Dec 06, 2018

Silicon Republic interviews Digital Hub CEO Fiach Mac Conghail

How does The Digital Hub aim to rejuvenate Dublin 8 in the year ahead? CEO Fiach Mac Conghail fills us in.

Fiach Mac Conghail has been CEO of The Digital Hub since November 2016. He is responsible for leading and delivering on the organisation’s strategy to develop the technology enterprise cluster and help to shape Ireland’s digital future.

 

Before joining The Digital Hub, Mac Conghail was Director and CEO of the Abbey Theatre for more than a decade. He also previously held the position of artistic director at the Project Arts Centre and was policy adviser to the Minister for Arts, Sports and Tourism. Based in the historic Liberties area of Dublin city centre, The Digital Hub houses almost 80 established businesses, employing more than 700 people. It is the largest cluster of digital media, technology and internet businesses in Ireland.

 

Tell us what you have achieved at the Digital Hub in 2018?

We have supported some amazing companies this year, including a few that are really growing their businesses. Wachsman is a global professional services agency specialising in blockchain communications and strategy that has expanded operations this year. It has almost doubled its team, so we facilitated a move to a much larger office in one of our flagship buildings. They are a great bunch of people and they really get involved in events and activities at The Digital Hub. Another company, PatientMpower, has also expanded. It is an amazing health-tech company dealing with pulmonary lung disease. Such extraordinary work it is doing. Earlier this year, it won a major international medtech competition, winning a one-third share of a $1m prize fund. It is one of a cohort of connected health companies we are currently developing.

What are your immediate plans for 2019?

A key part of The Digital Hub campus is a 2.6-acre site known as the Windmill Site. We want to see it regenerated, so 2019 will see us work on the creation and development of a strategic masterplan for this. It is an opportunity for us to tease out how we can create a sustainable technology quarter in the Liberties. This year, we have been working on the development of a new five-year strategy for The Digital Hub. I’m really excited to be launching this in the first quarter of 2019. It is our blueprint for the next five years.

This article originally appeared on Silicon Republic and you can read the full article at: https://www.siliconrepublic.com/companies/digital-hub-liberties-fiach-mac-conghail