ITAG AtlanTec 2015 ‘The Art of Software Development’: GMIT, 15 May

Tuesday, May 05, 2015 Press Office
Press Release

Information Technology Association Galway (ITAG), of which GMIT is a member, is hosting its inaugural conference AtlanTec 2015 in GMIT's main Galway campus on Friday week, 15 May, from 9am to 4.30pm (registration 8.30am). 

This year’s conference, titled ‘The Art of Software Development’, provides attendees and participants with an opportunity to discuss and explore the future of software development with key global industry experts.

AtlanTec was created by a group of enthusiastic ITAG professionals from Galway’s vibrant software sector whose goal is to expand the conference year on year and promote the West of Ireland as a first class location in which to develop software.

A number of companies are actively supporting the event including Cisco Systems, Hewlett-Packard, Storm Technology, ICE Cube, Intel, LERO, Neueda Technologies, Avaya, CPL, and ITAG Skillnet.

The organisers have attracted five world-class speakers for the inaugural conference:

Kevlin Henney, author of ‘97 Things Every Programmer Should Know’

Jon Jagger, renowned guru in Test Driven Development practices

Giovanni Asproni, organizer of XP 2015  

Dave Farley, thought leader in the field of Continuous Integration  

Galway’s own John McGuire, creator of world famous GAME GOLF product

Featurette talks from ITAG’s Platinum Partners

John Lynch, Cisco Systems, ‘Process of Software Engineering’

Brian Doody, Hewlett Packard, ‘Infrastructure as Code’

Patrick Eustace, one of the founders working with Cisco, commenting at the launch, says: “Our goal is to create an event which will bring together the grass roots of our industry so we can learn from each other, whilst promoting professional development. We hope to expand the conference year on year and let the global stage see what a first class location the West of Ireland is to develop software in. We are delighted to host the conference in GMIT, Sunday Times Institute of Technology of the Year 2015, again highlighting the superior level of excellence and achievement which we have on our doorstep”

Caroline Cawley, CEO of ITAG, says “We are delighted to have passionate people looking to contribute to and develop the IT community. It is the essence of what we are all about. The AtlanTec Conference is the place where creative professionals will gain leading-edge technical knowledge and make valuable industry contacts. Thank you to our sponsors, exhibitors and media partner whose support and contributions are key to the success of AtlanTec 2015’.

Dr Seán Duignan, Head of the School of Business, and board member of ITAG, says: "GMIT is delighted to host this important practitioners’ conference on new and emerging practices in software design and development"

"The Institute has an established reputation in providing highly skilled software development professionals to the technology sector regionally, nationally and internationally.  That this is a practitioners conference - by practitioners and for practitioners - resonates particularly well, given our practical focus on hands-on skills development in students", he added. 

"My colleague Eamon Walsh, GMIT School of Science, and I, find it very rewarding to work with the other members of the AtlanTec organising committee in making this event happen.  I think this event demonstrates the type of shared progress that industry and academia can bring about to the betterment of the region".

Early booking is advised. Full details/booking for the event can be found at