Nov 2013 — CEIA’s 29th AGM

The CEIA presents their 29th Annual General Meeting at

Cork International Airport Hotel  on  Tuesday Nov 19th starting at 6.30pm

The Guest Speaker for the evening is:  Mr Sean O’Sullivan

Sean O’Sullivan is an entrepreneur, inventor and investor, born in New York, living here in Cork. He is best known for co-founding MapInfo Corporation in 1986, a leading Location Intelligence and GIS company, headquartered in New York, and for coining the term “Cloud Computing”. 

In 1993, Sean founded SOSventures, a venture capital and investment management firm which seeks to invest in start-up companies primarily in the technology sector. As Managing Director he has invested in over 100 companies, six of which became public companies or divisions of public companies listed on the Nasdaq or NYSE.  With headquarters in Cork, Ireland and offices in the United States and China, SOSventures actively collaborates with and supports its international portfolio companies. Founded in 2007, Carma (formerly known as Avego) leads the world in carpooling technology. Headquartered in Cork, with offices in Dublin and the USA, Carma’s customers include cities, governments, public transport operators and tens of thousands of individual consumers.

Sean has had an unusually diverse career, being described as a “renaissance man”.      He has also been described as an engineer, musician, computer programmer, a humanitarian, a war photographer, a cinematographer, stock analyst, freelance photojournalist, a venture capitalist and writer. As benefactor of the O’Sullivan Foundation, he has also been a primary funder of organizations such as the Khan Academy and CoderDojo.

Also, as Chairman of the Irish Entrepreneurship Forum and founder of Open Ireland, he is a leader and influencer of Irish government policy in fuelling economic growth and recovery in the Technology sector. Of course his celebrity status has been confirmed appearing as one of the ‘dragons’ on the RTE program “Dragon’s Den”

Don’t miss this opportunity to listen to Sean, the title of his presentation is:

“Dangerous Ideas – How to be Successful through Exploiting Disruption”

After the meeting, Dinner will be served in the main restaurant.                                               (there will be a nominal charge for those that stay for dinner)

Contact advising of your                                                                                   1) ability to attend,                                                                                                                  2) if you will stay for dinner.


Sept 2013 – Business Briefing


Sean Sherlock T.D.

Minister of State, Department of Enterprise, Jobs & Innovation and Department of Education & Skills with responsibility for Research & Innovation


will attend our September Business Briefing. The briefing will be at:

 EMC Campus, Ovens, Co. Cork

Thurs Sept 12th 2013 @  6:30pm

Topics for discussion will be ‘relevant issues’ affecting the ICT industry, locally, nationally & internationally.

Please reply to Malachy McElroy ( should you wish to attend.

May 22nd 2013 – CEIA Conference – The Changing Role of Manufacturing in Ireland

The Cork Electronics Industry Association is pleased to present a conference on an important national topic. The conference will offer engineers, industry leaders, policy makers and educators an opportunity to explore the topic of the role of manufacturing in Ireland.

Presentations by distinguished speakers, chaired by an illustrious entrepreneur, is followed by a panel discussion with ample time for questions and answers. A networking hour and lunch will provide additional opportunity to meet the speakers, renew acquaintances and join in stimulating discussions with other participants. Continue reading

March 2013 Business Briefing

Tyco/Sensormatic & ICT Ireland,  Wednesday March 20th at 6.30pm


Donal Sullivan, Managing Director, Cork

Tyco has gone through major changes over the pass years and Donal Sullivan the MD  in Cork will share with us just how Tyco has ‘re invented’  itself, he will focus on Corporate structures beyond manufacturing and provide an insight into FCPA – (Foreign Corrupt Practices Act)

Graduate of UL, Donal started his career with Apple in Cork as an Engineer, he moved to Dovatron, which was subsequently acquired by Flextronics International. Donal spent the next 12 years managing large customers of Flextronics and in 2004 joined Tyco as Managing Director, he became Tyco Global Compliance Leader, for Anti-bribery/Corruption function, in 2010.


Paul Sweetman, Director, ICT Ireland



ICT Ireland is the leading representative body for the technology sector in Ireland and is affiliated to the Irish Business and Employers Confederation (IBEC) The chairman of the CEIA sits on the ICT Ireland governing council. We are delighted to welcome Paul Sweetman, director of the group to talk with us on how ICT Ireland influences policy, improves markets & supply chains and helps its members grow their businesses.

Paul is Director of IBEC’s technology sectors: ICT Ireland and the Irish Software Association. These groups work on the key competitiveness issues for both the indigenous and multinational technology sectors, ensuring Ireland is a prime location for growth and development of technology companies. Paul’s previous briefs in IBEC have included managing IBEC’s Transport and Public Private Partnership Unit and Environment Policy Executive. Paul has also worked as an engineer in the US and Northern Ireland. Paul holds a bachelors and masters degree in engineering.

The CEIA would like to thank Donal and his team in Tyco for

hosting this event.


After the presentations, there will be a networking opportunity                                               with light refreshments served.

January 2013 Business Briefing

23rd January 2013 – EMC, Ovens,

Our opening Business Briefing of 2013 focused on Tax and provided discussion from two leading companies on the topic: Leyton Consulting and PriceWaterhouseCoopers –areas to be presented: R&D Tax Credits(Leyton) and Personal & Corporate Tax (PwC), our guest Speakers for the evening are: Continue reading

CEIA Holds 28th AGM

The Cork Electronic Industry Association (CEIA) held its 28th AGM on Wednesday 28th November last at Maryborough House Hotel Douglas Cork.

Sean Gayer (Chairman) welcomed the large gathering and a review of the year’s events was presented to the members in attendance.

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