Theme 1: Into the futureFuture trends, possibilities, directions, opportunitities and business ideas

10.00am

Room 1: S08

A little less of the labels, a little more action!

by Amanda Kirk 

With 5 generations working alongside by 2020, how are managers supposed to motivate and manage such a diverse group of employees? Amanda will share her insights how on how to encourage employees of different generations to share their knowledge, learn in a two-way direction and create a productive work environment.

10.40am

Room 2 - S07

Where we’re going we don’t need roads

by Suzanna Hall 

We don't need roads but we do need LinkedIn. In her talk, Suzanna will outline how to generate thousands of pounds worth of business simply by using LinkedIn in the correct way.  No nonsense, no jargon, just straight talking, lead generating advice. Are you ready?

11.20am

Room 1 - S08

The future of education

by Adam Lambe & Caolán Maguire 

The education system is ever-evolving. It is the basis of our economy and it is important to understand where is going. This talk will cover the rich history of education and where it is headed in the future.

1.30pm

Room 2 - S07

In the future, your website’s biggest audience won’t be human

by Barry Adams 

Currently, when we design and build websites we focus on a human audience first and foremost. But, as the web continues to evolve and new technologies hit the mainstream, we will need to rethink the core purpose of a website.

2.10pm

Room 3 - S05/06

The easy and glamorous life of a writer!!?

by Damien Owens 

Writing is hard work. You have to invent people from scratch. You have to make sure they talk like real humans. You have to give them all something to do, and those somethings must be interesting. Your story has to be logical but it also has to be exciting. Your opening has to grab attention but it mustn't set a pace you can't sustain. Your ending has to be satisfying but it can't be predictable. And so on, and on and on. You must achieve all these things in the full knowledge that your audience has a thousand other demands on their time and that even the slightest failure on your part will send them running. And all the while, there's a voice in your head telling you that a zero-talent idiot like you should be ashamed for even trying. This talk isn't about any of that. It's about what happens when you've done the hard work of writing and move onto Phase Two - getting it out there. Guess what? Phase Two is harder than Phase One.

2.50pm

Has the word gone mad with trends?

by Nikodem Kawonczyk 

Nikodem will talk about trends and fads – products, services, or terminology, that quickly rise in popularity and then just as quickly lose the public's interest.   How can businesses take advantage of trends and fads at an earlier stage in their lifecycle in order to capitalise on their potential for longer. He will look at how in the past couple of years the public's attention has become incredibly short, how a business can analyse what will become popular and therefore can capture this short attention span over a longer period and achieve maximum profits from such trends.
Theme 2: Once upon a time

10.00am

Room 3  - S05/06

Double up, in 5 years!

by Micheál Briody 

Micheál will explain how he led the 100% growth in the size of Silver Hill since joining the company in 2011 when they were killing 35,000 ducks a week, to the current output of 82,000 ducks a week in 2017. How they broke into Asia and became known as the ‘Mother of All Ducks’. Micheál will outline the pillars on which the phenomenal growth was built and discuss some hurdles that needed to be overcome along the way

10.40am

Room 1 - S08

Turning passion into business – one taco at a time

by Seany McKenny & Nikita McCrory 

After spending over 4 years and visiting 15 countries, Seany and Nikita returned home to establish BLASTA - a Mexican/TexMex inspired food truck and pop-up catering company. 6 months into business and they have been blown away by the support they have been given and the following they have created. Blasta has been nominated for 2 national Streetfood awards as well as featuring In the Daily Star, buzz.ie and YesChef magazine. They also have bookings as far as July 2018. This is their story….. so far.

11.20am

Room 3 - S05/06

Leading people

by Páraic Duffy 

Páraic will speak about his experience of leading organisations that depend completely on interpersonal relationships if they are to succeed. He will look as some of the lessons from sport that are transferable to business, consider the challenge of motivating people, look at the process of making difficult decisions and offer some advice based on his own experience.

12.00pm

Room 3 - S05/06

KEYNOTE: The dare that helped transform an industry

by Gerard McCaughey 

Gerard McCaughey was studying in California in the late 1980s when he wrote a paper on how European homebuilders were failing to capitalize on the potential for off-site construction of timber framed structures. After his father, who had dedicated his career to off-site construction, read the paper, he suggested that his son “put his money where his mouth is.” The younger McCaughey returned to Ireland and within 15 years, grew the Monaghan-based Century Homes from a four-person start-up into Europe’s largest provider of off-site timber houses, which he then sold to building materials giant Kingspan for €100 million. McCaughey will reveal his strategies for building Century and the market for timber homes, as well as his current efforts to transform the home construction industry in the United States as he did in Europe.

