This is a review of last week’s Annual Conference by Mark Rodgers of Cipherion Translations. Mark is also chair of the IIA Internation Working Group. This review was originally published on his own blog and he very nicely (cos he’s a very nice chap) allowed us to republish it here. Thanks Mark!
IIA Annual Conference: Open Data, Cloud Computing and the Future for Irish Entrepreneurs
Cloud Computing and Open Data
A tech-conference in Dublin these days is not a conference without an appearance by Josh Holmes – Microsoft’s evangelist. And Josh didn’t disappoint either, with some wonderful insights into deep fried mars bars and other Arkansas delicacies. Tech-details aside, the convergence of cloud computing and open data is starting to show signs of becoming a reality, well done to IIA for showcasing the strategic nature of this convergence. Check out our thoughts on m-cloud.
Future for Irish Entrepreneurs – a European Content Hub?
The final panel discussion really started to spark the imagination. Neil Leyden, joint-winner of “Your Country, Your Call”, outlined his fantastic ideas and visions for an Irish Content Services Centre (ICSC) here in Dublin. In short, it’s the IFSC Part II.
However, instead of funds, Neil suggests that we focus on our unique position and ability to play a central role in Content distribution to the European market – and beyond. Disney (www.disney.com) , EA (www.ea.com) , Sony (www.sony.com) etc could all be invited to set up European “content” centres here in Ireland.
Constantin Gurdgiev loved the opportunity to speak publicly and not mention the words “bailout” or “crisis”! Instead he focused on the opportunities for organisations to develop new technologies, not based on a defined and known market, but more along the lines of: build it, go to market and try and sell it, take on customer feedback, modify the product or service and go to market again. The future is un-known, as soon as you do market research, it’s out of date!
This is real entrepreneurship – heading into the future, not certain of where or how you’ll get there but knowing that you have the people, tools, resources and abilities to get there. With a sprinkling of deep fried “self-belief”, as Josh might say.
So instead of spending your €1million of investment in technology, spend €250k on the sales channel and sales person… and spend the next €500k on upgrading and improving. “K”s can also be dropped above ; – ). A bit like the Japanese Kaizen approach.
This approach ties in very nicely to a current LinkedIN debate in the Irish Software Association group on how tech start-ups can find the right sales people. What’s emerging is that IRELAND INC, as a collaborative community, could be doing a better job at supplying already existing information and / or contacts and networks to our entrepreneurs – so that they are better equipped to face into what is ahead. Perhaps Michael Gerber’s “E-myth” be made mandatory reading before anyone sets up a business. In reading the book it becomes clear:
- Most businesses are set up by folks who know the “technology”, myself included.
- The more successful they get, the busier they become in delivering product / service
- This leaves a gap in the business: Who’s going to sell my services
- Sometimes this realisation comes too late: the business goes under
- Successful entrepreneurs either delegate the technical aspects or hire a great sales person
- All businesses are the same; all entrepreneurs are the same – only with different challenges.
- So let’s just recognise the problem, consult others to see if it’s valid, and change our approach.
In Ireland, there are ever more green shoots appearing. The harvest is still some time away.
However those that are just starting along the road to global success can learn from those who are one step ahead, those that are one step ahead can give back to those that are just starting. Just check the newspapers last weekend, the Turley brothers netted €80m for the sale of their business CarTrawler. One of the brothers was in sales, one was in operations – it works!
Sharon has 12 years’ technology experience with international and indigenous tech companies. Sharon will be responsible for sales development across the company’s offices in Dublin, Cork, Waterford and Kildare.
“Her technology industry experience makes her ideal to resource and match the growing IT staffing needs of companies,” commented Caroline Godsil, joint managing director, HiberniaEvros. “Despite the bad news on the employment front in general, there is very strong demand for qualified IT people across the board.”
Hibernia Evros Technology Staffing Solutions provides high calibre candidates for contract positions within the IT industry across a variety of roles including system administrators, infrastructure consultants, project managers, test engineers, DBAs (database administrators), developers, helpdesk engineers and business application consultants.
Further information from: http://tss.hetg.ie/
The Policy Advisory Committee has not yet been formed. The Terms of Reference (ToR) for a Policy Advisory Committee (PAC) were agreed in Q4 2008 and published on the Registrar Discussion Forum (RDF) in Q1 2009. The ToR provides that the PAC shall be a consultative and advisory body to IEDR and will deal with questions and issues relating to the operation of the .ie ccTLD (country code top level domain). Other terms include:-
- The PAC may convey advisory views or submissions on policy matters to IEDR. All advice given by the PAC will be objective and in the best interests of the Irish Internet community.
- The PAC shall be autonomous in regard to its agenda and to the subject matter of its policy advisory recommendations.
- IEDR may refer any policy issue to the PAC for its consideration. Recommendations of the PAC shall be of persuasive authority and IEDR shall have due regard to them.
- Otherwise than as provided by the Terms of Reference, the PAC may regulate its activities as it sees fit.
