Enablers include judges, mentors (solution enablers) and anyone who is giving their time, energy and expertise to help us make #HackAccessDublin happen. We thank everyone listed below for their support. 


Jamie leads the development and implementation of Dublin City Council’s Smart City strategy and ensures that the council takes advantage of the opportunity of technology innovation (Internet of Things, Big/Open Data) to drive better quality services and address priority city challenges in areas such as mobility/transport, environment and energy efficiency. He manages key relationships across industry, academia and government to promote and build out smart city solutions and demonstrators. He has extensive experience working across industry, local and central government to deliver projects that enhance Dublin’s economic competitiveness. Currently holds the position of Company Secretary with ECO-UNESCO, a leading Irish environmental education charity that works with young people across Ireland.

Jamie’s qualifications include a science degree from Trinity College Dublin and a Masters in Geographic Information Science (GIS) from University College London. He previously worked in policy and technical advisory roles with Kensington and Chelsea Borough in London, Government office for London, the Home Office, Met Police and the Jill Dando Institute of Crime Science in the UK. 

JAMIE CUDDEN

Smart City Program Manager, Dublin City Council

 


SOLUTION ENABLERS

Solution enablers will be on hand to not only help participants distil their ideas into viable solutions to the challenges, be it by providing technical expertise or industry knowledge, but will also support participants understand the challenges from the perspective of someone with mobility impairment.  

BELOW ARE JUST SOEME OF THE ENABLERS THAT ARE CONFIRMED

 

James Cawley is a Newly qualified Secondary school teacher from Maynooth University. He was born with a physical disability called Arthrogryposis Multiplex Congentia (AMC ) which affects his upper and lower limbs and spinal cord, meaning he uses a wheelchair. While at University James received the 2015 MAP student achievement award and held the role of Maynooth access programme ambassador. James is Secretary of the Arthrogryposis Association Ireland and has just successfully ran an online disability awareness campaign entitled #WearBlueForAMC making people aware of his "different abilities" (disability) AMC. In his spare time James advocates for people with a disability. Just recently he met with Minister for Disability, Finian McGrath, at Leinster House and told him about the real-life daily challenges that face people with disabilities in Ireland today including accessibility, transport, housing, investment into personal support/care and things like more individualised care budgets for people with disabilities, which in his case is more suitable for his lifestyle. 

James says "Focus on your abilities, have dreams and make them happen.. We all have different abilities!"

JAMES CAWLEY

Disability advocate & SECONDARY SCHOOL TEACHER

 
Antonio Santos, social media business evangelist at Atos, a global leader in digital services and World IT Partner of the Olympic and Paralympic Games, ranked n°1 as the most sustainable company in its industry group in the Dow Jones. Antonio provides digital consultancy across the different sectors of the organization specializing in Business Intelligence, Social Business and Social Media Analytics. Heʼs also a social entrepreneur having co-founded 3 startups, one of which helped children learn and develop their IT and social skills. Antonio helps run one of the largest tweet chats in the world called #AXSChat, focused on accessibility, neurodiversity and digital inclusion. He believes the art of communication starts when we listen first and that respecting others by understanding their struggles and needs is the first step to create a more inclusive world at work and outside work. You can find Antonio on Twitter at @akwyz

Antonio Santos, social media business evangelist at Atos, a global leader in digital services and World IT Partner of the Olympic and Paralympic Games, ranked n°1 as the most sustainable company in its industry group in the Dow Jones. Antonio provides digital consultancy across the different sectors of the organization specializing in Business Intelligence, Social Business and Social Media Analytics. Heʼs also a social entrepreneur having co-founded 3 startups, one of which helped children learn and develop their IT and social skills. Antonio helps run one of the largest tweet chats in the world called #AXSChat, focused on accessibility, neurodiversity and digital inclusion. He believes the art of communication starts when we listen first and that respecting others by understanding their struggles and needs is the first step to create a more inclusive world at work and outside work. You can find Antonio on Twitter at @akwyz

Antonio Santos

Social Media Business Evangelist at Atos

Trevor Vaugh

Lecturer Maynooth University / Co-Founder Vitamatics

 

Darren’s background is in electronics and communication engineering and has done prototyping electronic work with Design Partners. Darren has worked with Pavanu for over a year and in this time he created the survey platform PASIV (pedestrian area survey inspection vehicle) electronics and software in that time. With Pavanu Darren completed the StartPlanet accelerator in Belfast

Darren’s background is in electronics and communication engineering and has

done prototyping electronic work with Design Partners. Darren has worked with

Pavanu for over a year and in this time he created the survey platform PASIV

(pedestrian area survey inspection vehicle) electronics and software in that time.

