Archive for August, 2009

CloudCamp and Cloud Summit in September

conor 31st of August 2009 by conor

Fans of cloud computing will be happy to hear that there are two events coming in the next couple of weeks.

First off is CloudCamp Sept. 17th in IBM’s Innovation Centre in Dublin. It’s a proper *Camp Unconference where early adopters of Cloud Computing technologies exchange ideas. It’s a free night for all to discuss anything “Cloud” and is sponsored by Cisco, Microsoft, IBM, Intel, Hosting365, flexiscale, rightscale and emailcloud. Registration from 6pm and talks, discussion, food etc from 7pm-11pm.

Then the Cloud Computing Summit is on in Croke Park from Sep 22nd-23rd. There is a big line-up of speakers and yours truly will be on an end-user panel talking about our experiences with EC2 in LouderVoice. Sponsors include IBM, Eircom, ISA and the NDRC.

Facebook Garage Ireland in Belfast

admin 31st of August 2009 by admin

After the success of the Facebook Garage Ireland events in Dublin, we’re now heading out of Dublin.

First up is Belfast. The event is on Monday, October 12, 2009 from 3:00 PM at The Black Box, Hill St, Belfast

Thanks to Andy McMillan (twitter:goodonpaper) who is hosting/organizing the event. We also have great support from Elaine Thompson at InvestNI

If you’re interested in attending, participating, talking, etc please sign up and check the Facebook Page

Irish VC invests in entertainment retailer Xtra-Vision

admin 28th of August 2009 by admin

Is it 1999 ….

Birchhall Investments, a newly-created subsidiary of Irish investment group NCB Ventures, has acquired Xtra-vision from Blockbuster. Paidcontent has more details on the deal

A bricks & mortar type investment from an Irish VC

Job Opportunities within Web2Ireland Community

admin 28th of August 2009 by admin

Friday 28th August, 2009

@hatmedia We have an opening for a Social Media Specialist at Hat Media. Part time

cplsoultions web guru for a contract role with a large multinational who are launching a v1 of their new search engine

@hookhead Looking for a .Net Developer 4-5 years experience (preferably permanent)

Amazon Ireland are hiring Developers and Tech Operations folks.

Newbay are looking for developers

MeaningMine is looking for Java developer


If you have any vacancies send them onto us

FOWA offer for Web2Ireland readers

admin 28th of August 2009 by admin

Future of Web Apps is back in London to bring you sessions on the most successful web technologies and business trends of the future along with a chance to be up close and personal with industry professionals.

An event for up to 800 attendees – it’s the perfect place to learn, socialize and make connections. There will be tons going on including the FOWA fair, university sessions, FOWA party and one time only ‘Kevin & Gary Show’ hosted by Kevin Rose and Gary Vaynerchuk.

Speakers include Aza Raskin (Mozilla), Dustin Diaz (Twitter), Francisco Tomalsky (280 North) Lynne d Johnson (Fastcompany) and many more.

We are offering 15% off a 2 or 3 day pass to FOWA to the first 15 readers.

All you need to do is register using promo code: w2i-fowa

Check out the website for everything you need to know

RateMyArea Augments Your Reality

conor 27th of August 2009 by conor

Hugely impressed to hear the latest news from RateMyArea; they have created an augmented reality version using the the Layar Reality Browser which has been getting tons of attention in the tech press recently.

The idea behind augmented reality is that you look “through” your smartphone and it adds lots of contextual information to what you see based on your location and the direction you are pointing in. So for example a famous building will have Wikipedia information displayed.

Here’s a screenshot of the system in action:

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Their layer covers over 110,000 POIs (Point of Interest) across 400 different categories in the following cities: Dublin, Galway, Belfast, London, Brighton & Hove, Cardiff, Oxford, Swansea, Bristol and Edinburgh.

At the moment it is only available on Android devices (Oi! Vodafone, O2, Three, Meteor, where are the bloody Android phones already?!) but will be on iPhone 3GS in September.

