All IIA members are invited to join us at an EGM of the Irish Internet Association. The EGM takes place on Thursday, October 27th, 2016 in the Presentation Room, Digital Depot, Thomas Street, Dublin 8.
The IIA will be 20 years old in January. It is broadly agreed that the original remit of the organisation has been met. It is the view of the board that we are at a critical juncture for the organsiation.
Your input as a valued member of this association is vitally important to these deliberations and we, the board, strongly urge you to attend as it is critical to the future of the organisation.
There are 2 areas of focus for the EGM:
1. The EGM is being called to discuss the future path of the IIA into 2017. The board will lay out the current situation of the organisation and how it is currently performing and look for input from its members to identify the best path forward into 2017. This is the beginning of a consultative process to be held before the AGM in November. We would welcome your input as a valued member of the organisation.
2. To define what special resolutions needed to be brought to the AGM for decision at that point.
It is the board’s intention that members will take away with them the information provided at the meeting, reflect on it and that some of you will present back proposals for the future of the organisation in advance of the AGM. Once these have been reviewed they will be put in front of the members for discussion and agreement at the AGM itself.
Special Resolutions for discussion:
The Membership will be asked to consider the following special resolutions which will be put forward for a decision at the upcoming AGM which will be held in late November :
(a) adopt a new remit for the association or
(b) resolve to wind up the organisation. Should no proposals be received before the AGM the board will make a decision with the membership at the AGM on the future of the organisation.
To register to attend the EGM please RSVP.
Joan Mulvihill’s response to Budget 2016.
40 Pre-Budget Submissions, one meeting. The ROI of time spent lobbying government is questionable when you are left asking yourself if they didn’t understand the problem much less the proposed solution.
The budget comes around like Christmas every year and this was like a not-so-secret Santa Christmas. Everyone knew what they were getting and what they were getting was socks. It was a great budget for those who needed socks. It was a pretty okay budget for those who didn’t need socks but believe that you can never have too many pairs. But for the rest it was disappointing. The innovating entrepreneurs got socks but that were so ill-fitting we wonder if they’d bother to check for size. Did they really just give us the FDI pattern socks in the traditional entrepreneur’s size with a stretchy fabric in the hope we wouldn’t notice?
I deliberately use the term ‘innovating entrepreneurs’ to reflect the parlance of the Department of Finance. In their own recognition of the difference between traditional business entrepreneurs and those developing disruptive, innovative businesses and business models we’d hoped they’d understood our different needs.
Our socks are just too small! A reduction in CGT from 33% to 20% falls short on two counts. Firstly, it only applies to a maximum of €1million over a lifetime and secondly it’s still nowhere near the 10% in the UK.
Our socks have holes in them! The government’s failure to address the shortcomings of the longwinded and overly complex EIIS scheme makes us less attractive as a place to start a business. The government have not addressed the very specific request for support in access to early stage investment. Budget 2016 allows you to raise €5million in a year instead of €2.5million. Big deal! The problem is the Small Deal! For early stage funding they could have provided better income relief for people willing to invest small amounts and furthermore they should have simplified the process. The uptake of the scheme in its current form is pitifully low. This budget will not change that. This hole in our socks is going to lead to leakage of more and more start-ups to set up in the UK where they can access the finance they need.
Our socks keep falling down! Innovating entrepreneurs need people to work for them. They need employees who are willing to forgo better paid jobs in FDI companies, who are willing to risk their own financial security to work in a start-up and with that risk should come some reward. Where are their share option schemes that recognise employee’s roles in supporting an innovative entrepreneurial economy? Certainly nowhere in Budget 2016. This government talks the talk on a global war for talent but when it comes to walking the walk they should try these socks for size and tell me that they’d do it!
