Mar 01, 2019

Balance for Better – a panel discussion on accelerating gender balance.

To mark International Women's Day (IWD) on Friday, 8th March 2019, The Digital Hub will hold a panel discussion with women who are working in the area of Connected Health. The event takes place at Digital Depot, Roe Lane, The Digital Hub, Dublin 8, D08 TCV4.

Our inspiring panellists will share their personal stories, professional perspectives and insights on accelerating gender balance.


Our panellists for this International Women’s Day event are Avril Copeland, Founder & CEO of Innerstrength Ltd.; Talita Hozer, CEO & Co-Founder of waytoB; and Dervilla O’Brien, Founder, HealthBridge Technology and Owner, Outside the Box Executive Development.


Elaine Burke, Managing Editor of Silicon Republic, will chair the discussion.

  • 12:30pm – A light lunch & networking
  • 1:00pm – Welcome & introductions by Fiach Mac Conghail, CEO, The Digital Hub.
  • 1:05pm – Panel Discussion // Q & A
  • 2:00pm – Ends

Venue: Digital Depot, Roe Lane (off Thomas Street), The Digital Hub, Dublin 8, D08 TCV4.

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Elaine Burke, Managing Editor, Silicon Republic. (Panel Moderator).

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Elaine Burke, Managing Editor, Silicon Republic.

Elaine is an award-winning journalist and editor who turned her attention to science and technology in 2011, having always had a passion for learning about the next big innovation.

As managing editor at Silicon Republic, she’s proud to be part of a team working to showcase and encourage diversity in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM), and is an advocate of integrating the arts into this creative mix. She tweets about STEAM – and anything else that interests her – at @CriticalRedPen and can often be heard on the airwaves discussing the latest news and trends in science and technology.


Avril Copeland, Founder & CEO of Innerstrength Ltd.

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Avril Copeland, Founder & CEO of Innerstrength Ltd.Avril Copeland is Founder and CEO of Innerstrength Health, a digital healthcare company based in Dublin and London.  With a background in exercise science and physiotherapy, Avril had the idea for Innerstrength while working in the Irish public hospital system.  Together with her co-founder/CTO, Greg Balmer, they have built a technology which enables health professionals to prescribe, deliver and monitor personalised interventions of exercise and education, to patients currently living with or at risk of chronic conditions.

Their first product to market, TickerFit is currently deployed in Ireland, the UK and US, both in primary care, supporting patients at risk of cardiovascular disease, and secondary care in cardiac rehabilitation.  In 2017, Innerstrength was awarded the UK’s prestigious NHS/Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI) healthcare contract, to develop a solution to reduce the burden of care on children living with long term conditions.  Innerstrength’s second product, Hacka Health, is now developed, initially supporting children living with cystic fibrosis.  Avril is also a keen sportswoman, having represented Ireland in hockey and expedition adventure racing.


Talita Holzer, CEO & Co-Founder, waytoB.

Talita Holzer, CEO & Co-Founder, waytoB.

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Talita Holzer is the CEO and Co-Founder of the award-winning startup waytoB, with the mission to use technology to help people with intellectual disabilities become more independent.

Originally from Brazil, she is an Engineer with a specialisation in Management. She is interested in using User-Centred Design to create better solutions for groups that are usually left out of the design process. She is an advocate for diversity and inclusion, volunteering as Head of Content for Girls in Tech Dublin and D&I Track Captain at Startup Week Dublin. She had the honour to receive the Women in Tech Award 2018 in the Rising Star category.


Dervilla O’Brien, Founder, HealthBridge Technology.

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Dervilla O’Brien, Founder, HealthBridge Technology.Dervilla O’Brien combines coaching and training expertise with more than twenty-five years of experience as a member of senior management teams.  Dervilla was Sales Director in Irish Biscuits, Tayto and Golden Pages.  She has been a key negotiator with staff, customers, prospective buyers and owners.  A founder of HealthBridge Technology in 2015, Dervilla has current and continuing experience of the pressures and challenges of new ventures.

Dervilla is a facilitator with DCU Ryan Academy.  Accelerator programmes include: Female High Fliers, Illuminate Boyne Valley-M1 Female Entrepreneurship Business Management & Leadership and ISAX Ingenuity Programme. In 2018, Dervilla programme managed EIT Health’s international Digital Health Validator Programme in Trinity College Dublin.


About International Women’s Day

International Women’s Day (IWD) is a global day (Friday, 8th March 2019) celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The campaign theme for 2019 is #BalanceforBetter – a call to action for accelerating gender balance.  Balance is not a women’s issue, it’s a business issue. The race is on for the gender-balanced boardroom, a gender-balanced government, gender-balanced media coverage, a gender-balance of employees, more gender-balance in wealth, gender-balanced sport coverage.  Collective action and shared responsibility for driving a gender-balanced world is key.