Meet our team
Smart City Program Manager, Dublin City Council
Jamie leads the development and implementation of Dublin City Council’s Smart City strategy and ensures that the council takes advantage of the opportunity of technology innovation (Internet of Things, Big/Open Data) to drive better quality services and address priority city challenges in areas such as mobility/transport, environment and energy efficiency.
He manages key relationships across industry, academia and government to promote and build out smart city solutions and demonstrators. He has extensive experience working across industry, local and central government to deliver projects that enhance Dublin’s economic competitiveness. Currently holds the position of Company Secretary with ECO-UNESCO, a leading Irish environmental education charity that works with young people across Ireland.
Jamie’s qualifications include a science degree from Trinity College Dublin and a Masters in Geographic Information Science (GIS) from University College London. He previously worked in policy and technical advisory roles with Kensington and Chelsea Borough in London, Government office for London, the Home Office, Met Police and the Jill Dando Institute of Crime Science in the UK.
Zaira Rivera Fernandez
Smart Dublin Regional Coordinator
Zaira has worked in different areas of local government including international relations, innovation and communications. As Smart Dublin Regional Coordinator she works with the Smart City representatives in the four Dublin local authorities to provide coordination of smart city projects. She also manages the communication of the project. She holds a BA in Media and Communication, a MSc in Sustainable Development and a MSc in Marketing.
Smart Dublin Community Manager and Open Data Co-Ordinator
Nicola is the Community Manager and Open Data Co-ordinator for the Smart Dublin open data portal, Dublinked. Nicola is the Dublin pilot lead for the Horizon 2020 Route to PA project aiming to engage citizens and public administrations around the topic of open data. Nicola holds a BA in Information and Library Studies from University College Dublin and has over 15 years experience in both private and public administration.
Smart City Co-ordinator, Dublin City Council
Mainard assists with communications, smart pilots and research projects. As Dublinked’s Data Officer for Dublin City, he maintains data flows between Dublin City Council departments and www.dublinked.ie His goal is to improve services and infrastructure using technology to make a better, smarter Dublin. Mainard has 9 years experience with the Local Enterprise Office, Dublin City in SME development, from one to one business advice to grant assessment and training. Mainard loves to problem solve and to make things real, especially if technology is the key player. He has a degree in information systems from Trinity College Dublin.
We believe that collaboration is the best approach to find innovative solutions to Dublin’s challenges. If you are working on a smart city solution and would like to test it in Dublin, our door is always open.
Our Engagement Process
We would love to hear your smart city ideas.
Since our launch, we have received numerous contacts from start-ups and companies that would like to work with us. To help facilitate this we have developed a simple engagement process to help evaluate proposals and give everyone the same opportunity to engage with us.
To start with, we would like you to email us some information we can use to evaluate if your product of service is something that can be of interest for our partners. Please, don’t email a sales pitch or try to set up a meeting to do one. They simply are not useful to us.
Here is what we need:
- Name of company and contact details
- What area/s are you interested in collaborating?
- What will the benefits be to the Smart Dublin partner local authorities? e.g. will your product solve a problem, increase efficiency, enhance a current service?
- What would be expected of the local authorities in terms of staff engagement and other resources?
- What you would be contributing?
- The nature of the collaboration (e.g. trialling, piloting, research and development) and how it would be implemented (e.g. a description/timeline of your product trial)
If you have examples from previous trials or implementations, please include them.
Please take some time to go through our website and understand Smart Dublin. It seems very intuitive but we have received sales pitches from companies that knew little about us or what we are trying to do.
If your main interest is not collaboration but rather you are selling a service/solution let me know please. If there is a challenge or tender for the service/solution you are offering, aligned research, or we are hosting a relevant showcase event, then we will contact you with details.
After we receive your information the Smart Dublin team will assess your proposal and call a meeting with you if needed. If the proposal is successful we will present it to the Smart Dublin Steering Group for consideration.
If the proposal is of interest it will be passed to relevant departments within the local authorities for assessment and to find champion to manage the project. We will aim to get a decision from departments within four weeks.
If the relevant departments are interested in developing a collaboration the proposal may be passed on to the legal and other relevant departments.
Once everything is agreed, then it will progress to a recommendation for collaboration, which will be sent to the local authority CEOs for final sign-off.
All proposals will be logged and their progress tracked by the Smart Dublin team and published in the Smart Dublin website.
Once a quarter we will host a Meet Smart Dublin event, a session where prospective collaborators can meet staff to share information, ask questions, pitch ideas, etc. These will be advertised through the website and mailing list.
Smart Dublin is running a series of challenges where we may offer access to:
- Seed funds
- Access to testbed infrastructure
- City expertises