We are open to everyone and believe inclusivity and equality are essential to our group success. We see responsible and trustworthy technology as important to ensure equality of access and opportunity for all. Read more about our values here
Since Tech for Good Dublin started in March 2017 we have organised a variety of events, including meetups, workshops and more. Virtual Reality, App Development, Smarter Cities, Design Thinking - just some of the topics we've covered. Read more here
As the group evolves we hope to provide as many opportunities for members as possible and will continue to seek member input to future plans for offering useful activities, opportunities and connections. More details on our plans here
12th April 2018, 6PM, AIB Grafton St.
Tech for Good Dublin is showcasing enterprises that are harnessing digital technology to make giving easier. The adoption of digital technology, by the charity fundraising sector, is still at quite an early stage. In Ireland it's projects like Pint Aid and One for Ireland that are leading the way and showing how to make giving easy. They are using mobile apps, text donations and crowd sourced campaigns to connect potential doners with good causes and to streamline the giving process.
Our event includes some guest presentations followed by an open discussion exploring practical ways to harness digital technology to fundraise and support charitable campaigns. The guest presenters will share how they use technology to make a difference, practical tips and lessons they've learnt along the way.
Amr Dawood is one of the founders of One for Ireland, which is a charity fundraising movement run for young people by young people. Once a year the aim is to make a major positive impact on a pressing youth issue by bringing Ireland together for a national fundraising effort. By asking for €1. From a lot of people. In 1 day. In 2016 they raised €172,633 for youth homeless. “Would you like to give One for Ireland?” https://www.linkedin.com/in/amrdawood/
Tony Fernandez is the founder of PintAid. The app based product invites people to donate the price of a pint to their favourite charity today. It’s about ensuring small change makes a massive difference, helping smaller charities to increase and accelerate their donations. Think of the difference you can make with the price of a pint. https://www.linkedin.com/in/fundraisingfez/
Thanks to AIB for venue and Liberty IT for supporting Tech For Good Dublin and for providing refreshments for people attending.
Please remember to register for a Free Ticket on Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/tech-for-good-making-giving-easy-tickets-44166192270
27th Feb 2018
Our event showcases the award winning WaytoB app, winner of the Irish 2017 James Dyson Award, a mobile and smart phone app that supports, people with intellectual challenges, to travel independently.
Co-founders, and recent engineering graduates, Robbie Fryers and Talital Holzer Saad will:
* Explain their start-up journey with WaytoB from an undergraduate college projects to start-up securing substantial funding.
* Showcase the WaytoB app - now in it's 9th iteration.
* Share insights on how to create a tech product that makes a real difference to people with intellectual difficulties.
* Show how they used Design Thinking tools during design and development stages.
* Share how they engaged end-users throughout including testing the app wiith 6 adults with Down Syndrome.
* We'll also host a discussion about participatory design with some of the people with intellectual challenges who are involved in the design, prototyping and trialling process.
WaytoB supports people, with intellectual challenges to go to new places independently by giving them turn-by-turn directions. The instructions are based on real time location and orientation data, which makes the navigating experience as easy and stress free as possible. WaytoB is a smartphone and smartwatch app that allows the carer to pre-programme set routes, which users can follow easily and independently. While most navigation apps have a multitude of different functions and complications, the WaytoB app features a simplified and intuitive interface based on the user’s orientation. Their design and prototyping process has been highly participatory - the award winning app is in it's 9th iteration and has involved end-users at every stage. WaytoB is the winner of the Irisih leg of the 2017 James Dyson.
Robbie Fryers who is from Belfast and Talita Saad, originally from Brazil, were inspired to invent a product to support people with intellectual disabilities, as Mechanical Engineering undergraduates at Trinity College Dublin. They have co-founded the start-up and currently planning a global launch and roll-out.
18th January 2018
Join us in the AIB Grafton Street branch on 18th Jan at 6pm to hear from Andy O'Sullivan (Liberty IT) and Megan Kelly (AIB) about their experiences in designing apps and training others in the tools and skills needed for app ideation and creation. Our speakers will discuss when it makes sense to build an app for your business or charity and how to get started building one yourself. We will cover a few different examples of non-profit or social impact apps and attendees will be provided with links to more information that they can explore or work with after the session. Andy works for the innovation team in Liberty IT, and previously had the same role in AIB. An experienced engineer, he also lectures in app development and is the creator of the appsandbiscuits.com website for beginners' app development. In 2016 he released Simon's Green Army, an app for Irish football fans going to the Euros, and to advocate for the Dublin Simon Community. Amongst other topics, he'll discuss the tools you need to build apps - Android Studio, Apple's Xcode, along with where and how to start learning.
Megan currently works in AIB’s Digital Investments & Innovation team but has previously worked on their Online Banking, particularly the AIB Mobile App. She tells us that she often drives friends and family mad spending so much time observing the UX of various apps & websites. She has one ask of you before coming to our Meetup – have a second look around your local coffee shop and see if there is any interesting messaging or communication used. Although we’ll focus on online UX, inspiration can be found in many forms.
We will have time for questions and discussion after the speakers so bring along your ideas and take this opportunity to ‘Ask an Expert’. Everyone is welcome to this free event in the city centre, so tell your friends and colleagues too. Free tea, coffee and snacks will be available.
17th October 2017
Smart Cities for Good showcases inspiring projects that make our cities more accessible for all citizens
- using IoT (Internet of Things) technoloy and crowd sourced data capture.
Our guest presentations is followed by an open discussion about some of the challenges to creating smarter
cities such as issues around ethical data collection and usage.
Conor Cahill is CEO of Fluidedge and inventor of the awardwinning Liberty Bell which is the 2017 Winner Colorado Dept of Transportation International RoadX Bicycle/Pedestrian Challenge and 2016 and 2017 Winner Smart Dublin Cycling Challenge Phase 1 and 2. Liberty Bell is a Smart Auditing System for Clever Cities. It's is a low cost, technical solution that simplifies the gathering and centralisation of qualitative data about the movement of bicyclists and pedestrians through a city. It captures data that can help us understand what makes people feel safe or unsafe while bicycling and walking. Analysing the issues is the first step to making cities more seamliess and getting more people out of cars and moving on foot or on bicycle.
