Date: 30th April 2019
Time: 12:00 am - 12:00 am
Location: Carlton Dublin Airport Hotel, Dublin

Enterprise Ireland’s Technology Gateway Network and USER-FACTOR Design for SME’s group are co-hosting a networking morning on 30th April 2019 at the Carlton Dublin Airport Hotel (9 am – 12 pm).

The theme of the event will be Design for Business Advantage and aims to highlight the importance and value of design within the innovation process, the benefits involved in engaging with a design process and the role in which design implemented innovation can play in the success of Irish Businesses. Participants will hear from a number of companies who have worked with the Technology Gateway Network to utilise the expertise available within the host Institutes of Technology. This event is suitable for all types of Irish Business such as Start-Ups, SMEs, large indigenous companies and multinationals.

The Keynote address will be given by Lorna Ross who has had a stellar design career which has also been an interesting journey spanning more than 25 years, with stops in the world of fashion, wearable technology and, most recently, health care. She is a futurist at heart, recognised for her ability to anticipate shifts in the social, cultural and economic context for design. She was one of the pioneering researchers to focus on wearable technologies and built a reputation for research activity in this arena. She founded and led the Human Wellbeing Group at the MIT Media Lab where her vision was to employ human centred design principles to address the biggest challenges facing the healthcare industry in delivering population health outcomes.

Representatives from our Technology Gateways, including the managers and their research staff, will also be available for informal meetings on the day. If you wish to avail of this option, please contact Grainne Foley ( or

A networking lunch will be provided from 12 pm.

Registration is essential.