Subject to change

08:30 AM Registration and Coffee

08:45 AM Introductions

  • Sinead O’Flanagan, Member, HEA Authority

  • Mary Mitchell O’Connor T.D., Minister of State for Higher Education

09:15 AM Welcome and Context Setting

  • Paul O’Toole, Chair/Chief Executive of HEA

  • Stu Krusell, Senior Director, MIT Sloan Global Programs

09:30 AM Management, Productivity and the Future of Work
- Moderated by Stu Krusell, Senior Director, MIT Sloan Global Programs
What will be the effect of new technologies on the labor market? Does everything hinge on management practices? If so, how to measure and evaluate–and what can business and policy leaders do to handle the challenge and opportunities?

  • John Van Reenen, Gordon Y Billard Professor in Management and Economics; Professor of Applied Economics, MIT Sloan and MIT Department of Economics

10:00 AM Panel Response

  • Alan Barrett, Chief Executive, Economic and Social Research Institute

  • Danny McCoy, Chief Executive, Irish Business and Employers’ Confederation

  • Vivienne Patterson, Head of Skills, HEA

10:45 AM Coffee

11:15 AM Integrating Technology and Work Systems:  How We Can Use Advances in Technology to Improve the Future of Work
- Moderated by Orla Nugent, Deputy Chief Executive, HEA
A strategy for engaging and using current and future technological innovations to both improve productivity and competitiveness and workers’ jobs and careers. This strategy draws on research and organizational experiences from prior waves of technological change and innovation and on current research in the MIT Task Force on Work of the Future. 

  • Tom Kochan, George Maverick Bunker Professor of Management; Professor of Work and Employment Research; Co-Director of the MIT Sloan Institute for Work and Employment Research, MIT Sloan

11:45 AM Panel Response

  • Mary Buckley, Executive Director, IDA Ireland

  • Dr. Aphra Kerr, Chair, MA Internet and Society, Maynooth University

  • Regina Moran, Vodafone Ireland, Chair of Technological Higher Education Association

  • Myles Murray, Chief Executive, PMD Solutions

12:30 PM Short Presentation – Entrepreneurship and the Future of Work
As new technologies, new means of distribution and new methods of production disrupt markets at an increasing pace the impact on labor is greater than ever before. The promised productivity gains raise questions of how the spoils should be shared but what remains without question is that entrepreneurship is a vital ingredient in unlocking this future. How should we consider the trade-offs between protecting incumbent vested labor interests and creating an environment where entrepreneurship can flourish? What entrepreneurship skills development should we prioritize to ensure the Future of Work looks bright?

  • Jonathan Ruane, Lecturer, Global Economics and Management, MIT Sloan; Researcher, MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy

01:00 PM Lunch

02:00 PM The Future of Finance – Emerging Technology Across Borders
- Moderated by Malcolm Byrne, Head of Communciations, HEA
As Europe prepares for Brexit, the markets are also adjusting to innovations around AI, fintech, blockchain, digital finance and other technologies that are changing both the how finance is done around the world and the jobs of the people doing it.

  • Gary Gensler, Senior Advisor, Digital Currency Initiative and Ethics and Governance of AI Project, MIT Media Lab; Senior Lecturer, MIT Sloan

02:30 PM Panel Response

  • Laura Clifford, Adapt Centre, Trinity College Dublin

  • Mai Santamaria, Head of the Financial Advisory Unit, Department of Finance

  • Pete Townsend, Founder & CEO, Norio Ventures Ltd.

03.15 PM   Short Presentations / Case Studies

  • "Moyo-Nua: Utilising Technology to Bridge the Gap between Ireland and Malawi" – Jack O’Connor, Student at University of Limerick

  • “Technology’s Impact on Global Education Initiatives”
    With the advent of the internet and inexpensive laptops/tablets... the ability to deliver educational initiatives to the developing world has provided millions of deprived children to have access to the world’s library.  One Laptop per Child started a movement to educate the developing world and the global technology industry has taken this initiative to the next level.
    – Chuck Kane, Senior Lecturer in Technological Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Strategic Management Group and Global Economics and Management, MIT Sloan School of Management

03:50 PM Panel Discussion – Designing the Education of the Future
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Moderated by Dr. Annie Doona, President, Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology
This panel will explore how Ireland is preparing for the future of work and how business and the higher education system should respond. What are the core competencies that graduates would require? What new courses will be needed? Who will provide them?

  • William Beausang, Assistant Secretary, Department of Education and Skills

  • Siona Cahill, President, Union of Students in Ireland

  • Tony Donohoe, Chair, Expert Panel on Future Skills Needs

  • Brian MacCraith, President, DCU; incoming Chair, IUA

  • Gina Quin, President, NCI; former Chief Executive, Dublin Chamber of Commerce

04:45 PM Reception and Networking