Lye Ogunsanya was previously Project Coordinator for Smart Dublin and Connect Centre for Future Comms in Trinity College, he now works on Humanitarian innovation projects in Ireland and the Middle-east. He is Co-Founder of SeaPrk one of Dublin first Smarter Cities social enterprises and Hackaccess Winner 2017.
Seaprk provides real time availabilty information about accessible parking spaces. It offers users real time occupancy data and provides data trends and compliance information to local governments and businesses. Seaprk harnesses technology to open up a city to all inhabitants and addresses one of the most pressing urban challenges faced by citizens with mobility issues who need access to car park spaces.
Fearghal Campbell is the Smart Cities Project Lead at See.Sense bringing a background in law, data analytics and consulting to the role. He is currently working in conjunction with Smart Dublin and Dublin City Council on a pilot project within the city. The project sees 500 See.Sense ICON lights being distributed to cyclists around the city, using the inbuilt sensor technology to collect a range of information on cycling conditions in the city; including journey analysis, dwell times and road surface quality, as well as real-time cyclist perception data. Similar projects are taking place in a number of other cities across the UK and Australia.
See.Sense is a technology company with a love for cycling. See.Sense firmly believes that increasing cycling participation is one of the best things that we can do for our cities. But there are challenges, especially for urban cyclists. They designed ICON to help cyclists meet these challenges. See.Sense's ICON is the only intelligent bike light in the world that reacts to your environment. It uses advance sensor technology to detect changes in speed, flashing lights and is faster at junctions and in filtering traffic.
12th Sep 2017
Tech for Good Dublin is going green for September, with an event dedicated to stories of positive (tech-enabled) environmental impact.
We have some great speakers lined up including:
Emma Walsh, the Chief Operating Officer of FoodCloud (https://food.cloud/)
FoodCloud is a social enterprise that connects businesses with surplus food to charities who use the food. Since it's beginnings as a social start-up just 4 years ago, FoodCloud has grown to be a major Irish success story since. Their technology platform has played a key role in enabling this growth. We look forward to hearing from Emma about the story of FoodCloud.
Aisling Byrne, Co-Founder and CEO at The Nu Wardrobe (http://www.thenuwardrobe.com)
The New Wardrobe is bringing the sharing economy to fashion by creating an online wardrobe for people to share and swap their clothes with friends and other Nu users. Say goodbye to the days of buy, wear, throw away, and the stress of hunting down pieces to borrow from your friends. Come along to find out why ‘You don't need 50 dresses, you just need 1 dress and 50 friends.'
Rahil Nazir, Chief Technology Officer at Thriftify (http://thriftify.ie/#home)
Thriftify is an online platform that automatically values and sells books online. Every year millions of books are donated to charity shops, but finding out how much these books are worth can be a real challenge for charities. Rahil will explain how the Thriftify platform uses live information from online retailers to automatically value, price and upload books for sale, enabling charities across the UK and Ireland to increase their earnings.
Join us to hear how technology has helped these great organisations to reduce waste and increase the value of reusing and recycling. There will be time after the speakers for questions and discussion with free tea and coffee for attendees.
25th July 2017Focus
Participative Workshop sharing insights from IBM Health Corps and techniques used in IBM Design Thinking. with Eoin Carroll (Lead Software Architect) and Rosie Martin (Senior Design Manager) at IBM Watson Health.
Design Thinking is a user-centered technique for finding innovative solutions to complex problems.
This hands-on workshop gives a taste of some of the activities which form part of Design Thinking.
It will cover how the process is used as part of IBM's global pro-bono Health Corps programme, which aims to tackle health disparities.
Rosie will lead a hands-on Design Thinking workshop enabling participants to experience and learn some of the techniques involved in Design Thinking.
Eoin will describe the IBM Health Corps pro bono programme, focusing on the assignment in which he participated earlier this year. This assignment involved using Design Thinking when working with several community based non profits and public service groups to solve a real-world challenge.
Everyone welcome! You don't need any previous experience of Design Thinking.
Find out more about IBM's approach to Design Thinking:
Find out more about the IBM Health Corps pro-bono programme:
Eoin Carroll is a Lead Software Architect with IBM Watson Health, where he works on the architecture of cloud-based Software as a Service products for the Health and Human services sectors. He is particularly focused on using ICT in innovative ways to improve health outcomes. He has participated in assignments with both the IBM Health Corps and IBM Corporate Services Corps (CSC) pro-bono programmes.
Rosie Martin is the Senior Design Manager and User Experience Lead for Government Health and Human Services in IBM Watson Health. With over 18 years experience as a user experience designer she is focused on understanding user’s daily tasks, behaviours and pain points and working with multidisciplinary teams to create innovative and enjoyable product solutions.
We are open to everyone and believe inclusivity and equality are essential for our group success
We embrace the moral principle known as the Golden Rule. This means we believe that people should aim to treat each other as they would like to be treated themselves – with tolerance, consideration and compassion
We believe in taking a philosophical and ethical view and considering both positive and negative impacts of technology on people, communities and planet. When it is not possible to consider all people at once, then the most vulnerable, disenfranchised or excluded people should be considered as a priority
We see responsible and trustworthy technology as important to ensure equality of access and opportunity for all, and a positive future where tech is useful and trusted
We want to hear the voices of as many people as possible, within and beyond our group. We care about unheard voices and disconnected groups and will seek them out
We believe that people matter and our human rights must be protected amid accelerating technology innovation. Transparency about treatment of our personal data and terms and conditions are vital. We believe that individuals should not be treated as commodities or be deceived or controlled by technology
And How We Do It
Since Tech for Good Dublin began in March 2017 our work has included:
Free events with guest speakers
Free skills workshops
Information sharing online
Speaking at events about Tech for Good
Our aims for 2018 and beyond are to:
RAISE AWARNESS of how technology is being used for social impact and share good news stories to inspire and educate
ENCOURAGE new connections between technical and non-technical people and make technology accessible and understandable
PROVIDE introductions and promote access to key technical, business and creative skills that support our goals
BUILD conversations with likeminded organisations in Dublin, Ireland and globally
ADVOCATE for the following 4 principles in Tech for Good:
1. Inclusivity as standard and diversity as essential
2. Focus on problem solving over profit
3. Responsible, Ethical and Trustworthy Tech
4. A human rights based approach to technology
What Lies Ahead
Research with our membership has revealed a wide range of value that can be made available by the group.
