it@cork TechFest

Annual Tech Summit – virtually at your door

14th – 18th September 2020

A Connected Future – New Complexities | New Opportunities | New Normal


Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic it@cork in consultation with the board and various industry groups has taken the decision to host the Annual Tech Summit online and virtually bring it to your door. The safety of our speakers, attendees and sponsors comes first and we strongly feel that this is the right and responsible decision to do at this moment in time.

Therefore, we are pleased to announce that this has provided us with the opportunity to bring to you something that it@cork have wanted to do for years and bring you our first-ever Technology Festival with the support of our Learning Network it@cork Skillnet.

it@cork TechFest promises to be bigger, bolder and better than ever and will be a week-long festival from 14th -18th September. We are delighted to announce that we will be bringing you 5 tracks over 5 days along with various workshops and it@cork member-exclusive events.

it@cork annual Tech Summit conference is one of Europe’s most exciting technology events and is one of the most widely recognised and well attended dates in the tech industry calendar. The event brings together tech leaders & enthusiasts from all over Europe, to explore how disruption and innovation in emerging tech is transforming and evolving business, society, and our everyday lives.


About it@cork

it@cork is a member-led organisation representing over 200 companies from the technology sector in the south-west of Ireland. We are a member-driven organisation that responds to the needs and requirements of technology companies in the region from the start-up, SME and MNC sectors.

it@cork Vision Statement

Our vision is to promote the Tech cluster in Cork; encourage collaboration and innovation between members; to advocate and lead on issues affecting our industry and ultimately enable the growth and development of the Tech industry in Cork and the South-West Region.

Our Goals

  • To be the hub in the South-West of Ireland for sharing, collaborating and networking for tech driven businesses
  • To provide high quality skills training at an affordable price to the tech community in our region
  • To promote recognition of achievement, excellence and innovation in the region’s tech community
  • To facilitate collaboration and linkages in the tech community between public, private and academic both in Ireland and internationally.

it@cork manages the Skillnet program for the ICT sector in the South-West of Ireland. it@cork Skillnet is a learning network that supports and works with companies of all sizes in the Tech sector in the South-West region, to address current and future skills needs through provision of subsidised training and development solutions. it@cork Skillnet is funded by Skillnet Ireland and member company contributions.

Furthermore, it@cork is a member of the European Cluster Collaboration Platform (ECCP) and is active in collaboration opportunities with other European technology clusters.

If you are interested in finding more about it@cork membership, please get in touch or check out our website it@cork


Reliving it@cork Tech Summit 2019


The annual it@cork Tech Summit (#techcork19) 2019 took place on the 9th of May in the iconic City Hall, Cork City. This annual tech conference has grown to become one of the largest tech conferences in the country.

The event was bigger and better than ever before and was the first time the event completely sold out with over 450 in attendance.

Some of the key highlights from last year’s event were:

  • #Techcork19 trended number 1 in Ireland and reached +14m twitter impressions.
  • It was the first time that we live-streamed the event. We chose to live stream the event so that the broader tech community and the Cork diaspora community overseas could view the conference remotely. We were delighted to have viewers online from the UK, US, India, Australia and many other countries.
  • It was the first time to showcase interactive sessions in cybersecurity (live hack) and an engineering skills workshop.
  • We showcased a BYTE (Bridging Your Transition in Education) project which is supported by the School’s Excellence Fund, an initiative promoting IT in schools. Transition year students from Deerpark CBS and primary school students from Greenmount NS and Morning Star NS gave an excellent demonstration on their robotics project.

There were four main themes:

  1. The future for Cyber Security
  2. Diversity in tech
  3. The circular economy
  4. Technology & the future of work

The recording’s of all keynote speakers are available to watch on our YouTube channel which can be accessed here: it@cork YouTube

  1. The Future for CyberSecurity

Robert McArdle, Director at Trend Micro gave a presentation focused on the frightening reality of cyber security threats. With more connected IoT devices in the world (8.4bn) than people, the threat of security breaches has never been greater. It is estimated that a further 125m devices will be connected by 2020. “Everything in our world is getting more connected, and if it is connected it can be hacked”, quoted Mr McArdle. He also went on to highlight that cybercrime is a human problem and not a technology problem.

Robert McArdle, Trend Micro

Later in the day, a cybersecurity workshop (sponsored by Trend Micro) featured a ‘Livehack’. Cybersecurity specialists from Trend Micro demonstrated how easy it is to impersonate the public Wi-Fi system and hack into a personal phone of an attendee at the venue. The reaction of the audience was genuine shock at how simple and quick this process was for hackers. Needless to say, the message to the general public is to be wary and cautious when signing into any public Wi-Fi system.


  2. Diversity in tech – Dare to be yourself

Next up, Charley Woodward gave a stunning and insightful keynote on the importance of being your true authentic self in the workplace. Charley spoke about her journey and transition as a transgender woman whilst working as a business leader in the tech industry for over 29 years. Charley spoke about the word bravery & how the importance of a supportive inclusive culture of diversity in the workplace makes it truly possible without fear!

Charley Woodward, VMware


  3. The circular economy

Sean Sheehan from Wisetek gave a presentation on ‘The circular economy’. Wisetek is a great success story from Cork. Wisetek is internationally recognised as a leader in end to end IT asset disposition with customers such as Dell EMC, Samsung and McAfee.

The world produces almost 50m tonnes of e-waste (any plugin or battery device) every year, weighing the equivalent of 125,00 jumbo jets.

By 2050, this will reach 120 million tonnes. Wisetek plays a crucial role in managing hazardous and toxic e-waste produced by some of the world’s largest manufacturers and suppliers.

Sean Sheehan, Wisetek


  4. Technology & the future of work

The final keynote presentation of the day was given by Bill Boorman, an internationally recognised speaker on ‘talent’ and ‘the future of work’. Bill’s presentation was extremely thought-provoking addressing what employers can expect the future work environment to look like.

He spoke about the ‘gig economy’ and how employees are agile and will increasingly look for specialised work that they thrive rather than jobs as we know it. In return, employers will need to provide more flexible working conditions to employees and recognise that ‘you need to earn the loyalty and commitment of employees… people are focused on careers for self and not your company’.

Bill Boorman


2019 speakers & panellists