What is the Girls in Tech Dublin Hackathon all about?

 

The Girls in Tech Hacking for Humanity is a hack for good. We work with local NGOs/Charities so that attendees can solve pressing and relevant business challenges that will make a difference in their community.  Hackathons are a chance for everyone with any background to contribute. You don’t need any technical skills to contribute. Come see for yourself.

What makes this hackathon unique is that while it’s competitive – there is a prize! – it’s a collegial and collaborative environment to promote learning. We focus heavily on fostering education – in that there are plenty of workshops, seminars, and panels – not just to inspire but to help and guide the attendees go from their idea to a business plan in one weekend. Education and cooperation is at the pinnacle.

You will meet really cool like minded people that you’ll get to work with for a weekend. You will get exposed to what it’s like to take an idea and create a concept ready for market. You will learn new skills. The most innovative ideas will have the chance to pitch your ideas to judges. You will get to win top notch prizes.

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE 2019 WINNERS & TO ALL THE HACKERS!

We had 10 extraordinary teams compete for 5 cash prizes. The Top Hack Prize was worth €2,000.

Team 1  “Feel Your Impact”  won The TOP HACK prize  

Congrats to Ana, Helen, Keri, Silvia, Ciara, and Megan

Team 3  “Recreaters”  won

Most Technically Impressive   

Congrats to Jyoti, Julie, Priyanka, Emelie, Greta, and Juarez

Team 2 “Xpats Girls”  won the Best Community Impact   

Congrats to Katrin, Daria, Mariana, Ana, and Edyta

Team 11  “ReCreatives” won the Fairest of them All 

Congrats to Isabella, Niamh, Adriana, Colum, Laura, and Eileen

ON FRIDAY MAY 24- SUNDAY MAY 26

 

  • Come flex  those entrepreneurship muscles!
  • NO technical skills required! Open to marketers, technologists, strategists, creatives, humanists and students.
  • All genders and abilities welcome.
  • Go from an idea to a working proof of concept within a weekend!

What is a hackathon?

WE HAVE CASH PRIZES 

 

FOUR CASH PRIZES:

  1. €2,000 – The Top Hack
  2. £750 – Most Technically Impressive
  3. £750 – Best Community Impact
  4. €500 – Fairest of them All

*The total winning amounts will be equally distributed amongst the winning team members

WE HAVE 2 SHARED OFFICE DESK SPACES

OFFICE SPACE:

A two-desk space at The Digital Hub’s Digital Depot building for a three months. The building is a former Guinness Brewery print works, and now bright and contemporary office space, designed to encourage a collaborative digital community. While based at The Digital Hub the winner can avail of opportunities for collaboration and knowledge-sharing through regular networking and social events and seminars on campus.

See their historic space here

SEE WHAT IT'S ALL ABOUT

AGENDA

Friday May 24 2019 @ 18:00-21:30 @ The Digital Exchange Building (Digital Hub)
18:00-19:00 Networking  *Live music by The Moon Beach, bites and drinks served
19:00 Host welcome by Fiach Mac Conghail, CEO, The Digital Hub
19:10 Opening Remarks by Coral Movasseli, Managing Director, Girls in Tech Dublin
19:20

Hackathon Charity Challenges by:

Shane Brannigan, The Dublin Simon Community 

Lye Ogunsanya, The One Foundation

Clodagh O’Reilly,  ReCreate Irealnd 

19:30 Keynote Address by Linda Doyle, Head of Research, Trinity University
20:00 Keynote Address by Brenda Romero, co-Founder, Romero Games
20:30-21:00 Closing remarks of the launch
21:00-21:30 Networking

 

Saturday May 25 2019 @ 8:30-17:30

 

08:30-09:30 * Meet @ Digital Exchange Building (The Digital Hub) Registration  * Light breakfast served and SWAG
09:30-10:00 Introduction to the Hackathon and Problem Statement Overviews by Coral Movasseli, Managing Director, Girls in Tech Dublin 
10:00-10:30 Keynote opening address by Cecilia Mourain, Director of Retail, Product, & Innovation, Paddy Power Betfair
10:30 Hack Day 2 begins!
11:00-12:00

