Judges

2022 Spiders Judges

Alan Hennessy

Digital Mentorship -Digital Marketing Consultancy/Trainer
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Alan Hennessy

Alan Hennessy is a Digital and Content Marketing Consultant, Social Media Trainer, Keynote Speaker and Podcaster. Alan founded Kompass Media in 2015, offering a different approach to managing Digital Marketing online. The company manages social media accounts for sole traders right up to corporate clients. Alan runs very successful Social Media Training programs aimed at helping both companies and individuals develop and understand social media marketing. Alan also presents, produces and edits weekly podcasts called Social Media Talks. He has already interviewed some of the world’s most influential people in business and in particular in his area of expertise Digital and Social Media Marketing.

Allan Mulrooney

Head of Communications and Atlantic Economic Corridor
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Allan Mulrooney

Allan is Head of Communications and Atlantic Economic Corridor Development at the Western Development Commission (WDC).
He began his career working with global energy brand Monster Energy across the UK and Ireland. Following this he joined one of the world’s leading independent digital agencies Thinkhouse working to connect Heineken, Unilever and Tullamore DEW with a youth audience. He then moved on to plan and execute stakeholder engagement and communications for the largest examinership in Irish history, the rebranding of Eircom to eir.
Moving back West from Dublin to Sligo, where he had founded GoStrandhill.com and Strandhill People’s Market, Allan spent a number of years working with IDA Ireland attracting FDI to the Northwest. During this time he also spearheaded events such as Surf Summit, Tech Life Balance and Tech Train, all aimed at raising the profile for the region.
His most recent role with the WDC has seen him driving a full rebrand of the organisation. This has involved launching a variety of content including new campaigns, Moving West, a six part TV show on TG4, a new podcast series Pulse of the West, and an innovative platform Westernjobs.ie, which links jobseekers with companies across the West. Allan also developed the branding and communications for the Governments new national hub network, Connectedhubs.ie a key project for the WDC.

Clyde Caroll

Marketing Professional
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Clyde Caroll

David Monaghan

Deputy Editor at Business & Finance Media Group
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David Monaghan

David Monaghan is a journalist, critic, editor and radio host who writes about arts, culture, Film, tech, and LGBTQ+ and community issues for HeadStuff, GCN, Dublin Inquirer, Business & Finance, and others. He is a two-time arts graduate, having completed a BA International in English with Film, and an MA in Film Studies. In 2017, he was shortlisted for ‘Journalist of the Year’ at the National Student Media Awards in Ireland. David is also a frequent writer of short fiction and has been published in the literary journal Storgy. In all of his work, he is driven by a passion for storytelling and uplifting marginalised voices.

Dusty Rhodes

MD DustPod | Podcasts for Brands
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Dusty Rhodes

Dusty Rhodes is an audio expert and podcast authority.

Dusty cut his teeth as a well-known presenter with RTÉ 2FM. He was also instrumental in the national broadcasters first steps online.

Dusty left RTÉ to found the Independent Audio Production industry in Ireland. As an independent producer he has created over 1,000 podcasts, produced music programmes for commercial radio, magazine programmes for RTÉ Radio and full documentaries for the BAI Sound & Vision program.

To this day, he remains the only Independent Producer to have won multiple gold awards at Ireland’s Annual IMRO Radio Awards.

Emily Smith

Marketing Consultant at Melo Marketing
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Emily Smith

As a marketing professional with 15+ years of experience, I have worked in-house, and as an external marketing partner with many blue-chip companies, businesses, and brands across Ireland and UK. Each role was equally exciting and challenging, taking me to the next level.

Throughout my career I have met and worked with some great entrepreneurs and clients who have allowed me to be creative and gave me the opportunity to push the boundaries in their respective domains. Each sector has been vastly different from the previous, and that’s what gave me the skills to learn, adapt, and understand them in-depth. I am flexible in thoughts and approach which has been fuelled by the entrepreneurial mind I was born with.

On a day-to-day basis I develop strategies with my clients, work with my team to create the deliverables and put the whole plan into action

I am continually excited about the developments in marketing and how they can be implemented in the right environment.

Specialties: marketing strategy development, branding, digital marketing, social media management, copywriting, campaign management, reporting, and management.

James Mc Cann

CEO of ClearStory International
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James Mc Cann

James McCann is the founder and CEO of ClearStory International, an international PR agency for scaling and emerging technology brands. Before establishing ClearStory, James was a former PR Manager with Web Summit, responsible for attracting top tier media including CNBC, Bloomberg, Forbes and others to the company’s events across Dublin, Lisbon, Bangalore and Hong Kong. 

James has provided strategic and reputation management advisory services to more than 100 of the world’s leading tech founders to help them position themselves in new markets and scale their reputations.

