Coming to the Technology Crunch

TECHNOLOGY Crunch might sound painful but in fact it was a unique opportunity for companies in the Midlands to connect with a host of technology providers and experts in one day.

TECHNOLOGY Crunch might sound painful but in fact it was a unique opportunity for companies in the Midlands to connect with a host of technology providers and experts in one day.

A joint initiative between development agency Atlantic Corridor and Offaly County Enterprise Board, Technology Crunch took the form of two workshops.

The first workshop was organised by Atlantic Corridor and provided participants with an opportunity to connect with the National Digital Research Centre and Gangplank Arizona. The National Digital Research Centre is an investor in collaborative digital innovations based on research. With an investment fund, a neutral space for teams to work alongside other digital innovation projects, and a dedicated commercialisation team, it has been working for the past four years to accelerate the rate of innovation, with a strong focus on creating market capital.

Participants also heard about Gangplank Arizona from its founder Derek Neighbors. He is a serial entrepreneur who helps people bring ideas to reality. Derek co-founded Gangplank, a collaborative workspace in Arizona in 2008 to help encourage local creatives to explore innovative ideas and create what they are passionate about.

Local PDA applications company WPA Mobile also spoke about the workshop about their experience of developing a successful technology company in the Midlands region of Ireland.

Oliver Heaney, CEO of WPA Mobile described how his focus on excellence and customer service had allowed his company to grow into the successful and sustainable business it is today.

The second workshop of Technology Crunch was organised by Offaly County Enterprise Board and included speakers from Enterprise Ireland, Maithu and Vogue Business Development. The workshop introduced the use of smartphone apps as a business and marketing tool. One of the speakers at this workshop was Kerrill Thornhill, CEO of Maithu. He consults with leading international brands on their mobile Apps and strategy.

Speaking about Technology Crunch, Jackie Gorman, CEO of Atlantic Corridor commented, “We are delighted to be working with Offaly County Enterprise Board on Technology Crunch. The two workshops provided a unique opportunity for Midlands companies to connect with each other and to connect with leading practice in technology businesses and development. We were particularly pleased to welcome Derek Neighbours of Gangplank Arizona to the Midlands and look forward to making connections for companies in this region with this leading US technology collaborative.”

Geraldine Beirne, Business Adviser at Offaly County Enterprise Board remarked, “More and more small businesses are finding that Apps can prove to be a very useful marketing and productivity tool. Guest speakers at this Seminar included Ireland’s top experts on this topic, illustrating the myriad of benefits from a marketing point of view, and providing real case studies from their own businesses.”