Celebrating St. Patrick's Day Silicon Valley-Style, With A Focus On Tech And The Irish

While Irish bars throughout San Francisco were beginning to fill with revelers on St. Patrick’s Day on Thursday, about 30 miles to the south in Palo Alto more than 200 Irish, Irish-Americans and friends of the Irish gathered for a lunch to celebrate milestones in technology for Ireland and its progeny in the Valley.

Organized by the Irish Technology Leadership Group (ITLG), a nonprofit founded by Valley-based Irish technology investor John Hartnett, the gathering highlighted the successes of Irish and Irish-Americans in Silicon Valley. Fifty Irish and Irish-American executives making an impact in technology in the Valley were given awards, including executives from Google, Cisco, Fitbit, Square, Intel, Dropbox and more. Some of the more high profile awardees, including Twitter, CEO Jack Dorsey and brothers John and Patrick Collison, cofounders of web-payments company Stripe, did not attend.

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Sedicii wins The Irish Times/ITLG Innovative Award

Ireland is punching above its weight in Silicon Valley, but it needs to continue to focus on education and fostering entrepreneurship, especially as the ‘Internet of Screens’ gives way to the ‘Internet of Things’.

That was the message from Wednesday’s Irish Technology Leadership Group (ITLG) event honoring 50 of the most influential Irish and Irish-American people in Silicon Valley.

“There’s a very real sense that Ireland is at a tipping point and is punching way above its weight in technology,” said Belkin chief marketing officer Kieran Hannon, who has been in the USA for 29 years.

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Obama administration selects ITLG to spearhead global engagement with diaspora

The Irish Technology Leadership Group (ITLG) has been 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.

In Washington yesterday, John Hartnett, president and founder of the Irish Technology Leadership Group, announced the launch of a Silicon Valley base for the International diaspora Engagement Alliance at the U.S. Secretary of State’s Second Annual Global Diaspora Forum.

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in discussion with irish american author, rich moran

NOVEMBER 23, 2016

The Irish Leadership Technology Group  sat down with Rich Moran, a long-time member and author of the new book The Thing About Work, Showing Up and Other Important Matters

As the ninth book published by Moran, The Thing About Work is the consummate guide to navigating the modern day workplace. In it, readers find anecdotes and advice on everything from how to create a meaningful workplace culture, how to uphold a work-life balance, how to derive a sense of purpose, and settles just what “business casual” means.

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APRIL 7, 2016

 

STUDENTS from across Ireland let their imaginations run wild at Shannon Airport this week as part of the second Young Innovators competition.

Everything from microchips inserted at birth to predict medical illnesses to self-drive cars with workstations were posited as possible aspects of life in this country in half a century’s time.

The brainchild of Corbally man John Hartnett of the Irish Technology Leadership Group, the event was designed to help in the development of key skills needed to meet the requirements of a competitive economy.

Some 700 students – including a sizeable contingent from Limerick – touched down at the airport this week for the contest.

They were set the task of imaging the world 50 years from now and coming up with new business ideas for then across six categories - how we live, work, play, shop, learn and travel.


APRIL 5, 2016

 

STUDENTS across Limerick are to be asked to examine how society will live, work, play, shop learn and travel in 50 years time, at a special event in Shannon Airport next week.

The second Irish Technology Leadership Group (ITLG) Young Innovators award is back in the region next Wednesday, with 700 students from 20 counties across Ireland set to take over the check-in area of the local airport.

There, they will be set a task: to imagine the world in 2066 and how it will differ from today across a wide range of strands of our daily lives.

Corbally man John Hartnett, who heads the ITLG and is based in the Silicon Valley said getting the students –  mainly from Transition Year – to look so far in the future will push them to think more creatively.

He said: “If you think about today or tomorrow or the next day, you are going to use the same stuff that is happening today. If you stretch the imagination and look out 50 years from now, you really have to think outside the box.”


MARCH 31, 2016

 

The Irish Technology Leadership Group (ITLG) brought together the digital innovators at the 9th Annual Silicon Valley Global Awards in Palo Alto last week. The event highlighted arvato, the international service provider with a prestigious nomination for Andrea Mahon, Vice President of Business Development. She was recognized as one of the "Silicon Valley 50" -- the top 50 Irish and Irish-American tech executives making a significant impact in and around the Valley.


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MARCH 31, 2016

 

EMIGRANT GROUPS FORM COALITION TO PUSH FOR VOTING RIGHTS

Among the groups signing who signed the letter are Votes for Irish Citizens Abroad (VICA) in Britain, the Irish Technology Leadership Group (ITLG) in Silicon Valley, the Irish Australian Chamber of Commerce, We’re Coming Back, the Irish German Business Network and the newly formed Irish Association of Latin America.


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MARCH 25, 2016

 

TWO IRISH START-UPS TO JOIN THRIVE AGRITECH ACCELERATOR IN CALIFORNIA

Two Irish start-ups, Wheyhey and MagGrow, are among 12 start-ups selected to take part in the THRIVE agritech accelerator that will take place in Salinas, California

 


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MARCH 25, 2016

 

YOUNG INNOVATORS EVENT TO RETURN TO SHANNON AIRPORT

MORE than 700 students from 60 schools across Ireland will descend on Shannon Airport next month for a major event for young business minds.

For the second time, the Irish Technology Leadership Group – headed by Corbally man John Hartnett – will host its Young Innovators event.

The event, which takes place on April 6, is designed to help in the development of key skills needed to meet the requirements of a competitive economy.


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MARCH 17, 2016

 

Celebrating St. Patrick's Day Silicon Valley-Style, With A Focus On Tech And The Irish

Organized by the Irish Technology Leadership Group (ITLG), a nonprofit founded by Valley-based Irish technology investor John Hartnett, the gathering highlighted the successes of Irish and Irish-Americans in Silicon Valley. Fifty Irish and Irish-American executives making an impact in technology in the Valley were given awards, including executives from Google GOOGL -0.43%, Cisco, Fitbit, Square, Intel INTC +2.15%, Dropbox and more. Some of the more high profile awardees, including Twitter TWTR +0.00% CEO Jack Dorsey and brothers John and Patrick Collison, cofounders of web-payments company Stripe, did not attend.