The Irish Internet Association has announced the winners of its Annual Net Visionary Awards at a gala function held in the Fitzpatrick Hotel, Killiney, Dublin.
Speaking at the awards IIA Chairman, Colm Lyon, said that the Irish Internet Industry was capable of transforming the Irish economy and that many Irish businesses were now engaged in the internet in a global fashion. These awards are an excellent barometer of the level of activity in the internet industry. This year it was great to see more regionalisation of award winners, more newcomers and more enterprises thinking beyond the norm in terms of their internet ambitions.
The awards received 188 nominations and over 20,000 votes. The awards are unique in that they are nominated and voted upon by members of the public.
Awards sponsor, Stephen Doyle, Business Development Manager, CheetahMail said: “There is a new breed of Irish company that is harnessing the ongoing potential of the Internet as a medium without boundaries. The nominees and winners of the IIA Net Visionary Awards are testament to the creativity and calibre of those involved in the industry today. On behalf of sponsors CheetahMail, I would like to congratulate all on their achievements and vision and wish them every success in their future”.
The full list of winners are listed below:
Social Contribution – Sean O Dowd, Realboyle.com
Technology Journalist – John Collins, John Collins (Freelance)
Innovation – Niall Kelly, Salesjobs.ie
eGovernment – Peter Dee, Dublin City Council
Internet Marketer – Fintan Lonergan, Aer Lingus
Web Designer – Declan O Donnell, IrishJobs.ie
Web Developer – Eimear Fogarty, IrishJobs.ie
Online Trader – John Breslin, adverts.ie / Boards.ie Ltd
Educational Contribution – (Joint Winners) – Matt Glowatz, University College Dublin; and Gerry McGovern, gerrymcgovern.com
Internet Entreprenuer – Richard Moyles, Furntech Ltd
Mobile Internet Application – Aisling McCabe, RTÉ Publishing
Best Online Banking Service – Gavin Ross, Bank of Scotland (Ireland)
Best Blogger – Brian Greene, doopdesign
Best Podcaster – Twenty Major, Twenty Major
Overall Net Visionary – Ray Nolan, Hostelworld.com
Colm Lyon added that the Board of Directors had selected Ray Nolan of Hostel World as the overall Net Visionary for 2006 as he has constantly raised the bar in terms of competing in the global internet market, remained highly innovative in their approach and moved quickly to capture the opportunities.