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Annual Valentia Island Lecture returns July 12th 2019 all welcome

first_imgIf you would like to have your company featured in the Irish Tech News Business Showcase, get in contact with us at Simon@IrishTechNews.ie or on Twitter: @SimonCocking The story of the world’s first transatlantic cable which resulted in the first ever message to be transmitted across an ocean, is an inspiring one. In 1858 anniversary the first ever global message sent from Valentia Island in County Kerry to Hearts Content in Newfoundland in which Queen Victoria sent a note of congratulations to President Buchanan of the United States. The 98 word message took 16 hours to transmit, and the President response of 143 words was sent in just 10 hours. Improvements in the cable technology meant that when the next successful cable was laid in 1866, messages could be sent in minutes.This incredible story of the transatlantic cable has many elements including scientific endeavour, innovation, communication, risk taking, entrepreneurship, social responsibility, globalisation and ultimately jubilation as an international team from both sides of the Atlantic collaborated to achieve what was believed to be an impossible task. The transatlantic cable reduced the time it took to communicate dramatically as what required two weeks by ship could now be done via the deep sea copper cables in minutes, thus beginning an era of global collaboration.The then remote Valentia Island in County Kerry in Ireland played a major role in connecting the old and new worlds for the first time, placing Ireland at the ‘cross hairs’ of the emerging global communications industry. Indeed one could say that globalisation began at the edge of the then modern world with the successful connection of the cable between London, via Valentia, Ireland and New York, via Newfoundland, Canada.To recognise this achievement, we are currently collaborating with officials in Newfoundland to pursue a trans-national application for UNESCO heritage status for both Irish and Canadian sites. We are also working with the local community and Kerry County Council to establish an innovation hub at the historic Cable Station at Valentia with the mission to bring the island back to the cutting edge of the digital world.In 2017 we established the ‘Valentia Island Lecture’ series focusing on the topic of globalisation and we were honoured to host a presentation by Professor Jeffrey Garten from Yale University. In 2018 we welcomed speakers from Europe, Australia, Canada and the US to the lecture, including the former Director General of UNESCO, Irina Borkova, who strongly endorsed the bid saying “I do believe that this is an extraordinary fantastic story. UNESCO heritage is a journey that brings something to the whole world”.The 2019 lecture will be held on Friday July 12th , starting at 2pm, and the theme of this years event will be;“ Globalisation – Our Interconnected and interdependent World “We are excited to announce an international panel of speakers which will include;· Mr Seán Páircéir, Global Head for Investor Services for Brown Brothers Harriman· Mr Kevin O Malley, Former US Ambassador to Ireland· Mr Paschal Donohoe, TD, Minister for Finance and Public Expenditure· Mr. Gerry Osmond, Director of Arts and Heritage, at the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador,Once again, the lecture will be held in the historic Cable Station in Knightstown, ValentiaThis will be followed by a reception and gala dinner, starting at 7pm that evening at the Royal Hotel, which will include the launch of his book “ An toileánach – the voices of Valentia” by Michael Lyne.More information about Irish Tech News and the Business ShowcaseFYI the ROI for you is => We now get over 1.5 million monthly views, and up to 900k monthly unique visitors, from over 160 countries. We have over 860,000 relevant followers on Twitter on our various accounts & were recently described as Ireland’s leading online tech news site and Ireland’s answer to TechCrunch, so we can offer you a good audience!Since introducing desktop notifications a short time ago, which notify readers directly in their browser of new articles being published, over 16000 people have now signed up to receive them ensuring they are instantly kept up to date on all our latest content. Desktop notifications offer a unique method of serving content directly to verified readers and bypass the issue of content getting lost in people’s crowded news feeds.Drop us a line if you want to be featured, guest post, suggest a possible interview, or just let us know what you would like to see more of in our future articles. We’re always open to new and interesting suggestions for informative and different articles. Contact us, by email, twitter or whatever social media works for you.Homelast_img

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