Weekend takeaway: Think big for the future

10 Mar 2017

Essential sci-tech reading for the weekend. Image: LOFTFLOW/Shutterstock

From Career Zoo in Dublin to London’s brightest start-ups, here is your essential sci-tech reading for the weekend.

1. 30 incredible London tech start-ups to keep an eye on

London is unquestionably the epicentre of start-up activity in Europe. Check out these 30 start-ups to watch out for in 2017 and 2018.

2. City of the clouds: Amazon to build €1bn Dublin data centre campus

Amazon submits plans for €1bn data centre campus in west Dublin.

3. The incredible medtech journey of Dr Johnny Walker

From performing ultrasound scans in the Australian outback to starting global medtech empires, Dr Johnny Walker has his finger on the digital pulse.

4. Mytaxi CEO Andrew Pinnington: ‘The real driving force is data’

With Hailo’s goodbye, Mytaxi CEO Andrew Pinnington explains that the real fuel driving the Daimler-owned venture is data.

5. Night of Ambition shows students how to think big for the future

Students in Northern Ireland were shown how to think differently and be more innovative at Connect’s Night of Ambition.

6. 10 things you won’t want to miss at the first Career Zoo of 2017

Are you heading down to Career Zoo on Saturday? Make sure you don’t miss a thing with this handy guide from director Brian Ó hOisín.

7. Tech giants reluctant to agree to WikiLeaks data preview proposal

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange believes that Silicon Valley’s largest companies would benefit by partnering with the organisation, but tech giants are wary of getting caught in a legal nightmare.

8. Two-thirds of Irish internet connections can be called ‘broadband’

Anything below 25Mbps should not be called broadband.

9. Geoscientist has ear to the ground for signs of volcanic eruptions

By detecting underground movements, Eva Eibl is finding key signals that tell us about volcanic eruptions. She spoke to Claire O’Connell.

10. Murderous beetles have been tricking ants for millennia

Beetles have worked out a way to secretly invade ant colonies and eat their brood. Even stranger, they’ve evolved to do this over and over again.

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