Archive for the ‘Events’ Category

PyCon Ireland on this Saturday and Sunday

conor 3rd of October 2011 by conor

I just heard about the PyCon Ireland conference that is on next weekend in the Radisson Blu, Golden Lane, Dublin. Looks like a great line-up of speakers on all things Python. I’m particularly interested in the “Introduction to MongoDB and PyMongo” by Brendan McAdams of 10gen.

In case you hadn’t heard, 10gen is also opening an office in Dublin next month. Time to make Dublin the NoSQL capital of Europe? :-)


Get Your Start-Up in Front of Everyone at Dublin Web Summit

conor 23rd of August 2011 by conor

This really is top news from Dublin Web Summit and Enterprise Ireland.

25 start-ups will be able to exhibit at the #DWS Startup Zone for only €550 each! That’s down from €4,470 list.

What are you waiting for? Do it.

First Cork Coder Dojo Session

conor 17th of July 2011 by conor

The first Coder Dojo is opening on the Saturday 23rd of July at the National Software Centre, Mahon, Cork. Registration is from 11am to 12pm and the session will run from 1pm to 5pm.

They will be looking at the basics of coding in HTML and CSS and then having an open coding session.

It’s open to all ages and all levels of experience, just register here online .

Head on over to their blog for more info.

Note that they are also looking for volunteers and spaces in Galway and Limerick as well.

OpenData Challenge – Time to flex those developer muscles

conor 16th of June 2011 by conor

And do something useful for the community/country.

NDRC’s Inventorium is running Ireland's First Open Data 18 Hour Challenge.

NDRC, Crane St, Digital Hub, Dublin 8
Monday 4 July – Starts: 12.00, Finishes: 21.00
Tuesday 5 July – Starts: 09.00, Finishes: 21.00

Register Here

I absolutely love seeing this happen. Looking forward to seeing some great apps.

Dublin Web Summit Start-up Competition – €40k – Nice.

conor 2nd of June 2011 by conor

Who doesn’t remember last year’s Spark of Genius Competition won by Data Hug which resulted in major publicity for the guys. We’re all looking forward to it coming out of private beta.

Well DWS is at it again, this time with ESB Electric Ireland, and they have a €40k prize fund of cash and services.

2011 judges include Brian Caulfield of DFJ, Shay Garvey of Delta and Mark Roden of Ezetop. Shortlisted companies will pitch at the Dublin Web Summit on October 27th.

Applications will open from June 10th and we’ll let you know here when they do.

Submit your Mobile App to the European Startup 2.0 Competition

conor 23rd of May 2011 by conor

The Startup 2.0 Competition has been around for a few years now and has always bubbled up some interesting companies that are not on the usual tech blog circuit. This year is all about Mobile and they are looking for the best Mobile Startups and Apps across Europe.

The process is very simple:

  1. Submit your entry here
  2. An international jury and Internet users will vote for the best 5 mobile apps
  3. On June, 17th the 5 best startups will present their projects at the Nonick Conference in Bilbao and people will vote to select the winner.

Disclosure: I’m one of the jury members.

There is so much happening in mobile in Ireland right now, it would be fantastic for those apps to get a wider audience.

Two Decks from Facebook Garage

conor 5th of March 2011 by conor

Here are two of the Decks that were presented at the recent Facebook Garage in Gateway Ireland.


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IIA Event About Selling More Online

conor 1st of March 2011 by conor

Excuse the blatant pimping but I thought it was worth mentioning the IIA Event that is on this Thursday afternoon in the Burlington in Dublin. It’s called “8 More Ways to Sell Even More Stuff” and the focus is on Content, Analysis and Store Format.

Yours truly is one of the speakers with my LouderVoice hat on and I’ll be digging into how Customer Reviews are the lynchpin of Social Commerce.

To be absolutely brutal about it, Ireland is years behind the US and UK in the adoption of newer approaches around e-commerce. I hope the material at this event will make a lot of people wake up to the possibilities.

If you are already selling online or you are thinking about it, then you will hear about what is important now and in the next two years. At €99.99 (€79.99 for IIA Members), it’s a steal.

Next #DWS Dublin Web Summit on March 8th

conor 21st of February 2011 by conor

The Dublin Web Summit events just go from strength to strength. The next one is coming soon on March 8th in Trinity College.

Some of the seriously impressive speakers they have lined up include:

  • Stefan Glaenzer, Founder of
  • Ben Parr, Editor of Mashable
  • Dan Cobley, Google’s Director of European Marketing
  • Terry Clune, Founder of
  • Jerry Kennelly, Founder of Stockbyte
  • John Hearne, Founder of Curam Software
  • James Whelton, Hacker of iPod Nano

In addition to the main event there is also a Startup Bootcamp during the day and networking drinks afterwards.

Discounted tickets are available to DWS for startups / students and developers. Contact for details

Don’t forget there is a Pub Summit this Thursday night in The Odeon. Sign-up is on Eventbrite.

Facebook Garage Round-up and Pics/Videos

conor 11th of February 2011 by conor

The Facebook Garage on Wednesday was an absolute thrill to be a part of. We had 140 sign-ups so, using our normal measures around free events, we expected 50-60. In fact it peaked at over 90 people! Luckily the lovely Gateway Ireland building was easily able to accommodate everyone.

We have a bunch of people to thank:

  • Louise Byrne from Gateway Ireland who took care of absolutely everything. It wouldn’t have happened without her
  • John McColgan for giving us the use of the building
  • Niamh Walsh and Will Peat who helped Louise throughout the day
  • Alan Duggan for helping to control the flood of arrivals
  • Colm Doyle and the Facebook Ireland crew for all their support and the schwag
  • Brynn Holland, Julia Lam and the Facebook US crew for all of their support and the Garage Pack
  • Everyone for turning up
  • And of course…..

The Speakers:

The Garage opened with Richard Delevan of BetaPond talking about Facebook Places


This was followed by Ben Arent and Jonathan Siegel providing insights into the the challenges around different sign-up flows and abandonment on RightRental.


Then we had David Johnston from OWJO talking about f-Commerce and in-Tab stores.


Sebastien Sicot from Bluecube Interactive gave some genuinely surprising stats on competitions, engagement and incentives.


Sean O’Sullivan from Rococo Software talked about Local Social and how proximity adds a layer of personalisation to location


Finally Colm Doyle from Facebook gave a run-down on Places, Credits and the latest news on the Platform. Of course if we’d had the Garage on Thursday we’d have been there all night with questions on the changes to Pages :-)

As I said at the end of the event, we want as wide a range of people speaking at the Garages as possible. Whether you are a lone developer or a large company doing interesting, useful or fun things on the Facebook Platform, we want to hear you speak.

Why not contact now if you think you’d like to speak at the next Garage.

The plan in 2011 was to do one Garage per Quarter but the feedback on Wednesday was that you want them more often. So we’ll aim to have the next one much sooner. Keep an eye on Web2Ireland.