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January 2017 Events


January 26th - Inspire Event

Speakers include:
Gurchand Singh, Head of Garda Analytics Service
Eamonn O’Rathellaigh, Professor Trinity College Dublin
Cronin Mc Namara, Managing Director, Crème Global
Dr Haithem Afli, Adapt Centre

March 10th - Inspire Series

Speakers Included:
Dr Georgiana Ifrim, Insight Centre for data Analytics
Max Cottica, Head of Data Science, AIB
John Thompson, Avnet
Logan Deans, Global VP, Inside Sales

June 1st - Networking Series

‘Analytics in High Performance Sport’

Speakers Included:
Kevin Mc Laughlin, Leinster and Ireland Rugby
Alan Swanton, Performance Analyst, Sports Institute of Ireland
John Farrelly, Director Analytics Practice, EY

June 21st - Inspire Series

Speakers Included:
Johnny Enright, Managing Director, FTI
Emmet Kelly, Head of Data Commercialisation, AIB
Aidan Connolly, Managing Director, Idiro Analytics

September 15th - One Day Workshop

“Data Analytics in the Public Sector”

A variety of expert speakers will discuss how data analytics informs policy formation
and the delivery of public services.

September 29th - Inspire Series

Speakers include:
Kelvin Gillen, Director Customer Analytics, Insights and Marketing, Bank of Ireland
Professor Brian Caulfield, Insight Centre for Data Analytics
Daniel Sinnott, Head of Data Analytics, Revenue Commissioners

October 19th - Networking Series

‘Analytics and the Media’

Speakers include:
Professor Alan Smeaton. Insight Centre for Data Analytics
Lucy Campbell, Director Marketing RTE
Meadhbh Quinn Head of Marketing, Virgin Media

November 16th - National Data Analytics Conference
Central Bank of Ireland

Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton
Key Note Speakers
Panel of National and International Leaders.

December 7th - Inspire Series

Speakers to be determined




Past Events
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Inspire Evening

Wednesday 21st June
8.00am to 10.00am GMT

Gold Hall, Chartered Accountants House

We were delighted to have three very interesting and topical presentations from leading analytics practitioners who shareed their knowledge and experience with us.

Johnny Enright – Managing Director – FTI Performance Analytics
'How Analytics is delivering growth and cost savings in the Insurance Sector'
Johnny Enright is an experienced Programme Manager with 14 years’ experience in the financial services sector (with deep expertise in the insurance sector). He has specific expertise in the delivery of complex change and analytics programmes that deliver tangible business benefits across an organisation. Johnny’s current focus is the delivery of data and claims analytics programmes that utilise the data assets within an organisation to deliver analytical outputs and insight.

Emmet Kelly - Head of Data Commercialisation - AIB
'AIB Rewards Programme – Understanding the Customer’
Emmet Kelly is Head of Data Commercialisation with Allied Ireland Banks. He is working on new offerings for AIB in the fields of Corporate Insight and Data Integrations across all AIB data resources, and the Google 360 Suite.

Aidan Connolly – Managing Director - Idiro Analytics
'Retention using predictive modelling - stories from the battle front'
Aidan Connolly is the founder of Idiro Analytics which has been a pioneer in the advanced analytics space since 2003. Aidan has over 25 years experience in the analytics industry and has worked on many interesting and innovative projects over that time including R&D in the European Commission on natural language, the development of commercial social network analysis solutions for industry and, more recently, in the development of Idiro's flagship big data platform, Red Sqirl.

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Social & Networking Evening

Thursday 1st June
18:00 to 19:30 GMT

Dogpatch Labs, Custom House Quay

Our Networking and Social Evening on Thursday evening (June 1st) in the Dog Patch Labs was a great success. Over 100 attendees enjoyed an informal event where they got to meet other members over drinks and canapes in a really great venue.

Our speakers were super. Alan Swanton from the Institute of Sport shared a fascinating insight into how they use analytics in Irish Boxing, Swimming and other sports to gain a competitive edge at World level.

Leinster and Ireland Rugby legend, Kevin Mc Laughlin held the audience rapt as he described in detail how Leinster and Ireland coach Joe Schmidt analyses every player, every ruck and every tackle to drive the highest performance from his teams and to exploit any weakness in his opponents.

John Farrelly from EY shared insights into how EY are helping the British and Irish Lions to use analytics to find a winning formula for their tour of New Zealand.

Our next event is on Wednesday June 21st (8.00am - 10.00am). Email [email protected] to reserve your place.

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    A packed house at our Networking Event.

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    A great evening for meeting fellow professionals.

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    Rugby hero, Kevin McLaughlin entertains the audience.

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Inspire Event

Friday 10th March - 08:00 to 10:00 GMT
Chartered Accountants Ireland

Our Inspire events are designed to share with you some inspirational and thought provoking insights from leading data analytics experts.

