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Trinity Business + Technology Forum Agenda 2019

Location: New State-of-the-Art Trinity Business School Building, 182 Pearse Street, Dublin 2. See map.

Date: Thursday 23rd May, 2019

 

Time

Title

08:00 - 09:00

Registration and light breakfast

09:00 - 09:30

Professor Andrew Burke, Dean of Trinity Business School and Leonard Hobbs, Director of Trinity Research & Innovation

THE BUSINESS OF NOW

Disruptive technologies, potential environmental catastrophe, social inclusion, ethical business, a highly volatile economic and political environment are just some of the challenges facing business leaders. In the Business of NOW we are responding to the immediacy required by business and society. Together we must help to solve the managerial tensionbetween the present and the future.

Indeed, the Business of Now is a request from future generations to the managers and leaders of today: to address climate change before it is too late; to turn futurist visions of markets and technologies into practical options for the business of today which will provide a platform for the future which benefits society; to make decisions that will not just respond to market forces but shape them so that they serve business and society in a more inclusive and sustaining manner; and ultimately to provide the template for business serving intergenerational stakeholders where managers create, rather than plunder the wealth and opportunities of future generations.

09:30 - 10:00

Carolyn Fairbairn, Director General of The Confederation of British Industry

BUSINESS AFTER BREXIT: WHAT ROLE CAN THE PRIVATE SECTOR PLAY IN BUILDING IRELANDS FUTURE?

In a year once again dominated by the ongoing sound and fury of Brexit, the role of business in public life is increasingly uncertain. For many, the Brexit debate has not just been about how the UK should leave the EU – but a bigger discussion about the way we want to govern our countries, grow our economies, and ultimately determine our place on the world stage.

With an increasingly shared economy across the British-Irish isles, business now has a huge part to play in building a future of peace, progress, and common prosperity.  

10:00 - 10.30

Anne O'Riordan, Group Director of Digital at Jardine Matheson

BUSINESS IN TRANSITION: PERSPECTIVES FROM ASIA

Anne will describe how the more traditional businesses are transforming so they can adapt and compete in a digital enabled world where new born businesses can see exponential growth over decreasing time frames. She will offer this perspective based on her considerable experience in working in Asia.

 

10:30 - 11.00

COFFEE BREAK AND NETWORKING

Explore our research showcase

11.00 - 11:45

PANEL DISCUSSIONS & WORKSHOPS

(P) RECLAIMING PURPOSE: the shift from financial to values driven organisations

Location: Theatre B1.025

Chair: Professor Louis Brennan

Panel: Laura Kidd, Gráinne Madden

The Millennial workforce, we are told, are thirsty for purpose. They regard business as a force for positive change and want to work for leaders that are committed to helping to improve society. In this session we look at how organisations are responding to this ask and the role millennials play in such organisations.

(P) ECONOMIC RELATIONS IN A FUTURE EUROPE

Location: B.1.001 A & K Dargan Theatre

Chair: Professor Frank Barry

Panel: Danny McCoy, Loretta O'Sullivan, Ruairi Quinn & Valerie Herzberg

'The result of the UK Brexit referendum of 2016 may lead to dramatic changes in the landscape in which Irish, UK and broader European trade is conducted. The disruption will be to the geography of production as well as to import sources and export destinations.  What might trade relations look like post-reconstruction?  And what different trajectories might be expected of an EU without the UK and a UK outside the EU?'

(P) THE DIGITAL DIVIDE - FUTURE CITIES AND RURAL REBIRTH

Location: Theatre B1.025

Chair:Professor Linda Doyle

Panel: Sean McKenna, Jamie Cudden, Moira Murrell, and Padraig Monaghan

This panel will compare and contrast the challenges associated with growing and sustaining a business in the emerging digital world, from an urban and rural perspective. The panellists describe how technology has enabled them to succeed in global context while looking the opportunities and challenges for business in the years ahead.

(W) EMPLOYEE ENGAGEMENT

What it is and how to build it

Location: Executive Education Suite, 5th Floor

What it is and how to build it

Lead: Professor Amanda Shantz

Full employment and retention challenges mean that leaders need to engage their talent more than ever before. Associate Professor Amanda Shantz introduces evidence-based tools to help managers and human resources leaders to drive employee engagement. This session, based on custom designed engagement with clients, provides practical insights in how to get more from people and how they can get more from their organisation.

(W) UNLOCKING CREATIVITY FOR INNOVATION

Location: Tangent, 1st Floor

Lead: Jess Hayden

What is creativity and why is it so important? What is the relationship between creativity and innovation? We all have the capacity to be creative whether we like to think so or not. This workshop aims to enhance our understanding of the creative process and how it can lead to the development of innovative products, services and processes. It will also explore how we foster a culture of innovation in an organisational context.

