Drumbo firm takes top honours at Silicon Valley Awards

A DRUMBO firm that develops innovative solutions that monitor and analyse traffic on the web, has won a prestigious Irish Technology Leadership Group/Irish Times Technology Award, winning in the Mobile/Social Media/Web category.

RepKnight was honoured at the awards which recognise the most innovative technology companies on the island of Ireland, and were presented during the Irish Technology Leadership Group (ITLG) Innovation Summit, which was attended by over 800 top executives, entrepreneurs and venture capital investors operating in Silicon Valley.

Commenting on the achievement John Hartnett, President and Founder of the Irish Technology Leadership Group (ITLG), said: “I would like to congratulate RepKnight on winning the Mobile/Social Media/Web category at the fifth annual Irish Technology Leadership Group/Irish Times Technology Awards. The standard of competition in this category was extremely high indeed, with two other Northern Ireland-based technology companies also shortlisted. The company clearly has significant potential, and an endorsement of this nature clearly enhances the company’s profile amongst possible investors.”

John Reid, Founder and CEO, RepKnight said: “We’re very pleased to have won this important award, which recognises the innovative approach that RepKnight is taking in helping companies detect, understand and take action on key trends emerging across the web,

“While we are still in the early stages of our company’s history, we have made significant progress in the development of our product, particularly in tailoring it to meet the specific requirements of customers in the security, media and financial sectors. We’re now focused on expanding our customer base to address this significant global market opportunity.”

RepKnight offers an innovative platform for monitoring social media and providing advanced insights into trends which can be used to protect brand reputation, anticipate market trends and even detect potential security threats. Clients can customise the product to monitor not only social media channels such as Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Flickr, but a number of defined web, blog and RSS feeds as required.

ITLG shortlisted 20 companies from across the island of Ireland in five technology categories following an extensive review of approximately 100 companies at a series of pitch sessions held at the University of Ulster, Belfast and Dublin City University in October and November 2011. Awards categories included Biotech/Cleantech, Entertainment and Gaming, Hardware/Semiconductor, Mobile/Social Media/Web and Software and Services/Cloud.

Delegates from Invest NI, the University of Ulster, Queen’s University, Belfast and the ITLG Silicon Valley 50, comprising the most influential Irish and Irish Americans in the worlds of technology and media, also attended the ITLG Innovation Summit. The two-day summit featured keynote presentations, panel debates and company showcases providing an inside look at cutting-edge technology, business and political trends.