Archive for August, 2008

Scratch an itch with bookmeetingroom

conor 31st of August 2008 by conor

I’ve worked in a few large orgs and one of the most annoying things to deal with was room booking. Heck, in one large enterprise it seemed to be the main job of multiple admin people. So is something that appeals to me greatly.


A nice simple SaaS that fills a need. It was developed by Active Online in Dublin. I think they have a winner on their hands.

Tuesday Push – Crewger – Bringing Film Crews together

admin 26th of August 2008 by admin


Crewger is an organisation dedicated to the advancement of the Irish film community by facilitating the production, promotion and exhibition of original content by film-makers of all ages and backgrounds working in Ireland today.

With all the activity @ Film Making in Ireland [The Commitments please…] – Crewger is an excellent resource for the Film Industry community in Ireland.

Damien has a more in-depth review

Luzern Solutions announces €2.5 million investment by Delta Partners

admin 22nd of August 2008 by admin

Luzern Solutions an online electronics refurbisher and reseller – just announced a €2.5 million investment by Delta Partners

Karlin Lillington has a piece in today’s Irish Times on the company and the funding.

“The low-key Dublin company, which works with major vendors such as Epson, Creative, Palm, Fujitsu Siemens and Philips, takes in product returns as well as excess stock, repairs and refurbishes if necessary, and sells the items on to consumers via online marketplaces like eBay.”

This is one of the first investments from the new 'Delta Equity Fund III' of €100m

Can you get a Capital Grant for a Web Back-End?

conor 15th of August 2008 by conor

Keith Bohanna of dbTwang has a very interesting question – is it possible to get a Capital Grant from a County Enterprise Board for something intangible like the backend of a webapp?

Answers on a postcard to his blog.

Next OCC in Rubicon Centre in CIT

admin 15th of August 2008 by admin

Web2 Research Gigs in UCD

conor 15th of August 2008 by conor

We don’t often post about jobs or research posts on this blog but this one looks interesting:

Post-Graduate Scholarships at UCD School of Information and Library Studies & UCD School of Computer Science and Informatics

Applications are invited for
An MSc in Computer Science scholarship (2 years)
An MLitt in Information Studies scholarship (2 years)

To commence September 1st 2008 or as soon as possible thereafter.

Project Title:  OJAX++: A Next-Generation Collaborative Research Tool

Funding Agency: Science Foundation Ireland

Project Details:
The aim of the proposed research is to investigate how concepts from the Social Web can be applied to the research environment in order to facilitate dynamic collaboration and the sharing of ideas among
researchers. It will be illustrated via the creation of OJAX++, a next-generation collaborative research tool, using Web 2.0 technologies such as Web Services, Ajax and collaborative tagging.

Honours degree (first class or 2.1) in Computer Science or related field.
Or honours degree (first class or 2.1) in another subject plus
relevant technical   experience (eg Web technology, JavaScript, Ajax,
Java, Ruby or Python)

Stipend: €17,000 per annum plus fees.

Contact: Dr Judith Wusteman, School of Information and Library Studies
UCD Dublin, Belfield, Dublin 4, Ireland. judith DOT wusteman AT ucd DOT ie

For further details, see

Irish Web Awards to Shake Things Up

conor 14th of August 2008 by conor

Competition is _always_ a good thing and I’m excited to see the launch of the Irish Web Awards by Damien Mulley. The existing events in Ireland have served a particular niche for several years but there is a rich range of sites out there that never get a look-in, mainly by virtue of cost, lack of mainstream profile and perhaps because they are not commercial.

Nominations will open soon and I already have a bunch of names in my head for the various categories. The event is on October 11th in the Radisson SAS Dublin. Hopefully we’ll see plenty of nominations made by all those across the road in UCD.

Sponsorship slots are still available with the anchor sponsor being

Next OpenCoffee in NSC on Friday

admin 13th of August 2008 by admin

Toddle Push Round-Up

conor 13th of August 2008 by conor

As with, I’ve collected all the posts I’ve seen so far about Toddle over on Let me know if I’ve missed any.

Keep Stumbling and Digging the good uns folks! Push Round-Up

conor 13th of August 2008 by conor

I’ve collected all the posts I’ve seen so far about over on (a joy to be finally able to type that properly). Let me know if I’ve missed any.

It looks like using StumbleUpon on the top-notch posts is highly effective as a traffic driver and I’d encourage you to Stumble the ones you really like.