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We are welcoming Owen Laverty as a Keynote Presenter at the upcoming event – DLR’s Digital Transformation Summit on 13th June, 2019.

Owen Laverty is the Head of Enterprise and Economics in Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council. His responsibilities vary from investing in early stage or smaller SMEs, to improving and promoting the economic development of the region.

DLR County Council is one of the four councils in the Dublin region. DLR County Council offer services like Local Enterprise Development, Grant Schemes, DLR Tourism Development, Environment & Climate Change, Planning and many more services in the DLR region.

LEO (Local Enterprise Office) supports the regional businesses primarily through the provision of training, networking opportunities and funding.

Owen tells us “Last year we invested €1.2 million in SMES to support their employment requirements, access export markets, build product and improve their online presence. We have a strong focus on training and delivering relevant programs to our clients to support their development and growth.”

They recently completed a very successful Enterprise Week with over 20 events bringing in the best global speakers on subjects from pricing and selling to mega trends and branding.   

Keynote Presentation at DLR’s Digital Transformation Summit

At the upcoming event on 13th June, 2019, Owen Laverty is a Keynote Speaker.

He explains “ the reason we are partnering with 3XE Digital on this event is to bring attention to the benefits of putting ‘productivity’ at the centre of any business. I’ll aim to excite people about the productivity journey and how to get started in a small way to make a big difference.”

Owen will be highlighting the benefits of placing Productivity at the centre of any business and why is it a key factor to the survival and growth of a business.

Key Points to learn from the presentation

The 3 takeaways that delegates will get from his presentation are:

  1. Putting productivity at the centre of any business is key to survival and growth.
  2. Highlighting the productivity gap between bigger organisations and smaller organisations and how these can be reduced.
  3. How the Local Enterprise Office can support companies looking to become more efficient.


DLR's Digital Transformation Summit 2019

About DLR’s Digital Transformation Summit

DLR’s Digital Transformation Summit is an annual event that focuses on helping small and medium size businesses to grow through Digital Transformation. This year the event will happen on 13th June at Dun Laoghaire’s landmark building – Royal Marine Hotel.

After delivering successful events in the past two years, this will be the 3rd Digital Transformation Summit. It is an ideal event to learn, network and transform your company to meet the demands of the 21st century. This year the theme of the conference is productivity through digitalisation. You will learn how you and your business can be more productive, save time and efficiently utilise resources.

This conference has been designed to assist business leaders, decision makers, startups, entrepreneurs and thought leaders in navigating a successful path to digital success.

DLR Summit will help you to understand how you can continue to transform your business to take advantage of the ever-dynamic digital changes that are effecting Irish and Global economic and social structures.

We have secured some of the most forward thinking online strategists and implementers of digital transformation. If you are going to keep ahead of your competitors, then these are the people that you want to learn from.

View the Keynote Speaker at the event – DLR’s Summit Event Schedule 

You can check the special offers and reserve your seat here – Book Tickets to DLR Summit 


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We learnt that, in the process of Digital Transformation, comes some real business challenges and of course we can’t leave these problems unattended. For that reason, at DLR’s Digital Transformation Summit, not only will you know how to form effective Digital Transformation strategies, you will also learn how to tackle the challenges that come along.

Fergal McHugh is the Head of Strategy at leading Irish performance marketing agency – Arekibo. Headquartered in Dublin, Arekibo has an extended customer portfolio in Ireland, UK and Europe. Their core services range from digital strategy, overall planning to executing large-scale digital programmes with their customers. With Arekibo’s primary focus on online, they cater to digital marketing platforms, lead-generation strategies, investor relations platforms, large corporate websites and customer portals.

Fergal is responsible for overseeing Arekibo’s innovation and growth strategies. He works with the team at Arekibo on their digital strategic approach of, what and how to offer to the market. Working with their key customers, Fergal McHugh advises on efficient methods to shape their digital strategies that will support business growth. Giving a gist of what he does, Fergal says ‘It involves a range of activities from helping customers to understand their costs, developing associated business cases, to promoting digital programmes within the customer’s organisation.’

On 13th June, as a keynote speaker Fergal McHugh will talk about the ‘Real Digital Transformation Business Challenges’. In this presentation Fergal McHugh, will take you through the challenges and most effective solutions for Digital Transformation.

Come to the Digital Transformation Conference, share your challenges and find solutions that will help your business grow.

