Open for Business

The Irish Internet Association (IIA) is running its Annual Conference on 12th May, 2011 at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin.  This premier event will be attended by over 200 industry professionals.

Open for Business

Open for Business

On May 12th the Irish Internet Association will hold Open for Business: The IIA Annual Conference 2011 in the Aviva Stadium in Dublin.

The programme for this key industry conference on May 12th in the Aviva Stadium has been finalised. It features among others

  • Richard Bruton T.D., Minister for Enterprise, Jobs and Innovation;
  • Dylan Collins, Founder, Jolt Online Games;
  • Josh Holmes, Architecture Evangelist, Microsoft;
  • Constantin Gurdgiev, Macroeconomist, IBM;
  • Louise Phelan, Senior Director, PayPal
  • and many more.

Commenting on this unique internet business event, Joan Mulvihill, IIA CEO said, “To acknowledge the breadth of our membership we have created two conferences in one: the morning plenary sessions focus on Irish businesses who are consuming, commissioning and using technology to achieve their business goals while the afternoon focuses on those who are creating and crafting technologies for them as well as workshops for both.”

The term ‘conference’ is being taken literally by the IIA! con·fer·ence (kOn’for-ens)

n.1. a. A meeting for consultation or discussion. b. An exchange of views.

The theme ‘Open for Business’ was chosen to reflect an open ethos of sharing and communication – an authentic conversation for all internet stakeholders.

The optimisation of new technologies is key to staying open for business. The internet is the recognised driver in growing sales, managing risk and reducing costs.

Being ‘open for business’ is key to economic recovery and knowledge and skills must be in place to deliver. The morning panel discussion will assess the scale of the current skills deficit in delivering a smart economy.

However, to technologists the meaning of OPEN is entirely different and at times sparks opposing views  as ’Open’ typically refers to open source or open data.

The possibilities for an open government, facilitated by technology will be examined with case study presentations from Fingal County Council and an examination of the issues from Tim Willoughby, Assistant Director of the Local Government Computer Services Board. This is a unqiue opportunity for government bodies and web developers to engage in an open conversation in the hope of kickstarting change.

In parallel, throughout the day, breakout sessions will be run allowing delegates to hone in on particular topics - from cloud computing to digital marketing and ecommerce - ideal for all business owner/managers. The morning breakout conversations will be on the topics of Open (data/source/government).  The plan is to share ideas and garner a collective view on key industry issues so that this conference is part of an overall process for progress.

Click here to read more about the IIA Annual Conference 2011 Open for Business

If you are interested in sponsoring, exhibiting or speaking at this event or want more information, please contact events@iia.ie.

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