Saturday, 10 March 2012

The Irish at SXSW 2012

As much as Silicon Ireland News would have loved to go to this years SXSW 2012 event, we just could not manage it, after many events on the trot.

We however were thrilled to get so much feedback from our followers and readers of our blog and twitter, about the Irish entrants.

Enterprise Ireland has again managed to pull a wide range of Irish technology companies to SXSW to showcase the many benefits of being in Ireland.

Someone commented that it was as if Enterprise Ireland was 'everywhere to everyone', at the moment, and in some cases that is true. But what it shows the the determination of the Irish Government to focus efforts and showcase all that is good and great in Ireland at the moment.

If nothing else its like a massive roadshow that says ' hey, look at us, see we are still going and look what we got to show you!' Now of course there is criticism by many that says that Government agencies cannot possibly do the job of say private organisations like ITLG, well in some ways we agree, but at least there is a positive message coming from one sector of the government and it says, 'Ireland open for business'.

On another positive side, Northern Ireland also has a strong contingent at the event. You can follow info on the companies and individuals involved - here

Here are some of the companies attending SXSW - (Selection from North and South)

LocalSocial enables retailers and business owners to create hyperlocal offers and promotions that users can access on their smartphones when they are “in the store”. It tracks loyalty, rewards users with points “for just coming in”, and provides detailed analytics on user behaviour, including visits, offers of interest, and social profile.

Trust5 is an Irish based company that has been involved in mobile development for over ten years. For the last four years the primary focus of the company has been on the provision of managed mobile games services, offering a fully hosted and managed content delivery platform for mobile games. Trust5 is continuing to develop new services in the mobile and social games market and will launch the T5Live Games platform in early 2012.

CKSK is an award winning full service digital agency dedicated to developing truly innovative and creative platforms that create ongoing engagement with consumers through the possibilities of technology. Established in 2006 and based in the heart of Dublin city and now with offices in Dublin, Amsterdam, Poland and New York. We are surrounded by a constantly evolving and growing landscape which inspires us an a daily basis. A passionate and close team, we are constantly inspired and excited by the possibilities of the digital medium.

Zartis helps small and medium sized companies find and hire great talent. Users can easily create a custom careers site without any programming. Jobs can be published to free jobs boards like; as well as twitter and facebook. Zartis can also be integrated with any WordPress site or cut and pasting a few lines of html inserts jobs into the company web site. When candidates apply for a role their details are stored in a secure online talent pool. It’s free for small businesses. It’s in 13 languages. We love it and we think you will too.

VendorShop enables businesses to launch a store on Facebook. No technical knowledge is required and you can be up and running in a matter of minutes. Most importantly, our tools leverage a fan’s social network to turbo charge the discovery process and drive a real return from their Facebook activities. Simply, we make social commerce happen.

iGuide is an innovative mobile and web enabled framework, providing businesses with a cost effective dynamic marketing tool, allowing for the promotion of their products through numerous creative mobile and web based initiatives. We specialize in mobile and web content management solutions for Business Improvement Districts (BID’s) worldwide.

Storyful is the first news agency of the social media age. We give news professionals the power to discover, verify and deliver the most valuable social media content.

Studio Rua is an agile design and development house that creates great web apps in php and ruby. We are highly passionate about User Experience and the ability to access content across multiple devices.

Relevenz is an interactive social calendar which lets you: 1. Share relevant plans with people who matter to you 2. Be informed of local offers, products and services that are relevant to you Make requests for products or services you want The application will be launched shortly on iPhone and Android devices and will roll out to other moblie platforms in 2012. The company was founded in 2011 by David Moran and Stephen Oman in Dublin, Ireland.

Over the past ten years, Dublin based Kavaleer Productions have steadily been building a reputation for themselves as one of the most savvy and talented studios on the block. The studio has crafted a niche that sees it recognized internationally as a creator of award –winning film and television projects on one hand, a trusted provider of animation, interactive and design services on the other.

billfaster is online accounting software as a service that provides startups, freelancers and SMBs the fastest way to account for their business. 7 second invoicing, 3 second expense tracking and automated accounting enables its users to be up and running straight away. Free version includes unlimited invoicing and clients, with premium versions providing reporting, CRM and inventory management. It differs from other systems by being “simple by example” where organisations have invoiced and received payments within 4 minutes of sign up. The key to billfaster is providing simple yet highly functional software to support businesses globally. Used In over 70 countries, billfaster is helping thousands of businesses focus on their bottom line without getting tangled up in accounting jargon and complexity. Changing the accounting landscape by automating traditional accounting tasks, de-cluttering the software and making this critical business function a far more pleasant experience.

OnePageCRM is a web-based sales app for small business that produces amazing results. It’s the only sales app of it’s kind to combine a proven sales methodology and the elements of CRM to greatly increase sales. We call it “Persistent focus on sales actions”, and it means you’ll never drop the ball with a prospect again.

Seedups is an intelligent crowdfunding platform for tech startups looking to raise seed stage finance. Seedups helps to alleviate the funding gap for tech startups, linking high potential startups with an ever growing crowd of tech-savvy investors. Since launching in February 2011, Seedups has attracted over 1000 entrepreneurs from America, the UK and Ireland, and an investment pool of nearly $40,000,000. Seedups is at SXSW 2012 to further increase their startup pool. If you think that crowdfunding can help get your business to the next level, Seedups can help.

We are a global learning company. Sixty million students in 120 countries depend on us for their education. The world’s largest provider of pre-K-12 solutions, we collaborate with school districts, administrators, teachers, parents and students, providing interactive, results-driven learning. With origins dating back to 1832, the Company also publishes an extensive line of reference works and award-winning literature for adults and young readers.

Volta is the home of Irish and worldwide independent cinema online; a destination, non-subscription site for rental or purchase of carefully-selected top independent titles, intelligent and interesting articles and the easiest way of watching films online in Ireland. Volta has been developed for the Irish market by Element Pictures as part of the Universciné network.

Windmill Lane Pictures is a Visual, VFX & Audio Post-Production facilities company based in Dublin, Ireland. We have been in continuous business for 35 years and currently employ over 80 people plus a VFX studio of over 30+ 3D artists. Windmill Lane Digital division creates bespoke multi platform apps, innovations in augmented reality and award winning trans-media digital content. Together we are producers, creative technologists, designers, copywriters, developers, directors, information architects and VFX artists. Windmill Lane has a very strong brand name. From our early days as a TV commercials editing house, through to ‘80’s when U2 recorded their first 5 albums in our studios. Other recording artists include Def Leopard, AC/DC, Meatloaf, Van Morrison, UB40 and many more. We have diversified into many areas including TV Drama, TV entertainment, Corporate Video production, digital/web-production, Camera crews, Audio post for Radio & TV and local Feature Film post-production.