Augmented reality company DAQRI has announced plans to open its European HQ in Dublin, hiring 30 software and hardware staff for its development centre on Sir John Rogerson’s Quay.
“Ireland is highly regarded as a country for excellence in innovation and technology, making it the perfect location for our first international office, in Dublin,” said Gaia Dempsey, co-founder and managing director of DAQRI International.
“We are thrilled with the quality of technical expertise we have found here and have been working closely with the academic community, researchers and research centres to define innovative R&D programmes,” she said.
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Dempsey is speaking at Inspirefest this afternoon, while her company is running a two-day Hackathon in DCU today and tomorrow to showcase its ‘Smart Helmet’, which is currently in the pilot phase of product rollout with customers in the fields of oil and gas, power and water, transportation, ship-building and aerospace.
“Having strong interest from European customers in aerospace, energy, manufacturing and AEC sectors, including some based in Ireland, it made clear business sense to be based in Dublin. It also marks a milestone in our company’s growth and strengthens our ability to serve our European clients.”
DAQRI’s CEO Brian Mullins – who has a wonderful Twitter handle, @mrlaserbeam – has come to Dublin upon making the announcement, saying of the Hackathon: “We have been blown away with the calibre and deep technical talent by those who have registered, with some travelling from Scotland, Spain and Italy to participate.”
“It’s very exciting for us, both from a recruiting standpoint and because it’s seeding the developer community, a very important constituency for us. We welcome independent developers, mobile shops, systems integrators, and more getting involved as we want to empower them to build apps on our platform.”