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. 


The Team

We are partnering with a charity this year!

Details to be announced soon!

 

 

JUDGES

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

Shane Hogan is the Senior ICT Universal Design Advisor for the Centre for Excellence in Universal Design at the National Disability Authority. He advises public bodies, academia and the IT industry on reaching the widest possible audience for products and services through Universal Design. Shane was previously Senior Policy Advisor for transport and housing and Senior Standards Officer for employment monitoring at the NDA. Shane's previous role was managing the project management office of Microsoft's European Operation's Centre in Dublin. Shane led a number of key business transformation projects for Microsoft across commercial, retail and gaming markets. Prior to joining Microsoft, Shane was IT Manager for Johnson & Johnson Ireland and IT Consultant with KPMG. Shane has a B.Sc. degree in computer science and an Advanced Diploma in Project Management.

Shane Hogan is the Senior ICT Universal Design Advisor for the Centre for Excellence in Universal Design at the National Disability Authority. He advises public bodies, academia and the IT industry on reaching the widest possible audience for products and services through Universal Design. Shane was previously Senior Policy Advisor for transport and housing and Senior Standards Officer for employment monitoring at the NDA. Shane's previous role was managing the project management office of Microsoft's European Operation's Centre in Dublin. Shane led a number of key business transformation projects for Microsoft across commercial, retail and gaming markets. Prior to joining Microsoft, Shane was IT Manager for Johnson & Johnson Ireland and IT Consultant with KPMG. Shane has a B.Sc. degree in computer science and an

Advanced Diploma in Project Management.

Shane Hogan

 Senior Policy Advisor at National Disability Authority

Lizbeth is Professor of Inclusive Design for Education and Chair of Creative Technology Innovation in the College of Engineering and Architecture at University College Dublin, where she directs SMARTlab and the Inclusive Design Research Centre of Ireland at UCD, and is an Executive Board member of the Innovation Academy (member institutions: Trinity College, UCD and Queenʼs University, Belfast). She was elected to Chair the Social Sciences Panel of the Irish Royal Academy in 2012.  In 2008, she was awarded the top industry prizes for Best Woman in the Academic and Public Sectors, and Outstanding Woman in Technology by Blackberry Rim. Most recently, she was selected by a global panel of industry, academic and NGO experts as one of the CSR Global Top 50 Most Talented Social Innovators: awarded in Mumbai in February 2015.

Lizbeth is Professor of Inclusive Design for Education and Chair of Creative Technology Innovation in the College of Engineering and Architecture at University College Dublin, where she directs SMARTlab and the Inclusive Design Research Centre of Ireland at UCD, and is an Executive Board member of the Innovation Academy (member institutions: Trinity College, UCD and Queenʼs University, Belfast). She was elected to Chair the Social Sciences Panel of the Irish Royal Academy in 2012.

 In 2008, she was awarded the top industry prizes for Best Woman in the Academic and Public Sectors, and Outstanding Woman in Technology by Blackberry Rim. Most recently, she was selected by a global panel of industry, academic and NGO experts as one of the CSR Global Top 50 Most Talented Social Innovators: awarded in Mumbai in February 2015.

PROF LIZBETH GOODMAN

(BA, MA, MLITT, PHD)

Liz manages Events and Partnerships at Dogpatch Labs, Ireland’s leading tech co-working space for tech startups in The iconic CHQ Building in Dublin’s burgeoning “Silicon Docks”. Reflecting the dynamism of the startup sector, her role is varied. She oversees a busy schedule of Events from Corporate Innovation workshops for blue-chip companies to Meetups for entrepreneurs, and manages key partnerships with Google, Ulster Bank and ESB, as well as managing relationships with a variety of partners across the tech ecosystem. Liz has 5 years experience working in the tech sector in roles such as technical sales, HR and marketing. She has been involved in many volunteering and community development initiatives, from volunteering with Bodywhys and Killorglin Tidy Towns, to setting up a Breakfast Club and setting up “Flavour of Killorglin” - a food festival now attracting over 4,000 people to the town every September. Liz holds a BA in Public & Social Policy from NUI Galway, and achieved summa cum laude in her MSc in Local Economic Development at the London School of Economics

Liz manages Events and Partnerships at Dogpatch Labs, Ireland’s leading tech co-working space for tech startups in The iconic CHQ Building in Dublin’s burgeoning “Silicon Docks”. Reflecting the dynamism of the startup sector, her role is varied. She oversees a busy schedule of Events from Corporate Innovation workshops for blue-chip companies to Meetups for entrepreneurs, and manages key partnerships with Google, Ulster Bank and ESB, as well as managing relationships with a variety of partners across the tech ecosystem.

