Start-up teams Soosokan from Trinity College Dublin and Visit from Queen’s University Belfast have been crowned as winners of the cross-border upStart programme, which is now in its fourth year.
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The Irish Technology Leadership Group (ITLG) has the 'Hollywood 50' highlighting global Irish-American executives making a significant impact within their field of technology.
Announcing the prestigious list John Hartnett, president and founder of the ITLG said these individuals exhibit the creativity, intelligence, dedication and determination necessary to compete and succeed in the competitive world of technology.
“We are delighted that we have the support of such an excellent panel of individuals who are willing to devote their time to help our entertainment technology entrepreneurs scale their companies from startup to success”, Hartnett said.
Hartnett established the ITLG several years ago because he realised that unlike other diaspora groups in the US, such as Israel, the Irish diaspora had failed to mobilise to help tech firms from Ireland to achieve success in the US.
The movement grew rapidly to engage with hundreds of senior Irish executives in Fortune 500 companies, venture capital firms and leading tech start-ups. Former Intel CEO and chairman Craig Barrett came on board as chairman, the ITLG established a headquarters in downtown San Jose, California, and created its own venture capital firm, Irish Technology Capital.
It has grown to include outposts not only in Silicon Valley but also Wall Street and Hollywood, and has grown global dimensions, uniting technology executives of Irish descent in other geographies across the world, including Europe and Asia.
The group's most recent annual summit in Silicon Valley was one of the best attended ,with more than 1,000 executives, including senior executives from Facebook, Google, Andreessen Horowitz, Elevation Partners, Intel, HP, Cisco and many more attending. A forthcoming ITLG summit in Hollywood will endeavour to unite diaspora along the themes of digital media, content and creativity in the 21st century.
In many ways, the ITLG has become the template for rapid and effective engagement with the global diaspora and therefore a model for success. The endeavour was rewarded recently when the ITLG was selected by US President Barack Obama's administration to spearhead US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s Global Diaspora Forum which aims to engage with not only the Irish diaspora but the diaspora from India, China, Israel and other nations.
George Bailey, Senior Advisor, Sony Corporation
Chris Boody, Vice President, General Manager, Intel Software and Services Group & Intel Services Division, Network Product Services
Kieran Breen , EVP Marketing, 20th Century Fox
Jon Bukosky, Partner, SVGP
Brian Byrne, Film Composer, Independent
Des Carey , Founder/Owner, LightIron digital
Brian Carmody , Founder/Owner, Smuggler
James Carroll, SVP, Yahoo!
Sean Cooney, VP, Advanced Production Technology, Warner Bros
Adele Cooper, Director of Global Business Partnerships , Facebook
Bill Daly, Former SVP, Warner Bros
Donnachada Daly , Animator , Dreamworks
Peter Devlin, Production Sound Mixer, DBD Audio
Moya Doherty, Director, Tyrone Productions
Niall Donnelly, Entrepreneur, Arrogant
Rory Dooley, SVP, Logitech
Brian Dunn , CEO, Pirate Eye
Damian Farrell, MD, Caboom Animation Studio
Terry Fitzpatrick , Chief Content and Distribution Officer , Sesame Street
Una Fox, VP, Integrated Retail, Disney
Ciaran Foy, Writer / Director,
Cathal Gaffney, Co-Founder, Brown Bag Films
Kieran Hannon, VP Marketing, UBM Canon
Cory Johnson, Anchor, Bloomberg
Kathleen Kennedy, Co-Chairman, Lucas film / Kennedy Marshall
Dr. Anil Kokaram, Technology lead / Professor, Google / Trinity College Dublin
Greg Little, Producer, Brown Bag Films
Jonathan Loughran, SVP, Irish Film Board
Greg Maguire, CEO, Inlifesize Ltd.
Tom Malloy, CTO, Adobe
Kevin McCarthy, CFO, X Box (Microsoft)
John McColgan, , Riverdance
Tomm Moore, Co-Owner, Cartoon Saloon
Sean Moriarty , Founder, Ticketmaster
Brendan Morrissey, , Independent
Robert Nashak, EVP, Digital Entertainment, BBC Worldwide
Darragh O’Connell , Director / Executive Producer, Brown Bag Films
Niall O'Connor, CIO, Apple
Susan O'Day, CIO, Disney
Sean O'Donoghue, CTO, The Madison Square Garden Company
Fergal Reilly , Director, Sony Corporation
Jay Roewe, SVP, HBO
John Ryan, Co-Founder, Macrovision
Kirsten Sheridan, Writer / Director, The Factory
Gary Shore , Director, Knucklehead
Colum Slevin, Vice President, Head of Studio Ops, Lucasfilm
Patrick Sweeney, Counsel, Reed Smith
Norman Tajudin, Partner, SVGP
Lorraine Twohill, VP Global Marketing, Google
Paul Young, Co-Owner, Cartoon Saloon
The Irish Technology Leadership Group (ITLG) will be hosting its annual Innovation in Entertainment event on 27 September at Sony Pictures Studios in Hollywood. Executives in attendance represent some of the world’s leading entertainment companies, including HBO, Warner Brothers, Lucasfilm, Sony and DreamWorks.