I’ve run out of sock analogies! At a stretch I’d say that if the Emperor’s New Clothes included a pair of socks they would be presented to him in a Knowledge Box. That is to say, it’s hard to tell what’s real and what’s not. The Knowledge Box will offer the opportunity to further reduce your corporation tax from a generous 12.5% to 6.25% for profits directly derived from ‘qualifying R&D’ carried out in this jurisdiction. It’s yet unclear as to what is going to qualify as ‘qualifying R&D’. And until they sort out the R&D tax credits timing issues it will all be too little too late for the start-up.
This is painful for me to write. I had such high hopes. We wrote our list and posted it to the North Pole, Kildare Street back in July. Ministers have come out for every Web Summit sleigh ride, Start-Up Gathering grotto and Awards night turkey dinner. But behind their jolly smiles and ho ho hos they were just the fake Santa’s you see on every street and at every party. Let’s hope we have enough spirit left to try again next year. “I do believe, I do believe”….
The Innovation Luminary Academy and Awards have been established by the EU Open Innovation Strategy and Policy Group (OISPG) to celebrate and recognise outstanding innovation role models and through this to inspire the next generation of innovators.
The Academy was initiated with the support and sponsorship of Intel Labs Europe, DG Connect, European Commission, and Dublin City; and were established in association with the Innovation Value Institute and the International Society for Professional Innovation Management.
Those receiving the Awards last night became the first members of the Innovation Luminary Academy.
Introducing the awards by recorded video President of the EU Commission Jose Manuel Barroso said “I am very excited to see the quality of the nominees this year and am sure that the Innovation Luminary Awards will fast become a hallmark for celebrating and encouraging innovation achievement”.
OISPG Chairman and Intel Vice President Prof. Martin Curley said “The Irish EU Presidency can leave a legacy of and a trajectory for a new generation of Innovation leadership. These awards and the Academy into which these individuals enter will prove to be part of that legacy and an inspiration for all who are improving an ever changing world by being creative and innovative."
Lord Mayor of Dublin Naoise Ó Muirí said “In the last few years Dublin’s annual Innovation festival has created a significant awareness and appetite for Innovation in Dublin– thus Dublin was a natural location to host these awards”
Dr Patrick Prendergast, Provost of Trinity College Dublin commented: “We were honoured to host this inaugural Innovation Luminary award ceremony The University is first and foremost about knowledge and is therefore a key player in innovation. Its leading research and high-level graduate employment are a cornerstone of such innovation. It is important to celebrate such innovation achievement, as it sends the right signal to our students and researchers, the innovators of the future.”
Inaugural luminaries included individuals such as Professor Stephen Hawking, Felix Baumgartner, Dr. Alexander Osterwalder and Prof Alex von Gabain and companies such as McLaren Electronic Systems and Rovio.
Also Joan Mulvihill, CEO of the Irish Internet Association was awarded a special local Irish Innovation Champion award for her crusading efforts to stimulate the Irish Internet ecosystem.
The Full List of Inaugural Innovation Luminary awardees is as follows:
Professor Alexander von Gabain (DE)– Chairman, European Institute of Innovation &Technology & Chairman, IntelCell AG
High Performance Innovation
Peter van Manen (UK) – CEO McLaren Formula 1 Electronics
Professor Stephen Hawking (UK)
Felix Baumgartner (Au)- RedBull Stratos
Business Model Innovation
Alexander Osterwalder (CH)– Inventor of the Business Model Canvas & Best Selling Author
Ami de L’Europe – 21st Century Industrial Innovation
Justin Rattner (USA)– Intel Chief Technology Officer
Rovio (FI) Mikael Hed, CEO
Innovation Thought Leadership
Professor Leif Edvinsson (SE) – New Club of Paris, University of Lund.
