Two Irish tech start-ups battle it out at TechCrunch Disrupt NY

6 May 2014

Two Irish tech start-ups – and Sedicii – are battling some of the hottest start-ups in North America at the influential TechCrunch Disrupt event in New York this week.

TechCrunch Disrupt, which is now into its second day, is seen as one of the critical battlefields for globally facing tech start-ups to prove their mettle. Up for grabs is a US$50,000 prize., formerly known as, was founded by the team originally behind, Marco Herbst and Vinnie Quinn. The company creates APIs for digital and connected cameras and is targeting opportunities in the apps business, on smartphones and among makers.

The company has just appointed former Deutsche Telekom AG CTO Thomas Aidan Curran to be its acting CTO. is supported by Enterprise Ireland and counts Dublin City Council among its customers.

Sedicii is the creator of a new way of securing and validating people’s identities that doesn’t put their personal information at risk of theft.

The Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) campus company has developed technology that authenticates users without the need to transmit private information over the internet or to store that private information on servers.

Sedicii uses a protocol called zero knowledge proof, which can prove a person knows something without the need for him or her to share or disclose that knowledge.

By eliminating the need to transmit and store private information, Sedicii has increased the security of a person’s online identity and reduced the business risk for the enterprise.

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