Crystal Valley Tech puts Sunny South East on the map
Bluefin Payment Systems, Sun Life Financial, Routematch, Red Hat, TSSG and Nearform were among 50 companies presenting at the WIT arena today.
Working together as Crystal Valley Tech, the companies showcased the tech industry to an audience of 2,000 members of the public, students, and private and public sector workers.
Elaine Fennelly, Bluefin Payment Systems general manager and co-founder of Crystal Valley Tech, said: “People who work in the industry already know that Tech is well established in the south east and the number of opportunities and companies continues to grow and grow.
“According to a recent Tech Ireland report there are over 60 indigenous and multinational companies employing well over 1,500 people from their bases in Waterford, Wexford, Kilkenny and Carlow.
“However, we weren’t so sure that people in the region realised just how big the ICT industry is becoming and to ensure the industry’s future growth in the South East a group of us came together to form Crystal Valley Tech.
“Our remit is fairly simple, to create a tech hub in the south east to which international companies are happy to relocate, indigenous companies and start-ups can thrive. Part of that is showcasing just how vibrant the industry already is to college and second level students which is what today is all about.
WIT President Prof Willie Donnelly said: “The institute is committed to working with Crystal Valley Tech to position Waterford and the south east as a location of choice for indigenous and foreign direct investment in ICT. WIT provides a holistic integrated education, research and innovation framework which acts as a catalyst for the sector.
“The quality of our teaching programmes coupled with industry partnership ensures that our graduates are the most sought after by the industry nationally and internationally and students choosing to study in computing in WIT are guaranteed access to continuing the career in the region.”