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dotLAB Radio is a podcast series brought to you by DCU Business School and the Irish Institute of Digital Business. The series brings you insights into how digital technologies are transforming business and society. We meet business leaders, innovators, and experts from a wide range of industries and disciplines areas and find out how the leaders and learners of today, can position themselves to succeed in the industries of tomorrow.
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Like all industries, sports is being transformed by globalisation, digitalisation, and more recently COVID-19. These trends are also changing the sports sponsorship landscape. In this episode of dotLAB Radio, Adrien Bouchet, Senior Associate Dean and Warren Clinic Endowed Professor of Sport Management in the Collins College of Business at the University of Tulsa, discusses how modern sports organisations, sports sponsorship and commercial deals are evolving. Prior to academia, Adrien spent ten years working with teams in the NFL, Major League Baseball and the American Hockey League. During this podcast, Prof Bouchet discusses:How business analytics is being used to improve revenue generationThe impact of gambling on sports and sports sponsorshipThe key differences between North American and European approaches to sports and sports sponsorshipHow European sports may evolve to be more like their North American counterparts
Meeting 2030 carbon targets and net-zero emission standards by 2050, as well as significantly reducing energy poverty rates in Europe, requires significant reductions in greenhouse gases and carbon fuels. Dramatically improving energy efficiency partially takes root in optimising Europe's active building stock through zero-energy and nearly zero-energy renovation. But what are zero-energy and nearly zero-energy buildings and what are the costs and challenges involved in implementing such large-scale standards?  dotLAB Radio Host Patrick Haughey (Founder and MD of Audiobrand) welcomes Stefan Pallantzas (Co-Founder and President of the Board of the Hellenic Passive House Institute) and Michele Vavallo ( H2020 project manager at Solintel) to find out more. Listen in for an expert take sponsored by RINNO, a Horizon 2020 project that aims to deliver a set of integrated technologies and processes for managing deep renovation projects.
The European Commission states that the EU building stock currently accounts for 40% of the EU’s energy consumption and 36% of greenhouse gas emissions. How can deep renovation initiatives improve the energy efficiency of Europe's residential buildings? dotLab Radio Host Patrick Haughey (Founder and MD of Audiobrand) welcomes Lieven Vanstraelen (Partner and Senior Business Consultant at Energyinvest) and Dr. Victor Fabregat Tena (Head of the R&D Department at REGENERA) to find out more.Listen in for the latest on two Horizon 2020 projects active in the deep renovation field, featuring insider insights into building envelope solutions, the electrification of heat production systems, energy performance contracting, and product-as-a-service (PaaS) renovation approaches. This episode of dotLAB Radio is sponsored by RINNO, a Horizon 2020 project that aims to deliver a set of integrated technologies and processes for managing deep renovation projects.
How are digital technologies transforming the construction and renovation industries? Which projects are working towards making our buildings, facilities, and public spaces smarter? Host Patrick Haughey (Founder and MD of Audiobrand) sits down with Kieran Mahon (Smart DCU Projects Facilitator Manager), Richard Kelly (Estates Manager at DCU), and Sarah Ingle (Secretary General of the Association of Consulting Engineers of Ireland) to discuss how digital tech is making Europe's built environments more energy efficient and sustainable. Tune in to the latest dotLAB Radio episode and learn more about how deep renovation efforts are shaping our cities - and universities! - by applying technologies like 3D digital twin models to inform infrastructure development, accelerate standardisation processes, increase citizen engagement, and drive decarbonisation to better reach 2030 climate goals. This episode of dotLAB Radio is sponsored by RINNO, a Horizon 2020 project that aims to deliver a set of processes for managing deep renovation projects.
With the COVID-19 pandemic accelerating digital transformation and e-commerce adoption, digital-first start-ups are witnessing firsthand the ongoing change in consumer habits and mindsets. In this episode of dotLAB Radio, Patrick Haughey, CEO of AudioBrand, speaks to Fiona O’Carroll, Chief Operating Officer at PeachyLean, and Gary Twohig, Founder and Managing Director of FizFit. They discuss their start-up business origins and ethos, their own experience of pivoting from the corporate environment to an agile start-up and the need to balance growth and scaling with mental & physical health. Finally, they share their advice for anyone looking to start up or scale up, including the importance of leveraging authenticity, agility, community, passion and your own story.
