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Posted: October 31, 2012 in Research

As CoderDojo founders are honoured, Irish software industry stresses importance of scale

Ireland’s software industry needs to scale and scale fast, the chairman of the Irish Software Association Karl Flannery stressed last night, warning indigenous companies face a capital funding cliff as they seek funding to maintain their growth trajectory.

Last night the ISA Person of the Year Award went to CoderDojo co-founders Bill Liao and James Whelton. CoderDojo is in itself a case study on how to scale internationally having grown from computer classes in Cork just a year ago to a global volunteer organisation that sees more than 6,000 children on any given Saturday learn how to write software.

There are now 104 dojos happening every Saturday afternoon (41 in Ireland) in cities from Dublin to Florence, and Tokyo, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, London and Chicago. New ones are sprouting up in Jamaica and Africa.

At the awards on Friday night, the Outstanding Company of the Year Award went to Openet.

FeedHenry were recognised with the Partnership of the Year Award and the Sales Achievement of the Year Award went to the NowFactory which also won the Technical Innovation of the Year Award.

SAP picked up the gong for Multinational Corporative Initiative of the Year Award. Big Fish was named Games Company of the Year and the Outstanding Academic Achievement of the Year Award went to Barry Smyth from UCD.


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