Learnovation 2021

Learning Innovation Summit

Learnovation 2021 – Global Learning Tech Summit

Join us to delve into the latest in learning technology innovation at the virtual 2021 Learnovation Summit on 12 – 13 October. Our leading global annual event, Learnovation, gives employees, students and customers the opportunity to find out how to transform learning experiences in a rapidly changing environment.

International experts will explore this year’s theme: The Future of Work and Learning. Empower your organisation with the latest learning technology strategies, tools and solutions. Register today.

2021 Event Format

Our 2021 virtual summit will run over two days from 1:30 to 5:30 IST each day with international keynotes, expert panels, Q&A sessions, interactive chat, real-time polling and one on one networking with other attendees from all over the world.

Powered by The Learnovate Centre, Trinity College Dublin

The Learnovation Summit is organised by the Learnovate Centre, a leading learning technology research centre in Trinity College Dublin and a technology centre funded by Enterprise Ireland and IDA Ireland to support organisations developing solutions for our society’s current and future learning challenges. 

Speakers 2021

<a href="https://www.learnovatecentre.org/learnovation/speakers-pam-hamilton/">Pam Hamilton</a>

Pam Hamilton

Learning Expert and MD of Paraffin

Pam is a learning expert and MD of Paraffin, an award-winning capabilities agency who supercharge people and their capabilities to work together for positive change. She is the author of Supercharged Teams and The Workshop Book, and her mission is to change the way the world works together, for the better, one team at a time.

Dr Nigel Paine

Dr Nigel Paine

Co-Presenter of Learning Now TV/ex CLO at The BBC

With over 25 years of experience in corporate learning, Nigel is a regular speaker, writer and broadcaster on the topics of development, technology and leadership. Between 2002 and 2006 he headed up the BBC’s Learning and Development operation.

<a href="https://www.learnovatecentre.org/learnovation/speakers-michelle-fogarty-2/">Michelle Fogarty</a>

Michelle Fogarty

Chief Operations Officer & Co-Founder of PepTalk

Michelle is a former international athlete and has over 15 years’ experience leading top-tier organisations from a human capital perspective, including supporting a number of high-profile start-ups such as Twitter, Blizzard Entertainment, B&Q (Kingfisher Group) & Tyco/Johnson Controls.

<a href="https://www.learnovatecentre.org/learnovation/speakers-kathryn-cullen/">Kathryn Cullen</a>

Kathryn Cullen

Programme Director of Technology Ireland Digital Skillnet

Kathryn worked in Financial Services sector for over 18 years. Since transitioning to Technology Ireland DIGITAL Skillnet Kathryn has developed and managed a number of strategic digital and diversity programmes including Women ReBOOT, TechLEARN and Transform – DIGITAL Transformation and Innovation.

<a href="https://www.learnovatecentre.org/learnovation/speakers-peter-gillis/">Peter Gillis</a>

Peter Gillis

Innovation Team Lead, Senior Researcher Learnovate

Peter is an experienced team lead, skilled in the practices of: innovation (JTBD, Lean Startup, Design Thinking), digital strategy, and strategy and corporate company management.

<a href="https://www.learnovatecentre.org/learnovation/speakers-ilse-white/">Ilse White</a>

Ilse White

Corporate Learning Research Specialist Learnovate

Ilse is a Corporate Learning Researcher with Learnovate since February 2021. Prior to Learnovate she spent 15 years working on the People Development team in Google where she gained extensive experience in learning design, learning strategy & program management

<a href="https://www.learnovatecentre.org/learnovation/speakers-bob-mosher-2/">Bob Mosher</a>

Bob Mosher

CEO & Chief Learning Evangelist of The 5 Moments of Need

Bob Mosher is a senior partner, and the Chief Learning Evangelist, at The 5 Moments of Need™, an organization that specializes in helping learning professionals design, develop, and measure effective learning and performance support through the 5 Moments design methodology.

<a href="https://www.learnovatecentre.org/learnovation/speakers-janet-benson-2/">Janet Benson</a>

Janet Benson

Learning Lead Senior Researcher Learnovate

Janet holds a MSc. in Digital Education from the University of Edinburgh and undergraduate qualifications in Science from UCD (BSc.) and IT Sligo. Janet focused on game-based learning in the workplace as part of her MSc. Dissertation.

