Make a cup of tea through IoT with Wia

Start-up Wia was founded by an ambitious young Northern Irishman who sought to make the IoT mainstream. The venture capital community took notice, committing more than €1m in seed funding to Wia, just two-and-a-half years in existence. Boiled down to its basics, Wia is a set of tools for developers to enable any device to be connected … [Read more…]

Got VoIP? 4 tips to avoid getting hacked

The financial impact of telecom fraud is massive – costing the industry more than $38bn a year, according to a global survey by the Communications Fraud Control Association in 2015. Further, the aftermath of a security breach grows exponentially when factoring in damage to a company’s customer relationships, and tarnished reputation. Businesses that have, or … [Read more…]

Henkel invests €18m in Dublin to R&D new 3D-printing additives

Henkel – the owner of brands such as Sellotape, Colour Catcher and Loctite – is to invest €18m in a new innovation and interaction centre for additive manufacturing focused on 3D printing. The company is the world’s largest manufacturer of adhesives, sealants and functional coatings, and has a significant manufacturing and R&D operation that employs 400 … [Read more…]

Fortnite fans, beware – that Android app might be too good to be true

The big talking point this week in the world of infosec concerned the increasingly popular Google Home device. Now officially launched in Ireland, the device drew criticism from security experts for a bug that leaked the device’s location to an accuracy of just a few metres. Security researcher at Tripwire, Craig Young, found an authentication weakness … [Read more…]

EY predicts 236,700 new jobs for Ireland by 2022

Professional services firm EY today (25 June) launched a report that predicts net jobs growth of 236,700 across the island of Ireland for the period of 2017 to 2022. The EY report, Economic Eye Summer Forecast 2018, shows that after a decade of slow recovery from the calamitous economic crash, Ireland’s employment has finally surpassed … [Read more…]

A perfect blend: Inspirefest serves up a stimulating mix of STEM and humanity

“To pitch a VC, don’t say ‘vagina’.” “If your culture doesn’t support diversity, your business will die.” “We need to talk about homophobia, transphobia and biphobia in Irish STEM workplaces.” “What if history was written by women?” These were just some of the powerful soundbites you catch during the Inspirefest experience. This is the conference … [Read more…]

Arlan Hamilton on Backstage Capital’s banner year

As the second day of Inspirefest (22 June) rolled on, a familiar face to the event made a welcome appearance on the main stage. Arlan Hamilton, a champion of diversity in venture capital (VC), sat down for a fireside chat with Inspirefest founder and Silicon Republic CEO Ann O’Dea and reflected on what has been a … [Read more…]