Workshop: Business Model

Facilitator: Jason Kenny, Senior Risk and inspection Specialist, Central Bank of Ireland

12-13:00 Lunch served
13-14:00

Panel: Building Successful Products

Moderator: Lorraine Higgins, MKC Communications Ireland

Speakers: Daniela Becker, Oracle; Alan Costello, NDRC; Majella Mungovan, Facebook; and Eoghan Ryan,  Social Innovation Fund Ireland

14-15:00

Workshop: Product Strategy

Facilitator: Kate McSwiney, Strategic Business Analysis Manager, Paddy Power Betfair

15:00 Snacks served
15-15:30 Hack Talk: Caroline Keeling, CEO, Keelings and Nick Coyne, HR Director, Paddy Power Betfair
15:30-16:30

Workshop: Product Design

Facilitators: Rob Delaney, Software Delivery Manager & Alan Conlan, Product Design Manager (UX/UI), Paddy Power Betfair 

16:30-17:30

Workshop: Product Marketing Plan

Facilitators: Orla Cleary, Campaigns and Planning Manager & Emer McCarthy, Head of Brand Strategy, Paddy Power Betfair

17:30 Hack Day 2 Close
Sunday May 26 2019 @ 8:30-17:30

 

08:30-09:30  Hack Day 3 begins! *Light breakfast served
11:30-12:00  Open Day 3 Keynote address by Minister Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD
10-11:00

Workshop: How to pitch to investors

Facilitator: Simon Scriver, Fundraiser, Changefundraiser.com

11:30-12:00

Presentation: How to think about intellectual property 

Facilitator: Aoife Tierney, Technology Transfer Case Manager, Life Sciences, Trinity College Dublin

Lunch
13:00-14:00

Panel: Landing the perfect pitch to sell your project successfully

Moderator: Lorna Jennings, Hanover Communications

Speakers: Sarita Johnston, Sodexo; Paula Tibre, Paddy Power BetfairAndreas Hoepner, UCD; and Ruth Fletcher, CurrencyFair

14-15:00

Panel: Best Practices on designing a product and a business model that can scale

Moderator: Brian Marrinan, Journey Partners

Speakers: Petrina Tinney, Abtran; Luca Longo, Technological University Dublin; Emer Murray, Fenergo; and Johann Butting, VP Sales EMEA, Slack

15:00 Snacks served
16:00-17:00 Pitch Competitions (10 Teams)
17-17:30 Award Ceremony
17:30 Hack Day 3 Close

WHAT REGISTRATION COVERS

  • Food, drinks & snacks all 2.5 days #nom #nom
  • Mentors! And Seminars to help you get there!
  • Speakers to inspire you!
  • SWAG! #freebies!
  • Most importantly, you’ll get the invaluable experience of working with innovative entrepreneurs in the community and come out of the event with a BUSINESS PLAN!

WHO SHOULD ATTEND

  • Anyone ages 18+
  • Entrepreneurs, current & aspiring
  • People with an interest in community involvement or sustainability #dogood
  • All genders welcome #diversity

WHAT YOU’LL GAIN

  • Hands-on experience developing your entrepreneurial skill set
  • Network & build relationships with like-minded people in the local start-up community
  • Participate in group pitches in front of local business leaders

Sample problems to solve 

our hackathon

How can we better manage our data?
How do can we use technology to increase funding?
How do can we use technology to better manage our supply networks?

Where it's going to be held

The Digital Exchange

The Digital Hub,

Crane St, Ushers,

Dublin, 8

OUR JUDGES

Edel Coen

Edel Coen

Associate, Draper Esprit VC

Bio
Has worked with hundreds of Irish tech startups over the course of her career

Edel has over seven years of experience working closely with Irish tech entrepreneurs from seed through to IPO and a long stint in silicon valley with Enterprise Ireland. Edel brings fresh insight to the Draper team as they look to back the best Irish businesses and continue work extensively with the thriving tech ecosystem in Ireland.

