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Patricia Scanlon is to receive the Digital Hero Award

November 15th, 2019

Patricia Scanlon is the founder and CEO of SoapBox Labs, the world’s most accurate speech recognition technology for kids. Patricia holds a PhD and has over 20 year’s experience working in speech recognition, including at Bell Labs and IBM. Patricia has been granted 3 patents, with two pending. She is an acclaimed TEDx speaker, and in 2018 was named one of the World’s “Top 50 Women in Tech” by Forbes.

“Thrilled to receive this Digital Hero award and follow in the footsteps of so many great entrepreneurs. SoapBox Labs is on a hugely ambitious mission. This kind of recognition really helps us along our way.”

In 2013, inspired by the needs of her oldest child, Patricia envisioned a speech technology to redefine how children acquire literacy. She has successfully raised over €5.5M in public and private funding to bolster research and product development, and her technical approach has been independently validated by the world’s top three academic authorities on speech recognition. SoapBox Labs is based in Dublin and has a world-class team of 22 employees.

We look forward to hearing Patricia Scanlon speak on stage at the Spider Awards 2019 on 21st November at the RDS!

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Sponsor Announcement – IE Domain Registry

October 2nd, 2019

Sponsor Announcement – IE Domain Registry – proud sponsor of Best Website.

The Spider awards are delighted to welcome IE Domain Registry as our category sponsor of the Best Website for this year’s awards.

IE Domain Registry is the national registry for .ie domain names and aims to provide unique, identifiably Irish domain names, along with registry and related services to the local internet community. Currently, there are over 273,000 registered .ie domain names. Over 51,000 new registrations were added in 2018 by Irish residents and Irish business owners. The company is committed to being a digital advocate for the SME community.

Commenting on their involvement this year they said:

‘IE Domain Registry is delighted to sponsor the 2019 Spiders Awards and the ‘Best Website’ category. We are a digital advocate for the SME community and we are committed to supporting them to improve their online presence and e-commerce capabilities.

We are sponsoring the ‘Best Website Award’ category as we know how important this channel is for business development. According to our SME Digital Health Index 2018, 89% of SMEs say their website plays an important role in driving new business. With online spending rising ten times faster than offline we believe that more Irish SMEs need to actively engage in digitalising their sales processes.  Our research shows that only 30% of SMEs can take sales orders and only 26% can process payments via their website. The ‘Best Website Award’ celebrates the achievements of those companies who are developing their digital presence and leading the way online.’

This category recognises best in class website design and for that reason, IE Domain Registry is a perfect sponsor of this category.

Nominations for Best Website close October 4th > Enter Here 

For more information on sponsorship opportunities for this event contact Brian at brian@thespiders.ie.

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2019 Hosts: Joanne McNally and Kevin McGahern

October 1st, 2019
Joanne McNally and Kevin McGahern

With Joanne McNally and Kevin McGahern on hosting duties for the 24th Annual Spider Awards, you know it’s going to be a fun night!

Who is Joanne McNally?

Joanne burst onto the Irish comedy scene in 2014 and in less than a year in the business, she became the co-host on RTÉ 2’s flagship comedy show Republic of Telly, co-wrote and starred in the stage show Separated At Birth a comedy about her adoption and sold out her first ever solo stand up show in Dublin.

An energetic and hilarious performer, she quickly became Ireland’s fastest rising comedy star. Her one-woman autobiographical show Bite Me was nominated for multiple Dublin Fringe Festival awards in 2016 including Best Performer and Best Production and enjoyed a successful run at Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2017. Read more

Who is Kevin McGahern?

Originally from Cavan, Kevin first began performing stand up in 2009 before joining the popular television series The Hardy Bucks on RTÉ 2 as Simcard. After featuring in a number of sketches on the show, Kevin took over as host of Republic of Telly, initially alongside Bernard O’Shea and Jennifer Maguire before flying solo in 2015.

As well as performing in the top Irish comedy clubs, in particular the International Bar in Dublin, he has performed in a number of festivals including Galway Comedy Carnival, Forbidden Fruit and at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. In 2013, he toured with his show 2 Grown Men alongside fellow comedian Edwin Sammon. 2019 will see him tour Ireland with his solo show, Solo Pollo. Read more

Haven’t entered this year’s awards yet? Hurry up – Only 3 days left to enter.

