Joe Hogan and the Team Behind TIMETOJOIN

In 2018, Joe Hogan, founder of Openet, led a volunteer-driven initiative in support of the scientific community. He invited a team of business leaders, academics, media and others to help make ESO membership a reality for Ireland. The ESO (European Southern Observatory) has been in existence since 1962. It is one of the largest centres of advanced astronomy in the world.

Introducing Joe Hogan – Founder of Openet Telecom Group

Joe Hogan, Openet, Leading 5G Authority

Joe Hogan is a leading authority on 5G and the Founder of Openet, a world leading software company. He was named Ibec Person of the Year 2017, European Entrepreneur of the Year 2013 and was the 2011 winner of EY’s EY Entrepreneur of the Year. Joe Hogan is a government advisor, startup mentor and a champion of the astronomy and astrophysics community. He supports a number of social enterprises, including FoodCloud, of which he is a board member, and Coolest Projects, a not-for-profit which fosters innovation, entrepreneurship, and technology skills for young people.

Joe is an advisor to the Irish Department of Education, regarding the Digital Strategy for Schools and has won multiple awards and holds numerous patents for his work in technology, 5G and software.

Joe is Ireland’s honorary member to the International Astronomical Union. From 2011, he worked on a Trinity College Dublin lead initiative, to help fundraise and advocate for the building of the Irish station of a cutting-edge radio telescope called I-LOFAR in Birr Castle Demesne, Ireland. The project was a success, and the telescope was built in 2017. Joe has since become an advisory board member.

The Team Behind Joe Hogan and TIMETOJOIN

Along with Joe Hogan, the team behind TIMETOJOIN includes Paul Callanan, Peter Gallagher (DIAS) and Inkvine Communications. 

Peter Gallagher is Head of Astrophysics at the Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies and an Adjunct Professor at Trinity College Dublin. Gallagher’s research is primarily concerned with understanding the fundamental physics of solar storms and their impacts on Earth. Peter served on ESA’s Solar System Working Group, which was responsible for ESA space science mission evaluation for 2015-2025. Most recently Peter was on ESA’s Space Science Advisory Committee (2017-2019).

Paul Callinan is a Professor (Grade 2) in the Department of Physics at University College Cork. Callinan served on review committees for both NASA and ESA (including orbiting observatories such as Rossi X-ray Timing Explorer, XMM-Newton, and Chandra and other ESA review committees). He is a reviewer for all main astronomical journals. As principal and co-investigator, Callinan was awarded time on telescopes in Chile and the US (Arizona and Hawaii), and on X-ray satellite observatories, in international, peer-reviewed competition.

Inkvine – Communication That Grows

Inkvine is a boutique firm that provides support to fast-paced technology firms. It does this through the provision of marketing, PR and communication services. Founded by brother and sister Ian and Emily Ross, Inkvine Consultancy is a strategic marketing consultancy and growth specialist. Inkvine has worked with a number of award-winning technology companies including Nutritics, Axonista and Nova Leah. Emily Ross is a co-founder of SportsTech Ireland and Advisory Board Member of SXSW. Working closely with Joe Hogan, Inkvine first proposed the TIMETOJOIN campaign. This involved building a community of stakeholders, lobbying to the Irish government, building a credible social presence and executing a PR, content, events and social media marketing campaign. Along with Joe Hogan, Inkvine played a huge part in helping Ireland to become the 16th member of the European Southern Observatory.

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TIMETOJOIN was a volunteer-driven campaign to encourage the Irish Government to join the ESO. The ESO has been in existence since 1962, and it is one of the largest centres of advanced astronomy in the world. 



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