Ruth Fletcher

Ruth Fletcher

CFO, CurrencyFair

Bio
Ruth joined CurrencyFair having spent 15 years scaling two other Irish fintech companies to global successes. She initially worked with the CurrencyFair team as part of her role with Frontline Ventures and liked what she saw so much she decided to join the team as CFO/COO in October 2016. Already a top 10 money transfer service, now a big part of her role involves shaping the strategy that will propel CurrencyFair as one of the biggest fintech success stories globally.
Aimee Williams

Aimee Williams

Vice President, IDA

Bio
Aimée has over 13 years of experience working in the fast paced Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) industry, across a diverse range of sectors including technology, consumer products & services, life sciences, start-ups and clean technology across international territories.

Based in the Technology Division at IDA’s global HQ in Dublin, Aimée is responsible for promoting Ireland as an investment location for fast growing, mid and enterprise size multinationals. Prior to this Aimee spent 5 years working with early-stage companies from all across the US as they scaled internationally and built out growth strategies for EMEA.

Paula Tibre

Paula Tibre

General Manager, Paddy Power Betfair

Bio
Paula has 14+ years’ experience building products from concept to customer. In her current role as General Manager for Paddy Power Betfair’s office in Cluj Napoca, Romania, Paula leverages her technical knowledge, commercial and operational acumen to lead Paddy Power Betfair’s largest development centre.

OUR HACKATHON SPEAKERS

Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD

Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD

Minister of State, The Department of Education

Bio
Education. She previously served as Minister of Business, Enterprise and Innovation.

The Minister has shown great leadership in the area of promoting Gender Equality within Ireland’s Higher Education Institutions and is also leading the development of national policy on equity of access to higher education for all students; working for greater levels of participation by disadvantaged students, mature students and students with disabilities.

The Minister is also dedicated to supporting the Irish education system in becoming more internationalised, by encouraging and assisting with the development of further links and relationships between Ireland and international partners

Fiach Mac Conghail

Fiach Mac Conghail

CEO, The Digital Hub

Bio
Fiach is the CEO of The Digital Hub where they support scaling digital and technology enterprises. They are the largest cluster of digital and technology companies in Ireland. His career to date reflects a capacity to lead and influence change at an organisational and policy level. For over 11 years he was Director of the Abbey Theatre, and with the support and energy of his staff, they transformed the organisation from an inward facing, struggling company to a robust, customer focused, flexible, and commercially resilient organisation which has stayed true to its original mission. In that time, the Abbey Theatre produced over 190 productions nationally and internationally, uncovered and supported new voices and talent and built cultural, educational and commercial partnerships in Ireland, UK and the US.
Brenda Romero

Brenda Romero

co-Founder, Romero Games

Bio
Brenda Romero is an award-winning game designer, Fulbright scholar, entrepreneur, artist, writer and creative director who entered the video game industry in 1981. Brenda has worked with a variety of digital game companies as a game designer, creative director or consultant, including Atari, Sir-tech Software, Electronic Arts and numerous companies in the social and mobile space. She is presently the Program Director of the MSc in Game Design & Development at Limerick University, Co-founder of independent game developer at Romero Games, Ltd in Galway, Ireland. Brenda has extensive experience in PC, console and casual gaming.
Caroline Keeling

Caroline Keeling

CEO, Keelings

Bio
Caroline Keeling is the CEO of Keelings. She has a BSc (Chem) & MSc in Food Science which she obtained from University College Dublin (UCD). Caroline started her career with Green Isle Foods in 1992, going on to join Keelings as Technical Manager from 1994 – 1998 and then Technical Director from 1998 – 2002. In 2002, she became the Managing Director of Keelings Multiples and in 2005 took over as Group Managing Director for Keelings. She became CEO in 2013. Caroline is an Ambassador for The Women’s Fund for Ireland and also sits on the Bord Bia Horticulture Board.

Keelings is a 100% Irish-owned family business which started producing fruits and salads on their farm in the 1930’s supplying produce to local Dublin markets. Keelings are focused on growing and sourcing the best fresh produce from around the world.

