Twitter plans to get busy with Irish developer community

6 Feb 2012

Twitter is to host its first Tea Time event in Dublin later this month, in what could be a great opportunity for local developers and start-ups to create products for the Twitter ecosystem.

Last year, Twitter announced it will be locating its international headquarters in Dublin City.

The company is understood to have already begun hiring for its new headquarters.

Since Twitter has yet to decide its new location in Dublin, the first Tea Time event will be held at another Silicon Valley software firm’s Dublin offices, those of Engine Yard, which is creating 30 new jobs in the city.

Engine Yard empowers businesses to build and run cloud-based applications easily and cost effectively and last year acquired Eamon Leonard’s software company Orchestra.

According to a post on Twitter’s home page the event will be hosted on 23 February at Engine Yard’s offices on Barrow Street, from 7-10pm, and members of the local developer community are required to sign up before coming along.

The sign up form includes a brief questionnaire about developers’ main areas of interest, such as REST API, Search API, Streaming API and Twitter for Websites.

It also asks developers about the main Twitter application they’ve been working on and how long they’ve been developing with Twitter Platform products.

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