Session 2 Major Panel 2 (a)

Glued to our Phones: Can Technology become more Family Friendly?

11:30 - 12:30    Major Panel 2 (a) Glued to our Phones: Can Technology become more Family Friendly?
(Hall 8C). EN. 🎧 ES, IT, FR

•    Aoibheann Mangan
•    Tim Hynes, CIO AIB 
•    Monique Morrow 
•    John Hartnett, Founder and CEO, SVG Partners and Irish Technology Leadership Group.

The Holy Father acknowledges that the advancement of technology has been a positive development for society, but he also recognizes that family life can be “hindered by the increasing sophistication of the communications and entertainment media” (AL, n. 278). This panel discusses the various ways in which technology can become more ‘family-friendly’ whilst still enriching our daily lives.


Aoibheann Mangan

A mere eleven years of age, Aoibheann Mangan of Hollymount, County Mayo is the EU Digital Girl of the Year in the 11-14 category.  This global Ambassador for coding and STEM for girls has spoken at the European Parliament and is the youngest person to run workshops at MozFest in London.  Aoibheann has made four websites to date, winning awards such as People of the Year and Pride of Ireland, as well as three Eir Junior Spider awards and a Tech Week National Scratch award.  Last year, her major project sought to use technology to help children in hospitals.  Using conductive threads, she augmented a doll so it could be used to animate medical experiences such as receiving an injection or x-ray.

Tim Hynes, CIO AIB

Tim has enjoyed a multi-faceted 30 year career in Regional and Global leadership positions in blue-chip multinationals and has led large teams spread over more than 40 countries. His corporate roles have included Global lead for Microsoft's Site Infrastructure, Head of IT (EMEA) for Microsoft, and now Group CIO for Allied Irish Bank. During his career, Tim has lead teams located in all parts of the world, including emerging markets in India, Brazil, and China and on the African continent. He has deep leadership experience in creating strategies and inspiring people of different cultures and backgrounds to work together to deliver successfully.

Monique Morrow

Monique Morrow is a humanitarian, technology pioneer and one of the most influential women in technology worldwide.  She is the President and Co-Founder of the Humanized Internet, a non-profit organization headquartered in Switzerland which focuses on providing digital identity for some of the most underprivileged in society.  A leading expert on and advocate for blockchain, she is a former senior executive of Cisco and presently serves as an advisor to technology companies around the world.  Her greatest success has be in infusing a big picture perspective that helps engineers and business leaders understand how existing and future technologies align with the needs of business, government and society.  Passionate about promoting women in technology and engineering, Monique recently published “Internet of Women, Accelerating Culture Change”, showcasing the stories of female technology innovators across the world.

John Hartnett, Founder and CEO, SVG Partners and Irish Technology Leadership Group.

John Hartnett is the Founder and CEO of SVG Partners a Silicon Valley investment, technology and advisory firm that works with Fortune 500 Corporations, Governments, Universities, investors and global start ups. He is also Founder of Thrive AgTech, a venture and innovation platform advancing the future of Food & Agriculture. The Thrive accelerator and venture fund invests in the best technology start ups from around the world and helps them scale through the Thrive ecosystem. He has over 25 years of executive and C -level experience in Smartphone, Software, Hardware and Cleantech sectors in companies like Claris/Apple, Handspring and Palm where he led Operations from start-up through to its $3.5 Billion IPO and subsequent merger. He has served on both private and public boards such as Aer Lingus, Ireland’s national airline, Executive Chairman of Chita a cloud platform that was recently acquired by Medidata (NYSE: MDSO) and various technology start up companies. He is founder and president of the Irish Technology Leadership Group (ITLG), a network of global Irish technology leaders who’s main focus is to foster the links between the USA and Ireland. He has served on Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s Northern Ireland Economic Working Committee and is currently Chairman of the Technology Advisory Council appointed by the Northern Ireland First Minister and deputy First Minister. John is a graduate of the Marketing Institute of Ireland, holds a post graduate diploma in accounting and finance and has completed executive management programs at both Stanford and Harvard Universities. 


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