The Working group met and further to the discussion an initial draft proposal was sent on February 22nd 2011 to the PDP-WG mailing list.
Further to the comments and suggestions received, the proposal has been edited and refined to include feedback and suggestions made.
This new version is for discussion purposes and all comments, feedback and new suggestions are welcome. Click here to download the PDF.
A road map was established for this project:
- On Tuesday 5th April 2011, this document was distributed via the PDP-WG mailing list and published on the RDF forum for further discussion and to collect additional feedback and comments.
- On Wednesday 13th April 2011, a reminder/last call was sent to the PDP mailing list and on the RDF.
- On Monday 18th April 2011, this document will be published on the IEDR website for public comments.
- On Monday 9th May 2011, a reminder/last call will be sent to the PDP mailing list and on the RDF.
- Finally, on Monday 16th May 2011, if no objection is made to the proposed document, this proposal will be deemed to be approved and will constitute the .ie PDP. The Working Group will be disbanded with thanks to the Working Group members for their time, effort and hard work.
The seminar, organised by the Patents Office, is for small business-owners, entrepreneurs, inventors and startup companies in Galway and surrounding counties.
Speakers include experts from the public and private sectors and local entrepreneurs.
Minister Sherlock said: ‘This seminar presents a great learning opportunity for small business-owners, entrepreneurs, inventors and startup companies who want to scale their businesses or turn their ideas into functioning enterprises.’
‘It is not generally known that over 80% of new inventions are derived from previous inventions, so during the seminar information will be provided as to where details of previous inventions can be sourced.
‘The seminar will outline all the government supports available from incubation to commercialisation.
‘It will examine how to convert an idea into a business opportunity, due diligence in setting up a business, an insight into what are patents, trade marks and industrial designs and how they should be managed.‘
‘Small businesses are the lifeblood of our economy and now more than ever they need every support they can to start and grow’, Minister Sherlock concluded
Admission to the seminars is free but pre-registration with the Patents Office is required.
There will be an opportunity to meet and talk to the speakers throughout the day and after the seminar from 4pm to 4.30pm.
You can register for the Galway seminar by email at email@example.com or phone 056-7720118.
Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Mr. Richard Bruton T.D., today [Wednesday] announced a call for proposals for the Dublin City of Science programme of events in 2012.
‘Rebuilding Ireland’s international reputation for excellence in science and technology will be crucial to achieving growth and getting people back to work. I am developing a plan to put science, technology and innovation at the centre our growth and jobs policies. Part of this will involve showing to the world that we are a creative, innovative, scientific nation.
‘Dublin City of Science 2012, a highly prestigious event which was won in the face of stiff competition, offers a perfect opportunity to show the world what we can do. I think we should all get involved in this programme and help promote Ireland to the world as a centre of innovation and creativity in science and technology,’ the Minister said speaking at the launch.
The call, which will remain open until 30 June 2011, is seeking proposals for a year-long programme of events to engage the citizens of the island of Ireland in science. It is hoped to devise a programme of events that will demonstrate the reach of science into almost every aspect of our lives – education, business, the arts, sports and our communities.
Partnerships will also be sought with organisations and individuals who wish to develop events that will encourage the public to engage with science.
Dublin City of Science 2012 will showcase Irish expertise and creativity that will firmly place Ireland on the map for science excellence.
Speaking at the launch, Professor Patrick Cunningham, Chief Scientific Adviser to the Government said that: ‘the primary purpose of this call is to identify events that creatively engage with science and the public.
‘This could be by way of promoting an existing event, activity or idea. It could be something completely new, something you’d like to develop within your own organisation or institution, or in partnership with others. I would welcome activities in any format, indoor or outdoor, through the medium of theatre, film, exhibitions, workshops, debates, interactive dialogues, online events, the list is endless,’ Prof. Cunningham concluded.
Also at the launch today was the Dublin City of Science 2012 Project Director, Mr. David Fahy. He highlighted the importance to include events from a wide and varied reach.
‘While it is Dublin that is the City of Science, it is central to us that a programme is developed that stretches to include the whole island of Ireland.
‘I would urge those with an interest in science and technology and their impact on art, literature, music, sport, communities, the economy, society in general to submit proposals, Mr. Fahy concluded.
The call is available at www.dublinscience2012.ie/pep
European public bodies produce thousands upon thousands of datasets every year – about everything from how our tax money is spent to the quality of the air we breathe.
OpenDataChallenge.org is challenging designers, developers, journalists, researchers and others to come up with something useful, valuable or interesting for European citizens, built using open data.
There are four main strands to the competition:
- Ideas – Anyone can suggest an idea for projects which reuse public information to do something interesting or useful.
- Apps – Teams of developers can submit working applications which reuse public information.
- Visualisations – Designers, artists and others can submit interesting or insightful visual representations of public information.
- Datasets – Public bodies can submit newly opened up datasets, or developers can submit derived datasets which they’ve cleaned up, or linked together
The competition is open for 60 days – from 5th April until 5th June midnight. The winners will be selected by an all star cast of open data gurus – and announced in mid June at the European Digital Assembly in Brussels.
