28 Nov 2016 | 08.58 am
Movidius Tops At Software Industry Awards
Emerging award for LogoGrab
28 Nov 2016 | 08.58 am
Dublin processor developer Movidius – bought recently by Intel – has been selected as Digital Technology Company of the Year in the annual Irish Software Association (ISA) awards scheme.
The awards have been going for 24 years and showcase technology companies that have achieved exceptional success, developed innovative technologies and partnerships and achieved significant sales results over the past 12 months.
Movidius was established by David Moloney in 2005 and developed a processor and platform for on-device vision processing. The initial application was for use in drones, and Intel sees the opportunity to combine the Movidius technology with Intel’s depth sensing solution called RealSense, for use in autonomous machines that can see in 3D, understand their surroundings and navigate accordingly.
The emerging company award went to LogoGrab, a Swiss venture centred on linking consumers with brands through snapping logos with their smartphones. LogoGrab was founded by Luca Boschin and Alessandro Prest and set up in Dublin in April 2014, with €350,000 funding from Swix Family Office SA, based in Lugano in Switzerland. The LogoGrab COO is David Larkin, formerly a senior sales executive at SalesForce.com.
LogoGrab has developed a browser-based scanner which means no app download is needed, though the company has an app too. The idea is that people who scan a logo are linked to more information about the company, and the technology has useful applications in a trade show setting. Pricing for small brands is $50 a month and rises to $5,000 a month. The company has been funded with €250,000 from Irish taxpayers through Enterprise Ireland,
Cronan McNamara, founder of Creme Global and Chair of the ISA, said: “The quality of entrants proves that Ireland is great location to base and grow a technology company.” Award sponsors included law firm ByrneWallace, Bank of Ireland and Enterprise Ireland.
ISA Award Winners
ISA Digital Technology Company of the Year: Movidius
ISA Person of the Year: Karl Flannery
Emerging Company of the Year: LogoGrab
Outstanding Achievement In International Growth: eShopWorld
Technology Innovation of the Year: KantanMT
Digital Technology Services Project of the Year: Storm Technology
Multinational Corporation Initiative of the Year: Accenture Ireland – ‘Women on Walls’ campaign
Excellence in Talent Development: Openet
Outstanding Academic Achievement of the Year: Irish Centre for High-End Computing (ICHEC)
Photo: Feargal Brennan (left) of ByrneWallace with LogoGrab chief executive Luca Boschin and Cronan McNamara (right)