1.30pm

Room 1 - S08

Seeing is believing

by Art McArdle 

Art will be talking about how he developed his invention, and his experience introducing a new concept to the plumbing trades, technically breaking the mould to create a better and simpler way, and getting the establishment to adopt a new interlink system through training programmes and apprenticeship programmes. The marketing strategies that worked best for Heat Hero and Art’s experience in the Dragons Den and would he do it all again?

2.10pm

Room 2 - S07

From healthcare to hospitality

by Gillian Beare 

Gillian will talk about coming home to join the family tourism business Finn Lough in Co. Fermanagh.  Along with her brother Gillian took a fresh approach to the business exploring new product offerings and marketing approaches to build the brand around a core set of values. She will talk about the challenges and pitfalls they faced in the first few years (of which there were many!) and some of the opportunity for sensitive expansion in the future. the business.

2.50pm

Room 3 - S05/06

From start-up to multinational – tales from the front line of entrepreneurial Ireland

by Richard Curran 

Richard will talk about the lessons he has learned about business success from interviewing entrepreneurs over the last 25 yrs.
Theme 3: The inside job

10.00am

Room 2 - S07

The key to health, happiness and success

by Darren Tierney 

Darren will be talking about the importance of having a healthy mind and how the way you think can affect your health, happiness and success in life. Our mind is the most powerful tool we have at our disposal yet we abuse it everyday. The way we think is a choice.  Let’s change that today.

10.40am

Room 3 - S05/06

Be like water….a philosophical approach to business

by Stephen Brown 

Stephen will share how he has applied some Eastern Philosophies to his business and personal life and how they have helped him live and work “full out” and stress-free. Learn how intuitive goal setting and actions can lead to a stress-free business life. Discover how letting go of cravings and desires can give you what you want and what your business needs. Learn how to turn “setbacks” into “opportunities” with acceptance. Does Mindfulness really have a place in work?

11.20am

Room 2 - S07

Mind-hacks to keep you ahead of the pack

by Vicky Armstrong 

In this presentation, Vicky will show you how extraordinary business leaders think differently from average business leaders.  She will show you, from personal experience how the power of your mind can come up with creative ideas and solutions in minutes, how to tap into your intuition more effectively and why it’s essential to stop making to do lists! In short, this is the ultimate guide to programming your mind for peak performance!

1.30pm

Room 3 - S05/06

Weak signal or strong connection

Starting her corporate career on a graduate fast-track to management program, Nuala always worked as part of a team. Some worked well – others perhaps not so well. Nuala will share with you a taster of her tips and tools to have your team connecting on a deeper level and reaching new heights TOGETHER! Prepare to have a laugh and step out of your comfort zone.

2.10pm

Room 1 - S08

Calm in the chaos

by Maria Garvey 

In this workshop participants are invited to explore ways in which our ability to STOP and create breathing spaces in our day gives us reliable access to our core purpose and the clarity and vitality to lead steadily and participate fully in our work teams, our families and our own lives. It offers a flavour of mindful practices such as pausing on purpose, deep listening and the mind’s ability to be calm and compassionate even in the midst of chaos.

2.50pm

Room 2 - S07

Creativity – so you think you’re not creative? Think again

by Yvonne Smyth 

We tend to believe that we're either innately creative or not but this is not in fact true.  Anyone can become more creative and Yvonne will show you a couple of frameworks you can use to get you started.

3.30pm

Room 3 - S05/06

KEYNOTE: Stone age genes and space age technology – implications for human health

by Professor Niall Moyna 

The human genome has been evolutionarily programmed for physical activity.  This is because our genes evolved from Paleolithic stone-age hunters and gathers where daily physical activity was an integral, obligatory aspect of their existence and linked to survival.  Space age technology is engineering physical activity out of our lives. A sedentary lifestyle and poor exercise capacity contribute to a large number of unhealthy conditions including the majority of the leading causes of death in Ireland. The presentation will highlight the far-reaching health benefits of physical activity across the lifespan.