Skills needs for AI adoption in Ireland

Date/Time: Tuesday, 26th March at 09:30
Location: Irish Manufacturing Research, Mullingar

In-person sold out, online still available

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AI Tech Skills Forum 2024

The AI Tech Skills Forum 2024, co-hosted by Code Institute, TechIreland and Longford Westmeath Education and Training Board, is the first event of its kind in the North East / Border region. Our aim is to engage with key regional stakeholders to support setting Irish businesses for success in an AI-driven landscape. The event will bring tech founders, talent heads and skills-experts to participate and hear two expert panel discussions on AI adoption.

Event Schedule

9:30-10:00 – Registrations, Networking & Coffee
10:00-10:10 – Welcome Note by Code Institute
10:15-10:25 – Keynote by IMR: Team, Timing, Transform
10:30-11:15 – Panel 1: Management Insights for AI Adoption
11:15-11:30 – Networking Break
11:30–12:15 – Panel 2: Skills Needs for AI Adoption
12:15-12:25 – Closing Remarks by TechIreland
12:30-13:00 – Networking Lunch
13:00 – Free tour of IMR facilities for interested participants


Time: 10:15 – 10:25

Keynote by IMR


Carlos Garcia, Head of AI Strategy, Irish Manufacturing Research

Carlos is an Industrial Engineer with a PhD in Artificial Intelligence. He is currently the Head of AI Strategy at Irish Manufacturing Research, where he leads the center’s AI strategy to enhance the sustainability and efficiency of manufacturing companies. Carlos has participated in tens of EU research projects in different capacities and he is a member of the SMART Eureka cluster on Advanced Manufacturing. He is passionate about teaching and communication, keen to demystify AI and inspire others by sharing compelling insights and facts. Carlos strives to deliver complex concepts in an accessible manner, sparking curiosity and understanding of the role of AI in our future.

Time: 10:30 – 11:15

Management Insights for AI Adoption


Peter O’Connell, Head of Product, Code Institute

Carmel Somers, Organisational Psychologist, ICT Skillnet

Dr. Paul Byrnes, Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer at Mavarick AI

Moderator: Paul Browne, Management Development, Enterprise Ireland

Time: 11:30 – 12:15

Skills Needs for AI Adoption


Jane Gormley, Director of Employer Engagement, Code Institute

Ronan Murray, Area Training Manager, LWETB

Fergal Geraghty, CEO, Data Value Hub

Luonna Becher, Cloud Solution Architect – Data & AI, Microsoft

Moderator: Aidan Lawless, Partner Manager, Code Institute