Jonathan Healy, Broadcaster

After graduating with a degree in law from University College Cork, Jonathan Healy worked in radio, television and online media for two decades. He has been a presenter with Newstalk 106-108fm and a senior correspondent with Sky News, with his work featuring prominently on both stations. Jonathan also has experience working with TV3, RTE, FM104, The Cork Independent and Cork’s 96fm.Having conducted thousands of interviews with people from all works of Irish life, he is a skilled interviewer and proven cross-platform content creator with extensive contacts across politics, business and public relations throughout the country, Jonathan is also a proven event facilitator and engaging MC.

He has also delivered high impact voice-over work for corporate videos and campaigns.

Patrick Neary, CTO, Department of Environment, Climate and Communications

Patrick Neary is the CTO within the Department of Environment, Climate and Communications, providing advice across Government and other key stakeholders on strategic policy development in the telecoms space. Patrick leads a number of the Government’s key initiatives, has been a lead figure in the State’s National Broadband Plan since its inception and continues to oversee its implementation. Digital Connectivity is recognised as a fundamental building block for the future social and economic development of the country. Patrick is focused on the advancement of this Digital Connectivity so that the demands of Irish citizens and businesses are met in the years ahead.
Patrick has over 25 years of experience in the telecommunications industry working both in Ireland and internationally in multiple roles.

Jonathan Reichental, Founder, Human Future, USA. Best-selling author, Smart Cities for Dummies

Dr. Jonathan Reichental is the founder of Human Future, a global business and technology advisory, investment, and education firm. Previous roles have included senior software engineering manager, director of technology innovation, and he has served as chief information officer at both O’Reilly Media and the City of Palo Alto, California.

In 2013 he was recognized as one of the 25 doers, dreamers, and drivers in government in America. In 2016, he was named a top influential CIO in the United States and in 2017, he was named one of the top 100 CIOs in the world. He has also won a best CIO in Silicon Valley award and a national IT leadership prize.

Reichental is a recognized global thought leader on a number of emerging trends including urban innovation, smart cities, sustainability, blockchain technology, data governance, the fourth industrial revolution, and digital transformation.

He holds several degrees including a Ph.D. in Information Systems. He is an adjunct professor in the School of Management at the University of San Francisco and instructs at several other universities. Reichental regularly creates online video courses for LinkedIn Learning.

He is a popular global keynote speaker and writer. He has written two books on the future of cities: Smart Cities for Dummies and Exploring Smart Cities Activity Book for Kids.

Judith van Brussel, Programme Manager – Digitalisation, Breda, The Netherlands

Judith is corporate programme manager for digitalisation at the municipality of Breda in The Netherlands. Breda is the 9th city of The Netherlands with more than 180,000 inhabitants. Breda has eagerly joined the digitalisation ‘flow’, which provides opportunities such as the development of artificial intelligence (AI), blockchain, self-driving cars, care assistance robots and ‘smart’ street lighting. Breda also provides smarter forms of processes and applications to its residents in many fields of interest to improve local policies and to continue competing economically. At the same time, Breda remains Breda, cosy and friendly. It’s a city in a green park, hospitable and accessible to all. It also provides space for a digital detox, as a counterpart to the fast-paced world. That’s where Breda excels and sets itself apart from other cities. In Breda, citizens are infinitely connected.

As programme manager Judith coordinated the composition of ‘Bredata’ the long-term vision of digitalisation for the city which started last year. Together with its partners and citizens, Breda is building ecosystems, participating in living labs and implementing advanced digital techniques to enhance smarter and healthier living, working and travelling. Everyone is participating in this journey of discovery, looking for talent, creativity, and innovative ability.

David Minton, Director, Northern and Western Regional Assembly                                                                                                                

David Minton works as Director with the Northern and Western Regional Assembly. A lover of maps, he is a geographer by background but now also a member of the RTPI and the IoD. Passionate about place, community and his local environment. David has an MSc in both Rural Development and Town and Country Planning. He has worked in both areas privately, internationally and across Ireland. David works on a number of European smart city / smart region initiatives.