Special Category: Irish Innovation Champion
Recipient: Joan Mulvihill, Irish Internet Association
IRISH INTERNET ASSOCIATION PARTNERS WITH ENTERPRISE IRELAND FOR CLOUD APOPTION EVENT SERIES – SUPPORTED BY MICROSOFT
As they move from a traditional in-house IT infrastructure to an external cloud-based solution, businesses benefit from a responsive, timely and cost-effective operation. This announcement takes place during National Cloud Week with a number of other initiatives taking place to support cloud adoption. This Cloud Awareness series is specifically designed to help companies to assess the benefits of cloud computing while managing any potential risks. Delegates will hear from other SMEs on how, why and what they moved to the cloud as well as from security and service contract experts who will guide delegates through the process.
Speaking at the launch, Joan Mulvihill, CEO of the Irish Internet Association, welcomed the opportunity to partner with Enterprise Ireland in bringing these events to the Irish SME community. “We are delighted to be working with Enterprise Ireland on this initiative. We have a shared commitment and responsibility to ensuring that Irish businesses have the knowledge and resources they need to benefit from cloud solutions. It’s going to be a busy start to the summer with events planned for Galway, Dublin and Cork”.
Frank Ryan, CEO of Enterprise Ireland, welcomed the initiative, saying: “Enterprise Ireland is delighted to be part of this Cloud Computing Awareness programme aimed in particular at SMEs. This is an important move to help increase the numbers of Irish businesses, small and large, who successfully adopt Cloud Computing, and is an important element of the Government’s Action Plan for Jobs. A central part of this plan is targeting key sectors where Ireland has competitive advantage and the potential to foster growth. One such sector is cloud computing, and a number of studies have reported that Ireland has potential to create high levels of growth and jobs in this sector if we move early”.
Microsoft Ireland is a long-standing contributor to the IIA Cloud Computing Working Group and is supporting the IIA and Enterprise Ireland as event sponsors. Delighted with the company’s involvement, Clare Dillon, Microsoft Ireland said: “There is enormous potential for the cloud to play a central role in driving economic growth and job creation but for its potential to be fulfilled it is critical that small businesses understand how they can tap into the benefits of cloud to help them scale for growth. We are delighted that this series of IIA and Enterprise Ireland events are being announced during National Cloud Week – a week of activities organised by Microsoft to drive cloud awareness and adoption.”.
The IIA Cloud Computing Working Group last year in conjunction with the NSAI published “Adopting the Cloud – decision support for cloud computing” as the standard for cloud adoption. The working group is chaired by Lavinia Morris, head of IT infrastructure at Friends First. “The group are pleased to be bringing this decision-support guide to life in the form of these events and by sharing our collective expertise and experiences with the wider business community. These events are totally focussed on helping businesses of all industries and sizes to get the most from the cloud”.
For more information on these events: www.iia.ie/cloudroadshow
For more information on the NSAI Swift 10: www.iia.ie/adoptingthecloud
Data Protection Commissioner Publishes Guidance on dealing with the data protection issues that can arise from the use of Cloud Computing
The Data Protection Commissioner, Billy Hawkes has today published guidance on his website to assist any entity using or considering using a cloud computing solution to hold or manage the personal data for which they are responsible. The Commissioner has published this guidance for Irish based entities on foot of guidance published at a European Level by the Article 29 Working Party (of which he is a member) today on Cloud Computing and recent useful guidance produced domestically by the National Standards Authority of Ireland (NSAI), in conjunction with the Irish Internet Association (IIA). In summary, the guidance makes clear that the use of the cloud to store or handle personal data can be easily accommodated within Data Protection law once some simple steps are followed by any entity using such a service.
Media Queries to: Ciara O’Sullivan
Telephone (057) 868 4800
Fax (057) 868 4757
IIA Wins Public Affairs Category at the PRCA Award 2012
On Friday 21st June 2012 at the Awards for Excellence in Public Relations 2012, the IIA won the prestigious Award for PR Excellence in the Public Affairs Category. The IIA had engaged the services of Fleishman-Hilliard to deliver the campaign that was centred on the IIA "Critical Skills Retention Policy" to address the Skills Shortage in Ireland.
