Responsible Innovation

Innovation is what has brought the human race as far as it has come… Because of innovation, we have tackled disease; we have navigated the globe by land, sea and air; we have sent men to the moon. Soon we will have driverless cars. Innovation, in many ways, defines us. But it also has its limits and drawbacks. There is an innate impulse to push things as far as they can go. At times you wonder why innovation has taken us in this peculiar direction. What is the need for this device? Why has this phenomenon taken over? This is when innovation becomes irresponsible. That innate drive to push boundaries can have consequences for the environment, commerce and social well-

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Mastercard Labs’ Dave Fleming: ‘We’re building our capability in Dublin’

Payments and commerce will change more in the next five years than it has in the past 50, says Mastercard Labs R&D head Dave Fleming. Dave Fleming is senior vice-president and global head of R&D at Mastercard Labs. Fleming has more than 20 years experience in technology and R&D focused on the financial domain including consumer banking, corporate banking, payments, point of sale, e-commerce, digital and more. He has a background in computer science and started his career working in Microsoft as a member of the team porting the Windows OS to new chipsets. He has held key leadership roles in a number of start-ups and in major technology and financial multinationals.



Skytango is an online platform for the buying and selling of drone video footage. Irish woman Susan Flynn is Skytango’s chief operating officer. Her husband Steve, from Minnesota, is its chief executive, a job he’s been preparing for since he was seven years old: “Back in the day, you’d spend three months building a balsa wood and styrofoam airplane and it would take-off and you might have a thirty-second flight and it would explode into pieces, and you’d go back and work for three months to rebuild it. Now you can pull a drone out of a box and launch it, and it’s really fun. ItR

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Techstars Startup Weekend Dublin


Your idea in 54 hours! Do you have an idea you'd like to pursue or a problem you'd like to solve but don't know where to start or who to start with? Techstars Startup Weekend is the place to look for a team, create a prototype of your idea, validate your business idea, and receive feedback from experienced entrepreneurs, all in one weekend. What do you need to bring? Lots of energy! You'll pitch your own idea or listen to others, then vote on the most interesting ideas and form teams with diverse skill sets. You can come with friends, but you'll get the full experience if you participate

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Dublin Startup Week

Various Locations

Techstars, the international business accelerator which has backed more than 1,300 companies globally, is teaming up with Dublin City Council for a week-long series of free events in the city in late November. Techstars Start-up Week Dublin will take place at a number of locations across the capital with most of the 30 events at times that suit participants who may currently be working full time, but considering starting a business. Techstars Start-up Week will include networking events, keynote speeches, panel discussions and workshops covering issues such as getting started, joining a

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Space Engagers

If you live in Dublin, it’s almost impossible not to be aware of the shortage of affordable housing. If you haven’t joined the back of a long queue to view a property in recent years, chances are you know a lot of people that have. And for many the consequences can be far worse; about 140 people sleep rough every night, there are some 3,000 homeless who are dependent on hotels and B&Bs, and a further 100,000 are on social housing waiting lists. It’s something that’s garnered a lot of media & governmental attention, and often the solutions proffered are quite grandiose; build up and build quickly. As a nation, we tend to have a penchant for the new when it comes to housing. While that may be a part of the solution, it’s certainly not the only approach. In every corner of this city, there are spaces going to waste.

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Festival of Politics

Various Locations

Whether you agree with Frank Zappa’s view that “Politics is the entertainment branch of industry”, or lean toward Jay Leno’s less charitable interpretation that “Politics is showbusiness for ugly people”, it’s hard to deny that we live in a time of unprecedented politicisation and polarisation. Our unique events ‘occupy’ spaces that within their very walls, have borne witness to historic tumult and machination. Tailors’Hall, described by some as a Political monument, has seen a lot in its 300 year history, most notably as the ‘back lane parliament’ and meeting place

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Learnovate Learn & Connect Event | Storytelling in Learning


