Irish Computer Society

ICS: 2015 in review


18 January 2016




January – 7th Annual Data Protection Conference

The annual Data Protection Conference took place on 28 January at Dublin Castle. Keynote speakers included Mark Rasdale, Richard Hadfield of Loyalty Build and Max Schrems, founder of the Data Protection NGO “Europe V Facebook”.

Max Schrems speaks at the Data Protection Conference

Max Schrems speaks at the Data Protection Conference

The conference was a resounding success, with many interesting presentations dealing with EU Standards for DPO training (Klug), the impact of DP legislation (Morrissey), Audit best practice (Hickey) and the nature of privacy enforcement (Schrems).

We look forward to seeing everyone at our upcoming Data Protection Conference 2016, taking place over two days at ICS and the Aviva Conference Centre on 27-28 January




Jim Friars addresses the Business Analysts’ Conference

February – Business Analysts Conference

The first Business Analysts Association of Ireland conference took place at ICS HQ in Ballsbridge on 27 February, 2015.

Notable speakers included Claudio Perrone, Simon McGlone and Milla Clynes. The conference theme was ‘Business Analysis and the Road to Profitability’.

Preparations for next year’s conference are well underway.

Be sure to keep up to date with the latest news about the conference at our 2016 conference web page.

Other events: ICS wins the tender to host WCCE 2017.



March – National IT Training Conference

The National IT Training Conference took place at Dublin Castle this year. Presenters this year included Ann-Marie McSorley on ECDL, Damien O’Sullivan on ‘The Fallacy of the Digital Native’ and our DP consultant Lanre Oluwatona on ‘The new trends of Data Protection’.




April – Tech Week 2015

2015 marked the second year of Tech Week, Ireland’s nationwide festival of technology. Its aim is to inspire students to engage with STEM and to educate all members of society about the challenges and rewards of technology.

Tech Week 2015 at Dublin Castle was visit by Minister of State Kevin Humphreys

Tech Week 2015 at Dublin Castle was visit by Minister of State Kevin Humphreys




This year, over 90,000 people took part in the event, more than twice that of the previous year. Events throughout the week included IT Pro Day, F1 in Schools qualifiers, Scratch, Bizworld, and many more.

This year’s Tech Week could be enjoyed using the Tech Week App. It offered quizzes on various aspects of technology including tech history, technology in sport, technology and computing, among many others. Results could be shared on Twitter, alongside a ‘Tech Week selfie’.


May – ECDL Ireland runner-up in ‘ECDL in the workplace’ category at ECDL Foundation Best Practice awards

ECDL Ireland was named as the runner-up in the ‘ECDL in the workplace’ category at ECDL Foundation Best Practice awards in Warsaw. The workplace category highlights innovative projects and initiatives that led to noticeable improvements in the levels of digital literacy in the workplace.




The second IASA conference inspired with a reboot everything message

June – IASA Conference

The second annual IASA Conference took place on 19 June at our HQ in Ballsbridge. Entitled ‘Be Inspired: Time to reboot everything’, the event brought together IT architects, senior technologists and CIOs to discuss and debate emerging issues facing IT architecture.

Topics this year included Jonathan Reichental on ‘How to Inspire Innovation’, Brian McMahon on DevOps and Claudio Perrone on PopcornFlow.


July – Summer BBQ

On Thursday 16 July, the ICS partner societies came together to raise money for the Make A Wish Foundation, a charity dedicated to granting the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions.

The evening was hosted by Mike Kindle, also our quizmaster. The aim of the evening was to raise awareness and funds for the Make A Wish foundation, and through sponsorship, team entries, a raffle and ‘buying’ answers, the total raised was over €3000.



August – ICS launches Continuous Professional Development (CPD)

The launch of the Continuous Professional Development programme

The launch of the Continuous Professional Development programme

This year, ICS launched Continuous Professional Development, a points-based system to manage your career. Set goals; record, track and share your achievements; earn points and exchange these for course discounts. Whether you are attending a conference or training course, or mentoring a fellow employee, everyone can benefit from CPD.

For more information, visit:





Third place for Mayo’s Saint Muredach’s College

September – AIB racing place 3rd in F1 in Schools World Finals

The 2015 F1 in Schools World Finals took place in Singapore in September, with AIB racing from Saint Muredach’s College in Ballina, County Mayo landing third place in the global Formula One design competition.

In addition to scooping third place with his team, Aaron Hannon was offered a scholarship in the Randstad Williams Engineering Academy.



October – itSMF Conference

This year, we welcomed a new society, itSMF, into our family. On 8 October, we hosted their first conference. On behalf of the IT Service Management Forum, we would like to thank everyone who attended. The event was a great success and gave the opportunity to many professionals in the IT Service Management field to exchange ideas and offer their insights on Continual Service Improvement.

ICS Picture Conor McCabe Photography

ICS hosted the itSMF conference at its HQ

Special thanks to our speakers who addressed the topic: Dave Van Herpen, Stuart Wright, Andrew Vermes, John Griffiths, Ian McDonald, Stuart Rance and Michael Brophy.

Other events: Leaders Conference on IT in 2020 and challenges facing IT leaders.




November — AGM Elections

Our AGM was held on 23 November, which saw the election of a new president and vice-president of the ICS Council. Declan Brady was elected as the Society’s president, taking over the position from John Ward. Mike Hinchey took over as vice-president.


Declan Brady was elected as president, taking over from John Ward

“I am both delighted and humbled with this honour,” said Brady, “I look forward to working with and supporting the staff and members of the Society as it continues to expand and evolve in reflecting the needs of the profession.

“As we approach our fiftieth anniversary in 2017, my priority will be to promote and grow the Society, with secure foundations for the next 50 years of supporting, educating, guiding and nurturing our members, and being the voice for the profession in Ireland.”

Other roles that were filled include Honorary Treasurer and Honorary Secretary. John Molony was also elected as a new member of the ICS Council.




20th Annual HISI Conference

The Irish Computer Society and the Health Informatics Society of Ireland (HISI) would like to thank all of our attendees of our 20th annual HISI conference. The parallel sessions on both days dealt with many prevalent topics within healthcare including data standards, clinical reference terminology, industry solutions and the EHR.


O’Moore medal winner, Chris Nolan is presented with the award by HISI president Prof Gerry Lyons

Many congratulations to this year’s O’Moore medal winner, Chris Nolan, presented with the award by HISI president, Professor Gerry Lyons.

If you attended the conference, we encourage you to stay involved. From everyone at the Health Informatics Society, thank you once again. We look forward to seeing you next year. Presentations will be available in the members area on






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