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Lord Mayor's Awards

Posted by Dominic Byrne on Fri, 31 May 2013 21:50:09 BST

The Lord Mayor of Dublin, Naoise O'Muiri hosted the 2013 Lord Mayor's Awards at the Mansion House, Dublin on Wednesday 29th May, 2013. This year, the Lord Mayor introduced a new Lord Mayors Award - Dublin Digital Champions - to recognise practical contributions to advancing the digital agenda in Dublin. Dominic Byrne received a Digital Champion Award in recognition of the Fingal Open Data and Apps4Fingal initiatives.

The 2013 Lord Mayor's Awards were awarded to:

  • Mission Commander Chris Hadfield
  • The Band of An Garda Síochána
  • Pauline O'Regan
  • Homeless Street Soccer League
  • National Women's Rugby Squad
  • Roy O'Donnell

The Digital Champion Lord Mayor's Award was awarded to :

  • Dr. Johnny Ryan - Chief Innovation Officer of the Irish Times
  • #Digiwomen - a platform for women in the digital industry
  • Dominic Byrne - Head of IT, Fingal County Council
  • Joan Mulvhill - CEO of Irish Internet Association
  • James Eggers - Creator of Free Flow App
  • HE Carlos Garcia de Alba - Champion of the digital twinning between Dublin and Guadalajara

Digital Champs Awards
Dublin Digital Champions

It was an honour to be named in the company of people who are doing such great work in the digital field.

Joan Mulvihill @joanmulvihill has been a tireless promoter of digital initiatives through her work as CEO of the Irish Internet Association.  In particular, Joan has worked with us in promoting Open Data by making it a theme of the IIA Conference in 2011, collaborating on the 18 Hour Open Data Challenge and as a member of the National Cross Industry Working Group on Open Data.

Johnny Ryan @johnnyryan is Chief Innovation Officer of the Irish Times and author of "A History of the Internet and the Digital Future".  Johnny initiated the Irish Times Idea Lab running the Irish Times Digital Challenge in 2012 and Irish Times FUSION in 2013.  Johnny presented at the Data Visualisation event organised by Dublinked in May 2012.

#Digiwomen aims to deliver a vibrant, interactive platform for professional women in the digital industry in Ireland. It was founded in 2013 by Pauline Sargent @paulinesargent, Rita Tobin @ritatobin and Siodhna Mc Gowan @siodhna.  Pauline is also an active participant in the Open Data Ireland community.  #Digiwomen also blogged about the awards.

James Eggers @james_eggers is a nineteen year old student and programmer who has a number of digital initiatives under his belt including his Free Flow App which allows users to detect traffic flows around the city.  James has won his category at the Young Scientist competition twice, and also won the EMC “data-hero” award.

His Excellency Carlos Eugenio Garcia de Alba Zepeda, Mexican Ambassador to Ireland who has worked to connect his home city of Guadalajara with Dublin as digital cities to promote the huge potential and business opportunities that digital technology provides.

Digital Champions' Icons

The Digital Champions each received a customised digital collection based on the Dublin WiFi icons - you can see which icon each champion was associated with in the image above.  The Viking icon is featured on my collection, which is particularly apt as Fingal derives its name from the Irish 'Fine Gall' meaning the land of the fair-haired foreigners - this is a reference to the Vikings who settled in the area in the 8th century.

Collection of Viking Themed Items

Joan Mulvihill spoke on behalf of the Digital Champions Award recipients thanking the Lord Mayor for the initiative and looking forward to progress with Digital Dublin.

It was also a privilege to be recognised in the company of such inspiring award recipients as the National Women's Rugby Squad who won the Grand Slam in 2013, the Garda National Band, the Homeless Street Soccer League who do such great work with young homeless men, Roy O'Donnell with his great inventions and Pauline O'Regan who manages the Killester resource centre on a voluntary basis.

Ireland from Space
Photograph of Ireland taken by Commander Chris Hadfield from the International Space Station

The highlight of the night was the award to Commander Chris Hadfield @Cmdr_Hadfield which was accepted by his daughter Kristin.  Commander Hadfield is a Canadian Astronaut who served on the International Space Station from Decmber 2012 to May 2013.  Chris built up a large following on Social Media during his time on the ISS due to his engaging accounts of life onboard the ISS and the spectacular pictures of earth that he tweeted from orbit including many of Ireland and Dublin.  During his time aboard the ISS, Chris spoke the first words in Irish in space when he tweeted “Tá Éire fiorálainn!”.  He also wished everyone in Ireland a “Happy St. Patrick’s Day” from the ISS via Twitter.

‎More information about the recipients can be found in the awards press release.

Lord Mayors Book small
‎Book of Lord Mayor's Awards Recipients

Many thanks to Lord Mayor Naoise O'Muiri @naoiseomuiri for the Digital Champion Award, for a great awards ceremony and for his work on advancing the Digital Agenda in Dublin.

Thanks to all the staff in the Information Technology and Economic Development Departments in Fingal County Council for all their work on Fingal Open Data and Apps4Fingal which has made this award possible.

Dominic Byrne @dominic__byrne,
Fingal County Council.

31st May, 2013


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