The Irish Software Association (ISA) are hosting a networking event with Pagemill Partners, a Silicon Valley based M&A and investment bank, in Dublin in 3 weeks time.

This seminar & networking event will take place, in Google Docks on Barrow Street, on Thursday 27th February @ 6pm.


The event is targeted at Founders/CEO’s/CFOs – is open to non-member technology companies – however priority will be given to members of the ISA & ICT Ireland.

Demand is expected to be high for this unique event, so you should book this event sooner rather than later, to ensure you secure one of the limited places.




If your company produces or has access to large quantities of data and is faced with significant technical challenges, a targeted Big Data Research Project could be for you.

Data is the raw material of our information age.  Companies across many sectors are looking at Big Data – from financial services to fighting cancer, from telecommunications to traffic congestion, from entertainment to energy supply and from media to manufacturing.

It is estimated that data collected and generated by companies and governments is growing by approximately 40% per year. Global companies that smartly leverage this data have created significant value; estimates suggest 4% higher productivity, 6% higher profitability, and up to 50% greater market share.

The Irish Government’s Action Plan for Jobs 2013 has identified “Big Data” as one of the areas where Ireland has distinct advantages compared to other countries.  The Government believes our skills base and research capability in ICT has the potential to reap substantial benefits in terms of jobs and growth from the global expansion of the “Big Data” sector.

Ireland has been and continues to invest heavily in research capability that services Big Data needs.  Just some examples the research capabilities include:
•    The INSIGHT Centre – The National Centre for Data Analytics
•    CeADAR – Centre for Applied Data Analytics Research
•    ICHEC – The Irish Centre for High-End Computing
•    TSSG – Telecommunications Software & Systems Group (TSSG)
•    DERI - Digital Enterprise Research Institute

Enterprise Ireland’s Innovation Partnership Programme can provide up to 80% of the cost of a research project, to work with the research groups named above and others in Irish research institutions, on a Big Data project defined by your company, to help your company.  Projects funded through this call could serve as examples of the potential of this technology area and encourage further collaborations.

Big Data – Next Steps for your company

To discuss how a Big Data project could transform you business, please complete the Big Data Call for Expression of Interest. Closing date for Expression of Interest by companies is Friday 27th September, 2013.

For more information please click here or contact:

Declan McGee, Programme Manager, Innovation Partnership Programme


Is your company thinking of targeting San Francisco/Silicon Valley in the next two years? You should consider participating in the Access Silicon Valley Programme Boot Camp in Dublin, September 23-25th. Enterprise Ireland will be accepting applications until August 9th. Learn more and apply at

 Access Silicon Valley Programme
Enterprise Ireland has designed a 3 phase programme which will challenge and support participating companies to validate their business model and test its viability for the Silicon Valley market:

 Phase One: You will be asked to complete an online assessment followed by a video call with the programme provider US Market Access Center (USMAC)  to evaluate your product or service offering and product market fit.

 Phase Two: A three day intensive and interactive boot camp to be held in Dublin on 23-25 September, 2013 and delivered by USMAC. The boot camp will focus on helping participants to understand the unique corporate culture of Silicon Valley, business model validation, pitch perfection and generating meetings with potential prospective customers, partners and/or investors. Participants are given the opportunity to test and perfect their pitching skills and will be assessed on delivering their pitch.

 Phase Three: Companies will be assessed on their readiness to progress to Phase 3 which involves:
Post boot camp mentoring
Developing a Mission Statement for US Itinerary
10 day US Itinerary

 10 day US Itinerary: (November 2013), USMAC mentors will schedule a number of meetings with relevant industry contacts, insiders and experts who will provide you with valuable feedback on the suitability of your product or service to the Valley marketplace.  You will also have the opportunity to pitch at a networking event and obtain feedback on the pitch and on meetings attended. Incubation space will be provided for the duration of your visit.



Enterprise Ireland’s annual Big Ideas Showcase  will soon be on our doorstep, taking place in the Aviva Stadium this September. Since its debut in 2009, this event is one not to be missed! Each year, inventors and investors from across the country come together and showcase the innovations of the future.

