November Newsletter (Part 1)
How does Ireland rank in terms of data innovation in the EU?
A recent report from the Center for Data Innovation (a Washington DC-based dedicated “to maximising the potential of data to generate social and economic benefits”) contains some mixed news for Ireland. The report, published in October, used 3 critical assets to assess assessed the countries abilities to enable data-driven innovation: data, technology and people or firms. In terms of ranking Ireland finished 10th in Europe trailing countries such as Denmark, the UK, Finland and the Netherlands. Ireland scored poorly in terms of the data economy -which measures the relative value of data market demand and data company revenues and broadband infrastructure and support, but it scored more positively with respect to workforce data knowledge and skills rankings and Freedom of Information.
A link to the full report can be found here http://www2.datainnovation.org/2017-data-innovation-eu.pdf and a good summary of the report can be found in this Silicon Republic article https://www.siliconrepublic.com/enterprise/ireland-data-innovation-eu
€30 Billion in Research and Innovation Funding Available from Europe
At an event in UCD on October 18th to launch the Horizon 2020 work programme for 2018-2020 over 700 people from Irish companies and research performing organisations were told of the €30 billion in Research and Innovation funding still available from the programme.
Minister Halligan, who launched the event said, “To date, Ireland has won €475 million in competitive funding and is now poised to capitalise on the opportunity of the Horizon 2020 work programme for 2018-2020 with its budget of €30 billion. Ireland is already a winner in Horizon 2020 but we cannot be complacent. As we enter the final work programme of Horizon 2020, I encourage all researchers – in companies, Higher Education Institutes and public bodies – to be ambitious in the next stage of Horizon 2020. These are the entities which are already competing at the highest levels of European research, I urge them to engage with the National Support Network for Horizon 2020 to seize this opportunity.”
IRDG celebrating 25th anniversary
A very successful event was held in Croke Park on October 24th to celebrate IRDG’s 25th anniversary. The event entitled “ Leading Innovation for Business Growth Conference “ attracted a large turnout from industry and Research Performing Organisations and included presentations from speakers such as Stefan Lindegaard – Chief Thought Leader – on corporate transformation, digitalisation and innovation management, Aisling Hassell, Head of Global Customer Experience, Airbnb and Site Lead, Airbnb in Dublin (pictured below) and an address by An Tánaiste and Minister for Employment and Innovation Frances Fitzgerald.
Superbug killer Kastus wins overall prize at Irish Times innovation Awards
Irish firm Kastus were the well-deserved winners of the recent Irish Times Innovations Award. The Grangegorman-based company have developed a patented spray-drying technology that allows an antimicrobial coating to be applied to almost any material with a kill rate of over 99.99% against bacteria, fungi and antibiotic-resistant superbugs including MRSA and E coli. Trials of the company’s proprietary technology (originally developed in the Centre for Research in Engineering Surface Technology at the Dublin Institute of Technology) are almost at an end and the company is already working with three of the world’s top five ceramic Producers.