Celebrating incredible achievements in public sector digital transformation

The Public Sector Digital Transformation Awards were launched this year, at the Shelbourne in Dublin, to showcase the achievements of public-sector organisations across 11 categories

The AI Innovation of the Year Award: Dr Brian MacNamee, UCD; Patricia Maguire, Professor of Biomedical Science, University College Dublin; Wayne Leitch, Lead Partnership Manager, iQuest & Business Post Live; Cora McCann, Commercialisation Executive, AI_PREMie and Ana Le Chevillier, Clinical Research Manager - Data and AI, University College Dublin. Pictures: Maura Hickey.

The inaugural Public Sector Digital Transformation Awards were held at The Shelbourne, Dublin on Thursday, October 5.

Hosted by broadcaster Ivan Yates, the awards were launched this year to recognise and celebrate excellence and innovation in the delivery of public sector digital transformation.

Attended by 300 guests, the event showcased the incredible achievements of public sector organisations and individuals who have made significant contributions to advancing digital transformation across Ireland across 11 categories. The awards provided a much-needed platform to shine the spotlight on cutting-edge technologies and innovative approaches to digital transformation that have made a real impact, improved service delivery, and enhanced citizen experiences.

The awards were judged by a panel of industry experts, including:

Carole Ann Clarke, organisation development and culture transformation consultant

Mary Cleary, secretary general, Irish Computer Society (ICS)

Siobhain Duggan, director for innovation and healthcare, GS1 Ireland

Colin McHale, sales director, EMEA

Brendan Ring, digital engagement lead, National Cyber Security Centre

Emmet Ryan, technology correspondent, Business Post

The event was organised by iQuest and the Business Post. The platinum sponsor for the evening was KPMG and category sponsors included Vodafone, The Project Foundry, Version 1, Cyberskills and Irish Computer Society.

Cormac Deady, consulting partner and head of government and public sector at KPMG, said, “We are enthusiastic about acknowledging excellence and innovation in driving digital transformation within the public sector. The advancement of digitalisation within Ireland's public service is set to revolutionise interactions among citizens, businesses, and policymakers. This transformation is already helping with greater interoperability across all government and public service levels, ultimately bringing societal and economic benefits along with enhancing citizen experience. These awards provide an excellent platform to showcase the remarkable accomplishments of public sector organisations, teams, and individuals who have played a pivotal role in advancing digital transformation across Ireland.”

Awards and winners announced on the night included:

AI Innovation of the Year Award

Winner: University College Dublin & AI_PREMie: Saving lives of mothers and babies using AI

Best Citizen/Customer Experience Award

Winner: Pobal and the Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth: The National Childcare Scheme

Highly Commended: Department of Justice: Ukrainian refugee temporary permission processing

GreenTech Innovation of the Year Award

Winner: Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI): Retrofit Development Program

Highly Commended: Department of Agriculture Food and Marine: The National Fertiliser Database (NFD)

Best Community Engagement Award

Winner: Galway County Council: Digitising Galway’s Graveyard Heritage

Digital Skills or Talent Initiative of the Year

Winner: Road Safety Authority (RSA): Road Safety Strategy Portal

Highly Commended: Health Service Executive (HSE): Navigating the Digital Healthcare Transformation: The Community Health HSE Journey to Empower Community Healthcare

HealthTech Innovation of the Year Award

Winner: Health Service Executive (HSE): National Rollout of HSE’s Guided Digital Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) Service, with SilverCloud by Amwell

Excellence in Security and Privacy in Public Sector Award

Winner: Pobal: Implementation of an Information Security and Privacy Management System

Digital Leader of the Year in Public Sector

Winner: Carmel O’Hare, director of corporate services and innovation, Monaghan County Council

Data Innovation of the Year Award

Winner: Dublin City Council: Project Air View

Highly Commended: Health Service Executive: The 'Bed Utilisation App' Project

Judges Choice Award: Best Use of Advanced Technology

Winner: Defence Forces: Simulation Training with VRAI

Judges Choice Award: Best Collaboration

Winner: Cyber Security Baseline Standards & GovCore

See digitaltransformationawards.ie