1 hour 30 minutes
Online @ 08:15am
Free but registration is essential


You are welcome to register and join Blockchain Ireland’s monthly meeting on Friday 20th of November. This meeting, the first since March of this year will facilitate the engagement of the Blockchain cluster in Ireland as it is our intention to return to a monthly meeting format thereafter.

We are delighted to welcome Barry Lowry, the Irish Government CIO at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform as our guest speaker. Barry will provide insights on technology adoption and the use of Blockchain. The analysis of the recent survey sent out to the cluster members will be presented by Paul Hearns the former editor of TechPro and the host of the TechFire series of events. Paul will moderate the meeting and host the Questions and Answers session. This analysis will assist us all in deciding the strategic direction, the construct of working groups, and the engagement models for the monthly meetings as we look to grow and strengthen the cluster.

The meeting is open to new members and we would encourage you to invite colleagues or other Blockchain interested entities.


0815-0820 Welcome – Prof. Joyce O’Connor President Emeritus National College of Ireland & Co-founder of Block W.
0820-0840 Presentation of the Survey Analysis – Paul Hearns
0840-0900 Questions and Answers – Moderated by Paul Hearns
0900-0925 Guest Speaker – Barry Lowry – Irish Government CIO
0925-0940 Questions and Answers – Moderated by Paul Hearns
0940-0945 Closing Remarks – Prof. Joyce O’Connor


Presenter Bio: Paul Hearns

Paul Hearns is a journalists, commentator and presenter, with more than twenty years’ experience in the ICT sector.

Former editor of TechPro and presenter of the TechFire series, he has been an influential voice analysing and documenting the development of information technology in Ireland.



Presenter Bio: Joyce O’Connor

Professor Joyce O’Connor is the founding President of the National College of Ireland , Co-Founder and Chair of BlockW, Chair Uversity and  Chair Digital Future Group, Institute of International and European Affairs .A former Chair of the Digital Hub Development Agency Professor O’Connor has extensive experience as a Chair and Board member to a wide range of state, semi-state, educational and not for profit organisations.




Presenter Bio: Barry Lowry

Barry Lowry has been the Chief Information Officer for the Irish Government since April 2016 with the primary task of taking forward the Public Service ICT and eGovernment Strategies. These set out ambitions for developing the use of shared services, digital services and data to better serve the people of Ireland and ensure that Ireland is well-placed to benefit from European initiatives such as the Digital Single Market.

Barry is also the Chief Adviser to Government on all Digital matters affecting the State and its citizens. Barry was previously the Director for IT Shared Services and Strategy and Head of the IT Profession within the Northern Ireland Civil Service. Barry is a Fellow of the Irish and British Computer Societies and is a former winner of the BCS Northern Ireland IT Professional of the Year.