GeoDirectory Annual Customer Conference 2024

Join us for an exciting event where we bring together our amazing customers and industry experts for a day of learning, networking, and fun. This year’s Annual Customer Conference 2024 will take place on Thursday, April 25th, from 8:30 AM to 2:00 PM at The Alex Hotel in Dublin. The theme of this year’s conference is “The Future of Data: Adapting to a Changing Landscape”.

At the conference, you’ll have the opportunity to dive deep into the latest trends and strategies in data that will help you grow your business. You’ll discover new insights through interactive sessions led by renowned speakers and thought leaders and gain practical knowledge & actionable takeaways that can be implemented right away. You’ll also have the chance to connect with fellow attendees, share experiences, and build valuable relationships that can last a lifetime.

Don’t miss this opportunity to expand your knowledge, connect with industry peers, and have a great time! Register now to secure your spot at the Annual Customer Conference 2024!

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About the Speakers

1) Rafiqul Haque

Rafiqul Haque has 15-year career spanning research, development, entrepreneurship, and teaching, earned his PhD in computer science from the University of Limerick. Presently, he serves as a research fellow at Insight – the SFI Centre for Data Analytics at the University of Galway, specializing in interoperability, foundation models, and data governance within data spaces.  

Rafiqul will be presenting on “Navigating Dataspaces: Blueprint, Processes, Applications, and Challenges”. This presentation offers an exploration of dataspaces, covering four key aspects: processes, blueprint, applications, and challenges. Attendees will gain insights into blueprint developed by the Data Space Support Centre, the steps involved in building dataspaces, and exploring practical applications across various industries. 

2) James O'Donnell and Cathal Hoare 


James O'Donnell, Associate Professor at University College Dublin (UCD) focuses on developing and deploying interoperable and BIM-based solutions to support multi-scale energy modelling, from individual buildings to national building stocks. He contributes to the building’s Building Energy Modelling IDM Expert Panel in this capacity.  

Cathal Hoare joined UCD as a senior energy systems researcher in 2016. He has contributed to projects from a Computer and Information Science background by developing software frameworks for data access and the semantic integration of disparate database schema 

Cathal has worked for various academic projects and centres, including the EU-funded NewTrends, SFI funded centre ESIPP focussing on data collection, enrichment and representation through the graph and linked data approaches. He has also worked for the SFI I-Form advanced manufacturing research centre, focusing on high volume and velocity data processing to support advanced. 

3) Jamie Cudden   

Jamie established the regional Smart Dublin program in 2015, an award-winning urban innovation programme which embraces new and emerging tech opportunities. As the Smart City lead in Dublin City Council he has a track record of bringing together partners from industry, start-ups, academia and public agencies to accelerate deployment of new ideas using the ‘city as a testbed’. He was acknowledged as ‘Civic Innovator’ of the year award (2021) in Europe by Harvard’s technology and entrepreneurship centre (TECH) for his role in scaling up the Smart Dublin programme and an accelerated districts approach. In 2021 he guided Dublin to runner up position for Europe's Innovation Capital (I-capital) Awards. He was recognised by Trinity College Dublin as innovation partner of the year for his pioneering work on Smart Docklands. 

4) Martin Walsh 
Inspector Martin Walsh was a sergeant in the Irish Defence Forces with 23 years experiance, Studied Computer Science and a PGCert in Artificial Intelligence. Ireland. 

He will be speaking about the importance of Location information in a Computer Aided Dispatch (CAD) system and how GeoDirectory assisted An Garda Siochana in creating an Address Gazetteer containing Eircodes and non Eircode locations within the country. This gazetteer keeps evolving and improving with continuous collaboration between GeoDirectory and An Garda Síochána. 

5) Dominic Fahey


Dominic is a qualified Systems Analyst who has worked in Ordnance Survey Ireland, An Post and GeoDirectory DAC. He also has qualifications in Cartography, GIS from University College Cork, Strategic Leadership from Institute of Leadership and Management London. He has worked as a Cartographer, database administrator, business and systems analyst along with other senior management and training roles.  He has an in-depth understanding of data capture and how to ensure the data is accurate and fit for purpose.  

In his presentation, Dominic will be sharing details about the GeoDirectory Educational Webinars.