With Layar and Wikitude launching in quick succession on Android, it’s going to be an exciting 12 months in the world of location based services.

Locle selected for leading industry event in San Francisco

admin 25th of August 2009 by admin

Locle, the location services enabler for social apps, is selected for GigaOm event, Mobilize 09

Locle has also recently launched its API, that allow 3rd parties to leverage our location platform for things like ‘where’s my nearest pub, nearest restaurant and which one of my friends has been there or has left a good review on another site’.

Locle are also announcing a major partnership with a leading social network in the coming weeks.

Traineeship programme for the digital media industry

admin 18th of August 2009 by admin

Interesting initiative from FAS and DMF

FAS and the Digital Media Forum are planning to pilot a Traineeship programme for the digital media industry in the autumn. The Traineeship will be piloted in Dublin with 20 FÁS participants and 20 companies as agreed with the Digital Media Forum.

The Digital Media Forum recently hosted a meeting of interested companies and FÁS made a presentation outlining the key components of the proposed programme. The target audience for the Traineeship is unemployed personnel who hold 3rd level qualifications in a range of disciplines such as: business management; law; human resources; marketing; sales; software development, have a minimum of 3 years post graduate experience and are in receipt of a Social Welfare payment. The purpose of the Traineeship is to up-skill participants with digital literacy and broad management skills which combined with their professional qualifications and experience will enable them to work with digital media companies. On completion of a 4 week training period in a FAS Training Centre, each course participant will be placed with a participating company for a period of 16 weeks structured work practice, during which time they will complete a company specific assignment as defined by the Company. The assignment should be outlined in the attached form.

If your company is located in Dublin and you wish to participate in the pilot you are invited to complete the attached information form and return it to FÁS before the 28th August 2009. All applications received will be forwarded to the Digital Media Forum. Companies will be selected on the basis of the first 20 companies to return the completed form. Therefore, only completed forms sent electronically can be accepted as this will provide a record of date of receipt.

The application needs to be returned to Colin Flaherty at on or before Friday, 28 August 2009. Participants will be chosen on a first come, first serve basis.

To download the Application Form:

Maxroam + Hostelworld = Lots of happy Travellers

admin 14th of August 2009 by admin

Two Irish companies announced deal with Global impact., the leading provider of online reservations to the budget, independent and youth travel market recently announced the launch of its Travel Store which includes the TravelnRoam mobile SIM powered by MAXRoam.

Now when travellers make bookings in over 20,000 hostels and budget hotels in 170 countries worldwide, they have the opportunity to further save on their travelling bills with a TravelnRoam mobile SIM.

Pat Phelan, Cubic Telecom CEO, makers of MAXRoam said: “We’re absolutely delighted to partner and align ourselves with, a massive online success and a brand that’s respected worldwide.

Everyone from business people to backpackers travel the world and TravelnRoam can be there on their phone saving them considerable amounts on their incoming and outgoing calls. If it’s making a business call or in a hostel in China taking a call from Mum back home, we’re there watching that bill for you.”

Santina Doherty, VP of Commercial Development at said We're excited to launch our partnership with TravelnRoam. is global market leader for hostel and budget accommodation and TravelnRoam will provide a winning solution to our customers when they travel and roam, reducing call costs and staying in touch.

Web2Ireland folks at Seedcamp

admin 13th of August 2009 by admin


Seedcamp 2009 application closes on Sunday, 23rd August, 2009

20 lucky startups get invited to Seedcamp week – which is an intensive week-long event held in London every September. Check out the list of top notch mentors/advisors/folks.

At the end of the week Seedcamp make a funding decision to invest up to €50K each in 5 teams for a small equity stake (5%-10%) which enables the teams to move to London for at least three months. The goal of this 3-month period is to help grow and nurture the teams by providing the same level of intensity and in-depth focus on developing the product and business.

No doubt we’ll see loads of Irish folks involved in Seedcamp 2009 – Apply Now