He currently lectures Public Relations at one of Ireland’s leading technology Institutes, the Institute of Art, Design & Technology, in Dublin.

Jermain Williams

Co Founder & CEO at Engage Interactive
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Jermain Williams

Jermain is a highly experienced, award winning digital marketer and IPMI certified project manager with over 20 years in the industry. Jermain has designed and developed marketing strategies, website and apps for a wide range of International clients that include Microsoft, SAP, Epson, San Francisco 49ers, Manchester City FC, Mercedes F1, McLaren, Audi, Škoda, Volkswagen, Seat, Vodafone, EA Games, BMW, Bank of Ireland and Diageo.

Julie Schiro

Assistant Professor of Marketing at UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School
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Julie Schiro

Dr. Schiro is an Assistant Professor of Marketing and Academic Director of the MSc in Marketing and MSc in Digital Marketing programmes at UCD Smurfit. Her work explores what content goes viral on social media, how to make popular prosocial smartphone games, and how to optimize search engine strategy based on the values and beliefs of the searcher. She graduated summa cum laude from the University of Southern California with a bachelor’s degree in business and completed her Ph.D. in marketing from the University of Colorado, Boulder. She has industry experience in market research and statistical consulting. To learn more, visit her website at julieschiro.com.

Lisa Nicole Dunne

Managing Director at Mantra Strategy
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Lisa Nicole Dunne

Lisa-Nicole Dunne is a strategic and commercial leader with extensive senior and non executive experience with BMW, Irish Life and Permanent TSB, UNICEF, Focus Ireland, and across education, health research and professional services. She has helped to raise more than €70 million for global, national and local issues and launched several of Ireland’s biggest fundraising and marketing initiatives including Shine a Light night and many award winning fully integrated digital and PR campaigns. Founder and MD of Mantra Strategy (a strategy and impact consultancy) Lisa-Nicole is a strategic advisor to many companies, brands and teams. Lisa-Nicole holds a BA from UCD, MBA from DCU (where she also lectured on Masters in Digital Marketing) and a Diploma in Psychology. She works with Ireland’s leading charity and retail brands, chairs Work Equal’s International Women’s Day Campaign, and runs a series of think tanks for social enterprises and charities.

Maryrose Lyons

Founder of Brightspark
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Maryrose Lyons

Maryrose Lyons is one of the longest established digital marketing practitioners in Ireland. Founder of Brightspark since 2003, she is a member of the International Academy of Digital Arts & Science, and has won international awards for her work.
Maryrose is a future focused marketer. She works with senior management to advise on digital marketing strategy. And she mentors marketing teams to implement and compete effectively with global brands.

Miriam Simon

Founder of The Retail Powerhouse at PTO.ie
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Miriam Simon

An experienced Retail Strategist, Miriam translates consumer trends and complex business strategy – into easy to digest and easy to implement actions that deliver powerful results for the businesses she works with.

Her background includes senior and board level roles within brands such as TK Maxx, Monsoon Accessorize, LifeStyle Sports, and B&Q. Alongside this, Miriam has spent the last decade mentoring startups in the disruptive technology and med-tech space, and still works with the European Innovation Council in this area. As a speaker, Miriams focus is on future retail models and trends. Throughout the Pandemic, she delivered highly acclaimed seminars and programmes that focused on supporting Irelands SME retailers to survive and to really thrive. Across the last two years, Miriam has worked with hundreds of retailers to support their success, despite lockdowns and closures.

Miriam also founded the Retail Powerhouse in 2020 – This is a group for ambitious independent Irish retailers, and is focused on agile trading strategy.
Her first e-book was released in March 2021 – ‘Retailing through uncertainty – Time to thrive / and is available from www.pto.ie.

Paul Walsh

Director – Programme & Project Management at Expleo Group
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Paul Walsh

Paul began his career working for AT&T in in the United States.

Paul is an Irish national who grew up in the US and then moved back to Ireland in the mid-2000s.

Following his move back to Ireland, he embarked on a number of major projects in the public sector which include:

  • Delivering a new customer billing system in Bord Gáis Energy.
  • Delivering the Bord GáisTheatre project together with their Bord GáisEnergy Rewards programme.
  • Paul was also instrumental in the delivery of Irish Water’s digital infrastructure and customer systems.

In 2014, Paul moved into consultancy, and has developed a Programme and Project Management Practice for Expleo (formerly SQS).

In his current role as Director of Programme and Project Management, Paul has built a number of innovative project management solutions that have enabled the successful delivery of digital programmes in multiple sectors in the UK and Ireland, including Automotive, Investment Banking, Telecommunications, Utilities, and Retail.

