Weekend takeaway: 10 tech stories you need to read right now

24 Jun 2016

Ten nuggets of knowledge to take away for the weekend, including: 20 reasons to go to Inspirefest; Britain’s Brexit; and over 2,000 new tech jobs.

1. 20 reasons why you need to be at Inspirefest 2016

With less than a week to go until Inspirefest takes over Dublin’s Silicon Docks, the Silicon Republic team has picked out some of their highlights.

2. Brexit could be a talent goldmine for Ireland’s tech economy

Britain’s decision to exit the European Union, with likely restrictions on immigration, could harm its tech economy but be a boon to that of neighbouring Ireland, as the country will be the only English-speaking nation in the EU.

3. Brexit is an opportunity for Ireland to attract FDI, says IDA

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Ireland’s inward investment agency IDA Ireland says it is consulting with its 1,200 client companies about the implications of Britain’s exit from the EU, but added that the situation may present opportunities for Ireland in attracting FDI.

4. Brexit forces Enterprise Ireland to bolster Irish exporters to UK

Irish exporters to the UK are to receive support from Enterprise Ireland to remain competitive and active in the UK market following the calamitous decision by Britain to leave the European Union.

5. Silicon Valley Bank is bringing America’s top VCs to Dublin

This weekend 12 general partners from some of the biggest venture capital firms in Silicon Valley will descend upon Dublin. Leading the posse will be Irishman Mark Gallagher from Silicon Valley Bank.

6. 2,168 jobs on the cards for Ireland after incredible week

Brexit be damned! Amid fears that a Brexit could tank the Irish jobs market, the Irish jobs market has thumbed its nose at the naysayers and the doubters, announcing 168 jobs and creating the potential for 2,000 more.

7. Stay lean and hungry, says Hassle co-founder Jules Coleman

For Jules Coleman, who last year sold her business for €32m, a kitchen table is a far more solid platform to start a business than any shiny office.

8. Study suggests boredom leads to extreme political views

A piece of research from the University of Limerick (UL) has suggested that boredom may be a key contributing factor in people’s support for political extremes.

9. Mary Carty sees a bright future in young STEM entrepreneurs

Inspirefest speaker Mary Carty believes great ideas can come from anywhere, which is why she’s backing innovative youngsters.

10. Growing a business that helps small farmers in Africa

M-Farm CEO Jamila Abass has built an online platform and marketplace to boost smallholder farming in Kenya. She spoke to Claire O’Connell.

Bye-bye Britain image via Shutterstock

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