The Awards for Excellence in Public Relations, hosted by the PRCA (Ireland), the PRII and CIPR Northern Ireland, salute Ireland’s most outstanding communications initiatives in the highly competitive and dynamic PR arena. These coveted awards, now 19 years on the go, set the industry benchmark for excellence across all areas of PR.
We are thrilled to have our worked recognised by the PRCA and to have leveraged our role in this sector to effect positive policy change.
Citation of the winning entry from the PRCA
Our winner in this category took an issue of concern to the stakeholders and put it on the national agenda. From concept refinement to implementation at legislative level they were firm in handling their message and skillful in building alliances. Although modestly funded, this was a very thorough campaign in terms of driving debate, dialogue and change.
Picture: Joan Mulvihill, IIA, CEO pictured with Aidan McLoughlin and Carl Gibney from Fleishman-Hillard
We’ve been doing some work in IIA.ie over the summer including moving the site to a managed server and improving the voting system to allow members more say in an easier manner in the running of the association but I think our latest update is going to appeal much more than all that!
Every member company in the IIA has a company profile and a number of users. The primary user is the user responsible for keeping the company profile up to date. This user can now add all the social networking sites where your company has a presence. Some are predefined to get you going but you’ll see from the IIA profile that we have added for example our YouTube page and our Pix.ie profile too. Other possibilities are RateMyArea company profiles, WhoseView company profiles, company Ning networks, Speakerrate profiles, Flickr pages, Google Reader Shared Items – the list goes on!
Each individual user within a company can also choose whether to display their name and role on the company profile. There is also an option for users to include a LinkedIn profile. You can see mine and Fergal’s displayed towards the end of the IIA Company profile.
All users can also continue to add news, feeds, appointments, and vacancies. If your company is a member I would strongly recommend that you take the time to update the site. We are regularly contacted by businesses seeking contractors and partners in a range of areas and while we cannot recommend one company over another we always suggest they search the Members Directory. So it’s imperative that your profile is updated. Adding feeds and other social sites will allow a potential client or partner get a better idea of your latest news, views and crew.
So what are you waiting for? Get updating!
(Have you forgotten your login details? Has your primary user gone on to pastures new? Other login problems? Email me, Roseanne, and I’ll try to sort you out.)
UPDATE 17.21 24/06/2009: Most of you should be seeing the IIA site again. However if you are not seeing content that you would expect to see, or you are having issues logging in or you are not seeing the site could you please let me know? Either IM me using the Meebo widget on the right, email me at members at iia dot ie or ring 01 5424154. Thanks!
UPDATE 13.03 24/06/2009: The main IIA Site may not be visible briefly as its new location propagates (i.e. as your server learns where our new server is when you type iia.ie into your browser). This is very unfortunate as we sent the Digital Digest today and we know some people can’t access further information. Again we are sorry for any inconvenience and would be much obliged if you could be patient. The site will reappear shortly.
UPDATE 11.45am, 24/06/2009: We are experiencing some small issues with logging into the main IIA website. We are working to resolve it and will let you know as soon as it has been sorted. This affects only members. Sorry for any inconvenience caused.
We are moving the IIA website (bar this blog) to a new server this afternoon. This might mean some service interruption on the main IIA site (www.iia.ie) between 4pm and 7pm GMT today. That means if you are a member and you are planning to post some info to the site please do it now or after 7pm. Even if the site is visible and available please do NOT post info between 4pm and 7pm. Thanks!
Basically we are moving the site to new server which should result in a zippier experience for everyone. While we have tested the site on the new server if you do notice anything unusual PLEASE let me know by emailing members @ iia dot ie. Thanks!
I spent Friday morning listening to and uploading the podcasts of the plenary and question & answer sessions of the IIA Congress. I finally feel I know what you are all talking about! You can download them and subscribe to the podcast here: http://www.iia.ie/resources/podcast/
The podcasts were kindly and appropriately sponsored by the straight-talking online bank RaboDirect.
These are available to all. The accompanying presentations are available to members and delegates only.