Some of the most common member requests are listed here as examples. Members would like to: gain new skills,
learn from speakers and other members, explore practical ideas to solve problems, make new contacts,
find mentoring opportunities, understand social challenges, volunteer or work on break out projects.
As the group evolves we hope to provide as many opportunities for members as possible and will continue to seek member input to future plans for offering useful activities, opportunities and connections. We will:
♥ Encourage our members to share their experiences and challenges around Tech for Good
♥ Learn together how to focus on challenges where technology can best add value
♥ Share what we know with people and groups who are seeking to make positive change
♥ Build skills and strengths and prepare to help or support projects in our communities
♥ Advocate for increased diversity in tech so that all people may be represented
♥ Be guided by and positively promote the 4 principles in Tech for Good
This session is an unique opportunity to make a real difference by giving two hours of your time to brainstorm ideas with us. No special skills or experience is necessary and everyone is welcome.
Their motto is “Men don’t talk face to face; they talk shoulder to shoulder". Members of Men’s Sheds can come from all walks of life. Groups around Ireland provide a setting for activities that break down barriers, reduce isolation and bring people together in positive ways. Find out more here: http://menssheds.ie/about-us/
We need your help to brainstorm how Men's Sheds Ireland can solve some of the challenges they face but don't have the time, money or skills to address themselves. We will work together in a fun, informal setting and come up with ideas that Men's Sheds can try. We have free donuts and tea/coffee and a fantastic Facilitator to help keep us focused.
To start us off, Richard Taplin from Men's Sheds Ireland will talk about what Men's Sheds is all about and some of the specific challenges which are being experienced. These may be to do with communications between members, managing projects like community gardens, or wanting to use more technology tools to help achieve goals.
Next we will discuss ideas that may help overcome the challenges Richard presented. No specific experience in technology is needed, and solutions do not need to all be technical, a practical approach and consideration of the people involved is key. Paper and pens will be provided and we will work in small groups. Coral Movasseli will facilitate this part of the event (more info. below) and Richard and other Men's Shed members will be available to answer questions.
Towards the end of the session we will share our ideas/solutions with the room and a scribe (Ellen) will record the key points. A summary will be provided to Men's Sheds for sharing with their Ireland community. Anyone who wishes to further volunteer their skills can offer at this point before we wrap up.
Coral Movasseli is the Managing Director of Girls in Tech Dublin - a dedicated platform for women-in-tech and entrepreneurs. A techie problem solver at heart, she is passionate about changing the world and has experience working across sectors including cleantech, politics, manufacturing, and healthcare. Coral has kindly agreed to wear a facilitator hat to our May event and work with everyone in the room to come up with creative ideas and technologies to solve the challenges shared by Men’s Sheds. LinkedIn Twitter.
Thursday 28th June
How can Robots and Artificial Intelligence help humans to live happier, healthier lives, and what are the risks and ethical challenges to consider?
We are happy to announce two amazing speakers for this session which promises to be super interesting. Come along to meet other Tech for Good members, learn from our experts and ask them your questions.
Aphra Kerr from Maynooth University will share some results of a public survey on ethical and social issues related to AI as well as some work on the design of inclusive training and education initiatives to broaden diversity in the tech industry.
Conor McGinn from Trinity College Dublin will explore some of the practical uses of robots and AI in helping older people live independently and show us how Ireland is leading research in this area.
There will be time for questions and discussion after the speakers, as well as free tea/coffee and snacks on.
Dr. Aphra Kerr is Senior Lecturer in Sociology and chair of the MA in Sociology (Internet and Society) at Maynooth University in Ireland.
Her current research interests include innovation and diversity in digital games; internet and media policy;
the social impact of AI; data politics, data markets and inequality. She is author of Global Games: Production,
Circulation and Policy in the Networked Era, Routledge, 2017, and associate editor of The International Encyclopedia of
Digital Communication and Society, Wiley-Blackwell, 2015. She is chair of the Communication Policy & Technology
section of the International Association for Media and Communications Research (IAMCR).
She has worked previously in the Netherlands, the UK and the US.
Academic bio at https://www.maynoothuniversity.ie/people/aphra-kerr
Tweets https://twitter.com/AphraK. Also on LinkedIn.
Dr. Conor McGinn is an Assistant Professor and co-founder of the Robotics And Innovation Lab (RAIL) in Trinity College Dublin. He holds a degree in mechanical engineering and a PhD in robotics. Conor is passionate about robots and has particular interests in robot design, human-robot interaction and artificial intelligence. Dr. McGinn’s primary area of research concerns the design and control of service robots. He holds several patents related to the design of robots and his work has been recognised with numerous awards including the Civic Engagement Award (2018), Provost scholarship (2018) and external awards including the Engineers Ireland Technological Innovation of the Year (2015). He collaborates widely with industry and universities in Ireland, Europe, South and North America and Australia.
16th August 2018
This session is a unique opportunity for you to help us shape how Tech for Good Dublin develops. We need your help to brainstorm how we can support Tech for Good beyond our events. We want to have a real impact and to find different ways to tap into the skills and enthusiasm of our members. Our working title for this new initiative is Tech for Good Connect and our vision it to enable valuable connections between Tech For Good members and live social impact tech projects, campaigns and products.
To start us off, we'll present case-studies on other organisations that connect techies to tech for good projects,
products and campaigns such as time banking, techies in residence and volunteer matching.
Next we will break into small groups and discuss different options and practical actions we can take to move things forward.
Towards the end of the session we will share our ideas/solutions and record the next steps. Anyone who wishes to further volunteer their skills can offer at this point before we wrap up.
