Judges

2018 Spiders Judges

Robert Farrell

Customer Success Trainer, Hubspot
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Robert Farrell

Training world class inbound marketing professionals. Giving them the right soft, technical and managerial skills to solve for customers and exceed expectations.

Bill Kearney

IBM
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Bill Kearney

Bill Kearney is Director of the IBM Ireland Lab, which develops world class Software and Services for IBM customers. Over the last decade he has managed significant growth and IP creation in the Lab and has been active in various University Research Collaborations, Irish Research Council and SFI Advisory Boards. Bill spent two years as the IBEC representative on the Irish University Quality Board and is currently on the Governance Board of the LERO research consortium. Current interests include promoting STEM in education and supporting ICT initiatives to increase the supply of needed industrial skills. Prior to IBM, Bill worked for Lotus Development Corporation, Wang Labs and General Electric Corporation. Bill holds Bachelor and Masters degrees from University of Limerick.

Claire Halligan

Head of eCommerce Europe at Elavon
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Claire Halligan

Claire Halligan is a Fintech leader with vast experience in the eCommerce space. She joined Elavon in 2018 as Head of eCommerce Europe, where she is responsible for defining and executing the eCommerce strategy across the region. Prior to joining Elavon, Claire spent over four years at First Data, responsible for eCommerce development across a large number of subsidiary businesses and Joint Ventures on a global scale. She also held a number of positions at Realex Payments, spanning business development, account management and integration support. Claire also has experience in eCommerce consultancy, having worked with a number of retail brands and businesses to provide optimal online and website strategy. Claire holds an Executive MBA from UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School.

Phil Cottier

Ipsum Marketing
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Phil Cottier

Phil is CEO Ipsum Marketing. He has over 25 years of global advertising experience and he has worked for some of the world’s biggest advertising agencies. As European MD of Omnicom/Publicis, he developed global brands as well as negotiating numerous mergers and acquisitions. His client list includes Amex, Coca Cola, Gallagher’s SAB Miller, 3M and the UK Government. He joined Acorn Dublin in 2010 as the CEO and helped grow the company to be one of the largest integrated agencies in Ireland, with clients  such as Dell and Google. Acorn was acquired by Epsilon one of the worlds largest digital networks and Phil acted as CEO for EMEA integrating the Epsilon story of “big data and creative” to global clients. Currently Phil runs the brand consultancy Ipsum.

John Montayne

Lecturer in Digital Media Design at IADT
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John Montayne

John is a graduate of the National College of Art & Design with a degree in Industrial Design and a European Masters in Interactive Multimedia from DIT and The London College of Print and Lecturer in Digital Media Design at IADT. John has been lecturing at the Institute of Art Design and Technology for over 14 years in areas including Web Design, User Experience Design, Authoring Environments and Responsive Design. Over the last number of years John has been applying his practice to research with projects through Enterprise Ireland. Projects have included iPhone Interface Development and Design, Online Academic research management toolkits, HTML5 Video Integration utilising JavaScript event Frameworks, and an E-Learning Language Gamification Tool. John is also involved in the Centre for Creative Technologies & Accessibility.

Aine Mulloy

Co-Founder & CMO at GirlCrew
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Aine Mulloy

Áine Mulloy is the co-founder and CMO of GirlCrew, a global social network for women. As an advocate for diversity, entrepreneurship, Áine has delivered a TEDx talks on social issues, and was recently named in Forbes as a Top European Founder to follow. Áine has also been awarded with 30 Under 30 award for Community Activism, as well as a JCI Dublin Ten Outstanding Young People award. With a background in the humanities, before making the move to technology, she has a keen interest in communities that are making positive changes.

Peter Brabazon

Specialisterne Ireland
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Peter Brabazon

Peter is an electrical engineer (University College Dublin) with a diploma in Business Strategy. After 5 years in telecoms he took up a role in Enterprise Ireland’s Industrial Energy Department which when he left in 2004 had become the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI). Then he became the first Director of Discover Science and Engineering at Forfas leading a team delivering a national programme promoting the study of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) to young people so as to increase the numbers studying the physical sciences in college. 
Since the start of 2013 Peter has been the General Manager of a new social enterprise company, Specialisterne Ireland, which is working to place people with autism in employment. It currently has employees in SAP and Microsoft and is seeking partnerships with similar hi-tech companies.

Brendan Cannon

Advanced Metadata
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Brendan Cannon

Brendan Cannon is the Managing Director at Adaptive. After graduating with a degree in Business Studies from Trinity College Dublin, Brendan worked for nearly a decade with multinational companies in Japan, UK and USA. He returned to Ireland to study for an MBA with Trinity College Dublin and  joined Intel Ireland. Brendan worked in multiple roles for Intel, working in the Finance Department, undertaking strategic planning for an internal startup, and holding a key management role in the build out of the Intel Innovation Centres (now called Intel Labs Europe). Brendan worked as the Corporate Affairs Director at Intel Ireland with responsibility for driving Intel Ireland’s policy, communications, education and community agendas before moving to Adaptive in late 2015. Brendan is currently enrolled on the Trinity College PhD register researching the contribution that advanced manufacturing can make to a knowledge based economy.

