The annual it@cork Leaders Awards (#TechLeaders19) took place on 18th October in Rochestown Park Hotel.
For the 13th year running, the sold out event was an overwhelming success. The awards night shone a light on those who are leading the charge for the region’s tech community and those who are paving the way for the continued success of tech in the South-West region.
From global multinationals to schools and start-ups, the awards recognise those who have delivered outstanding results in the use of technology in their respective organisations and businesses. Some of the key highlights from the night include:
- Dignitaries in attendance – Deputy Michéal Martin, Deirdre Clune MEP, Cllr. Christopher O’Sullivan, Cllr. Oliver Moran and An Tánaiste Mr Coveney who delivered a superb key opening speech.
- Trend Micro Excellence in Education Award – the winner Mayfield Community School will receive a €5,000 donation from it@cork which will go towards new equipment and developing inclusive STEM programs in the school.
- Two new award categories – were introduced in 2019. (1) it@cork Skillnet Best Work Place Award is an award that recognises excellence in the promotion of a learning & development company environment as well as promoting a positive approach to mental health and wellbeing. (2) it@cork Community Award: recognises positive initiatives and commitment to the promotion of STEM in the South-West region.
- Towards 2020 – the theme of this year’s awards was a celebration of all the previous Hall of Fame winners who have contributed immensely to the tech industry in the region, and a nod to the present and future leaders who will bring the Irish tech industry into the next decade.
- Tech Persons of the year Award winners – were tech trailblazers Shemas Eivers and Teddy McCarthy, founders of Client Solutions Ireland.
- The event also received a wide spread of media coverage before and after the event including articles in the Irish Examiner, Evening Echo, Tech Central and Breaking News, our hashtag #TechLeaders19 trended number 1 on the night.
The quality and volume of nominations for this year’s awards was exceptional.
Excellence in Education– Sponsored by Trend Micro
Winner – Mayfield Community School
Corporate Social Responsibility Award – Sponsored by Aspira
Winner – McAfee
Best WorkPlace Award – Sponsored by it@cork Skillnet
Winner – VMware
Multi-National Company of the Year Award – Sponsored by Ronan Jermyn Daly
Winner – McAfee
Smart Technology Innovation Award – Sponsored by Cork Smart Gateway
Winner – Keelvar
One to Watch – Sponsored by KPMG
Winner – Rinocloud
Tech Start Up of the Year – Sponsored by IBM
Winner – Workvivo
Chairman Community Award
Winner – iWish
Here are some photos from the night! See you all next year for #Techleaders2020