Tomorrow evening a lot of people will be heading to the IIA Net Visionary Awards in The Royal Hospital Kilmainham.

I’m attending courtesy of Realex Payments, who are one of the event sponsors and our credit card processor

I wasn’t at last year’s event, but I really enjoyed the evening other years.

While it is a “black tie” event it’s also a wonderful chance to catch up with people who you might not see in person for the rest of the year. So while it’s formal, it’s not so formal that you’d feel uncomfortable.

Whether you win or not shouldn’t be that important and the shortlist this year, as other years, is truly impressive:

Best Business Blogger
Deborah Hadley     Spicendipity
Karl Deeter     Irish Mortgage Brokers
Michele Neylon     Blacknight Solutions Blog
Pat Phelan     Pat Phelan Dot Com

Best Business Podcaster
Alex Gibson     Dublin City FM
Aoife Mahon      RaboDirect
Krishna De     One Ocean Group
Mike Kelly

Best Online Business Use of Irish
Conn Ó Muineacháin     Edgecast Media for
Niall O’Driscoll     vStream Digital Media for the Referendum Commission, Lisbon Treaty Website
Rónán Ó Caollaí     Gravitate for
Tom Fitzgerald     Bárd na nGleann for Litrí

Best Online Exporter
Caitríona Nic Giolla Mhichil     Gael Linn
Lulu O’Sullivan
Mary Power
Richard Moyles

Best Online Financial Service
Brendan Hughes     FBD
Geoff Boyle
Gerry Carron
Martin O’Leary     RaboDirect

Best Online Trader Ireland
Brian Fallon
Ciaran Crean
Kieron Guilfoyle     3V Transaction Services
Scott Tattersall     Zignals

Best Use of Social Media
Marcus Mac Innes
Paul McAvinchey     YABOYA for Diddlyi
Ronan Higgins     Locle
Vincent Donelly

Educational Contribution
Bernie Goldbach     Tipperary Institute
Ciaran McCormack     FIS BookClub
Paul Whelan
Siobhan O’Connor     Meath County Council

e-Government Award
Cathy Clarke
Dara Keogh     GeoDirectory
Maire NiDhomhnaill      South Dublin County Council for Connect iWalks
Siobhan O’Connor     Meath County Council for Meath Care Portal

Innovation Award
Kieron Guilfoyle     3V Transaction Services
Niall Devine
Paul Walsh
Ronan Farren     Brandmail Solutions

Internet Entrepreneur
David Lenahan
Derek Quinn
Kieron Guilfoyle     3V Transactions Services
Michele Neylon     Blacknight Solutions

Internet Marketer
Andrew Jenkinson     vStream Digital Media
Jennifer Curtin     Newsweaver
Michele Neylon     Blacknight Solutions
Mick Dillon

Journalist Award
Deirdre McArdle
Emma Kennedy      Sunday Business Post
Maire Boran     Silicon Republic
Niall Kitson     PC Live

Mobile Internet Innovation
Ciaran Bradley     Sentry Wireless
David Barrett     AntiDis – iPhone Train Timetable
Johnny Beirne
Pat Phelan

Social Contribution
Anthony Lindsay     The Wheel
Eoghan Crosby     Camara
Martin McKay     Texthelp Browsealoud
Niall Devine

Web Designer Excellence
Derek Jones     Flavour 9 Design
Karen Hanratty     Pixel Design
Marcin Banaszek     Webtrade Ltd.
Tony O’Donohoe     Lightbox

Web Developer Excellence
Claude Lacey     iPlanit
Jennifer O’ Brien     Webtools Software Limited
Karl Glennon
Tomek Kaczmarek     Lightbox

To all my fellow nominees – best of luck!

To anyone else who is planning on attending – see you there!

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