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Celebrating Leadership in Innovation > CIO & IT Leaders Awards 2022

by | Mar 29, 2022

Health innovation and technology led the way at the first ever CIO & IT Leaders Awards. The HSE National Immunisation Office took home IT Project of the Year for the implementation of ScanVax and TrackVax, supporting the safe and effective rollout of the Covid-19 vaccine in Ireland.

The Department of Public Expenditure and Reform was signalled out for the Outstanding Response to Covid-19 Award, while Aisling Hurley, CEO of Breast Cancer Ireland took the top spot in the CIO & IT Leader of the Year – Non-Profit Sector category. AI & Robotics company Akara won Project of the Year for Violet – its germ-killing ultraviolet light robotic cleaning system currently being tested as part of a ‘living lab’ at the Midland Regional Hospital Tullamore.

This year’s inaugural CIO & IT Leader Awards were held at the Shelbourne Hotel, Dublin on March 24. Organised by iQuest Ltd, the ceremony was an opportunity to acknowledge the change makers and disruptors who are taking their organisations to new heights with their approach to IT strategy.

This year’s inaugural event was hosted by broadcaster Johnathan Healy. A total of 11 accolades were given out on the night, with the Outstanding IT Contribution to Sustainability being awarded to TriMedika. The Belfast-based company is the creator of a game-changing medically graded non-contact thermometer that honours its pledge to protect the planet and people through meaningful technology. Special Recognition for Outstanding Contribution to Innovation & IT Award, went to Vodafone Ireland CEO Anne O’Leary.

Each category was judged by panel of industry experts including:

Mark Jordan Chief Technologist, Skillnet Ireland

Keith Kiernan Group CIO, Bank of Ireland

Siobhain Duggan Director of Innovation & Healthcare, GS1 Ireland

Colin Mac Hale Sales Director, Intel Corp. and Chair, Leadership Forum, HealthTech Ireland

Sarah Murphy CEO, iQuest & Business Post Experiences

Emmet Ryan Connected Editor, The Business Post

Jacky Fox Managing Director, Accenture Security

“The inaugural CIO & IT Leaders Awards succeeded in recognising the incredible work of those who have not only led their organisations through the storm of the pandemic, but also took the opportunity to radically transform to become digital leaders in their sectors – both in Ireland and on the global stage,” said iQuest CEO Sarah Murphy. “While the last year has been a time of phenomenal growth for the Irish technology sector, it has also provided many examples of why the roles of CIOs and IT leaders are critical, both for their organisations and the country.”

iQuest CEO Sarah Murphy, centre, with members of the iQuest and Business Post LIVE team. Picture Maura Hickey

Established in 2001, iQuest is Ireland’s leading conference, exhibition and niche events company with an annual portfolio of over 40 national and international events that enables our audience to learn, develop, foster commercial opportunities and make better business decisions.

Smart Health Summit, Women in STEM, HealthTech Ireland Annual Conference and The National Health Summit, now in its 18th year, are among iQuest’s portfolio of health events. This year’s CIO & It Leader Awards were sponsored by Interxion, CISCO, Cognizant, IconicOffices, Expleo, Mulesoft and HP with Intel.


CIO & IT Leaders Award Winners 2022 >>

Outstanding IT Contribution to Sustainability
Winner: TriMedika

CIO & IT Leader of the Year – Government & Public Sector
Winner: John Barron – CIO, Revenue
Highly Commended: Fran Thompson – CIO, HSE

CIO & IT Leader of the Year – Private Sector
Winner: Harry Moseley – CIO, Zoom

CIO & IT Leader of the Year – Non-Profit Sector
Winner: Aisling Hurley – CEO, Breast Cancer Ireland

Outstanding Contribution to Championing Diversity, Inclusion & Belonging in the Industry                                                              Winner: Fujitsu Ireland

CISO of the Year
Winner: Peter Mc Laughlin – Director of Information Security, Flutter

Outstanding Response to Covid-19
Winner: Department of Public Expenditure and Reform
Highly Commended: HSE National Immunisation Office

IT Project of the Year
Winner: HSE National Immunisation Office – Implementation of ScanVax and TrackVax to support the safe and effective rollout of COVID-19 vaccine in Ireland
Highly Commended: Smarttech247 – Implementing 24/7 Security for a Major Aviation Company

Pilot Project of the Year
Winner: Akara – Violet Robotic Cleaning System

Future Leader of the Year
Winner: Anna Carmody – Founder, Little Red Edu

Special Recognition – Outstanding Contribution to Innovation & IT Award
Anne O’Leary, CEO, Vodafone Ireland

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