Press Coverage

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Forbes

How would you handle PR if you were one of the five smartest people on the planet? Perhaps you could emulate Walter O'Brien, with an IQ of 197. (For perspective, Albert Einstein's IQ was 160). I met O'Brien last weekend at the Secret Knock event in San Diego-the project of author and KeynoteSpeaker.tv creator Greg Reid-where O'Brien both keynoted and stayed afterward to greet each of the 250 attendees who waited hours in line to ask additional questions.

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Walter O'Brien Saves Lives

Walter O'Brien, technologist, cybersecurity expert, and the CEO and founder of Scorpion Computer Services, Inc., was recognized by the Fort Wayne Base Community Council and the Northeast Indiana Defense Industry Association (NIDIA) for his, and his company's contributions to the United States military.

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Scorpion Geniuses Save the World

The new series, Scorpion, premiered on CBS. It's the story of real life computer genius, Walter O'Brien. He tells CBS 2's Crystal Cruz how the business he created is helping to solve some of the world's greatest problems.

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Scorpion engaged by top military officials

Walter O'Brien was nominated Irishman of the year and honored by mayors in Ireland and Los Angeles. Scorpion has been engaged in a number of confidential cyber security threats with the DOD (US Department of Defense) and was selected by SOCOM to present their technology to top officials. One of his inventions was deployed on the $10 billion Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense System.

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GibaCon

GiBaCon, Inc., a provider of patent-pending artificial intelligence software for tablets announced its first major contract with Vodafone worth up to $139 million following its engagement with consulting service, ConciergeUp.com.

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Superhero Brain 2016

Walter O’Brien speaks at the 2016 Super Hero Brain conference. A conference that shows how to optimize brain performance. Walter discusses being different, not fitting in and EQ Versus IQ.

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Tim Ferriss

The Tim Ferriss experiment meets “Scorpion,” The Real-Life Santa Claus with an IQ of 197. Walter talks about ConciergeUp.com, a or-hire global think tank that provides intelligence-on-demand as a concierge service. The tag line for the latter is, "for any funded need."

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Inquisitr

INQUISITR Walter O'Brien tipped as the next Elon Musk, Ranked as one of the five smartest people alive. What can be better than to go head to head against cyber attacks, let computers have a mind of their own and protect themselves. This is not only possible but can be the only solution to stop these attacks.

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Scorpion

Walter O'Brien, the Irishman who allegedly hacked NASA's computers when he was 13 and is a prized security hacker working for the US Government, has been nominated Irishman of the Year in LA. O'Brien, who grew up in Enniscorthy, Wexford, before moving to Callan in Kilkenny, famously hacked NASA when he was 13 and cut a deal with the US security apparatus by promising to show where the holes in its network were.

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Scorpion

Walter O'Brien, the Entrepreneur and hacker made famous by CBS' television show, Scorpion, is a long way from his humble beginnings in rural Ireland. Now an executive producer at CBS as well as the founder and CEO of Scorpion Computer Services, Inc., a global "think tank for hire," he has made many friends in television and business while also drawing several critics.

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Scorpion

Walter O'Brien, the inspiration behind the CBS hit show Scorpion, and founder and CEO of international consulting firm, Scorpion Computer Services, received the Outstanding Achievement Award from the Wexford Chamber of Commerce.

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How an Irish Genius Saved the World

A drama series based on the life of an Irishman with one of the highest IQs ever recorded is set to become a worldwide success later this year... A crime procedural featuring O'Brien recruiting other geniuses to help solve global-security and terrorism problems.

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From Farm Boy to Sherlock Holmes of the Computer Age and made billions

Walter O'Brien wasn't very popular at school. To teachers, he was the frustrating student who asked ten questions when other children would ask one... Three decades later, as a major US TV show prepares to tell the world about the Irish farm boy who went on to become a computer genius, everyone wants to be friends with Walter O'Brien...

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'Scorpion' TV show is the highest rated new pilot on CBS

"Scorpion" the TV show about Walter O'Brien's life and company is the highest rated new pilot on CBS. It will debut this fall during the Monday 9pm slot on CBS. Produced by Kurtzman & Orci (Transformers, Spiderman, Star Trek) and Directed by Justin Lin (Fast & Furious)...

