This was the message that emerged from the annual it@cork awards ceremony last night. The awards recognise leaders in technology and business innovation in Munster.
Chair of it@cork board of directors, Denis Collins, said: “This is a unique event for tech companies and clearly demonstrates that Ireland Inc is open for business, driving global thought leadership, collaboration and value to the marketplace.
“This is just the start of further emergence onto the global stage, our IT industry is alive and well and will continue to be an integral part of growth for Ireland Inc,” Mr Collins said.
Chair of the organising committee, John Wall, said they received over 100 nominations across seven categories and the standard was “fantastic”.
“The number of good projects with great people and strong aspirations should give us confidence that the future of the tech sector in Munster is in good shape,” Mr Wall said.
Presentation Secondary School in Ballyphehane, Cork was presented with the Excellence in Education award.
Managing director of the Berkley Group and chair of the Excellence in Education judging panel, Fergal Brosnan, said they found the approach by the school, teachers and students was fully integrated and progressive. He said teachers in this school used technology “as the new chalk”.
The winner of the Green Technology Award was 3 Pro Energy Watch while QUMAS won the Sustained Excellence Award.
The winner of the Research and Innovation Project Award was MPSTOR, which has built itself into one of the leading players in the data storage market.
Wistek Solutions won the High-Growth Category Award and this year’s IT Department Award went to the Cork Institute of Technology.
The winner of the High Potential Start-up Award was ePubDirect.
The after-dinner speaker was Gavin Duffy of Dragon’s Den.