“The most important principle is getting the balance right between strategic goals and tactical effectiveness. This is not a trade-off, rather it’s a negotiation.” – Fergal McHugh, Head of Strategy, Arekibo


As we are gearing up for DLR’s Digital Transformation Summit, on 13th June, it is exciting to introduce our next keynote presenter – Ken Finnegan. Formerly, the Chief Technology and Research Advisor for IDA Ireland, Ken Finnegan is now the Director of Technology & Innovation at Harbour Innovation Centre in Dun Laoghaire.

Harbour Innovation Centre is the transformed and ultra-modern space of Dun Laoghaire’s old ferry terminal. The campus will leverage Ireland’s capability to help companies to co-innovate and co-create solutions that leads to technological and financial growth for businesses.

At IDA Ireland he supported industrial growth and the creation of jobs. Working in Ireland and overseas, Ken carries an experience of over 15 years in software, telecommunications and big data industries.

As a keynote speaker, Ken Finnegan’s presentation at DLR Summit will be on ‘Trends in Tech and why Ireland for Innovation.’ In this presentation he will explain the opportunities that are available for businesses to grow in Ireland and why Ireland is at the heart of global innovation.

You have a golden chance to attend his talk on 13th June 2018 with our special offer of €195 for one and €145 for two or more tickets. To reserve your spot – here

Book your tickets today and be part of Ireland’s leading conference on Digital Transformation.


Microsoft has undergone a huge transformation over the last 4 years, not only in the technology where they are a “Cloud First” company, but also a cultural transformation. Andrew Macadam, Customer Success Lead for Microsoft Ireland, will be coming as a keynote speaker at DLR Summit 2018.

At Microsoft Ireland, Andrew Macadam has been given the opportunity to set up a brand new division, that is focused on helping its customers to realise the business value of their investment with Microsoft. As technology is getting complex, Andrew and his team help customers to realise the possibilities of technology, how to deploy it and how to adopt the technology that is critical to true Digital and Business Transformation.

You must come to DLR Digital Transformation Summit on 13th June 2018 to understand from Andrew Macadam how technology is only one aspect of digital transformation and what the opportunity is if you get this right. He will also be focusing on some of the tech trends that will be impacting all our lives, both inside and outside of work.

You can find him on the event schedule here with the presentation title, ”Why should I transform??

Find the schedule – here

To book your tickets for DLR’s Digital Transformation Summit, click here


Do you need to expand your digital transformation footprint? Do you need funding and support to do so?

There are a wide range of supports and options available to SME’s to start, plan, develop and expand your digital footprint. Here are a couple of options:

Firstly, the Local Enterprise Office (LEO) supports businesses in the form of grants, loans, mentoring, training, and advice. At the Digital Transformation conference next week, the LEO Head of Enterprise, Owen Laverty, is delivering a workshop entitled Financial Support for Startups and SME’s. This workshop will explain what is available and how to avail these supports.

Secondly, Adrian Mullett, Head of Technology Sector at Bank of Ireland, will be delivering an exciting keynote presentation on ‘Using Debt to Grow your Tech Business’. This is a must see for any business embarking on a digital journey.

As a gold sponsor of the event, Bank of Ireland is subsiding Start Up companies to exhibit at the DLR’s Digital Transformation Summit. If you would like to showcase your company next week, we have a small number of exhibition spaces available (available on a first come, first served basis). Please e-mail: adrian@3xedigital.com


Samantha Kelly is an Irish Twitter Queen, who has carved out a global reputation as a Social Media Strategist. She is also an International Speaker, Author, Trainer and Founder of the women’s inspire network which is a global online membership network of female entrepreneurs.

Samantha runs a bespoke social media agency, Tweetinggoddess.com. With more than 45,000 Twitter followers, and being the author of ‘Tweet Your Way to Success’, Samantha Kelly knows how to get your business noticed. She is very well aware of the challenges that business owners face.

At the DLR Summit on 13th June 2018, Samantha Kelly will explain how brands can stay a step ahead of the competition by embracing Digital Transformation, and why social media is a crucial part of this change.

She will be speaking about the power of Twitter, how to turn conversations into conversions and the secret to Twitter success.

In her presentation, Samantha will share tips to help you connect with your ideal audience, increase brand awareness and harness the power of online community to generate real value for your business.

Click here to book your ticket for DLR Summit 2018 – Book Now

Know more about Samantha Kelly – here



Liferay makes technology useful – they make it possible for people to reach their potential to serve others.

Liferay is a Global Leader in Digital Experience. We are delighted that Edmund Dueck, Head of Marketing for EMEA at Liferay, is participating at DLR Summit as a keynote speaker.

