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Blockathon – the Irish Government’s Hackathon for Blockchain

Published on 22 Feb 2019 Over the weekend of 25-27th January 2019 the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform, working with the Department of Finance, held a hackthon exploring 4 public sector problems that could be solved using distributed ledger technology (the Blockchain). See how it went…

Innovation in Passport Delivery to Our Citizens

Published on 5 Jul 2019 Over the last number of years the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade have revolutionised the way citizens can apply for and receive their passports. These innovations have significantly improved user experience whilst maintaining the integrity of the process and the security surrounding this important document.

Cruinniú GovTech – Making Ireland a Leader in GovTech

Published on 5 Jul 2019 In June 2019, the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform held Ireland’s first Cruinniú GovTech. This gathering brought together experts from the tech start-up community, SMEs, established tech companies, investors, academics and key decision makers from Government to plot a way forward to make Ireland a world-leader in GovTech.

Féilte – bringing educators together to innovate

Published on 22 Feb 2019 FÉILTE is the Teaching Council’s annual Festival of Education in Learning and Teaching Excellence. This festival celebrates the wonderful work that teachers do every day in their classrooms and gives teachers the opportunity to collaborate and share their innovations with each other and with the wider public.

Small Business Innovation Research – Cycling Challenge

Published on 22 Feb 2019 Enterprise Ireland runs the Small Business Innovation Research programme. This programme seeks to solve problems for public service organisations where the market does not already have a solution available. This programme has the dual effect of helping public service bodies find solutions to their problems and allows start-ups and small … Continued

Build to Share – Creating common applications for the Irish Civil Service

Published on 22 Feb 2019 The Build to Share Programme is led by the Office of the Government’s Chief Information Officer. This initiative involved identifying a number of commonly used processes or applications across Government and streamlining and digitising them.

Remote Proctoring in the Public Appointments Service

Published on 2 Nov 2018 In its drive to provide more flexible and accessible services to their customers, the Public Appointments Service introduced ‘Remote Proctoring’.

Small Business Innovation Research Programme

Published on 23 Oct 2018 Enterprise Ireland’s Small Business Innovation Research programme (SBIR) is a mechanism, which enables public sector bodies to connect with innovative ideas and technology businesses, to provide innovative solutions for specific public sector challenges and needs. Find out more here.

Spark Innovation Programme

Published on 28 Nov 2018 The HSE’s National Doctors Training and Planning (NDTP) division established Spark in July 2017 as a national NCHD-led programme to encourage, support and recognise innovation among doctors in Ireland. Innovation means rethinking the old ways of working and doing new things that improve how we train our doctors and how … Continued

DBEI Innovation Week 2019

In January 2019 the Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation (DBEI) delivered its first innovation week. A concentrated focus on innovation, under the banner of a ‘DBEI Innovation Week’, drew significant attention and focus on innovation, its many forms, and how staff could partake in innovative-thinking and collaboration. DBEI Innovation Week consisted of the following … Continued