It’s St. Patrick’s Day weekend and we’d like to point out that Ireland has a whole lot more going it for it than just Guinness. Turns out, Dublin is fast becoming a hub for talent in the tech world – one of the biggest in Europe. With conferences like the Dublin Web Summit in October and the quarterly Dublin Beta meetups, the Emerald Isle has seen an explosion of interest from major players and startups alike. The Silicon Docks have become home to offices for Google, Facebook, LinkedIn, Paypal, Amazon, and Twitter, and many more startups have launched all over the city. Here are just a few young startups you can raise a pint of Guinness to on Sunday.
Wattics is headquartered near University College Dublin, and provides a simplified way for businesses to monitor energy usage in their offices. Wattics can even narrow down energy consumption – and the financial implications – of individual devices.
ALR Innovations won Best High Growth Company in the InterTradeIreland All-Island Business Competition in 2011. They won it for providing a very important service, given how many devices we cycle through today – safe and effective recycling of LCD screens.
Also calling University College Dublin home (in cooperation with researchers from the University of Edinburgh), Restored Hearing is out on the forefront of research into treating tinnitus – ringing in the ears. The company, which got its start in 2007, has developed a kind of sound therapy that cures 99 percent of temporary tinnitus cases within a minute. They’re currently seeking funding and doing further research about applying their therapy to permanent cases.
Launched in 2010 with Silicon Valley money and based in Dublin, Datahug does something that probably makes sales managers smile, and everyone else in the company really uncomfortable . It’s a data mining company that creates a web of personal and professional connections for everyone in the company – the idea being that instead of making cold calls, sales managers can just find someone in the company who already knows a potential customer, and get them to try to sell the product to their friend. You gotta do what you gotta do, I guess.
Started in Dublin in 2008, Event Elephant helps clients build personalized websites for things like concerts, charity events – anything that might require ticket sales. The startup helps people through the whole process – setting up the event, sending out invitations, marketing, and analyzing data about ticket sales and income. I think figuring out where the food is coming from is still going to be up to you.
If you were born in an English-speaking country, three things are certain in life – death, taxes, and studying Shakespeare. MindConnex, started in Dublin in 2008, has maybe one of the best Shakespeare guides ever in their Shakespeare in Bits app series. Archaic words are translated, and you have easy access to scene summaries and character biographies. The best part is that each play is accompanied by a gloriously hammy animated rendition to the left. Shakespeare was never really meant to be read, anyway – seeing the plays in action makes a whole lot more sense.
Vocalytics kicked off in Dublin in 2011, from some ex-Google employees. A hit at that year’s Dublin Web Summit, Vocalytics is aiming to assist public speakers – you can record your voice, and the app will analyze your pace, intonation, and loudness, while taking note of any unwanted pauses or stutters. It’s aiming to be a simple way for speakers to hone their craft and figure out the best way to make their delivery.
WhatClinic.com is a website founded by Caelan King, an Irish native, and based in Dublin. The website is global in scope, helping patients all around the world find private health care clinics near them. It’s great for people navigating language barriers or people who don’t have a firm grip on their local health care system. By providing information and reviews about each place listed on their website, WhatClinic hopes to make the process of getting better a little less stressful.