Panel of Judges


Eoin O'Driscoll

In addition to being on the board of a number of early stage telecommunications companies, Eoin O'Driscoll is Chairman of Forfas, Ireland’s national policy and advisory board for enterprise, trade, science, technology and innovation. His other positions include:
- Chairman of enet, the company that holds the concession to manage the Government Metropolitan Area Networks
- Chairman of SouthWestern
- Director of Ion Equity
- Director of The Irish Times and The Irish Times Trust
- Director of the Cork University Foundation
- Director of the Trinity College Institute of Neuroscience
- Member of National Executive Council of IBEC


Tom McCarthy

Tom McCarthy is Managing Director of HelmAG Ltd and formerly chief executive of the Irish Management Institute (IMI) for eight years. He is a member of the Advisory Council on Science & Technology, the Council of the Statistical & Social Inquiry Society of Ireland, and the Governing Body of NUI Maynooth.
He served on the Higher Education Authority between 2000 and 2005 and was a founding member of the Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences (IRCHSS) on which he served for seven years.


Dr Seán Baker

Dr. Seán Baker is an entrepreneur based in Dublin. A co-founder of IONA Technologies, he has held many executive positions in the company including CTO, Chief Scientist and VP of Applied Research. He is a regular speaker on middleware and related business issues.
He is the executive Chairman of 3Strata Technologies, a member of the boards of National Digital Research Centre, Gridstore, Calom Technologies and Delta Index, and a member of the Advisory Science Council, CIO Ireland, ICHEC Advisory Board, Lero Governance Committee and the Irish Software Association executive.
He was a member of the board of Havok and the Object Management Group, and was chair of ISA from 2009 to 2011.
Sean is an Adjunct Professor at the UCD School of Computer Science and Informatics. He holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Trinity College Dublin, and held a tenured post in the Department of Computer Science at TCD, where he helped form the Distributed Systems Group in 1980.


Dr Jim Mountjoy

Dr. Jim Mountjoy brings over 30 years of business and commercial experience in the Telecom software industry. In 1990, he co-founded Euristix, a software development company which specialised in telecommunications software solutions. Euristix was sold to Fore Systems for US$80million in February 1999, a value that increased to US$175 million in two months when Fore Systems was acquired by Marconi.
Dr. Mountjoy currently acts as Non-executive Director in a number of companies in the technology sector; he is a Director of the Science Foundation of Ireland and an Advisory Board member of a number of Irish based Venture Capital companies.


Peter McManamon

A Business Studies Graduate from TCD, Peter McManamon is a member of the Institute of Certified Public Accountants.
After a career with KPMG, he founded Parthus Technologies which floated on NASDAQ and London in 2000.
- Board Member at the National Development Finance Agency. Member of the Audit Committee at the National Treasury Management Agency.
- Partner at Atlantic Bridge Ventures.
- Member of the Institute of Directors.
- Member of the Executive Committee of the Irish Software Association.
- Member of the Executive Committee of ICT Ireland.
- Irish Software Association ‘Technology Person of the Year 2008’

Louise-Nicholls

Louise Nicholls

Louise Nicholls is Head of Technology and Innovation at Brown Bag Films. Louise is an IT professional with over 18 years’ experience in providing professional, technology and leadership skills to a wide variety of global organisations.

Louise has a passion for technology and has worked as a systems engineer for many years, inventing new ways to do things and crawling around server rooms at 4am installing the latest server. Her real passion is for new technologies and how they impact on organisations and the world we live in.

 

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