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FOX News: Boston Bombing Video Forensics

Just three days after the bombings, the FBI released images of the attackers and the manhunt ensued. How did the agency so quickly process all that video from news cameras, personal phones and security cameras? Walter O'Brien discusses video forensics techniques that have been employed to rapidly digest massive amounts of video content...

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Robert Patrick Talks Scorpion

Like most working actors, Robert Patrick has a very shrewd approach to choosing projects. He goes where the good people are. "I saw Nick's name, Orci and Kurtzman, I had worked for CBS before when I did The Unit and they had treated me well and the script, by Nick Santora, was phenomenal," he says...

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Scorpion TV Series Appears on The Late Show

Katharine McPhee, featured in the Scorpion TV series makes an appearance on The Late Show with David Letterman to discuss the show, the basis of the plot, her role, and how the show is based on the life of Walter O'Brien.

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Walter O'Brien featured in Art and Living Magazine.

Walter O'Brien is what you might call a professional overachiever. He was hailed in his native Ireland at age 16 as "the Irish Bill Gates," recognized in 1989 at age 14 as a child prodigy with an IQ of 197, as well as being the Olympic and national Irish computer programming champion. O'Brien formed his own company in 1988. Scorpion Computer Services, which has grown from being Ireland's leading supplier of personal computers (more than Dell and Gateway combined , up to 1993)...

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ConciergeUp

Walter O'Brien is what you might call a professional overachiever. He was hailed in his native Ireland at age 16 as "the Irish Bill Gates," recognized in 1989 at age 14 as a child prodigy with an IQ of 197, as well as being the Olympic and national Irish computer programming champion. O'Brien formed his own company in 1988. Scorpion Computer Services, which has grown from being Ireland's leading supplier of personal computers (more than Dell and Gateway combined , up to 1993)...

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Scorpion Promo 1

Walter O'Brien is what you might call a professional overachiever. He was hailed in his native Ireland at age 16 as "the Irish Bill Gates," recognized in 1989 at age 14 as a child prodigy with an IQ of 197, as well as being the Olympic and national Irish computer programming champion. O'Brien formed his own company in 1988. Scorpion Computer Services, which has grown from being Ireland's leading supplier of personal computers (more than Dell and Gateway combined , up to 1993)...

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Scorpion Promo 2

"I got my hands on a computer when I was 9." "I learned everything there was to know about it." "Behind every great company, project, and emergency, is a lot of smart people." "When your customers are countries, governments and hospitals, you never know where your next adventure is going to take you."...

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Walter O'Brien

Walter O'Brien interviews with Business Intuitive, Monique Guild. During this interview Walter discusses his background and experience Demystifying Artificial Intelligence and Thinking Machines Practical application of "Slightly Higher Than Average Computing" on problems with higher than average complexity. Mentoring and working with gifted children and prodigies helping to find their niche with hands on experience in a broad range of endeavors...

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Fox News

Representatives of different militaries across the globe have come here to San Diego. They are getting their hands on experience testing the latest technology, mostly dealing with responding to global disasters and emergencies...

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National Press Headlines

A Kilkenny computer whizz kid has invented a unique software product, which could soon be in worldwide demand. Walter is leading the Irish team in the Info. Olympics. Walter (18) leads Irish 'brain' team. A young Callan man is creating a stir in the futuristic world of Artificial Intelligence...

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Walter O'Brien

A new genius has joined Team Callan, County Kilkenny... A series about the life of Irish genius Walter O'Brien now living in the United States, is due to air on the CBS network later this year, and is set to become a smash hit show worldwide. When Walter was 13 he represented Ireland in high-speed problem-solving at the 1993 International Olympiad in Informatics...

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Walter O'Brien

In the early-1990s, a young teenager called Walter O'Brien lived a relatively normal life in Tingarron, just between Callan and Kilmanagh. But Walter's life turned out to be anything but ordinary. In fact, it is such an extraordinary story that a new hit US television drama has been based on it....

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Walter O'Brien

O'Brien is the CEO of Scorpion Computer Services - a company he founded at age 13... When his parents bought him a computer, he began immersing himself in technology and the study of robots. "I was in the middle of nowhere on a farm where it was raining 90 percent of the time, and I was bored. There's that, or robots. Which would you choose?"...

