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Drupal Conference on Saturday

conor 13th of November 2008 by conor

Stella Power just let us know that Drupal Ireland is organising a day long conference on the open source Drupal CMS. It’s taking place this Saturday (15th November) in DIT, Kevin St, Dublin 2 and will run from 9:30am to 4:30pm.  Registration is free but please sign up here so they can gauge numbers.

In case you’re not already aware, Drupal is a powerful open source content management system which allows users to easily publish, manage and share a wide variety of content on the internet.  There is a great
demand for people who know this software and demand is growing.

Drupal‘s many features and add-ons allow it to be used for a variety of website needs; including for marketing, internal communications, informational websites, and for social networking purposes.

The event is being organised by the Drupal Ireland user group, which is a volunteer membership group.  The group is comprised of developers who use Drupal everyday; who contribute to Drupal core,  documentation and maintain popular modules.  If you’re interested in attending, more information on the sessions and the schedule can be found at

Help applying to Seedcamp continued

admin 31st of July 2008 by admin

In a previous post Conor wrote about applying for Seedcamp.  From the poll it seems a good number of people would like a little help filling out the application form (including myself) and some are available to lend a hand from their own experience of applying last year.

A room has been arranged in Oriel House Hotel in Ballincollig, Cork for Thursday August 7th starting at around 9am.

It will be quite informal, the aim it to get practical advise from each other on answering some of the questions on the form to highlight your business or idea as best as possible.

I’ll have print outs of the questions with me on the day. Anyone who’d like the them before hand, heres a link to the the Seedcamp application PDF.

Some further information about the Oriel house location over on my own blog.

See you there!

Want to help (or need help) applying to Seedcamp

conor 23rd of July 2008 by conor

Gordon Murray of eWrite has come up with a brilliant suggestion for SeedCamp. He thinks we should crowdsource some of the applications. Of course, this exercise will also help those who want to apply for SeedCorn and other similar competitions.

There are plenty of people who have experience in filling out application forms for the likes of Incubation Programmes, EI Grants, the SeedCorn competition etc. Why not use that expertise to help those applying to SeedCamp who may never have dealt with this sort of thing before?

So yet another call for interest. If there are sufficient numbers in Cork then Gordon will arrange a meeting room in the Oriel House Hotel in Ballincollig for a morning. Those who want to apply and those who want to help can come together, figure out a strong message for each applicant and hopefully help them do better in the process.

If it works well, there is no reason this can’t be repeated in Dublin and elsewhere.

Usual story, fill out the poll (this one is for Cork only!) and ideally leave a comment or mail Gordon (gordon AT ewrite DOT ie) with some info about yourself. This is a very short term thing so the poll will close on Friday.

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”

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?


Tuesday Push Round One

conor 8th of July 2008 by conor

The Tuesday Push on PutPlace was a resounding success. Here are the posts we found on our trawls:

The Tuesday Push – Showing real community spirit

conor 1st of July 2008 by conor

Damien Mulley gets community like very few other people in the industry. His ideas are always worth listening to and, more importantly, worth acting on. He has just kicked off a real corker called The Tuesday Push. Every second Tuesday, a startup is selected from those who put themselves forward and lots of us blog about them on the same day.

It’s one of those simple but potentially incredibly powerful ways of getting us all noticed. There is nothing nefarious about it, no PPP in the background or Google gaming. Just write in an honest way about a new start-up every two weeks. The posts will be even more useful to everyone if they contain constructive criticism and ideas rather than puff-pieces.

We would encourage those who read but don’t write to Digg/Stumble/Delicious the posts they really like. And obviously if you are a startup, register your interest in being covered.

The first start-up to be covered is the brilliant PutPlace. I’ll be doing my review of it later over on Argolon. Damien has already done his. We’ll also do aggregated posts here on Web2Ireland with links to all the coverage.

If you don’t mind me pimping LouderVoice too much, you can also make use of us to help spread the word. Just add the tag “review” and the tag “rating=N” (where N is from 1-5) to your posts. If you then register your blog’s RSS feed as a “FlagTag” feed on LouderVoice, we’ll pick those posts up and they’ll get indexed very quickly as reviews on Google. If you don’t have/want a blog, just write the review directly on LV and we’ll link it to all the others.

This initiative will only work if the community gets behind it. So instead of thinking “what a good idea”, go review PutPlace, now!

Vote on your favourite logo for Web2Ireland

conor 5th of May 2008 by conor

The logos are in and we like them all! Now it’s down to the Irish Web2 community to pick their favourite. To keep it fair, we’re not telling you who did what until the winner is selected. Remember, the winner gets the following:

  • One year of PollDaddy Pro sponsored by PollDaddy
  • A copy of Microsoft Expression Studio sponsored by Microsoft Ireland
  • A year of Blacknight VPS hosting sponsored by Blacknight Solutions

The entries are:

Entry 1:

Entry 2:

Entry 3:

Entry 4:

Entry 5:

Entry 6:

Entry 7:

Entry 8:

Entry 9:

Entry 10:

Entry 11:

Make your choice now:

We’ll announce the winner in a week’s time.

Patrick Collison to visit OpenCoffee Limerick this Thursday

admin 31st of March 2008 by admin

Just to round off ‘Collison week’ comes notice that Patrick will visit OpenCoffee Club Limerick this Thursday April 3rd at 11am. Attendees will enjoy the opportunity to pick his brain and pat him on the back for their huge success.

The venue is the Absolute Hotel and all are welcome. Remember OpenCoffee is a free of charge event where the emphasis is on networking, so new-comers are always welcome. Need directions or have any questions? Just comment here.