September 13-16, 2022
Dublin, Ireland + Virtual
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Wednesday, September 14 • 11:15 - 11:55
Panel: Growing Open Source in the Irish Government - Clare Dillon, Open Ireland Network; Tony Shannon, Government of Ireland; Tim Willoughby, Ireland's Police Service; Gar Mac Criosta, Linux Foundation Public Health; John Concannon, Department of Foreign

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This panel will explore the history and potential future of open source in government in Ireland. We will cover some of the successes and challenges surrounding investing in open source at a national level and discuss potential strategic steps we can take to increase the economic and social impact of open source in Ireland. We will examine the organisational constructs that can support the adoption and creation of open source and discuss if and how a National Open Source Program Office may be one way to help Ireland on its journey to an open source future.


John Concannon

Director General - Global Ireland, Department of Foreign Affairs
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Clare Dillon

Foundation Member, InnerSource Commons Foundation
Clare Dillon has spent over 25 years working with developers and developer communities. She is currently a researcher at the University of Galway. She is a co-founder of the Open Ireland Network, a community for those interested in advancing open source at a national level in Ireland... Read More →

Tim Willoughby

Head of Digital Services and Innovation, An Garda Síochána, Ireland's Police Service
Tim is head of Digital Services and Innovation in An Garda Síochána and is the Chief Disruptor who is responsible for Innovation and new and future directions in technology and the Mobility Programme. Tim was formerly CTO of the LGMA, with over 20 years in a number of Senior Management... Read More →
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Tony Shannon

Head of Digital Services, Office of Government CIO, Government of Ireland
Qualified in Medicine in University College Dublin. Trained & worked in Emergency Medicine & Informatics between Ireland, UK & the US over 20 years Involved in a range of change/digital programmes & projects at local/regional/national/international levels over the last 20 years, initially... Read More →

Gar Mac Criosta

Health Service Executive, Government of Ireland, Product Manager & Chairperson for the Public Health Advisory Committee at Linux Foundation Public Health
Gar Mac Críosta is the Chairperson for the Public Health Advisory Committee at Linux Foundation Public Health (LFPH). He is an IASA certified architect and spends much of his time trying to figure out what being a sociotechnologist is; so he can be one. He regularly engages in humane... Read More →

Wednesday September 14, 2022 11:15 - 11:55 IST
Wicklow Meeting Room 1 (Level 2)