The Spiders are Ireland’s leading technology awards

Sponsor Announcement – Irish Times Training

September 16th, 2019

Sponsor Announcement – Irish Times Training – proud sponsor of the Best in Social Media

Irish Times Training has over 40 years of experience delivering professional education & skills training. As a subsidiary of The Irish Times, we deliver the highest quality training in Soft Skills & Communications, Management & Leadership and Digital Marketing. Our digital marketing programmes are delivered by top industry professionals with the opportunity to specialise in key areas such as Content Marketing, or master all the essentials with the full Diploma in Digital Marketing.

Irish Times Training programmes can be tailored to your individual needs and delivered nationwide on an in-company basis or you can choose from one of over 40 public courses delivered in Dublin City Centre.

‘Ultimately – it’s all about trust. Social media has become more than just a platform to promote products, services, and content. It provides organisations with the opportunity to establish authority, form emotional connections with audiences and deliver direct customer support. The best social media strategies build trust between a company and its followers and, as an organisation that values trust above all; this category was the ideal choice for Irish Times Training.’

Nominations for Best in Social Media close September 20th > Enter Here 

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Sponsor Announcement – DMG Media

September 10th, 2019

Sponsor Announcement – DMG Media – Media Partner and proud sponsor of the Best in Storytelling

The Spider awards are delighted to welcome DMG Media as our media partner and category sponsor of the Best in Storytelling for this year’s awards.

Commenting on the partnership, DMG Ireland’s CEO Paul Henderson says ‘The not so secret ingredient in digital success is great storytelling. It’s at the heart of everything we do. The ability of a digital author to share a vision with their audience in increasingly less time and smaller screen spaces is an incredible skill and that’s why this is the perfect category for us to sponsor as its what we do 24 hours a day across, Mail Online, and’

Nominations for Best in Storytelling close September 20th > Enter Here 

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September 5th, 2019

The Spiders are back – and we’ve gone Digital

We’re excited to announce the launch of the 24th Spider Awards. In years past the Spiders have focused on websites, apps and content but as the world undergoes a digital transformation – so have we. With a sparkly new brand and 24 exciting categories open for entries we’re dedicated to recognising the companies who drive digital excellence in every aspect of their organisation. Entries are now open until the 20th of September.

As part of our evolution we’ve created 3 key pillars for our categories – Create, Campaign and Industry. We wanted to make sure we encompassed all elements of the digital arena to include the human, the brand and the technology. As in previous years, a special recognition award will be awarded to a Digital Hero, a true leader of digital in Ireland.

The winners of the iconic Spider trophies will be announced on the 21st of November 2019, at the Concert Hall, RDS Dublin. Expect a night of black-tie glamour with the ‘who’s who’ of Irish Digital.

This year also marks a very important anniversary in the world of digital with 2019 being the 30th year of the World Wide Web. We’ll be looking back on our humble beginnings and the key milestones that have led to this year’s transformation.

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The Winners of the Spiders 2018

November 30th, 2018

Last night saw the 23rd annual Spider Awards take place in the RDS Concert Hall. Since joining the DTS group earlier this year, there was a fresh feel to the distinguished event which left guests singing and dancing the night away after battling it out to be named one of the country’s best.

DTS CEO, Will Brighting said, “Now in its 23rd year, The Spiders has been appreciating home-grown tech talent since the internet dial tone of the 1990s. It has not only born witness to Ireland’s transforming digital landscape, but has also offered commendation and encouragement to young and established companies as they have attempted to forge new ground in this unchartered technological territory. Dublin Tech Summit is thrilled to welcome the Spiders under its umbrella and we hope to marry our youth and energy with the Spider’s prestige and experience to develop a digital awards event for Ireland’s rapidly progressing tech-focused future.”

Hosted by Newstalk Tech Correspondent Jess Kelly, the Spiders are renowned for having incredibly high standards and this year was no exception. So who took the top spot?

Best App

Vhi Healthcare Mobile Health Assistant by Ribot

Best in Content Creation for Digital Media

The University of Limerick’s Multimodal Education Ecosystem by 256 Media

Best in Mobile Commerce & Transactions

AIB Mobile Banking App by AIB

Large Agency of the Year


Best Campaign

Innovate to Evolve & Grow – by Core Optimisation

Best Co-Working Space


Best Startup


International Growth Award Product Development by Flender and Fathom

Tech for Good

Homelight by Graphic Mint

Best in User Experience & Design

Aviva Stadium by Kooba

Best in Education & eLearning

World Rugby eLearning by Setanta College

Best in Publishing & Media

Small Agency of the Year

Tribe Digital

Best in Travel, Tourism & Sport

“” by Zesty

Best in Business to Business


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Announcing our ‘Founder Award’ recipients, Sinead Fitzmaurice & Terry Clune of Transfermate Global Payments

November 23rd, 2018

We are delighted to announce the winner of the inaugural ‘Founder Award‘ at the Spiders 2018, Sinead Fitzmaurice & Terry Clune from Transfermate Global Payments.