<a href="https://www.learnovatecentre.org/learnovation/speakers-david-kerrigan/">David Kerrigan</a>

David Kerrigan

Author & COO Quikkly Ltd

David is an author and speaker, specialising in the impacts of new technologies on society. He has written 6 books and lectures regularly at Stanford Continuing Studies, The Irish Management Institute and Technological University of Dublin on topics including Artificial Intelligence, Innovation and Cognitive Psychology.

<a href="https://www.learnovatecentre.org/learnovation/speakers-sarah-gretzcko/">Sarah Gretczko </a>

Sarah Gretczko

Chief Learning and Insights Officer Mastercard

Sarah Gretczko, is a self-proclaimed future of work enthusiast and behavioral insights junkie with experience bringing innovative people strategies and solutions to some of the world’s most iconic companies.

<a href="https://www.learnovatecentre.org/learnovation/speakers-sharon-kaliouby/">Sharon Claffey Kaliouby</a>

Sharon Claffey Kaliouby

VP North America Learning Pool

Sharon Claffey Kaliouby was most recently a learning fellow and adviser for Elliott Masie Productions and previously was head of global learning and development for State Street Global Advisors in Boston.

<a href="https://www.learnovatecentre.org/learnovation/speakers-na-fu/"> Dr Na Fu</a>

Dr Na Fu

Associate Professor in Human Resource Management TCD

Dr Na Fu is a leading international scholar in the HRM field and has been highly influential in the areas of strategic HRM and professional service firms where she champions improved management practice and workplace wellbeing for employees.

<a href="https://www.learnovatecentre.org/learnovation/speakers-patricia-mccarthy/">Dr Patricia McCarthy</a>

Dr Patricia McCarthy

National Council for Special Education Consultative Forum

Dr Patricia McCarthy graduated with a PhD from Trinity College Dublin in 2014. A key component of her research to date focuses on UD(L), inclusion and participation of marginalised groups; Patricia’s ontological position as a disabled researcher has been instrumental in the development of her research and recent publications.

<a href="https://www.learnovatecentre.org/learnovation/speakers-darren-mcgee/">Darren McGee</a>

Darren McGee

Senior Alliances Manager EMEA Poly

Darren leads a team responsible for the Poly-Zoom relationship across EMEA. A veteran of the ICT industry, he has previously held strategic sales leadership positions at HP, IBM, BT and Lucent Technologies in EMEA.

<a href="https://www.learnovatecentre.org/learnovation/speakers-jane-ross/">Jane Ross</a>

Jane Ross

EMEA Education Lead Zoom

From meetings, chat, phone, and webinars to conference room systems and online events, Jane has always had a passion for technology having worked in technology since 1992. However, as an engineer by trade she has the unique ability to take complex subjects and make it accessible to everyone.

<a href="https://www.learnovatecentre.org/learnovation/speakers-linda-waters/">Linda Waters</a>

Linda Waters

Senior Business Development Manager Learnovate

Linda brings over 20 years’ experience in sales strategy, business development and strategic partnerships to her role as Senior Business, Sales Development Manager, having worked in senior roles with AIB, KONE & Office Depot. She is responsible for contributing to the Centre’s growth strategy, overseeing business partnerships and custom research projects.

<a href="https://www.learnovatecentre.org/learnovation/speakers-dave-farrelly/">Dave Farrelly</a>

Dave Farrelly

Head of Membership Services Learnovate

Dave oversees Learnovate’s membership model and ensures successful industry engagement with research. He has over 25 years’ experience in the ed and learning tech industry having worked in various roles with Vivendi Universal, Riverdeep/HMH and Folens.

<a href="https://www.learnovatecentre.org/learnovation/speakers-nessa-mceniff/">Nessa McEniff</a>

Nessa McEniff

Learnovate Centre Director

Nessa believes in the power of learning to change lives and has had a long and varied career in learning technology. Starting out as a programmer, she has worked almost exclusively in the EdTech sector, including roles such as COO of Touch Press (StoryToys) and VP of Program Management & Strategic Initiatives at HMH, culminating in her role as Centre Director of Learnovate.

