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Innovation Week 2020 announced

#InnovationWeek is with us for the second year running across the Irish public service and is taking place from the 19th to 23rd October. The Public Service Innovation Team at OPS 2020 have curated yet another informative and jam-packed programme of free online events aimed primarily at public sector employees including keynote speakers, panel discussions, the unveiling of new public service innovation scorecard and a hackathon which aims to explore some of the public service challenges faced by many of our organisations.

Innovation Week will be opened by the Secretary General of Department of Public Expenditure and Reform Robert Watt at 11am on Monday 19th October. The Secretary General will be followed by Professor Pete Lunn, whose keynote address focusses on lessons from COVID-19 and using Behavioural Science in the Public Service.

Some of our highlights include the session on Monday 19th October which will be moderated by Dr Lucy Fallon Byrne on the soon-to-be launched Innovation Strategy and toolkit for public service organisations.

On Tuesday 20th, Vinny Lanigan will discuss COVID-19 innovations with our very own Director of Digital Transformation Martin Curley (more information and registration here) and Grace O’Regan will moderate a panel discussion on the importance of strategic foresight for developing policy with a fantastic panel including Chief Information Officer Barry Lowry.

On Thursday 22nd, Laura Mahoney and a panel of experts will explain Blockchain. On Friday 23rd, Philip McGrath will discuss our Virtual Workforce through technologies such as Robotic Process Automation. during this session he will be speaking with our HBS colleage Kevin Kelly who is currently leading the establishment of a Robotic Process Automation Centre of Excellence (more information and registration here). Later that day Breda O’Brien will moderate a session focused on a project supported by the Innovation Fund to develop an Innovation Scorecard for organisations.

A particular highlight of #innovation week is a session moderated by the Secretary General of Department of Public Expenditure and Reform on Friday 23rd with some of our Public Service Leaders who will discuss their experiences of leading through the crisis. Public service organisations around the country will also be hosting their own talks and events to promote innovation in their organisations.

To read more about OPS 2020 Innovation week, visit www.ops2020.gov.ie/news/innovation-week-2020-connect-create-innovate 
or to see the full schedule, visit www.ops2020.gov.ie/app/uploads/2019/11/InnovationWeek_Programme_FA-1.pdf