Recent years have seen a growth in demand and the necessity for digital mental health care delivery. This has allowed organizations to provide earlier and easier access to services to help manage resilience, sleep, stress, depression, anxiety, and illnesses such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and COPD which can result from these.The global COVID-19 pandemic has seen the need for digitized mental health supports being further accelerated and transformed. In this episode of dotLAB Radio we speak to Ken Cahill, CEO and co-founder of SilverCloud Health, the world’s leading digital mental health platform. In October 2020, Ken joined the Irish Institute of Digital Business for their TRANSFORM Health webinar series. Ken discusses the origin and growth of SilverCloud, the need for constant agility in the health sector, and the opportunities and challenges of transatlantic expansion and operation.
In this episode of dotLAB Radio, Prof Tony Dundon of University of Limerick discusses his experience of using case studies as a research method within management research.  He specifically draws on his worker voice research in an Irish organisation in the mid 2000's and key lessons he learned.  In this podcast Tony covers the following areas: +What is case study research?+Best practice advice on setting up and carrying out interviews.+How to interview reluctant respondents and develop rapport.+Case studies in a post-Covid world – remote v in-person interviews.+The importance of fully immersing oneself in the case study.+Well known case studies and what can be learned from them. Professor Dundon refers to two case studies in particular:1.Interviewing Reluctant Respondents: Strikes, Henchmen and Gaelic Games2.Accessing the Law to Enforce Employment Rights: A Case Study of Worker Activism in a Non-Union WorkplaceAbout Professor Tony DundonTony Dundon is Professor of HRM and Employment Relations in the Kemmy Business School at University of Limerick.  He is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences (FAcSS); Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (FCIPD); former Chief Examiner for the CIPD; and was Editor-in-Chief of the Human Resource Management Journal (HRMJ). He is Visiting Professor at the Work & Equalities Institute, The University of Manchester; Honorary Professor at St Andrews University Management School, Scotland, and previously Head of Management at NUI Galway. His research has been published in journals such as: Human Relations, Organizational Research Methods, British Journal of Management, Work Employment & Society, International Journal of HRM (among other). Recent books include: Handbook of Research on Employee Voice, 2e (2020, Edward Elgar); Case Studies in Work, Employment and Human Resource Management (2020); A Very Short, Fairly Interesting and Reasonably Cheap Book about Employment Relations (2017, Sage); Routledge Companion of Employment Relations (2018); HRM: Texts & Cases, 5e, (Pearson, 2017); Routledge Companion of Employment Relations (2018).     
Under the current Programme for Government, Ireland has set a target of 500,000 homes to be retrofitted to improve energy efficiency by 2030. With the European Union committed to becoming carbon neutral by 2050 under the European Green Deal, the construction industry is a key player in helping society migrate to a circular economy and cutting emissions.Launched in June 2020, RINNO is a four-year project, funded by the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 programme, that will focus on developing solutions for the construction industry to accelerate the rate of deep renovation in energy inefficient buildings across Europe. The Irish Institute of Digital Business at Dublin City University are leading the business research on the project and are working with 17 partners across industry and academia. In this episode of dotLAB Radio, Patrick Haughey (CEO, Audiobrand) is joined by Joseph Kilroy (Policy and Public Affairs Manager, The Chartered Institute of Building) and Dr Mohamad Kassem (RINNO Partner & Professor of Digital Construction and Engineering, Northumbria University). They discuss:·      The role of the Chartered Institute of Building in Ireland in bringing multiple stakeholders together to address sustainability in the building industry.·      The innovative technologies and processes being developed by the RINNO project to improve cost-efficiency, productivity and sustainability in European building renovation.·      An overview of deep renovation, retrofitting and the benefits these offer for public health, employment and regional rebalancing.·      How COVID-19 has presented an opportunity for developers to rethink and reimagine the built environment. Find out more about RINNO by visiting the project website and by following the project updates on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.
