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Movidius named ISA Digital Technology Company of the Year 2016

Movidius was today named the Irish Software Association (ISA) Digital Technology Company of the Year at the annual Irish Software Awards at the Mansion House, Dublin.

The event was sponsored by Bank of Ireland, ByrneWallace and Enterprise Ireland. Movidius, an Irish machine-vision chip maker whose technology gives sight to smart devices, is powering artificial intelligence (AI) in cutting-edge virtual reality (VR) and drone applications by companies like Google, DJI, FLIR, and Lenovo. MD of Twitter Ireland Mark Little gave the keynote address.

Presenting the Award, ISA Director Paul Sweetman said: “Movidius is a classic example of a company with advanced technology that needed to wait for the market to catch up to it. The company’s core philosophy is that people need to be freed up from their devices - which demand constant attention and interaction - by enabling devices to act more autonomously and require less hands-on instruction from the user”.

Movidius, which was co-founded by Seán Mitchell and David Moloney in 2005, employs 180 staff across its global operations. Earlier this year the company announced plans to create further 100 jobs in Dublin. In September it was revealed the tech giant Intel plans to acquire the company in a multimillion-euro deal.

Full list of winners

ISA Digital Technology Company of the Year: Movidius

ISA Person of the Year: Karl Flannery

Emerging Company of the Year: LogoGrab

Outstanding Achievement In International Growth: eShopWorld

Technology Innovation of the Year: KantanMT

Digital Technology Services Project of the Year: Storm Technology

Multinational Corporation Initiative of the Year: Accenture Ireland - 'Women on Walls' campaign

Excellence in Talent Development: Openet

Outstanding Academic Achievement of the Year: Irish Centre for High-End Computing (ICHEC)

Karl Flannery, business leader, technology enthusiast and CEO of Storm Technology was named ISA Person of the Year 2016. For over 20 years Karl has been firmly committed to advancing the profile and needs of the Irish software and digital technology sector in the national and international arena. He is currently chair of the Industry Advisory Board for Knowledge Transfer Ireland and is chairing one of the delivery teams for the government’s ICT Action Plan for Jobs.

Karl has over 30 years' experience in the ICT industry, starting his career in the area of integrated voice and data terminals with Nortel. In 1995, Karl co-founded Storm Technology. Since then he has taken the company from a start-up operation to a well respected, profitable company, which focuses on technology solutions for the enterprise based on the Microsoft platform. Storm Technology has a team of over 90 staff and operates out of Dublin and Galway.

Other award winners on the night were LogoGrab, eShopWorld, KantanMT, Storm Technology, Accenture Ireland, Openet, and the Irish Centre for High-End Computing (ICHEC). Award sponsors included; Bank of Ireland, ByrneWallace, Enterprise Ireland, FIT ICT Association Professional, Irish Software Innovation Network, and the ISA Software Skillnet.

Commenting on the winners, Cronan McNamara Founder and CEO of Creme Global and Chair of the ISA said “I wish to congratulate Movidius on attaining the prestigious accolade of ISA Digital Technology Company of the Year. This year, we received an influx of talented, ambitious and worthy nominations. The quality of entrants proves that Ireland is great location to base and grow a technology company".

About ISA: ISA is the Ibec representative body for Irish software technology companies. It enables companies in the Irish software sector to scale globally through pathways of connections, knowledge and influence across the enterprise ecosystem. ISA is a forum for entrepreneurs to share ideas, develop their skills, meet investors, influence public policy, and create world-class companies.

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