Weekend takeaway: Who are Europe’s top 100 start-ups?

9 Dec 2016

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From Europe’s top 100 start-ups to the great broadband divide, we cover all the important areas in the sci-tech world this week.

1. The Europe Start-up 100: Who are the ones to watch in 2017?

Here it is, our Europe Start-up 100 list of companies to watch in 2017, in the areas of fintech, SaaS, data, web, mobile, gaming, internet of things and much more.

2. For the first time in 230 years, there are Women on Walls of the RIA

A campaign driven by Accenture Ireland led to the unveiling of the first portraits of women to adorn the walls of the Royal Irish Academy.

3. ComReg broadband figures tell a lamentable tale of two Irelands

There has been a 42pc surge in the number of VDSL connections in Ireland and for the first time, VDSL has the largest share of broadband lines. But don’t be fooled – the digital divide is as wide as it ever was.

4. In a final act, Obama orders full report on cyberattacks during US elections

As one of his final acts in office, outgoing US president Barack Obama has ordered a full review of cyberattacks and possible foreign interventions that may have taken place during November’s presidential elections.

5. Irish research faces challenges and opportunities in the year ahead

Irish research needs balance, funding and an interdisciplinary approach to flourish and attract the world’s greatest research talent, says IRC chair Prof Jane Ohlmeyer.

6. Fossil CTO Sonny Vu: ‘Data is the new material for fashion’

Data and technology are the new materials that will influence the future of fashion, said Fossil president and CTO in charge of connected devices, Sonny Vu.

7. European Digital Girl of the Year winners revealed

Ireland’s successful run of consecutive European Digital Girl of the Year awards ended with Cerys Lock and Gabrijela Juric, from England and Croatia respectively, taking 2016’s prize.

8. 20 things that you’ll want on your career bucket list

Do you have an idea of what you want to do over the course of your career? Do you know how to achieve that? Hays’s Jane McNeill offers tips for completing your career bucket list.

9. Trump, Enda, Brady and Bowie dominate Facebook in 2016

Politics, sport and celebrity deaths were the takeaway themes from Facebook’s year in review, with elections both sides of the Atlantic topping the charts.

10. Smart home race speeds up as Google challenges Amazon

Google is opening up its home assistant to developers to help bridge the gap to Amazon’s Alexa service, already making waves in living rooms throughout the world.

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