Terry & Sinead’s story is a true Irish success story.  Founded in 2010 by Terry & Sinead, TransferMate Global Payments has grown to become the global choice for businesses worldwide that send and receive foreign currency payments.

Sinead Fitzmaurice Transfermate Global Payments      Terry Clune Transfermate Global Payments

Terry Clune, CEO & Co-Founder, was named as Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year in 2009 and the 2010 as well as receiving the HSBC European Entrepreneur of the Year Award. Sinead, CFO & CO-Founder, has over 20 years’ experience in senior manager roles within the financial services sector and named as one of The Top 100 Most Innovative & Influential CFO’s in Ireland.

TransferMate boasts one of the world’s largest currency settlement networks, with regulatory approvals in 50 States of the USA, Canada, Europe wide and Australia and is accelerating its US expansion plans with key appointments and the opening of 3 offices across Americas, namely New York, San Francisco and Chicago.

Having secured exclusive partnerships with some of the world’s largest banks, Transfermate is a genuine Fintech success story, and we are delighted to announce the ‘Founder Award’ to Terry Clune & Sinead Fitzmaurice.


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Announcing our Digital Trailblazer recipient, Mark Little

October 26th, 2018

We are delighted to announce that this year, we are awarding the Digital Trailblazer to Mark Little.

Mark has revolutionised the way we validate, distribute and consume media content. His vision, entrepreneurial spirit and willingness to take a risk has already resulted in the creation of two trailblazing businesses while inspiring others to make their mark through positive disruption.

Mark Little

Mark Little is CEO of Kinzen, an Irish start-up that wants to give every individual control of their daily news routine. Mark spent 20 years in broadcast news, as a foreign correspondent and TV anchor for RTE. In 2010, he founded the world’s first social news agency Storyful, which was sold to News Corp. He was Twitter’s VP of media partnerships in Europe and the MD of its International Headquarters in Dublin. He co-founded his second start-up in October 2017 with former Storyful colleagues Aine Kerr and Paul Watson.

We look forward to having him with us at the Spiders to accept his award.

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Magnet Networks announced as premium sponsors of The Spiders

October 19th, 2018

The cloud telecoms provider announced as premium sponsor of new-look Spider Awards.

The awards, to be held at the RDS on November 29, celebrate Ireland’s most innovative and creative digital technology SMEs and start-ups, and will recognise the extraordinary achievements of teams, founders and CEOs.

Magnet Networks has been providing fibre broadband to homes and businesses since being established in 2004, and this year saw telecoms veteran Stephen Brewer – who has previously held CEO positions at Vodafone, Cable & Wireless and Digicel – take over the management of the Irish business.

“The Spiders celebrate excellence across a range of industries, and as Ireland’s leading cloud technology provider we see the awards as a perfect fit” said Magnet Networks Ireland Managing Director Stephen Brewer.

Stephen Brewer Magnet Networks

Receiving a Spiders award is one of the market’s most sought-after recognitions for digital, web, community and brand excellence. This year the Spiders have joined the Dublin Tech Summit (DTS) family and its X Summits umbrella which also includes the Women in Tech Awards and its expanding Tech Summits.

This article was originally published in the Business & Finance on September 10th 2018.

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The Spiders is almost upon us – who will be crowned the Best in the Business? (Press Release)

October 3rd, 2018

The Spiders is almost upon us – who will be crowned the Best in the Business?

With only a few weeks left to go until Spiders 2018, the competition is heating up.

After coming under the umbrella of Dublin Tech Summit, The Spider Awards, Ireland’s longest standing technology awards, will soon be upon us with a whole new look & feel for its 23rd year. Will Brightling, CEO of Dublin Tech Summit says: “The Spiders is singlehandedly the highest level of accreditation for digital excellence in Ireland. The awards has been witness and driver of digital growth and progress in the Irish SME market for the past 22 years, and will continue to be a benchmark of association for digital capabilities and competencies. DTS is proud to take over the Spiders, to continue and mirror the growth of technology in Ireland, and champion Irelands burgeoning SME and startup community.”

The Spiders is now under the DTS umbrella

Taking place on Thursday 29th November in the RDS Concert Hall, The Spiders will celebrate the best Ireland has to offer in digital, from SME’s and Start-Ups to established agencies, the awards will continue to recognise the extraordinary achievements of teams, founders and CEO’s.

Hosting the event this year will be Jess Kelly. With her background as Newstalk Tech Correspondent and having attended the event over the years Jess says: “The Spiders are like the Oscars of the online world, so I’m obviously delighted to be involved. It’s great to see so many different brands and businesses getting recognised for the brilliant work they’re doing.”

Nominations for the Spider Awards have been extended for one final week so get yours in before October 10th.


