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Hack and craic at PorterShed!

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Sandra Gannon IBM, Ken Coogan IBM, Keith Griffin CISCO, Paddy Medley ITAG, and Louise Glavey, IBM, at the launch of Ireland's first IBM Watson IoT hackathon. Photo: Andrew Downes, Xposure.

Galway’s pioneering PorterShed is the venue for Ireland’s first ever internet of things ‘hackathon’.

The weekend event takes place in the new hub of Galway’s innovation district, from October 7 to 9.

Sixty participants will learn how to build solutions on IBM Watson, the world’s leading cognitive IoT platform, utilising Cisco’s secure IoT technology, and gain access to the VT Network which connects Ireland’s internet of things.

Business and technical experts will be on hand to help participants develop their ideas through user-centric design, software and hardware prototyping, and pitching to a panel of industry thought leaders.

Prizes will be awarded to the best overall IoT project, best edge IoT project, and best citizen scientist project.

The weekend is not all about hard work. There will be lots of prizes, food, giveaways, and the occasional beer to help the creative processs!

And if hackers want to burn the midnight oil, they can bring a sleeping bag and crash at the PorterShed.

The competition is aimed at people who are interested in developing a cognitive IoT solution, it is open to domain experts, as well as developers and technologists.

For more information and registration details, see http://ibm.biz/porterhack

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Local Ireland welcomes move to 0% VAT for news publishers

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Local Ireland, the association representing 32 weekly paid-for newspapers around the country, has welcomed the decision by the Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe to remove VAT on newspapers.

President of Local Ireland Declan McGuire said: “This is a very important move for news publishers.

“Zero per cent VAT will allow local newspapers around Ireland to invest in journalism and in the transition to new digital business models.

“News publishers have faced a series of major challenges over recent years, most recently the huge increases in the cost of newsprint. This move will help support jobs in the industry and sustain the quality of our service to readers.

“We very much appreciate this endorsement by Government for the valuable role we play in our communities and the public service content we provide.

“I would like to thank the Minister for Finance and the Minister for Public Expenditure and all the Ministers, TDs and Senators from across the political spectrum who have given their support to our campaign to end VAT on journalism.”

Executive Director of Local Ireland Bob Hughes said: “Local news publishers are the lifeblood of the communities they serve. Along with our national colleagues represented by NewsBrands Ireland, we play a vital role in Ireland’s democracy.

“Today’s decision will protect the future of trusted, professional journalism in Ireland against the tide of global disinformation that threatens to undermine healthy democratic debate and analysis.”

 

 

 

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Galway call-out with entries now open for Guaranteed Irish Business Awards

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Pictured at the launch of the Guaranteed Irish Business Awards are Patrick Farrell,Retail Banking Director, Permanent TSB; Michael Jackson, Managing Partner, Matheson; broadcaster Anton Savage, and Christina Conlon, Marketing Manager, Guaranteed Irish.

Guaranteed Irish has announced the launch of the 2023 Guaranteed Irish Business Awards, celebrating the best of locally based businesses in recognition of their contribution to business in the country.

The Awards – back after their inaugural year – aim to put the spotlight on local businesses that have made a commitment to support local jobs and contribute to local communities across the country.

The event, which will be MCed by broadcaster Anton Savage, will take place at an awards luncheon in The Shelbourne Hotel on Tuesday, March 14 2023.

“Guaranteed Irish has been supporting businesses in Ireland for almost 50 years and is recognised as the national symbol for trust in business and provenance,” explained Brid O’Connell, CEO of Guaranteed Irish.

“It’s important to celebrate the best of homegrown businesses as well as firms that have chosen to operate locally here in Ireland. Through the Guaranteed Irish licensed symbol, consumers identify businesses that build local supply chains, support local jobs, and embrace sustainable business practices.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Galway firm thrives through Covid

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Richard Watson, Managing Partner, Furthr VC; and Michael Furey, CEO, Ronspot, announcing that Furthr VC has led a €1.1M investment in Ronspot.

A Galway company described as an all-in-one space management solution for businesses – and which bucked the trend to thrive during the Covid pandemic – has announced a major investment in its operation by an international venture capitalist.

Ronspot, founded five years ago by CEO Michael Furey as a corporate parking management solution, quickly evolved into a three-in-one proposition to manage desking, parking spaces, and meeting rooms for businesses.

This in turn allowed them to easily manage their hybrid workplace and save time on administration, scheduling, staff queries, and real-estate costs.

When the pandemic hit and the world came to a standstill, Ronspot’s parking product and market expansion was put on hold – but, in response, the company pivoted to desk management, creating a system to help manage office desks.

And that allowed the team – based at the ATU (former GMIT) Innovation Hub – to turn a monumental challenge into a massive opportunity to expand and grow the company.

The next step in that process was unveiled last week when Furthr VC announced that it has led a €1.1m investment round in the hybrid workplace management platform, Ronspot.

The investment, which also included funding from the Halo Business Angel Network (HBAN) and Enterprise Ireland, will help Ronspot to expand its team and scale globally.

Ronspot’s cloud-based application enables users to book car and bicycle parking, hot desks and meeting rooms, as well as manage visitor requirements and other resources including lockers – all on one unified mobile app. Users can see real-time availability, as well as the bookings of their colleagues.

Ronspot CEO Michael Furey explained that modern organisations were acutely aware of the need to provide flexible hybrid working solutions in order to retain and attract talent.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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