Tech & ICT Industry Day 2017

scienceTech & ICT Industry Day 2017

Tech & ICT Industry Day 2017

2018 Shocase event: date to be confirmed

2017 event synopsis

Over 55 companies who are working together as Crystal Valley Tech showcased their rapidly growing industry in the WIT Arena on Thursday 9 November 2017 to well over 2,000 members of the public, college and second level students, recruiters, government agencies and other industry.

The future is bright for ICT in the South East according to Dr Padraig Kirwan, Head of the Department of Computing & Mathematics at Waterford Institute of Technology. “Computing is thriving in the South East judging by the number and diversity of ICT companies here today. Even more encouraging is the number of second level students who attended from Waterford, Kilkenny, Carlow, Tipperary and Wexford and how interested they are about the career opportunities in this exciting industry.”

Elaine Fennelly, Bluefin Payment Systems General Manager and co-founder of Crystal Valley Tech is very excited about the industry in the South East and today’s showcase event. “People who work in the industry already know that Tech is well established in the South East and the number of opportunities and companies continues to grow and grow. According to a recent Tech Ireland report there are over 60 indigenous and multinational companies employing well over 1,500 people from their bases in Waterford, Wexford, Kilkenny and Carlow.

“However, we weren’t so sure that people in the region realised just how big the ICT industry is becoming and to ensure the industry’s future growth in the South East a group of us came together to form Crystal Valley Tech. Our remit is fairly simple, to create a Tech hub in the South East to which international companies are happy to relocate, indigenous companies and start-ups can thrive. Part of that is showcasing just how vibrant the industry already is to college and second level students which is what today is all about.

The 50 exhibitors included Bluefin Payment Systems, Sun Life Financial, Routematch, Red Hat, TSSG, Nearform and many more. Throughout the morning, each company had information booths to discuss career opportunities with recruiters and students as well as demonstrations of their exciting new technologies.

A major feature of the event was the great line-up of speakers from different local companies. James Mernin from Red Hat opened the event speaking about Red Hat in Waterford, Mick O'Brien from Routematch’s talk was entitled ‘Born, bred, educated & returned for Success in CVT Region’, Bank of Ireland’s Adrian Mullet talked about BOI in the Tech sector in Ireland and Richard Roger from Metsitaba spoke about creating a start-up company. A full list of the 17 speakers can be found on the 'Schedule' tab.

Speaking at the event, WIT President Prof Willie Donnelly said, “The institute is committed to working with Crystal Valley Tech to position Waterford and the South East as a location of choice for indigenous and FDI industry investment in ICT. WIT provides a holistic integrated education, research and innovation framework which acts as a catalyst for the sector. The quality of our teaching programmes coupled with industry partnership ensures that our graduates are the most sought after by the industry nationally and internationally and students choosing to study in computing in WIT are guaranteed access to continuing the career in the region.”

The Tech and ICT industry in the South East is large and vibrant, offering rewarding careers in exciting technology companies to computing, electronics and business graduates and to anyone interested in an exciting career change without leaving Ireland’s sunny South East.

About Crystal Valley Tech

Crystal Valley Tech, which is supported by over 50 tech companies in the South East, has a mission is to promote and support Tech in Waterford and the South East. Crystal Valley Tech has the full support and membership of Enterprise Ireland, IDA Ireland, Waterford Chamber of Commerce. More infromation at

Company Exhibition

Date: Thursday, 9 November 2017
Time: 9.00am – 1.00pm
Location: Studio 1
Details: More than 40 tech and ICT companies from across the region will be exhibiting all morning from 9.00am until 1.00pm.

Time Speaker Company Topic
9.00 James Mernin Red Hat Life at Red Hat in Waterford
9.15 Barry Downes Suir Valley Ventures Day in the life of a VC
9.20 President Willie Donnelly WIT Overview of Tech in Waterford

Paul Savage

Nearform A Tramore view of Tech
9.45 M. Carroll / M. Townsley SunLife IT at SunLife - it's not all about coding
10.00 Mick O'Brien Routematch Born, Bred, Educated & returned for Success in CVT Region
10.15 Steven Davy  LiquidEdge What LiquidEdge do for businesses
10.30 Adrian Mullet Bank of Ireland BOI in the Tech sector in Ireland
10.45 Dataworks Dataworks What datawork are all about. 
11.00 Alan Davy TSSG
Working in Research 
11.15 Claire Kelly  SE2 Women in Technology
11.30 Richard Roger Metsitaba How to do a start up
11.45 Dave Whelan Immersive VR Technology Moonlanding & Titanic journeys
12.00 Chris Chedgey Structure 101 Our Journey
12.15 Seamus Morris MIT Education Solutions  Our Admissions Management System
12.30 Rob Leslie Sedicii What our company does
12.45 VHI  VHI  VHI - about us

Companies involved

More than 30 companies and organisations will be taking part in the day and providing information on career pathways, technologies and innovations at stands in the exhibition area.

Bluefin Payment Systems Routematch
Sunlife Red Hat
Waterford Technologies Immersive VR Education
SE2 Dataworks
CGM Ireland Kyckr
TSSG Sedicii
Stitcherads LiquidEdge
FourTheorem Distilledsch
Metsitaba Errigal
Structure 101 Suir Valley
The Packaging Hub VHI
WIT MIT Education Solutions
Fundrecs Scurri
Eishtec Tucr
Servisbot Spearline
Tech Mahindra Jumptech
110% Aphex
Skillsnet Agora Publishing
CipherTechs EU HCS
Emagine Boxworks
WIT Careers Centre



Threefold Systems

Crystal Valley Tech

Pro Vision

Amazon Web Services

ICBF (Irish Cattle Breeders Federation)
P4ML Showoff
Seam Datapac
The Taxback Group  PMBRC
One Other   


Support Agencies

The event is being supported in amy and multiple ways by agencies and companies across the region.

IDA Enterprise Ireland
New Frontiers Waterford Chamber of Commerce
Bank of Ireland CPL


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