Weekend takeaway: Be inspired

9 Jun 2017

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From amazing speakers at the upcoming Inspirefest 2017 to 10 of Europe’s most promising start-ups, all your essential sci-tech reading for the weekend right here.

1. 10 incredible Inspirefest speakers you won’t want to miss

Inspirefest 2017 is edging closer and there are some speakers we can’t wait to see take to the stage in Dublin.

2. It might be worth keeping an eye on these 10 award-winning start-ups

There were 10 winners at the StartUp Europe Awards, an event organised by the EU that it describes as the “Eurovision for start-ups”.

3. Stay curious and discover, says scientist and Lego innovator

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Curiosity is an important element of scientific research, says geochronologist Dr Ellen Kooijman, who will be in Dublin this weekend. She spoke to Claire O’Connell.

17 reasons not to miss Inspirefest 2017

4. Women in tech: Do not underestimate yourself

Rya Sciban was one of the first data analysts that Periscope Data hired. Now, she’s the project manager for the company.

5. Breakthrough app aims to smash taboos about training during your period

Ireland-based Orreco has developed a new app to help athletes optimise their performances.

6. UCD to lead new €2.1m European cancer rehab research programme

Eight researchers at University College Dublin are getting access to €2.1m of EU funding as part of a new cancer rehabilitation research programme.

7. An AI sat a university entrance exam, and the results are in

Does an AI algorithm have what it takes to make it into a Chinese university? There was only one way to find out.

8. Rockstart about to kick-start Europe’s largest AI accelerator in Amsterdam

At an Amsterdam-based accelerator, each start-up gets €100,000 worth of support. One of the 10 selected could land €200,000 in follow-on investment.

9. Fidelity’s Irish iLab team envisions the future of work through a VR lens

A tech team at Fidelity Investments’ iLab in Ireland is laying the foundations for the working world of three years from now.

10. Who are Ireland’s most-followed people on Twitter?

Wrestlers, mixed martial artists, comedians and sports stars all appear on Ireland’s most-followed list, but it’s all about the music at the top.

Inspirefest is Silicon Republic’s international event connecting sci-tech professionals passionate about the future of STEM. Book now to join us from 6 to 8 July in Dublin.

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