No specific experience is needed but ideal if you've previously attended one of our events and have thoughts on how we can develop. Paper and pens will be provided and lots of post-its!
Christine Nsubuga is an active member of Tech for Good Dublin. She's worked for a number of startups and currently is part of the business development team for Irish tech start-up, Pointy. She's responsible for interactions with businesses in Ireland, UK , Canada and the US. Her expertise covers marketing, relationship management and retail tech. Outside of the office Christina volunteers with several charity and social action organisations including Focus Ireland and is a big believer in giving time to do good. Linked-in: here and Twitter: here.
Máirín Murray is one of the Co-founders of Tech For Good Dublin. She is the owner of her own Tech Ed agency Digital Doddle and is Chair of Refugees Welcome NI. She is an an experienced product manager who has produced platforms, apps, and products for clients in the media, education and health sectors. She is a certified UX designer, project manager and enjoys hosting organised events, workshops and festivals that foster learning and connections. Linked-in: here and Twitter: here.
Christine and Máirín will be supported by Ellen Ward (Co-founder of Tech For Good Dublin) and Andy Sullivan (Tech For Good Engineer in Residence).
13th September 2018
Our Tech For Good September event explores the potential of immersive technologies, such as VR, to support mental health. There will be case studies of work in progress, a panel discussion to talk through some of the challenges and a chance to try out some examples. Please join our Tech for Good Dublin community at https://www.meetup.com/TechForGood-Dublin/.
Dr David Trainor, CEO and CTO of Sentireal shares progress on a software platform, funded by the NHS, to create and deliver personalised virtual reality (VR) content to address mental health issues that lead to depression, self-harm and suicide. He explains the design and production methodolgy for making personalised VR learning products and showcases other immersive products he's made and the ethical dimension to this work. Camille Donegan from Virtual Reality Ireland will showcase products she has in development and demo along with Sabina Bonnici other immersive tech products that support mental health.
There will be an informal discussion/panel to discuss the potential of technology, in particular VR to support mental wellness wih input from mental health advocates. There will also be a chance for TechforGood attendees to try out VR examples on headsets.
Dr David Trainor
Dr David Trainor is the CEO/CTO of Sentireal, a supplier of Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR) training software platforms. Sentireal specialises in medical/healthcare training and self-management, creating unique 'personal immersive learning' experiences by generating VR/AR using proprietary Artificial Intelligence technology. David is an active participant in healthcare and training activities within the VR/AR Association industry group. David's LinkedIn.
Camille is General Manager and Producer at Virtual Reality Ireland. She is currently working on creating and curating VR for healthcare apps and collaborating with MISA, Mercer's Institute for Successful Ageing. She is an enthusiastic evangelist and speaker about for the use of VR and AR. Camille's LinkedIn.
Sabina is an experienced Creative Producer, founder of Fizzy Thinking www.fizzythinking.com. She specialises in creating digital experiences and interactions, installations and events. Sabina along with Camille are previous contributors to Tech For Good Dublin. Sabina's LinkedIn.
1st November 2018
Have you ever wondered how Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) works in Ireland today and what big tech companies are doing?
Are you interested in the role of community projects, or how the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are changing the face of CSR?
Tech for Good Dublin has gathered together experts in the field to share their own thoughts (good and bad),
and their visions for the future of what CSR could potentially become.
Join us on 1st November in AIB Grafton Street for this free event which promises to be both fun and fascinating.
What you will get: Free tea and coffee and donuts on arrival. 3 very interesting short talks. A discussion on the topic of ‘What could Corporate Responsibility achieve in the future?’ Tech for Good Dublin badges for the first 3 questions asked. Opportunity to network at start and end of event. Member Announcements (at end)– if you have something to say, tell the room!
We are delighted to welcome 3 speakers from contrasting backgrounds to this event and look forward to an interesting discussion following their talks.
Our first speaker is Tomás Sercovich, the CEO of Business In the Community Ireland https://www.bitc.ie/ who are experts in Corporate Social Responsibility and coordinate Ireland’s Network for Responsible Business which comprises over 90 of Ireland’s well-known brands. Tomás will set the scene on what CSR is understood as today and showcase examples of how companies are supporting responsible and sustainable business involving tech.
Our second speaker, Sinéad Gibney, spent 5 years as the Head of Social Action at Google and has fascinating insight into what tech companies can do to help citizens and communities. She has a wealth of knowledge and interesting viewpoints - which may surprise some of our audience.
Our last speaker is Niamh McKenna, Head of Impact at ChangeX https://www.changex.org/ie who engage companies to support community projects like Men’s Sheds and CoderDojo. Niamh will share her experience and talk about an ambitious goal recently announced by ChangeX to activate 20 million local community projects around the world, impacting one billion people by 2030.
Find out more about our 3 Speakers on LinkedIn:
Tomás Sercovich: CEO of Business in the Community Ireland LinkedIn.
Sinéad Gibney: Head of Social Action at Google 2009 - 2014 LinkedIn.
Niamh McKenna: Co-Founder and Head of Impact at ChangeX LinkedIn.
23rd November 2018 2-4pm
Dublin Council Civic Offices, Wood Quay
Our workshop is hosted by Tech For Good Dublin as part of Startup Week Dublin.
We're offering founders and developers practical steps to keep their body, mind and spirit in gear.
Being involved with a startup is a rollercoaster. It can be an amazing experience – you’re on a steep learning curve and
there’s the buzz of creating something you believe in. But as well as the highs there are the lows. You may be under lots of pressure,
working from dawn to dusk without structure and feeling the pressure to be always ‘on’ social media. It’s easy to fall into habits
that start impacting your own health and your startup.
During this workshop you’ll be guided by expert wellness entrepreneurs who are on a mission to coach others on how to stay full of energy and focus. We are offering you a code to help beat the startup blues which involves Sleep + Meditation + Stretching! No prior experience or special clothes or equipment is needed. Just come as you are.
