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Sandyford Innovation Week To Boost Local Businesses

By Maev Martin
Sandyford Innovation Week To Boost Local Businesses

A high-profile virtual gathering of some of the world’s leading business innovation speakers is planned for Dublin next month.

Sandyford Business District’s Innovation Week 2020 will run from Monday, 19 October to Thursday 22 October to assist Irish businesses plan for a digital future against the backdrop of doing business in a post Covid-19 environment.

Tips & Tactics for New Normal

Attendees can look forward to insights, tips and tactics that will help businesses identify the latest trends in innovation, operations, design, creativity, and entrepreneurship so they can strategically place their companies in our ‘new normal’.

Innovation Week is an amplification of SBD’s Innovation Forum held in previous years. The Forum was a one-day event dedicated to exploring the latest thinking, strategies and innovations for businesses and brought  together business leaders to share perspectives and deliver insights.

Taking place in a studio in Sandyford this year, the event will be opened by Minister of State at the Department of Education & Skills, Josepha Madigan, with the opening plenary session concentrating on the future of towns and cities with guest speakers, chief executive, DLRCC, Philomena Poole and director general of RGDATA, Tara Buckley.

Omnichannel Retail

Themes over the week include, Smart Mobility, Smart Health, Smart Energy, Meta-trends, Omnichannel Retail, Digital and Technological Futurology, with leading speakers from Harvard, Mastercard, Microsoft, the HSE, Dublin City Council, Mastercard, Beacon Hospital, Cubic Telecom, Trinity Tangent, Codec, and Independent News and Media. The week will conclude with an economic forecast from economist Jim Power.

“This is the first time Sandyford Business District has hosted a full week of events focused on innovation and the digital future," said district executive, Conor Battigan. "We realise that businesses demand a new way of thinking in a post Covid-19 world and, as the representative body for the area, we are firmly focused on delivering value-added strategic insights to our member businesses.

“To that end, the sessions selected for Innovation Week have been carefully curated so that they are of tangible value and help businesses with their agility as they drive change and innovation in a rapidly changing eco-system. The content of the eight sessions we will host will imagine businesses of the future and how digital technology will shape them.

"As we look ahead, we recognise that a key concern of many business leaders in the District is focused on how can today’s firms manage the transformation they need in order to prosper. Therefore, we will be asking how businesses can best harness innovation to drive business operations and increase the bottom line in an era of perpetual change.

Identifying Opportunities

“It is so important, now than ever, that these discussions take place, in order to enable businesses build better, more sustainable and resilient operational models. Identifying the main areas of opportunity and innovation across a range of sectors and assessing how businesses react to consumer trends and expectations is crucial in the months and years ahead.

“We hope that by the end of Innovation Week, participants from a multitude of sectors in the District will have learned a great deal of what successfully drives transformational, innovative and impactful change in the business world of 2020 and beyond. We are delighted to be hosting this key event and since registration opened, demand for places has been so strong that we fully expect the week to be over-subscribed."

This virtual event will be streamed live on the Sandyford Business District Innovation Channel. For information and registration, go

© 2020 Checkout – your source for the latest retail news. Article by Maev Martin. 

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