Alan Murphy Regional Manager Smart Dublin

Alan is passionate about doing things differently using new technology. He is the Smart Dublin Regional Manager working across all four Dublin Local Authorities to explore emerging technology to provide better public services in areas such as Sustainable Mobility, Environmental Controls, Energy Efficiency, Citizen Sensing and more.

He has extensive experience in developing new business models and delivering change via technology in many sectors such as the Energy, Healthcare, Manufacturing and Humanitarian sectors.

He has previously worked for PwC, IBM and HCL Axon amongst others. Alan’s qualifications include a Business Studies Degree and Postgraduate Diploma in Computing from the University of Limerick.

Rosie Webb, Senior Architect in Planning, Environment and Placemaking, Limerick City and County Council

Rosie Webb is the Senior Architect in Planning, Environment and Placemaking at Limerick City and County Council and head of the Urban Innovation Department. She leads innovation programmes to address urban challenges and create opportunities for economic, environmental and social revitalisation of Limerick’s historic city centre.

She is Lighthouse City Manager for Limerick’s H2020 Smart Cities and Communities Programme ‘+CityxChange’. Rosie is a Member of the Royal Institute of Architects of Ireland and a Registered Architect in the State of Illinois. She holds a Bachelors Degree in Architecture from Cornell University in the USA and a Masters in Architecture (Urban Design) from the University of Limerick. ​

She is a lecturer at the School of Architecture at University of Limerick and founder of the Adaptive Governance Lab at SAUL.

Peter Hendrick, CEO, National Broadband Ireland (NBI)

Peter Hendrick is the CEO of National Broadband Ireland (NBI), and leads the team behind one of the most ambitious telecoms projects in the world. Having worked on the project since 2015, Peter successfully led NBI through the competitive bid for the NBP as the Managing Bid Director and is ideally placed to explain the objectives of this transformative project.

Peter has over 20 years of telecom, engineering, sales & executive experience and has held senior roles in Siemens, AirSpeed (which he co-founded) and Enet.



Jamie Cudden, Smart City Lead, Dublin City Council

Jamie leads Dublin City Council’s Smart City program, an award-winning urban innovation programme which embraces new tech opportunities such as Internet of Things and Big Data to solve the many challenges that the city faces. He has a track record of bringing together partners from industry, start-ups, academia and public agencies to accelerate deployment of new ideas using the ‘city as a testbed’ and solving challenges such as citizen engagement, sustainable mobility, environmental management and more.

He has delivered successful collaborations with global tech leaders such as Google, Softbank, Microsoft, Mastercard, IBM and Intel. He represents Dublin on technology alliances including the Cities Today Institute, Mastercard’s City Possible initiative, and the Telecoms Infrastructure project (TIP).

He was acknowledged as ‘Civic Innovator’ of the year award (2021) in Europe by Harvard’s technology and entrepreneurship centre (TECH) for his role in scaling up the Smart Dublin programme and accelerated districts approach.


Mary Cronin, Founder, UpThink Innovation Agency

Mary Cronin brings 25 years-experience as a Chartered Engineer (CEng), circular innovation catalyst and technologist. She has a track-record of creating innovation systems, with a deep understanding of business ecosystems, advocating for the growth of circular and bio-based economies leading to the transition of a low carbon future.

As a technologist she combines her expertise with innovation and design to create scaling opportunities, enabling organisations and ecosystems to transition from linear to circular.

Mary established UpThink Innovation Agency in 2009, facilitating organisations accelerate ideas, unlocking circular and bioeconomy opportunities, developing economic growth in addition to creating positive environmental and social impact.

Daniel Peeters, Cavan County Council, Digital Strategy Project Leader

Daniel is an experienced industry specialist with a demonstrated history of working in the information technology and services industry, leading Digital Transformation projects.

Strong digital professional skilled in Digital Strategy, Software Development, E-commerce, Customer Relationship Management (CRM), and Web Content Management.

Responsible for developing highly manageable software solutions, leading digital transformation and actualising digital strategy projects.