Edmund leads Liferay’s Marketing and PR efforts in EMEA, being responsible for implementing the marketing strategy in established and upcoming markets. Edmund draws from over 20 years of experience in B2B communications, media production and digital marketing in enterprise and non-profit contexts. He lives and works in Frankfurt, Germany.

At DLR Summit: Digital Transformation, on 13th June 2018, Edmund Dueck will be giving his keynote presentation on ‘Creating and keeping momentum: Proven principles for exceptional experiences in an ever-changing world

With the global rise of the digital connection economy, the challenge for today’s marketers, and decision-makers overall, is to not just keep up, but to create lasting momentum in order to leap ahead of the competition. This presentation includes proven principles which have the power to create exceptional customer experiences that facilitate customer satisfaction, loyalty, and trust.

Book Tickets for DLR Summit 2018here


Best Brand Marketing Category

The DLR Summit team, powered by Digital Dún Laoghaire, a Dún Laoghaire Business Improvement District initiative is delighted to announce that we’ve been nominated for an Irish Internet Association Net Visionary award in the Best Brand Marketing Category.

The first ever DLR Summit took place on 8th June in Dún Laoghaire’s own Pavilion Theater and attracted over 240 delegates, entrepreneurs, business leaders and digital innovators to the town for the one day event.

It received tremendously positive feedback from attendees, delegates and the local business community, and at one point was trending in the number one spot on twitter, above the UK election which was being held on the same day.

DLR Summit would like to thank all the events sponsors; Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County CouncilBank of IrelandCode InstituteIEDR and Digital Marketing Institute, without whom the event would not have been such a success.

There were a mix of speakers on the day which ranged from local entrepreneurs, to international companies being represented which included Facebook, Microsoft and IBM.

Make sure to follow DLR Summit on Facebook & Twitter for all the latest news about up coming events.


DLR Summit: Digital Transformation 

Thursday, 8th June, Pavilion Theatre, Dún Laoghaire

Thank you to everyone who attended the first-ever DLR Summit hosted by Digital Dún Laoghaire on Thursday, 8th June at the Pavilion Theater. 
We were delighted to host a line-up of industry leaders and thank each one for educating our community on the topic of digital transformation.

Speakers from organizations such as Microsoft, Facebook, IBM, and more made Dún Laoghaire’s first tech conference a success. We were able to get #DLRSummit trending across Twitter in Ireland at the number three spot for several hours and eventually jumped to number one.

It was invigorating to see the Pavilion full with students, business leaders, and digital innovators all come to congregate and learn about all aspects of digital transformation, including how to utilize social media platforms, how to provide excellent user experience and the changing nature of digital communication.

BID Chairperson Anthony Quigley was delighted with the summit’s outcome. Noting, “It was a huge success. Our speakers were excellent, they really gave audiences something to go home with,” he said.

Adrian Hopkins of Conference Managers agreed. “We’re really looking forward to getting started on planning the next DLR Summit. From today’s success, it’s obvious DLR Summit is the kind of event Dún Laoghaire gears up for.”

Thank you again to everyone who attended and to our outstanding speakers. Be sure to look out for DLR Summit 2018! See you all next year.

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“The Twin Tech Earthquakes of 2016”

The quickly-shifting digital landscape can seem intimidating, but Alan Coleman, CEO of Wolfgang Digital, takes a glass-half-full approach. “The digital marketing industry is one of the fastest moving industries and most exciting industries in the world,” he says. “This means every day is different and there are always new opportunities for business growth.”

Focusing on the future, Coleman’s presentation “The Twin Tech Earthquakes of 2016” will examine how the digital sphere is evolving in order to explore the ways in which businesses can best take advantage of major movements in the tech industry. “We’ve a really interesting talk lined up on the two seismic tech events of 2016 and what they mean for our work and lives going forward.”

Attendees will head home prepared to grow their business through the next stages of digital evolution. “We’ll detail the fundamental strategic shift every company needs to make,” Coleman says.

Coleman points to Littlewoods Ireland as an example of excellent digital transformation on the part of an Irish company. “They have migrated from a catalogue-only retailer to an online-only retailer in recent years. They killed the catalogue and have seen phenomenal business growth, leading to them picking up awards in Ireland, the UK, Europe, and the US for their efforts.”

Alan Coleman will be presenting “The Twin Tech Earthquakes of 2016” at DLR Summit, 8 June 2017, at the Pavilion Theatre in Dún Laoghaire.

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