Nominations from throughout the IT industry are now being sought for the 2019 Leaders Awards, to shine a light on those people who are leading the charge for the region’s tech community and paving the way for the continued success of tech in Cork and the surrounding areas.

The esteemed accolades recognise and celebrate achievement, innovation and commitment to the tech sector in the region.

Winners will be decided by a judging panel over the course of 4 weeks, and will be announced at a gala dinner to take place at the Rochestown Park Hotel on October 18th.

it@cork, the body representing over 220 companies working within the ICT sector in the South West region, say nominations will remain open until September 13th for the prestigious awards, which are now in their 13th year.


Speaking at the launch Anthony O’Callaghan, chairperson of it@cork, called on the 30,000+ people working in the South West’s thriving ICT sector, to step forward and make their voice known.

“We are calling on the general public, the tech community and any other interested parties to nominate the people who they believe are worthy of recognition. 13 years in and the annual it@cork Leaders Awards grows every year in terms of the volume and calibre of applicants.

“The awards have traced and tracked the relentless progression of the sector in Cork and the surrounding region, and the pace at which is it growing and improving picks up with every passing year.

“Each year brings with it a raft of new talent and a suite of new leaders and new names – all of whom have been selected by their peers as having a marked and lasting impact on the industry. 

From start-ups to global multinationals, as well as our innovative 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 in order to excel growth.

“It is a great opportunity for us to celebrate collectively the achievements of the region”.

it@cork have chosen the theme for this year’s Leaders Awards to be ‘Towards 2020’.

The awards are split into 8 different categories, namely: Tech Person of the Year; The One to Watch; MNC of the Year; Excellence in Education; Tech Start Up of the Year; Smart Technology Innovation Award; Corporate Social Responsibility Award; Technical Training Programme of the Year.

An exciting addition to this year’s initiative is the opening of the new it@cork Tech Leaders Hall of Fame, into which all previous winners of the prestigious Tech Leader of the Year award will be inducted.

Nominations for it@cork leaders awards are now open on