2012 Speakers and Presentations

Jim Friars, CEO, ICS-Skills

 Welcome and Opening Address


Mary Cleary, Deputy CEO, ICS-Skills

ICS-Skills and ECDL Update

Mary will address  delegates with an update on the work of ICS Skills  and how ECDL is addressing a changed market with new modules in IT Security, Project Management, Web Editing etc.


Eoin McDonnell, Learning Technologist, Queen Mary, University of London

Podcast everything! Tackling mass education by attacking the classroom

Lecturer at Queen Mary, University of London , Eoin will present on an e-learning response to increasing student numbers in the face of dwindling budgets. He will use the example of the rollout of an enterprise level automated lecture recording system in a large London university. Despite student demand and the support of both management and teaching champions, the technology has met strident opposition from staff and exposed genuine anxieties about the future of education. Eoin will suggest answers to these issues and an institutional response to education at a massive scale”.


Valerie Pierce, Clear & Critical Thinking

Keynote Address

Think Smart for Peak Performance

Successful innovation in challenging times requires a blend of creativity, clear thinking and the ability to get things done
In this interactive session International Training Consultant Valerie Pierce delivers 3 simple thinking tips to help you to solve problems and achieve confident decisions.  You will learn to:
•    Separate Passion from Emotion to gain clear focus
•    Ask the right questions to find the best answers
•    Use the DNA thinking technique to change your Negative thinking into Positive Action

Ranked as one of Ireland’s Top 50 Most Influential women in Irish Business (Sunday Tribune) and winner of the Network Dublin Entrepreneur of the Year 2008 Award, Valerie Pierce has been described by The Irish Times as a modern philosopher in the marketplace.

In 1990 whilst a postgraduate student of philosophy at Bristol University, Pierce developed the first ‘Clear and Critical Thinking’ training module. Since then, she has expanded her business to worldwide reputation.

Her international client list includes Airbus, IBM, Xerox, KPMG, Oracle, Pfizer, Coca Cola, Pepsi Cola, AIB group, GlaxoSmith Kline, The Victoria & Albert Museum, The British Law Society, The Central Bank of Ireland, Dept. Enterprise, Trade and Employment, Dept. Justice, Equality and Law Reform, the Office of the Revenue Commissioners and RTE.

Please contact Valerie directly on vpierce@clearcriticalthinking.com regarding her presentation.


Ciaran O’Connell, e-learning Executive, Consultant, Learning & Development, ELSOL

Developing Digital Resources

Ciaran will outline the best free or cheap apps and services for sharing videos and digital resources in the classroom, using whiteboards & mobile resources for ipads, and phones.


Conor Lynch, Socialmedia.ie

Digital Marketing Mashup

Conor Lynch will show you the most effective way to utilize digital marketing. He will take you through email marketing, websites and blogs, eCommerce, mobile media, digital video, online advertising and the best social media tools and techniques.

Conor has over 13 years online marketing experience gained while working in Asia Pacific, US, UK and Ireland with a wide range of companies including start-ups, SMEs and global brands.
Conor Lynch graduated with an honours degree in Marketing from DIT and B.Sc. (Mgmt) award from Trinity College Dublin. He continued his studies at the UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School, obtaining a Graduate Diploma in Marketing Practice.
2011 – Winner – Irish Internet Association’s Award for ‘Best Use of Social Media’
2005 – Winner – Irish Internet Association’s for ‘Internet Marketer of the Year’

Please contact Conor directly on conor@socialmedia.ie regarding his presentation.


Gwen Noone ICS Grid / Mark Melia Enovation Solutions

ICS Skills would like to help you ensure that your school is at the forefront of 21st century teaching and learning, offering media-savvy students an education using technology to teach with top quality, high interest digital resources which are mapped to the Irish curriculum. The ICS Grid, a Moodle based solution, also provides a collection of online tools for building courses and creating new content as well as for tracking student performance. This workshop will provide participants with an overview of the ICS Grid, an opportunity to explore its content and the many benefits of using Moodle at your school.


Andrew Keogh, Aristo.ie

Pitch your Business Ideas to Increase Sales

You only get one opportunity to create a good first impression when you meet a potential customer. And as trainers we are not always at our most confident when selling ourselves.
This Masterclass will give you the opportunity to create conversation that will be informative and memorable for your audience, leading to more opportunities for you and your business ideas to prosper.

Objectives for Masterclass:

  • Learn how to develop rapport with your audience
  • Get more time in front of your prospects
  • Develop exciting openings and closings to your talks that will engage your listeners
  • Create conversations that stick in your listeners mind long after you have left the room
  • Use  Are – Do – Get – Formula (developed by Aristo) and win more business

As an International Speaker and Speakers Coach with over 20 years experience in the area of Business Coaching and Personal Development Andrew is acknowledged as achieving results that equate with the very best in the world. Aristo was set up some years ago to promote Andrew’s style of Leadership and Communications training with the emphasis on developing people’s ability to Connect 2 Grow their Business. Andrew can help people to Connect with increased confidence, Build Relationships and TRUST leading to Growth in Business. As immediate past President of the Professional Speakers Association Branch in Ireland Andrew is in constant demand to speak both nationally and internationally. He is also a charter member and former President of Lucan Toastmasters Club.

Please contact Andrew directly on andrew@aristo.ie regarding his presentation.


Mark Melia, Ennovation

Mark is an e-Learning Solutions Consultant with Enovation Solutions. Enovation Solutions specialise in working with business and educational institutes to match technology around their learning needs using open-source products such as Moodle, Drupal, Alfresco and Mahara. Mark holds a PhD in e-learning from DCU and a BSc in Software Systems from NCI.


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