Registration - Teas/Coffees at 8am. Starting 8:30-10:30
Ibec 86 Lower Baggot Street, D2
Course code:
Free but registration is essential


Technology Ireland ICT Skillnet are hosting a breakfast seminar on December 11th which will include a series of three thought-provoking sessions covering trends, methods, frameworks and real-life experiences showing how innovation can be accelerated in organisations today.

We are delighted to welcome Danese Cooper, VP of Strategic Initiatives at NearForm and ex-head of Open Source at Paypal, who will be giving us an Introduction to InnerSource, an approach to software development that has been building momentum internationally among companies such as PayPal, Nike, Bosch and Microsoft. InnerSource takes the lessons learned from developing open source software and applies them to the way companies develop software internally. This method of development has been proven to break down silos, encourage internal collaboration, accelerate new engineer on-boarding, and identify opportunities to contribute software back to the open source world.  Danese will share tips on how to put in place a community of practice around InnerSource that is perfectly suited to the needs of highly regulated companies such as Financial Services.

Gar Mac Críosta, Founder of Business Model Adventures and Clare Dillon, Technology Evangelist will examine the topic of “Decisions, decisions, decisions: why we are bad at them and what we can do about it”. They will walk through belief, bias, self-deception, lies, neuropharmacology and intelligent assistants.

We will also look at how innovation works in the public sector. Tim Willoughby, Head of Digital Services and Innovation in An Garda Síochána, will share his experience of Driving Innovation and Change in An Garda Síochána.

This briefing will appeal to CTOs/CIOs/Chief Architects/Architects/Heads of Innovation/Development and Business Leaders from all industries.


0800-0830        Registration – Teas/Coffees

0830-0835        Welcome – Dave Feenan Network Manager ICT Skillnet

0835-0905        An Introduction to InnerSource – Danese Cooper

0905-0945        Decisions, Decisions, Decisions – Clare Dillon & Gar Mac Criosta

0945-1015        Innovation and Change in An Garda Síochána – Tim Willoughby

1015-1030        Q&A and Close

Speaker Bios

Ms. Danese Cooper recently joined NearForm as VP Strategic Initiatives. Prior to joining NearForm, Ms. Cooper spent 4.5 years as Sr. Director and Head of Open Source Software at PayPal, Inc. She was the inaugural Chairperson of the Node.js Foundation. Ms. Cooper previously served as the CTO of Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., as Chief Open Source Evangelist for Sun and as Sr. Director of Open Source Strategies for Intel. She concentrates on creating healthy open source communities and has served on the Boards of the Drupal Association, the Open Source Initiative, the Open Hardware Association and has advised Mozilla and the Apache Software Foundation. She also runs a successful open source consultancy which counts Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, SETI Foundation, Harris Corporation and Numenta as clients. She has been known to knit through meetings.

Clare Dillon works with organisations to help them maximise opportunities presented by the latest trends in technology. Before setting up her own consultancy, Clare was a member of the Microsoft Ireland Leadership Team, heading up the Developer Evangelism organisation. She has served on the boards of the National Digital Research Centre, the Irish Internet Association, the Irish Centre for Cloud Computing & Commerce and is a member of the NSAI working group on Trustworthy AI.

Gar Mac Críosta is the founder of Business Model Adventures and leads IASA Global’s Next Architecture Practice Group. He has facilitated the development of change programs with C-level executives, senior managers, technology leaders, and executives in the areas of business model innovation, digital strategy, architecture, and organizational effectiveness (Lean/Agile) across various indus­tries. Mr. Mac Críosta is a Certified Architect Professional (IASA CITAP), a Fellow of the Irish Computer Society, and a LEGO Serious Play Practitioner (LSP).

Tim Willoughby is currently the Head of Digital Services and Innovation in An Garda Síochána. Tim is responsible for the Garda Mobility Project and all of ICT Operations and Telecoms Services. Before joining An Garda Síochána in 2017, Tim was CTO of the LGMA, and worked over 20 years in several Senior Management, Technical and Engineering Roles in the Local Government Sector. Overall Tim has been working in the Public service for almost 28 years. Tim has a Civil Engineering Degree from TCD and a Masters in Innovation from the University of Ulster.