Industry leaders gather for Wexford's first ever Tech Founders Summit

By Fintan Lambe

Published 02/04/2016 | 00:00

Bernard Roche of Salesforce and Francis Clauson.
Bernard Roche of Salesforce and Francis Clauson.
Tara Morris of Taoglas and Jim Hughes, CEO of Innovate, are pictured at the Tech Founders Summit in the Amber Springs Hotel, Gorey.

Over 65 people involved in the tech sector recently attended Wexford's first Tech Founders Summit which was held in The Amber Springs Hotel in Gorey.

The event was organised by Wexford County Council's Local Enterprise Office to bring together the county's growing tech business community. Those present included companies involved in software, web design, hardware, and ICT specialists. Tom Banville, Head of Enterprise at Wexford County Council opened the event.

Some of the county's top tech businesspeople shared their stories in panel discussions. The supportive nature of the tech business sector in Wexford was noted by Jennifer O'Brien of 2Cubed who was on the first panel with Rory O'Connor of Scurri. Paul Hayes of Beachhut PR was MC, and he was joined for the second panel by Lisa Stacey from web development and design company, WebArt and Chris Horan from Sonru, which provides a web-based interviewing product.

In the third panel was Tara Morris of Taoglas, and Jim Hughes of Innovate who discussed the new 'IT HUB@M11 - Gorey' facility being built by Redmond Brothers beside the Amber Springs. An architectural model of the development was displayed. Innovate will be the anchor company in the facility which will also feature an innovation space supported by Wexford County Council. It will be used by up-and-coming technology companies as they start and grow their businesses.

The final speaker was Dr David Dempsey from Salesforce, the number one CRM and enterprise cloud computing company in the world. Cllr. Malcolm Byrne, Cathaoirleach of Gorey Municipal District gave a closing address, thanking everyone involved in the event.

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