• Int'l SIG: The New Northern Ireland Monday, September 23, 2002 - 06:30PM
    Silicon Valley World Internet Center
    700 Welch Road, Suite 250 Stanford Barn (2nd floor)
    Palo Alto, CA
    Software Architecture and Platform

Int'l SIG: The New Northern Ireland



  • A vibrant center for high-value software development.


    James Mc Gibbon (bio), VP of Bus Dev - Invest Northern Ireland

    Dr. Ian Graham (bio), Software Advisor - Invest Northern Ireland

    Click here to view James' and Dr. Ian's meeting presentation.

    Bruce Martin (bio), Co-CTO - Openwave Systems, Inc.

    Click here to view Bruce Martin's meeting presentation.

    Note: date change, this month only. The International SIG will meet on the 4th Monday of this month instead of our usual 3rd Monday of the month.


    Presentation Overview

    The New Northern Ireland - A Vibrant Center for High-Value
    Software Development

    It is a new era for Northern Ireland. Since the 90's, Northern Ireland (NI) has been experiencing strong growth and prosperity, successfully transforming itself into a modern, knowledge-based economy. NI continues to enjoy the fastest economic growth rate of any region of the United Kingdom (UK). NI's young, motivated and highly-educated workforce is fueling this growth, attracting foreign investment into the region's vibrant ICT & Software industries. In NI, the mood is positive, confidence is high, and expatriates are returning home.

    Representatives of Invest Northern Ireland will provide insight on the drivers of economic growth in NI and the region's competitiveness in the global marketplace. They will highlight NI's unique capabilities and strengths in software development, the region's fastest growing industry.

    To illustrate the attractiveness of the region as a location for high-value software development, a special guest from Openwave Systems, Inc. will also be presenting. Headquartered in Redwood City, California, Openwave is the worldwide leader of open IP-based communication infrastructure software, services and applications. It established its first-ever product development center outside the U.S. in 1999 as part of its $250 million acquisition of Apion, a Belfast-based telecommunications software developer.

    To compliment the evening, appetizers with a Northern Irish flavor will be served during the networking session. The evening will close with a drawing for Northern Ireland's own Bushmill's Whiskey.


    About the Presenters


    James Mc Gibbon, VP of Bus Dev at Invest Northern Ireland

    James Mc Gibbon is the VP of Business Development for Invest Northern Ireland, a UK Government funded Agency responsible for measures to accelerate economic growth. Based in San Jose, Calif., Mr. McGibbon works with U.S. and Canadian based companies to identify investment opportunities in Northern Ireland. Mr. McGibbon has worked extensively in N. America, Europe and Asia during the past 15 years in executive positions with global technology and professional service businesses including HoneywellNECDeloitte & Touche, and Fujitsu. Recent appointments have included a three-year assignment in New York as Executive Assistant to the Global Director of Consulting with Deloitte & Touche and Head of Business Development in Ireland for Fujitsu Telecommunications Ireland.

    Mr. Mc Gibbon is an economist and MBA graduate from Queens University Belfast, a member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing in the UK, and has served on the advisory Committee of the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) in Northern Ireland.


    Dr. Ian Graham, Software Advisor at Invest Northern Ireland

    Dr. Ian Graham draws on many years of industry expertise to facilitate the development and growth of Northern Ireland's commercial software sector. Based in Belfast, Dr. Graham regularly speaks to high-level business, trade bodies, and public agencies in Europe and the U.S. to promote and educate others about Northern Ireland's dynamic & growing software industry.

    Prior to joining Invest Northern Ireland, Dr. Graham was Managing Director at Unibol, an operating unit of UniComp that was acquired by California Software in November 2000. The company designs & develops language compiler and system software products for UNIX and Windows operating systems. At Ford Motor Co., Dr. Graham managed a team responsible for the design and implementation of computer-controlled broadcast and test systems throughout Ford Europe. Dr. Graham also worked with ICI in the field of real time process control.

    Dr. Ian Graham has a BSc in Electronics Engineering and a PhD in Computer Science from Queen's University Belfast. He spent nine years lecturing Engineering Mathematics at Queen's with a focus on artificial intelligence.


    Bruce Martin, Co-CTO at Openwave Systems, Inc.

    Bruce Martin, Co-Chief Technology Officer at Openwave Systems Inc. Bruce Martin is responsible for leading Openwave's technology and product architecture strategies. Mr. Martin joined Openwave in 1995 and was one of the original architects of the Openwave mobile browsing technology.

    Mr. Martin has numerous patents in mobile and web technologies, and has been actively involved in standards activities including the WAP Forum and the World Wide Web Consortium. Prior to Openwave, Mr. Martin held engineering and management positions at Sun Microsystems and NeXT Computer, and participated in the creation of Java at Sun Microsystems.

    Mr. Martin holds degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the University of California at Davis.


    Event Logistics


    Silicon Valley World Internet Center

    700 Welch Road, Suite 250

    Stanford Barn (2nd floor)

    Palo Alto, CA


    6:30-7:00pm registration/networking/refreshments

    7:00-7:15pm announcements and introductions

    7:15-8:30pm program

    8:30-9:00pm networking/one-on-one discussions



    $15 for non-SDForum Members

    No charge for SDForum members and students with ID

    No registration required

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