By @SimonCocking. Interesting interview with Garry Connolly, from Host In Ireland, who will be giving a keynote Q and A at the upcoming Irish Tech News’ IoT Awards, as lead event sponsors. See more about Garry’s work for Host in Ireland and the Irish GDPR coalition. Get tickets to the IoT event on May 30th here.

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What is the 1 minute pitch for what you are doing now?

Connecting, collaborating and coercing as many competitors to embrace the “Power of the Collective” for the greater good. I am the Founder and President of Host in Ireland, Chairman of GconnTec and Founder and Co-Chair of the GDPR Awareness Coalition.

How was the last 12 months? What worked well? What didn’t move as quickly as you would have liked?

Over the past 12 months we have won international awards, visited 4 continents and achieved what we set out to do on the international arena:  become recognized and respected on a global level. Like so many initiatives, Host in Ireland is less well known in Ireland than say the US or UK, as our market is in these regions and we spend most of our time and effort where the clients are based.

Host in Ireland was also the incubator for the GDPR Awareness Coalition, which launched in March with 44 companies and now numbers in excess of 100 Partners and 137 Ambassadors. While at the onset we had hoped to make some progress, we have really hit a nerve within the “Not Big 4 / Legal Firms,” in that they wanted to join in on an awareness campaign that started with the one-employee company and works its way up to the Multinational level.

What are your plans for the future?

Host in Ireland is going to mature and as we hit our 3 year targets. After 18 months the initiative has to run very fast to stand still. For 2018 we would like to expand on the Irish Pavilion concept we launched in Monaco last year by bringing multiple parts of the Hosting Ecosystem on the road under a single “umbrella” where we can both promote Ireland’s hosting capabilities while also providing a platform for indigenous companies to reach greater markets, by leveraging the scale of the Pavilion.

What will you be talking about at this event?

Learning from the past, collaboration, “co-opetition” (collaborative competition), doing things because you want to, not because you have to, and lastly GDPR as a societal framework for keeping ourselves and future generations safe from ourselves.

What inspired you to attend the ITN IoT event on May 30th?

While most of our global work in attracting data facilities to ‘host in Ireland’ demonstrates that we live in a “how” world, attending events surrounding the topic of IOT demonstrates and reminds us of the “why.” These data centres are popping up all over the planet at such a tremendous rate and IoT is involved in all of them in some way, shape or form.

Which influencers and websites do you follow to keep up to date with the latest developments?

My kids are a very big influencer on my thinking these days, as it regards to the latest technological developments and trends. As an 8 year old and 14 year old who are using technology in every way imaginable, they are adapting in the same way that my generation adapted to a ballpoint pen from a fountain pen. (No Biggie Dad as the 8 year old can build a cam shaft in Mindcraft).

How can people find out more about what you are working on?

See the following three websites for more information on all of the activities mentioned above.

www.hostinireland.com , www.gconntec.com , www.gdprcoaliton.ie

Anything else you’d like to add / we should have asked?

Will Arsene Wenger leave Arsenal this season?

(ed. Arsene has done a great job, but it’s probably time for a new broom, even if they won their last game well…)


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