Breakfast Seminar on ICT Standards

Location: Ibec Offices, 86 Baggot Street Lower, Grand Canal Dock, Dublin

Date: 23 Jan

On Wednesday 23rd of January the ADAPT Centre will take part in a breakfast seminar titled: “How ICT Standards Can Help Your Company Gain Competitive Advantage”.

This seminar is being run by the Innovation Forum in conjunction with the National Standards Authority of Ireland (NSAI) and will offer insights into how ICT Standards can help your organisation gain competitive advantage in international markets.

ICT and telecommunications are the backbone of industry and economic development, but with increased levels of technological reliance there is an equal increased demand for standards in IT Security, Data Security, AI, Blockchain, Innovation and good Knowledge Management. Standards can enable organisations achieve legal requirements and implement efficient processes. With technology advancing at a continually rapid pace, standards also play an important role in removing barriers to trade and allowing the interoperability of technologies.

The event will feature Joe Hogan, Founder & CTO of Openet, Professor Dave Lewis from the ADAPT Centre and the NSAI who will all articulate why organisations should embrace standards.

This seminar will appeal to CTO’s, CIO’s, Head of Business Units, Legal, IP and Patent individuals. The seminar will also see the industry introduction of the new SFI ADAPT Elite-S Postdoc Fellowships – Future Leaders in ICT Standards.

Interested individuals can register at:


0800-0830: Registration, Networking

0830-0850:  Welcome Dave Feenan and Gerry Doyle – Technology Ireland ICT Skillnet.

Following the amalgamation of the ICT Skillnet and the Innovation Forum, this talk will provide an update on the planned activity and industry engagement for the year.

0850-0910: Paul Killeen NSAI – Scaling your Company using International ICT Standards.

Overview of the NSAI and the industry benefits of engagement in standards development, together within insights on the EU & National policy on ‘Standards & Digital Transformation’ plus information on the new ‘ETSI ICT Standards Training Materials’.

0910-0930: Joe Hogan, Openet Founder & CTO. The Openet Story.

How strategic engagement in International Standards Development helped us win in competitive International Telecoms Markets.

0930-0950: Dave Lewis ADAPT Centre, International Standards Development Case Study: Trustworthy AI.

As the economic and societal impact of AI technology has mushroomed in recent years, so the need for standards to support the AI design, deployment and usage value chain has come to the fore. In 2017, ADAPT collaborated with NSAI and other national standards bodies to establish a new AI standards activity at ISO/IEC JTC1, the world’s foremost ICT standards generating body. This presentation will recount how ADAPT leveraged its research expertise in data ethics and privacy, in partnership with its multinational industry partners, to drive forward the JTC1 standards workgroup on Trustworthy AI.

0950-1010: Introduction to SFI ADAPT ELITE-S Postdoc Fellowships – Future Leaders in ICT Standards.

Markus Helfert will provide an overview of this new exciting programme and how industry can benefit from it. ICT standards play an essential role in achieving interoperability of new technologies and can bring significant benefits to Industries and Consumers. The ADAPT Research Centre in DCU in partnership with NSAI and IBEC will facilitate industry involvement in solidifying Ireland’s position as leader in shaping the ICT standardisation under a Marie Sk?odowska-Curie COFUND Action. ELITE-S provides new intersectoral training, career development and a fully funded mobility fellowship programme for the next generation of ICT leaders.

This project is seeking industry partners to work with 16 elite research fellows across four core research areas: Regulations and Compliance, Content Analytics and Content Preservation, Data and Process Management, Interoperability. In addition, your company and these research fellows will receive administrative support, your company will have access to the ELITE-S network of leaders which together will play a central role in influencing and shaping national and European ICT standards and work of International Standards Committees

10:10–10:30: Q&A & Close

10.30-11.00: Networking and Opportunity to Meet Industry, ADAPT ELITE-S, & the NSAI.