Finalists Announced for #TechLeaders19

Pictured at the launch of #techleaders19 are (l-r), Jerry Sweeney – Founder & MD Cloud CIX, Catherine Halpin – Director of Global Support VMware, Padraig Curran – Founder & CTO Grid Beyond, Laura Hughes – Program Manager – McAfee 

21 companies have been shortlisted as finalists for the 2019 it@cork leaders awards which takes place on the 18th of October.

Making the announcement Anthony O’Callaghan, Chair of it@Cork, said,

We are delighted with the applications received for the 7 award categories this year, and the calibre of each and every submission brings home what we already know – that our IT sector is brimming with talent, ambition and innovation. Whittling it down to 3 candidates per category was an unenviable task which the judging panel spent hours upon hours poring over. Those who have been shortlisted this year were the standout IT leaders in an exceptionally talented pool, and they should be extremely proud of this achievement”.

The awards, which are in their 13th year, shine a light on those people who are leading the charge for the region’s tech community and are paving the way for the continued success of tech in the South West region.

Winners of the 7 categories will be announced at a Gala dinner to take place at the Rochestown Park Hotel on October 18th. The night will also see one person take home the coveted Tech Person of the Year Award, which, in the past, has been won by game-changers of Ireland’s tech industry such as Peter Coppinger and Daniel Mackey of Teamwork, and Dan & Linda Kiely of Voxpro.

The  ‘Best Workplace Award’ is a new award category in 2019 that is sponsored and supported by it@cork skillnet.  The award will be presented to a company that embraces a holistic approach to Learning and Development; with encouragement, opportunity and support for people to grow in skills, confidence and resilience in the workplace.

A further new and exciting aspect to #Techleaders19 is that the winner of the “Trend Micro Excellence in Education Award” .

IT@Cork in strong collaboration with Trend Micro have relaunched the “Trend Micro excellence in Education award” for 2019.  This is always a hotly contested award and it@cork have added a hugely positive twist to the award this year.  The winning school will receive a prize from it@cork to the value of €5,000 which can be used towards purchasing equipment and developing positive and inclusive STEM programs in the school.  Commenting on this initiative, Anthony O’Callaghan, Chairman of it@cork:

‘We collectively feel this is a very important give back initiative, one which the entire IT@Cork community feel very strongly about and are very thankful to the continued support of Trend Micro and in particular William Dalton and Avril Ronan who jumped at the opportunity to support this initiative’

The shortlisted companies for the 2019 awards are as follows:


Trend Micro Excellence in Education
Mayfield Community School (post primary)
Coláiste Éamann Rís (post primary)
St Brogan’s College (post primary)

Gas Network Ireland

it@cork skillnet Best WorkPlace Award

MNC of the Year Award

Smart Technology Innovation Award

One to Watch Award

Tech start up of the Year Award
Apis Protect
Swyft Energy

it@cork would like to thank all companies and persons that submitted nominations for the 2019 awards.  We would also like to congratulate all the shortlisted finalists and wish them best of luck.

The 2018 it@cork leaders awards winners were as follows:

  1. *Tech Person of the Year (Winner 2018: Linda & Dan Kiely)
  2. The One to Watch (Winner 2018: Smarttech247)
  3. MNC of the Year (Winner 2018: McKesson)
  4. Excellence in Education (Winner 2018: Gaelcholaiste Mhuire (A.G))
  5. Tech Start Up of the Year (Joint Winners 2018: Altada & GetVisibility)
  6. Smart Technology Innovation Award (Winner 2018: GridBeyond)
  7. Corporate Social Responsibility Award (Winner 2018: VMware International (Cork))
  8. **it@cork Skillnet Best Workplace Award 

*Tech Person of the Year Award’ is the only category that is nominated by the Board of it@cork and the ultimate winner is selected by a panel of 4 judges.

**’it@cork Skillnet Best Workplace Award’  is new for 2019 and replaces Technical Training Programme of the Year Award from 2018

Towards 2020 

It@cork have chosen the theme for this year’s Leaders Awards to be ‘Towards 2020’, which is a celebration of all the previous 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.

An exciting addition to this year’s initiative is the opening of the new it@cork Tech Leaders Hall of Fame, into which all previous winners of the prestigious Tech Leader of the Year award will be inducted.

A limited amount of tickets are still available for #Techleaders19.

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    2019-10-18 19.00
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