At the event, 22 presenters will demonstrate their creations – it is these inventions that will become the products, services and technologies of the future and will eventually become part of our day to day lives. Each year, this event has gone from strength to strength, attracting the great minds of Ireland’s most talented inventors. All with extraordinary portfolios and backgrounds, the big ideas demonstrated this year are sure to impress. Those attending this year will have a lot to look forward to with inventions that can:

- Improve the memory of those in residential care
- Turn any surface into a white board
- Allow you to find and buy a fashion item by taking a picture of it
- Extract thrombus from patients who present with Deep Vein Thrombosis
- Ensure seamless browsing for online businesses

To view the profiles of this years “Big Ideas” click here.

This is only a taster of the level of innovation that will be displayed at the event – from cloud computing to healthcare, sectors across the board will be represented. The inventions showcased will exhibit the vast amount creativity that is happening throughout the country.

The success of the Technology Transfer Strengthening Initiative (TTSI) has become more and more evident. Working together, Enterprise Ireland and the publicly funded Research Performing Organisations have built over 130 spin-out companies and licensed over 500 technologies to industry. At Big Ideas 2013, the latest range of new technologies will be unveiled to potential investors and industry partners. Just like previous years the event will be attended by a wide range of stakeholders. Angel and Venture Capital investors, entrepreneurs and business development executives from multinational and Irish companies who want to preview the very latest technologies emerging from Irish research – all in one place (Aviva Stadium) on one day (Wednesday 25th September).

At the event, each inventor will give a presentation on their technology as a way of pitching to potential investors and business partners. They will illustrate their invention, what it’s about and how it works. Their presentations are an attempt to grab the attention of over 300 potential investors and business partners. From this point, effective, prosperous business partnerships will have the opportunity to bloom – giving the inventors the perfect platform to take their inventions to the next level. Business partners will then get the opportunity to meet with these inventors, express their interest and decide on the next step. The Aviva will turn into an innovation hub – with ideas shared, connections made, hands shook and plans made, it is guaranteed to be a hive of activity.

Big inventions, big investments… Big Ideas. It’s all happening on 25th September, make sure you don’t miss out!

For more information please visit or email:




A revolution is upon us – Intelligent Systems are all around us and they are changing our world in profound and exciting ways. Mobile, social, cloud and big data technologies are converging, creating an explosion of information access and usage.

The Intelligent Systems Summit 2013 provides an exclusive business-to-business platform to share, network and engage in a focused interactive environment with IT industry peers, senior executives, government officials, senior decision makers, IT leaders and internationally recognized academic experts in the area of Intelligent Systems.

The organisers invite Irish companies to take an exhibition stand in the demo area.  This is free to EI clients.  Other exhibitors include Intel, The New York Stock Exchange, CoderDojo, Here & Now, Northern Ireland Science Park, Citroen Ireland (Intelligent Car Systems), The Nerve Centre, G-Tech Medial Technologies, Invest NI, and many more.

Any exhibitors that are demonstrating IT / Tech systems are welcome.

Please go to for all the latest details and email Adrian Hopkins at to register interest in exhibiting.




Aislinn Mahon explains how The New Market Entrants Team is currently supporting some of Enterprise Ireland’s most exciting and forward thinking music technology start-ups.

The New Market Entrants Team in the UK office is running an exciting event to highlight the level of innovation present amongst the strong cluster of fast growth music technology start up companies in Ireland.

The Global Digital Music Industry

The global music industry is adapting to the digital age at an accelerated rate, and new models for creating, consuming and accessing music are constantly being introduced into new markets. This digital landscape provides both opportunities and challenges for record labels, producers and artists. The Internet makes the distribution of music faster and easier to access, but issues of piracy have risen here. There is a strong feeling in the industry that artists should be rewarded financially for their work in the digital environment, just as they have always been in the physical world.