Treasa Spragg (LinkedIn, Revolution Project)
Treasa Spragg is a sleep guru who is on a mission to help startup founders and entrepreneurs face every day with boundless energy and with their minds fully in gear. How? By bringing it all back to the basics of great quality and great quantity sleep to power people through their days without energy slumps or a vat of coffee! You’ll learn what happens when you close your eyes at night, what night time rituals you can adopt, where your smartphone isn’t helping you, how your Netflix habit is killing your creativity and output the following day and where those cups of coffee fit into all this. Treasa co-founded Revolution Project Ltd three years ago, a wellness company aiming to “revolve” how people view their health and well-being.
Colm Fallon (LinkedIn)
Colm is founder of Project One Sky, a wellbeing startup for schools, and aims to bring meditation to as many people as possible using a secular approach. He will talk about the benefits of meditation and give a short demonstration. Paul focuses on the benefits of meditation not only for the individual, but as an antidote to the current set of crises we now face, using science to demystify ancient wisdom systems.
Emilia Krysztofiak (LinkedIn)
Emilia is a sought after photographer, who works with global tech companies, multiple agencies and entrepreneurs on their online brand’s identity. To help keep balance in her own life she studied and started teaching yoga and meditation. She will share practical yoga exercises that you can do sitting at your desk at work that address the damage caused by being scrunched over your laptop for long hours. She leads classes in Dublin for corporate groups and in a small yoga studio in IFSC.
Our workshop is the perfect way to end Startup Week Dublin on a high!
13th December 2018
6pm - 8pm AIB Grafton St.
Tech for Good Dublin in December showcases tech responses to the homelessness crisis, in Dublin and beyond. There is so much potential to harness technology to help address the different aspects of homelessness. This is the start of the conversation about how we can tackle homelessness together.
The event includes guest presentations followed by an open discussion exploring how tech can make a positive impact. We plan to invite along people who have personal experience of homelessness. Free tea/coffee and festive treats available for everyone attending.
James Gallagher and Victoria Ryan Nesbitt (Co-Founders), Cathal Curry (Operations Manager), Conor Greene (Marketing Lead) Giveback.ie is a Google Chrome extension that empowers consumers to tackle the homelessness crisis with the click of a mouse. Every time you make a purchase at a supported retailer, a percentage of your spend will be automatically donated at zero cost to you by the online retailer. The funds raised support the work of Inner City Helping Homeless. The Giveback.ie team also up-skill and empower individuals affected by homelessness. This program is evolving all this time and team plan to launch their second iteration of the six week program in the New Year. Links:
Presenter: Space Engagers
Philip Crowe is the CEO and Co-founder (along with Aoife Corcoran) of Space Engagers which developed the Reusing Dublin project. Space Engagers harnesses the power of citizens to capture data and use information to co-create better outcomes for their communities. Reusing Dublin offers everyone the opportunity to help address Dublin’s housing crisis by gathering information on vacant and underused buildings onto one shared map. The project is co-ordinated by the Peter McVerry Trust and helps identify opportunities for bringing vacant and underused spaces back into use. Space Engagers received a ThinkTech Tech for Good award in 2016 from Social Innovation Fund Ireland and emerged from research carried out as part of the EU FP7 TURAS. Reusing Dublin was one of only 3 Irish projects recognised in November 2018, by the Financial Times in a list of Europe's top digital champions. Links:
Presenter: The Homeless Entrepreneur
Andrew Funk - The Homeless Entrepreneur. Andrew Funk is the founder of #HomelessEntrepreneur and has himself personal experience of homelessness. The association is based in Spain, the US and Pakistan and helps elimate urban homelessness by developing the skills and talent of those who find themselves without a home. #HomelessEntrepreneur believes "Technology can speed up the process of creating sustainable work and dignified housing for, and with, homeless people willing and able to tell their story and work to become active citizens again." They are currently using Blockchain technology to facilitate transparency in their work. Andrew holds monthly sleepouts to give homeless people an active voice i.e. Davos and recently at the Web Summit in Lisbon - where he met Mairin Murray (co-founder of Tech for Good Dublin). Links:
7th Febraury 2019
6pm - 8pm AIB Grafton St.
Tech for Good Dublin starts off 2019 with an event themed around young people and technology.
It’s a big exciting topic, and we have found 3 great speakers to talk about their areas of expertise and projects having positive
impact in Ireland and around the world today. Come along and find out about how tech is helping parents maximise on early years learning,
how free coding clubs are making a difference to thousands of children worldwide, and learn about how teachers are using VR
in the classroom to bring the curriculum alive.
We will have the usual free drinks and snacks and time after the speakers for questions and networking with each other. We will also have some examples of the technology for you to try out, including SchoolVR headsets.
26th April 2019
6pm - 8pm AIB Grafton St.
It's hard to believe that the first social network, MySpace, only launched in 2003! Since then we've seen tech's immense power to connect people and create communities (virtual and in real life). While there is no replacement for spending time with people in real life, technology can remove barriers of distance and facilitate contact between communities of 'interest'. Given recent debates about the danger of social networks like Facebook being too big and too monolithic, there is again an interest in the power and benefits of more niche, bespoke online communities underpinned by shared values. But what does success look like for a thriving online community and what are the challenges to overcome?
After presentations from our guest speakers we'll have time for an informal question and answer session and discussion. We'll also have our usual free tea/coffee and doughnuts and time to catch-up with old and new pals.Our Speakers:
As head of community strategy, Sharon co–ordinated the online journey of over 300,000 mothers
registered with Ireland’s largest parenting community, everymum.ie (previously known as eumom).
She places an emphasis on listening to and supporting parents and will share her tips for building a learning and engaged community.
Elva is one of the founders of Irish start-up GirlCrew - a platform for women to make new friends and have a
'crew' for real world socialising. Last year it raised almost $1 million (€810,000) in a seed funding round to
fund expansion across the United States. The women-only social network has developed and launched their own
online platform and IOS/Android apps to connect thousands of women in cities across the globe. Elva will
share the story so far and some of the challenges and benefits of creating their own bespoke social network.
13th June 2019
6pm - 8pm AIB Grafton St.