Linda Doyle

Linda Doyle

Head of Research, Trinity University

Bio
Linda Doyle is Professor of Engineering & The Arts in Trinity College Dublin. Prior to taking on the role of Dean of Research at Trinity College Dublin, she was the Director of the CONNECT SFI Research Centre, a national research centre focused on future networks and communications. Prof. Doyle has a reputation as an advocate for change in spectrum management practices and has played a role in spectrum policy at the national and international level. Currently she is a member of the National Broadband Steering Committee in Ireland, and is a member of the Ofcom Spectrum Advisory Board in the UK. Linda was one of the founders of the Orthogonal Methods Group, a research platform that works in critical and creative tension with technology with the purpose of generating knowledges, insights and alternative research orientations across disciplines that are sometimes perceived to be mutually exclusive. She is a Fellow of Trinity College Dublin. She is the Chair of the Douglas Hyde Gallery.
Cecilia Mourain

Cecilia Mourain

Director of Retail Product & Innovation, Paddy Power Betfair

Bio
In her role as Director of Retail Products & Innovation at Paddy Power Betfair, Cecilia is responsible for the design and delivery of all sports and digital products available in the 600+ Paddy Power shops across the UK and Ireland. Before joining Betfair in 2015, Cecilia worked as a Strategy Consultant for 5+ years, advising internet, media and software businesses on how to grow their revenues.
Emer Murray

Emer Murray

VP Global PMO, Fenergo

Bio
Emer Murray is the VP of Global PMO at Fenergo. She was previously the Head of Systems, NAMA at the Nationals Treasury Management Agency. She began her careers as Project Manager for AIB Bank. Emer holds a BSc in Applied Mathematics from University of Limerick.
Alan Costello

Alan Costello

Venture Investment Leader, NDRC

Bio
Alan’s role is to source great startups, support them and push them towards customer validation (problem-solution fit) and then think about scaling globally (product-market fit).

NDCR’s objective is to help startups get ready for seed investment. NDRC sources and builds digital startups to invest in and support their development Running accelerators in Dublin, Galway, Waterford and Oman!

Sarita Johnston

Sarita Johnston

Business Development Manager, Sodexo

Bio
Sarita is an experienced development advisor with a demonstrated history of working in the international trade and development industry.

She has a strong community and social services professional skilled in Negotiation, Business Planning, Entrepreneurship, Strategic Partnerships, and Market Research.

Lorna Jennings

Lorna Jennings

Managing Director, Dublin, Hanover Communications

Bio
Lorna has worked in PR and public affairs for over 10 years, working in Government, in house for Ireland’s largest health charity and in agency during that period. She specialises in crisis communications, corporate PR and public affairs having worked with clients across sectors including financial services, technology, health and other sectors.

Lorna began her career working in Leinster House, before moving to the Irish Cancer Society to develop and manage the Society’s public affairs strategy.

Dr. Luca Longo

Dr. Luca Longo

Lecturer, Technological University Dublin

Bio
Academic at TU Dublin, National Teaching Hero, AI researcher & TEDx speaker.

Luca’s vision is to formalise the ill-defined construct of human Mental Workload as a computational concept through deductive knowledge representation and reasoning techniques (Defeasible Reasoning, Argumentation Theory, Symbolic Reasoning) and inductive modelling techniques (Machine Learning), coupled with ideas coming from Explainable Artificial Intelligence (XAI) . Field of applications includes Human-Computer Interaction, Education, NeuroScience, Universal Design

Majella Mungovan

Majella Mungovan

Senior Director, Facebook

Bio
Majella is the Senior Director Global Order to Cash & International Financial Operations at Facebook. She was formerly the Director of EMEA Financial Operations where she lead the EMEA team responsible for all financial operations across Order to Cash, Procure to Pay, Accounting & Compliance. Majella started her career in Deloitte in the Audit practice.
Daniela Becker

Daniela Becker

Head of CX Cloud, Oracle

Bio
Business; Leadership; Transformation & Innovation

Daniela runs the exciting mid market business for Oracle’s CX Cloud Platform helping companies deliver outstanding customer experiences in a Digital world.

She is a seasoned business leader with 20 years plus in the IT industry and has specialist in building new markets through innovation and leadership.

Nick Coyne

Nick Coyne

HIR Director, Paddy Power Betfair

Bio
Nick is the HR Director at Paddy Power Betfair. Initially joining the firm in 2012 at the Talent Acquisition Partner. He started his career at TEK Systems, a full stack technology group, as a Business Development Manager and later working for the Allegis Group as a Senior Consultant. Nick holds a BA Honours in International History and Politics from Leeds University.
Petrina Tinney

Petrina Tinney

Chief Operating Officer, Abtran

Bio
Petrina is a highly resourceful and versatile business leader operating at executive level with a sharp intellect and proven track record in building, scaling and transforming organizations across EMEA and globally for businesses with revenues of between $70m and $7bn.