(W) TRINITY TECH SERIES

Meet the Trinity spinout companies and learn how they are at the forefront of research and innovation

Location: Executive Education Suite 5th Floor

Lead: Dr. Declan Weldon

The Trinity Tech Series aims to bring alumni and leading Trinity researchers from multiple disciplines together to showcase current work, to learn more about how Trinity spinout companies are at the forefront of research discuss future trends and explore opportunities for engagement and collaboration.

11.45 - 12.30

PANEL DISCUSSIONS & WORKSHOPS

(P) DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION STRATEGY

Location: Theatre B1.001 A & K Dargan Theatre

Chair: Professor Laurent Muzellec

Panel: Laura Belyea, Anthony Day, and Professor Na Fu

In order to succeed its digital transformation, companies should not prioritise technology and digital capabilities but should rather focus on people to create a culture of empowerment, innovation and engagement. The panel will discuss how human resources should be managed to achieve digital transformation.

(P) CLIMATE ACTION: RESPONDING TO THE CLIMATE EMERGENCY

Location: Theatre B1.025

Chair: Professor Gerard McHugh

Panel: Sean Hawkshaw, Professor Jenny McElwain, Brendan Murphy, Professor Ian Robertson

The window for saving the earth from ecological annihilation is closing. This panel will explore what, if anything, individuals and businesses can do in response.

(P) THE CITIZEN AND SOCIETY IN A DIGITAL WORLD

Location: Theatre B1.032

Chair: Professor Jane Ohlmeyer
Panel: Lisa Dillon, Professor Linda Hogan, Lorna Ross, Professor Vincent Wade

Data has become the new oil. The abundance of data and the value that can be extracted from it is transforming business models, enabling better decision-making, aiding innovation, improving products and services. It is also increasingly evident that these new technologies are not just shaping our own capabilities, but also our behaviours and the way we live, and furthermore, how society is evolving. This panel will discuss how business can continue to innovate while considering human factors such as privacy, security and ethics, while also discussing other aspects such as machine autonomy and policy.

(W) LEAN OPERATIONAL EXCELLENCE

Location: Executive Education Suite 5th Floor

Lead: Richard Keegan and Dr Heiko Gierhardt

Based on our highly successful short open programme in Lean Operational Excellence, this seminar gives insight into how senior leaders can use practical lean business concepts to drive sustainable and continually improving competitiveness and create opportunities to develop the next generation of leaders for their organisation.

(W) WORK-PLACE DESIGN

Prototyping Workshop

Location: Tangent, 1st Floor

Lead: David Pollard         

The modern workplace is vastly different from what it was a decade ago and as the pace of changes gathers momentum, the workplace of the future is somewhat difficult to predict. Workplace design prioritises the experience of staff in order to create a workplace where they can be content, work productively and feel valued. The challenge for workplace designers is how to translate this into the physical space, aesthetic and flow. This workshop will use Design Thinking to explore the possibilities of the future workplace.

(W) INDUSTRY AND ACADEMIC COLLABORATIONS

Location: Executive Education Suite, 5th Floor

Lead: Dr Chris Keely
                                               
Industry Academic Collaborations – how to develop partnerships which enable industry to benefit from the world leading teaching, research and infrastructure within Trinity College. Meet the Business Development Team, hear about case studies of successful collaborative research projects where industry benefit from the world class research in Trinity. Learn more about Trinity’s Managed Consultancy Service.

12.30 - 13.00

Philip Lane, Governor of the Irish Central Bank

FINANCIAL SYSTEMS

Information to follow

13.00 - 14.00

LUNCH

Visit pitching stage on 1st floor. Explore the research showcase and take tours of our state of the art new building.

14.00 - 14.55

OFFICIAL LAUNCH OF THE NEW TRINITY BUSINESS SCHOOL BUILDING BY THE TAOISEACH, LEO VARADKAR

15.00 - 15.30

Kathleen O'Toole, Former Chief Inspector of An Garda Síochána Inspectorate

THE BUSINESS OF POLICING

On a dare from law school classmates, Kathleen O’Toole joined the Boston Police Department  as a beat cop in 1979, trading the calm of an office for the excitement and challenges of inner-city policing.  She rose through the ranks at a time when police were trained to fight the “War on Crime,” when performance was measured in terms of response times and arrests, and policing strategy was driven by top-down command.  But as crime rates soared and the quality of life deteriorated, communities across the US demanded a new approach. 