Since 3D printing technologies were developed in the 1980s, they have been promising to revolutionise the manufacturing industry. This revolution has not taken hold fully so far, but the application of 3d printing in "For Good" applications has produced some amazing solutions to global problems. From low cost medical devices, to cheaper consumer prototypes to amazing works of art, 3D printing has created new opportunities for people to produce the objects they need themselves. This event will focus on the work of The Rapid Foundation, a 3D printing social enterprise founded in 2014. The workshop will cover - an explanation of the 3D printing process and highlight great examples of 3D technology in the humanitarian, business and technological fields. There will also be an opportunity to explore collaboratively new potential applications for the technology. What's already been done and what else can be achieved via this technology?
The event will start with presentation followed by a Q&A, we'll then host a group ideation session exploring applications for 3D printing "For Good" both in Ireland and overseas. We'll also have offer our usual free tea/coffee and doughnuts and time to catch-up with old and new pals.Our Speakers:
Colin Keogh is an award winning and innovative Engineer, who is currently finishing a PhD in engineering in UCD focusing on
improving innovation methodologies using disruptive technologies. He has expertise in Renewable Energy,
Environmental Protection, 3D Printing and Innovation and
significant experience in integrating advanced technologies into social, environmental, philanthropic and entrepreneurial activities.
Colin is Co-Founder and CEO of The Rapid Foundation, a social enterprise which aims to empower people in developing regions around the world by giving them training, access and support with disruptive technologies – particularly 3D printing – and thereby inspiring and enabling them to innovate and create solutions to solve their problems and improve their quality of life. Its goal is to change the way developmental aid is distributed, and improve the innovation potential of all people, regardless of their circumstances.
Colin is also an active technology consultant and technology developer, advising a number of companies and bodies, from small start-ups to government departments, in areas such as disruptive technologies, engineering practice, innovation, design and early stage growth & prototyping. He has won a number of awards for his work including the IMechE 2016 Fritz Schumacher award, JCI’s Ten Outstanding Young People, Nissan Generation Next Ambassador, IT & Tech Professional of the Year and was named as one of Forbes 30 Under 30 for Europe in Science and Healthcare.
Mauro is a Mechanical Engineer from Colombia, who has recently relocated to Dublin. His work explores different
methodologies to successfully achieve results through new technologies and modern ways to do things.
He is a creative person with personal philosophy and passion for the DIY (Do It Yourself) method and Maker movement.
He loves putting ideas into reality and creating products to solve problems. He has been freelance and a co-founder in a pet based IOT company.
18th July 2019
6pm - 8pm AIB Grafton St.
Neurodiversity refers to variations in the human brain regarding sociability, learning, attention, mood, and other mental functions. It can include Autism Spectrum Disorder, Dyslexia, ADHD, Dyspraxia and other variations which are often invisible to other people. Important work is happening in Ireland to understand different neurological experiences and overcome associated challenges.
This event will include speakers who work in the field of Neurodiversity explaining more about the topic and how tools and technologies are being used to make public spaces, workplaces and schools more comfortable and accessible for everyone. There will be the usual chance to network, eat donuts and ask questions. We welcome everyone at our events, so please tell your family, friends and colleagues….
myAccessHub is an Irish Startup that is making it easier for companies to build Autism Inclusive Workplaces by using Video
Animation and Virtual Reality to educate their employees. Gearoid is passionate about highlighting the value people with
Autism can bring to the Workplace. After graduating with a Degree in Computer Science, Gearoid joined the Enterprise Ireland New
Frontiers Programme and represented the company in Boston at the Bridge to MassChallenge Competition and in
Holland at the ChangeMakerXchange Programme. In 2018 myAccessHub was named the Best Social/Sustainable Startup in Ireland.
Brendan Morrissey – Founder iDyslexic
The Times newspaper describes Brendan Morrissey as a serial Entrepreneur. Brendan left school age 15 because of his Dyslexia & ADHD.
Brendan now holds a diverse portfolio of tech investments and interests. He is founder of MobStar, Mishon, DataEgg, iDyslexic,
StandUp Charity, NeuroMind, SafePal and partner at eSchools, ProTunes, Wonde, GDPR, Bare in the Woods Music & Arts Festival, QizApp & Rascal Reads.
He was appointed to the Media Advisory Board at Fordham University New York in 2011. In 2012 Brendan was awarded the Innovation in Entertainment
Award honouring the top Irish Entrepreneurs working abroad. Over the past year his focus has shifted to social impact and assistive tech.
He’s currently working on tech to assist children and adults living with Dyslexia and ADHD, Autism, Alzheimers,
Suicide Prevention and the Homeless in partnership with Microsoft and Google.
Brendan is the founder of www.idyslexic.com a new social app for those living and working with Dyslexia and ADHD.
3rd October 2019
6pm - 8pm AIB Grafton St.
Tech for Good Dublin in October focuses on how tech can support the learning and adoption of Irish sign language and improve inclusion for deaf people.
The event marks the official launch of the new, free Irish Sign Language App, created by the Inboarding team. The Inboarding team, volunteers and the Deaf community have come together to create a free app that aims to improve communication with deaf team members in the workplace. Guest presentations and demos will be followed by a short practical workshop where you'll get a chance to learn some Irish sign language! Free tea/coffee and festive treats available for everyone attending.
Introduction: Lydia Gratis
introduces us to the culture of Irish sign language and shares from personal experience how important adoption is for inclusion. Lydia is going into her 3rd year as the chairperson of the Irish Deaf Youth Association (IDYA) a non-profit organisation that caters to deaf and hard of hearing youth and young adults all over Ireland aged 13 – 35. She is founder of COAB platform (Chronicles of a Blossom), social media admin for LYN (Love Your Neighbour) and studying International Development at Maynooth University.
Inboarding Showcase and Presentation:
The Inboarding team use tech including chatbots and adaptive micro learning to create an inclusive workplace. Their initial focus is on creating an inclusive onboarding experience for Deaf team members. Their vision is to increase inclusion in the workplace across gender, race, culture and disability.
Designer and specialist in bilingual education for Deaf children. CODA (Child of Deaf Adults), sign language was her first language and her mission is to help the Deaf community showing that the Deaf can do anything except hear.
