Thursday, 1 December 2016

Cork’s Technology Network Announce the Winner of Inaugural TY App Development Programme

Teams of Transition Year students from schools across Cork presented their Apps to judges as part of the final of the CEIA’s App development programme – SySTEM. Based on the logic of George Boole, SySTEM required teams of students to develop an App for a game incorporating the true and false values of Boolean logic. Following careful deliberation, the CEIA – Cork’s technology network – today (Thursday) announced Glanmire Community College from as overall winner for their app ‘Are you codding me?’.

The App created by Glanmire Community College, ‘Are You Codding Me?’, is an educational reflex game that teaches the user about the dangers of overfishing in Ireland. The game has 5 different fish species that resemble endangered fish in Ireland. If the user catches an endangered fish, they receive a negative score – but if they catch a common fish they receive a positive score.

“We would like to congratulate team Glanmire Community College on their win today. SySTEM is a new programme for us in the CEIA, and we are absolutely thrilled with the standard of our finalists. Teams were asked to create their App using the MIT App Inventor – a beginner’s introduction to programming and app creation that transforms code into visual, drag-and-drop building blocks,” said Dr Eamon Connolly, Electrical and Electronic Engineering Promotion Officer, CEIA.

Colasite an Chraiobhin, Fermoy took home an award for best functionality for their App ‘SkyClimb’, while Colaiste an Chroi Naofa, Carraig Na Bhfear ‘PebbleBlast’ won best marketing plan. Students from St Brogans College in Bandon took home the award for best design for their App ‘Paddy’s Panic Run’.

“Each team had to create a game concept and assign roles to team members including project manager, app developer, graphic designer and sales and marketing. I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate all of the participating teams, each one showed excellent skill and creativity in the development of their Apps,” he added.

The CEIA provided training workshops for participating teachers and students over the course of the programme on Programming, Design, project management and presentation skills, as well as individual team mentors from companies including Johnson Controls, CIX, Horner APG, Cork Training Centre, CIT Boston Scientific and Tyndall National Institute. Each industry mentor provided their team with support and industry knowledge from the beginning of the App development programme, right up to the competition final.

“This is the first year of the programme and the level of interest we have had from schools and teachers, but also from industry, has been incredible. We would like to sincerely thank our incredible industry mentors for devoting their time and energy to the programme over the past 12 weeks. We would also like to thank our judges – Brian English, Head of Software Development, Robiac Technologies; Michelle Donovan, Chief Operations Officer at Voxtake and Harry Moran, 17-year old tech entrepreneur, for their time and dedication to the programme,” said Valerie Cowman, Skills and Education Chair of the CEIA.

“Coding has never been so important and we think that SySTEM is a fantastic and innovative way of showcasing IT, STEM and engineering as exciting and interesting career options to the next generation. Due to the phenomenal success of the programme, we hope to expand it even further next year to include even more schools,” she added.

The CEIA Skills and Education Group promotes STEM education to students from the ages of 10-18 through programmes such as the SySTEM App competition, CANSAT competition, maths tutorials linked to the leaving cert curriculum, Discover Science workshops and other events. Further information is available on the CEIA website

Wednesday, 30 November 2016

Irish Firms head to CleanTech Conference

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Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade Charles Flanagan TD is today (Wednesday 30th November) leading an Enterprise Ireland Trade Visit to Lyon focussed on the high potential Cleantech sector. There he will lend his support to the seven Enterprise Ireland clients participating at Pollutec, one of the world’s largest cleantech exhibitions.

The objective of the Minister’s visit is to raise the profile of Ireland’s cleantech capabilities amongst key buyers in France and particular in the Rhône Alpes Auvergne Region.

Minister Flanagan’s visit to Pollutec and his participation in the Enterprise Ireland networking event will boost the work of these seven Irish suppliers to make new high-level French business contacts in the biomass, renewables and cleantech sectors.

Grant Engineering, Offaly; Galu, Kildare; Airsynergy, Longford; Greentech Biofuels, Kildare; FLI Group, Waterford; Ecocem Ireland, Dublin and Tricel, Kerry will be present in Lyon.

This trade visit is part of the Enterprise Ireland France strategy to develop business in the French Regions for Irish companies in addition to the broader Enterprise Ireland drive to increase the export market penetration and diversification of Irish companies post Brexit.

In 2015, Enterprise Ireland clients generated €0.914Bn in exports to France.

Tuesday, 29 November 2016

VoxPro to add 400 new jobs

Image result for voxproVoxpro, Ireland’s largest international provider of customer experience, technical support and sales operations solutions, is delighted to announce the creation of 400 new jobs, alongside the launch of a new, state of the art Dublin office located in the Silicon Docks.

This announcement will see Voxpro’s total number of jobs in Ireland grow to over 2,000 and 3,000 globally over the next 12-18 months, highlighting the rapid growth and expansion of the company which has grown fivefold over the last 3 years. The new office based in Dublin’s Point Village has been built to compete with the standards, capacity and design of Voxpro’s partners’ offices, many of which are located nearby in the Dublin Docklands area.

“After an exceptional year of growth for Voxpro, we are very pleased to open this new, progressive base in Dublin. We partner closely with some of the best known tech companies in the world to deliver exceptional and beautiful customer experiences. This new location facilitates our active expansion, while continuing to exceed the world-class standards demanded of us”, noted Voxpro CEO and co-founder, Dan Kiely.

“This rapid growth for Voxpro, which is due to expansion of existing partners and our growing number of new partners in the FinTech and IoT areas, is testament to the quality of service and talent displayed by our wonderful employees, both here in Ireland and in our other international offices - it’s our people and our culture that provides the point of difference in the experiences we provide.”

We continue to be inspired by the disruptive innovators that we work with, who are changing the world and going after the parts of the internet yet to be built. As our partners scale and evolve, we engineer the world’s best customer experiences, optimising their ability to compete, grow and conquer.”

Speaking about the launch and new jobs announced today, Minister for Housing, Planning & Local Government, Simon Coveney TD, has this to say, “I’m delighted to be part of this announcement of 400 jobs by Voxpro today in their new office. Companies like Voxpro are pioneering leaders in their industry and their dedication to growing their presence here in Ireland is fantastic to see. I want to wish them the very best of luck with their new office and future plans”.

Voxpro also recently announced the strategic appointment of two new senior executive team members. Brian Hannon as Chief Commercial Officer and Christina Kenny as Chief People Officer. Also joining as an Advisor to the company is Soundwave CEO and lead on bots and AI at Spotify, Brendan O’Driscoll.