Ireland’s top software companies shortlisted for ISA Awards Tuesday, 3 November 2015The Irish Software Association (ISA) today published the shortlist of 26 indigenous technology companies that are competing for the title of Digital Technology Company of the Year at the Irish Software Awards 2015. Winners will be announced at the gala ceremony on Friday 20 November at the Double Tree Hotel, Dublin. US based founder and CEO of Automattic Inc. Matt Mullenweg will be the keynote speaker at the event and broadcaster Sharon Ní Bheoláin will be MC for the evening. Five companies have been shortlisted for ISA Digital Technology Company of the Year: Fenergo, Asavie, Qstream, Globoforce, and Ocuco with these Irish companies employing over 850 people. In the Emerging Company of the Year category, sponsored by William Fry, six highly innovative companies, Sedicii, Bizimply.com, InvoiceFair, SilverCloud Health, The Hire Lab and Beats Medical will battle it out for the top prize. Director of the ISA Paul Sweetman said: “The software and digital technology sector in Ireland is thriving. Year-on-year, stellar companies are entering the Awards and 2015 is no exception. Nearly 70 tech companies and organisations from across Ireland entered this year’s awards and it is the tireless efforts of workers in these companies that bring Ireland to the fore of the global technology sector.” Following publication of shortlisted entries, all companies will present to eight independent panels of judges, composed of CEOs and founders of successful Irish software and digital technology companies. The full list of the shortlisted companies can be found on www.software.ie/awards. Other awards categories include, Outstanding Achievement in International Growth (sponsored by Enterprise Ireland), Technology Innovation of the Year (sponsored by Bank of Ireland), Technology Services Project of the Year (sponsored by Tenego Partnering), and the Excellence in Talent Development Award (sponsored by the ISA Software Skillnet). The work of four academic institutions and researchers has also been recognised with the Irish Centre for High-End Computing (ICHEC), the Insight Centre for Data Analytics at DCU, the Irish Centre for Cloud Computing and Commerce (IC4) and Trinity College Dublin (TCD) also nominated for Outstanding Academic Achievement of the Year.