Stephen Carolan, National Hubs Programme Manager, Western Development Commission

Stephen Carolan, is the Hubs Programme Manager at the Western Development Commission. Stephen has over 20 years’ experience as an IT Project Manager. He took up the role of Hubs Programme Manager in 2019 and in the intervening period he has spearheaded the establishment of the Connected Hubs platform This project is sponsored and funded by the Department of Rural and Community Development and project managed by Western Development Commission. The project has grown from a pilot initiative in the Atlantic Economic Corridor to a national project. Stephen’s is leading a team responsible for the further development of this exciting project in the years ahead. He previously worked in senior IT roles in Mayo County Council, including serving as Broadband Officer. He holds a Masters in Computer Science (Cloud Computing) from UCD.

Joanne Mangan, Employers Lead, Grow Remote

Joanne engages with employers at every stage of their remote working journey. She manages partnerships with Ireland’s leading remote-first organisations and helps employers who want to make the transition to remote and hybrid working. She is a regular media contributor on the topic of remote working and is passionate about the potential of remote work to be a driver of equality, diversity and inclusion. Prior to joining the Grow Remote team she worked for a number of multinational technology companies, managing distributed teams and enabling channel partners.

Professor Markus Helfert, Director, Innovation Value Institute (IVI), Maynooth University

Markus Helfert is the Director of The Innovation Value Institute and Professor of Digital Service Innovation at Maynooth University. His research is centred on Smart Cities/Communities and IoT based Smart Environments and includes research areas such as Service Innovation, Intelligent Transportation Systems, Smart Services, Building Information Management, FinTech, Data Value, Enterprise Architecture, Technology Adoption, Analytics, Business Process Management. Prof. Helfert is an expert in Data Governance Standards and is involved in European Standardisation initiatives. He is a Principal Investigator at the Lero and Adapt Science Foundation Ireland Research Centres. Markus has authored more than 200+ academic articles, journal and book contributions and has presented his work at international conferences. He has received national and international grants from agencies such as European Union (FP7; H2020), Science Foundation Ireland and Enterprise Ireland.

Beatrice Heneghan, Head of Information Systems and Innovation, Mayo Council

Dr Beatrice Heneghan is Head of Information Systems and Innovation for Mayo Council where Beatrice and her team support councillors and staff in the delivery of citizen services. Previously, she held posts in ICT and Digital Transformation in Laois and Limerick local authorities. Beatrice has also lived in the United States having worked in IT in both the public and private sectors during her time there.

Beatrice chairs the local government sectoral Architecture and Standards Group (ASG) and is a member of the national ePlanning board. She is also a member of Lero – the Science Foundation Ireland Software Research Centre, and the Maynooth University Business Informatics Group. More recently Beatrice was part of the Western Development Commission’s Digital Hubs Advisory panel for the evaluation and selection of an integrated software solution for the Connected Hubs initiative. While having wide experience in the IS field her particular expertise is in the area of data governance and Enterprise Architecture with a focus on business/IT alignment for optimum value realisation in the design and delivery of strategy.

Beatrice holds a doctorate in engineering from the University of Limerick and master’s in software engineering from NUI Galway and has presented her research at both national and international conferences on Information Systems.


Ruth Buckley, CIO Cork City Council

Ruth is CIO for Cork city council a large urban local authority which serves a diverse and growing population of 250,000 people. She has worked in a variety of change management and strategic leadership roles over a 30-year period in both the private and public sector.

In 2019 Ruth led the digital program necessary to facilitate the expansion of the city boundary. The city council is currently undergoing a major digital transformation program both inside and external to the organisation. Ruth is a founder member of the Major cities of Europe ISAC (Information sharing and analysis centre which collaborates to mitigate cyber risk).

Jeff McCann, Director, Innovation Labs, Dell Technologies

Jeff is a leading technologist with over 30-years industry experience, Jeff leads the Dell Technologies Customer Solution Centres (CSC) vision to build the strategy enabling the delivery of solutions focused on customers’ business needs and challenges, rather than just the technical platforms.

Drawing on extensive IT data centre, engineering, security, digital forensics, and project management experience in Healthcare, Manufacturing, Financial services and internet hosting, Jeff works with partners in vertical industries including Healthcare, Smart Cities, Industry 4.0, Energy and Marine environments.



