Irish Tech Events You Need To Get To This Year
September 12, 2017 (No Comments) by Alannah Kenny

Calling all tech lovers, there will be several Irish festivals, conferences and conventions happening this year paying homage to all things technological and scientific. Dublin is no stranger to hosting some of the biggest tech gatherings in Europe, with places like Galway and Cork beginning to get their spoke in too. Be it for educational or entertainment purposes, there’s something to interest everyone. Let’s see what’s on offer in the coming months.

UPRISE Festival

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Originally spawning from Amsterdam, UPRISE is the biggest technology festival in Europe and it will be heading to the RDS in Dublin for a second year in a row. UPRISE is unique in that it’s not designed as a formal conference but rather a festival that has a huge emphasis on the public’s physical interaction with technology. To encourage all 2000 attendees to actively participate, there will be no public wifi available (surprise!), no event apps to download and no guest speakers. The reason behind this bizarre decision is to get people as involved in the experience first-hand as much as possible.

The festival has something for everyone including plenty of new business start-ups, interactive panels with giant tech firms, practical workshops, gaming opportunities, a DJ and job exhibits to get people involved and interacting in the name of technology. Visit https://uprisefestival.co/ for more information.

Where: The RDS, Dublin

When: Thursday, October 26

Tickets: €240 incl VAT (children go free)

The Dublin Podcast Festival

The Dublin Podcast Festival

This event hosted by Headstuff and Aiken Promotions is certain to attract all those who enjoy streaming podcasts on all topics, both locally and internationally. There will be a stellar line-up with many more still to be announced. Over a number of days in September, live podcasts from the line-up will be broadcast throughout different hot spots in Dublin which people can attend. Some of the big international podcasts set to stream live include Criminal, Welcome to Nightvale, My Dad Wrote a Porno and Memory Place. Some of the home-grown Irish podcasts will include An Irishman Abroad, Juvenalia, The Alison Spittle Show and Fascinated.

As it is described as a festival, there will be different tech events taking place in Dublin City Centre to mark the occasion including discussions and a workshop masterclass conducted by The Guardian. For details on this event, visit https://goo.gl/AETLvj.

Where: Dublin City Centre (see link for details)

When: September 19-30

Tickets: Sold separately per act

404

404

Described as being created for techies by techies, this will be the first year that the mysteriously titled 404 event will take place at the Royal Hospital Kilmainham. The aim of the event was to function as an “ultimate tech meetup” where the attendees can share their interests, curiosity and genius with each other and the organisers. The 404 event steers away from publicising big brand names but prefers to give a platform to smaller tech communities to demonstrate their talents in Ireland or abroad.

There will be various expert speakers from Ireland and abroad at the tech event and attendees will also get to experience the latest in VR gaming and view interactive performances among other elements. For more details see https://www.404.ie/ or go to Eventbrite to pick up your tickets.

Where: Royal Hospital Kilmainham, Dublin.

When: Saturday, October 7

Tickets: €25

Galway Science and Technology Festival 2017

Galway Science and Technology Festival 2017

This year, National Science Week will take place from November 13-26 and usually it sees eight counties hosting festivals with Galway organising one of the largest. Galway is beginning to play a major part in global technology and medtech and the Science and Technology Festival gives all ages a chance to experience and demonstrate these vital subjects. Last year, approximately 35,000 primary and secondary schools took part in the festival and students are usually given the opportunity to visit Medtronic’s Customer Innovation Centre to witness how they operate.

Expert speakers will attend and there will be various interactive gaming and technology opportunities available in different venues around the city for young people to enjoy. To find out more about what the festival entails, visit www.galwayscience.ie.

Where: Galway City

When: November 13-26

Tickets: Free To Attend

Tyndall Technology Days

If you are looking for some inspiration and some top tips in the field of science and technology, the Tyndall Technology Days event in Cork may pique your curiosity. Global experts in science and representatives of some of the world’s largest tech companies will be giving in depth discussions on the ever evolving tech market, its ups and downs and the development of new technology in the form of robotics and AI. The tech event is being organised by the Tyndall National Institute, a leading European research centre in ICT hardware and systems.

Anyone who is currently studying this area as a career or who is considering it would especially benefit from a conference such as this. For more information visit https://goo.gl/XkkSnQ.

Where: Páirc Uí Chaoimh, Cork

When: Wednesday, October 25

Tickets: From €100-€200

Internet Day Fake News Address

As ‘fake news’ is possibly the most tweeted two words of the current US President, many of us have likely grown accustomed to the term. However, Wikipedia Founder Jimmy Wales is coming to Dublin to discuss the implications that the fake news phenomenon is having and the serious consequences that occur if it is not rectified. The tech event will be hosted by the IE Domain Registry, the company that controls Ireland’s ie domain name. This is the third year that Ireland has had its own Internet Day with the aim being to promote awareness and understanding of the World Wide Web.

As many Irish people have accounts with and use Wikias and Wikipedia, this will be a unique opportunity to hear from the founder face to face, regarding his stance on fake news. All proceeds gathered from tickets sales will be donated to CoderDojo, the volunteer programming club for youths. For further details see https://goo.gl/9ZUcVy.

Where: Trinity College, Dublin

When: Thursday, October 26

Tickets: €15

So there we have it, 6 of the biggest and best Irish tech events that are still to come this year. There really is something here for everyone so get out there and treat your inner techy!

Alannah Kenny
Interested in big events and likes to keep up to date with celebrity culture as a personal interest. An avid reader and movie lover, enjoys in depth discussions about anything related to dystopian fiction!

