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QUIZ: How Much Do You Know About Ireland's Thriving Tech Industry?

The country is home to an impressive list of global tech companies. Do you know the ins and outs?

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IRELAND’S TECH SCENE is booming, with no signs of slowing down.

The industry generates an average of €35bn in exports annually, and the list of global companies stationed here reads like a ‘who’s who’ of tech: Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Airbnb, Intel and many more.

Irish apprenticeship programmes like Fast Track Into IT are making it more straightforward than ever to carve out a career in tech, with a range of entry routes for passionate candidates aged 18 and up.

But big names aside, there’s plenty more to know about Ireland’s tech links. To test your knowledge, and help you learn a little more, we’ve put together a quiz.

Here goes…

1. In which year did Microsoft open its Dublin HQ?
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1985
1995

2000
2. More than 6,000 people are employed in cyber security in Ireland. Which one of the following is not a cyber security company?
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Tyco
eSentire

Webroot
Skillsoft
3. 'Changes... have occurred at a speed many believed impossible.' Who said this about Ireland's tech industry?
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Bill Gates
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Paddy Cosgrave

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Leo Varadkar
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Michael O'Leary
4. In 2017, Ireland was the number one destination for foreign tech investment from the US. What was the total figure invested that year?
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€54 billion
€5 billion

€150 billion
5. How many people (to the nearest thousand) are employed by Ireland's tech industry, according to the most recent figures?
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150,000
60,000

37,000
6. IBM has been operating in Ireland since 1956 (!). What do the letters IBM stand for?
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International Business Machines
Information Business Manufacturers

International Board of Marketing
7. Software company SAP opened its Irish HQ in 1997. In which country was it founded?
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Canada
Germany

Finland
8. Accenture has over 400,000 employees globally. How many of those are in Ireland (to the nearest thousand)?
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2,000
3,000

4,000
Answer all the questions to see your result!
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You could be a tech trailblazer... one day!
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You're not top in tech just yet
There's lots more to learn about Ireland's buoyant tech industry. Find out how to hone your skills and talent below - plus the talent strategy that could help you along...
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Ready to find a tech career you love, and an employer who’ll help you fulfill your potential? Fast Track Into IT is the national coordinating provider of Ireland’s new tech apprenticeships, offering hands-on workplace opportunities to those aged 18+. Find out more about the FIT programme here.

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