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Partnership Announcement – Griffith College

October 1st, 2019

Partnership Announcement – Griffith College has joined the Spiders as our Post Grad Learning Partner

The Spider awards are delighted to welcome Griffith College as our ‘Post Grad Learning Partner’ for this year’s awards.

Griffith College is Ireland’s largest private third level college and boasts 170+ courses. Learners can choose from postgraduate, professional, part-time, blended learning, and undergraduate courses. With more than 40 postgraduate programmes on offer, Griffith College is leading the way in postgraduate education with its Graduate Business School.

Griffith College is an ideal partner for postgraduate learners.
The Griffith College Graduate Business School aims to prepare those seeking careers, along with those looking to revitalise their skillset with advanced, forward-thinking theoretical knowledge; a competent skillset; and a diverse industry-focused project portfolio, which will set them apart from other highly skilled peers in the same space.

For this reason we are proud to have Griffith College as our partner for the upcoming awards on November 21st, RDS Concert Hall, Dublin.

For more information on sponsorship opportunities for this event contact Brian at brian@thespiders.ie.

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Sponsor Announcement – Siemens

October 1st, 2019

Sponsor Announcement – Siemens – proud sponsor of Digital Transformation in Manufacturing, Infrastructure & Industrial IoT

The Spider awards are delighted to welcome Siemens as our category sponsor of the Digital Transformation in Manufacturing, Infrastructure & Industrial IoT for this year’s awards.

Commenting on the partnership Siemens said. 

‘Sponsoring the Best Digital Transformation in Manufacturing, Infrastructure & Industrial IoT is a perfect opportunity for Siemens to recognise and support the ground-breaking work and transformative impact of digitalisation in these sectors. It reaches to the very heart of what Siemens does and the customers that we are so proud to work with. This is an exciting new category providing a platform to showcase the value created by digitalisation in these important sectors and just as Siemens has supported these sectors through electrification and automation, we are now right alongside them in their digitalisation journey too.’

The category recognises organisations across industry and infrastructure that have transformed operations using advancements in digital technology to improve, enhance or innovate systems within manufacturing industry, utilities and infrastructure. With digital being at the core of internal and external strategies. The judges will look for creativity, innovation, efficiency, performance and integration.

Nominations for Digital Transformation in Manufacturing, Infrastructure & Industrial IoT close October 4th > Enter Here 

For more information on sponsorship opportunities for this event contact Brian at brian@thespiders.ie.

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Sponsor Announcement – DevEire

September 24th, 2019

Sponsor Announcement: DevEire – proudly sponsor the Large Agency of the Year

The Spider awards are proud to announce DevEire will be sponsoring Large Agency of the Year category for the 2019 awards.

Based in Limerick DevEire has over ten years’ experience with a portfolio that includes some of the key global Fortune 500 companies global CMS sites. DevEire creates bespoke digital solutions that transform your business world.  We’re problem solvers with a firm belief in finding effective ways to cut straight to your business issues. We push beyond the limits of conventional digital thinking, bringing your business to places you never thought possible. We know that your time is precious, so we tell it like it is. That way we can cut through the tape to get right to the nub of your business challenge. 

The large agency of the year award recognises an agency who offers their clients a specific or range of digital solutions making the perfect category for DevEire to sponsor.

Nominations for Large Agency of the Year close October 4th > Enter Here 

For more information on sponsorship opportunities for this event contact Brian at brian@thespiders.ie.

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Sponsor Announcement – Center of Excellence in Universal Design

September 23rd, 2019

Sponsor Announcement – Centre for Excellence in Universal Design – proud sponsor of the Best in Universal Design.

The Spider awards are delighted to welcome Centre for Excellence in Universal Design sponsor of our Best in Universal Design category.

At the Centre for Excellence in Universal Design, we believe that great design means no-one is excluded and everyone can access and understand and use a digital service.  The Spiders is about driving digital excellence, just as our Centre is about driving excellence in Universal Design. The three pillars of the 2019 Spiders explore the interactions between the human, the brand and the technology to identify the best in class harnessing the power of digital.  This aligns with our vision to support the creation of digital product and services that put people at the centre of technological innovation and design. We do this through recognising and promoting excellence in industry, education and standards. 