With Pavanu Darren completed the StartPlanet accelerator in Belfast

Darren Conroy

 CTO Pavinu

Many children with autism or speech delay use pictures attached to a board to ask for what they need or say how they feel. These boards are stored in a book which the user carries around with them. Even when they begin to speak, they may be difficult to understand, so they rely on a growing picture vocabulary which can become very unwieldy. As a mother of a little girl with autism with few words but a lot of pictures, I wanted to keep encouraging her speech development, but I wanted to be sure we always had the pictures we needed, wherever we went. This is why I created Grace App for Autism. Grace App stores a basic picture vocabulary of Foods, Things I like, Places, Colors, Sizes and Shapes on an iPhone/iPad or iPod Touch with a function for creating a sentence that can be read together. There is also a facility for finding and taking photographs of all the other things that each individual user may need. It is a portable means of supporting the communication development of the user, wherever they go and is proving invaluable in improving vocalisations through consistency of use over time. Grace and the other children have also learned to share what they see and photograph independently, as a result of using the App.

Many children with autism or speech delay use pictures attached to a board to ask for what they need or say how they feel. These boards are stored in a book which the user carries around with them. Even when they begin to speak, they may be difficult to understand, so they rely on a growing picture vocabulary which can become very unwieldy.

As a mother of a little girl with autism with few words but a lot of pictures, I wanted to keep encouraging her speech development, but I wanted to be sure we always had the pictures we needed, wherever we went. This is why I created Grace App for Autism.

Grace App stores a basic picture vocabulary of Foods, Things I like, Places, Colors, Sizes and Shapes on an iPhone/iPad or iPod Touch with a function for creating a sentence that can be read together. There is also a facility for finding and taking photographs of all the other things that each individual user may need.

It is a portable means of supporting the communication development of the user, wherever they go and is proving invaluable in improving vocalisations through consistency of use over time. Grace and the other children have also learned to share what they see and photograph independently, as a result of using the App.

Lisa Domican

Graceapp founder

When Aviva’s husband had a stroke that stole his speech, his mobility and much of his cognition, she embarked on her journey to find a solution. To share her research into cutting edge treatments for stroke, Aviva built a free information resource called Research & Hope (http://researchandhope.com/) to present clear information on clinically tested therapies for stroke rehabilitation. Then Aviva went on to develop rehabilitation apps which are rigorous enough to be used by experts but easy for family members to use at home: (http://www.neurohero.com/). Her work has received numerous awards including Gifted Citizen, Arthur Guinness Fund Award, Social Entrepreneurs Ireland and the Embassy of America. Neurohero are hosted and supported by the National Digital Research Centre (NDRC) in Dublin. In March 2016 Aviva was awarded a Marie Curie Post-doctoral fellowship, which is a three year award that will enable her to create apps and training courses for ageing parents of children with intellectual disability. My project will help them to plan for a better future.

When Aviva’s husband had a stroke that stole his speech, his mobility and much of his cognition, she embarked on her journey to find a solution. To share her research into cutting edge treatments for stroke, Aviva built a free information resource called Research & Hope (http://researchandhope.com/) to present clear information on clinically tested therapies for stroke rehabilitation. Then Aviva went on to develop rehabilitation apps which are rigorous enough to be used by experts but easy for family members to use at home: (http://www.neurohero.com/). Her work has received numerous awards including Gifted Citizen, Arthur Guinness Fund Award, Social Entrepreneurs Ireland and the Embassy of America. Neurohero are hosted and supported by the National Digital Research Centre (NDRC) in Dublin. In March 2016 Aviva was awarded a Marie Curie Post-doctoral fellowship, which is a three year award that will enable her to create apps and training courses for ageing parents of children with intellectual disability. My project will help them to plan for a better future.

