Archive for October, 2008

App School – Irish Style

admin 9th of October 2008 by admin

The smart guys in Contrast have just announcedApp School 2008 – where they take one lucky idea to product in under 1 week.

They will pick an idea submitted by an Irish startup, charity, non-profit or individual and teach it how to be a fully-grown app. And, will cover 95% of the cost.

Great opportunity for some one…. sign up now…

$5 million grants in digital, open-source innovation

admin 8th of October 2008 by admin

My good friend, Susan Mernit, co-founder Peoples Software and ex-Yahoo Director/VP Netscape/AOL, sent a note in relation to the Knight News Challenge.


Its a US-based foundation giving away $5 million a year for grants in digital, open-source innovation

Some notes

The last day to submit applications for funding is November 1st.
Site is at, with a peer mentoring site at

Applications for the 2008-09 Knight News Challenge must follow three simple rules:
1. Use or create digital, open-source technology as the code base.
2. Serve the public interest.
3. Benefit one or more specific geographic communities

Surely we have some Irish startups which should apply…

it@cork Annual Conference Announced

conor 7th of October 2008 by conor

The it@cork annual conference has just been announced. Its title is “GREEN IT: Reduce CO2, Raise Profits” and it’s on November 26 in the lovely Radisson SAS Hotel in Cork.

The line-up looks like an excellent mix with the focus being clearly on Green as it relates to IT and Business. I particularly like the profit angle given the turmoil the world is going through right now

The is an Early Bird Discount available – Book on or before October 31 and it’s €250 for members, €350 for non members.

The agenda is as follows:

07.30 – Heads of IT breakfast sponsored by Certification Europe

08.00 – Arrival coffee & registration

08.45 – Welcome from Donal Manning, Chairman, it@cork

08.55 – SETTING THE SCENE – George Lee, Economics Editor, RTE

09.35 – Green IT: Moving Beyond the 2% Solution, Douglas Neal, Research Fellow, Leading Edge Programme

10.05 – SMART2020: ICT and climate change. Opportunities or Threat? Chris Tuppen, Director Sustainable Development, BT

10.35 – Q&A Moderated by Tom Raftery. Lead analyst, energy and sustainability practice, Redmonk

10.50 – Coffee sponsored by Complete Telecom

11 20 – Virtual Worlds: making organizations greener, Pierre-Olivier Carles, Co-Chief Stonfield InWorld

11.40 – Measuring the energy footprint of everything on Earth, Gavin Starks, Director, AMEE

12.00 – The Electric Grid 2.0, Fergus Wheatly, General Manager, Allied Solar Ltd

12.20 – Q&A Moderated by Damien Mulley, Mulley Communications

12.35 – LUNCH sponsored by Lenovo

13.45 – Situation normal, everything must change, Simon Wardley, Independent Consultant

14.35 – The Business Challenges of the Future Low Carbon Economy, Niall Brady, Green Sigma Technical Development Manager, IBM

14. 55 – Green IT @ STRATO, Rene Weinholtz, Executive Director for IT & Innovation, STRATO

15.15 – Q&A Moderated by Dan Barry, Enterprise Ireland

15.30 – Coffee Sponsored by Premiere Global Services

16.00 – Green Computing – A leadership role, Tom Moriarty, EMEA Regulatory and Environmental Manager, DELL

16.30 – Green ICT – How ICT will help deliver ESB’s Sustainability Strategy, Padraig McManus, CEO, ESB

17.00 – Q&A Moderated by Tom Raftery followed by drinks reception sponsored by Smart Telecom

After October 31st, the rate is €300 for members and €400 for non members.

See you there!

The Tuesday Push is LouderVoice

admin 7th of October 2008 by admin

This week’s Tuesday Push is LouderVoice who have just launched a range of business services. If you like what they are doing, please blog about it. You might even do it in the form of a review that they can use on the site.

LouderVoice for Business

LouderVoice for Business

Speed Networking in Trinity College

conor 7th of October 2008 by conor

Trinity Entrepreneurial Society (TES) is running a “Speed Networking” event  tomorrow in the Atrium in TCD at 2.45pm.

This is the penultimate leg of the global speed networking tour. The event is aimed at entrepreneurs, academics, students and all members of the business community. The speed networking tour is designed to unleash energy, share ideas and make connections – fast.

The global speed networking tour has visited over 6 continents in the past 3 weeks including places such as Hong Kong, Mexico City, Toronto, Johannesburg, Botswana, Singapore, Santiago, Kuala Lumpur, Sydney and San Francisco. You can find out more on the site.

The event will be hosted by Oli Barrett an expert speed networker who has travelled around the world in the past few weeks.

Sounds like a lot of fun and handy for practicing the elevator pitch.

Facebook adds Ireland as a Friend – Accepted.

admin 2nd of October 2008 by admin


In what is a huge boost for the Web2Ireland community, Facebook are setting up their International Headquarters in Ireland.

We had previously covered the proposed setup of Facebook Operations in Ireland.

Dublin will be the centre for Facebook’s international operations and will provide a range of online technical, sales and operations support to Facebook’s users and customers across EMEA region.

Great validation of the talent pool in Ireland – and congratulation to IDA Ireland folks for attracting Facebook to Ireland.

Facebook jobs in Ireland due are live – and hopefully we will see local collaborations like a Web2Ireland Facebook Developer Garage in the near future.

- press release from Govt

Win a free 2 day pass to Future of Web Apps Expo – London 8›10 October 2008

admin 1st of October 2008 by admin


Ryan Carson is hosting his excellent Future of Web Apps Expo next week in London [8-10 October 2008]

We have 1 free pass – and also a discount code [save 15%] for this event.

We’ve decided to run a little survey – to collect some feedback from the Web2Ireland Community.

We will draw a name from the folks who complete the survey – and also provide the discount code to all the participants.

Survey deadline is 5pm GMT Thursday 2nd October