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Einstein

Ranked fourth most intelligent person in the world, Walter is now a billionaire who lives in California... Tested at the age of 14 years, Walter was diagnosed as a child prodigy with an IQ score of 197. To put that into context, Albert Einstein's IQ was 165...

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Geniuses

The true story behind the show itself is what really sets it apart from other network primetime dramas. Most people might consider having a television show about their life to be a pretty big deal, but O'Brien says that financially, it is the smallest of his endeavors...

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Scorpion to go High-Tech

Scorpion follows an eccentric genius named Walter O'Brien (Elyes Gabel) and his team of brilliant misfits - an expert behaviorist, a mechanical prodigy and a human calculator - who are contracted by Homeland Security to solve high-tech threats...

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Gorey Guardian

Ballymackessy near Clonroche is the unlikely starting point for a major new blockbuster TV series to be aired by leading American Channel CBS. Walter, who never had a computer lesson in his life, was a self-taught child prodigy who, when not yet in his teens, sold some livestock his father had given him in payment for his chores, to buy his first personal computer...

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The Hollywood Reporter

"The Scorpion TV Drama just got approved by CBS. "Scorpion" is inspired by Walter O'Brien's life and how the man with the fourth-highest documented IQ became a real-life Professor X. It centers on an eccentric genius and his international network of super-geniuses who form the last line of defense against the complex threats of the modern age. O'Brien, who will produce, goes by the hacker name of Scorpion and serves as CEO of Scorpion, a global think-tank for any funded problems. The show is centered on O'Brien's life and how he recruited and trained other geniuses from around the world to save lives and solve problems, from casino security to military drone warfare. Together, the geniuses have learned to help one another round out their personalities in order to better fit in and provide a greater benefit to society than they could working alone"...

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Fox News

Walter O'Brien comments on the impact of cyber espionage on U. S. corporations. Master spies are leaving their fingerprints all over cyberspace. This is the very first time the feds are charging five foreign agents with cyber spying. Chinese hackers who stole information like product design and confidential strategies, all to give Chinese companies a leg up on American competition...

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CBS

"The Fringe and Star Trek duo have earned a rich put pilot commitment from CBS for an untitled drama from Prison Break's Nick Santora. The hour, which is inspired by Walter O'Brien's life, has received a seven-figure penalty from the network."...

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CAA's

Creative Artists Agency (CAA), founded in 1975, is the world's leading talent and sports agency has just accepted Walter O'Brien, CEO of Scorpion as one of their prestigious speakers. Walter joins the ranks of the world's foremost minds that include Sir Richard Branson, Donald Trump, Al Pacino, Morgan Freeman, Ashton Kutcher, James Cameron, Ray Kurzweil and Oliver Stone...

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LIDO

Walter O'Brien launches ConciergeUp.com to over 400 family offices and professional investors with an average Net Worth over $100m...

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FOA Global Wealth Summit

The Family Office Association featured an unprecedented roster of keynote speakers including Scorpion's Walter O'Brien, four-star General Wesley Clark, and former director of the CIA James Woolsey to over 200 family office's and professional investors with a Net Worth over $100m...

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Scorpion Promo 1

American Environmental Energy, Inc. (Pink Sheets:AEEI) is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Walter O'Brien to the Board of Directors. Mr. O'Brien joins the board with experience in capital markets and regulatory compliance that will strengthen the existing team and add shareholder value as the company enters its phase of planned business operations with income generating projects...

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ScenGen

We are proud to announce that of the 140+ companies that vied to be the Most Innovative New Product of the year, our ScenGen product just made it through the rigorous judging process to win the CONNECT 2011 Most Innovative Product (MIP) Award competition in the Aerospace and Security Technologies category. ScenGen was chosen by a group of industry experts to represent the best of 2011's new offerings - some of the most cutting-edge technologies expected to make a worldwide impact...

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Family Office

When I launched my company 25 years ago, I started in technology by hiring prodigies to solve problems. Our view remains the harder the problem, the better. Over time we expanded our services into 22 different service offerings in three basic practice areas: Planning, Execution, and Support...