She is an ambitious and optimistic leader with more than 24 years’ experience, 17 of which at an executive level.

Petrine is experienced across a number of industries including technology, financial services, telecoms, pharmaceutical and consumer healthcare, utilities and government services.

Brian Marrinan

Brian Marrinan

Managing Partner, Journey Partners

Bio
Brian is the Managing Partner of Journey Partners, using his passion for developing people to enable organisations to reimagine their approach to talent. Brian has extensive experience in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors bringing a fresh approach to corporate culture, diversity and talent development.

Brian has unique experience of working on both sides of the employer – employee dynamic. He spent years working with individuals in transition at the top 100 ranked business school, the UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School. Brian established and led the Career & Skills Development department, winning two international awards for his contribution to the field.

Lorraine Higgins

Lorraine Higgins

Director of Strategy & Public Policy, MKC Communications

Bio
Public Affairs Specialist, former-Senator, Barrister

Lorraine Higgins is Director of Strategy and Public Policy with one of Ireland’s leading corporate public relations and public affairs companies, MKC Communications.

A former CEO of a retail representative body, Lorraine is also a qualified barrister and a former Senator who served in the 24th Seanad following her nomination by An Taoiseach Enda Kenny on the recommendation of Eamon Gilmore. She is currently Honorary Consul (designate) of the Slovak Republic and is tasked with developing economic and cultural links between Ireland and that country.

She is a graduate of NUI Galway and The Honorable Society of King’s Inns and has worked as a barrister and law lecturer.

Eoghan Ryan

Eoghan Ryan

Social Impact Manager, Social Innovation Fund

Bio
Eoghan graduated from UCC with a degree in Civil Engineering and then worked in the sector for over ten years. During this period he gained valuable experience in Dublin and Sydney before returning home to his native Cork City. It wasn’t all Engineering though as he also owned businesses in the tech and hospitality sectors. Upon returning home in 2014 he founded the not-for-profit, Reimagine Cork, which fueled his passion for social enterprise and societal issues.
Eoghan is a lover of all sports ,especially rugby, tennis and golf, and has a keen interest in music.
Andreas Hoepner

Andreas Hoepner

Vice Principal, UCD Business School

Bio
Corporate Social Responsibility, Investments, Sustainable development

Professor Andreas Hoepner, is Full Professor of Operational Risk, Banking & Finance at the Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School and the Lochlann Quinn School of Business of University College Dublin. He also heads the ‘Practical Tools’ research group of the Mistra Financial Systems (MFS) research consortium, which supports asset owners with evidence-based tools for investment decision-making. Since June 2018, he has also served on the European Union’s Technical Expert Group on Sustainable Finance as one of three independent members, where he specialises in developing low-carbon benchmarks.

OUR SEMINAR PRESENTERS & MENTORS

Simon Scriver

Simon Scriver

Fundraiser, Changefundraiser.com

Bio
Simon is an accomplished Toastmaster, having completed his Advanced Communicator and Advanced Leadership manual, and having won a number of Public Speaking competitions. He is working towards becoming a Distinguished Toastmaster and creating a new club, “Toastmasters For Good”, dedicated to the non-profit sector.

Simon is an award-winning fundraiser that has worked in the charity/non-profit sector for about 15 years now. He has a background in Sales and also in Finance. Put these two together and you get Fundraising…but you sleep better at night. He believes in good fundraising, and understands what motivates donors to give – both on-line and off-line.

Aoife Tierney

Aoife Tierney

Technology Transfer Case Manager, Life Sciences, Trinity College Dublin

Bio
Aoife is a Technology Transfer professional specialising in invention review, patent applications and prosecution and intellectual property advice.
Jason Kenny

Jason Kenny

Senior Risk and inspection Specialist, Central Bank of Ireland

Bio
10 years leading Product Management & Strategy, Digital Transformation and Business Model Innovation across numerous industries

Jason spent 10 years leading Product Management & Strategy, Digital Transformation and Business Model Innovation across numerous industries, including eGaming, Data Analytics, Insurance and Banking. He has led and developed successful teams across startups and public companies and has a passion for mentoring.

