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

5 Feb 2016

Ten nuggets of knowledge to take away for the weekend, including: Ireland crowned data capital of Europe; technology for good; story of 1916 Rising told through Minecraft.

 1. Ireland is the data capital of Europe, says Google (video)

Ireland stands at the intersection of the global data revolution and currently holds Europe’s data crown, says the head of Google in Ireland, Ronan Harris. The next big question is: can Ireland hold onto this crown?

 2. 18 organisations that are shining examples of tech for good

Tech is not just about making profits or glamorous gadgets, some organisations out there are putting the latest advancements in science and technology to good use for the benefit of humankind.

3. Irish start-up Inmusik’s move to San Francisco hits right note as it raises $7m

If you’re going to San Francisco, be sure to collect $7m on the way… Well, that’s the story of start-up Inmusik, which left Dublin a year ago and has just raised $7m from Brand Capital, the venture wing of India’s largest media conglomerate The Times Group.

4. Google urges Ireland to put coding on the Leaving Cert curriculum (video)

It is critical for future generations of Irish people, especially young women, that computer science and coding are added to the Leaving Cert curriculum, the head of education outreach at Google in Ireland said this week.

5. 1916 Rising: A story told through Minecraft?

MindRising is upon us. What does this mean? Well, schoolkids up and down the country are building their own homage to the 1916 Rising through Minecraft.

 6. Plugging the pipeline to advance women in STEM

SFI programme manager Dr Fiona Blighe believes that funding agencies can play a part in enabling gender diversity in STEM.

7. The Proteus effect: How gaming may revolutionise peacekeeping

In a world of combined police forces, partnering militaries and peacekeeping activities in a growing numbers of places, communication is often, surprisingly, lacking. Gamification, though, could help that.

8. Hide and seek is way better when a toddler wears a GoPro

Two clever parents strapped a GoPro to their toddler’s head for a game of hide and seek. The result is an amazing look into the world of an infant.

9. A spider named Cash: New spider species named after Johnny Cash

A newly-discovered species of spider, found near Folsom Prison in California, has been named after Johnny Cash, who put the prison on the world stage by performing there.

10. Irish firms miss out on Europe’s digital revolution despite .ie domain surge

In what is the highest annual number since 2011, some 35,225 new .ie domains were registered in 2015 – that’s 96 domains a day – an increase of 13pc on 2014, according to the .ie Domain Registry (IEDR).

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