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Founder Institute

Scorpion was asked to speak on the topic of how not to get burned by technology. The Founder Institute which is the world's largest idea-stage incubator which has helped launch over 510 companies across 26 cities and five continents. This global network of startups and mentors that helps entrepreneurs launch meaningful and enduring technology companies...

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Walter O'Brien

Scorpion Computer Services Founder and CEO, Walter O'Brien was awarded the EB1-1 permanent residency visa status today at the American Embassy in Dublin, Ireland. Walter is well known in Ireland as the child prodigy that started researching Artificial Intelligence and Virtual Reality in computers from the age of 13 years. Walter founded Scorpion Computer Services in 1988 and supplied Ireland with more Personal Computers than DELL and Gateway together up to 1993...

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ScenGen

San Diego is a tough place to secure funding, but is a great place to find high-tech employees. That was the consensus at a roundtable hosted by The Daily Transcript and sponsored by Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo PC on Feb. 24. Eight locally based technology firms -- ranging from startups to well-established companies with spinoffs -- shared the pulse of their industry...

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US Navy

ScenGen is a new artificial intelligence based capability that allows us to think of all possible scenarios for a given situation. In a war theatre environment, there are many desparate systems and technologies that have been developed separately, yet need to work in an integrated fashion...

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The Irish Times

A software product founded by Irishman Walter O'Brien has won the aerospace and security technologies category of the annual Connect awards in San Diego, California. ScenGen is a software programme which generates solutions for any given situation at very high speed. The technology, which is aimed at companies and agencies who want to reduce risk, is a model-based system which generates 1.6 million test scenarios per second...

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Cyber Law

When you have no fitness for purpose clauses in your license agreement and none can be sued when software breaks and software has bugs, the community is kind of trained to expect it and go "oh well it's software" and throw their hands up and nobody gets blamed and there's no consequences...

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itSMF

Governance is the rules about rules, it is about fairness and doing what is best for the company as a whole. SME Based Governance focuses on providing a hands-on approach to implementing and enforcing Governance across a complex technical enterprise organization...

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LawLoop

Expert panel members include Walter O'Brien, one of the world's leading authorities in the application of computer science and artificial intelligence that solve industry challenges. O'Brien also serves on the LawLoop.com Advisory Board...

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CTO Forum

Walter O'Brien will present a deep dive into quantifying and mitigating all types of Risk to mission critical software in new ways. The presentation will include Artificial Intelligence software systems such as ScenGen that can think of, maintain and execute all possible tests on other systems even though they are constantly changing...

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Optimist

Since 1919 Optimist Clubs have been meeting the needs of young people in communities worldwide. There are 105,000 individual Members who belong to more than 3,200 autonomous Clubs. Optimists conduct 65,000 service projects each year, serving six million young people...

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Yahoo Finance

American Environmental Energy, Inc. is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Walter O'Brien to the Board of Directors. Mr. O'Brien joins the board with experience in capital markets and regulatory compliance that will strengthen the existing team and add shareholder value as the company enters its phase of planned business operations with income generating projects expected in 2009...

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Trados

TRADOS Incorporated, the global leader in language technology solutions, and Uniscape, Inc. today announced that they had reached an agreement to join forces in a merger that will create the world's leading provider of language technology solutions. This merger will bring together the companies' complementary product lines and people, creating the only company to offer a complete business solution that extends across the entire translation value chain, from the global corporation to individual translation professionals...

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Microsoft

Microsoft Corp. will acquire a 20 percent minority share of TRADOS GmbH in a move to accelerate the delivery of localized products. TRADOS' products are utilized extensively by the software industry to create foreign-language "localized" software products. Microsoft ships its products in more than 30 languages, and the investment in TRADOS reflects commitment to deliver localized products to international markets quickly and efficiently...

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Fujitsu

Fujitsu Limited today announced its intention to acquire 100% ownership of GLOVIA International LLC, a California-based leading provider of business applications, e-commerce solutions, advanced technology and world-class services for the digital marketplace, in which it currently holds a 30.5% interest...