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Irish Tech Events You Need To Get To This Year
September 12, 2017 (No Comments) by Alannah Kenny

Calling all tech lovers, there will be several Irish festivals, conferences and conventions happening this year paying homage to all things technological and scientific. Dublin is no stranger to hosting some of the biggest tech gatherings in Europe, with places like Galway and Cork beginning to get their spoke in too. Be it for educational or entertainment purposes, there’s something to interest everyone. Let’s see what’s on offer in the coming months.

UPRISE Festival

No automatic alt text available.

Originally spawning from Amsterdam, UPRISE is the biggest technology festival in Europe and it will be heading to the RDS in Dublin for a second year in a row. UPRISE is unique in that it’s not designed as a formal conference but rather a festival that has a huge emphasis on the public’s physical interaction with technology. To encourage all 2000 attendees to actively participate, there will be no public wifi available (surprise!), no event apps to download and no guest speakers. The reason behind this bizarre decision is to get people as involved in the experience first-hand as much as possible.

The festival has something for everyone including plenty of new business start-ups, interactive panels with giant tech firms, practical workshops, gaming opportunities, a DJ and job exhibits to get people involved and interacting in the name of technology. Visit https://uprisefestival.co/ for more information.

Where: The RDS, Dublin

When: Thursday, October 26

Tickets: €240 incl VAT (children go free)

The Dublin Podcast Festival

The Dublin Podcast Festival

This event hosted by Headstuff and Aiken Promotions is certain to attract all those who enjoy streaming podcasts on all topics, both locally and internationally. There will be a stellar line-up with many more still to be announced. Over a number of days in September, live podcasts from the line-up will be broadcast throughout different hot spots in Dublin which people can attend. Some of the big international podcasts set to stream live include Criminal, Welcome to Nightvale, My Dad Wrote a Porno and Memory Place. Some of the home-grown Irish podcasts will include An Irishman Abroad, Juvenalia, The Alison Spittle Show and Fascinated.

As it is described as a festival, there will be different tech events taking place in Dublin City Centre to mark the occasion including discussions and a workshop masterclass conducted by The Guardian. For details on this event, visit https://goo.gl/AETLvj.

Where: Dublin City Centre (see link for details)

When: September 19-30

Tickets: Sold separately per act

404

404

Described as being created for techies by techies, this will be the first year that the mysteriously titled 404 event will take place at the Royal Hospital Kilmainham. The aim of the event was to function as an “ultimate tech meetup” where the attendees can share their interests, curiosity and genius with each other and the organisers. The 404 event steers away from publicising big brand names but prefers to give a platform to smaller tech communities to demonstrate their talents in Ireland or abroad.

There will be various expert speakers from Ireland and abroad at the tech event and attendees will also get to experience the latest in VR gaming and view interactive performances among other elements. For more details see https://www.404.ie/ or go to Eventbrite to pick up your tickets.

Where: Royal Hospital Kilmainham, Dublin.

When: Saturday, October 7

Tickets: €25

Galway Science and Technology Festival 2017

Galway Science and Technology Festival 2017

This year, National Science Week will take place from November 13-26 and usually it sees eight counties hosting festivals with Galway organising one of the largest. Galway is beginning to play a major part in global technology and medtech and the Science and Technology Festival gives all ages a chance to experience and demonstrate these vital subjects. Last year, approximately 35,000 primary and secondary schools took part in the festival and students are usually given the opportunity to visit Medtronic’s Customer Innovation Centre to witness how they operate.

Expert speakers will attend and there will be various interactive gaming and technology opportunities available in different venues around the city for young people to enjoy. To find out more about what the festival entails, visit www.galwayscience.ie.

Where: Galway City

When: November 13-26

Tickets: Free To Attend

Tyndall Technology Days

If you are looking for some inspiration and some top tips in the field of science and technology, the Tyndall Technology Days event in Cork may pique your curiosity. Global experts in science and representatives of some of the world’s largest tech companies will be giving in depth discussions on the ever evolving tech market, its ups and downs and the development of new technology in the form of robotics and AI. The tech event is being organised by the Tyndall National Institute, a leading European research centre in ICT hardware and systems.

Anyone who is currently studying this area as a career or who is considering it would especially benefit from a conference such as this. For more information visit https://goo.gl/XkkSnQ.

Where: Páirc Uí Chaoimh, Cork

When: Wednesday, October 25

Tickets: From €100-€200

Internet Day Fake News Address

As ‘fake news’ is possibly the most tweeted two words of the current US President, many of us have likely grown accustomed to the term. However, Wikipedia Founder Jimmy Wales is coming to Dublin to discuss the implications that the fake news phenomenon is having and the serious consequences that occur if it is not rectified. The tech event will be hosted by the IE Domain Registry, the company that controls Ireland’s ie domain name. This is the third year that Ireland has had its own Internet Day with the aim being to promote awareness and understanding of the World Wide Web.

As many Irish people have accounts with and use Wikias and Wikipedia, this will be a unique opportunity to hear from the founder face to face, regarding his stance on fake news. All proceeds gathered from tickets sales will be donated to CoderDojo, the volunteer programming club for youths. For further details see https://goo.gl/9ZUcVy.

Where: Trinity College, Dublin

When: Thursday, October 26

Tickets: €15

So there we have it, 6 of the biggest and best Irish tech events that are still to come this year. There really is something here for everyone so get out there and treat your inner techy!

Alannah Kenny
Interested in big events and likes to keep up to date with celebrity culture as a personal interest. An avid reader and movie lover, enjoys in depth discussions about anything related to dystopian fiction!

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