Software Engineer and technology enthusiast. More than ten years of experience in software development, on the last years working on technologies focused on Deaf community, sign language, inclusion and WorkerTech.
Workshop: Start a conversation in Irish Sign Language
Transformation starts with small actions and the new Irish Language app helps promotes inclusion in a practical way by helping us to start conversation in Irish Sign Language. Emma Nolan, Deaf and Irish Sign Language teacher, who helped develop the app, will teach us how to sign hello and start a conversation in Irish Sign Language.
Thanks so much to our sponsors Liberty IT and AIB.
7th November 2019
6pm - 8pm AIB Grafton St.
Join us for a special event focused on 'the most important living beings on this planet' -
a quote from The Earthwatch Institute, who reminded us this week that 70% of the world's
agriculture depends exclusively on bees. But recent studies show almost 90 percent of the
bee population has disappeared in the last few years. The uncontrolled use of pesticides,
deforestation and lack of flowers are the main reasons for population decrease and bees
are now on the endangered species longlist.
That’s scary, right ?! But there are many ways to help in the fight to save bees, and we have found some people who are working in clever ways to do so, using technology, big data and urban spaces to encourage bee populations to thrive. Join us for an interesting conversation about our furry flying friends, ask questions and share your own ideas with us. We will have sugary snacks and tea and coffe and water available. The event is free and open to everyone so bring a friend or tell a bee fan you know.
Paula Lahiff has been working in IT for the past 17 years. She helps customer understand how Oracle technologies can help solve their key business challenges using new technologies such as Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence. Her team were involved in the deployment of Oracle technologies used for ‘The World Bee Project Hive Network’ which uses cloud technology to remotely collect data using a network of connected beehives. The data is fed into Oracle’s Cloud, which uses analytics tools including artificial intelligence (AI) and data visualisation, to give researchers new insights into the relationships between honey bees and their environments. Researchers can ‘listen’ to the honey bees—analysing intricate acoustic data captured inside the smart hives, including the movement of bees’ wings and feet. Combined with other precision measurements—including temperature, humidity and honey yield—researcher can closely monitor bee colonies, detecting patterns and predicting behaviours. The data and insights gained by using Oracle Cloud is then made available to research and conservation projects working to protect bees around the world.
Kevin Power is a forty-something year old software developer who has a wife, 4 kids and half a million bees. His involvement with the AIB bees was a chance occurrence. The idea to put bees on the roof of the AIB headquarters in Ballsbridge was the brainchild of Malachy McCuskey of Boyne Valley Honey and Simon Scoope in AIB, but they did not have a bee-keeper. Kevin’s dad in Cork has kept bees for 35+ years and Kevin helped him regularly until he moved to Dublin in the early ‘90s. His dad got wind of the AIB plan, which led to Kevin getting a call to see if he was interested in being involved. The equipment and bees were sourced and installed on the roof of the AIB building, Kevin was handed a bee-keeping suit and a smoker and that was the start. The lapsed helper had become a fully practicing bee-keeper, and an exciting new urban bee project had begun.
Do you know someone else working with bees and tech? If so, we can always squeeze in another speaker, so drop us an email with a few details. The more the buzzier : )
5th December 2019
6pm - 8pm AIB Grafton St.
The December Tech for Good Dublin event is all about the ongoing Homeless crisis in Dublin and how technology can be used to help.
Anthony Flynn, CEO of the Inner City Helping Homeless (ICHH) returns to Tech for Good Dublin, one year after his last appearance, to update us on the ICHH's work and the continuing crisis. The ICHH is an almost entirely volunteer run organisation that brings food, clothes and more to the homeless each night on the streets of Dublin, aswell as carrying out advocacy work for homeless and families in need.
James Gallagher will speak about Giveback.ie, the Irish company which has created a Chrome extension that allows you to donate money to the ICHH as you shop online.
Andy O'Sullivan & Yamin Xue, from the Liberty IT Incubator, will talk about an app & website that Liberty IT have created for the ICHH, and discuss how serverless technologies can be used to create low-cost solutions for charities.
12th March 2020
6pm - 8pm AIB Grafton St.
** Update - event was cancelled due to Covid ** Join us for a celebration of 3 years of Tech for Good Dublin !
In March 2017 we held our first ever event with a talk from TechFugees about how technology was being used to help refugees around the world. We are revisiting this important topic for our birthday with new talks which will focus on the rights of refugees to access tools and services and feel safe online.
Our first speaker is Suad Al Darra who is a Data Scientist and founder of RefugeesAre.info RefugeesAre.info - a news analysis platform focused on auto-detecting xenophobia against displaced people in the news using NLP & ML and Data Visualization techniques. Her work won Techfugees Global Challenges Awards 2018, and was mentioned in Techcrunch as one of 25 most innovative new projects using tech to help refugees and NGOs. She was also a finalist at the European DatSci & AI Awards 2019. Suad previously worked for UNICEF in applying data science methodologies to support emergency response. Suad holds a Master's degree in Data Analytics at the National University of Ireland, Galway. She currently leads Techfugees Ireland chapter to empower displaced people using technology.
Our second speaker is Charlotte Byrne who is the Education Officer at the Irish Refugee Council (IRC). The mission of the IRC is to create a just, fair and inclusive society for people seeking asylum. In 2018 Concern Worldwide secured funding from Google.org to buy technology (tablets and laptops with software installed) to be given directly to refugees who would benefit from the technology. Concern shared a portion of this grant with the IRC to support their Education Programs. Following a selection process the IRC gave the laptops to people living in Direct Provision around Ireland who could benefit from access to online resources, including free training courses. This project was a huge success and the follow-up stories from the recipients of the laptops are guaranteed to make you smile.
We also plan to have a birthday CAKE !! but promise we won’t make anyone sing ‘Happy Birthday’ (unless you want to).