Andrew Lynch

Chief Innovation Officer at Irish Manufacturing Research
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Andrew Lynch

Dr Andrew Lynch is the Chief Innovation Officer with Irish Manufacturing Research, an independent Industry-led RTO in the Irish State. Andrew is a founding Director of the EUREKA SMART Manufacturing Instrument, Chairman of the Irish National Steering Committee on Collaborative Robotics, a member of the IMR I4 Steering Committee and a national delegate to the European ManuFuture High Level Group (HLG). A member of the ECSEL LIASE Committee, Andrew is also a national industrial coordinator and a recognized manufacturing expert within Irish Commercialization funding programs and across a number of EU platforms. For 20 years prior to his current role, Andrew worked in manufacturing companies, across nearly all sectors; as a senior executive, owner manager and business consultant. In his current role Andrew has specialized in the development of large nationally funded industrial research projects, engaging multinational corporations and indigenous companies in the areas of advanced manufacturing (e.g. I4.0) and industrial energy efficiency (programs which now include 33 multinationals and over 120 SME partners). He holds a Degree in Biochemistry, a Master’s Degree in Environmental Analytical Chemistry and a PhD in Engineering. Happily married with two adored daughters, in his spare time Andrew is a contributor to several business forums and enjoys golf, Pilates, running and hill climbing.

Linda Nolan

Head Of Marketing - Boots Ireland
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Linda Nolan

Linda Nolan is currently Head of Marketing for Boots Ireland, where she assumes responsibility for all marketing operations in the Republic of Ireland, overseeing a team of seven people to deliver a multi-channel marketing programme responding to the ever-shifting consumer, retail and pharmacy dynamics.

Linda joined Boots Ireland in 2021, after coming from Samsung Electronics where she worked for 14 years, with her last positions as Director of Marketing, a role she held for over six years leading a strong marketing team to success. She has extensive knowledge of consumer behaviours from both store and online retail dynamics.

Mark Jordan

Chief Strategy Officer at Skillnet Ireland
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Mark Jordan

Mark is the Chief Strategy Officer at Skillnet Ireland, and has previously held a number of senior leadership positions in the Financial Services and FinTech industry in the UK, North America and Europe. He is an experienced and innovative leader and possesses expertise in technology deployment, operational management, business transformation and regulatory compliance readiness. At Skillnet Ireland, Mark is responsible for leading the technology skills need strategy and agenda, with close engagement across the EU, multisectoral focused industry, higher education and government groups within Ireland.

Vivienne Maguire

Digital Transformation Consultant at IBEC
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Vivienne Maguire

Viv brings a wealth of expertise from a career working in digital communications as a digital transformation consultant for many of the world’s leading brands and ventured backed start-ups across Asia, Middle East & Europe. She has extensive experience launching successful global campaigns for top tier clients in Asia and MENA and launching new business divisions for local and international agencies. She has a in-depth understanding of the use of data and technology and how this can be applied to the benefit of brands and consumers.

Donal Rice

Senior Design Advisor, ICT at Centre for Excellence in Universal Design
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Donal Rice

Dónal Rice is the senior design advisor on ICT for the Centre for Excellence in Universal Design at the National Disability Authority. In March 2018 he returned to the Centre from a secondment at the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission.

Dónal has worked on national and international standards, policy and education projects with the NDA, the European Commission, and UN agencies such as UNESCO and the ITU. Dónal has been an evaluator of FP6, FP7 and more recently Horizon 2020 projects.

Dónal holds an MSc. In Computing Science and is currently completing an LLM by research in human rights and equality law. Dónal is a part-time lecturer on disability law and policy with NUI Galway and on human rights and equality with the Institute of Public Administration.

Robert Farrell

Lecturer and Trainer
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Robert Farrell

Global spend on Digital Transformation will exceed $2.3T in 2023 yet 70% of transformation projects fail to achieve their goals according to the Harvard Business Review. Robert is on a mission to improve this by developing the next generation of digital leaders. He is a lecturer, trainer and speaker specialising in Digital Transformation. Robert has delivered training to audiences including Google, HubSpot, Citibank, DocuSign, Amplexor and many more. He holds a postgraduate diploma in digital transformation, a masters in strategy management and several digital marketing certifications.

Brendan Cannon

EMEA Community Engagement Manager at Amazon Web Services
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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.

Alan Devlin

CEO at 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

Head of Digital at Detail Design Studio
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Naoise Ó Conchubhair

Head of Digital at Detail Design Studio, Naoise is passionate about designing meaningful products, brands and services for clients large and small. He has a multidisciplinary background, spanning visual design, web development and digital strategy. Recent award-winning projects include work for The National Museum of Ireland, Twitter EMEA, Screen Ireland and the Inis Meáin Knitting Company. A graduate of the National College of Art and Design, Naoise continues to foster the next generation of creative talent through his work as visiting lecturer at IADT and Auburn University, Alabama and his involvement with ICAD Upstarts, 100Archive and Threex3 Design Internship program.