He currently works for the Central Bank of Ireland, analysing business models of Financial Services firms.

Meabh Redmond

Meabh Redmond

Head of Customer Experience Design, MyWallSt

Bio
Customer centric company culture and org processes

Méabh leads Customer Experience Design for MyWallSt a Dublin-based fintech company whose mission is to get the world investing successfully.

Méabh’s background began in visual art before moving to digital design and now CX design. She’s worked mostly with start-ups, to focus on how teams can find ways to plan and produce products and services that are needed and understood.

As the voice of authority for customers in her company, Meabh’s core objectives are that the reality of the customer is genuinely absorbed into the fabric of the business, that customers are listened to, taken seriously, and their feedback becomes a natural part of the design process.

Catherine Slowey

Catherine Slowey

Vice President, IDA Ireland

Bio
Business development and project management

Catherine Slowey is IDA’s VP Western US, with responsibility for securing investments from the global technology sector for Ireland. Catherine leads a team across the US West Coast, which works with some of the world’s leading consumer technology companies with the aim of scaling their presence in Ireland.

Catherine joined IDA Ireland in 2005 and has held a number of roles in the intervening period, including managing new enterprise technology business from the Silicon Valley territory. Catherine is a graduate of Business Studies and German from Trinity College Dublin.

Jackie O’Dowd

Jackie O’Dowd

Project Executive, IDA Ireland

Bio
Project Management, Communications, Stakeholder Management

Project Executive for IDA Ireland Based in the Financial Services Division at IDA’s global HQ in Dublin, Jackie is responsible for promoting Ireland as an investment location. Jackie’s current focus is an attracting and supporting companies that are seeking international expansion. IDA Ireland is the Irish Government’s Investment Promotion and Development Agency that partners with multinational companies to win and develop foreign direct investment, providing jobs for the economic and social benefit of Ireland: www.idaireland.com
Prior to this in her role as Training and Delivery Manager, for Science Foundation Ireland Jackie delivered communications training to STEM related volunteers from industry partner companies and other stakeholder groups to equip them with the skills to visit schools and participate in events to inspire and encourage students to make informed decisions on STEM subject choices and career options.

Mary Diskin

Mary Diskin

ITSM Manager, Paddy Power Betfair

Bio
Experienced Service Management professional with almost 20 years of experience working in Technology across a range of industries. Passionate about implementing and operating effective and efficient operational processes that put the customer experience to the forefront.
Olga Padulosi

Olga Padulosi

Head of Marketing, AppFollow

Bio
Specialties: Marketing strategies, New markets, Social media, Marketing campaigns, Events, Startups

Olga Padulosi is marketing expert with a passion about IT and tech. She was in charge of the biggest IT events in Russia starting from a tech open air with 7000+ attendees to online schools with 30000+ participants. She has always been in the front of women in tech/IT communities supporting and developing them. She is now leading marketing department in a mobile product management company AppFollow and mentors Startup Weekend Dublin.

Kate McSwiney

Kate McSwiney

Strategic Business Analysis Manager, Paddy Power Betfair

Bio
I am currently leading a global transformational initiative to ensure we have the best in class practices in place across the Group for building, shipping, operating and supporting product on a shared codebase.

As a Technology Strategy Manager, I accelerate the growth of our brands through our technology scale and global expertise

Rob Delaney

Rob Delaney

Software Delivery Manager, Paddy Power Betfair

Alan Conlan

Alan Conlan

Product Design Manager (UX/UI), Paddy Power Betfair

Bio
As the UX/UI Product Design Manager at Paddy Power Betfair, one of the world’s largest gambling & entertainment companies, here I am focused on translating human insights into actionable experiences to improve the product and service ecosystem within the gambling industry. I am responsible for leading all user experience efforts for Paddy Power’s online & retail solutions, advancing design strategies and driving design awareness as a critical function for competitive advantage and market differentiation.
Eleanor O’Shaughnessy

