TSSG presents at mHealth Conference 2016

Denise Manton (Research Unit Manager, Mobile Services) attended the international mHealth conference in Galway,  June 16th.

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Pic. Denise Manton with fellow speakers & committee members at the mHealth Conference

The conference hosted by the mHealth Research Group proved to be a great success, drawing leading academic researchers and industry members from multiple disciplines to come together to present various aspects of their mHealth evidence based research and case studies. An impressive line-up of speakers included Professor Sean Mackey and Dr. Beth Darnall (Stanford), Dr. Jennifer Stinson (Associate Professor, University of Toronto), Professor Susan Michie (University College London), Avril Copeland (Tickerfit), Eamonn Costello (patientMpower), Dr. Felix Naughton (University of Cambridge), Professor David French (The University of Manchester), Dr. Leanne Morrisson (University of Southampton), Dr. Conor Linehan (UCC), Angeline Traynor (NUIG), and Jim Gregg (The Irish Computer Society).

Denise presented on mHealth from a technology perspective, and how the role of technology and TSSG can help meet mHealth expectations. This topic proved to be a good complement between other keynote speakers focussing on behavioural science studies carried out specifically in mHealth areas.

The broad area of mHealth can have a direct impact on how we live and how we both prevent and fight disease. TSSG is proud to be paving the way for creating innovative and safe mHealth software that will ultimately contribute to better health outcomes.

Listen to Denise present at mHealth


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NakulWali & SeanLyons at Digital Ocean, Galway

pic. Nakul Wali, TSSG & Sean Lyons, TSSG

TSSG at Digital Ocean Conference, Galway
On 30th June 2016, TSSG participated in ‘The Digital Ocean Conference: a pathway for developing Ireland’s blue economy’ held at the Meyrick Hotel, Galway. The event is an initiative led by the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, IDA, Enterprise Ireland, Science Foundation Ireland, Marine Institute, Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland and the Irish Marine Development Office in association with SmartBay Ireland.
‘The Digital Ocean: a pathway for developing Ireland’s blue economy’ seeks to promote Ireland’s digital ocean opportunity highlighting how technology companies can drive new forms of innovation in the blue economy using Ireland as a test-bed with its significant marine resource, world-class expertise and infrastructure. The event will feature insights from a number of companies from the technology sector and will also showcase national infrastructure and expertise that are supporting the growth of Ireland’s reputation as a compelling location to do business in the sector.

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Campus Party in Utrecht, Netherlands is festival of innovation, creativity, science, digital entertainment and entrepreneurship

Nakul_480_386_75Nakul Wali represented Waterford institute of Technology and TSSG at an all-expenses paid trip to a tech festival in the Netherlands recently through the European Commission funded Face Entrepreneurship project. The TSSG software research engineer won the trip for being the most active and highest rated on the FACE Entrepreneurship community platform.

FACE Entrepreneurship is a project funded by the European Commission in the framework of the H2020 Programme that aims to provide ICT entrepreneurship among young Europeans and to challenge the concept of failure through the understanding and confrontation of the most common fears entrepreneurs face.

Nakul, who has worked at TSSG since completing a MSc in Computing at WIT in 2014 attended theCampus Party in Utrecht, Netherlands one of the world’s greatest technological event bringing in young geeks and aspiring entrepreneurs in a festival of innovation, creativity, science, digital entertainment and entrepreneurship.

The event gave him a fantastic opportunity to meet and interact with few start-ups founders to share their experiences and offer insightful advice for Europe’s future entrepreneurs. Not only that, there were 160 renown speakers, chats , workshops, contests, networking sessions and dozens of interesting exhibits at the Campus party Netherlands. 



Co-ordinator of the EU – INDIA Co-operation Platform in Future Internet and Electronic Media project, Mr Jim Clarke

Waterford Institute of Technology, TSSG invited to make a presentation at the annual EU-India Joint ICT Working Group meeting in the European Commission premises in Brusssels on June 13-14.

The overall theme of the EU-India policy dialogue working meetings was “Linking Digital India and the Digital Single Market for Europe”.

James Clarke, co-ordinator of the EU – INDIA Co-operation Platform in Future Internet and Electronic Media project ( EU-INDIA FI-MEDIA project), a project funded by the EU Delegation of the European Union to India in New Delhi, India, was invited to present the status of the project after its first successful year in operation.

The main purpose of the 4 year EU-INDIA FI-MEDIA project is to facilitate the building of cluster to cluster (C2C) partnerships between India and the EU in areas related to Future Internet and Electronic Media, Mr. Clarke presented the successful establishment of two C2C partnerships:

1. Smart Villages Ecosystems, (C2C event held Dec. ’15); and

2. Bringing EU’s FIWARE programme to India, in areas related to Smart cities, including Smart villages,(C2C event held Jan. ’16).

As presented at the meetings, the results of the EU-India FI-MEDIA project were found to be well in synchronisation with both the EU and India priorities, which include topics in relation to Internet of Things (IoT), Smart cities, including Smart Villages, and 5G.

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How research helped these 10 start-ups discover success

equineIrish research has no shortage of breakthroughs, and sometimes the hard work and toil that goes into it pays off as a commercial venture.

Looking at this selection of Irish university and research centre spin-outs, alongside other research-based ventures leveraging these institutions, it’s clear that the innovation game is a marathon, not a sprint, and some of these start-ups were up to 15 years in the making.

A solid grounding in research (and some well-protected intellectual property) can prove immensely profitable, too, as these examples of stellar success, growth and exits demonstrate.


An Irish research-based start-up is part of the reason why 2,000 Guineas winner Galileo Gold was pulled from the Epsom Derby, after a DNA test determined the distance wasn’t optimal for the horse. The surprising decision was backed by the Equinome Speed Gene Test, which was developed by University College Dublin (UCD) spin-out Equinome.

Equinome was co-founded by Dr Emmeline Hill (an equine genomics researcher in UCD) and horse trainer Jim Bolger back in 2009, with the gene test coming the following year as a way to establish optimum race distance for thoroughbred horses. Since then, more than 20 scientific publications, including studies by separate independent international research groups in the US, Italy and Japan, have added to this study and investigated the effectiveness of the gene test in other horse breeds.

Equine nutrition company Plusvital acquired Equinome in 2015, and has been tapping into the university spin-out’s advanced testing capabilities ever since, having developed novel equine genetic tests, innovative nutraceuticals and other equine performance and health products.

Plusvital now expects to employ 50 people here in Ireland over the next five years while making an investment of over €3.5m in equine science research over the next three years.


In 2014, Irish start-up FeedHenry made headlines with its impressive €63.5m sale to US firm Red Hat. Founded in 2009, FeedHenry originated at TSSG, the research centre based at Waterford Institute of Technology, focused on telecommunications software and applied research.

FeedHenry was founded by TSSG CEO Barry Downes, and the mobile app development platform leverages significant research knowledge developed through a number of European Commission R&D programmes focused on next-generation service architectures, platforms and services.

FeedHenry’s cloud computing enterprise mobility platform is built to provide fast, secure and scalable deployment of sophisticated business apps across all smartphones and web devices. TSSG collaborated with FeedHenry to launch their developer portal, which enables developers to build an app once using open technologies such as HTML 5 and JavaScript, deploy the app into the FeedHenry cloud and run it on any device.

With branches in Dublin, England and the US, FeedHenry established itself as a global player, and its commercial success has paved the way for more successful and profitable TSSG spin-outs, such as NearForm

To Read this piece in full please visit Written and published by Elaine Burke, Managing Director,

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