Weekend takeaway: Do the impossible

1 Sep 2017

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From the world-beating Harry McCann to the out-of-this-world Dr Niamh Shaw, nothing is impossible. Here is all your essential sci-tech reading for the weekend.

1. Harry McCann named among list of outstanding young people in the world

Flying the flag for Ireland, Digital Youth Council founder Harry McCann has been recognised as one of the leading global voices for young people.

2. Dylan Collins’ SuperAwesome news: ‘Internet for kids’ venture raises $21m

Tech entrepreneur Dylan Collins wants to build a zero-data internet for kids

3. Have you let your impossible dreams go? This should inspire you not to

Dr Niamh Shaw has been dreaming of being an astronaut since she was eight years old, and now she’s determined to get to space, no matter what.

4. What you need to know about innovation and funding in the IT services sector

The IT services sector may not be the ‘darling’ of the tech media, but it’s a very valuable industry and one that is changing and growing, says Adrian Mullett.

5. SpaceX Hyperloop pod breaks its own record with 355kph speed run

SpaceX might not be planning to build its own Hyperloop system, but Elon Musk’s company is leading the charge in terms of speed.

6. Have a million-dollar smile? Well, now you can pay with it in China

Biometric scanning is gaining traction in a big way in China, and now Alibaba is getting people to pay with a simple smile.

7. First Fridays in Dublin notches up 10,000 minutes of start-up mentoring

The First Fridays for Startups series is celebrating its first birthday.

8. Six major banks join blockchain project to build new digital currency

Major changes are afoot among the world’s largest banks with news that six of them are to form a new digital currency to explore blockchain’s potential.

9. How tech failings at online gambling firm 888 let vulnerable customers down

Online gambling is a mammoth industry, and one that clearly needs tighter regulation.

10. Tech CEOs implore Trump to reconsider wind-down of DACA programme

Major tech figureheads are angered by reports that Trump is to end an Obama-era scheme that protected undocumented immigrants.

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