Healthier Living in cities through The Internet of Things

imagesTSSG, Vodafone Ireland, Kilkenny Chamber and Waterford Chamber  are coming together for an interactive workshop on Healthier Living in cities through Internet of Things on Tuesday, 26th, April 2016 from 9.00am to 11.30am at the Lyrath Estate, Dublin Road, Kilkenny.

Most companies today have heard of IoT, however they are unsure as to how it will impact them or more importantly who they should be talking to about creating an IoT Strategy or how IoT might impact on their business.  At the event, we will provide insights, guidance and best practice information to support businesses on their innovation journey.

Join us to understand how to develop an IOT strategy and hear from expert guest speakers including Kieran Daly, CTO & Co-Founder, HealthBeacon, Lauren Morris, Head of Machine to Machine at Vodafone and Dr Steven Davy, Manager, Programmable and Autonomous System Technologies, TSSG.

Pre-regristration is essential for this free event and as places are limited, intending delegates are encouraged to register here

CDU at OFFSET Design Conference 2016

offsetOFFSET Design Conference was back at Dublin’s Bord Gáis Energy Theatre from the 8th – 10th of April. In it’s 8th year the conference was bigger and better than ever. The design conference, which provides a great opportunity to enhance skills, learn new methods and engage with many people in creative industry. OFFSET 2016 had an exceptional line up of Irish and International designers, advertisers, artists, illustrators, photographers, and art directors.

Some of the big names this year included digital graphic design duo Reed and Rader, Irish advertising agency Rothco, Irish artist Robert Ballagh, the channel 4 creative team ‘4 Creative’, designer and artist Morag Myerscough, Pentagram creative director Angus Hyland, Irish Fashion designer Una Burke, and designer and artist Seb Lester just to name a few. They spoke about their work, their ideas and inspirations and gave insight into their practices and personal perspectives on their own careers.

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Free industry and business workshop a must for entrepreneurs, start-ups and SMEs

TSSG and South East BIC team up for Driving Business Forward Workshop

TSSG and South East BIC have collaborated once again, this time for a free and unmissable half day workshop from 9.00 a.m. to 1.30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 19 at Kilkenny’s Lyrath Estate Hotel.

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Pic. Michael Maddock, CEO, South East BIC & Barry Downes, CEO, TSSG

The ‘Driving Business Forward’ workshop is hosted by the TSSG which is based at Waterford Institute of Technology, and South East BIC and targets entrepreneurs, start-ups, SMEs and potential investors.

Experts addressing the free event will share pointers on pitching for investment with delegates and take them through the very latest virtual and augmented reality technologies.

Key business strategies and various funding supports available to assist with technical, business or start up challenges will be outlined by engaging and informative experts, while encouraging maximum participation from those attending. Delegates will also have an opportunity to network, mingle with and learn from successful entrepreneurs and IT experts on everything from business modelling to funding for start-ups.

TSSG CEO Barry Downes said: “We are delighted to be once again partnering with South East BIC and in a position to help outline the myriad of state and private sector supports, both in R&D and finance that individuals, start-ups and businesses can avail of to support and drive their business forward”

South East BIC’s CEO Michael Maddock  added: “Our aim is to add value to start ups and entrepreneurs across the South East and this event gives delegates a taste of the support we can offer them at South East BIC. Working again with TSSG lends a new dimension to our offering, by showing entrepreneurs the full range of both technical and business supports available to them locally”

The first session of the day will be facilitated by Paddy Byrne, Enterprise Ireland and Barry Downes, CEO at TSSG. They will give an overview of the Mobile Services Technology Gateway and Innovation Supports available from Enterprise Ireland and MSTG to support industry collaboration with 3rd level research providers.

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South-east’s start-up surge to be boosted by €2.5m ArcLabs expansion

Artist impression ArcLabs

The €2.5m expansion of Arclabs in Waterford will boost efforts to increase the number of south-east start-ups by 30pc in the next few years

Enterprise Ireland has invested €2.5m in ArcLabs at Waterford Institute of Technology in a move that will double the capacity of the incubation hub.

Specifically, the investment will support a 1,000sqm extension to the Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) campus at Carriganore.

ArcLabs was established 10 years ago and more than 60 companies, including FeedHenry and NearForm, have passed through the incubator since then.

Currently, 27 companies are based in ArcLabs Waterford and Kilkenny, employing more than 190 staff.

“Through this €2.5m expansion, we are doubling our capacity to attract entrepreneurs and start-ups to Waterford and the south-east,” said Kathryn Kiely, manager of Industry Services at WIT.

“At ArcLabs, we support and develop the transformation of ideas and early-stage technology into scalable, sustainable businesses.

“Over the past decade we have created an ideas, innovation and technology hub that offers an environment in which entrepreneurs, businesses and researchers can collaborate.”

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WIT secures €2.5m funding to expand ArcLabs facilities


The 1,000 sq ft extension on WIT’s Carriganore campus will enable it to double its capacity

Waterford Institute of Technology has secured €2.5m in funding from Enterprise Ireland, which is expected to fund an expansion of its incubation facilities in ArcLabs Waterford.

The 1,000 sq ft extension on WIT’s Carriganore campus will enable it to double its capacity to support technology start-ups in the South East of the country.

ArcLabs, which was established nearly a decade ago and has hosted more than 60 firms since, is well known for the incubation, research and enterprise support framework it provides to entrepreneurs and technology-based start-ups.

The co-location of entrepreneurs and technology based businesses in close proximity to one of Europe’s leading ICT research centres, the Telecommunications Software & Systems Group (TSSG), provides a research and innovation hub of more than 250 scientists, engineers and technology professionals on one site.

At present, 27 companies are based in ArcLabs Waterford and Kilkenny employing more than 190 people.

Commenting on the funding announcement, WIT President Prof Willie Donnelly said: “Through the expansion of ArcLabs in Waterford and its presence in Kilkenny, the region will be better positioned to build on the existing mobile services cluster and to exploit new growth opportunities in areas such as Agri-tech.

“This success is an important next step in the Institute’s plans for establishing an entrepreneurial platform which will accelerate the regional economic development as a global leader in the digital economy.”

Artist impression ArcLabs

(Pic: Artist’s impression of the ArcLabs expansion)

Enterprise Ireland said the expansion of ArcLabs will contribute to achieving the target of the 30% increase in the number of start-ups in the South East.

The design phase and construction of the extension will take about 20 months and will provide high quality office and support environment for an additional 100 people on site.

The new extension of ArcLabs is supported by the Department of Jobs, Enterprise & Innovation through Enterprise Ireland.


Published by RTE News on April 8th 2016

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