The Universal Design Award category recognises and showcases companies that can demonstrate a capacity for designing solutions that aim to be accessed, understood and used to the greatest extent possible by all people, regardless of their age, size or ability.  

Nominations for Best in Universal Design close September 4th > Enter Here 

For more information on sponsorship opportunities for this event contact Brian at brian@thespiders.ie.

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Sponsor Announcement – Magnet Network – Our Connectivity Partner

September 23rd, 2019

Sponsor Announcement – Magnet Networks – proud sponsor of Digital Transformation Enterprise.

The Spider awards are delighted to welcome Magnet Networks as our connectivity partner and category sponsor of the Digital Transformation Enterprise for this year’s awards.

Established in 2004, Magnet Networks is now Ireland’s largest connectivity network. As such, they can deliver high-power broadband to virtually every corner of Ireland along with a complete range of cloud-based voice and data packages. Having invested more than €120m to build their own high-capacity fibre network, the level of security and reliability offered by Magnet Networks has made it the network of choice for many of thousands of customers – including some of the world’s largest and most data-centric corporations.

Digital technology gives companies a real competitive edge by making them more productive, innovative and agile. Magnet Networks recently acquired the IT Group, Ireland’s Digital Transformation specialists and are now helping many clients realise the value a digital transformation programme can bring to a business of any size. Congratulations to all nominees, you are the driving force behind the Digital Transformation revolution!

Nominations for Digital Transformation Enterprise close September 4th > Enter Here 

For more information on sponsorship opportunities for this event contact Brian at brian@thespiders.ie.

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Sponsor Announced – Welltel Group

September 23rd, 2019

Sponsor Announcement – Welltel Group – proud sponsor of Best B2B Campaign.

The Spider Awards are delighted to welcome Welltel Group as our category sponsor of the Best B2B Campaign for this year’s awards.

Welltel design, commission and maintain telecoms and connectivity solutions to over 3,000 customers in Ireland and internationally.

As a technology-driven company, the future is very exciting. Striving to always be leaders in their field and constantly deliver the most business-centric solutions to their customers with the highest standard of service and support.

Welltel maintain dedicated VoIP and ISP infrastructure in two data centres in Dublin which allows them to offer mirrored failover to clients, ensuring better business continuity and minimum downtime. Solutions can be offered as a fully managed service and can be delivered on-premise or from the cloud as a hosted service.

As a B2B business, Welltel recognises the unique challenges faced when designing impactful and engaging digital marketing campaigns. With most businesses starting their search for better products and services online, being able to analyse buyer personas and identify patterns in behaviour is critical.  Developing a robust strategy from this insight is not easy, it takes inspiration, insight, and courage to take the seed of an idea, however outrageous in its concept, and turn it into a thought-provoking, consistent campaign. Welltel is proud to recognise the work of companies in this area as the sponsor of the “Best B2B  Campaign” category.

Nominations for Best B2B Campaign close September 20th > Enter Here 


For more information on sponsorship opportunities for this event contact Brian at brian@thespiders.ie.

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Sponsor Announcement – Skillnet Ireland

September 19th, 2019

Sponsor Announcement – Skillnet Ireland – proud sponsor of Best in Disruptive Technology.

The Spider awards are delighted to welcome Skillnet Ireland as our category sponsor of the Best in Disruptive Technology for this year’s awards.

Skillnet Ireland is the national agency responsible for the promotion and facilitation of workforce learning and development. In partnership with industry, we offer demand-led upskilling programmes that are innovative and flexible, to enhance the productivity, competitiveness and sustainability of the Irish economy.

Skillnet Ireland is proud to sponsor the Best Use of Disruptive Technology at this year’s Spider Awards. As technology continues to evolve, disruptive technologies have become an intrinsic part of our lives and society as a whole. Technological advances are now accelerating faster than ever before and are impacting on almost every industry sector. Digital skills are now recognised as fundamental to the development of Ireland’s future workforce. As an advocate and facilitator of Ireland’s digital transformation, Skillnet Ireland is working with industry to develop a range of programmes that focus on addressing current skills gaps and future skills needs.

Nominations for Best in Disruptive Technology close September 20th > Enter Here 

For more information on sponsorship opportunities for this event contact Brian at brian@thespiders.ie.

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