it@cork 2012 – review


How IT can help bridge financial deficit

HiberniaEvros were proud to sponsor the recent European Tech Cluster annual conference on 29th May in the Maryborough Hotel in Cork. It was a fantastic event and really showcased the strength of the IT industry in the rebel county. We sponsored the twitter feed on the day with the hashtag #itcork trending throughout Ireland.

Our Sales and Marketing Director John Kennedy remarked, “I was really impressed by the enthusiasm and passion of both the speakers and the audience on the future of the economy. It’s something I haven’t witnessed in a while and I think that it’s appropriate right now.”

There was a wide variety of attendees across sections of the business and academic communities among the 230 attendees. They witnessed passionate and stirring presentations from speakers such as Ben Hammersley, editor-at-large of Wired magazine and advisor to UK prime minister David Cameron; Sean O’Sullivan, Dragons Den; Bill Lioa Coder Dojo founder; and Kevin O’Leary, CEO of Qumas.

The event was opened by Minister Sean Sherlock followed by Denis Collins, chairman of the European Tech Cluster, who called on Government to engage with Industry leaders to address the skills shortage in the Irish tech sector and elaborated on the incremental growth creation for Ireland by embracing the growth in IT industry. Guests spoke on how growth in the IT sector could lead to more positive effects on the wider economy in general, with a potential for six jobs created for every one in technology.

The highlight for us though had to be the CoderDojo kids such as Harry Moran (officially the world’s youngest Mac app developer  who’s game Pizzabot surpassed Angry Birds and Call of Duty to make it to the top of the Mac App charts) demonstrating their extraordinary talents. What is CoderDojo? Follow the links below to explore the remarkable new movement that could be key to Ireland’s competitive advantage:

Website: http://coderdojo.com/

Article: http://www.siliconrepublic.com/innovation/item/25922-skillsfeb

Harry Moran: http://www.siliconrepublic.com/new-media/item/24670-interview-with-worlds-youn/

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