Ones to Watch

We know that Ireland is home to some of the most exciting and forward thinking music technology start-ups that are focused on driving opportunity and addressing the challenges faced by the music industry. Thought leading companies such as 45sound, Seevl, Whole World Band, Soundwave Analytics, Mobanode, Huggity, Riffstation and Ticketfriend are but a few of our shining stars.

Kevin Godley, Founder and John Holland, CEO of Whole World Band

Kevin Godley, Founder and John Holland, CEO of Whole World Band

The Innovation in Music Technology Showcase is being run by The New Market Entrants Team at the end of May in Dublin. Leading UK music technology representatives from companies such as Mobile Roadie, MINT Digital and Music Ally will hear about the impact of digital technology on the future of the music industry and learn about new ways of driving revenue in their business in the surroundings of The Sugar Club, one of Dublin’s most creative music venues. Topics on the day will range from digital fan engagement strategies to collaborative content creation and music discovery to mobile festivals.

Cathal Furey, CEO of 45sound, pictured in the company's brand new office on South William St, Dublin

Cathal Furey, CEO of 45sound, pictured in the company’s brand new office on South William St, Dublin

Watch this Space!

In the UK, digital revenues stand at one third of music industry income – an important statistic when one considers that this surpasses those of other creative industries (e.g. film, books and newspapers). There is a mood of optimism in the UK music industry, and Enterprise Ireland sees this as an end market opportunity for our client companies to capitalise on.

Contribute to the conversation #IrishMusicTech.

For more information on Enterprise Ireland’s activity in the UK music industry, contact Aislinn Mahon @ or connect with her @ Aislinn_Mahon.



Product Camp Dublin is a free un-conference for Product Managers and Product Marketers.

In the spirit of BarCamp, Product Camp Dublin is a collaborative, user organized unconference, focused on Product Management and Marketing topics.

At Product Camp Dublin there are no “attendees,” since everyone participates in some manner: This means you get to present, lead a roundtable discussion, share your experiences, help with logistics, help secure sponsorships, or volunteer.

Product Camp Dublin is a great opportunity for you to learn from, teach to, and network with professionals involved in the Product Management, Marketing, and Development process!

This year Product Camp Dublin will be held on 13th June 2013 in DIT Aungier Street.

You can register here to attend and to keep up to date with progress on our plans.

Follow us @ProductCampDub on Twitter





The Second National Conference on Cloud Computing and Commerce (NC4) is a free national conference on cloud computing and commerce taking place on Tuesday, 16th April at Dublin City University. The conference comprises three sessions, 8 tracks and a plenary featuring presentations and panel discussions from over 30 business leaders and experts on cloud computing. Attendees are welcome to register for individual tracks and/or the plenary.

The conference is organised by Techspectations  and the Irish Centre for Cloud Computing and Commerce both located at DCU Business School. The event brings together industry and academic experts to discuss how cloud technologies can address business problems and drive value. NC4 is designed to raise further awareness of the role that cloud computing can play in helping to drive economic growth, support job creation and to deliver savings and efficiencies in the public and private sector in Ireland.

For more information and to register, please go to:

Session 1 (0930 – 1050)

Track 1: Scaling the Cloud
Track 2: Towards a Dependable Cloud

Session 2 (1115 – 1245)
Track 3: Interoperability in Cloud Computing

Track 4: Data Security and Authentication in the Cloud

Session 3 (1400 – 1530)
Track 5: Getting Started in the Cloud
Track 6: Enterprise Mobility
Track 7: Selling the Cloud
Track 8: Cloud as a Competitive Advantage

Plenary (1600 – 1800, Mahony Hall, The Helix)


This is a guest post from Denise Fay of AchieveMarketing, one of the organisers of Dojo Conf 2013. Dojo Conf is a meetup aimed at new and existing Coder Dojo Mentors.

Enterprise Ireland proud to have sponsored James Whelton as he started CoderDojo , and is proud to support the Mentor meetup as part of ItsHappeningHere, highlighting the thousands of available jobs in the tech industry.

