Cork tech sector optimistic about the future

In attendance at the it@cork AGM, were l-r: Anthony O Callaghan; Gillian Bergin; Derek O'Connell; Donna O'Shea; Donagh Kiernan; Caroline O'Driscoll; Paddy O'Connell; Martin Leahy; William Dalton and Larry O'Donoghue. (Pic: Diane Cusack)

Cork is well poised for future success. This was the primary position discussed at the 21st it@cork AGM, held on Thursday night, April 25th at the River Lee Hotel in Cork City.

The tech sector is now the fastest growing sector in the southern region, employing an estimated 29,000 people.

At the meeting, the outgoing Chair of the organisation, Caroline O’Driscoll, reflected on her time at the helm and expressed her sentiments on the future of tech in Cork and the role of Chair was passed to Anthony O’Callaghan, Senior Director of Business Integration Solutions at Flex Global Solutions.

Addressing the attendees, Mr O’Callaghan spoke of his new position,“The possibilities for Cork as a tech hub right now seem endless, but to be able to capitalise on this plethora of opportunities we need to work hard to ensure the infrastructure is in place to facilitate strong growth and development.

“To date, we have been very successful in our collaborations with educational institutions from both CIT and UCC and our incredibly popular Skillnet offering. A passion project in my role as Chair will certainly be to leverage the great work of Skillnet in giving our members access to sustainable training courses for their employees. The work done through this initiative has been stellar – in 2018 alone, 65 tech companies in the South West region took part in Skillnet training including 50 courses and 500 trainees”.

The AGM also saw the election of Denis Canty, McKesson and Derek O’Connell, JCI to the Board. Gillian Bergin, Dell EMC, was appointed as vice chair.

it@cork is a leading not-for-profit independent business organisation, representing the interests of the IT industry in Ireland.