Eleanor O’Shaughnessy

Director of Risk, Paddy Power Betfair

Bio
I’ve recently joined PPB coming from a Financial Services background. I’ve spent most of my career in Consulting and Investment Banking so have broad experience in design, implementation and programme delivery of risk management and regulatory related change.
Joe Lee

Joe Lee

Head of GB&I, Paddy Power Betfair

Bio
Joe has in excess of 10 years’ experience working in the Gaming Industry across various jurisdictions including Europe, Australia and North America. He has worked as part of numerous functions including Trading, Product, Operations & PR and is passionate about putting the customer first along with empowering his teams and those around him.
Erica Allan

Erica Allan

Change Analyst, Paddy Power Betfair

Bio
Fiona O'Broin

Fiona O'Broin

Product Delivery Manager, Paddy Power Betfair

Bio
I started my career as a software engineer and I spent many years coding and designing technical solutions in financial services. But since joining Paddy Power Betfair, almost 7 years ago, I have worked in the product discipline, first as a product owner, now as a manger of a team of high performing product owners, working in a fast paced exciting environment. We ensure development teams deliver the right product at the right time.
Emer McCarthy

Emer McCarthy

Head of Brand Strategy, Paddy Power Betfair

Bio
Over 15 year’s experience in managing brands, brand planning, advertising and sponsorships. Emer spent ten years in the Telco sector managing the O2 and Telefonica brand campaigns across Ireland, UK and Latam. Emer started in the Gaming industry managing the Betfair brand, she now leads the brand strategy for the ever mischievous Paddy Power brand across Ireland and the UK.
Orla Cleary

Orla Cleary

Campaigns and Planning Manager, Paddy Power Betfair

Bio
Orla studied Commerce in UCD followed by a Masters in Marketing Practice in Smurfit Graduate Business school. Orla has experience working within media agencies and has worked for the PaddyPower Brand for the past 4 years in roles across Retail Marketing, Marketing Insights and the Brand Marketing team. Orla is now the Campaigns and Planning manager for the Paddy Power online business which involves planning & executing various weird and wonderful advertising campaigns!
Catherine Major

Catherine Major

System Engineer, Paddy Power Betfair

Bio
Simon Perry

Simon Perry

Head of Security - Product & Infrastructure, Paddy Power Betfair

Bio
Alex Lockwood

Alex Lockwood

Senior Infrastructure Delivery Manager, Paddy Power Betfair

Bio
As a senior delivery manager in the Engagement and Project Delivery function I support the end to end delivery of technology from ideation , solution design to project delivery.  I am in the fortunate position to collaborate with a wide variety of functions across the group and I am currently involved in delivering a diverse set technology requirements from scaling our online data centre infrastructure to migration of Australian business finance processing to a global ERP platform.
Who will be there?
Developers, designers, business backgrounds (HR, Marketing, Sales, Consulting, etc), scientists, students, product developers, entrepreneurs, intrapreneurs, educators and the likes.
Do you need any technical skills?
Hackathons are a chance for everyone with any background to contribute. You don’t need any technical skills to contribute. Come see for yourself.
What will you get?
You will meet really cool like minded people that you’ll get to work with for a weekend. You will get exposed to what it’s like to take an idea and create a concept ready for market. You will learn new skills. The most innovative ideas will have the chance to pitch your ideas to judges. You will get to win top notch prizes.
Will there be help?
Yes, Mentors will be present to guide the attendees all through out. There will be seminars on topics that will help you including how to pitch, business model, and design thinking. And there will be panels by amazing speakers on topics that will help you form your project.
Can men attend?
Yes, we are inclusive and open to everyone. We promote gender equality and bridging the gap in the technology and startup spaces.
Can companies send delegations?
Yes! have them register with their company emails
Who forms the teams?
The Girls in Tech Dublin team will form the teams to ensure it’s multidisciplinary. If delegations or friends want to stick together, let us know by contacting us directly [email protected] and we will try without any promises. Typically most people tend to want to separate because you will be interested in solving different challenges and you will still see your friends the whole time. The purpose of a hackathon is to meet and collaborate with new people as well. You will learn more from people you don’t know yet. That’s the fun of it.  
What do I bring to a hackthon?
Your laptop!
Is the venue & event wheelchair accessible?
Yes

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