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Design is a key driver of business success and is “the only way that companies can stand out from the crowd”, according to a report by management consultancy McKinsey & Company.

The 2018 report says that “While design was once largely thought of as a way of making products more attractive, it is now a way of thinking: a creative process driven by the desire to better understand and meet consumer needs”.

At Design Thinking Ireland 2019 you will hear directly from McKinsey and learn how they tracked the design practices of 300 publicly listed companies over a five-year period in multiple countries and industries. One of the key findings of the research report is a strong correlation between high Mc Kinsey Design Index scores and superior business performance.

Other speakers will include Procter & Gamble (USA), Nokia Bell Labs, Kerry, Musgrave Retail Partners, Mastercard, Jinga Life and many more…

During parallel interactive breakouts you will be able to get a hands-on experience of a range of methodologies including Google Ventures Design Sprint and LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY®.

IRDG has been championing the value of design thinking amongst the business innovation community and this unique national Design Thinking Ireland Conference is our 6th annual flagship event.

Previous Design Thinking Ireland conferences have included global design thinking thought-leaders Jeanne Liedtka of the Darden Business School, Roberto Verganti of Politecnico di Milano, and Uli Weinberg of the Hasso Plattner Institute (D-School) Potsdam alongside Irish industry speakers from SAP, IBM, Bank of Ireland, Merlyn Showering, Design Partners, Logitech, Accenture and more.

Design Thinking Ireland 2019 aims to inspire and provide a unique immersive learning experience for those who seek to fuel creativity, up their competitive advantage, and create more meaningful products and experiences for their customers.

Leaders of innovation, particularly C-Suite and Functional Leads, along with those responsible for the delivery of new products, processes and services for business growth will benefit from this experience. Teams that excel at customer centred innovation are highly collaborative and multidisciplinary, comprised of people from different backgrounds, including design, engineering, research, marketing, HR and business, so a mix of disciplines is welcome.

Join us for this exceptional experience and learn about why design thinking really does pay.

BIG NAMES, BIGGER IDEAS

These are the people who will inspire & challenge us

Rakhi Rajani

Foresight, futures and Innovation - Associate Partner, Design + Innovation at McKinsey & Company

Holly O’Driscoll

Former Global Design Thinking Leader & Innovation Strategist at Procter & Gamble, USA & CEO at Ampersand Innovation

Domhnaill Hernon

Vice President, Head of Experiments in Art and Technology at Nokia Bell Labs

Siobhan Hennessy

Head of Customer Experience at Musgrave Retail Partners Ireland

Rohan Perera

Facilitator/Consultant/Design Sprint at Lean Disruptor

Tansy Murray

Director, CX and Design | Mastercard

Raomal Perera

Entrepreneur, Consultant, Adjunct Professor of Entrepreneurship INSEAD

Dr Johnny Walker

Radiologist, Serial Digital Health Entrepreneur & Founder of Jinga Life

Dr. Hilary Kenna

Strategic Designer, Researcher & Head of Department at IADT

Trevor Vaugh

Programme Director at Maynooth University

Frank Devitt

Innovation Management, Strategy & Design Thinking at Maynooth University

Denis Hayes

Managing Director at IRDG

Karl Fitzpatrick

LEGO Serious Play® at Bricks4Biz

Elaine Bowden

LEGO Serious Play® at Bricks4Biz

John Hartnett

LEGO Serious Play® at Bricks4Biz

Damian Costello

Managing Partner at Decode Innovation

Éadaoin McCarthy

Director of Market Research and Consumer Connection at Kerry Taste and Nutrition

Venue Information

Croke Park, Dublin

Venue

Croke Park

Jones’ Rd, Drumcondra, Dublin 3

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Parking

Croke Park Meetings & Events is unique for city centre conferencing in that we offer 600 FREE on-site parking spaces for attendees. These spaces are provided at the Cusack Stand to the east of the stadium and in the Davin Carpark located to the north, depending on which part of the campus your event is taking place in.

Public Transport

LUAS: Croke Park is a 16 minutes (1.3km) walk from Connolly Red Line Luas stop. The stadium is also just 15 minutes (1km) walk from both Parnell and Marlborough Green Line Luas stops. DUBLIN BUS: Dublin Bus offers a high-frequency, accessible and easy to use service from all over Dublin. A number of services bring you quite close to Croke Park and many others will get you to the city centre from where the stadium is a 15 minute walk.

Bus Routes that serve Croke Park:
1, 7, 11, 13, 14, 16, 27a, 27b, 29a, 31/a, 31b, 32, 33, 40, 40b, 40d, 41, 41b, 41c, 42, 43, 44, 53, 123, 13

*Discounted tickets for Conference and/or Workshop are available for all IRDG Member Companies. Discounts also available for Conference group bookings.

Please contact Mary Byrne for details, mary.byrne@irdg.ie or 087 6501215

EARLY BIRD

€375pp
Design Thinking Ireland Conference

25th June 2019

One day Conference ticket

EARLY BIRD

€395pp
Everyday Design Thinking Workshop

26th June 2019

One Day Workshop ticket