Geertje Schuitema, Associate Professor, Consumer Behaviour and Technology Adoption, UCD School of Business

Geertje Schuitema is an Associate Professor in Consumer Behaviour and Technology Adoption at UCD’s College of Business. Prior to joining UCD, she received her MSc and PhD degrees in Social and Behavioural Sciences from the University of Groningen, the Netherlands. After her PhD, she was a Research Fellow at the Centre for Transport Research, University of Aberdeen, United Kingdom and at the College of Business and Social Sciences at Aarhus University, Denmark. She works with scholars from many different disciplines and industry on issues around sustainable consumer behaviour, public engagement and policy acceptance.


Alan Dooley, Head of Digital Strategy, Limerick City & County Council

Alan is responsible for the planning, development, control and maintenance of digital infrastructure, digital innovation and services for the Council and also for the Limerick region.  In order for Limerick to gain a competitive advantage internationally and to work towards reaching the UN Sustainable Development Goals, the Council aims to use innovation in digital services and citizen engagement for Limerick’s economic, social and physical development.  This will help transform Limerick into a smart sustainable region, with digital transformation becoming a driver for regional economic and spatial development.  

Prior to joining Limerick City & County Council, Alan worked for 25 years in software engineering, primarily in the U.S. financial and insurance industry, more recently leading global engineering teams across many technology disciplines, delivering digital transformation by enabling a change in engineering culture to actively embrace modern engineering practices.  


Pat Kennedy, CEO eTownz

Pat Kennedy is CEO of eTownz, a leading Irish digital services company specialising in researching and developing tools to support the community development sector. He is also CEO of their sister company eConcept Web Solutions.

With qualifications in Engineering and social science, 10 years ago Pat set up eTownz to specialise in developing robust digital tools to bring greater efficiency and a more evidence based approach to local development.

Pat and his team of developers, social scientists and industry partners are pioneering better approaches to local development, helping communities maximise volunteer capacity, and allowing more effective collaboration with public service bodies.

Over the past 10 yrs eTownz has been actively involved in a number of research related to the smart communities, collaborating with leading Universities and International Organisations such as NUIG, TCD, UL, Maynooth & e40.

As part of this research, eTownz developed an industry standard for community development themes.

Pat and his team also built and maintains a digital “Knowledge hub” of community development projects, assets, stakeholders, and metrics to empower the digital tools they develop. eTownz were recently commissioned to develop a “Smart Village Curriculum” for a group of local development companies in Ireland and are also Irish representatives on the “Smart Rural 21 & 27” EU research projects


Colin Barrett, Head of IoT, Vodafone Ireland

Colin is responsible for operating and growing Vodafone’s IoT business in Ireland. This involves driving its proposition/sales strategy to meet the IoT needs of the Irish enterprise market, and leading a team of specialists who manage the continuing growth of Vodafone’s IoT services and solutions across the region.  
He joined Vodafone in 2015 from IBM to help locally launch the Cloud and Security business unit where Colin was instrumental in successfully growing this strategic division through business development, datacentre strategy, delivery coordination, and alliance planning.
With a background rooted in technology, Colin’s 20-year career has evolved from developing software, to leading international project teams, and developing outsourced IT end-to-end managed services agreements.  
Prior to joining Vodafone, Colin held a number of positions with IBM, Oracle/Siebel and eSpatial, focusing on business growth in emerging digital technologies. He holds a B.Sc in Software and an MBA.

Graham Arnott, IoT Lead Technology Product Owner, Vodafone Group Services

Graham has over 20 years technology experience in IoT Product Management and the delivery of customer solutions and platforms. Currently responsible for a team at Vodafone Group specialising in the Agile delivery of standard and bespoke solutions that enable customers to embrace digital transformation that is targeted to their busines needs.
Serving a broad, yet interconnected, portfolio that includes Asset Tracking, Smart Cities, IoT End-to-End solutions, IoT Device Lifecycle Management, Smart Factory and Mixed Reality the team are well placed to create bespoke customisation based on a standard framework of capability – all underpinned by Vodafone IoT Connectivity.
Prior to starting at Vodafone IoT in 2014, Graham was responsible for developing a range of B2B Asset and Fleet tracking products where he was able to draw from extensive experience in manufacturing, automotive, electronics and communications sectors.