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Inspiring Innovation for 2021

Start: November 17, 2020 End: November 19, 2020
IRDG’s annual flagship event will focus this year on the theme of “Innovation in the New Normal”. Covering topics such as Sustainability, Innovation Best Practice, Disruptive Technologies, and the highly important Human dimensions, we will bring you an exceptional virtual experience of keynotes, discussions, networking and learning over 3 full days.

Case studies, growth stories and innovation experiences will bring innovation to real life, allowing us to learn from the wisdom (and scars!) of exemplary business leaders from a wide variety of organisations.

Our line-up of inspirational speakers includes Dr. Robert G. Cooper (innovation thought-leader & father and creator of the Stage-Gate® system), Ramon Vulings (cross-industry creativity & innovation guru), Mark Gallagher (Formula 1), Cian Ó Maidín (NearForm), Anita Sommer (Lego), John Bell (European Commission) and many more.Business professionals from all backgrounds are invited to attend this national event which will connect people from diverse industry sectors – all focused on growing their businesses through innovation.


Speakers will include:

  • Robert G. Cooper – President of Product Development Institute & father and creator of the Stage-Gate® system
  • Anita Sommer – Senior Innovation Manager at LEGO Group
  • Ramon Vulings – International keynote on business creativity & cross-industry innovation
  • John Bell – “Healthy Planet” Director at European Commission will speak on EU Green Deal
  • Anja Svetina Nabergoj – Lecturer and Innovation Coach at Stanford d.school – How to lead  innovation and manage yourself and your team remotely
  • Sue Garrard – Advisor on Sustainability Strategy & former EVP Sustainable Business and Communications at Unilever
  • Aidan McCullen – Change Consultant, Corporate Coach and Host of the Innovation Show
  • Ailbhe and Izzy Keane – Multi-Award-Winning Entrepreneurs at Izzy Wheels
  • Mark Gallagher – Formula 1 – net-zero carbon by 2030 and managing through Covid
  • Kingsley Aikins, CEO, The Networking Institute
  • Alessandra Sala – Director of Artificial Intelligence & Data Science at Shutterstock
  • Robert O’Mahony – Head of Sustainability, Logitech
  • Conor O’Neill, Chief Product Officer, NearForm
  • Tom Raftery, Global VP, Futurist, and Innovation Evangelist, SAP