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Mega Spiders

Ages 4-12 years – includes categories for Best Individual Project, Best Group Project, Creative Web Coding and Grand Prix.

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Giga Spiders

Ages 13-15 years – includes categories for Best Individual Project, Best Group Project, Best Concept, Best Project, Best Web Design, Suíomh is fearr and Grand Prix.

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Tera Spiders

Ages 16-19 years – includes categories for Best Individual Project, Best Group Project, Best Concept, Best Web Design, Suíomh is fearr , Best App, Best Digital Game, and Grand Prix.

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Meet the 2015 Judging Panel

Below is the judging panel for the 2015 eir Junior Spider awards, click on each judge’s photo to learn more about them.

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Richard Barrett

Richard is Director Business Development at eircom. He is responsible driving the development of new lines of business with telecommunications companies who use eircom’s network to provide services in the consumer, corporate and government markets. Most recently he had led the implementation of network development programs in which eircom works in partnership with fixed and mobile operators to modernise their networks and how they deploy services including 4G and broadband services.

Richard has held a number of roles in eircom working on in product management, sales and marketing roles across its corporate, wholesale and network business units. Prior to joining eircom Richard worked in the UK with AT&T and BT

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Simon Lewis
Simon Lewis is the principal of Carlow Educate Together National School in Carlow Town and is a well known in educational technology circles for his views and advice. He has keynoted and given talks at several national and international conferences and assists educational agencies in the best ways to incorporate technology into their practices. Simon has been running the very successful web site, Anseo.net since 2005 with over 1 million readers per year. He has won several accolades for Anseo.net and his school’s web site (http://www.carloweducatetogether.ie)  over the years and is passionate about how an excellent web presence can help young people improve their learning through collaboration and good communication. He has helped a number of schools to create their own school web sites and improve on existing practices.
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Mary Cleary

Mary Cleary is Deputy CEO of the Irish Computer Society (ICS), overseeing certification programmes and digital inclusion policy and initiatives for more than 10 years. She holds a Master’s Degree in Education, has 20 years’ experience as a primary school teacher and extensive experience of professional programme design and implementation. She has worked on several national education initiatives, promoting ICT as a teaching and learning tool and is an active member of ECDL Foundation Expert Working Group. For the ICS, Mary manages education and skills initiatives, as well as the professional and advocacy activities of HISI (Healthcare Informatics Society of Ireland). She is a member of the CEN Workshop on ICT Skills, the NSAI ICT SCC, and represents the NSAI (National Standards Authority of Ireland) on the CEN TC 428 Project Committee.

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Susan Reardon

Susan is programme co-ordinator for the B.Sc.(Hons) in Computing Multimedia Systems at the Institute of Art Design and Technology (IADT) in Dun Laoghaire and has been a lecturer there for the past 12 years. Her areas of expertise include technology and learning, multimedia programming, digital media production technologies and interactive design. Prior to being a lecturer she worked as a programmer in the IT sector in California for 9 years. Susan has recently been awarded a M.Sc. in Technology and Learning from Trinity College Dublin and has a B.Sc. (Hons.) in Computer Science from University College Cork. She has presented her research on innovative methods of learning to program using smartphones at conferences including mLearn 2011 in Beijing.  Susan also has a design background and has a Diploma in Fine Art from the San Francisco School of Art. Susan is involved in the Centre for Creative Technologies & Accessibility.

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Pat Seaver

With nearly thirty years experience of ICT in education, Pat Seaver has been involved in many innovative projects and initiatives during this time.  These have ranged from small-scale developments to major international programmes. Teacher and lecturer, he has also worked as Dept of Education ICT Advisor to 300 primary and post-primary schools in Dublin and Wicklow.

Pat is Director of Blackrock Education Centre, which has responsibility for local teacher professional development in South Dublin, as well as administering a number of national education programmes.  His area of interest is the effective use of appropriate technology to enhance learning and encouraging school use of 21st century learning techniques.

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Naoise Ó Conchubhair
Naoise is a senior designer and front-end web developer at branding agency Creative Inc. He currently oversees the company’s web output as well as working on a variety of other typographic, print and branding projects for clients such as Bloomberg, Cartoon Saloon, Element Pictures, the National Craft Council and the Irish Film Board.
Prior to his current role Naoise worked for web agency Arekibo, where he had the opportunity to work with notable clients including ESB, DAA, RTÉ and the Department of the Taoiseach.
Naoise is also continually engaged with design education and has given a number of talks and lectures on the topic at various events and institutions.
He is a graduate of the National College of Art and Design where he received a degree in Visual Communication having also spent time studying at the University of Applied Science in Lahti, Finland.
He is a past winner of the Young Designer of the Year Award at the Golden Spiders.

Follow Naoise on Twitter: @misenaoise

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Dr Declan Tuite

Dr Declan Tuite is a lecturer and researcher in the School of Communications in DCU. His main focus in DCU are the MSc. and Bsc. in Multimedia.  Declan has a background in production having worked in studio and live as a sound engineer, research and development in interactive TV and Web services before taking up a teaching role in DCU 2001.

