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Dame Fiona Caldicott

Dame Fiona Caldicott

Conference season

It is conference season at the Irish Computer Society, with lots happening over the next few months. We always aim to provide a varied and insightful set of events for all of our members, whether itSMF, ICS, HISI, ADPO, BAAI or IASA. We represent all IT professionals in Ireland, and we do it proudly.

For our conferences, we always try to invite speakers, panellists and delegates who are eager to talk about what’s unique about their profession, what issues there are and what solutions are being considered. The results are often unpredictable – putting 200+ people in a room will definitely do that!

So far this Autumn, we have run our ICS Leaders Conference and the National IT Service Management Conference, both highly successful with some great takeaways. TechPro worked alongside us as media partners for the Leaders Conference, and we’re very grateful for all their help.


21st Annual HISI Conference
The 21st HISI Conference and Scientific Symposium will be held over two days (16-17 November) in the Aviva Conference Centre, Dublin 4. The event brings hundreds of healthcare professionals together to discuss important issues (and solutions) in eHealth and Healthcare Informatics.

Speaker profile: Fiona Caldicott
Dame Fiona Caldicott was appointed National Data Guardian in 2014. She is also Chair of the Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, on the Council of Warwick University and of the United Nations University.

As National Data Guardian for health and social care, Fiona helps to ensure that personal confidential data is held and used to support better outcomes from health and care services, at the same time providing confidence that there are thorough safeguards in place to protect personal confidential data.

For more information about the conference, or to register your place, please contact Conor Lavelle (conor@ics.ie) or visit the conference web page: hisi.ie/conference


Centre is Barry Lowry, OGCIO (Image: ICS)

Barry Lowry, OGCIO

Public Sector IT Conference
The Public Sector IT Conference will take place on 2 December in the Radisson Blu Royal Hotel, Dublin 8. Going into its 12th year, the conference is aimed at all IT professionals working in the public sector in areas such as education, healthcare, government, security and media.

Topics addressed at the conference have focus on social care, egovernment, SMAC, lean enterprise approaches, security and much more. The appeal of this conference is its diversity, given how broad in scope the public sector is.

Speaker profile: Barry Lowry
Barry Lowry is the Chief Information Officer for the Irish Government, with the primary task of taking forward the Public Sector ICT Strategy, which sets out ambitions for developing the use of shared services, digital services and data to better serve the people of Ireland.

Barry was previously the Director for IT Shared Services and Strategy and Head of the IT Profession within the Northern Ireland Civil Service. Barry has worked in ICT within Government for more than 30 years and has been involved in a host of challenging ICT projects and initiatives including the first Northern Ireland Driver Licensing and Planning Application computer systems and the NI Animal and Public Health Information System

Barry is a Fellow of the British Computer Society and in 2011 was chosen as the BCS Northern Ireland IT Professional of the Year.

For more on this conference, e-mail Conor Lavelle (conor@ics.ie) or visit ics.ie/psit



Minister Data Murphy TD




National Data Protection Conference 2017
The National Data Protection Conference will be held next year on 25 and 26 January at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin. This conference attracts the widest audience due to its relevance to every industry. Every business is a digital business, and our speakers always address the most high impact and controversial issues within data protection.

Speaker profile: Minister Dara Murphy TD
Dara Murphy TD was re-appointed as Minister of State for European Affairs, Data Protection and the EU Single Digital Market in May 2016. In the Dáil, he previously served as Chairman of Internal Fine Gael Committee on European Affairs, Foreign Affairs and Trade. He was also Vice Chairman of the Dáil Committee on European Union Affairs and a Member of the Dáil Committee on Finance and Public Expenditure and Reform.

Minister Murphy was a member of local government from 2004 and was elected Lord Mayor of Cork in 2009. He was elected to the Dáil in March 2011. Previously, he served as chairman of Cork Policing Committee in 2005-2009, was a member of the Cork Docklands Committee and was appointed by Taoiseach John Bruton to be his representative on the National Economic and Social Council in 1995-1998.

Visit the conference web page for more information: www.dpo.ie/conference


Courses and Events


Subject Access Requests under the EU GDPR – 17 October

Data Protection Practitioner Certificate – 3-Day (Galway) – 19-21 October

CITA-A Solution Architect Course – 24 October

Privacy Risk Impact Assessment – 3 November

Data Protection Practitioner Certificate – 3-Day (Dublin) – 9-11 November

DevOps Foundation Certification – 10 November

Data Protection Practitioner Certificate – 3-Day (Limerick) – 16-18 November

Certificate in Business Analysis (QQI Level 8) Course (Cork) – 17 November

Data Protection Practitioner Certificate – 3-Day (Cork) – 7-9 December

ICS Christmas Gathering (ICS HQ) FREE EVENT – 8 December



itSMF Annual Conference, Radisson Blu Royal Hotel – 13 October

21st HISI Annual Conference and Scientific Symposium, Aviva Conference Centre, Dublin – 16-17 November

Public Sector IT Conference, Aviva Conference Centre – 2 December


For more information, or to sign up for any of our training courses, visit www.ics.ie/events or e-mail events@ics.ie

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