The Irish COVID-19 Oral History Project is a rapid response oral history project launched by Dublin City University (DCU) in June 2020. The project is archiving the Irish experience of the COVID-19 pandemic and how communities are living through it, both at home and abroad. The project aims to collect individual stories, thoughts, hopes & fears related to the COVID-19 pandemic for historical purposes to help future generations piece together an understanding of our experiences.In this episode of dotLAB Radio, dotLAB Radio presenter, Patrick Haughey (CEO, Audiobrand), is joined by Prof. Daire Keogh, Professor of History and President of DCU, and Caitriona Ni Cassaithe, Assistant Professor in History Education at the Institute of Education, DCU. They discuss:·       How The Irish COVID-19 Oral History Project is using digital technologies to capture and preserve personal experiences that would otherwise be lost.·       The importance of oral histories in shaping a rounded picture of major events.·       The benefits of oral histories for future policy planning and crisis planning.·       How to get involved with the project and share your story.You can join The Irish COVID-19 Oral History Project by uploading your story, requesting an interview or submitting a written history. Visit for more information on how to get involved.
The Irish Institute of Digital Business recently hosted the IEEE Cyber Science 2020 conference as a fully virtual event over five days. In this episode of dotLAB Radio, we’re joined by conference organisers Dr Cyril Onwubiko, Distinguished Speaker (DVP) IEEE Computer Society, Dr Xavier Bellekens, Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering at the University of Strathclyde, and Dr Pierangelo Rosati, Assistant Professor in Business Analytics at DCU Business School. They discuss:Key takeaways from the Cyber Science conference and the ongoing evolution of cybersecurity technologies.The importance of data responsibility and a multidisciplinary approach to cybersecurity for businesses.Their experiences with organising a virtual conference and the challenge of networking in an online environment.Advice and best practices for hosting and running virtual events.
The farming and food industry, both in Ireland and around the world, is undergoing dramatic change. Digital technologies are transforming the way we produce, supply, and consume food. The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in an acceleration of the adoption both AgriTech and FoodTech. In this episode of dotLAB Radio, Aidan Connolly, CEO of Cainthus, introduces us to AgriTech and FoodTech. In this podcast, we will try to answer some of the following questions:· What is AgriTech and FoodTech ?· How is Covid-19 accelerating the adoption of AgriTech?· How are digital technologies, like machine learning, AI, AR and VR, disrupting agriculture and food production?· What is the impact of Blockchain on agriculture? How will Blockchain impact food safety and climate change?· What will be the role of e-commerce & digital communication technologies in the future of farming? About Aidan Connolly Aidan Connolly is CEO of Cainthus, a world leader in computer vision and AI, which is revolutionizing agricultural technology. Having worked for AllTech for more than 25 years, Aidan drew on his experience to set up AgriTech Capital. Previously, Aidan advised the British government on their Brexit agricultural strategy. He has lectured at the Graduate School of Business, UCD, the China Agricultural University, and Purdue University. He is a frequent media commentator and has featured in The Currency and Forbes.  
Podcasting has grown exponentially in recent years, with double-digit growth in all markets globally. In 2018 advertisers spent $480m on podcasts and are projected to spend $1bn by 2021. As the podcasting audience grows, companies and organisations are spotting an opportunity to reach new customers and deepen their relationship with existing ones.  In this episode of dotLAB radio, Matt Deegan of Folder Media talks about the growth of podcasting, the opportunities and watch-outs for companies and organisations creating their own podcasts, and what the future holds for audio.  Topics covered include:• The key drivers behind the exponential growth of podcasting • Podcasting v Radio – how they differ and how they can work together • Why podcast audiences develop special relationships with hosts and why that presents opportunities for brands and organisations. • How to measure return-on-investment (ROI) in podcasting • The rise of internal company podcasts and corporate podcasts • When a brand should not start a podcast • Clever marketing techniques to grow a podcast audience About Matt DeeganMatt Deegan is Founder and Creative Director of new media and radio consultancy firm, Folder Media. At Folder, he helps develop new businesses and advises a cross-section of UK radio and entertainment companies how to grow and develop their businesses. Matt has produced programming for Fun Kids, Radio 1, 1Xtra, Radio 2, Radio 4, CBBC and most recently ITV’s Love Island podcast, The Morning After, the most downloaded new podcast of 2018. Outside of Folder, Matt co-created the British Podcast Awards, the Next Radio Conference and the Podcast Live events series. Matt is a regular speaker and media commentator on  the future of radio, the development of digital radio in the UK, and boot-strapping a kids brand with Fun Kids. He has featured in The Guardian, Independent, Telegraph, Mail Online, the TechCon Radio Festival, Mediadays Munic amongst others.
