Fred Kent is a leading authority on revitalizing city spaces and one of the foremost thinkers in livability, smart growth and the future of the city. As founder and president of Project for Public Spaces, he is known throughout the world as a dynamic speaker and prolific ideas man. Since 1975, Fred has worked on hundreds of projects, including Bryant Park, Rockefeller Center, and Times Square in New York City. In addition to projects, Fred has led trainings across the world for audiences such as the Urban Redevelopment Agency and the National Parks Board in Singapore.

Before founding PPS, Fred studied with Margaret Mead and worked with William H. Whyte on the Street Life Project, assisting in observations and film analysis of corporate plazas, urban streets, parks and other open spaces in New York City.

Most recently, Fred has lead some of the largest projects at PPS including Cape Town Waterfront, and Harvard Square for Cambridge and Harvard. With over 150,000 people around the world following the work of PPS through emails, Twitter and Facebook, he has witnessed interest in Placemaking grow exponentially.

Fred has taken over half a million photographs of public spaces and their users, which have appeared in exhibits, publications and articles.




Jamie cudden

Jamie Cudden is Dublin City Council’s smart city programme manager. He is responsible for the development of a smart city strategy and framework to address priority challenges that the city faces. This includes transport, environment monitoring, dealing with extreme weather events, energy efficiency and engagement with cities.

Cudden has led major initiatives such as the Intel Sensing City project, IBM smarter cities collaboration and the Dublin Dashboard. He is also a member of Dublinked, which is Dublin’s internationally recognised open-data initiative.




Flemming Madsen has worked with public-private partnerships and innovation clusters for decades, organizing important industry sectors like Danish Sound Technology (2006-) and Danish Lighting (2008-) in networks, supported by the Danish Agency for Science, Technology and Innovation, with participation of the leading Danish Companies as well as Universities. In 2010 he started developing legendary DOLL Labs in Albertslund, Greater Copenhagen and since 2013 he has been working for GATE21, the leading Green Transition and Sustainable Growth Agency of the Greater Copenhagen Union. He works with Globalization and cross-sector innovation partnerships.



Barry Napier acquired Cubic Telecom at the end of 2008. After more than 18 years in the telecommunications world, this is now Barry’s third merger and acquisition. Barry has been responsible for setting the corporate strategy of Cubic Telecom, relocating the HQ and selecting key industry leaders and innovators by expanding the team 10 fold, having the ability to clearly communicate the vision of the company in order to inspire staff, investors and customers.

Leading the investment, Barry and his team have secured over $12 million with Qualcomm Inc, Enterprise Ireland, TPS investments and ACT Ventures. Barry has directed Cubic Telecom to become a licensed GSM carrier and GSMA member with agreements with AT&T, China Unicom, Digicel, Everything Everywhere, iPass, Sprint, PCCW and Vodafone.

On a separate vertical Cubic Telecom has now been singled out by many of the top Fortune 100 tablet and notebook manufacturers as their key enabler for mobile connectivity. Barry’s ability to see future trends is invaluable for steering a clear strategy and capitalizing on future opportunities. This is especially important in the constantly evolving technology industry where Barry needs to determine which changes will have long-term impact and which are merely fads with little real value.

Barry’s last merger and acquisition was from the Nasdaq listed Brightpoint Inc. Barry lead the acquisition of the Irish arm (Brightpoint Ireland) at the end of 2003 and steered the company from 15 staff and $35 million p/a to over $200 million p/a and over 80 team members by 2009 and was listed as one of the top 300 Irish companies. During this period Barry lead the team to ink deals with Apple, Samsung, Nokia, Telefonica, Hutchinson 3 and retailers Carphone Warehouse and Tesco.


Gerard corcoran

Gerard Corcoran is an Account Director for Huawei Enterprise Business Unit in Western Europe with responsibility for Smart and Safe Cities.
He has over 35 years experience in the ICT industry with special focus on New and Emerging Technologies applied to the development of Smart and Sustainable Cities.
He has contributed to the development of industry solutions within Huawei and the broader Smart City Ecosystem including TMForum, GSMA, ITU and WBA.
He has successfully completed Communications, Networking, Consulting, Systems Integration, Managed Services and Outsourcing engagements in Europe, Asia and the US.
Prior to joining Huawei in 2008 he had a senior solutions position in EDS (HP), A.T.Kearney and Cap Gemini.


Sharon Scally

Sharon Scally is Principal of Amorys Solicitors in Beacon Court for over 30 years and is a co-founder of LAW – Lawyers Associated Worldwide.   Sharon specialises in corporate litigation and family law and is also co-author of ‘Divorce – A practical guide to divorce in Ireland’.

Sharon has been proactively involved with SBDA and is a founder member of the Sandyford BID Company.    Following a successful plebiscite last year Sharon became the first Chair of the new BID Company which was established on January 1st this year.



Having worked on urban regeneration projects in Dún Laoghaire town, Sligo and Sandyford, Sven has in depth and first-hand knowledge of how local authorities, landowners, retailers & other local businesses, investors, residents and other stakeholders need to work together in order to achieve a substantial uplift in the local economy and create jobs and vitality. Sven has a Masters Degree in Economics and was CEO of trade associations in Berlin & Brussels and is co-founder of Towns Matter, a consultancy specialised in urban renewal and town centre revival. Over the last three years he managed the application process and campaign that led to the successful implementation of the Business Improvement District (BID) in Dún Laoghaire.  He was also involved in the setting up of Sligo BID and is the CEO of the Sandyford BID Company.

Claire Penny, Global Industry Leader, Watson IOT for Buildings

Claire Penny, Global Industry Leader, Watson IOT for Buildings

Claire Penny

Claire is the Global Industry Leader for Watson IoT for Buildings, responsible for delivering solutions and innovation to worldwide building users and operators.  In this role she gets to combine all her passion, experience and learning from the past 16 years and focus it into BIM (Building Information Modelling) and IOT (Internet of Things) in the operational phase of a building. This combination means that she can add value to customers, whilst working and collaborating with brilliant teams (internal and external), to develop and deliver cognitive building solutions.

She regularly shares her knowledge and passion through public speaking and social media activities. Delivering presentations on topics such as Cognitive Buildings, IoT, BIM, IWMS, Energy Optimisation and Environmental Affairs.

Claire’s PhD was attained from Liverpool John Moores University, Liverpool, UK. Her M.Sc, attained from University of London, Wye College, Kent and B.Sc (hons) from Liverpool Polytechnic.



Kieran Harte became General Manager for Uber in Ireland in March 2015. Previously, Kieran has worked for some of Ireland's best known digital brands including Daft.ie and IrishTimes.com. Originally hailing from Australia, Kieran has years of working with disruptive digital business models across the world.

Uber is evolving the way the world moves. By seamlessly connecting riders to drivers through their apps, Uber makes cities more accessible, opening up more possibilities for riders and more business for drivers. From the first ride in 2010 to launches in hundreds of cities today, Uber's rapidly expanding global presence continues to bring people and their cities closer.


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