorecki, CEO of Globe Forum said, "Ireland is a small but very dynamic market and should take a role as the leading test bed (greenhouse) for innovations throughout Europe, focusing within the fields of smart solutions, clean-tech and sustainability. The biggest opportunity for growth and employment for Ireland will come from the SME sector and the innovators and entrepreneurs of tomorrow. The biggest hope for Ireland is to nurture its forthcoming generation of entrepreneurs and researchers.”
Speaking at the opening of the conference, Dublin City Manager John Tierney said, “Innovation is the key to the future. Globe Forum 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. The partnership which made Globe Forum possible will be an important element in the ongoing development of Dublin's Open Innovation platform.”
The City Manager stressed that future economic growth and job creation will depend on the competitiveness of the Dublin and Irish economies. That in turn must be based on innovation and the development of the Smart and Green economies.
Speaker and supporter of the event Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources Eamon Ryan, TD said, “Dublin welcomes the Globe Forum. The Irish Government’s strategy for economic growth has sustainability at its core. Energy and broadband will be the drivers of our new economy. The Globe Forum will be a space where investors can meet innovators and policymakers can share the latest ideas. I look forward to meeting like-minded people where we can all work together to create a new and vibrant sustainable economy for Ireland.”
A major highlight to this unique event is the “Call for Innovators” final which is taking place this afternoon (Wednesday). The conference marketplace is actively encouraging investment in emerging enterprises, providing professional support for innovators, and encouraging new methods of funding innovation. IRCSET, Accenture and TCD-UCD Innovation Alliance will play a key role in the selection process. A select group of twelve shortlisted innovators and early stage researchers will pitch to a panel of investors.
The six shortlisted Innovators are Power Save; PEL Recycling Ltd.; Veutility; Geo Guides; Creme Global; and Zinc Software. The six shortlisted Researchers include projects by Aiden Doherty, DCU; Aimee Byrne, TCD; Anthony Schoofs, Clarity Centre for Sensor Web Technologies; David Connolly, UCL; Ivana Dusparic, TCD; and Paul Doherty, UCD.
The overall winners will each leave Globe Forum with coveted titles — “Ireland’s Innovator” and “Ireland’s Researcher” — and benefit from a significant prize package valued in excess of €60,000. “Ireland’s Innovator” will receive a mentoring programme from Accenture, iQ Content web kick start package, Innovation Alliance incubation space and entrepreneur programme in Nova UCD, exclusive membership to Globe Forum’s facilitator programme and public relations consultancy from Limelight Communications. “Ireland’s Researcher” will receive exclusive membership in Globe Forum’s facilitator programme, €600 (IRCSET) and a mentoring programme from Accenture.
Dublin City Council played a pivotal role in bringing this Global Innovation Event to Dublin. The event is also supported by the Department of Communications & Natural Resources, Accenture, IRCSET and TCD-UCD Innovation Alliance, IDA, Enterprise Ireland, SFI and SEAI. 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.
This event demonstrates the co-operation that exists between business, universities, local and national government around the innovation agenda. The event is an important milestone in the development of an Open Innovation Platform in the Dublin region which allows university researchers and business to use public data and develop new products that address 21st century urban challenges. These challenges range from developing water management solutions, to more efficient energy use, and to better engagement with citizens using social network tools.
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ABOUT GLOBE FORUM: Globe Forum’s challenge is to use the power of crowd sourcing to make it 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