Sparks Will Fly

Dublin City Council published a press release yesterday about the transition of projects from the Commissioner's office. Our publication Dublin Globe, The Brekkie and the Tech Concierge service will all move to the Digital Hub. Our monthly Mentoring for Scale program will become part of the DCU Ryan Academy.

Positive developments all, I know these well oiled machines will continue to scale and contribute to Dublin's great startup and tech community from their new homes.

Meantime, another office project, TechIreland, will become a more full time focus for me. It's an ambitious and nationwide exercise to map, track and connect the dots around innovation in Ireland - startups, multinationals, investors and hubs.

It sounds painstaking and manual and, believe me, a lot of the time it will be, but when you connect disparate pieces of data together sparks will fly.

Fiach Mac Conghail, my successor at Startup Dublin is on a similarly exciting mission. He’s got the vision and the energy to enhance and deepen the work we've started - and a winning team to boot, with Irina Dzhambazova continuing as Editor of Dublin Globe, and Sarah Leahy as Tech Concierge and Community Manager.

The Brekkie this Friday will be my last and I'll be doing lots of thanking, so bring your best bows and applause. It thrills me how willing people are to invest in the success of Dublin’s tech community and during the last two and half years our office has received a generous share of your time and goodwill.

If you can’t make the Brekkie - and it’s already looking pretty crowded - feel free to pop into the office before April 1st when myself and Ciaran Casey, TechIreland's Head of Research, hightail it to Dogpatch Labs and turn into full blown data geeks.

Last year the Brekkie actually fell on April 1st so myself and DC Cahalane played a joke on everyone about how the office was moving to Cork. I cried with laughter writing the press release for that one.

Niamh Bushnell

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