Archive for July, 2008

In case you were in any doubt about the Tuesday Push

conor 18th of July 2008 by conor

Joe Drumgoole let us know that the outcome of the Tuesday Push on PutPlace far exceeded expectation:

For us it increased our number of visitors on average four fold for the week in which we were pushed. This converted to double the previous weeks registrations. We weren’t running any other campaigns so I attribute that all to the Tuesday push….Basically one of the most cost effective marketing exercises we have done this year.

And your reason for not signing up for the push is?

BarCamp Cork II ?

conor 18th of July 2008 by conor

As many of you know, the first BarCamp in Ireland was held wayyyy back in September 2006 in Cork. It is still remembered as a wonderful day and I met many of the people I now know well for the first time there. Since that event in Webworks there have been further ones in Waterford, Dublin, Galway, Belfast, Kilkenny and Limerick.

Recently it was suggested to me that we have another one in Cork in January. I lobbed the idea out at an OpenCoffee to discover that there was tons of pent-up demand for a BarCamp and that January was too far away.

A further conversation with John Handelaar at the hugely successful and very barcampy OpenCoffeeClub BBQ got me all jizzed up about having one sooner too.

The next BarCamp is PodCamp II in Kilkenny on September 27th so I’d like to propose the next Cork one for the November timeframe. Sufficiently long after PodCamp but not too close to Christmas.

Please use the PollDaddy poll below to indicate levels of interest and, if it is there, I’m sure we can arrange something down here :-)

UPDATE: I can’t see how to edit a poll after it is published but one great suggestion has been made, which is to offer “Any Saturday in November” as an option. If that’s what you’d prefer, just enter it in “Other”

Three Weeks left to apply to SeedCamp

conor 18th of July 2008 by conor

Are you in a small startup? Thinking of doing one? No access to capital? Possibly lacking some business experience? But dammit you want to build something!

Or maybe your employer, the bank, hedge fund or insurance company is going through meltdown and you think – time to move.

Then have a look a SeedCamp:

As their site says:

Seedcamp is where Europe’s top young founders can come together in one place. From securing funding to developing the right network, young entrepreneurs in Europe face challenges in building globally competitive technology businesses. Through the provision of seed capital and a world class network of mentors, we want to provide a catalyst for Europe’s next generation of entrepreneurs.

The process is simple; you apply here, those shortlisted go to London for Seedcamp Week and then the best of the best are then picked to be part of Seedcamp.

I don’t know how many Irish companies applied last year but your continental European peers are jumping all over this. At the very least it is worth a look. Some great thoughts on the topic from Saul Klein.

And the next OpenCoffees are….

admin 17th of July 2008 by admin

1Time Coverage

conor 17th of July 2008 by conor

The Tuesday Push on 1TIme started over Chez Mulley and spread like wildfire. Here are the reviews and posts that we’ve seen so far. Pop in a comment if we’ve missed yours.

So far only 5 companies have signed up for the push. There are some harsh words I could use here but I’ll simply ask the question; why wouldn’t you like coverage of your app and some honest feedback?


IETF Meeting in Dublin

conor 15th of July 2008 by conor

Just got a note from Joe Johnson to tell us that the IETF, the guys who brought you IP, Gopher, FTP and what’s that other one, ah yes HTTP, are meeting in Citywest in Dublin from 27th July to 1st August.

There are over 1000 people registered with but so far only about 20 from Ireland.  If you want to hear how the plumbing of the internet is going to evolve, then you need to be there.

This week’s Tuesday Push is 1time

conor 15th of July 2008 by conor

The second Tuesday Push is 1time. Like PutPlace before it, this is not some piece of fluff that tells you how many people in Sheboygan Wisconsin are tweeting about shower curtain rings. It’s an incredibly useful tool for time and expense tracking both for internal business use and service providers like freelancers.

Sign-up for the free trial and write your review of them today.

Check back here for the round-up of all the reviews in a few days.

Web2Ireland – what’s going on – week ending July 11th, 2008

admin 14th of July 2008 by admin

Send on any news tips to us at web2ireland.editor AT

Summer Holidays – and the kids are off – as we have a very quiet week

No rest for the 2 person Polldaddy machine – Polldaddy Jr arrives – first Opensocial poll widget, API and rich media polls – Mashable has details

An Indo article covering toddle, locle and Loudervoice

Eircom Innovation Fund winners announced – Congratulations to HeyStaks, Locle, Playza and TouristR have launch event on July 16th

James and Conn have teamed up – great initiative – screencasts on Ireland

Some interesting folks coming to Ireland in August/Sept – Web2Ireland will keep you posted – we expect great interest – so get your pitches ready….

