The Dock is a diverse team of creative problem-solvers within Accenture – where design, business and technology meet under one roof. Here’s what's currently occupying our minds in Accenture’s flagship R&D and Global Innovation Centre.
info_outline Your Whole Self 04/14/2021
Your Whole Self It is widely believed that people work best in innovation when they are being most authentic to themselves. As a result, they need to bring their whole selves into the workplace. But is this an idea that can be more readily expressed than executed? Is it a good idea to be your true self in work? How do we compensate people for work in which we’re asking them to bring their whole, true selves? And for people does this actually mean they are always working and always on? We’re joined by Rachel O’Reilly, Human Resources Lead at The Dock, Declan Noone, a leadership coach and former Army officer + Rachel Kenny, a researcher in our Human Insights Lab who specialises in mental health and technology. This is a discussion on the latest edition of DockPod, the podcast from The Dock, Accenture’s global R&D hub.
info_outline Predictions for the Future 12/14/2020
Predictions for the Future "We are all focused intensely right now on what may be about to happen whether it’s in the world of tech, medicine, economics or politics. Here in The Dock, Accenture’s global R&D hub, anticipating and calculating future trends over a broad set of disciplines is everyday life. For this podcast we’ve gathered some of The Dock’s most interesting thinkers to suggest how they see things unfolding within their area of expertise. DockPod is presented by Laurence Mackin and produced and edited by Sinead O’Shea"
info_outline The Tough Truth about Innovation 11/10/2020
The Tough Truth about Innovation To secure their futures, organisations need to constantly innovate. And if you need compelling evidence of this, 2020 has it in spades. In a moment of reflection, DockPod brought together several of our innovation leaders to discuss what innovation really means when you are working with it day-to-day and whether or not companies have a real appetite for the experimentation and attendant failure that is necessary to make it work. This episode features Ryan Shanks, Director of The Dock in Dublin, which is Accenture’s global R&D center. He is joined by: Europe Innovation Lead Lucy Cooper; Senthil Ramani who looks after Innovation in the Growth Markets; and Shivani Vora who leads Innovation for North America. DockPod is produced by The Dock, Accenture’s flagship R&D and global innovation center. It is presented by Laurence Mackin and produced by Sinead O’Shea.
info_outline The Financial Art of Experimental Banking 10/09/2020
The Financial Art of Experimental Banking Is now a good time for businesses to be bold and is the banking sector in particular ready for a radical overhaul? Welcome to the latest episode of DockPod, which is produced by The Dock, Accenture’s flagship R&D and global innovation center. We are living through tough times: Along with the ongoing threat to public health, the global economy is under severe pressure and many countries are experiencing their worst unemployment rates in decades. Given these circumstances, it could seem counter-intuitive for industries such as banking to pick this moment to initiate significant change. Yet, this is exactly what some experts think should happen. And some are making the case that banks should seize this moment to re-define their entire purpose and focus on serving society more. In this episode, we are joined by Accenture Interactive’s head of innovation and Fjord founder Mark Curtis, financial services lead at The Dock Conor McAndrew, and innovation delivery lead Sara Harrison. DockPod is produced by The Dock, Accenture’s flagship R&D and global innovation center. It is presented by Laurence Mackin and Sinead O’Shea.
info_outline Responsible AI: what’s next? 06/01/2020
Responsible AI: what’s next? Responsible AI is one of the most pressing issues facing the tech world – so what does it look like in the near future, and what does it mean for business? This episode features some of the best thinkers in this field: Rumman Chowdhury, Accenture’s Responsible AI lead; Paddy Connolly, Research Manager at The Dock; and Azeem Azhar, an entrepreneur and creator of Exponential View.