Join us at Huckletree for the first event in our new Learn & Connect event series on Storytelling in Learning. Celine Mullins from Adaptas will explain why our brains love stories, while Mary Kate O'Flanagan from A Dramatic Improvement will show us how to craft stories to boost communication in every context. Storytelling in the Brain: We now know that humans are wired to process information as stories. Stories sustain our attention, increase our engagement and enhance our memory. We use more of our brain when we're listening to stories. It's critical to understand how a story works

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CEO Forum 2018 - Irish Business of the Future

The Printworks

The 2018 CEO Forum, jointly hosted by Deloitte and Enterprise Ireland, is now regarded as one of Ireland's foremost gathering of CEOs and business leaders. 2018 is a milestone year, as we celebrate 30 years of the Forum – supporting the growth of Irish business. However, this is also a milestone era for Irish business as we navigate the possibilities of Industry 4.0 alongside the complexity of our geopolitical landscape, and particularly at this critical time of impending Brexit decisions. So what can it mean for the Irish business of the future, and importantly the Irish executive at its

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  • StartupWeekDub Startup Week Dublin

    Aaaaaaaaaand our office hours bookings are closed! Thanks again to all of our coaches for donating your time for next week and we can't wait to meet you at @StartupWeekDub next week! #StartupWeekDub

  • Entirl Enterprise Ireland

    CEOs can register to attend this year's 2018 CEO Forum and gain insights from Siobhan Talbot of @GlanbiaPLC, Bob Etchingham @goapplegreen, Susan Spencer @SoftCoGroup, Alan Walsh @IPLPlasticsInc and @_markgallagher of @P1nsights - details here:

  • DublinPortCo Dublin Port Company

    Dublin Bay Biosphere will host EuroMAB 2019, a biennial four-day conference for stakeholders from 302 UNESCO Biospheres in 36 countries across Europe and North America. Learn More: #EuroMAB2019

  • PlatoDublin Plato Dublin

    Plato #Christmas Networking Event, Wednesday 5th Dec at 18.15-21.00pm in the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland, Number 6 Kildare Street, Dublin 2 @LEODublinCity

  • LEODublinCity LEODublinCity

    Learn about opportunities to grow your #SocialEnterprise at this workshop @RediscoveryCtr on #Procurement #Tenders. Info & Register: Supported by: @DubCityCouncil @EU_Commission @DNWApartnership #Dublin @Dublin_ie #SocEnt @innercityenter @innovate_dublin

  • IDI_MOM Mind Over Matter

    Massive shout out to @JackTeeling & @TeelingWhiskey for donating this amazing hamper for our table quiz hosted by @intercom Dublin! For your chance to win it & more exceptional prizes, bag your self a ticket 🎟 Donate what you can on the night to @Aware

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Meet a Dubliner – Matthew Toman, Producer

I didn’t really like school that much. I’m dyslexic and I couldn’t handle it. I hated even reading at the time. I left school when I was 16 and got into a trade in air conditioning and refrigeration. I bought my first house when I was 19, my second when I was 22, my third when I was about 24. I rented out the houses and was involved in different businesses, investing money as well as working in refrigeration. In my early 20s, I had nice cars, everything was going great, I travelled all over the world and had a ball! I realised I liked the hustle and bustle behind the camera. It was being creative but it was still business, and I like dealing with people

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How Dublin Works: Sharing in Creativity

In recent years, Dublin has lost some of its most important creative spaces to a building boom that’s reminiscent of the Celtic Tiger era. Block T in Smithfield and South Studios near Cork Street were both closed down in 2016 with a significant loss of square footage for artists, photographers, designers and writers. In their place, however, a new generation of co-working spaces – aimed specifically at servicing Dublin’s creative communities – is coming into being. Although they have become abundant in many European capitals in the last few years, co-working spaces are a relatively new arrival in the Dublin property market. In the past 12 months the number

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