Get your SeedCorn and SeedCamp applications ready – and also pitch yourselves for Web2.0 Summit

Top Posts on Web2Ireland during the last 7 days
Tuesday Push Round One
Web2Ireland – what’s going on – week ending July 4th, 2008
Web 2.0 Summit Launchpad – Call for Web2Ireland startups…
August not so quiet for Irish Web Start-Ups
Irish Government – Data Sharing, APIs, and Mashups

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Eircom web innovation fund winners – HeyStaks, Locle, Playza, TouristR

admin 14th of July 2008 by admin

Damien Mulley has the details on the Winners of the Eircom Web Innovation Fund [previous coverage here]



From Press release

The four chosen companies are:

1. HeyStaks – HeyStaks is a new approach to Web search that helps searchers to share their search experiences with friends, colleagues, and other searchers. HeyStaks is a browser plugin that works with Google and provides users with the ability to create so-called “search staks” as a way to organise and share their Google searches. For example, a group of friends planning a holiday abroad might create a “Holiday 2008” search stak. As they individually search for travel, accommodation and entertainment options, their selections will be shared with each other during future searches as specially highlighted search results. In this way all of the friends can see what results have been found to be useful during earlier searches, which may help them during their own searches for that perfect holiday package.

Research shows that HeyStaks can help searchers find information more quickly and in turn allow users to create and share many different types of search staks to reflect different topics of interest. In this way search staks can provide users with access to a form of Web search that is powered by their favourite search engine but customised for a particular topic of interest, based on their own search experiences or the search experiences of others.

The HeyStaks technology has been developed by Prof. Barry Smyth’s research group in University College Dublin and is the first spin-out of the new CLARITY research centre, a €16m Science Foundation Ireland research centre combining researchers from University College Dublin, Dublin City University, and the Tyndal National Institute.

2. Locle – Locle is a social mapping application for mobile phones that combines information from your mobile handset address book with social networks such as Bebo, Facebook and MySpace to create mapping services that show users where their friends are. Locle is an enhanced mobile web experience that facilitates “here’s where I am, and here’s where my friends are” for social networks and groups.

Locle is a combination of a web service and downloadable mobile phone software. When the Locle mobile client is activated, it identifies the user’s location and presents the location of “friends” who also use the application. Friends can be both contacts from your mobile phone address book or contacts from your social networks. As well as letting you know where your “friends” are, Locle can also keep you up to date on relevant information to your location such as local events, news, weather and provide details on local restaurants, cinemas and ATM machines etc.
Locle is a Business Expansion Scheme qualified investment.

3. Playza – With most popular online games focused squarely at the adult gaming market, Playza is a new social gaming proposition for “Digital Natives” – our 12 to 24 year olds who have grown up in a digital media environment where mobile phones, social networking, multiplayer online gaming, and music downloading have always been the norm.

Playza is made up of a series of connected mini games in which players complete tasks and earn points. Online game players are encouraged to bring their gaming colleagues to Playza and social networkers can invite their online friends to join. The main objective of the game is to form and control player groups. By getting new members into their group, players will increase their standing and capabilities within the games. Playza users can also create their own page to host their game account and mini games. Within their page, users can create their own game groups, receive feedback and messages and post the game to their other sites or blogs such as MySpace or Facebook.

Playza combines the addictive nature of online gaming with the community features of a social networking portal.

4. TouristR – TouristR is an integrated full-service trip-planning advisor, which cuts out the online information overload and minimises planning problems. It not only helps the traveller to plan a more complex travel itinerary – such as a trip with multiple destinations on a fixed budget and timeline – but it also draws on content submitted by a community of users which will help the traveller to decide on a destination by getting a sense of the type of experience available at their chosen destination.

A new breed of unique Web 2.0 travel service, TouristR will feature stories, adventures and photographs of destinations submitted by users as well as aid the traveller who needs to factor in multiple elements to their trip such as budgetary, geographical, temporal and other personal preferences and restrictions.

You can learn more about the Eircom Innovation Fund here

August not so quiet for Irish Web Start-Ups

conor 10th of July 2008 by conor

We’ve just heard that we’ll have several international heavy hitters in tech finance visiting Ireland in Aug/Sep with a view to meeting with lots of start-ups and hearing about what’s happening here.

The details are still TBD and we’ll keep you posted with progress. This is a fantastic opportunity for  web2ireland companies and you’d better start tuning your pitches now!