45 minute webinar (30 min + 15min Q&A)
Online @ 2pm
Free but registration is essential


Blockchain is a rapidly growing technology with the potential to disrupt traditional practices across a wide range of industries. The lack of technical Blockchain skills is of national and international concern as it is a significant inhibitor to Blockchain adoption in companies across key industries including manufacturing, supply-chain, health, food, finance and the public sector.

In this webinar we will discuss what the future Blockchain skill requirements are.  We will hear from various speakers and how they have responded to the increasing need to up- and re-skill and how Technology Ireland ICT Skillnet & DCU have developed a Masters in Blockchain – Distributed Ledger Technologies programme specifically aimed to support individuals with a career in Blockchain.

Our guest speakers will include Irina Tal, the Chair of the MSc in Blockchain at DCU, along with Andrew Howell, a current participant of the MSc in Blockchain and also David Roche, Director FinTech Services and Head of Corporate Social Responsibility with Pramerica.


Presenter Bio: Irina Tal, DCU

Irina is an Assistant Professor, School of Computing, Dublin City University(DCU), and Academic Lead MSc in Blockchain – Distributed Ledger Technologies (Technology Ireland ICT Skillnet & DCU programme). She is teaching in the Cyber Security and Blockchain areas.

Prior to joining DCU as an Assistant Professor, Irina was a Lecturer with National College of Ireland and Programme Director MSc Cybersecurity (part-time) and BSc in Computing and Business Information Systems (3rd and 4th years). She was also a Postdoctoral Researcher at DCU working on a H2020 EU project in the area of technology enhanced learning.

Her research interests are in the following areas:  cyber security, applications of blockchain, adaptive systems, technology enhanced learning, vehicular communications, and smart cities.


Presenter Bio: Andrew Howell, Blockdaemon Ltd

Andrew is the Lead Blockchain Engineer at Blockdaemon LTD, his role involves designing and implementing scalable solutions to deploy & manage high performance nodes for public and permissioned blockchain networks. Andrew Duties include automating, configuring, monitoring & maintaining multiple different blockchain software stacks in a multi-cloud, geographically load-balanced environment.

Prior to joining Blockdaemon Andrew worked as a lead engineer of the innovation team during his time in OpenJaw Technologies, where he built AI driven chatbots for the travel industry. He holds an MSc in Software Development from Limerick Institute of Technology and earned an Excellence Award for the best final year project, Netsend a peer-to-peer video messaging application.


Presenter Bio: David Roche, Director FinTech Services, Head of Corporate Social Responsibility Pramerica Systems Ireland Ltd.

David began his professional career in Merchant Banking, has over twenty-five years Financial Services experience spanning across the full Financial Spectrum before joining Pramerica 2011.

David joined Pramerica 2011 as Director FinTech Services, channelling his Leadership & Management skills into driving Financial Services efficiencies under the umbrella of Professional Business Services, and Asset Management within Prudential Group Investment Management (PGIM Group). In 2015, David set up the Pramerica FinTech strategy, also set up and implemented the strategy for the ICT/FinTech Cluster Group in Northwest region. In July 2016, David was invited as a key-note speaker to deliver his FinTech white-paper at the World FinTech Conference in London.

More recently, David has written several thought-leadership papers on FinTech & the introduction of new disruptive technologies with the potential to reshape the Financial Landscape. In 2018, David set up the FinTech Learning Labs (FTLL) as a means for all to upskill through online learning with Letterkenny Institute of Technology (LYIT). David is a member of the IDA Ireland Blockchain Expert Group (IBEG) representing Pramerica. David was educated at Blackrock College, is an Economic Graduate from University College Dublin, and holds a Leadership degree from Queen’s University Belfast.