His main research interests include production methodologies for new media, algorithmic composition and the creation of responsive media systems. His teaching covers three main strands; multimedia authoring, new media and society & web development.

Declan is currently researching his PhD around eParticipation and Inclusion. He is looking at the effects of Internet use on Social Capital. His research focuses on the mix of relationships and interactions carried out both online (mediated) and in face-to-face situations.

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Anna Davitt

Anna Davitt is Communications, Marketing and Awareness Manager at Foras na Gaeilge, which is responsible for the promotion of Irish throughout the island of Ireland. Anna is currently developing a suite of websites including a new portal site which will raise awareness about Irish language services and resources.

Previously, Anna was Head of Irish at Hibernia College, Ireland’s e-learning teacher education college. Between 2007 and 2011, Anna was Director of Comhar na Múinteoirí Gaeilge, a support organisation for teachers who are teaching Irish or through the medium of Irish. She has produced several Irish language educational resources and publications and has contributed to a wide range of film and multimedia projects.

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Emmet Dunne

Founder and head of development, Emmet Dunne has over 10 years development experience. Emmet founded Kooba in 2005.

Kooba are an award winning full service website design & development agency and are previous winners of the ‘Best Agency’ award at the Eircom Spider Awards. Recently Kooba scooped Web Agency of the Year for the second year running at the Irish Web Awards and won another Eircom Spider for their work on the RTE Century Ireland website.

Emmet has an honours degree in Information & Communications Technology from Trinity College Dublin.

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Emmet Dunne

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Bill Liao

Diplomat, investor, entrepreneur, business mentor, speaker, philanthropist and author, Bill Liao co-founded the business social network service XING and is a venture partner at SOS Ventures, a global venture capital firm and investment management firm. Bill is a special diplomatic envoy for St Kitts and Nevis for sustainable development and the environment. He is also the founder of WeForest.org, an international not-for-profit organization combating global warming in the most natural way possible by sustainably and holistically reforesting previously degraded land – the organisation is approaching planting it’s millionth tree. Bill is also the Co-Founder of the Coder Dojo movement to assist young people to learn how to program.

Bill is dedicated to the vision that business and enterprise, both commercial and social, conducted fairly and with respect for the environment, can and will create a better environment for work, life and the world that we all share. This vision is captured in his book: Stone Soup; a Secret Recipe for Making Something from Nothing.

Additionally, Bill is a regular speaker at conferences and seminars speaking on social media and networking, entrepreneurship, how to make something from nothing, global warming and sustainability and development.  Events he has spoken at include TED at Long Beach California, The Globe Forum in Stockholm Sweden, The London School of Economics and many others.

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Adrienne Webb

Currently a classroom teacher, Adrienne Webb has initiated, supported and facilitated ICT integration in her school, St. Michael’s Holy Faith Secondary School, Finglas for many years.  She spent three years seconded to the then NCTE (now PDST Technology in Education) working with innovative ICT projects throughout the country.  Furthering her knowledge she completed a Masters Degree in Education (Digital Learning) in St Patrick’s College (DCU).  Her students have successfully participated in ICT facilitated collaborative projects through the Asia Europe Classroom Networksince 2005.  Her passion is to make the classroom an engaging place for both students and teachers, blending new technologies with new educational paradigms.

Adrienne is chairperson of the Computers in Education Society of Ireland (CESI), having served as an executive member for many years.  Along with Jackie Pierce she has co-authored a series of four workbooks for the Leaving Certificate Applied Maths programme.  At present she also lectures on the Quantitative Reasoning module of the Adult Learners BA in All Hallows College Dublin.

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Colin Meagle

Colin is the Group CEO for the Continuum Media Group which consists of four companies who serve as specialist pillars of digital media and channels world-wide. With clients world-wide ranging from Disney to Volkswagen, Ladbrokes to Kingspan, the group provides services from multi-channel digital strategy, web and app services, gamification to business transformation and elearning.

Colin serves as chief strategic advisor/board member to a number of digital, animation and social transactional-based clients throughout Europe and the US. He serves as mentor and investor to a number of tech start-ups and individuals.

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John Anslow

John is Head of Sponsorship with eir, and responsible for developing and executing the sponsorship strategy for eir and Meteor consumer brands to drive brand awareness, customer engagement, brand affinity and return on marketing investment.   The current eir campaign to drive awareness and engagement with the GAA Football Senior All Ireland Championship sponsorship successfully fuses an array of digital tools in one seamless campaign including display, search, media partnerships, responsive website design and build, social and content creation.

John was previously Retail Marketing Manager for Meteor, developing and executing the retail marketing strategy across all retail touch points, and also Interim Head of Brand and Advertising for Meteor, implementing all brand, advertising and marketing communications for the brand.

Prior to working with eir/Meteor John worked with marketing agencies GreyHelme Advertising, leading the SuperValu account, and Creative Solutions working across a variety of FMCG clients.

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