22nd June 2020
Join us online to hear from people who have been working away behind the scenes to keep people and communities connected during the Covid-19 crisis. As always the event is free and open to everyone, so tell your friends : )
The Speakers: John Harrington set up TechHelpCovid19 in April and recruited techie volunteers to offer free assistance to older people in Ireland so they can get online and stay connected with support and services, friends and family. John will tell us how the project grew and what he learnt along the way. Follow them on twitter: https://twitter.com/covid19_tech
Sam Bishop manages the ChangeX Neighbourhood Network to help support and co-ordinate neighbours all over the country to stay connected with each other, and in particular to those in our communities who are at risk. Sam will explain how the project works and how technology has played a part in organising people. Learn more here: https://www.changex.org/ie/neighbourhood-network
We have missed our regular events and seeing you all, so hope to see you online. After the short talks there will be time for questions and for people to share their own projects and ideas if they wish. The event will be recorded and shared online afterwards.
Thanks to our sponsor Liberty IT for covering the Zoom costs. (A Zoom link will be added to this meeting at least 24 hours before the event)
9th July 2020
Our Tech for Good July event focuses on how tech innovations are being used to tackle domestic violence and abuse.
The figures are shocking. UN data shows that 1 in 5 women and girls under the age of 50 will have experienced physical
and/or sexual violence by an intimate partner within the last 12 months (based on data from 87 countries).
Across the world, women and girls have their most fundamental rights violated - the right to life,
security and protection from violence. Globally tech is beginning to be harnessed to address this.
There’s lots more that can be done. Our event showcases:
The HeHop app https://hehop.org/en/home-en/ uses blockchain technology to support victims of domestic violence capture evidence in a clean and traceable manner. The app launched in June 2020 in France and plans are underway to pilot it in Ireland. HeHop aims is to increase the rate of reporting and convictions of domestic violence crimes. HeHop are the winners of the Social Innovation Tournament 2019.
Omdena http://omdena.com/ a global collaboration platform that allows a volunteer community of data scientists and domain experts to use AI to solve social challenges. Omdena has been working with Red Dot Foundation in India on a number of projects looking at preventing sexual harrassment and preventing gender violence. Their latest project is looking at how COVID19 has shown a marked increase in cases of domestic violence.
Sandy Beky is a learning and change management business leader and founder. She has been very active in promoting gender equality, in her role as the President of the Professional Women’s Network in Paris, France [masked]) and a member of the French ministerial delegation at various editions of the Global Summit of Women including Sao Paulo, Warsaw, Tokyo and Basel Sandy has co-authored 8 books and white papers on various topics from well-being at work and circular HR to climate change. In April 2019, she co-founded HeHop. https://www.linkedin.com/in/sandybeky/
Rudradeb Mitra started his career as an AI researcher in 2002 and co-authored ten research papers. After graduating from the University of Cambridge, he entered the startup world and built six tech startups, including one on insurance tech ML startup. He is an avid writer and wrote his first book titled “Creating Value With Artificial Intelligence: Lessons learned from 10 years with building AI products”. His current interest is to build AI solutions for social good through global collaboration. He has also been invited to speak in over 100 events and is Google for Startups mentor and a senior AI advisor of the European Financial Management Association. https://www.linkedin.com/in/mitrar/ https://twitter.com/ArtimBedar
Máirín Murray co-founder of Tech for Good Dublin is your host. Need Support?
Women’s Aid Ireland https://www.womensaid.ie/
Women’s Aid Northern Ireland https://www.womensaidni.org/
Dublin Rape Crisis Centre https://www.drcc.ie/ - national organisation offering services to women and men affected by rape, sexual assault, sexual harassment or childhood sexual abuse.
Safe Ireland https://www.safeireland.ie/get-help/
Aoibhneas – Domestic Abuse support for women and children http://www.aoibhneas.ie/services.html
Staying Safe Online Resources
Technology can be used in a positive way to support victims however it can also provide abusers with even more ways to threaten and control.
10th Sep 2020
This webinar celebrates the phenomenal success of Irish team, Memory Haven - top prize winners in Technovation 2020 for their dementia app.
Register at: https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/webinar-showcasing-memory-haven-winners-of-technovation-2020-tickets-119398212267
After you register on Eventbrite - Zoom information will be emailed to you the day before the event.
About this Event
This special event hosted by Tech for Good Dublin and TechFoundHer celebrates the phenomenal success of the Irish team behind Memory Haven - Dementia App, which won the top prize at the 2020 Technovation World Summit. Team members Rachael Akano (16), Margaret Akano (17) and Joy Njekwe (17) were mentored by the inspirational Evelyn Nomayo. Their winning pitch is Memory Haven – an app which supports people living with dementia and their carers. The scale of their achievement is amazing. They were in competition with over 1500 global app entries, and were the only team for the EU to make it to the final. They won both the top prizes, claiming both the senior girls' division and People’s vote prize. The group is now working with Microsoft, redesigning the app with “new, more robust software” to enhance its capabilities. The app is set to launch officially on the App Store and Google Play Store in October.
Event Format: 6pm start – 7pm finish. The event will be a Q&A style panel discussion hosted by social entrepreneur and community leader Leyla Karaha. Following a brief introduction, the 30 minute discussion will include an opportunity from some questions from the audience.
Memory Haven Team:
Rachel, Margaret and Joy were all students at Our Lady’s College in Drogheda. They were led by Evelyn through an intense 12 week programme using design thinking methodology, going from idea, to working prototype, to winning pitch.
Evelyn Nomoyo is a self proclaimed technology evangelist and Tech for Good supporter, believing most social problems can be helped by technology. As regional ambassador for Technovation - a voluntary position she undertook - she coached the winning Memory Haven along with five other teams, with four of her teams making it to the semi finals.Evelyn is a UCD School of Computer Science Graduate and an experienced Software Engineer. She is currently a Ph.D. Research Fellow in Computer Science at Trinity College, researching Advanced Networks for Sustainable Societies. She’s on a mission to support women from underrepresented communities to excel in tech. She founded Phase Innovate - a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to bridging the gender and race gap in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) fields in Ireland.
Presenter - Leyla Karaha Leyla Karaha is the founder of YourY Network, and an activist with a dream of starting a fintech microfinance social enterprise to provide financial services to the poor. YourY Network is a newly founded global community of social entrepreneurs which aims to raise awareness of social entrepreneurship and support the growth of the ecosystem.