People at client companies who want to share their tech skills and mentor at CoderDojo are enouraged to drop a line to

Founded as a volunteer-led club for providing free and open learning in programming technology to young people, the global CoderDojo movement now has over 180 CoderDojos in 23 countries where kids can have fun learning to code in a safe environment. Mentors have taught over 16,000 children the joy of programming and coding.

The CoderDojo phenomenon relies on the voluntary work of mentors. DojoCon is the only international conference aimed at mentors and potential mentors. Now, in its second year DojoCon 2013 will provide mentors from across the globe the opportunity to exchange new ideas, explore cutting-edge technologies and share ideas on sustaining and strengthening the CoderDojo movement when the conference runs on April 12th.

James Whelton gets some practice in for DojoConf 2013 Slane

Bringing mentors together in one place is the aim of the conference organising team. As  CoderDojo  has  come through an amazing growth phase , to make it sustainable, we need to share what works, while keeping the buzz that has made it so successful.

Diverse Keynote Speakers

This year, the conference has a number of distinguished keynote speakers. These include Ireland’s own Jerry Kennelly, an award-winning entrepreneur who started as a photojournalist in Co. Kerry and sold his company (Stockbyte) when it had grown to over 10 per cent of the market for Royalty free photo’s worldwide.  Jerry will share his passion for IT in education and the work he is doing with schools country-wide.

Another keynote will be Bill Liao, co-founder of CoderDojo and an early investor in the social networking site XING.  As Bill recently told the EU Parliament “The World has a shortage of Coders”.  Bill will be speaking on how CoderDojo can help fix this, in the process inspiring a new generation of programmers to create apps and websites limited only by their imaginations.

A capstone talk will come from Kimberly Bryant of Black Girls Code. Flying in from the US, she will be sharing her experiences about gender balance in coding and discuss the sensation that is a complementary club to CoderDojo.


The Informative Schedule

This year’s schedule will feature more than 12 formal and 10 informal sessions with talks covering three main streams. The first stream is Education which will discus new techniques and how CoderDojo differs from the school approach. The second is Technology where mentors will learn about Advanced Scratch, robotics, gaming, audio and more. The third stream is Running a Dojo with tips and ideas on starting and sustaining a Dojo. In addition, there will be a number of panel discussions on mentoring and collaborating both locally and globally.


Ignite on Friday Night

New for 2013, DojoCon is kickstarting the conference on Friday night with a series of ‘Ignite talks’. These fast paced talks in an informal setting will set the scene for the weekend. Over a dozen thinkers, coders and educators will have 5 minutes to inspire fellow mentors.

Drogheda on the Boyne offers the perfect opening location for DojoCo. The river Boyne, where once the Salmon of Knowledge swam, provides the ideal backdrop of the venue for the Friday night Ignite talks. Inspiration and shared experienced will feature heavily in Bru Bar Bistro.


The conference is organised by a core group of volunteers from CoderDojo in Drogheda, Dundalk, Navan, and the Science Gallery, Dublin. The whole team of organisers are really excited about having Dojos from California to Belgium and New York City to Sweden in Drogheda for the weekend. We hope it will attract more software professionals in this area and in all towns around the country to volunteer or start a Dojo and help more kids learn how to code.

If you’re interested in becoming a mentor or finding out more, visit the DojoCon2013 website for more information –



Posted by Andrew Peet on 5 February, 2013 in Cloud Computing | Innovation | Saas | Software | Uncategorized - (Be the first to comment)

The Irish Centre for Cloud Computing and Commerce is a government funded research centre based in DCU Business School, in collaboration with AIT & UCC, the centre has been established to support Irish companies operating or intending to operate in the cloud domain.

As part of the centre’s work we are conducting a short survey around Cloud Readiness of Irish companies.

A summary of the survey outputs & analysis will be made available to all participants, against which you may be able to benchmark your organisation.  We would greatly welcome your participation in the survey using the following link.



For further information on the survey please contact



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