He believes it is vital that Ireland realises the internet is a sure route to overseas markets, which must be exploited by increasing the number of start-ups.
â€œWe need to have more and more successful Irish internet businesses. One route I recommend would be to have Enterprise Ireland set up a group focused on accelerating internet start-ups, with a fund of â‚¬2 million per annum that would put â‚¬50,000 into 40 start-up companies to increase the number of companies being supported, rather than just putting money into existing businesses.â€
In conclusion, Lyon admits to feeling humbled at being recognised as an Internet Hero. â€œI value it a lot, to be honoured by my peers.â€
The Speakers and Panelists are Monty Munford, Ex Vice President, PlayerX. Russell Buckley, Vice President, Admob. Mark Congiusta, Head of Interactive, Irish International BBDO. Colm Grealy, CEO,Adforce / Digital Reach Group. Pat Phelan, Maxroam. Barry Oâ€™Neill, Namco Games. Alex French, COO, Bitbuzz. Donald Douglas, Managing Director, Return2Sender, Dermot Daly, Founder, Tapado. Karl Aherne, Category Manager, Digital & Entertainment,O2. Daragh Ward, CEO, Axonista. Eanna O’Bradaigh, Ireland Business Development Manager, Apple. Aisling McCabe, Platform Manager, RTE
A business breakfast hosted by Mason Hayes+Curran, in association with the Irish Software Association and the Digital Enterprise Research Institute (DERI), about the legal challenges and commercial possibilities of the Semantic Web, the next evolution of the World Wide Web on Wednesday 25th November between 8.00 â€“ 9.45am. This is a must attend event for anyone in the technology sector as well as those in business and the public sector who use the Internet to interface with their clients and the customers they serve.
Having maintained its position as a world leader in attracting foreign direct investment from the world’s leading technology companies, Ireland must now position itself as a strategic leader in researching and developing new technologies with leading technology companies. Through the work of the Digital Enterprise Research Institute (DERI) at NUIG, Ireland has become a central player in developing the protocols and technologies which will play a central role in the development of what are now know as semantic technologies.
The Plink Art app is a visual search engine for art – take a picture of a painting and our system recognises it and returns the history of the painting, info about the artist, etc. Right now it recognises tens of thousands of famous paintings. We’re working on building it into a next-generation museum tour guide.
The overall winner of the Google contest is determined by public vote. Anyone with an Android phone can download the “Android Developer Challenge 2″ app (just scan this barcode to get the app) to test out and rank the entries.
Maybe with last week’s launch of the first Irish Android handset (HTC Hero from Meteor), we could get some home-team support for Plink App.
Outvesting.org, the online campaign which has raised a â‚¬5,000 fund through donations on Twitter is now seeking applications from Irish entrepreneurs. The entire fund will be gifted, no strings attached, to one lucky start-up after a review and voting process.
“We simply asked people to pledge â‚¬50 each in the hope that one hundred others would do likewise. Those pledges came rolling in and over the course of four weeks were converted to donations amounting to the target â‚¬5,000″, said John Keyes, one of those behind the project.
Applications can be submitted to the Outvesting.org website until November 21st and the winner will be announced on December 7th. Those who donated to the fund will review applications and vote on the start-up with best potential.
“There’s obviously a groundswell of opinion that entrepreneurs should do more to help ourselves at this time of banking and economic crises. We just tapped into the generosity and goodwill that exists within the start-up community in Ireland”, said James Corbett, the other half of the Outvesting team.
Congratulation to John and James for a brilliant idea – and best of luck to all the entrants.