Cork IT group launches pod into (cyber) space


23 Oct 2006

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It@cork, the regional network for technology professionals, has launched a series of podcast interviews ahead of its annual conference next month.

The podcasts are intended to give listeners an insight into the key issues that speakers intend to cover at the event, the eighth National Technology and Business Conference, which takes place on Wednesday 29 November at Cork’s Rochestown Park Hotel.

The first of the podcasts is now available for download and it includes an interview with Jeff Nolan, CEO of the web development firm Teqlo, who discusses the question of whether software should be considered a product or a service.

Over the coming weeks, other conference speakers including Eamonn Fallon, co-founder of Daft.ie and the US consultant Salim Ismail will consider ways of making money in the new technology. The American entrepreneur Marc Canter will discuss how to save money using IT. Also planned is a debate between Hugh MacLeod, one of the UK’s most popular bloggers and Conor Kenny from the online Irish bookstore Kennys.ie. Their conversation will be based around whether Irish businesses can win customers on a global basis.

The podcasts are produced by the well-known Irish blogger Tom Raftery and can be found at http://blog.itcork.ie.

Donal Manning, it@cork chairman said the podcasts were introduced following feedback from conference delegates last year. “We hope they will give listeners a real taster of what they can expect from our panel of top international speakers at this year’s conference,” he said.

By Gordon Smith