expert judges_meet John

We are delighted to welcome John Herlihy to the Future8 expert judging panel!

As Vice President, SMB Sales at Google, John is responsible for small and medium advertising sales in Europe and EMEA. John also serves as Head of Google Ireland, which employs over 2,500 people in Dublin across diverse functions including sales, operations, engineering, legal,  human resources and finance.

What drives John’s passion for technology?

“I have spent around 25 years at the intersection of technology, business and customers, where both innovation and disruption happen in equal measure, at companies ranging from Oracle to Google. Not only change, but the speed of change, is something that continues to motivate and fascinate me. It’s a privilege to have been invited to judge entries in The Future8 Awards and see first-hand the very best talent in the UK and Ireland shine through.”


With such a wealth of experience in the field of technology, we asked John how he thinks creativity and Technology are linked.

“Technology complemented by creativity makes for a winning formula. Many of the most successful mobile apps we have seen are focused on innovating existing businesses, whereby a creative approach has been taken and all functions of mobility have been used to ensure a great user experience. Mobile has the power to disrupt and improve on a scale we could not have even imagined, even 5 or 10 years ago.”


We also asked John: what are his favourite Mobile Apps?

“The mobile apps I use the most are: 



John will be helping select the ultimate winner of The Future8 Awards Mobile App Category. To really impress him and the rest of the expert panel, check out his 3 Tips for creating a winning Mobile App entry here!

Don’t forget, our sponsors Outfit7 are offering a life changing prize to the winner of this category – check out the prize details here!

If you’d like to enter the Mobile App Category, simply fill out the online application form and attach your Mobile App idea or URL of an app you have already created!

Get creating!