Kathleen has championed private sector business principles as a foundation for public sector success, leading agencies on both sides of the Atlantic through meaningful reforms.  She will present a model for change that can be replicated and adapted in other public and private sector organisations.

15.30 - 16.00

COFFEE BREAK AND NETWORKING

Explore our research showcase and take a tour of the new building.

16.00 - 16.50

PANEL DISCUSSIONS & WORKSHOPS

(P) TRINITY DISRUPTORS

Theatre B1.025

Chair: Marie-Louise O'Callaghan

Panel: Ricky Rose, Sean Melly

Trinity has a tradition of innovation. Meet some the Trinity Advisory Board who have been disrupting their industries.

(P) BUSINESS & HUMAN RIGHTS

Location: B.1.001 A & K Dargan Theatre

Chair: Professor Mary-Lee Rhodes

Panel: Mary Lawlor, Daniel Neale, and Dr Martha O’Hagan Luff

The UN Human Rights Council published Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights in 2011 and in 2016 the Council of Europe affirmed the EU Member States’ commitment to developing and adopting national plans in line with the “Protect, Respect and Remedy” principles.  The Irish government published their plan in mid-2017 and a “Business & Human Rights Implementation Group” has recently been formed to advance the plan.  But who among us understands what this means for business in Ireland and globally?

In this panel we will present a picture of the issues being address by the guiding principles and where multi-nationals and Irish companies stand in relation to these drawing on the Corporate Human Rights Benchmark published in the last 2 years, recent research and the panel’s experience.  We will explore the extent to which institutional investors should and are looking at this information as part of their investment decisions and where the main opportunities and challenges lie.

(P) WHAT NOW? MOLECULES & MATERIALS

Location: Theatre B1.032

Chair: Professor Mick Morris
Panel: Professor John Boland, Julie Byrne, Brian Doyle, Danny Kelly, Professor Anne Marie Healy, Professor Mark Ledwidge, Jim McGrath, Professor Valeria Nicolosi.

The format of this session will be a series of short tag-team presentations, where an industry partner will first describes the technology challenges and opportunities which their industry is facing, and the TCD Principle Investigator responds with a description of how TCD is taking on that challenge in looking for solutions and exploring new opportunities. We will show case how TCD science is converting advanced concepts into impactful solution in areas such as semiconductors, batteries, 3D printing and pharma.

(W) THE MINDFUL LEADERS

Location: Executive Education Suite 5th Floor

Lead: Professor Sarah-Jane Cullinane

TBS run a two-day retreat for leaders in the idyllic surrounds of the Cliff at Lyons retreat in County Kildare.  Based on our Mindful Leaders retreat, this seminar explores how mindfulness can support us in being an authentic and resilient leader by developing the skills needed to keep calm, present and clear-headed when making important decisions.

(W) CREATIVE-PROBLEM SOLVING SESSION

Location: Tangent Floor, 1st Floor

Lead: Alison Treacy
                                               
Creative Problem-Solving Taster Session - A hands-on, interactive session that asks attendees to problem-solve by collaborating in teams alongside some of the student startups participating on LaunchBox, Tangent’s Student Accelerator.

(W) LICENSING OPPORTUNITIES

Location: Executive Education Suite 5th Floor

Lead: Dr. Samantha Williams

Licensing Opportunities - Trinity has been successfully transforming advanced research into real-world, impactful solutions via technology transfer activities, such as IP licensing, industry engagement, consultancy and campus company formation. Meet Trinity’s Technology Transfer Case Managers to hear about Trinity’s intellectual property portfolio in ICT, Life Science, Health and Materials Science & Engineering.

16.55 - 17.25

Jamie Heaslip, Former Ireland Former Ireland Rugby Player and Member of Trinity Business School Advisory Board

LEADERSHIP - LESSONS FROM THE WORLD OF RUGBY

Jamie’s success as a rugby international was due not only to his own personal focus and commitment but also his extraordinary leadership skills on and off the field. He has had a keen interest in business and sees many parallels between high performing teams in sport and business.

In this session, Jamie sits down with the Dean of Trinity Business School, Professor Andrew Burke, for a ‘fireside’ chat to explore what lessons business managers can learn from sport, how to navigate a multi-career life path, and to share a little of his time playing rugby here in Trinity.

17:25 - 17.35

Professor Andrew Burke, Dean of Trinity Business School

HIGHLIGHTS

Information to follow

17:40 - 19.30

NETWORKING DRINKS RECEPTION

This agenda may be subject to change. More panellists are being added daily.