Weekend takeaway: Let us inspire you

14 Apr 2017

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From the best start-ups to the most inspirational individuals, here is your essential sci-tech reading for the weekend.

1. 30 of New York’s finest start-ups to watch in 2017

Start spreading the news, these tech start-ups are the hottest tickets to emerge from New York City.

2. Calling all researchers to take centre stage at ResearchFest 2017

ResearchFest returns to Inspirefest this summer to showcase the best of Irish research, from science and engineering to humanities and social science.

3. Sligo’s new Building Block aims to generate 200 start-up jobs

Sligo’s star is rising, becoming a go-to location for local entrepreneurs and overseas firms to start up and scale up.

4. Cork teens’ Irish robot to do battle at VEX Robotics World Championship

Can the ingenuity of the Irish beat the best robots the world has to offer?

5. Theya Healthcare’s Ciara Donlon wins Laureate for Europe at Cartier Awards

Latest achievement continues a proud tradition of Irish women winning at the Cartier Awards.

6. RCSI’s Dr Annie Curtis shortlisted for L’Oréal Women in Science award

Among the 11 shortlisted finalists for this year’s L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science fellowship was the RCSI’s Dr Annie Curtis.

7. From tech IPOs to tech IPAs: Interview with Metalman’s Gráinne Walsh

Former Amazon engineer Gráinne Walsh left bare metal for beer suds, and she is now sating the thirsty ambitions of the tech world in a different way.

8. Susan Fowler to edit Stripe’s new software engineering magazine

Stripe employee who exposed harassment at Uber to edit new magazine.

9. Tesla reveals two new trucks as it aims to haul in new customers

Tesla has already established itself in the luxury car business, but now it has its eyes set on the US’s most popular type of truck.

10. New device can turn air into water using only the power of the sun

With the onset of climate change, a new device that can turn air into water using only the power of the sun could be a game-changer.

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