List of Judges

  • Joseph Nugent - Director of Passport Services, Department of Foreign Affairs
  • Professor Barry McMullin - Research Institute for Networks and Communications Engineering and DCU. EU e-accessibility expert.
  • Declan Tuite - Programme Chair, B.Sc. in Multimedia, School of Communications, DCU
  • Siubhán Nic Grianna - Communications and Marketing Manager, Údarás na Gaeltachta
  • John Foong - Manager of Small Medium Business Sales, Google Apps; Europe, Middle East and Africa at Google, Dublin, Ireland
  • Maeve Kneafsey {Judging co-ordinator} - Managing Director Elucidate, Strategic Online Communications and Marketing
  • Paul O’Dea - CEO Select Strategies
  • Joe Horan - Former  County Manager, South Dublin County Council

Joseph Nugent Director of Passport Services, Department of Foreign Affairs

Joseph NugentJoseph Nugent was appointed Director of Passport Services in September, 2009. As Director, Mr. Nugent has responsibility for the processing and issuance of all passports in Ireland’s Passport Offices in Dublin, Cork and London and through the network of Ireland’s Embassies overseas. Prior to this appointment Mr. Nugent was Director of the Local Government Computer Services Board, the Board responsible for the provision of leadership, advice, guidance and support in the use of Information & Communications Technologies (ICT) across the local government sector in Ireland. Mr. Nugent has spent over twenty years in a variety of civil service roles including Head of ICT in the Department of Foreign Affairs overseeing the introduction of Ireland’s ePassport and the delivery of ICT services at Presidency events in Ireland in 2004 and Project Manager of

Professor Barry Mc Mullin Research Institute for Networks and Communications Engineering, Dublin City University. EU e-accessibility expert.

Prof Barry McmullinElectronic Engineer by profession, now working as a lecturer and researcher in Dublin City University, Professor McMullin is one of Europe’s leading experts on creating online services that are accessible to all.

Professor McMullin has extensive experience in the development and evaluation of web sites for accessibility, normally in the context of the W3C Web Content Accessibility Guidelines.

Declan Tuite Programme Chair, B.Sc. in Multimedia, School of Communications, DCU.

Declan TuiteDeclan Tuite joined DCU in 2001 where he lectures in program development and research supervision. Declan’s areas of expertise lie in interactive design, programming, HCI, usability and new media project management. Declan also acts as a coordinator for reviewing degree/modules and formulating the future direction of course content. In this capacity, he liaises with the industry to identify the changing skills requirement and to access how these impact on course content.
Previously, Declan has worked as a media production manager for Eircom Multimedia (Rondomondo). In that role, he worked on web initiatives for both the general public and on the research and development of new products, which are currently coming on market. Declan has also worked as a freelance programmer, audio engineer and multimedia consultant.
He has spent seven years producing music online, and has also worked with heavy and responsive media, and both look/feel and coding. In addition, Declan has spent 15 years producing audio projects for radio, music soundtracks and interactive installations.
Declan holds a degree in Communications, MSc Multimedia Systems, and a Diploma in Sound Engineering.
In his spare time, he writes and performs music, enjoys the challenge of interactive and algorithmic composition of audio and music, and also enjoys a spot of gardening.

Siubhán Nic Grianna Communications and Marketing Manager, Údarás na Gaeltachta

Siubhán Nic GriannaSiubhán Nic Grianna heads up the Communications and Marketing Department of Údarás na Gaeltachta, the state development agency with responsibility for the economic, social and cultural development of Irelands Gaeltacht areas. In her current position since 2007, Siubhán manages the public relations, communications, and marketing functions of the organisation, which includes responsibility for all online marketing activities. She managed the redevelopment of a new Údarás website which won the Best Irish Language category in the 2008 Irish EGovernment Awards. Prior to this Siubhán held a Regional Development role where she had the responsibility of assessing and administering regional aid supports and providing advice and guidance to tourism-based projects in the Gaeltacht. She was also central to the establishment and development of the GaelSaoire Gaeltacht Holidays marketing brand which placed the Gaeltacht areas on the map as unique tourism destinations. Siubhán holds an MA in International Tourism and a BA in European Studies, both from the University of Limerick.

John Foong Manager of Small Medium Business Sales, Google Apps; Europe, Middle East and Africa at Google, Dublin, Ireland

John Foong

John has worked in IT and as an accountant before he joined McKinsey. He then held a project management role for USAID/TechnoServe in the Mozambican poultry sector before undertaking an MBA in the USA. Prior to being based in Dublin, John worked in Google London in Marketing and Strategy. John holds degrees from Stanford University and the University of New South Wales.

Maeve Kneafsey: Judging co-ordinator Managing Director Elucidate, Strategic Online Communications and Marketing

Maeve KneafseyMaeve has held senior positions in online and traditional marketing and publishing for almost 20 years. Maeve has devised and implemented numerous public and private sector web communications and marketing strategies. She established the first Customer Respect Index (CRI) for Ireland, an independent index that evaluates how websites treat their customers online. Recently, she was involved in the launch of the eCabinet, designed to migrate the Cabinet from a paper-based system to electronic access.
Prior to establishing Elucidate, she was co-founder of AMAS, CEO of Hoson Publishing (publishers of and the Golden Spider Awards), general manager of Mac Publishing and head of marketing for The Sunday Tribune and Attic Press.
She is a co-founder and director of the Irish eGovernment Awards in conjunction with the Public Sector Times. She is also a co-founder of Sanas, the specialist Irish translation service. She holds a BA from Trinity College, Dublin.

Paul O’Dea
CEO Select Strategies

Paul O’DeaAn engineer by background, Paul is an experienced builder of growing companies.
Paul was a founder or chairperson of several technology companies that have secured strong market positions or have been acquired by companies like Oracle, Compuware and Misys. He has consulted with, and facilitated strategy workshops for growing companies in the US and Europe.
He is author of the book The Business Battlecard (Oak Tree Press 2009) and co-author of the book Select Selling (Oak Tree Press 2004) which resulted in the creation of The TAS Group, a world-leading on demand sales performance automation company.
Paul has an MBA from University College Dublin. He is a former chairperson of the Irish Software Association and is a member of the Governing Board of ICT Ireland

Joe Horan
Former County Manager, South Dublin County Council

Joe HoranJoe has served on numerous boards and committees throughout his career including :
• Member of Information Society Commission and served on two sub-committees :
o E Inclusion and
o E-Government
• Designated Manager of Dublin Regional Authority
• Chairman of the Operational Group for the Regional Planning Guidelines
• Chairman of the Local Government Computer Services Board
• Member of the ICT Sub Committee of Local Government Computer Services Board
• Member of the Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources Next Generation Broadband Taskforce

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