Cork’s Thriving ICT Community

9th September 2018

Posted In: FYI

it@cork, the body representing over 200 companies working within the ICT sector in the Cork region, recently launched the it@cork Leaders Awards, an annual event recognising the best Cork’s thriving ICT community. it@cork are inviting nominations from those who believe a tech company is worthy of recognition, to apply to be a part of the awards.

The Awards, which are in their 12th year, are now open to applicants, with judging to take place in early October. Speaking at the launch Caroline O’Driscoll, Chairperson of it@cork,

“I have been involved in these awards for a number of years and every year the volume and calibre of applicant is growing. This is a testament to the thriving ICT cluster which has developed in the region, playing strongly in areas such as Cyber Security, Cloud, Data Analytics and IOT.

From global multinationals to start-ups, as well as our innovative third level education sector, the Leader Awards recognise all those who have gone further than most in the use of technology in their respective organisations and businesses.

This year we are leveraging the great work done by Cork City Council on the “City Rising is a Beautiful Thing” campaign, to complement our theme. We are celebrating all that is great about ICT in Cork. 

With Cork set to become the fastest growing region under the Project 2040 plan, it is a place of opportunity and promise, particularly in ICT. In the last 5 years employment in the Cork’s Tech Sector has risen substantially, making it the largest source of foreign direct investment in the region. In total, there are currently over 300 ICT related companies employing more than 29,000 people in the region and the outlook for further growth in 2019 and beyond is very positive. We recently surveyed our own members found that a staggering 83% are forecasting employment growth in the next 3 years.

We have an exciting entrepreneur community innovating in new and emerging areas like AI, Blockchain and Fintech as well as an extremely responsive education sector.

Not only does the region have the infrastructure and the talent to facilitate a strong ICT hub, Cork was also recently voted third friendliest city in the world – a compelling proposition! It is an exciting time to be in Cork, a region that will continue to play a pivotal role in the tech industry not just in Ireland, but in Europe”.

The it@cork Leaders Awards are split into 7 categories and the closing date for entry is October 2nd – for more information, visit here>>

Pictured:  Caroline O’Driscoll, KPMG and Chairperson it@cork with (l-r) John Drury, Smarttech247 & Chair of Leaders Awards; Eoghan O’Mahony, Senior Cluster Manager, it@cork & Peter Coppinger,