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We will host our next Tech@MHC event on Tuesday 13 November in our offices on Barrow Street, Dublin 4.

Our speakers will address the participation of women in the technology industry, drawing on their own real-world experiences of establishing, managing and mentoring businesses in the sector.

We are very fortunate to have a great panel of experienced entrepreneurs, all of whom have experience of setting up new ventures, hiring management teams, raising capital and building relationships with key stakeholders.


Áine Kerr

Co-Founder of Kinzen and recent winner of the Irish Tatler Media Women of the Year Award 2018. Kinzen is a digital news venture co-founded by Áine and Mark Little. Áine formerly led global journalism partnerships at Facebook. She was instrumental in the Facebook Journalism Project, which led to the creation of the News Integrity Initiative (NII). Prior to this, Áine spent five years at Storyful and has over seven years’ experience working as a political correspondent and news reporter.

Deirdre Smith

Co-founder of Zandar Technologies, a developer of multi-source display management solutions, which was sold to Harris Corporation. Deirdre is an engineer, tech entrepreneur, and chartered director with the Institute of Directors.

Deirdre has over 25 years’ experience in the tech sector and is involved with innovative start-ups as a consultant, mentor and advisor.

Mary O'Brien

Co-Founder of VideoDoc, an online healthcare service offering medical consultations. Mary participated in the DCU Female High Fliers accelerator and was one of 15 international female founders chosen to take part in the prestigious Blackbox Connect programme in Silicon Valley. Mary also sits on the board of the Dun Laoghaire Outreach Programme.

John Phelan

National Director of HBAN, the business angel network, co-founder of RecommenderX, and Chair of Knowhowdo and Animation Ireland. Through his engagement with HBAN, Dublin BIC, the AIB Seed Fund and Enterprise Ireland, as well as his own entrepreneurial activities, John has significant insight into the funding environment for tech businesses in Ireland.

The discussion will be chaired by Avril Mollaghan, Senior Associate, Mason Hayes & Curran.

If you would like to attend or learn more please email

We are delighted to sponsor the Women in Tech Awards taking place on 22 November in the RDS. The awards celebrate women across the Tech Industry. Click here to view the catagories.

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