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Technology for Wellbeing 2016

The programme and running order for Technology for Wellbeing 2016. The conference took place on 14 September, 2016.


9.00 – 9.30 Registration with tea and coffee

9.30 – 9.45 Welcome address

  • Elaine Geraghty, CEO, ReachOut Ireland

9.45 – 11.00 Plenary 1: Technology for wellbeing across the lifespan

  • Diarmuid Hudner, CEO, Cybersmarties
    “Cybersmarties: A safe educational social network for primary schools” (lightning presentation)
  • Avril Ronan, Global Program Manager, Internet Safety Program, Trend Micro
    “What’s Your Story?” – empowering our community online
  • John McCarthy, School of Applied Psychology, University College Cork
    “Learning from lived experience to develop usable and enriching supports”


11.00 – 11.30 Tea and coffee

11.30 – 1.00 pm Plenary 2: Exploring help-seeking and mental health in the digital age

  • Jonathan Nicholas, CEO, ReachOut Australia
    “Deliver better help for more young people: Emerging international evidence on the impact of technology in improving mental health for young people”
  • Naoise Kavanagh, Online Communications, ReachOut Ireland
    “Emerging characteristics of mental health conversations and help-seeking behaviour online”
  • Colman Noctor, Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist, St. Patrick’s Mental Health Service
    ” “I share, therefore, I am”: An exploration of the psychodynamic of online sharing”

1.00 – 2 pm Lunch

2 – 2.30pm Minister of State with responsibility for mental health, Helen McEntee T.D.

2.30 – 4 pm Parallel sessions x 3

Parallel sessions include 15 presentations from a mix of academics and service providers reporting on different aspects of innovation, evaluation and emerging approaches to service delivery.

Tea and coffee ‘on the go’ will be available in The Marker 2 suite during the afternoon

4 – 5 pm Plenary 3: Key learning from the provision of online platforms used by millions globally

  • Elijah Lawal, User-Safety Outreach Programme Manager (EMEA), Google
    “How Google works to shape positive conversations online”
  • Ronan Costello, Public Policy (EMEA), Twitter
    “Effective campaigning with Twitter”

5 pm Closing remarks

*timings subject to change