Weekend takeaway: What is the next big thing in sci-tech?

10 Feb 2017

Essential sci-tech reading for the weekend. Image: Shyripa Alexandr/Shutterstock

From start-ups in Munich and the future of work in Dublin to the next IPOs, we take a look at the big stories in the sci-tech world this week.

1. 20 magnificent start-ups with momentum in Munich

Beloved for its beer, cars and engineering, Munich is also an epicentre of culture and entrepreneurship. Here are 20 Munich start-ups to watch.

2. After Snap, will one of these 12 tech companies be the next to IPO?

Now that Snap has popped its IPO cherry, which of these promising companies will be next to crackle?

3. 300 new Accenture jobs to Dock in Ireland

Accenture is to hire 300 tech and design professionals in Ireland this year, including 100 new roles at The Dock in Dublin.

4. Irish start-ups punch above their weight, says Techstars’ Max Kelly

Despite Brexit, the London start-up scene is rocketing and taking the biggest share of Europe’s venture capital. In the middle of this is Max Kelly, who emphasises teams, not individual founders.

5. New battery design turns CO2 capturing into a new energy source

We could potentially take vast amounts of CO2 emitted into our atmosphere from fossil fuels and use it as an energy source for a revolutionary rechargeable battery.

6. How to prepare for the robot takeover

Welcome to the future. Humans need not apply. A new exhibition at Science Gallery Dublin is exploring what an automated world might look like.

7. Take a tour of Earth in this amazing Google Maps hyperlapse

Armed with thousands of screenshots and an eye for adventure, graphic designer Matteo Archondis has created a wonderful hyperlapse of Earth through Google Maps.

8. Free public Wi-Fi to reach new heights on Mount Everest

As mountaineers prepare to tackle the feat of climbing Mount Everest, they can rest a bit easier with the knowledge that they can Snapchat their adventure using free, public Wi-Fi.

9. Three new iPhone devices with wireless charging expected in 2017

This year is the 10th anniversary of the iPhone, and Apple has some surprises up its sleeve, including three new devices with wireless charging.

10. Powerful new radiator could revolutionise medical diagnostics

A new device developed in the US is being billed as a major medtech breakthrough, as millimetre-wave signals point to a future of speedy recoveries.

John Kennedy is a journalist who served as editor of Silicon Republic for 17 years