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Best Paper Award Received by TSSG’s EFM researchers at IHCI 2014

ihci2014_logoThe 8th Irish Human Computer Interaction conference was hosted by Insight – Centre for Data Analytics, at the Helix in DCU on 1-2 September 2014. This year the theme was “Shaping our Digital Lives” which reflects how technology influences our home, work, play, and life, and the challenges in designing and deploying innovative and collaborative technologies which shape our lives.

The IHCI event provides a platform for people interested in how humans are interacting with technologies to gather together to share new ideas, insights and research findings. Attendees and presenters are practitioners, academics, researchers and students from a wide variety of disciplines such as user experience design, information architecture, software engineering, human factors, information systems analysis, social science and management.

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How Feedhenry has slain the business app world

FeedhenryIs Feedhenry the star of the southeast? Maybe. But the company that makes sense of business apps has arguably risen above the level of regional pride to become one of the hottest tech companies in the country. It makes ‘cloud mobile application platforms’ for big companies. In other words, organisations that can’t make do with general apps available for the general public turn to Feedhenry for high-end, specialised tools to let companies develop their own solutions.

“We’re beating companies like SAP and IBM,” said Cathal McGloin, Feedhenry’s chief executive. “It’s all about mobile now. There’s a huge transition from desktop to mobile underway and a lot of enterprises are not really equipped to deal with it. There are tons of new devices and services that company staff are asking to use. We have solutions for this, which is why we’re now partnering with huge companies like VMWare, Rackspace, HP and others like them.”

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Why I chose to build a world-beating start-up in Waterford

Richard Rodger, is a co-Founder of Waterford based nearForm

Richard Rodger, is a co-Founder of Waterford based nearForm

In late January this year, I was sitting in the offices of Conde Nast, publisher of Vanity Fair (among many others), pitching for business. We were looking out over Times Square in New York. One of the executives drew a blank when I mentioned we were based in Waterford. I pointed out the window and said: “You know the New Year’s Eve crystal ball? We made that.”

While location is important in the tech industry, it is not everything. It is true that in the context of global tech businesses, being based in a small city like Waterford was once a weakness.

Paul Graham, the respected founder of Silicon Valley’s premier incubator Y Combinator, (which helped AirBnB, DropBox and Stripe), has always been blunt about location. If you want to get on, he has said, the chief executive “has to live in the Bay Area”. He didn’t mean the coastline of the Celtic Sea.

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Clutter-busting networking app is a professional crowd pleaser

Kevin Doolin, Principle Investigator at Fuseami

Kevin Doolin, Principle Investigator at Fuseami

Professional online networks are a mess. How many Linkedin ‘connections’ do you actually know? How many have ‘endorsed’ you for activities you didn’t even know you engaged in?

Into this morass of confusion comes Waterford-based Fuseami, a startup borne out of years of research into zeroing in on relevance rather than universality when it comes to professional connections.

“It came from an EU project we ran with a lot of funding,” said Kevin Doolin, principal investigator on the project. “The point was to identify commonalities between people and internet resources and social networks to create communities of users on the fly.”

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Waterford’s specialist start-ups take over the mobile world

Eamonn De Lester, Prof Willie Donnelly, Barry Downes and Dr. Mícheál Ó’Foghlú

Eamonn De Lester, Prof Willie Donnelly, Barry Downes and Dr. Mícheál Ó’Foghlú

September 7, 2011, was a dark day for Waterford. One of the area’s largest employers, TalkTalk, announced it was shutting its huge call centre down with the loss of 575 jobs. But three years later, Waterford’s start-up scene is booming.

Emmett Cooke was a process analyst at the giant call centre when it shut down. Today, his start-up is soaring.

“When it closed down I was given redundancy,” said the 28-year-old. “I also qualified for a European support fund to cover half the costs of starting my own business and worked with the local enterprise board. The business is going really well now.”

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