31st January

Tech Talk: Sustainable Tech – Working Towards the Circular Economy

by Tech Industry Alliance
Rubicon Centre


Booking Link: Eventbrite : https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/tech-talk-sustainable-tech-working-towards-the-circular-economy-tickets-510513368227

Tech Industry Alliance Tech Talk: Sustainable Tech – Working Towards the Circular Economy

Join us for our next in-person Tech Talk on “Sustainable Tech – Working Towards the Circular Economy”. This in-person event is in conjunction with the Rubicon Centre and will take place on Tuesday 31st January from 7.30am to 9am in The Rubicon Centre (refreshments & networking from 7.30 am, panel discussion from 8am – 9 am).

Sustainable technology is an umbrella term which describes innovation that considers natural resources and fosters economic and social development. The goal of these technologies is to drastically reduce environmental and ecological risks and to create a sustainable product. As part of this many companies are also focusing their strategies and energy towards the evolving Circular Economy.

As a model of production and consumption a circular economy involves sharing, leasing, reusing, repairing, refurbishing, and recycling existing materials and products as long as possible. In this way, the life cycle of products is extended and less greenhouse gases will be emitted. The circular economy is a systems solution framework that tackles global challenges like climate change, biodiversity loss, waste, and pollution.

Every business owner wants to make a difference and remain compliant with environmental and social standards. By implementing sustainable innovations, companies can stay competitive and help the environment. We all want a healthy planet for today and tomorrow. The small choices we make each day can help us get there. During the event we’ll look deeper into why your business should implement sustainable technology and we will showcase what companies are doing locally. Expert panellists include:

Registration: This is a free event however registration is essential.

Event Location: The Rubicon Centre

This event is in conjunction with The Rubicon Centre. The Rubicon Centre is located on the MTU Bishopstown Campus, Close to Cork City and is part of a growing business community that is home to both Fortune 500 Companies and an ever-expanding group of Start-ups and Indigenous Companies across all emerging sectors.The Rubicon focus is to develop Ireland’s next generation of start-ups, which have the potential to develop and employ more than one person. As an innovation Centre for entrepreneurs, the Rubicon Centre is here to help, encourage & give support to people who present a unique idea or highlight a market niche.

Overview of speakers: 

Michael Loftus holds responsibility for industry engagement and enterprise support, as well as covering marketing, research, innovation, student entrepreneurship, internationalisation, alumni relations, fund-raising and technology-enhanced learning. He has a long track record of entrepreneurship and leadership in industry, having co-developed a successful international IT consultancy business and having held senior roles in IT consultancy, research, technical management and software development. He held the post of Head of Faculty of Engineering & Science in CIT for a 10-year period and is a founding member of STEM South West, the STEM industry association which was established in 2019. He chairs the boards of the companies which run MTU’s Rubicon Centre and MTU Blackrock Castle Observatory, and he is a board member of MTU’s foundation company. He was a founding member of Cyber Ireland. He has also served on the boards of it@cork and Cork Chamber. He is also deeply involved with a number of committees in relation to development of the South West Regional Enterprise Plan and the South West Regional Skills Forum.

Sean Sheehan is the Chief Executive and Founder of Wisetek, a global leader in IT Asset Disposition, Reuse, and Manufacturing services. Sean possesses over 30 Years of extensive experience in the Electronics Manufacturing Industry, including Global Corporations EMC & Wang Labs. Proactively involved in all aspects of operations management including Manufacturing, Warehousing, Reverse Logistics, Rework & Quality. An advocate of manufacturing Lean Sigma methodologies, Entrepreneur of the Year Finalist 2013, and winner of the Cork Large Company of the Year 2019, Sean holds an MSc. in Professional Practice (Operations Management) and a Diploma in International Selling.

Dr Mary O’Riordan is co-founder of HaPPE Earth. HaPPE Earth: HaPPE Earth champions sustainability and the circular economy by aiming to  bring together CE approved, compostable PPE products with an SDG impact measurement tool for healthcare and a medical waste industrial, composting solution.

Mary has been 18 years in clinical medical practice, the last 8 of those involved with Public Health Medicine, specialising in Emergency Response for Highly Emerging, Infectious Threats. She has been the International Health Regulations (IHR) and ECDC Irish Focal Point representative for emerging, infectious threats. She has in depth knowledge of inter-sectoral collaboration when dealing with complex, societal issues related to infectious diseases. She is highly interested in bringing practical solutions to the One Health agenda working with Health, Environment and Agriculture for sustainability in healthcare.

Ingrid De Doncker is an innovator in sustainable procurement and responsible supply chain with more than 20 years’ experience with global procurement and supply chain teams. She lectures in 3 universities and is involved with projects under the European Innovation Council and Horizon Europe. She is a Co-founder and Head of Research and Innovation at FUTURE PLANET, a provider of Sustainable Lifecycle Management software services. At Future Planet, she applies her deep procurement and supply chain expertise to guide companies to Live Better, Buy Better, Design Better. The company’s software platform empowers organisations to embed sustainable best practices across their entire value chain, while measuring and recording progress against reporting standards. Future Planet won the prestigious ‘Irish Times Innovation Award’ in November 2022.

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Date & Time

Tuesday, 31 January 2023
07:30 - 09:00 GMT


Munster Technological University (MTU) T12 Y275 Bishopstown Cork Ireland

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