Thriveabetes is proud to collaborate with Insight Centre for Data Analytics, UCD to organise:

DIY Diabetes Technology Day

This event is free to attend and should be of interest to anyone who is curious about DIY Diabetes technology solutions (such as Nightscout, Open APS, Loop, Xdrip, Spike, etc) or wants to connect with others using this technology.

Saturday 25th May 2019

UCD O'Brien Centre for Science, Lynch Theatre Room Number H1.37

** Information about parking at UCD -


  • Dana Lewis: Founder and a developer of OpenAPS. Read more about Dana here

  • Katarina Braune: Medical Doctor and post-doctoral researcher, Global advocate and spokesperson in diabetes. Read more about Katarina here

  • Ronan Canavan: Consultant Endocrinologist in St Vincent’s University Hospital Dublin and former Clinical Lead in the National Clinical Programme for Diabetes.

  • Keith Garland: lives in South Dublin with his wife Shirley and they are parents to 6 kids, including a 7-year-old boy (Geordan) who was diagnosed with T1D aged 2. Keith is an IT Project Manager, a licensed "radio ham" and a self-confessed hacker! They have been using a range of DIY solutions since 2015 to help with the management of Geordan’s condition. With a keen interest in electronics and telecommunications, Keith has also created some unique bespoke DIY solutions for their son so he has a unique perspective as a carer embracing these technologies.

  • Kate Gajewska: Psychologist, post-doctoral researcher with Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, diabetes educator. Kate has been living with type 1 diabetes for over 30 years and was diagnosed at age two and currently lives in Dublin with her husband and 2 year old daughter.

  • Tomás Mahony: Tomás was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in 1999 and lives in Waterford with his wife Tara and four teenage boys. He is an Electrical Engineer and comes from a farming background. He has recently been recruited into the MAMIL brigade having taken up cycling and triathlons. He has been using OpenAPS since November 2018 and finds that this compliments his low carb lifestyle. He is grateful for all the help that he has received in setting up his closed loop system and is happy to ‘pay it forward’.


  • Shane O’Donnell, Coordinator for OPEN (Outcomes of Patients’ Evidence with Novel, do-it-yourself artificial pancreas technology) Project.

  • Gráinne Flynn, cofounder of


This event has been made possible by funding from The Insight Centre for Data Analytics

The UCD team is based in Insight Centre for Data Analytics. It is Ireland’s leading research centre for the study of Data Analytics. In a joint initiative between Dublin City University, NUI Galway, University College Cork and University College Dublin, Insight brings together more than 400 researchers and works with more than 75 industry partners.