For more information and to enter online please visit OpenDataChallenge.org
Digitise the Nation runs from May 9th 2011 to May 13th 2011. It is a week of free (or cheap!) events to help get everyone online; to digitise the nation.
We want to reach businesses, consumers, students, children, teenagers, parents, and grandparents.
This is an opportunity for everyone to bring their skills and capabilities to the very widest audience, showing everyone how the internet can be used
- to communicate with friends and family,
- to transact business to business and business to consumer;
- for education, self-development, career improvement, social interaction, fundraising and raising awareness and campaigns on local issues.
This is a chance to show how the internet can make life easier, more fulfilling and more fun. We can show people that the internet is the ultimate communication medium and that communication isn’t one-way or two-way but every way!
So if you would like to get involved and run an event in your area please fill out this form. In this form we ask you for contact details, some details about your proposed event and your preferred date for your event.
The event can be a one off event or part of a series. It can be a brand new event, developed for Digitise the Nation, or it can be a longstanding event given a DTN11 twist.
Please contact Roseanne Smith, IIA Membership Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 01 542 4154, to discuss your ideas or if you have any other queries.
You can also keep up to the minute about this initiative by following the DTN11 hashtag on Twitter, liking the IIA on Facebook or check out the DTN11 microsite and subscribe for email updates or RSS feeds.
There are a number of excellent sponsorship opportunities available for this initiative that will give the participating company exposure not only at local community level but at an upcoming global awards ceremony. Click here to download a PDF of the opportunities document and get involved.
Open for Business
The title of this year’s conference is Open for BUSINESS. The audience last year comprised senior managers, decision makers and key industry personnel.
The IIA Conference is unique in that it provides excellent content in an educational and networking environment. Keynote speakers come from companies such as Microsoft, Gruupy.com, and IBM. Click here to read more about the confirmed speakers.
This year will be our most ambitious conference to date. We have more speakers than ever before and it will include a full day of plenary sessions as well as parallel break-out sessions and clinics.
We want you to attend – but more than that, we want you to really join in! This conference is all about you and we’re taking the term ‘conference’ literally: lots of conferring with industry peers, sharing experiences and varying perspectives.
This is an industry conversation. Great speakers are important but we want to know what you think too. So get ready to join the conversation. In fact, if there’s a particular conversation you’ve been yearning to have then let us know in the next week or so.
There will be keynotes in the morning AND afternoon and panel debates morning and afternoon so book your ticket early and don’t miss out.
PRICE: As it’s mid-season sale time, the standard ticket price has been cut by 25% on last year, form €245 to €180.
The member rate is €150 and the early bird (limited to the first 50 tickets) is €120.
Contact Roseanne NOW at email@example.com to get one of the 50 exclusive early bird tickets.
Conferences are really good when they are more than just an event – the IIA annual conference is part of a bigger process of dialogue between you, the delegates, the IIA as your representative body, and industry thought leaders, policy shapers and makers. This is your chance to make your voice heard and to change how business is done online in Ireland.
SPONSORSHIP & EXHIBITION OPPORTUNITIES
Sponsorship and exhibition opportunities for 2011 are available.
If you would like to be associated with the IIA brand and benefit from the exposure you will receive by being a sponsor of the IIA Conference in 2011 please download our Sponsorship Opportunities document or contact Joan Mulvihill on 01 5424154 for more information.
OWASP (The Open Web Application Security Project) will be hosting the 2011 Application Security European Conference (http://www.appseceu.org), the premiere web application security conference on the beautiful city of Dublin, at Trinity College Dublin on June 6th-10th, 2011.
AppSec EU 2011 will provide a venue for hundreds of IT professionals interested in securing web technologies to learn, interact, network, and attend presentations and training given by some of the world’s top practitioners of web application security, suitable for everyone from federal decision makers and management to application security engineers and developers.
Executives from Fortune 500 firms along with technical thought leaders such as security architects and lead developers will be traveling to hear the cutting-edge ideas presented by Information Security’s top talent.
OWASP events attract a worldwide audience interested in "what’s next". The conference is expected to draw 300-400 technologists from Government, Financial Services, Media, Pharmaceuticals, Health care, Technology, and many other verticals.
AppSec EU 2011 is currently soliciting presentations & training proposals from researchers, academia and industry on the following topics:
– OWASP Tools and Projects
– Cloud Application Security
– Government Approaches to Application Security
– Application Security Case Studies
– Application Security and Business Risks
– Metrics for Application Security
– Web Services Security
– Source Code Review
– Web Application Security Testing
– Secure Coding Practices
– Privacy Concerns
– Vulnerabilities/Exploits in the Web App World
– Defense & Countermeasures in the Web App World
Papers may be submitted to to https://www.easychair.org/conferences/?conf=appseceu2011 and must be received by Sunday 3rd April 2011. Inquires should be directed to Ireland@owasp.org.
Contact us today or visit http://www.appseceu.org for more information.
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