Future Tech Challenge: Final Stage Evaluation Pitch Event


The Future Tech Challenge is a pilot competition and collaboration between the Irish public service and three industry partners. The initiative seeks to drive innovation and transformative technology adoption to solve pressing public service challenges. The industry partners for the first challenge are Cisco, IBM, and AWS. 


On Tuesday 5 October 2021, nine public service bodies will pitch their ideas to the panel of judges. These finalists have been mentored by their respective industry partners prior to the event. They will pitch across three separate categories on the day: remote connectivity (Cisco), cloud technology (AWS), and artificial intelligence (IBM).


The winners will each secure a prize of services amounting to the value of €100,000 with an industry leader. The winner of each category will work with their industry partner to develop their winning idea.


The Future Tech Challenge was created to encourage innovation within public bodies and to consider new ways of working or developing services. The Future Tech Challenge encourages public servants to think creatively about the services they deliver and apply the technology offered by the industry partners to develop transformative services and programmes. 


Announcing the launch of the Future Tech Challenge in June, Minister Michael McGrath TD said “[t]he Public Service needs to be innovative and agile to effectively respond to the many challenges it faces. We’ve witnessed the enormous capacity of our public service organisations in dealing with the impacts of Covid-19 pandemic over the last year. This innovation needs to be encouraged and sustained beyond the crisis to ensure Ireland and its citizens thrive into the future.”


The event will comprise of three scheduled competitions throughout the day. These will take place at 9am (Cisco), 11am (IBM)and 2pm (AWS). The full programme is available to view here


Each project will be judged by a panel of five industry professionals. The fifth panellist will be a rotating position between the three partnering companies. The other four positions will be filled by the following:


  • Barry Lowry, Chief Information Officer, OGCIO
  • Professor Barry O’Sullivan, School of Computer Science, UCC
  • Nicola Stokes, Technologist – International Financial Services, IDA
  • Dr Abigail Ruth Freeman, Director of Science for Society, Science Foundation Ireland


We invite all public sector employees with a passion for innovation and an interest in transformative technology to watch throughout the day via live recording from the Radisson Blu Hotel, Dublin. 


Get motivated, get inspired, and next year you could be pitching your idea!


The below projects were shortlisted to present at the pitch event. You can read the full project descriptions here.


AWS – Cloud

Title: MyCoCo – All Local Authorities Services in One Portal
Lead Public Organisation(s): Monaghan County Council (incl. Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council, Mayo County Council, Louth County Council, Laois County Council, Cavan Council, Sligo Council, Longford County Council, Leitrim Council, Clare Council), OGCIO


Title: Openflow – Streamlining Inter-Hospital Transfers Through a Cloud-Based Data Exchange Platform
Lead Public Organisation(s): Mater Hospital


Title: Transforming Customer Service in ISD through AI and Machine Learning with Translation
Lead Public Organisation(s): Department of Justice


Cisco – Remote Connectivity


Title: Clare Island Digital Health Living Lab
Lead Public Organisation(s): HSE, NUIG, Mayo County Council


Title: Development of Hybrid Hearing Model
Lead Public Organisation(s): Workplace Relations Commission


Title: Robotic Development for Medicine Delivery
Lead Public Organisation(s): St. James’s Hospital, HSE Spark Innovation Programme


IBM – Artificial Intelligence

Title: Better Management of Bovine TB Using Data to Prevent Risk
Lead Public Organisation(s): Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine


Title: AI-Powered Analysis of CRO
Lead Public Organisation(s): Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment, Companies Registration Office


Title: Integrating LENUS Institutional Repository Content in the LAMA Watson Assistant AI Chatbox via Data and Text Mining for Better Search Results
Lead Public Organisation(s): National Library and Information Service, HSE


To learn more, please see the below information video and presentations from Future Tech Challenge Information Session in July.


AWS | Cisco | IBM



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