Adrian Corcoran started his IT career building the production talkback systems for the BBC's Sarajevo Winter Olympics team, and has been involved in more world events than can easily be counted.
These include the launch of digital TV in the UK, and the opening ceremony of the London Olympic Games.
Eager to learn more about Corcoran, we put the Baku Games 2015 technology director in the V3 Hot Seat.
Corcoran is one of many movers and shakers in the IT industry to take the V3 Hot Seat.
V3: What's your favourite part of your current job?
Corcoran: Seeing new talent emerge from our young team.
What would be your dream job?
I always wanted to be an astronaut, but my current role is the next best thing!
Which mobile phone and tablet do you use?
I don't have a tablet and I currently use a Samsung Galaxy S4 which gives me a single multi-purpose device to carry around.
Which person do you most admire in the IT industry?
Bill Gates for bringing technology to everyone, Steve Jobs for making it sexy and Jeff Bezos for delivering it to my door.
Which technology has had the biggest impact on your working life?
Without doubt the internet. I can no longer remember or imagine life without it, added to which mobile data makes it available nearly everywhere.
What's been the highlight of your career so far?
I have been blessed with many high points, from being involved with the launch of digital TV in the UK to my current role in the European Games. If I had to single out a specific moment it would be the opening ceremony of the London Olympics when more than five years' planning and delivery came to fruition.
What was your first job?
My first proper job was designing and building the production talkback systems for the BBC team covering the Sarajevo Winter Olympics, but my first job was on a milk round in Birmingham.
What's your favourite thing about working in the IT industry?
The constant innovation and change means it is never boring.
What will be the next big innovation of the coming years?
Near term, improvements in data analytics driving more personalised services. Longer term, nanotechnology reducing the size, cost and power consumption of processors.
What do you enjoy doing when you finish work?
Spending time with family and friends, and photography
What keeps you awake at night?
Happily I generally sleep well as long as I avoid coffee in the afternoon!
What was the last book you read and was it any good?
I am currently working my way through the Jack Ryan series of Tom Clancy novels and it is interesting how much the world has moved on politically and technologically since they were written.
Who is your favourite band or musician?
Of the moment, John Newman. Of all time, Van Morrison
Where's your favourite holiday destination?
Italy, around the lakes or the Tuscany area.
E-readers or real books?
E-readers for their sheer convenience, real books for their feel.
Twitter, Facebook or Google+?
Facebook for keeping in touch with my scattered friends and family and for sharing photos.
The Beatles or The Rolling Stones?
Always the Stones
Lord of the Rings but most recently enjoyed The Imitation Game about Alan Turing
Windows or Mac OS?
I prefer Windows.
On-premise or cloud?
Cloud, there's no going back.
What's holding women back from entering the IT profession?
When the industry and recruitment agencies advertise entry level roles in terms of sets of desired acronyms and lists of required certifications it commoditises the jobs and doesn't do much to sell the roles to a broader audience.
I have been fortunate enough to have recruited many excellent women into the technology sector and very few of them have had or needed the acronyms.
How can we get more school children interested in IT careers?
Many school kids now possess technology that would have been the envy of rocket scientists 10 years ago. But because it is now so ubiquitous and disposable, there is a lack of curiosity about how it works. Somehow we have to spark more interest in how stuff works.
Did you always grow up wanting to work in IT?
I'm old enough to predate the IT industry as such. I studied electronics and telecommunications and at that time computer science was the new kid on the block. I fell into IT really through working in broadcast technology.
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