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Wednesday 16 April 2014

Technology giants descend on Cork for leaders summit

SOME of the biggest names in technology will descend on Cork tomorrow for a summit on the sector and education.



The Global Technology Leaders Summit will be streamed live on Independent.ie through AerTV.



The summit will feature some of the best known investors and executives in the business, including the likes of PCH chief executive Liam Casey and James Whelton – the founder of computer coding movement CoderDojo.



Mr Whelton was also named as one of the “30 under 30” to watch in 2013 by the business magazine Forbes.



The event is being run as part of “The Gathering” by the Irish Technology Leadership Group – a group of tech executives with Irish roots based in Silicon Valley.



Among the events set up on the day will be a visit by the US delegation attending to the Nimbus Centre at CIT to explore opportunities to invest in new and innovative solutions in the areas of biotech, nanotechnology, cloud, gaming and software. Approximately 50 companies will pitch their solutions to the global investors.



Irish start ups are playing a major role in the running of the event. The ‘questions and answers’ session will be handled by the new firm Instant Opinion. This solution enables conference goers to post their questions using the web, smartphone or mobile device and allows panellists to view and respond to questions from the floor. It reduces the need for roving mikes and also encourages more questions and engagement from the audience, particularly those who may not wish to ask a question vocally.



The ITLG delegation to Cork has come about following a mission by City Council and Cork Chamber to Silicon Valley last year. UCC, CIT, Cork City Council and Cork Chamber joined forces to bring this internationally renowned business event to Cork in the year of the Gathering.



“Cork has strong connections with Silicon Valley and we are delighted to deepen our relationship with US industry leaders while showcasing all that Cork has to offer in terms of a centre of excellence for innovation and commercialisation of new research as well as a great place to invest as a gateway to Europe.”, said Lord Mayor of Cork, Cllr. John Buttimer.



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