Mapping Dublins tech ecosystem, one human at a time.
What do I do? Good question.
Over the years Ive been the Social Manager for Boards.ie, which is still Irelands biggest community website, I worked with Riverdance for a number of years, I was the Community Manager for WorldIrish.com, which was an online initiative to gather the Irish diaspora, Ive worked with RTE on a number of projects, I recently helped to organize the Swipe summit for the Sunday Business Post, I talk about tech and startups on Newstalk every week right now, Im working on Once The Musical, which is coming to Dublin soon. I feel like Ive been online for far too long (laughs).
I would have described myself as a Community Manager, these days its more like audience development. People need somebody to tell others about them. One of the problems, especially in tech, is that people dont necessarily have the time or the skills to get up and tell everyone else about what theyre doing. Social media in general in Ireland is still relatively young, in terms of occupying the mainstream. I used to be invited on TV all the time to talk about what Twitter is, and what Facebook is and even though Ive been lecturing and training people on social media for a long time now, Im still teaching them the same stuff Heres how to use a hashtag A lot of people still struggle with how to use tech. And Im happy to help. It gives me immense joy and satisfaction.
The relationship between Dublin and tech is something were only really examining now, even though weve had tech companies here for so long. Everybody is beginning to clue into tech. Spaces are opening up. Its just massive. Theres so much stuff going on in Dublin. Its only when you scratch under the surface that you realize whats out there. People can be very cynical about tech events in Dublin. I can be cynical about tech events in Dublin its in our nature. But so much of what happens in this town is all about networking, and meeting people, the conversations you have, the ideas being exchanged Its all about the chat.
We need to come together more as a city. One of the things Im involved with voluntarily is Dublins bid for European City Of Culture for 2020. So were talking to all the communities about what needs to be done to make Dublin a viable candidate. Sometimes theres a negative perception about Dublin the reality is brighter, and shinier, and happier, and the tech community is a big part of that story. Look at an area like Capel Street theres an amazing cluster of tech companies over the shopfronts, working away, that you never hear about. And I love that. Weve got some great people spreading the word like Paddy Cosgrave and Eamon Leonard and Niamh Bushnell, but weve got to keep telling people, and find more ambassadors.
So what do I do? I tell people about things. And look for things to tell people about. And help people to make things better.