• Intel, which is this year celebrating 25 years in Ireland, picked up the Multinational Corporation Initiative of the Year award at the annual awards
• Intel was named as the overall winner of the award in recognition of solid commitment to supporting the growth of the industry as a whole in Ireland
• Over 450 attendees gathered for the industry event which included a keynote by Enterprise Ireland CEO Julie Sinnamon
Leixlip, Ireland – 25 November, 2014 – Intel Ireland was named as the ISA Multinational Corporation Initiative of the Year Award at the annual Irish Software Association (ISA) industry awards this weekend.
The company, which is celebrating 25 successful years in Ireland, was the overall winner of the award, showing solid commitment to supporting the growth of the industry as a whole in Ireland, and beating off competition from Google Ireland, IBM Ireland and Ericsson Ireland.
With a full solution approach, Intel Ireland has addressed the Internet of Things (IoT) from research, device and platform design, software, communications, systems, to data and security with software teams in:
• Leixlip: Intel Labs Europe (IOT systems research), Quark IoT Solutions Group (IOT device design – Intel ® Quark System on Chip (SOC) & Intel® Galileo Development Board)
• Shannon: Communications and Software Defined Infrastructure for IoT
• Cork: McAfee, an Intel company securing IoT
• Belfast: Data services for IoT – Intel Services Division creating and orchestrating rich IoT services utilizing APIs.
Commenting on the win, Philip Moynagh, Vice President of the Internet of Things Group at Intel said, “Being successful in the Internet of Things is not only about combining Intel assets for richer solutions but also realising that IoT will be about winning ecosystems. We realise the richness of the compute ecosystem on our doorstep and the opportunity to engage locally for a ‘win-win’. With focus and with appropriate leverage of our natural advantages, there is no reason that Ireland cannot be to the IoT revolution what California’s Silicon Valley has been to the computer and internet revolution.”
Over 70 of Ireland’s leading software and digital technology firms entered this year’s awards and the winners were announced at an event on Friday November 21st in Dublin which was attended by 500 company leaders and national stakeholders from Irish technology companies.
Jay Bregman, co-founder of taxi app Hailo, was one of the keynote speakers at the awards and spoke of how Irish SMEs can grow and scale internationally. The indigenous software technology sector has 730 companies, employing more than 12,000 people, with sales in excess of €1.9billion every year.
In her speech on the night, ISA Chair and Trilogy Technologies Group MD, Edel Creely spoke of the importance of “an eco-system that supports companies looking to grow and scale. Ireland is a small country with big ambitions, ambitions which are matched by the global demand and must be realised to sustain our future”.
“While recent growth figures in the economy are to be welcomed, we must not be complacent” she continued, “We are competing globally on what has become a highly competitive stage. While Ireland has been very successful in attracting foreign direct investment (FDI), we have more to do to make this the best country in the world to build and scale an indigenous business.
“Recent comparisons with the UK, have shown how a strong focus on delivering an eco system that truly supports the entrepreneur – an ecosystem which delivers all of the supports necessary, for the scaling company – can produce highly effective results”
“I wish to congratulate all the winners who fought off stiff competition in their respective category. This year, we received an influx of extremely talented and worthy nominations. The quality of entrants proves to investors at home and abroad that a wealth of knowledge, expertise and incentives exist in Ireland” Ms Creely concluded.
Séan Baker , Chair of NDRC and Chair of iC4 (left of photo) and ISA Chair Edel Creely are pictured with representatives from Intel Ireland
ISA Digital Technology Company of the Year: CarTrawler
ISA Person of the Year: Shay Garvey
Emerging Company of the Year: Brite:Bill
Outstanding Achievement in International Growth: Fenergo
Digital Technology Services Project of the Year: S3 Group
Technology Innovation of the Year: Asavie Technologies
Excellence in Talent Development: Realex Payments
Multinational Corporation Initiative of the Year: Intel Ireland
Outstanding Academic Achievement of the Year: TSSG / FeedHenry
ISA is the Ibec representative body for Irish software technology companies. It enables companies in the Irish software sector to scale globally through pathways of connections, knowledge and influence across the enterprise ecosystem. ISA is a forum for entrepreneurs to share ideas, develop their skills, meet investors, influence public policy, and create world-class companies.
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