Capture the opportunity to drive change: The CIO as innovator, business leader and cultural champion

September 25, 2019, Aviva Stadium

CIO and IT Leaders Summit

September 25, 2019, Aviva Stadium

Capture the opportunity to drive business change: The CIO as innovator, business leader and cultural champion


The Irish economy depends on a thriving, dynamic and innovative construction industry.  Most Government strategies such as Project Ireland 2040, the national development programme, Rebuilding Ireland, the government’s housing strategy and the recent Climate Action Plan are all contingent on the construction industry’s capacity, adaptability and innovativeness.

What are the barriers impacting on the industry’s ability to deliver on these ambitious strategies?  With an acute housing shortage and significant infrastructure deficits, what policies and practices have to change within the construction ecosystem to release this industry’s huge potential to positively shape Ireland’s economic future?  

Recovering from a dramatic decline and now back on a strong growth trajectory, the construction sector will be a key job creator over the next decade and beyond. The industry and Government must ensure that the hard won recovery is sustainable to avoid the boom/bust cycles that have bedevilled construction in the past.

Some clouds are gathering: Brexit looming large with the increased risk of a hard Brexit; The continuing skills shortage in the industry; Addressing diversity, equality and inclusion in the workforce; Recalibrating the planning system to be more efficient; Investment priorities to achieve balanced regional development; Improving the public sector procurement system and ensuring there is adequate funding in the industry.

These are some of the issues we’ll be exploring at our 2019 annual conference, the CIF’s flagship event attracting more than 500 delegates from our membership who operate both nationally and internationally, as well as the range of other stakeholders in the industry.

Join contractors, home-builders, planners, engineers, investors and suppliers at this 1-day annual conference as we explore the key issues we need to address in order to grow our industry in a profitable and sustainable way.


Through expert presentations, case studies, panel and roundtable discussions, we’ll explore:

  • How to be more than a tech leader
  • Why culture should be top of the CIO’s agenda
  • Driving innovation: How can the CIO redefine what’s possible for an enterprise?


1. AI & Digital Ethics: Trust in tech

  • The coming of age of AI
  • Digital ethics in practice: How to balance the risks and rewards of digital innovation
  • Who’s watching the machines? Ensuring ethical foresight, making ethics part of business decision-making

2. Digital government: Is our public sector prepared for a fully digital future?

  • Case study: Building an IT shared services organisation
  • International case study: How Estonia is building the most advanced digital society in the world
  • Becoming digital citizens: Creating, embedding and boosting a digital culture
  • Roundtable discussions where delegates share insights on a range of emerging technologies and issues– AI, Blockchain, immersive technologies, attracting and retaining tech talent and quantum computing.

Our previous CIO Summits have been attended by decision-makers with the following titles:

  • CIOs
  • CTOs
  • CISOs
  • Senior IT leaders
  • Technology and business strategy decision-makers
  • Investors & Venture Capitalists
  • Technology and service providers

Delegates attended from the following well-known organisations:

Enterprise Ireland, Local Government Management Association, Eirgrid, Bord na Mona, Dublin City Council, DCU, TCD, NUIM, NUIG, ESB, Eirgrid, Ervia, VHI, Tusla, Allianz, Offaly CoCo, Fingal CoCo, Beaumont Hospital, Limerick City Council, Cork City Council, Dept. of Agriculture, Food & the Marine, Dept. of Business, Enterprise & Innovation, Prison Service, Repak, EPA, PwC, United Drug, Invesco, AIB Bank, Mercury Engineering, BT, Fujitsu, Abtran, Independent News & Media, Arnotts, Dairygold, Musgrave, Dell, KPMG, Mainstream Renewable Power, Accenture, Sungard, Davy Stockbrokers, Friends First, Intel, Trocaire, KBC Bank, IBM, Payzone, O2, Aviva Stadium, Lakeland Dairies, Aer Lingus, Waterford Wedgewood, AWAS, Deloitte, William Fry, Openet, Fleetmatics, Smurfit Kappa, Irish Stock Exchange, NSAI, Irish League of Credit Unions, Trend Micro, Irish Continental Group, Allianz Ireland, Sherry FitzGerald Group, Oxfam, NUIG, Aviva Group Ireland, Topflight Travel, The Children’s Hospital Group, Bank of Ireland, Three Ireland, EY, Institute of Banking, Permanent TSB, Irish League of Credit Unions, HSE, Mater Private, Lakeland Dairies, Meath CoCo, Mayo CoCo, Limerick City and CoCo, Port of Waterford, Irish Pharmacy Union, Tallaght Hospital, Singlepoint, Cartrawler…


Our leading speakers this year include:

Mark Little

CEO and co-founder, Kinzen

Nadine Thomson

Technology Director, News UK, Digital Leader for fast-paced international organisations

Dr. Steve Flinter

Artificial Intelligence Practice Lead, Mastercard Labs

David Wall

Chief Information Officer, Tallaght University Hospital

Caron Alexander

Director of Digital Shared Services, Northern Ireland Government

Andrus Kaarelson

Deputy DG, Director of State Information System, Information System Authority (RIA), The Republic of Estonia

Edel Creely

Group Managing Director, Trilogy Technologies, Past President, IBEC and member of the high-level group on Technology Skills 2020

Dr Finn de Brí

Chief Information Officer, ICT Division, Houses of the Oireachtas


Read below to see what some of the attendees from our previous events have to say:

Sinéad Murnane

Research Fellow, Innovation Value Institute attendee

Excellent panels and topics. Really interesting and engaging. Well done to all involved.

Lavinia Morris

Head of IT, SMBC Aviation Capital

Congrats on a great event. Good speakers, great content, well organised and a day out of the office well spent.

Phillip Fischer

VP Business Optimisation & Chief Information Officer Ireland, ARAMARK

The CIO Summit was an outstanding event as it focused on leadership, global market dynamics and driving value within the context of ICT, rather than just ICT by itself.

Jonathan Kidd

Head of Digital Operations and Robotics, Bank of Ireland

I really enjoyed the event and found it very well put together and run. Well done to the team involved

Our Tickets and Pricing

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Contact Us

This summit is organised by The Sunday Business Post and our events partner iQuest. If you have any questions, requests, or require assistance with your booking, please feel free to contact me:

Jackie Bryan – Conference Facilitator

Tel: (+353) 87 055 7913


The Venue

The AVIVA Stadium, Dublin

The AVIVA Stadium

Location: The Summit takes place in the Atrium/Presidents Area of the AVIVA Stadium.

You will register in the Atrium and this is on Level 3 on the west side of the Stadium.

Pedestrian access to the Atrium is via Stairwell 42 on Lansdowne Road. We will have signage directing you.

The Lansdowne DART Station is located directly across from the Aviva Stadium.

Parking: Parking is available in the main Aviva car park on Lansdowne Road. The rate is €2 per hour or €10 per day.

Lansdowne Road, Dublin 4 GPS coordinates 53.337141, -6.243663

Tel: + 353 1 238 2388 Email: Eircode: D04 K5F9