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it@cork, European Tech Cluster making a Global Impact


t@cork, European Tech Cluster is a leading not-for-profit independent business organisation, representing the interests of the IT industry in Ireland. It is a unique blend of indigenous and international IT professionals, executives, multinationals, government leaders, public sector, academia, entrepreneurs, investors, legal and financial professional services community joining together to drive thought leadership, collaboration and global strategic alliances. It currently represents over 300 member companies with over 30,000 employees. it@cork, European Tech Cluster, is a global cluster and an award winning recognized key European hub. It is a unique collaborative model integrating industry, government, public sector and academia and represents €300b globally with €1B+ in Ireland. Denis Collins, Chairman of the Board, it@cork, European Tech Cluster and San Francisco Mayor Edwin Lee are collaborating to further grow a Silicon Valley and it@cork Euro Tech Cluster Alliance which will see Silicon Valley USA and Europe joining together for industry, education, social growth and achievements. Proven impact streams include the 2013 Global/European Tech Summit and initiatives such as Innovation That Matters, Tech Tuesday, Adopt A School, Adopt A Startup, Smarter Senses, Fit4Work, Skillsnet, Global Leaders Awards, Heads of IT, Digital/Social Global Communication Teaming Model. The groundbreaking Adopt-a-School programme was launched by Minister Sean Sherlock in Cork City Hall in May 2012 and is designed to create a dynamic relationship between the IT sector and the education sector, with a particular focus on encouraging students of all ages to use IT in creative ways. Minister Sherlock described Adopt-a-School as an “exemplary programme” and said that it will excite young students and engage them in IT-based innovation”. In excess of 30 industry-school relationships have

Michael Loftus, CIT Head of Faculty of Engineering and Science, Scoil Mhuire student Fiona Deasy, Denis Collins, Chairman of the Board it@Cork, European Tech Cluster, Sean Sherlock, Minister for Research and Innovation

been established to date. The programme is attracting significant attention across regions in Ireland and beyond, and has the potential to become an international exemplar of best practice in the area of industry-education relationship development supporting such initiatives as the SMART STEM robotic telescope array project. “Our global cluster,” said Collins “is focused on leading and building linkages for mutual economic benefits, academic improvements, and social enhancements. Our organisation represents many companies based in San Francisco. It’s my pleasure to work with Mayor Lee and I look forward to growing our relationship. Our cluster of 300 companies is fully committed to making a tangible difference”. Mayor Lee said “I am delighted to work with Denis Collins and a pedigree global organisation like the European Tech Cluster; I look forward to strengthening ties between our regions for mutual benefit”

Denis Collins, Chairman of the Board, it@ Cork, European Tech Cluster

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