The online Peer-to-Peer (P2P) lending market has been growing at a fast pace for a number of years generating significant benefits for both lenders and borrowers. P2P lending platforms offer to perspective borrowers a unique combination of fast time-to-approval and flexible repayment. This value proposition is particularly attractive for SMEs with temporary liquidity shortages like the one caused by the current COVID19 crisis.In this episode of dotLAB Radio, Jamie Heaslip, Head of Brand Marketing at Flender, and Dr Pierangelo Rosati, Assistant Professor in Business Analytics at DCU Business School, discuss how online P2P lending may benefit SMEs and investors during and beyond the COVID19 crisis. Also:How the online P2P lending market has evolved How P2P lending worksWhat the benefits of P2P lending are for borrowers and investors (lenders)How online P2P lending can support businesses during and after COVID19
Evidence-based learning and teaching (EBLT) concerns connecting learning and teaching to evidence-based methods, strategies and processes, through nurturing a systemic institutional culture that is committed to continuous improvement of student learning. It is a key methodology for linking teaching and research. The European Universities Association (EUA) explored how evidence-based approaches to learning and teaching could be adopted at a larger scale and developed further at higher education institutions across Europe to improve student learning. In this episode of dotLAB Radio, we talk to Professor Philippe Emplit of the Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium and EUA Deputy Director of Higher Education Policy, Dr. Therese Zhang, on their recently published report on EBLT. In this podcast, we discuss:What is evidence-based learning and teaching?What are six steps of evidence-based learning and teaching?Why adopt evidence-based learning and teaching? What are the challenges in adopting evidence-based learning and teaching?What can Higher Education Institutions do to successfully adopt evidence-based learning and teaching? Additional information on the EUA report on EBLT can be found at hereAbout Professor Philippe Emplit and Dr. Therese ZhangProfessor Philippe Emplit is Director  of  the  Service  OPERA‐Photonics  and  Professor  of  Physics at  the Université  Libre  de Bruxelles  (ULB),  in  the Engineering,  Science and Human  Sciences  faculties.  He  is  the  Director  of  all  Bachelors and Masters  programmes  of  the  Solvay  Brussels School of Economics and Management  (SBS‐EM) and  has acted for 2 years as  the Vice‐Chair of this Business School. He presently is a member of the Task Force group of  ULB, advising, on a scientific basis,  the university authorities in their strategy versus rankings  development. He also is a member of the Governing Board and of the Research Council of  ULB,  representing  the  academic  staff.  Philippe  Emplit  is  a  member  of  the  Interuniversity Council CIUF  of  the  Belgian  Communauté  française  CFB,  the  organism  responsible  for  collecting in a coherent way the statistics for all CFB universities. Dr. Thérèse Zhang is the Deputy Director for Higher Education Policy at EUA. She works on topics related to higher education learning and teaching, including developments in the Bologna process, lifelong learning, digitalisation and internationalisation. Dr. Zhang holds a PhD in Romance Philology from the Université Catholique de Louvain, Belgium, as well as a Masters in European Studies from the same university. She completed part of her education at the University of Bologna, Italy, and as Visiting Researcher at Brown University, United States.
Open banking is a banking practice designed to give consumers greater control over their financial data. It enables a wider banking ecosystem, including banks, online retailers and fintech providers, to share current account information and make and receive payments directly from a current account easily and securely. PWC estimates that the open banking market will be worth over Stg£7.2 billion by 2022.  Despite this optimism, there are questions about whether open banking has been a success or a failure to date. In this episode of dotLAB Radio, John Heaton-Armstrong, Chief Information Security Officer at Account Technologies and an expert on Open Banking, gives us:  • The background to Open Banking • How it was expected to change the banking and payments industry  • Whether that expectation has been met.About John Heaton-Armstrong:John has an extensive background in financial services, across both commercial and retail domains. Having worked at the forefront of open banking since its inception, John is recognised as a leading expert on the technologies and regulation which underpin this new development in retail banking, and has authored a range of articles covering the key issues. John is a member of the OpenID Foundation and its Financial API (FAPI) Working Group, having overseen the implementation of this security standard across the UK whilst working with the Open Banking Implementation Entity. He has advised regulators, banks and payment institutions in the UK, Europe and Australasia. 
