The Next Leap



Author: Johnny Ryan

Assistants: David Walker, Rebecca Schneider, Lauren Sims
Additional expertise: Joseph Curtin & Peadar ó Broin

IIEA Digital Future Group:
Chairperson: Paul Rellis, Managing Director, Microsoft Ireland
Vice Chairperson: Professor Joyce O’Connor, Chair of the Digital Hub Development Agency

The author would like to thank Tony Brown, Chair of the IIEA Publications Committee, and expresses his particular thanks to Jill Donoghue, Director General of the Institute of International & European Affairs.
The IIEA would like to thank the Irish Technology Leadership Group (ITLG) in Silicon Valley, and in particular Johnny Gilmore, ITLG Executive Vice President, and Chief Operating Officer, Sling Media, Inc., and John Hartnett, ITLG Chairman, and Senior Vice President, Palm, Inc.

Thanks to the Stakeholders (individuals & organisations): the Digital Media Forum; Chambers Ireland; Trinity Research & Innovation, TCD O’Reilly Institute; Forfás; the German Chamber of Commerce; the Irish Software Association; Juniper Research; the American Chamber of Commerce; BT Ireland; Microsoft; John Hurley, Governor, Central Bank & Financial Services Authority of Ireland; Peter O’Shea, Chief Information Officer, ESB; Barry O’Leary, Chief Executive Officer, IDA Ireland; Donal O’Mahony, Multimedia Manager, IDA Business Park Wicklow; Isolde Goggin, former Communications Commissioner; Cathal Gaffney, Owner, BrownBag Films; John Mallon, Owner, Argent Productions; Edward M Walsh, Founding President, University of Limerick; Tom Termini, Solutions Architect, Bluedog Inc.; Joe Drumgoole, founder,; Helen Shaw, Managing Director, Athena Media; Martin Hogan, Manager, the Digital Cube; Michael O’Neil, Director, UCD Natural Computing Research & Applications Group; Eamonn Fallon, CEO,; Seán Jevins, Director of e-Services, Allied Irish Bank; M-Tahar Kechadi, Director, UCD Parallel Computational Research Group; James Grealis, Senior Director of Operations, Symantec Inc.; Larry Bass, CEO, Screentime ShinAwiL Productions; Fionn Murtagh, Director of Information, Communications and Emergent Technologies, Science Foundation Ireland; Lionel Barker, General Manager, Xilinx Design Services; Hugo Boylan, Managing Director, Newgrove Consultants; Philip Farren, Consultant, GCS Recruiting; Niall Ennis, Managing Director, DCC SerCom; Jamie McCormick, founder, Game; Liam O’Morain, Commercialisation Manager, Digital Enterprise Research Institute; Stephen Brennan, Director of Marketing & Strategy, Digital Hub Development Agency; Brian Honan, Owner, BH Consulting; Máirtín O’Droma, Director, Telecommunications Research Centre, University of Limerick; Keith Bohanna, founder, dbTwang; Grainne Barron, Director, Animo; John Whelan, Technology Transfer Case Manager, TCD; Aoife O’Mahony, Manager, STEPS to Engineering, Engineers Ireland; Dermot Doyle, Managing Director, BOSSCOM; Clive Byrne, Director, National Association of Principals and Deputy Principals; Susanne Dirks, Leader, IBM Institute for Global Business Value; John J. Lynch, Chairman, CIÉ; David Cotter, CEO, igopeople; Rob Corbet, Partner, Arthur Cox; Damian Ryan, Partner, Results International Group; Marian O’Sullivan, Head of Development, Institute of Art, Design and Technology; Ruth Mac Partlin, CEO, Fluid Rock; Rod Large, Chairman, Crucible Media; William J. Murphy, Chair, Commerce & Technology Graduate Programs, Franklin Pierce Law Centre; Philip Adams, serial entrepreneur; Tom FitzGerald, Managing Director, Bárd; Fred Herrera, Enterprise Development Executive, Institute of Art, Design & Technology Dun Laoghaire; Mary Ryan, Managing Director, Project Innovator Ltd.; The Irish Primary Principals’ Network; Peter Kennedy, Vice President for Research, UCC; Ann O’Connor, Rosalind Burke, Bartley O’Connor, and Feargal O’Rourke, Pricewaterhouse Coopers; Frank Turpin, Government Affairs Manager, Intel; Michael Walsh, Global DMX; Charles Larkin, Chairperson of the Swan Group; Patricia Callan, Director, Small Firms Association; Sonas Innovation; the Irish Venture Capital Association; Olivia Cosgrove, CEO, CashTrail; Larry O’Connell, Senior Economist, National Social & Economic Forum; Aine Looney, CEO, National Council for Curriculum and Assessment; Martin Walsh, Chief Legal Counsel, Daon; Ben Hurley, CEO, National Digital Research Centre; Kevin T. Ryan, Centre Director, LERO, the Irish Software Engineering Research Centre, University of Limerick.

The author must also thank Barry McSweeney and Suzanne Duke for their input, and the Office of the Chief Scientific Adviser to the Government, for permission to use the 2005 ‘Science, Technology and Innovation as Drivers of a Knowledge Economy in Ireland’ SWOT. The author must also thank the following partners who publicised the IIEA Digital Stakeholders’ Consultation: Silicon Republic, Digital Media Forum, IT@Cork, American Chamber of Commerce, Irish Internet Association, German Chamber of Commerce, and the Irish Software Association.

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Time Magazine cover “Seán Lemass”, 12 July 1963, printed by permission of Time Magazine.


Written by johnnyryan

13/12/2008 at 01:04

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