Madame Christine Lagarde, the Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) toured Dublin City University’s Innovation Campus, DCU Alpha earlier this morning (Tuesday, June 26th).
*(Video links to the highlights of her visit and the conversation between Madame Lagarde and Prof.MacCraith are at the end of news article)
DCU Alpha is home to over forty plus industries focused on digital transformation and smart devices. The campus at DCU is contributing significantly to Dublin’s reputation as a global leader in how connected hardware and IoT (Internet of Things) in particular is changing people’s lives.
During her visit Madame Lagarde met with President Brian MacCraith and DCU Alpha Campus Director Ronan Furlong and visited a number of companies including:
FIRE1 (Foundry Innovation and Research 1 Ltd) a connected medical device solutions company dedicated to improving outcomes for people suffering with chronic diseases globally. Fire1 focuses on developing novel remote monitoring devices. Earlier this year it announced a funding investment of €40 million into the Alpha based company.
Robotify is a DCU student start-up company led by Adam Dalton, Evan Darcy and Andrew Murphy. The company successfully completed the DCU UStart programme and now resides at DCU Alpha. Robotify makes DIY robotics kits in order to help children how to code.
Novaerus is a company whose mission is to reduce indoor airborne pollutants that lead to infection, allergies, asthma, and irritation. The patented plasma technology used in Novaerus portable devices was invented in Ireland in 2006. Novaerus, Plasma Air, and Aerisa installations can be found in hundreds of hospitals, senior living facilities, schools, emergency vehicles, casinos, airports, railway stations, residences, and industrial facilities worldwide.
Shimmer is a leading provider of wearable wireless sensor products and solutions since its foundation in 2008. Headquartered in Alpha and with locations in Boston, USA, Shimmer focuses on offering wearable wireless sensing technology, solutions and consultancy services to the Research and Education, Enterprise, and End User markets. Shimmer recently launched its ‘neurolync’ technology which has been used most famously by IPSOS to measure viewers’ emotional response to adverts aired during the SuperBowl.
Talent Garden (TAG) is Europe's largest digital innovation platform and is coming to DCU Alpha in September to launch a large co-working space and a Digital Innovation School in partnership with DCU. Talent Garden provides the space, the network and the training for communities of innovators to thrive and flourish. Talent Garden is in 23 campuses worldwide with a community of over 3,500 people and most recently opened campuses at Vienna, San Francisco and Copenhagen.
Siemens which is one of the world’s leading engineering companies, operating in the industry, energy and healthcare sectors as well as providing infrastructure solutions for cities, with a focus on electrification, automation and digitalization. Siemens is collaborating with DCU on a variety of industry and digital transformation projects.
DCU displays a proud record in the fields of industry and enterprise, consistently ranking as the leading university for intellectual property licenses and the Alpha Campus plays a key role in the university’s status as Ireland’s leading university of enterprise and transformation.
Following this morning’s event Madame Lagarde continued to the DCU Glasnevin Campus to join with President of Dublin City University Professor Brian MacCraith for a conversation in front of an audience discussing the topics of education, innovation, inclusion and diversity.
Click here to view a video of highlights of the visit to DCU
Click here to view a full video of the conversation between Prof Brian MacCraith and Madame Christine Lagarde, MD, IMF at the Helix on Tuesday, June 26th