Key note speakers
CEO of the Irish Internet Association (IIA)
Joan Mulvihill appointed CEO of the Irish Internet Association in November 2009 and is privileged to work with the best and brightest of technology start-ups as well as supporting more traditional businesses in the adoption of web-based technologies. Over the past three years, the IIA has led new initiatives such as Digitise the Nation to bridge the digital divide, as well developing policy on Digital Skills and Open-Data and driving business growth through Digital Marketing, eCommerce and Cloud Computing. Prior to joining the IIA, spent 8 years working in retail within the Kingfisher Group in London and Amsterdam before returning to Ireland in 2002 to work with Becton Dickinson’s global sourcing team with procurement responsibilities across Europe and the US. From there moved to a senior consulting role within leading international professional services firm, BDO International.
- Winner, 2011 “Professional Business Woman of the Year” Award, Image Publications
- Winner, 2012 “Best Public Affairs Campaign”, PR Excellence Awards, PRCA, PRII, CIPR
- Winner, 2013 “Innovation Luminary” Award – Innovation Champion for Ireland
- Winner, 2013 Dublin “Lord Mayor Awards”, Dublin Digital Champion
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World Bank, ICT Policy Specialist, ICT Sector Unit
Mr. Ilari Patrick Lindy is Senior ICT Policy Specialist at the ICT Sector Unit. Before joining the World Bank, he worked as Senior Advisor at the Department of Development Policy in the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland advising on strategic development MFA’s global policies and instruments related to information society as well as science, technology and innovation. He has previously served as Counsellor on ICT4D for Ministry at the Embassy of Finland in South Africa, Senior Expert for European Network and Information Security Agency (ENISA) and Project Officer at the European Commission DG Information Society. Ilari has been involved in wide range of international, regional and national initiatives supporting innovation policy and systems development with particular focus on development and take-up of ICT enabled innovations. Most recently he co-chaired the European expert group of EU-Africa strategic partnership no 8 focusing on science, information society and space. He is currently interested to learn more on ICT-enabled social and economic development achieved through various Open Innovation and grassroots approaches.
CEO of Forum Virium & Chairman of ENoLL
Jarmo ”Elukka” Eskelinen has been in charge of Forum Virium Helsinki from the very beginning. ”It is fascinating to be able to witness the victory march of openness in digital services. Information, as well as code and design, are rapidly becoming more and more public”, Jarmo declares. ”The growth in the importance of design and user-centeredness means a lot to me, since my background is in design.”
Jarmo has extensive experience in media, cultural productions and architecture. He previously worked as a Executive Director in Helsinki University’s School of Art and Design’s Media Centre Lume, where he was in charge of the centre’s commercial operations and productions in the fields of cinema, TV and new media. Before Media Centre Lume, Jarmo worked as the Program Manager of the Helsinki 2000 Cultural Capital project. As the CEO of PopZoo Promotion, he was among others in charge of developing and implementing the Huvila concert tent concept for the Helsinki Festival. Before entering the field of culture and media, Jarmo used to work in several architect offices, later holding the post of a Chief Architect. Jarmo holds the position as chairman of the European Network of Living Labs (ENoLL) since 2012.
What inspires Jarmo is enthusiasm, intensity, curiosity and experiencing. According to him, doing is the best form of thinking. In his free time, Jarmo’s hobbies include endurance sports, especially road bicycle racing and running. His former careers as a drummer and a DJ have continued in the form of collecting music. Jarmo pampers his family in the role of a weekend chef.
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Head of MDDA, part of Manchester City Council, ENoLL Council Member
Dave is Head of the Manchester Digital Development Agency (MDDA), part of Manchester City Council. MDDA runs the Manchester Living Lab, an innovation centre focusing on digital technologies and their applications to support smart and sustainable economic growth. MDDA coordinates strategic initiatives across the Greater Manchester city-region and European funded projects, including those supported through the Future Internet enabled services in the ‘Smart Cities’ programme. He is a founder member of the Eurocities Knowledge Society Forum (KSF), the European Network of Living Labs (ENoLL) and the first President of Telecities (1994-96). He is currently Chair of the EU Connected Smart Cities Network and Portfolio Working Group, which coordinates the fifteen projects supported under the EU’s 2010 Competitiveness and Innovation Programme (CIP) and Co-Chair, with the City of Barcelona, of the Eurocities KSF Smart Cities Working Group. MDDA is also currently involved in projects supported through the EU’s Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) and the Interreg programme.
