it@cork IT Leaders Awards winners announced

Business, Technology | Mon 23 Oct | Author – Business & Finance
Daniel Mackey, Co-founder of; Caroline O’Driscoll, it@cork Chair; and Peter Coppinger, Co-founder of

Peter Coppinger and Daniel Mackey of claimed the top prize at the 2017 IT Leaders Awards last Friday. The pair were named Tech Persons of the Year by business leaders in the tech industry in Cork.

The it@cork IT Leaders Awards, now in its 11th year, saw 300 of Cork’s best IT professionals and prospects congregate last Friday, 20 October, at Cork’s Maryborough Hotel to celebrate the achievements in the tech sector over the last year.

Aside from the top prize, there were six other categories with three names in each. The winners in each were:

Category 1: Smart Technology Innovation Award – Solo Energy
Category 2: Technical Training Programme of the Year Award – VMware (KickStart programme)
Category 3: Multinational of the Year Award – Abtran
Category 4: The One to Watch Award – Cork Internet eXchange (CIX)
Category 5: Excellence in Education Award – Scoil Niocláis National School
Category 6: Tech Start-Up of the Year Award – Twisted WristWear

Peter Coppinger, Co-founder of, commented: “We’re humbled to be named Tech Persons of the Year by it@cork, especially when there are so many worthy contenders for this award. There’s something special about receiving an award in our home town where the Teamwork journey first began and continues to prosper today. We’re very grateful to it@cork for this acknowledgement and for the important work they do in promoting the IT space in Cork.”

Daniel Mackey, Co-founder of, also said: “Thank you to the team at it@cork for this award. It’s a very proud moment for us to be named Tech Persons of the Year and it’s a great way to mark the tenth anniversary of It’s been a fantastic experience to start this business from Cork and we’re excited to continue growing our business from here. We’re looking forward to celebrating this win with our team who have helped us achieve our success to date.”

Chairperson of it@cork Caroline O’Driscoll gave her congratulations to all involved: “Peter and Dan are incredible entrepreneurs and should be immensely proud of all they have achieved to date as they celebrate ten years at Teamwork. We greatly admire their courage, fortitude and can-do attitude in building a global business from their base in Cork. They think big, dream global, lead by example, but stay close to their roots and have always remained their authentic selves. Through drive, determination and an unwavering passion for what they do, they have built a business from scratch and brought it to a level that proves that they are a force to be reckoned with.

“I’d also like to congratulate the winners of the other six categories. The standard of applicants was so high this year that to have been chosen above others in each category is a triumph in itself. The work that these companies and schools do is outstanding; they are a driving force behind tech not just in Cork but in Ireland, and even globally. Their ambition is what propels the industry forward and makes me excited about the possibilities for tomorrow.”