24 January 2019
By Mary Bermingham
The Ireland Chapter of Project Management Institute’s 2019 annual national conference, themed From Idea to Reality, will take place in Cork for the first time on 28 February, at Fota Island Resort. With headline sponsors EY and Microsoft, early bird tickets for Ireland’s largest annual conference for project managers are available at projectireland.ie
Early bird tickets for the conference, to be attended by some of the country’s eminent project leaders, are priced at €145 (Ireland Chapter PMI members) and €195 (non-members) at projectireland.ie.
Speaking on the launch of the conference, President of the Ireland Chapter of PMI, Pat Lucey said: “The 2019 conference, themed From Idea to Reality, will provide a unique opportunity to explore how project management is utilised to deliver projects from conception to completion.”
Keynote speaker Dermot Bannon will discuss how to successfully communicate disruptive ideas to project stakeholders. Further guest speakers include co-founder of FoodCloud, Aoibheann O’Brien, who set up the Dublin-based social enterprise, connecting food businesses with surplus food to nearby charities through technology.
Yvonne O’Byrne, Ireland international hockey star, will speak on securing a World Cup silver medal, and Danny Curran, director of growth at Aid:Tech, will discuss how the Dublin-headquartered start-up developed blockchain technology for the distribution of international aid in refugee camps.
Managing Director of Dale Carnegie Ireland, Walter Bradley, will give a workshop on ‘How to Agreeably Disagree’. There will also be a talk and Q&A with Jim Snyder, who in 1969 was one of the original five founders of the global PMI. Further speakers will be announced in the coming weeks.
Mr Lucey added: “The Ireland Chapter of PMI is the largest professional organisation for project managers in Ireland with over 1,400 members. We strive to provide access to valuable knowledge, networks and resources that will be integral to project success.
“The national conference is an opportunity for project management professionals across IT, public sector, construction, pharmaceuticals and manufacturing to gain insight from leading experts in the industry along with well-known Irish and international figures who are making waves in their respective fields. All our speakers have used key project management skills to deliver their ideas into reality, whether it is designing state-of-the-art homes, winning a World Cup medal or utilising disruptive technologies to achieve results.”
Headline sponsors for the Ireland Chapter of PMI’s national conference are EY and Microsoft, with current sponsors Grant Thornton, Cora Systems, Aspira, Cork Institute of Technology, and Alpha Wealth.
There are currently over 50,000 employed in project management across Ireland, in sectors such as IT, public sector, construction, pharmaceuticals, professional services, financial services and manufacturing.