Director of Research and Innovation of the i2cat Foundation, ENoLL Council Member
Artur is doctor in cultural anthropology from the University of Barcelona (UB) and has been working over 15 years in technological research institutions like the Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya (UPC), the Center for Internet & i2cat Foundation. His was to analyze “the tribe” of computer scientists and their research projects in the School of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University in the U.S. (1990-1993).
Back in Europe, Artur started working on the UPC as a researcher within the European project COMIC, dedicated to the design of collaboration systems networks. At the same time, Artur got involved in the European project Epithelium, rolling out a civic network in the city of Barcelona and started collaborating with the City of Cornella, where a similar initiative was initiated entitled CornellaNet. Since then, Artur tried to combine these two lines of research and innovation: a more technology-oriented focus within the UPC and i2cat Foundation, aimed at developing new architectures, applications and new Internet services, and a more social focus, aiming at a society dedicated to fostering innovative knowledge for all citizens, which has resulted in the project Citilab.
Artur believes technology and culture can be the main building blocks for the current era, just as science and the economy still are or religion and war have been in previous eras. In 2006 he started the Cultural Ring, an advanced Internet platform for the cultural and creative community of Catalunya that finally has helped to start the SPECIFI project, a recently approve ICT-PSP proposal for lauching the European Creative Ring between Flanders, Catalonia and Trentino in Italy. Artur is currently leading the eCulture SIG at ENoLL.
Director Living Labs, iMinds
Prof Dr Pieter Ballon is Director Living Labs at iMinds and Professor at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel. He also heads iMinds’ Market Innovation & Sector Transition research team, specialising in new business models for the telecommunications and media industries.
He is leading various national and international projects on open innovation platforms, real-life ICT experiments, and business models for media and ICT services. Since 2009, Pieter Ballon is the international Secretary of the European Network of Living Labs. In 2006-2007, Pieter Ballon coordinated the joint research on business models for future mobile IP-based systems of the Wireless World Initiative (WWI) in the EU 6th Framework Programme.
Francesco Molinari is an independent research and project manager working for several public and private organizations in Europe. For the Commission, DG INFSO, he led in 2008 a study for the assessment of the Living Labs approach in the EU innovation and Future Internet scenario. For the Italian Ministry of Economic Development, he managed in 2010-2012 a State-Region Working Group aimed at the establishment of PCP (Pre Commercial Procurement) in the local public administration practice.
University of Pisa
Giacomo Tazzini, engineer, is affiliated by the University of Pisa as researcher and project manager of LILIT – the Regional project aimed at the establishment of the Living Lab approach in several industrial sector of Tuscany. He is also a key account manager at Erre Quadro, the University spin-off company engaged on the development and marketing of several applications of the creativity and Living Lab concepts.
Erre Quadro, Leaning Lab (Pisa)
Riccardo Apredais partner and sole director at Erre Quadro, a University of Pisa spin-off for concept design and product innovation. He is also co-founder of the Leaning Lab (Pisa’s Living Lab). Theoretical physicist converted to design, his present research focuses on tools and methodologies to support the creativity process as well as on algorithms for the automatic analysis of technical texts.
University of Pisa, ERRE QUADRO, Pisa Leaning Lab
Gualtiero Fantoni Assistant Professor at University of Pisa, partner at Erre Quadro and President of Pisa Leaning Lab. MEng in Mechanical Engineering (“summa cum laude”) at the University of Pisa in 1999. Ph.D. in Robotics, Automation and Bioengineering at the University of Pisa. His research interests include industrial grasping, handling and feeding; creativity and product innovation; crowdsourcing and collaborative design tools.
Alessandra Donnini is an ICT expert and co-founder of Etcware s.r.l., a Romebased innovative Internet start-up where she is technical director. Alessandra is a visionary entrepreneur focused on hi-tech projects working on innovation: she works on semantic web languages and technologies applied to real-world contexts, like cultural heritage and education. Alessandra pays great attention to product usability: her mantra, inspired by the Occam’s Razor, is simple is beautiful.