The BB17 line up:

The line up for BorderBizcamp 2017 is complete, start planing your day now.

Adam Lambe & Caolán Maguire

Adam Lambe & Caolán Maguire

Adam Lambe is 14 yrs old and attends St. Macartan’s College in Monaghan. With a keen interest in business and technology and a passion for piano, photography, music and psychology Adam has been involved with Coder Dojo for 5 years and has worked on many different projects.

Caolán Maguire is 16 yrs old and attends Beech Hill College in Monaghan. When he was 12 he could not afford a pre-built computer so he Googled “how to make a computer” and made one with old parts.  Since then he has developed a passion for making things such as computers and electronics. He has been attending Coder Dojo for 3 years and has recently represented his school in the BT Young Scientist competition where he met President Higgins.



Adam & Caolán’s Presentation

Amanda Kirk

Amanda Kirk

Amanda Kirk is passionate about recognising the potential of all learners whether it is in the classroom or the boardroom. She believes that career success is ageless and limitless. Having worked in education, private and public sectors, she currently works with Enterprise Ireland helping organisations to develop their business leaders and staff, bringing out that innate potential that lies within them.

LinkedIn: Amanda Kirk

Art McArdle

Art McArdle is the inventor of an award winning heating system called Heat Hero. Art has always believed that ‘Everyone is naturally brilliant at something’ and ‘Everything can be done better’. Art travelled and worked abroad in his younger life looking for his path. He returned to Ireland back at the plumbing and then opening a Stove business. He realised quickly that solid fuel central heating should be a lot more efficient, and he worked out how to achieve 30% more efficiency. Art recently appeared on Dragons Den and got an offer of investment from both Gavin Duffy and Eleanor McEvoy. Art choose Eleanor because of her extensive experience in the energy sector.

Barry Adams

Barry Adams has been building and ranking websites since 1998. Honing his skills in a wide range of businesses, from small agencies to Fortune 500 multinationals he founded specialised consultancy Polemic Digital in 2014 to deliver world-class SEO services to clients worldwide. In addition to his consulting work, Barry is passionate about educating the next generation of marketers. He lectures on SEO and digital marketing and has travelled the world to speak at digital conferences Barry also serves as Co-Chief Editor at award-winning European digital marketing blog State of Digital, and is on the judging panel for the annual European and US Search Awards.

LinkedIn: Barry Adams

Barry’s presentation

Damien Owens

Damien Owens was born in Monaghan and 1971 and attended St Macartan’s College. He now lives in Dublin with his wife and two daughters. He is the author of four novels — Dead Cat Bounce, Peter and Mary Have a Row, The Bright Side and Little Black Everything. The latter two were published under the name Alex Coleman. He is also the creator and writer of Trivia, a television comedy/drama which ran for two series on RTÉ in 2011 and 2012. Damien has contributed comic material to a number of other television and radio programmes, and to numerous magazines and newspapers in Ireland, Britain and Australia. His latest novel will be published in Autumn 2017 by UK publisher Unbound, using a crowd-funding model.

LinkedIn: Damien Owens

Darren Tierney

Personal Trainer, Strength & Conditioning Coach, Nutrition/Lifestyle Coach, Owner of Darren Tierney Strength and Fitness, Physique Competitor, Strongman Competitor


Gerard McCaughey

Gerard McCaughey is an internationally respected business leader and Chief Executive of Entekra Inc, a firm specializing in the design, engineering and manufacturing of fully integrated off-site solution (FIOSS™) for the U.S. residential and commercial markets. McCaughey was the Founder and Chief Executive of Century Homes in Ireland, and later named Chief Executive of Kingspan Century following the €100 million acquisition of Century by the European building materials giant Kingspan Group PLC.

LinkedIn: Gerard McCaughey

Gillian Beare

With a background in Pharmacy, Gillian spent three years travelling and working in a variety of organisations and developing a wide range of skills.  She returned home in 2014 when the opportunity arose to get involved in the family tourism business with her brother.  Since then they have focused on diversifying, innovating and growing the business Finn Lough.

LinkedIn: Gillian Beare

Maria Garvey

Maria Garvey is an experienced leader in the Third Sector and a certified teacher of M.B.S.R. (Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction) Maria founded Kridyom in 2014. Kridyom is an association of professionals dedicated to empowering people and transforming lives, supporting individuals, organizations and communities to be connected to their purpose, manage stress and negotiate major transitions through mindfulness based coaching, training, facilitation, workshops and retreats.

LinkedIn: Maria Garvey

Micheál Briody

Micheál Briody is the CEO of Silver Hill Foods, the internationally renowned producers of the best duck in the world from Emyvale in Co Monaghan. Micheál joined Silver Hill Foods in 2011 and has been the driving force behind the unprecedented growth Silver Hill Farm has witnessed in the intervening 6 years. He has led the company as they have doubled their size and expanded the business into Asia.

Micheal is the current national chairman of the GAA’s Club Player’s Association and still plays for his local club St Brigid’s in Meath. He is a keen athlete and competes in triathlons and adventure races in his spare time.

