Wavebob has been recognised as one of Ireland’s leading engineering and research companies by winning the SmartBay Innovator of the Year Award. Wavebob was recognised for innovation, engineering and leadership in the emerging wave energy market.
Four additional companies were also recognised for their contribution to innovation and research by leading international companies. IBM presented an award to SonarSim; Intel presented an award to Episensor; Veolia presented an award to Techworks Marine; and Microsoft presented an award to IDS Monitoring – all members of the SmartOcean innovation cluster.
Ireland’s SmartOcean innovation cluster is a network of companies, academic research groups, and State agencies with a collective focus on the strategic development of Ireland’s Marine assets and resources. It is focused on leveraging technological innovation for economic impact. Within the SmartOcean Cluster, a wide range of technologies coalesce as new innovative products and solutions addressing new emerging markets.
Andrew Parish, chief executive of Wavebob, comments: “We are delighted to receive this award – it is great recognition from a cluster of companies all working together in the pursuit of commercial opportunities in the marine sector. We have benefited from being part of the SmartOcean innovation cluster through access to world class skill-sets and technology which co-exist in the SME and multinational companies in the cluster. This approach is directly in line with Wavebob’s strategy of working with strategic partners.”
The awards were announced following the Inaugural SmartOcean Innovation Exchange, as part of the SmartOcean Conference. Sponsored by SmartBay Ireland, the event was hosted at the Ocean Wealth Pavilion of the Volvo-Global Business Village.