Julie Spillane, Director, The Dock @Accenture
Julie is Director of The Dock, Accenture’s global research and incubation hub. It researches, incubates, prototypes and pilots new technologies with pioneering clients across multiple industries and sectors. Julie has led The Dock from its inception to now a 300 strong multi-disciplinary team made up of highly talented experts in design, engineering, artificial intelligence and IoT.
With a background in electronic engineering, finance and corporate governance, Julie has held numerous senior leadership roles in the Technology industry working with large-scale, multidisciplinary, global teams. With deep skills in strategy development and innovation her experience ranges from the design, setup and scaling of new operations to the implementation of major global transformation change programmes. Earlier in her career she worked in other technology companies including Microsoft, Epicor and MPO.
Passionate about education and skills, Julie has extensive involvement in the local ecosystem having worked with government to craft a new national skills strategy and with industry peers in the Multinational Technology Forum, which she founded and chairs. Julie also sits on the Action Plan for Jobs Implementation Committee for the Dublin region and on the Board of the Trinity College Dublin Research and Innovation Hub. She is an avid supporter of Coder Dojo having established Accenture’s first Dojo at the Dock, and there are now 16 Dojos across Accenture offices globally.