Liz has 5 years experience working in the tech sector in roles such as technical sales, HR and marketing. She has been involved in many volunteering and community development initiatives, from volunteering with Bodywhys and Killorglin Tidy Towns, to setting up a Breakfast Club and setting up “Flavour of Killorglin” - a food festival now attracting over 4,000 people to the town every September. Liz holds a BA in Public & Social Policy from NUI Galway, and achieved summa cum laude in her MSc in Local Economic Development at the London School of Economics

LIZ MCCARTHY

Events & Partnerships Manager, Dogpatch Labs

Darren is the CEO of Social Entrepreneurs Ireland, a non-profit organisation that is driving the development of innovative solutions to Ireland’s social problems. They empower social entrepreneurs all over Ireland by providing funding and working  closely with them to develop their ideas. Over the last 11 years SEI has invested over €6 million in some of the most high-potential social entrepreneurs. This support has enabled these social entrepreneurs to scale their work and have a national impact. Success stories include Men’s Sheds, Pieta House, FoodCloud, Women for Election and AsIAm, among many others. In total their Awardees have impacted the lives of over 380,000 people, creating 1,080 jobs in the process. Darren is passionate about empowering people, and he sits on the board of Soar, a social enterprise that helps young Irish people to develop their emotional resilience. He is a member of the Ireland Funds Young Leaders Committee and was recently named among ‘Ten Outstanding Young People in Ireland’ by Junior Chambers International.

Darren is the CEO of Social Entrepreneurs Ireland, a non-profit organisation that is driving the development of innovative solutions to Ireland’s social problems. They empower social entrepreneurs all over Ireland by providing funding and working  closely with them to develop their ideas.

Over the last 11 years SEI has invested over €6 million in some of the most high-potential social entrepreneurs. This support has enabled these social entrepreneurs to scale their work and have a national impact. Success stories include Men’s Sheds, Pieta House, FoodCloud, Women for Election and AsIAm, among many others. In total their Awardees have impacted the lives of over 380,000 people, creating 1,080 jobs in the process.

Darren is passionate about empowering people, and he sits on the board of Soar, a social enterprise that helps young Irish people to develop their emotional resilience. He is a member of the Ireland Funds Young Leaders Committee and was recently named among ‘Ten Outstanding Young People in Ireland’ by Junior Chambers International.

DARREN RYAN

CEO SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURS IRELAND

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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.  

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

 
As well as being Director of Mobility Mojo, Noelle is co-founder of Spinal Injuries Ireland which is about providing advice, information and support on the many different aspects of living with spinal cord injury. Mobility Mojo, which is a platform and app for accessible tourism, recently won a place on NDRC’s Female Founders Competitive start program in association with Enterprise Ireland, based in the digital hub. Noelle is a wheelchair user, is married and has 3 boys who are great cooks. Her interests include kayaking, table tennis, swimming and of course travel.

As well as being Director of Mobility Mojo, Noelle is co-founder of Spinal Injuries Ireland which is about providing advice, information and support on the many different aspects of living with spinal cord injury. Mobility Mojo, which is a platform and app for accessible tourism, recently won a place on NDRC’s Female Founders Competitive start program in association with Enterprise Ireland, based in the digital hub. Noelle is a wheelchair user, is married and has 3 boys who are great cooks. Her interests include kayaking, table tennis, swimming and of course travel.