LinkedIn: Micheál Briody

Micheál’s presentation

Professor Niall Moyna

Niall is the Head of the School of Health and Human Performance in DCU.  He is Professor of Clinical Exercise Physiology and a member of the Centre for Preventive Medicine.  He has published over 150 research papers in international peer reviewed journals and is a Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine.

LinkedIn: Niall Moyna

Niall’s presentation

Nikodem Kawonczyk

Nikodem Kawonczyk originally hails from Wadowice, Poland, a small town which also produced Pope John Paul II! He moved to Ireland with his family in 2006, living firstly in Mayo and then moving to Monaghan. He currently attends St.Macartan’s College Monaghan where he is entering into 3rd Year. He has won best technological project at Scifest Dundalk in 2016 and has been attending the local CoderDojo in Monaghan for the past 5-6 years as well as helping out there also. He has a deep passion for the study of economics, law and politics and how it all joins together.

Nuala McKeever

Nuala has a strong passion to lead, inspire and motivate individuals to be the best that they can be – both individually and together. Her drive and enthusiasm for life inspires everyone she comes into contact with. After 15 years working overseas as a Senior Manager in the Corporate World, Nuala returned to Ireland in 2011 to focus on her passion for Complete Well-being and Personal Development. Nuala has vast experience in training, communication, motivation, positive thinking and personal organization which are put to good use in her busy Health & Well-being Centre in Co. Derry. Laughter forms a huge part of this!



Páraic Duffy

Páraic Duffy is the 18th Director General of the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA).  With 2,000 clubs, it is Ireland’s largest sporting organisation and has considerable reach to communities throughout Ireland and to the diaspora through 400 clubs in North America, Britain, Asia and Europe.

Páraic served as GAA Player Welfare Manager from January 2007 and became its Director General in February 2008.  As a volunteer, he had previously chaired the organisation’s Audit, Coaching and Games, and Games Administration committees, as well as completing a five-year term as Chairman of Monaghan County Committee.  Before joining the GAA staff in 2007, he was the first Lay Principal of St. Macartan’s College, Monaghan from August 1996 until January 2007.

Richard Curran

Richard Curran

Richard Curran is a journalist, broadcaster and author. He is the presenter of The Business radio show on RTE Radio One and also Dragons Den on RTE Television. Richard has been a business journalist for 24 years and is a columnist with the Irish Independent and Sunday Independent. He has co-written two books, one on Irish entrepreneurs and the other on the collapse of Irish Nationwide Building Society. He has also made several television documentaries for RTE including, Future Shock: Property Crash in 2007 and The Battle for Rural Ireland in 2015.

Seany McKenny & Nikita McCrory

Seany McKenna and Nikita McCrory (both from Monaghan Town) met while students at Sligo IT – Seany studied Archaeology and Nikita Graphic Design. After graduating mid-recession, Nikita and Seany decided to head off to work in hospitality abroad. Their travels took them to 15 countries over 4 years, getting lots of foodie experience and influence along the way. They returned home last year with a taste for South American cuisine and an idea to bring it alive in Monaghan


Stephen Brown

Stephen Brown, International Master Firewalk Instructor & Empowerment Coach Trainer. Passionate about helping people to be who they really are, he has over 20 years’ experience guiding individuals and teams across the world to understand that what they can achieve is limited by their own thinking. Stephen helps people understand, and more importantly, KNOW, that when you trust your instincts anything is possible.

LinkedIn: Stephen Brown

Suzanna Hall

One of Northern Ireland’s Top 40 Under 40 2017, Suzanna Hall is the owner and founder of If Consulting & Marketing – an award-winning marketing agency specialising in the B2B sector – one of the only of its kind in Ireland! Obsessed with numbers, Suzanna puts a firm focus on return on investment – because after all if there is no return what is the point? As a LinkedIn expert Suzanna has worked with companies all over Ireland training them on how to use LinkedIn to gain genuine, measurable leads.

LinkedIn: Suzanna Hall

Suzanna’s Presentation

Vicky Armstrong

Having taken a varied career and entrepreneurial journey through Internet Marketing Consultancy, training and practicing as a coach and NLP practitioner, becoming a Reiki Master and Teacher, Vicky Armstrong realised the mind was like a computer, in that it can be programmed to help us or hinder us. It all comes down to how we use or abuse it and how we understand our own creative intelligence )ie how the mind can be developed to produce creativity on an ongoing basis). She has developed and promoted the use of mind tools to work at 4 levels – physical, mental, emotional and spiritual. Victoria is a firm believer that your body is capable of most things, it’s your mind you have to convince.

Yvonne Smyth

Yvonne Smyth is a coach, mentor, trainer and facilitator whose passion lies in supporting people and businesses to flourish, to prosper and to thrive.  Her core belief is that whether navigating business or personal development, those who are open-minded and open-hearted are most likely to thrive.  Her own business is called Flourish and she is also co-founder of The Unlimited Human, a community dedicated to supporting people to live a life without limits, rich in meaning and joy, right here & right now.

LinkedIn: Yvonne Smyth