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Class of 2016


Grainne Barron - CEO and Founder, Viddyad

Grainne Barron is CEO and Founder of Viddyad and is responsible for commercial product development internationally. She is a recognized expert in video advertising technology and has been featured on WSJ, Bloomberg TV, TechCrunch,USA Today and other leading news outlets. The Huffington Post Business also published an article about Grainne Barron as a Trailblazing Woman.

She is a founding member of Startup Ireland, a member of IBEC’s CEO Forum and part of Techpreneurs. The Viddyad CEO was a Judge at the 2014 Web Summit Technology Awards which Viddyad had won the year before.

Grainne has been listed as one of the most influential business leaders in technology in Ireland, won the PWC Most Innovative Startup award as well as WEB SUMMIT Spark of Genius award for Best European Technology Innovator.

Grainne has also been quoted in the WSJ where Viddyad was listed as "One to Watch!" and has also been mentioned on CNN Money & Wall Street Digital. Grainne has been awarded Image Businesswoman of the Year for her work in Entrepreneurship and Technology and is listed as one of the 50 most powerful and influential business women in Ireland in The Sunday Independent in May 2014.

Grainne Barron was also recently awarded The International MBA Entrepreneur of the Year Award in London for her achievements in the Innovation and Technology Sector.

Outside of work, Grainne enjoys sailing, travel and hiking. Dedicated and constantly curious, you'll find her on the weekends sneaking back into the office to work on new ideas and strategic innovation for the digital world. Viddyad is Grainne’s passion.

Grace Woo - Co-Founder, Pixels.IO

Pixels.IO is a new company which grows a portfolio of technologies for interactive media solutions. Dr. Grace Woo received her degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the MIT Media Lab in 2013. Her work with Pixels.IO has gained attention in numerous popular news outlets including the BBC, European Business Review, Wired, New York Times, Alist, Fast Company, Elle Magazine, New Scientist, Engadget and more.

Morgan DeBaun - CEO, Blavity

Morgan DeBaun started her career in Silicon Valley and is the CEO of Blavity. She is a serial entrepreneur passionate about building technology at the intersection of creativity, empowerment and culture. Since founding Blavity, Morgan has been recognized nationwide as Forbes 30 under 30, SxSW Black Innovator of the year and quoted in NPR, TechCrunch and Huffington Post as a voice of her generation.