In this talk, Colm Harte, will talk about how the success of building Ireland's contact tracing app led to NearForm building apps.


Colm Harte, Technical Director at NearForm


18:30 - Webinar starts
20:00 - Webinar ends


In this talk, Colm Harte, will talk about how the success of building Ireland's contact tracing app led to NearForm building apps for Scotland, Northern Ireland, Gibraltar and Jersey alongside a corridor of inter-state operable apps from New York to Delaware.

Colm will discuss how NearForm, a software solutions company that specializes in globally accelerated solution and platform delivery for clients including Condé Nast, Ingka and EY, started working in partnership with public health authorities across Europe and the US to deliver contact tracing apps.

He will talk about how NearForm approached the development of the apps, the key challenges faced and how they overcame those, the importance of interoperability as world economies begin to reopen, and why the Irish Government, supported by NearForm, decided to open source the underlying code for other public health authorities to use.

About the speaker

After graduating from Waterford Institute of Technology, Colm spent several years working on software for Ericsson, Aritech Security Systems, and Dataworks. He subsequently became a Senior Software Engineer at Waterford Technologies, where he provided software solutions to LeT systems. Colm was the team lead on a three month project to create a prototype consumer offering site for MUZU utilising the latest web technologies. He was hired as MUZUs Head of Engineering as a direct result of the success of the project and later became their CTO before joining NearForm in 2016.

Colm is experienced in developing scalable, high-availability platforms across a variety of industries. Colm brings a combination of deep technical knowledge and leadership skills to ensure successful delivery, using his 25 years of experience in the software industry and bringing a unique combination of technical skills and expertise in software architecture, development and leadership. Colm has a broad knowledge of software as a creative process, along with significant management and leadership experience. He has extensive product experience having worked on products from inception, all the way through to large-scale production deployments.

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Thursday 3 December, 6:30pm - 8:00pm
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