NOELLE DALY

co-founder of Spinal Injuries Ireland and Director of Mobility Mojo

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

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

Reinhard has been involved in the localisation industry in a variety of roles since 1987. He is the founder and founding editor of a number of specialized Journals, industry groups and the Localisation Research Centre at the University of Limerick. In 2009, he established The Rosetta Foundation to remove the language service access barrier for NGOs setting up the Translation Commons (www.trommons.org). Trommons now connects 15,000 volunteer translators with more than 320 organisations world-wide. In 2014, he established the An Saol Foundation for survivors of severe Acquired Brain Injuries (sABI) and their families to live a life with dignity and respect (www.ansaol.ie). He enjoys long-distance running.

Reinhard has been involved in the localisation industry in a variety of roles since 1987. He is the founder and founding editor of a number of specialized Journals, industry groups and the Localisation Research Centre at the University of Limerick. In 2009, he established The Rosetta Foundation to remove the language service access barrier for NGOs setting up the Translation Commons (www.trommons.org). Trommons now connects 15,000 volunteer translators with more than 320 organisations world-wide. In 2014, he established the An Saol Foundation for survivors of severe Acquired Brain Injuries (sABI) and their families to live a life with dignity and respect (www.ansaol.ie). He enjoys long-distance running.

Reinhard Schäler

Founder of An Saol Foundation

 

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

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. 

 

EAMON SAYORS

Founder of World Sports Team & GUINNESS ENTERPRISE CENTRE Manager

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

Julian's passion is to help people live better, more fulfilling lives through the appropriate use of technologies. His sweet-spot is helping improve engineering practices including better software development & testing. He combines academic research with practical work. He’s worked and presented globally & written books, etc. He shares much of what he does freely. For the last decade he's been actively involved in applying himself to help in various projects, including co-writing a free Android app to help visually impaired users read books, and creating software that helps find snags in web UIs automatically so users don't experience problems navigating these UIs. For 4 years he's both led and helped various projects to help improve education using low-cost, low-power technologies that work in the often challenging and problematic environments wherever people are, including refugee camps. His first such project involved providing e-ink kindles to teachers in rural Kenya back in 2012.

Julian's passion is to help people live better, more fulfilling lives through the appropriate use of

technologies. His sweet-spot is helping improve engineering practices including better software

development & testing. He combines academic research with practical work. He’s worked and

presented globally & written books, etc. He shares much of what he does freely.

For the last decade he's been actively involved in applying himself to help in various projects,

including co-writing a free Android app to help visually impaired users read books, and creating

software that helps find snags in web UIs automatically so users don't experience problems

navigating these UIs. For 4 years he's both led and helped various projects to help improve

education using low-cost, low-power technologies that work in the often challenging and

problematic environments wherever people are, including refugee camps. His first such project

involved providing e-ink kindles to teachers in rural Kenya back in 2012.

Julian Harty

Mobile & Software Engineer


Kathryn O'Donoghue, Sunday @ 5:30pm 

Kathryn joined Google in Dublin in 2009 where she is the currently the EMEA Director of Monetized, Trust & Safety. Prior to this role in Google, Kathryn was the global Director of Insights & Improvements for the Small to Medium Business Services organisation leading customer research, business & operations analysis, project management & process improvement teams based in Ireland, India & the United States.  She has also held roles as Head of Advertiser Sales & Services for SMB SEEMEA (South East Europe Middle East & Africa) and Ad Operations teams across multiple languages.

After graduating from Trinity College, Dublin, Kathryn was an IT Consultant for almost 10 years initially with Coopers & Lybrand (now PwC) and later with Ernst & Young where she worked on and led assignments to design, develop & implement IT systems for financial services, public sector, manufacturing & technology clients both in Ireland and internationally.  

Kathryn also sits on the board of the Science Gallery, Dublin

Recent recognition:

  • 2012 WXN Top 25 Women
  • 2013 Irish Independent Top 50
  • 2014 Technology Voice Top 38
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James McCarthy, CEO, Nissan Ireland, Sunday @ 5:45pm

James McCarthy has been CEO of Nissan Ireland since 2012. Prior to his appointment he was Managing Director of Corporate Finance Ireland for 7 years. He is a lawyer by profession and holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration (MBA) from University of Pittsburgh. Under James’s leadership Nissan Ireland has been at the forefront of development of the EV business in Ireland for the past 5 years. James is Chairman of Spinal Injuries Ireland and a non-executive Director of Providence Resources plc.