Weekend takeaway: The kids will win the future

5 May 2017

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From speech technology to cyber security on the school curriculum, here’s your recommended sci-tech reading for the weekend.

1. 10 exciting start-ups changing how people get hired

In the cutthroat world of tech recruitment, HR departments need all the advantages they can get their hands on. These start-ups aim to help.

2. ‘I knew voice tech was getting big, but no one was looking at kids’ stuff’

Armed with many years’ experience in the industry, Patricia Scanlon gambled on speech technology taking off. Did she win?

3. UCD and NUI Galway professors win prestigious awards

Physiology and chemistry experts at two Irish universities have received recognition for their contributions to science, both in Ireland and internationally.

4. Students want cyber safety added to school curriculum

With an eye to their futures, Irish students want cyber safety, as well as computer science, added to their curriculum.

5. Facebook to close Emmy-winning Oculus VR studio

Is virtual reality finding itself on hard times already? Facebook has decided to close its award-winning Oculus Story Studio.

6. Ticketmaster is betting its future on open APIs, says product chief

“The new world of Ticketmaster is a very open one,” says Ticketmaster’s head of product design Troy Suda.

7. Digital disruption is a real and present danger and opportunity

Boom or bust: $100trn digital transformation window of opportunity could close by 2020, Microsoft warns.

8. It’s a Sprint finish in Cork as UCC accelerator programme launches

The Sprint accelerator programme at UCC’s Gateway innovation hub is celebrating its second year with a new cohort of start-ups.

9. From pharma to Facebook: Job opportunities on the rise

For jobseekers, the jobs are definitely out there. For recruiters looking for top talent, the tools are there, too.

10. SpaceX to send fleet of high-speed internet satellites into orbit by 2019

SpaceX has put a timeline on when it plans to send its fleet of more than 4,000 high-speed internet satellites into space, starting in 2019.

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