Event demonstrates Tech and ICT is thriving in the South East
50 companies and 2,000 students, industry and recruiters attend the inaugural Crystal Valley Tech Showcase event
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.”
Over 50 companies who are working together as Crystal Valley Tech showcased their rapidly growing industry in the WIT Arena on Thursday morning to approx. 2,000 members of the public, college and second level students, recruiters, government agencies and other 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 www.wit.ie/ictday.
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.