Krishna De

KrishnaDe.com
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Krishna De

Krishna De (www.KrishnaDe.com) is an award winning communications strategist, commentator and mentor. Her expertise in digital marketing, content marketing and social media is featured in several highly acclaimed books.
She guides organisations in how to integrate digital and social media communications to help them build visibility, manage their online reputation and deliver their strategic plan. She has lived in three continents and worked in more than 30 countries, so has a wealth of international experience.
Ask Krishna your social media marketing questions at www.Facebook.com/KrishnaDe, join her on Google Plus at www.CircleKrishna.com and connect with her on www.Twitter.com/KrishnaDe

Edel Corrigan

Group Head of Content - Business and Finance Media Group
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Edel Corrigan

Formerly an architectural technician before moving into publishing, Edel has ten years’ experience in the industry across print and digital. She is a former freelance commercial and corporate copywriter, with a post-graduate certificate in Content Creation and an M. Phil (MFA) in Creative Writing from Trinity College, Dublin. Edel is now the Group Head of Content at Business & Finance Media Group, overseeing all editorial and commercial content for the company’s digital and print offerings.

IAN BERGIN

BrewDog
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IAN BERGIN

Ian is a former tech-founder-turned craft beer evangelist working for Europe’s leading craft brewery, & the UK’s fastest growing Food & Drinks company for a record six straight years in The Times Fasttrack 100, Aberdeen based BrewDog. Ian’s central tenet of business revolves around hardcore customer focused, experience led-growth to shorten the distance between customers & their brands of choice while eschewing business & marketing norms. With BrewDog, he’s tasked with spreading their mission of making as many people on the Island of Ireland as passionate about great craft beer as possible.

Alan Devlin

eDot Invest
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Alan Devlin

Alan Devlin is a pioneer in the digital media space, having set up and successfully exited a number of top digital business’ over the past 20 years. As commercial director of Webfactory he built the largest digital agency in Ireland which he exited in 2015 to found eDot Invest www.edotinvest.com a new digital industry VC / Incubator which has access to funds of over 20 million euro. Alan has been the recipient of a multitude of awards in the digital industry and has a number of other digital industry investments in both local and international markets.

Naoise Ó Conchubhair

Detail.
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Naoise Ó Conchubhair

Naoise is the Digital Design Director at Detail Design Studio. His work spans web, print and typographic design. Recent projects include UX design and front-end development for Twitter and Bloomberg; visual identity design for the Irish Film Board and type design work for Cartoon Saloon including typography for Oscar-nominated ‘Song of the Sea’. His work has been selected for a number of awards and publications.
He is a graduate of the National College of Art and Design, where he received an honours degree in Visual Communication and was named IDI Design Graduate of the Year. Naoise recently participated in the Typography Ireland ‘Face Forward’ conference where he presented a peer-reviewed paper on the design of the An Post corporate identity and its context in Irish the design industry of the early 1980s. He has been an assessor of the International Society of Typographic Designers Student Assessment Scheme (ISTD) for the past 4 years and is currently on the judging panel of the Institute of Creative Advertising and Design (ICAD) Awards.

Noreen D’Arcy

D’Arcy Marketing & PR
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Noreen D’Arcy

Noreen D’Arcy founded D’Arcy Marketing & PR in 1998. As owner of the company, Noreen has grown her business into an award – winning bi-lingual communications company offering a full range of Marketing &  Public Relations, Digital Marketing & Social Media services. Supported by an experienced, enthusiastic, highly motivated and creative team, D’Arcy Marketing & PR is rapidly becoming a leader in the West of Ireland with an increasing number of high profile regional and national clients.
D’Arcy Marketing & PR provides results driven PR and Communications for a broad range of consumer and lifestyle clients, and handled the communications campaign for the successful Galway 2020 European Capital of Culture bid. Clients include TG4’s long running soap opera Ros na Rún alongside Irish language based organisations including RTE Nuacht, An Taibhdhearc Theatre, Udarás na Gaeltachta amongst others. In addition D’ARcy Marketing & PR specialises in PR for the tourism, hospitaality and consumer Sectors. The Team have experience in  developing and managing PR and Event led campaigns for leading 4 and 5 Star hotels including Harvey’s Point Hotel, Donegal, The g hotel, Hotel Meyrick along with festival and events including the Galway Food Festival and Galway International Oyster & Seafood Festival.
President of the Intenatinal Skal Club of Galway, Noreen D’Arcy is a board member of the HSE West Arts Trust, former board member of Macnas and participates in many of Galway’s leading business forums. Noreen is also a former member of the Ireland EGovernment Awards Judging Panel.
Passionate about the Irish language, the arts, sport, heritage and culture, Noreen D’Arcy and her team at D’Arcy Marketing & PR thrive on creating innovate PR an d communications campaigns in both  traditional and digital media which deliver successful results for their loyal client base. www.darcymarketingandpr.ie.

Philippe Brodeur

Overcast
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Philippe Brodeur

Philippe Brodeur is the CEO and Founder of Overcast (www.overcasthq.com).  Overcast is a weather condition.  It’s also the first cloud based video asset management platform designed for professionals who are sick and tired of wrestling to store, share, distribute and most importantly collaborate on video content.
Philippe has 25 years’ experience working in TV and online video.  He started his career in London with the BBC before moving to Ireland in the late 90s to help launch TV3.  In 2007 he founded TV3.ie and went on to build a number of digital video platforms for broadcasters, telecom operators, media publishers and brands.  Clients he’s worked with include UEFA, LG, RTÉ, Irish Times, Dragons’ Den, Apprentice, Masterchef, Rugby World Cup, Setanta, MCD, Magnet Networks and Aertv.ie.
To know more:
www.overcasthq.com
philippe@overcasthq.com
@philippebrodeur