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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.

 

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Limerick Leader

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.”

 

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Limerick Leader
| UTV

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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Market Wired

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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Irish Times
| IrishCentral

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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Silicon Republic

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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Limerick Leader

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.

 

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Forbes

A KPMG boss who grew up in a family of nine in west Belfast is to help drive US investment into Northern Ireland.

 

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Belfast Telegraph
| U-TV

Two prominent US-based businessmen have been appointed to chair a new group that will advise the Northern Ireland Executive on trade and investment opportunities.

The first and deputy first ministers made the announcement on a US visit.

Shaun T Kelly will advise on east coast opportunities and John Hartnett will advise on the west coast and Silicon Valley.

Mr Kelly, from Belfast, is the New York-based chief operating officer of professional services firm KPMG.

Mr Hartnett is the founder of SVG Partners, a technology investment company.

 

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BBC News

Strategy, solidarity and social are strong themes in the entertainment industry

 

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Irish TImes

ITLG 2013 winner Trustev sells to Transunion 

A Cork-based start-up founded less than three years ago has sold for $44 million (€40 million). Fraud-prevention firm Trustev, set up in 2013 by Pat Phelan and Chris Kennedy, who remain the leading shareholders, was acquired by consumer credit-rating company TransUnion. US-based TransUnion will pay $21 million in cash up front and up to $23 million more if Trustev achieves specified targets through 2018.

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Irish TImes

SVG & Forbes on AgTech

 

Irish biotechnology start-up Nuritas has won a major award sponsored by Forbes and the Silicon Valley-based venture-capital firm SVG Partners.

The Dublin-based company was awarded the 2015 SVG Thrive Accelerator Award at the ‘Forbes Reinventing America Ag Tech’ summit in Salinas, California on Thursday.

 

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Irish TImes

Fingal County Council, in conjunction with Fingal Dublin Chamber, will welcome global technology leaders to Ireland later next week.

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Independent.ie

Cork's Margaret Burgraff is helping lead Silicon Valley giant Intel's charge to enable the internet of things. It's been quite a journey to the top floor.

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Independent.ie

He will conclude his trip in Dublin to attend and speak at the 2015 Irish Technology Leadership Group (ITLG) Silicon Valley Global Tech Summit from May 25-26. This builds on O’Brien’s previous work in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields and entrepreneurship in Ireland, including attending the Northern Ireland Science Festival in February 2015 and leading a Partnership Opportunity Delegation (POD) in January 2014. On May 27, he will attend a diaspora event with Minister of State for the Diaspora James Deenihan, building on the Secretary’s Office of Global Partnerships’ diaspora work including the International diaspora Engagement Alliance (IdEA).

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Department of State - US

The County Council, Fingal Dublin Chamber of Commerce, Dublin City University and the Institute of Technology Blanchardstown, will host the 7th annual Irish Technology Leadership Group (ITLG) Silicon Valley Global Technology Summit on the 25th and 26th May.

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North County Leader