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Technology for Wellbeing 2013

The first Technology for Wellbeing International Conference was held over two days in September 2013.

On Wednesday, 25 September we hosted a panel discussion in the evening at the Lighthouse, Smithfield. All day Thursday, 26 September was a mix of plenary speakers and breakout sessions at the Marker Hotel.

Here is a list of plenary and panel speakers along with a link to the programme.

Prof Margaret BarryProfessor Margaret M. Barry

Professor of Health Promotion and Public Health, and Head of the World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Health Promotion Research at the National University of Ireland, Galway.

Using technologies to promote mental health and wellbeing

Download Technology for mental health and well-being .pdf (844KB)

Professor Margaret Barry at the 2013 Technology for Wellbeing conference video

Darragh DoyleDarragh Doyle 

Darragh Doyle (@darraghdoyle) is an online Community Manager who uses the internet to tell people about events and ideas and to share images, videos and very bad jokes that make people’s days better. He is passionate about positivity, proud of Ireland and Irish people worldwide and believes anything he can do, you can do better.


Aleisha ClarkeDr Aleisha Clarke

Aleisha Clarke completed her PhD in 2011 in the promotion of positive mental health in primary schools in Ireland. Aleisha is currently working as a post-doctoral researcher on “Bridging the digital disconnect – using technology to support young people’s mental health needs”. This programme of research is being conducted in collaboration with Inspire Ireland and Inspire Australia. Aleisha is also involved in teaching with the Discipline of Health Promotion.

Report Launch: Bridging the digital disconnect Report: Exploring parents’ views in using technology to promote young people’s mental health

Download Bridging the digital disconnect .pdf (4.9MB)
>>Watch Dr Aleisha Clarke at the 2013 Technology for Wellbeing conference video


OisinOisín Scollard

Co-Founder and Director at, he is a Barrister by background and brought his internet development and legal skills together in creating Turn2me.  He currently works for Google, and is a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (RSA).

Suicide prevention and the internet

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>>Watch Oisín Scollard at the 2013 Technology for Wellbeing conference video

Minister Frances FitzgeraldMs Frances Fitzgerald opened the conference In 2011, Frances Fitzgerald was appointed the first ever Minister for Children and Youth Affairs in Ireland. Prior to this, Frances was a member of Seanad Éireann (Ireland’s Senate) and Fine Gael Spokesperson on Health. She trained as a social worker and family therapist.

Derek ChambersDerek Chambers Before his role as Director of Programmes and Policy at Ireland, Derek worked with the HSE. He was lead author of Ireland’s national suicide prevention strategy, called Reach Out, launched by the Minister for Health and Children in 2005. The publication of the strategy led to the establishment of the HSE National Office for Suicide Prevention which Derek joined as Senior Researcher and Deputy Head. Technology and mental health in Ireland: the development of good practice guidelines Download Good practice guidelines .pdf (3.9MB) >>Watch Derek Chambers at the 2013 Technology for Wellbeing conference video

kerrie Dr Kerrie Buhagiar Kerrie is the Director of Service Delivery at the Inspire Foundation. She has a keen interest in health care reform and modernising services to meet the changing needs of the evolving community. All that glitters is not gold – coupling cutting edge technology with whole-service innovation to deliver a state-of-the-art online mental health service to young people Download All that glitters is not gold .pdf (1.5MB.) >>Watch Dr Kerrie Buhagiar at the 2013 Technology for Wellbeing conference video

aram105Aram Hosie Aram is the Director of Research & Public Affairs at the Inspire Foundation in Australia and is currently leading a number of a significant research and development projects within the Young and Well Cooperative Research Centre. The future is now: Policy, practice and innovation in Australian online mental health services. Download The future is now .pdf (1.8MB) >>Watch Aram Hosie at the 2013 Technology for Wellbeing conference video

Rachel O'ConnellDr Rachel O’Connell Dr Rachel O’Connell is a highly respected expert in internet safety and policy, with 15 years’ experience in global public policy and a track record of building effective government relations. She has led highly successful research teams and policy groups in a number of different countries. Key conference highlights Download Key conference highlights .pdf (221KB)

Panel speakers

john sharryDr John Sharry John is Principal Social Worker at the Mater CAMHS, an author of ten books on parenting and positive psychology and co-developer of theParents Plus Programmes. He is also a leading researcher in the application of technology to mental health and co-developer and Clinical Director of SilverCloud online platform.

MichelleBlanchDr Michelle Blanchard Michelle is the Head of Projects and Partnerships for the Young and Well CRC and an Honorary Research Fellow, University of Melbourne. Michelle holds a PhD in Youth Mental Health from the University of Melbourne.

brianoneillDr Brian O’Neill Head of the School of Media at the Dublin Institute of Technology, and a researcher in media literacy and new media technologies. Brian is the author of reports and articles on media policy in relation to children, technology and new media. Brian is a member of the Internet Safety Advisory Committee and national contact for EU Kids Online in Ireland

lizbethProfessor Lizbeth Goodman Professor Lizbeth Goodman joined UCD in 2010. She is also Founder and Director of the SMARTlab Digital Media Institute and the MAGIC Multimedia and Games Innovation Centre, Gamelab and PLAYroom. An active researcher and community technology advocate, she has published and presented widely.

Tom_murphyTom Murphy A founder and director of and, Tom is a successful entrepreneur. Winner of the Irish Internet Association’s “Net Visionary” award for social impact, he has been at the forefront of the internet in Ireland for 15 years.

MC for both events

conal105Conall O Morain An experienced media and business professional, Conall is the presenter of the Sunday Business Show on Today FM and is the Managing Director of The Media Group that he founded in 2001. A contributer on economic and business issues to all of the national TV and Radio stations, Conall also writes for the Irish Daily Star as well as Op/Ed columns for the Sunday Business Post. He was Oireachtas Columnist of the Year Award winner last year. Find out more about the programme