How we pay for goods and services has been completely transformed in recent years as a result of digital technologies. Contactless, mobile, voice, and even biometric payments are becoming increasingly popular and rapidly leading us towards a cashless society. Commentators suggest the COVID-19 crisis will accelerate digital transformation, digital consumption, and the demise of physical money. Coronavirus may be the driver to a cashless society.In this episode of dotLAB Radio, Barry Gray of EVO Payments discusses how digital technologies are transforming the payments industry and how COVID-19 is impacting the trends and changing the assumptions that underlie this industry. During this podcast, Barry discusses: • The move to a cashless society, the key drivers, and how Ireland is adapting; • Changing customer preferences around card and mobile payments; • The impact of COCID-19 on business models and how businesses are adapting to this crisis; • Why cash may no longer be king in times of crisis; • Recent and forthcoming regulation around payment technologies and open banking.About Barry:Barry Gray holds qualifications from University College Dublin, University College Cork, Cambridge, the Institute of Bankers and The Marketing Institute of Ireland. Barry has held senior positions with Vodafone and Bank of Ireland, and now is Marketing Director of EvoPayments, “one of the world’s premier providers of secure, cost-effective, and scalable processing solutions for businesses of all types and sizes.” His roles have primarily been in product management, where he successfully managed the P+L for a number of global (Blackberry, Visa / Mastercard) and indigenous propositions through the full product cycle
Corruption kills businesses and people, it doesn't respect borders, and it hurts the vulnerable the most. 6 billion people live in corrupt countries according to Transparency International. Depending on how you measure it, corruption's total direct and indirect costs to the EU are between €179 billion and €990 billion per yearIn this episode of dotLAB Radio, Dr Robert Gillanders, Assistant Professor of Economics at DCU Business School and Co-founder and Co-director of DCU’s Anti-corruption Research Centre (ARC), talks about all the nasty ways in which corruption places a burden on individuals, industries, and countries. He also talks about:• What causes people, companies, and countries to become corrupt.• How many people confuse real corruption with immorality and why this is dangerous.• How Ireland compares globally on the scale of corrupt countries (and you might be surprised).• Its impact on business, the economy, and infrastructure.• The most effective ways to stamp out corrupt practices
Peer-to-peer (P2P) lending is changing the face of banking across the world and is re-shaping the way money moves between lenders and borrowers. In this episode of dotLAB Radio we talk to Niall Dorrian, CEO of Ireland’s first and largest P2P lending platform Linked Finance, about P2P lending. We cover:  • What Linked Finance is and the technology behind the platform • What makes the credit decisions so quick and what makes them secure • Why debt can be seen as a positive thing • Legislation and regulations around P2P lending platforms • Different P2P lending business models • How P2P lending platforms and technology have evolved over the years • The future developments of P2P lending platforms • Meeting the P2P lending skills gap 
Fintech is causing disruption to financial services as new companies enter the market targeting different areas of the value chain. Both technological advancement and customer expectations are moving fast resulting in innovation and ultimately a better service offering to consumers.In this episode of dotLAB Radio, Peter Oakes (Founder, Fintech Ireland) and Peter O’Halloran (Fintech Ireland Ambassador) discuss fintech, digital disruption in financial services, and future fintech trends.We also cover the following areas:Fintech, cryptocurrencies and challenger banksDisruption in financial services and the growth of fintech companiesFintech for GoodCrowdfunding and peer-to-peer (P2P) lending Major fintech trendsMeeting the Fintech skills gap
In this episode of dotLAB radio, Lory Kehoe managing director of ConsenSys explains what blockchain technology is and how it can be used to help businesses in different industries to stay relevant and develop new products and create better customer experiences. We discuss how businesses can digitise processes using blockchain technology, how blockchain can be a positive thing for the music industry and the most famous application of blockchain technology: cryptocurrencies. Lory breaks the myth about blockchain technology being easily hacked and explains what makes blockchain technology incredibly secure.We cover areas including:• What blockchain technology is• What makes blockchain technology secure• How blockchain is changing finance as we know it• What blockchain means for the music industry and how it can help artists  • How managers or leaders should position themselves to leverage blockchain technology now and in the future• What blockchain is not suitable for• What qualities you need to succeed in the blockchain industry"
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