The CEO of the Irish Internet Association Joan Mulvihill is among luminaries such as physicist Stephen Hawking and space skydiver Felix Baumgartner after having received a European award for Innovation Leadership.
Mulvihill received a special local Irish Innovation Champion award last night for her efforts to stimulate the Irish internet ecosystem.
The inaugural Innovation Luminary Awards at Trinity College Dublin took place during the Innovation Celebration Gala Dinner marking the Open Innovation 2.0 conference.
The Innovation Luminary Academy and Awards have been established by the EU Open Innovation Strategy and Policy Group (OISPG) to celebrate and recognise outstanding innovation role models and to inspire the next generation of innovators.
The president of the EU Commission Jose Manuel Barroso introduced the awards via video message.
“I am very excited to see the quality of the nominees this year and am sure that the Innovation Luminary Awards will fast become a hallmark for celebrating and encouraging innovation achievement,” he said.
The Inaugural Innovation Luminary award recipients are:
Special Category: Irish Innovation Champion:
Joan Mulvihill, Irish Internet Association
Prof Alexander von Gabain (DE) – Chairman, European Institute of Innovation &Technology and chairman, IntelCell AG
High Performance Innovation:
Peter van Manen (UK) – CEO McLaren Formula 1 Electronics
Prof Stephen Hawking (UK)
Felix Baumgartner (Au) – RedBull Stratos
Business Model Innovation:
Alexander Osterwalder (CH) – Inventor of the Business Model Canvas and best-selling author
Ami de L’Europe – 21st Century Industrial Innovation:
Justin Rattner (USA) – Intel Chief Technology Officer
Rovio (FI) – Mikael Hed, CEO
Innovation Thought Leadership:
Prof Leif Edvinsson (SE) – New Club of Paris, University of Lund
Martin Curley, OISPG chairman and Intel vice-president, said the Irish EU Presidency can leave a legacy of, and a trajectory for, a new generation of innovation leadership.
“These awards and the academy into which these individuals enter will prove to be part of that legacy and an inspiration for all who are improving an ever-changing world by being creative and innovative,” Curley said.
Photo: (From left) Martin Curley, OISPG chairman and Intel vice-president; Peter Finnegan, Dublin City Council assistant city manager and director of Economics, International Relations & Research, DCC; Irish Innovation Champion award Recipient Joan Mulvihill, CEO, Irish Internet Association; broadcaster Miriam O’Callaghan; and Bror Salmelin, European Commission. Photo by Marc O’Sullivan
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