Innovation Dublin celebrates and showcases the innovation and creativity that happens in Dublin
The Economic Development Unit (EDU) provides the programme co-ordination and promotional activity for Innovation Dublin, supported by a working group made up of representatives from the member organisations of the Creative Dublin Alliance across Dublin’s academia, local government and business sectors. As well as organising events in their own right, each partner leverages their constituent members and communities to promote wider involvement in the festival.
In 2009, the first Innovation Dublin festival was held over seven days. The programme included over 465 events organised across the City region by 54 partner organisations. In 2010, Innovation Dublin was expanded to 12 days. 394 high-quality events were held in over 77 venues throughout the city, with 117 organisations participating.
During 2010, Innovation Dublin became part of a European Funded project (INTERREG IVB NWE) called Inspiring Open Innovation Team (IOIT). As a result, a group from Dublin (made up of Dublin City Council’s Economic Development Unit, UCD and the National College of Ireland’s Centre for Research and Innovation) is partnering with eight cities in the north west of Europe to develop open innovation models through transnational collaboration, to maximise European level synergies and development potential in the knowledge economy.