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Walter O'Brien appointed Localization Automation Project Manager

Tingarran, Callan has been appointed Localisation Automation Project Manager with a prestigious Silicon Valley company in California. This appointment will incorporate using Walter's own WINLX localization software project, developed by him last year. According to Walter, interest in his project in the U.S.A. has been incredible...

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Walter - The Next Bill Gates

Walter O'Brien is a recently qualified young man who will certainly shake up the computer world, and his impact will be felt intensely by the many businesses which depend upon this technology. His final year University project certainly had an impact being valued as an $11,000,000 franchise by industry experts...

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Walter's computer idea

A Co. Wextord native is being hailed as the next Bill Gales of the computer world following the design of a final year university project which is being valued as an $11 million franchise by industry experts. The project, created by Walter O'Brien formerly of Boro Hill House, Ballymachesy, Enniscorthy, offers software companies the opportunity to open up their markets by 150%, and the original idea alone is worth a cool half million dollars...

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Irish launch in the Newpark Hotel

Attending the Irish launch in the Newpark Hotel of the Exchequer Enterprize Accounting Software package by Oak Computer Services were (seated); Walter O'Brien, Rosshaven, Tingarren, Callan, and Rob Steele, SBS Financial Systems. Behind; Pat Wall, Oak Computer Systems; Anthony Delaney, Microsoft and Darran Oak Computer Systems...

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Walter O'Brien appointed Chairman

Representatives of the 11 organisations that won awards for developing and using IT to become more successful. The National Computer Board gives out the National IT awards, the cream of Singapore's information technology prizes, every two years to recognize firms and organizations whose outstanding...

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Computer Whizz Kid

A Kilkenny computer whiz kid has invented a unique software product, which could soon be in worldwide demand. Walter O'Brien from Callan has just graduated with honours in two BSc. degrees from Brighton University in England. But he is more excited by his new invention, which goes where no computer program has gone before. The software product, WinLocX, can help a software company to translate the sentences and commands displayed within its programs into other languages...

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World Computer Olympics

An 18-year-old college student becomes Callan's very first Olympian, this week. But young Walter O'Brien of Tinagaroon, Callan, will be flexing his brainpower instead of his physical power, as he competes against the world's top computer whizzes in the Information Olympics, in Argentina...

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Walter has succeeded

A young Callan man is creating a stir in the futuristic world of Artificial Intelligence. Computer wizard Walter O'Brien has succeeded where all the experts failed, in producing a definition for a central problem in Artificial Intelligence. The 19-year-old, now a university student in England, has come up with a definition for a famous Artificial Intelligence dilemma known as the "frame problem"...

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Walter has again succeeded

Following a sweeping success last year, by coming first in Ireland in the Wisconsin International Computer Problem solving Competition, WALTER O'BRIEN, "Rosshaven" Tingarran. Callan, now aged 17 years, has again succeeded in retaining first place in Ireland again this year, as Team Leader at Senior level...

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Walter (18) leads Irish 'brain' team.

A brilliant young man with strong connections in the Enniscorthy area is leading the Irish team in this year's - wait for it - international computer problem solving competition. 18-year-old Walter O'Brien captains the three-man Irish team that includes Joseph Caroll (Meath) and John Lambe (Dublin) which flies out this Thursday for Mendoza, Argentina, where the 1993 International Informatics Olympiad takes place...

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Scorpion Promo 1

A YOUNG MAN with very strong New Ross and district connections is leading the very first Irish team m the Information Olympics which are to be held in Argentina. He is 18·years-old Walter O'Brien, whose father, Maurice, is a native of Cushinstown, and his mother, Anne, nee Ronan, hails from New Ross. They lived at Borohill House, Clonroche, until about five years ago and the family is now based near Callan in Co.Kilkenny...

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Scorpion Promo 1

Scorpion Promo 1

Launching the Utopia project at the 1998 ORACLE show in Orlando, Florida. Over 2000 brochures were picked up by interested parties from the Fortune 500's Microsoft, General Electric, GM, Hewlett Packard, Sybase, Seagate and Motorola...

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Walter O'Brien

At the age of 16, Walter O'Brien was invited to present his PCPAL project to the members of the prestigious Artificial Intelligence and Cognitive Science Society (AICS). Walter is by far the youngest scientist invited to Speak at this International Event...

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