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Interview with 2017 Grand Prix winner of the Spiders: Rubicoin

October 1st, 2018

Interview with Rubicoin, Grand Prix winner of the Spider Awards 2017

As part of the #spiderwinners series, we spoke to Emmet Savage, CEO and Co-Founder of Rubicoin, to find out how his start-up has evolved since it won the Grand Prix at the Spider Awards last year, as well as the prize for Best Digital Start-Up.

To nominate your campaign, company or project for the Spiders, you just need to complete the online registration formExtended deadline to 10th October at 5pm.


Founded in 2012, Rubicoin helps people on their journey towards becoming successful investors. Since this Irish fintech start-up won the Spiders last year, it has increased its usership by about 750,000 people, doubled its staff and significantly increased revenue.

The day after Rubicoin won the awards, the company had their annual general meeting of shareholders, and were pleased to share their great achievement. Emmet confirmed that it was very reassuring for shareholders to see Rubicoin win the two Spider awards, as it meant they were backing a business with aspirations and the ability to achieve greatness.

“The Spider Awards is the highest accolade you can receive in Ireland in the digital field. It’s been around for over twenty years so it has tenure and recognition and it also allows you to promote your business if you are lucky enough to win.” said Emmet.

Emmet’s advice for your applications

My first piece of advice for an applicant is to use video because a “picture paints a thousand words”. The judges will love seeing your business, hearing about it from the inside, and having a look around your office

My second piece of advice is to talk about your mission and your vision. You have to have a vision for how you’re going to change your part of the world so you need to make that clear to the judges. It should not only be about what you are out to do but what you’ve achieved today.

2017 Grand Prix winner of the Spiders: Rubicoin

Trends in the digital startup landscape

According to Emmet Savage, there are a few trends in the digital world. The first is the move to mobile; there are a lot of businesses that are mobile-first or mobile-only now. Rubicoin is mobile-only. They have a website but it’s simply to offer a window into their universe and product offering prior to downloading either app.

Another trend is community. More and more businesses are building a community amongst their users whether they are b2b or b2c. Other giants of the Irish business world, such as Intercom, are creating a mechanism to allow businesses to embrace their community.

The third trend is customer experience and user experience design. Businesses are getting far more interested in making sure that their products are easy to use, beautiful to use, and fulfill a very important function.

To nominate your campaign, company or project for the Spiders, you just need to complete the online registration formExtended deadline to 10th October at 5pm.

About the company
Rubicoin helps people to take control of their financial future through investing on the stock market.

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Interview with 2016 Best Financial Services winner of the Spiders: KBC

October 1st, 2018

Interview with KBC, Best Financial Services winner of the Spider Awards 2016

As part of the #spiderwinners series, we spoke to Petrina Grady, Head of Contact Centre of KBC, to find out how her company has evolved since it won the Spider Awards in 2016 for Best Financial Services. KBC won the financial services award at the Spiders for its digital on boarding application.

To nominate your campaign, company or project for the Spiders, you just need to complete the online registration formExtended deadline to 10th October at 5pm.


By winning the Spider Awards, it reinforced the message that KBC does not work as a traditional bank. KBC uses digital technology to make banking easier, simpler, personalised, and quicker. “As we know, The Spider Award nominees are from a wide range of digital technology industries so it helped KBC showcase the technology and innovative solutions that we were delivering for our customers.” said Head of Contact Centre of KBC, Petrina Grady.

“The Spider Awards are the most prestigious digital technology award ceremony in the market, and to be a part of them gives companies much sought-after recognition. It also helps companies compare how they’re doing next to other industry experts, and share knowledge and learning with those companies.” Petrina Grady.

Petrina’s advice for your applications

Petrina Grady’s key advice for the next applicants is not to forget the wider benefits that you can get from entering the Spider Awards. “It is absolutely fantastic to win an award, but even with that aside it gives you an opportunity to speak and share knowledge with industry experts in the field.” said Petrina.

KBC, Best Financial Services winner of the Spider Awards 2016

Trends in the financial services

Customers have never been as demanding as they are now, with expectations extremely high. Digital technology has created this level of expectation. Companies need to redefine how customers engage with and use their products and services.

KBC recognizes that one of the key trends is to collaborate with fintechs, as expertise can come from different areas. Working together is key to create a better, and quicker, customer solution. For KBC, it’s really important to keep an eye on what technologies will come in the future, and how it can help customers use those technologies in their banking (ex: virtual reality and voice search).  The idea is to find a way using those types of technologies to make banking easier.

To nominate your campaign, company or project for the Spiders, you just need to complete the online registration formExtended deadline to 10th October at 5pm.

About the company
KBC, Ireland’s digital-first bank, has been providing banking services in Ireland for 40 years. Last year, KBC launched a new app to revolutionise account openings. Since KBC won the award, it has developed and launched a range of new digital propositions. Customers can now apply for an overdraft or a personal loan via their mobile app in five steps and it only takes five minutes. Moreover, it has launched a range of digital wallets, and most recently it has enhanced its card service offerings. So customers can access a range of card services via their mobile app. They can block a card or order a replacement card for a lost or stolen card. There is a lot more to come. Watch this space.

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