<a href="https://www.learnovatecentre.org/learnovation/speakers-leonard-hobbs/">Leonard Hobbs</a>

Leonard Hobbs

Director of Trinity Research and Innovation

Leonard graduated from University College Cork in 1986 with a 1st class honours degree in Electrical Engineering and was awarded the title of ‘graduate of the year’ by the college. He completed a Masters degree at the NMRC (now called Tyndall), at UCC in 1988.

<a href="https://www.learnovatecentre.org/learnovation/speakers-ann-devitt-2/">Ann Devitt</a>

Ann Devitt

Associate Professor of Language Education at the School of Education

Ann Devitt is Associate Professor of Language Education at the School of Education. She is the Academic Director of The Learnovate Centre and has extensive research experience in both academia and industry. Having worked in the language and speech technology industries for a number of years in Europe, she returned to academia to complete a PhD in computational linguistics.

<a href="https://www.learnovatecentre.org/learnovation/speakers-jonny-parkes-2/">Jonny Parkes</a>

Jonny Parkes

Chairperson Learnovate

Jonny has over 25 years’ experience in digital learning and is Chairperson of the Learnovate Centre. As the CEO of Electric Paper between 1996-2006, Jonny successfully built and exited the business to ThirdForce PLC which was subsequently acquired by Skillsoft.

<a href="https://www.learnovatecentre.org/learnovation/speakers-amelia-kelly/">Dr Amelia Kelly</a>

Dr Amelia Kelly

VP of Speech Technology Soapbox Labs

Dr. Amelia Kelly is an artificial intelligence engineer and scientist specialising in automatic speech recognition of children’s voices. She is currently VP of Speech Technology at SoapBox Labs and holds a B.Sc. in Physics and Astronomy from NUI Galway, and an M. Phil and Ph. D in Linguistics and Speech Technology from Trinity College Dublin.

<a href="https://www.learnovatecentre.org/learnovation/speakers-conor-osullivan/">Conor O’Sullivan</a>

Conor O’Sullivan

CEO Adaptemy

Conor O’Sullivan co-founded and leads Adaptemy, a specialist provider of adaptive learning technologies to several of the world’s leading educational companies and ministries of education.

<a href="https://www.learnovatecentre.org/learnovation/speakers-mary-kelly/">Dr Mary Kelly</a>

Dr Mary Kelly

Head of the School of Education Hibernia College

Mary is Head of the School of Education at Hibernia College and is a member of the College’s Executive Management Team. In this role she provides academic leadership and direction for the School of Education’s suite of academic programmes

<a href="https://www.learnovatecentre.org/learnovation/speakers-frank-oreilly/">Frank O’Reilly</a>

Frank O’Reilly

Learning and Development Specialist Learnovate

Frank joined the Learnovate team with over 20 years experience in corporate learning and development, project management and business analysis. He has worked in a range of industries both in Ireland and France for companies as diverse as Arjo Wiggins Teape, Pizza Hut and Burberry.

<a href="https://www.learnovatecentre.org/learnovation/speakers-paula-philpott/">Paula Philpott</a>

Paula Philpott

Head of Learning Academy South Eastern Regional College

As the Head of SERC’s Learning Academy, Paula manages the end-to-end learning and development processes. In 2017, Paula was awarded an MBE for services to Further Education.

<a href="https://www.learnovatecentre.org/learnovation/speakers-richard-harte/">Richard Harte</a>

Richard Harte

UX/UI Specialist Learnovate

Richard is on the Innovation Services team at Learnovate, and has worked on projects that cover a wide range of topics, including transversal skills, immersive learning, xAPIs, personalisation and gamification.

<a href="https://www.learnovatecentre.org/learnovation/speakers-bilal-ahmad/">Bilal Ahmad</a>

Bilal Ahmad

Learnovate Technology Lead

Bilal is a Postdoctoral Researcher / Technology Lead for Software Solutions in Edtech at the Learnovate Centre at Trinity College Dublin. His key areas of research are at the intersection of Software Engineering and Human-Computer Interaction i.e., Edtech, Smart Ageing, UX Research and Global Software Development, augmented with development of software.

<a href="https://www.learnovatecentre.org/learnovation/speakers-niall-campion/">Niall Campion</a>

Niall Campion

Founder & Managing Director of VRAI

Niall Campion is a founder & Managing Director of VRAI where he is on a mission to use virtual reality technology to bring immersive simulation training to dangerous operational environments.

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