DR. AVIVA COHAN

FOUNDER OF NEURO HERO

 
Passionate about driving change through innovation and collaboration, Brian leads the development and growth of collaborative digital health projects between global healthcare brands, industry and clinical providers, along with some of the most promising tech innovators as lead researcher for HealthXL. A key focus for him is to always understand the various stakeholders journey, what are barriers/frustration that need to be considered when designing/implementing new solutions in healthcare. From both his work in UCD and HealthXL, he is interested in how to best craft stories to pitch ideas/solutions that address a healthcare need. Brian holds a BSc (Hons) in Pharmaceutical and Forensic Analysis from Limerick Institute of Technology and a PhD from the School of Chemistry, Pharmacy and Food Science at the University of Reading.

Passionate about driving change through innovation and collaboration, Brian leads the development and growth of collaborative digital health projects between global healthcare brands, industry and clinical providers, along with some of the most promising tech innovators as lead researcher for HealthXL. A key focus for him is to always understand the various stakeholders journey, what are barriers/frustration that need to be considered when designing/implementing new solutions in healthcare. From both his work in UCD and HealthXL, he is interested in how to best craft stories to pitch ideas/solutions that address a healthcare need. Brian holds a BSc (Hons) in Pharmaceutical and Forensic Analysis from Limerick Institute of Technology and a PhD from the School of Chemistry, Pharmacy and Food Science at the University of Reading.

Brian Flately

Digital health & tech enthusiast

Colin is a mechanical engineer with experience in product design, vehicle transport systems, renewable energies, materials recycling, medical/Assistive technologies and innovative design.  He has acted as a collaborator and technical adviser with a range of technology start-ups, established companies, large corporations and government bodies. He acts as a 3D printing specialist and as a consultant in the areas of 3D printing, 3D modelling and product design.  He lectures in the Institute of Technology Tallaght & UCD, in the Instrumentation and Control and engineering design/prototyping fields. Colin co-founded The Rapid Foundation in 2014; a charity project which aims to disperse 3D printing technology to 3rd world locations and conduct printing workshops with schools in the UK and Ireland. This charity project won the IMechE Charity grant, won him the 2016 Fritz Schumacher award and was a noted project in the 2016 UN Global Sustainable Development Report. 

Colin is a mechanical engineer with experience in product design, vehicle transport systems, renewable energies, materials recycling, medical/Assistive technologies and innovative design. 

He has acted as a collaborator and technical adviser with a range of technology start-ups, established companies, large corporations and government bodies. He acts as a 3D printing specialist and as a consultant in the areas of 3D printing, 3D modelling and product design. 

He lectures in the Institute of Technology Tallaght & UCD, in the Instrumentation and Control and engineering design/prototyping fields. Colin co-founded The Rapid Foundation in 2014; a charity project which aims to disperse 3D printing technology to 3rd world locations and conduct printing workshops with schools in the UK and Ireland. This charity project won the IMechE Charity grant, won him the 2016 Fritz Schumacher award and was a noted project in the 2016 UN Global Sustainable Development Report. 

Colin Keogh

MECHANICAL ENGINEER/DESIGNER AT UNIVERSITY COLLEGE DUBLIN

 

As a UX designer, Filip helps organisations to create better connections with their customers through joyful experiences. He is also a local leader of IxDA Dublin, a member-supported organisation dedicated to the professional practice of Interaction Design, and a co-founder and co-organiser of a design conference called Rebase.   Twitter: @fs_filipek

As a UX designer, Filip helps organisations to create better connections with their customers through joyful experiences. He is also a local leader of IxDA Dublin, a member-supported organisation dedicated to the professional practice of Interaction Design, and a co-founder and co-organiser of a design conference called Rebase.