info_outline How to cybersecure your business 04/10/2020
How to cybersecure your business A new series of DockPod starts with an episode on Cybersecurity, featuring a panel of experts from the worlds of policing and security. From ransomware to spear phishing, and doxing to data breaches, cybersecurity has never been higher on the CEO agenda, with new threats emerging every day. So what steps can we take to keep ourselves safe, as individuals and as organizations? How do companies strike a balance between keeping customers secure and giving them with a seamless experience? And how should businesses respond when they experience a breach. Our guests are Glyn Darkin, Digital Architect with Accenture’s The Dock, Jacky Fox, Managing Director of Accenture Security in Ireland, and Chief Superintendent Michael Gubbins who works for special crime operations with a portfolio around cybercrime with the Irish police force, An Garda Siochana. The episode is presented by Laurence Mackin and produced by Sinead O’Shea.
info_outline Rebuilding the House of Capitalism 12/19/2019
Rebuilding the House of Capitalism “Capitalism is the most powerful tool in our toolbelt, but a hammer can be used to make or destroy a house. So how do you choose to wield it?”. So says Unreasonable Group founder Daniel Epstein in this conversation with Claire Carroll, director of the Human Insights Lab at The Dock. In this episode, Claire and Daniel discuss the ethics of progress, the Future of Work, regenerative capitalism, mining introversion, empathetic meetings and more. The episode is introduced by Laurence Mackin and produced by Sinead O’Shea.
info_outline Is Sustainability A Privilege? 10/01/2019
Is Sustainability A Privilege? In recent weeks some of the biggest companies in the world, including Accenture, have pledged to put the planet ahead of profit. But just how feasible are such commitments? Can big business really redefine itself or is this really a marketing strategy? And. Can they really make a difference? In this edition of Dock Pod from The Dock, Accenture’s global R and D hub, we’re going to ask if sustainability in the business world can truly take place. DockPod is presented by Laurence Mackin and Sinead O’Shea. It is produced by Sinead O’Shea.
info_outline The Business of Feelings 08/11/2019
The Business of Feelings What does it take these days for customers and clients to feel something? In an age of constant stimulation, strategy and sheer noise, how can businesses hope to make any kind of emotional impact? We're going to discuss The Business Of Feelings.
info_outline A smarter look inside the home 05/31/2019
A smarter look inside the home How much time are you spending at home and what are you doing when you’re there? Have we changed our idea of home and has technology anything to do with it? And where are the business opportunities for companies in the home space, and how comfortable are consumers with them? In this episode of the DockPod, coming to you from Accenture's flagship R&D and global innovation centre in Dublin, we dig into new research on the smart home and its surprising conclusions about why, despite a huge amount of home technology, are homes remain largely tech free. Our guests on this episode include Accenture’s Rachel Earley, who has authored a new report for The Dock called Putting the Human First in the Future Home; Architect, designer and artist Roisin Murphy, who has more insight than nearly anyone about what we get up to behind our hall doors; And Justin Cullen, who is the founding partner of Jolt Esquire and is chairperson of Maximum Media.
info_outline Great Expectations 03/11/2019
Great Expectations Is now the best time to be a consumer? Do our rising expectations reflect our innate desires as humans or are we spiraling out of control? April Durrett from our Fjord team, Dr Mairead Brady from Trinity College Dublin and design director John Moriarty discuss working at the coalface of spiraling consumer expectations and demands.
info_outline Hierarchies and the structures of work 01/05/2019
Hierarchies and the structures of work In this episode, Laurence Mackin and Sinead O’Shea are joined by fellow Docker Derek McGrath, Tara Levins from Accenture Ireland, and Neva Elliot McGinley, CEO of Crash Ensemble, to discuss how hierarchy has both helped and undermined their working lives, and what we can learn from different workplaces and their approach to structure.
info_outline How failure works: Embracing it all when it all goes wrong 11/01/2018
How failure works: Embracing it all when it all goes wrong In our first episode, we discuss failure. It’s the ability to experiment, to encounter setback and to handle failure that creates real success. Failure is not a pleasant experience but that doesn’t mean we can’t learn from it. Our guests are The Dock’s Director Ryan Shanks, Jess Majekodunmi from our Client Innovation Services team, and Lorna Ross, who leads our Human Insights Lab.