These talks offer use cases, best practices, challenges to face, successes to be had and lessons to be learned. They are also the perfect opportunity to meet your peers from the industry to build your network. View the talk from our latest event below.

You can download a copy of the accompanying presentation in our membership section.


Dr Georgiana Ifrim (Insight Centre for Data Analytics)
Machine Learning Methods for News and Social Media Streams’

Georgiana is an assistant professor in the School of Computer Science, University College Dublin, and a funded investigator with the Insight Centre for Data Analytics, Ireland. She holds a PhD (2009) and MSc (2005) in Computer Science (research area: Machine Learning), from Max-Planck Institute for Informatics, Germany and a BSc (2003) in Computer Science from University of Bucharest, Romania.

Max Cottica (Head of Data Science, AIB)
‘Out of The Swamp’ - Suggestions to bring your analytics back on track.

Max has been working with data and analytics for over 30 years. He has been at the heart of change and transformation in IT companies, government bodies and finance firms. In recent years Max has embraced the big data and open source revolution and he is an evangelist for the adoption of Hadoop and its ecosystem in the enterprise. His expertise also includes modern data warehousing, organizational models, delivery execution and SDLC, agile methodologies and team building.

John Thompson (Regional Manager for BI and Analytics, Avnet)
‘GDPR and the Data Warehouse’

John a Senior Business Intelligence Consultant and Regional Manager with over 11 years’ experience. His primary focus is Data Warehousing, Business Intelligence and Analytics. John has a wide range of key skills including: data warehouse and ETL architecture, source data and requirements analysis, dimensional modelling, performance tuning and design of data models for large data volumes. John has delivered a number of successful projects to customers, key projects to date include: customer base segmentation, single view of the customer, call centre and retail outlet performance dashboards, data quality system, and many more.

Logan Deans (Global VP at and Lecturer at Stanford University)
‘Deriving Business Value from Big Data to drive sales growth’

Logan joins us on a short visit to Ireland from Utah USA where he is Global VP of Predictive Analytics for Inside who recently announced the creation of 120 jobs in Ireland. Logan also lectures in the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design at Stanford University where he is the co-creator of a Stanford course focusing on design process for breakthrough innovation. Logan is an entrepreneur having founded a number of successful companies including Groupit and Davia.

Inspire Event

Thursday 26th January
Chartered Accountants Ireland

Our Inspire events are designed to share inspirational and thought provoking insights from leading data analytics experts.

We had a fantastic turnout at our January 26th event at Chartered Accountants Ireland, where we discussed a range of topics including methods of establishing an Analytical Function. Predictive analytics in online advertising and the over-personalisation paradox; what happens when predictive models are so effective that they fail, and the need for collaborative efforts in Data Analysis.

Speakers were Gurchand Singh, head of An Garda Siochana Analysis Service. Eamonn O’Raghallaigh, Managing Director of Digital Strategy and Cronan McNamara, Managing Director Creme Global.

The Analytics Institute Official Launch Event

Wednesday 16th November
George’s Hall, Dublin Castle

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Our Launch Event in Dublin Castle on Wedneday November 16th was a great success. We were well over subscribed with over 150 delegates - leading to a really packed venue and a great athmosphere. The delegates included representatives from across Industry, Government, Academia - including Revenue Commissioners, Garda, CSO, NAMA, IBM, EY, SAS, Ulster Bank, AIB, Creme Global, Microsoft and Creme Global.

Feedback from attendees was universally positive and enthusiastic. Regina Doherty, Government Chief Whip and Minister of State Department of the Taoiseach gave the Key Note address. She very much welcomed the estabishment of the Analytics Institute and said it would underpin Ireland's position as a global leader in Data Analytics.

We enjoyed interesting and informative presentations from Ken Finnegan IDA Ireland Chief Technologist and Aidan O'Driscoll Sec Gen of the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine.

We then had a very engaging and information panel discussion around the role of Data in Business and in Government and the opportunities and challenges ahead. Panelists included Dr Patricia O'Hara Chair of the National Statistics Board, John Farrelly Head of Analytics Advisory EY, Yvonne Holmes Head of Customer Engagement AIB and Dr Mike O'Neill Professor of Business Analytics UCD.

Lorcan Malone, Chief Executive of the Analytics Institute said ' We were overwhelmed with the hugely positive response we have received from the Industry today. There was a real energy in the room and the demand for invitations was extraordinary. Organisations are keen to get involved - to raise the profile and understanding of data analytics and business intelligence in business and in Government. We want to build a Community of professionals who can share insights, improve skills and knowledge and to support research and innovation in analytics. The support and enthusiasm of so many organisations and professionals here today is a sign that this initiative has come at the right time for the industry.'

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