 

Twitter: @fs_filipek

Filip Szymczak

UX designer

After serving with The RAF, Gavin began an 18-year career with Guide Dogs for the Blind.  His comprehensive knowledge of visual impairment and routine experience of poorly installed pedestrian crossings led him to design a unique system by which any person living with reduced mobility, could safely and automatically operate a pedestrian crossing using their own smart technology.  The company has installed the system in various locations, recently throughout the entire town of Largs on the West Coast of Scotland and is receiving increasing interest from across the UK for further installations.      This success has led to a range of smart solutions based on the challenges disabled people face every day and his latest development, “Welcome”, provides a smart platform which performs the simplest and most important of tasks, the improvement of human to human interaction between people with disability and those without.     With an increasingly aged population and a need to address the challenges, this presents not only is Gavin’s work of social importance but has the potential to address many of the issues society will experience as our aged and disabled population increases.  

After serving with The RAF, Gavin began an 18-year career with Guide Dogs for the Blind.  His comprehensive knowledge of visual impairment and routine experience of poorly installed pedestrian crossings led him to design a unique system by which any person living with reduced mobility, could safely and automatically operate a pedestrian crossing using their own smart technology.  The company has installed the system in various locations, recently throughout the entire town of Largs on the West Coast of Scotland and is receiving increasing interest from across the UK for further installations.   

 

This success has led to a range of smart solutions based on the challenges disabled people face every day and his latest development, “Welcome”, provides a smart platform which performs the simplest and most important of tasks, the improvement of human to human interaction between people with disability and those without.  

 

With an increasingly aged population and a need to address the challenges, this presents not only is Gavin’s work of social importance but has the potential to address many of the issues society will experience as our aged and disabled population increases.

 

Gavin Neate

neatebox founder & Ceo

Mark Bennett consults on projects spanning smart cities, cleantech and CSR strategy. He is currently building an Internet of Things mobility startup. He has worked in the public and private sectors on environmental and business strategy in Ireland, the US, UK and Italy in addition to placements with the US Environmental Protection Agency and the European Commission. Mark holds a BA in Environmental Science from Trinity College, an MSc in International Management from King’s College London and a postgrad in Sustainable Energy Finance from Dublin City University.

Mark Bennett consults on projects spanning smart cities, cleantech and CSR strategy. He is currently building an Internet of Things mobility startup. He has worked in the public and private sectors on environmental and business strategy in Ireland, the US, UK and Italy in addition to placements with the US Environmental Protection Agency and the European Commission. Mark holds a BA in Environmental Science from Trinity College, an MSc in International Management from King’s College London and a postgrad in Sustainable Energy Finance from Dublin City University.

MARK BENNETT

Consultant on Smart City, Cleantech and CSR strategy. 

 
Caroline is founder of Sound Advice, which is an eGovernment-awarded social venture, global learning network and connector in mainstream education and inclusion for hearing difficulties – known as "Irish Deaf Kids", 2007-14.  Caroline is a verbal cochlear implant wearer who does not use sign language and she is among the first born-deaf verbal children in Ireland to be mainstream-educated in the 1970s. Caroline graduated from Trinity College Dublin with an honors degree (no access supports).Caroline worked in Canada, the US, UK and Ireland for 15 years in research, digital publishing, journalism and corporate IT marketing before starting up Sound Advice.A proactive adviser and trainer to government, public and cultural entities, Caroline brings hearing and ability awareness to the education, health, training and employment spaces.

Caroline is founder of Sound Advice, which is an eGovernment-awarded social venture, global learning network and connector in mainstream education and inclusion for hearing difficulties – known as "Irish Deaf Kids", 2007-14. 

Caroline is a verbal cochlear implant wearer who does not use sign language and she is among the first born-deaf verbal children in Ireland to be mainstream-educated in the 1970s. Caroline graduated from Trinity College Dublin with an honors degree (no access supports).Caroline worked in Canada, the US, UK and Ireland for 15 years in research, digital publishing, journalism and corporate IT marketing before starting up Sound Advice.A proactive adviser and trainer to government, public and cultural entities, Caroline brings hearing and ability awareness to the education, health, training and employment spaces.

Caroline Carswell

FOUNDER, SOUND ADVICE

Darren Mealiff

CTO Product Development at Pavanu & Industrial Designer at Design Hub

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Stephen Culligan

Senior Product manager at pivotal labs