The New Frontiers Internet of Things Summit at GMIT

New Frontiers IoT Summit GMIT

The New Frontiers ‘Internet of Things (IoT) Summit’ at GMIT was held on 26th February and proved to be a major success with hundreds of delegates from across the country in attendance to hear about internet-connected objects and opportunities for new businesses and new business applications.

GMIT New Frontiers start-up BriteBiz won ‘Best Emerging Business Award’ in the pitching competition which ran as part of the overall conference. Entrepreneur Eamon Crosby of BriteBiz was presented with a €10,000 prize fund from sponsor KPMG. BriteBiz provides an end to end SaaS Business Management Software Platform for companies in service based industries. It is designed to integrate and streamline processes from lead generation to sales and marketing automation, booking management to client and staff portals, and payment processing to business reporting.

Second place was awarded to New Frontiers start-up Tr3Dent, based in GMIT’s iHub, a 3D visualization software platform providing companies, cities and organisations with the ability to create, plan, visualize and manage IoT ecoysystems by using interactive and dynamic 3D models. Entrepreneur Kevin McCaffery was presented with a cheque for €3,000, sponsored by AIB.

Pure Glan Food Ltd, based in Mayo, supported through the GMIT Mayo iHub, won third place in the pitching competition for their Mariko product. Entrepreneur Christine McAndrew received €1,000 from AIB. Mariko is a new beverage brand created to give choice in the soft drinks sector, offering a zero calorie natural brewed Green tea that assists with weight management and general good health and wellbeing.

Eamon Crosby (centre) of BriteBiz, winner of the GMIT New Frontiers IoT Summit pitching competition, with Today FM The Sunday Business Show presenter Conall O Móráin (IOT Summit MC), and Tony O’Kelly, GMIT New Frontiers programme manager (left).
Eamon Crosby (centre) of BriteBiz, winner of the GMIT New Frontiers IoT Summit pitching competition, with Today FM The Sunday Business Show presenter Conall O Móráin (IOT Summit MC), and Tony O’Kelly, GMIT New Frontiers programme manager (left).

GMIT IoT 6 delegates and sponsore KPMG
L to R (front): Tony O’Kelly, Manager, New Frontiers, GMIT, Karl Flannery, CEO, Storm Technology, Conor O’Dowd, KPMG, Conall O Móráin, Today FM broadcaster (The Sunday Business Show), Dr Fergal Barry, President GMIT, and Declan Lyons, New Frontiers Manager, Enterprise Ireland.

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Delegates attending the New Frontiers Internet of Things (IoT) Summit in GMIT on Friday.

GMIT IOT pitchcomp participants
L to R: Kevin McCaffrey, Tr3Dent (2nd place), Joanne Coyne, Express Empire, Michael Furey, Jemstone Technoloies Ltd, Louise Gibbons, The Inspired Network, Eamon Crosby, BriteBiz (first place), Christine McAndrew, Pure Glan Food Ltd (third place).

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Delegates attending the New Frontiers Internet of Things (IoT) Summit in GMIT on Friday.


L to R (front): Conall O Móráin, Today FM broadcaster (The Sunday Business Show), Tony O’Kelly, Manager, New Frontiers, GMIT, Dr Fergal Barry, President of GMIT, and Karl Flannery, CEO of Storm Technology.

About the New Frontiers IoT Summit

This year’s event was moderated by Today FM broadcaster Conall O Móráin, presenter of The Sunday Business Show, who paid tribute to the organisers saying the event was even better than the Web Summit and that it ranked in the top three trending subjects on Twitter on Friday (26 February), despite it being General Election day!

We have received incredible interest in this event. With major players in the field such as Dell, HP, Intel and IBM in attendance coupled with exhibitions from all leading national research institutes, it is not surprising the event booked out so quickly.

Out of the 51 participants that have come through New Frontiers since 2012, 46 new companies have emerged and 25% of those have attracted considerable investment. This demonstrates that New Frontiers has achieved significant success in supporting the establishment of new business in our region.

The Internet of Things

According to Business Insider, the Internet of Things (IoT) is the next Industrial Revolution – it will change the way all businesses, governments and consumers interact with the physical world. By 2020, it is predicted to be a $19 trillion industry with over 6 billion objects connected to the Internet.

The GMIT IoT conference also saw the launch of VT Networks, a GMIT iHub client and member of the 2015 New Frontiers programme, along with IoT demonstrations and Ireland’s IoT network in action, information on practical applications, case studies, and opportunities to network and connect with key experts, opinion formers and IoT businesses.

Speakers included Mark Bannon of VT Networks; Fergal Barry, GMIT President, Ronan Furlong, MD of DCU Alpha, Kevin Maher of Sigfox, Fergal Concannon, Advantech B+B SmartWorx; and Professor Peter Corcoran IEEE fellow and Irish Patent hall of fame member.

About the author

GMIT School of Business New FrontiersPhotograph by Aengus McMahonTony O’Kelly

Tony is the New Frontiers Programme Manager in Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology (GMIT). His main expertise lies in finance, manufacturing, sales and procurement across a wide range of business sectors. He has experience in automating business processes and managing projects from conception to delivery; skills he brings to the structure and delivery of New Frontiers in GMIT…  [Read Tony’s profile]

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