Mapping Dublins tech ecosystem, one human at a time.
LS: Dublins been great. Weve been here for a week and a half, and weve met so many people. Everyone has been really helpful, and really friendly, and introduced us to even more people who wanted to help us.
ZI: You have the big international companies here, but theyre not drowning out the smaller voices. Ive seen all varieties of people being able to do really interesting things in tech. Theres so much going on in Dublin. Everyones involved in some sort of meet up or event, and theres a very proactive community wanting to get together and do cool things and help each other out, which is great. This is the sort of community we want to benefit in return. It was a pretty easy decision to make to come here.
LS: HybridConf is a two-day, all-inclusive event. We move around, we did the first one in Cardiff, the second one in Stockholm, and this year were in Dublin. The purpose originally was to bring designers and developers together, to help them communicate better, but its really progressed from that to being about helping everyone in the tech industry to be inspired to work better together. Weve gathered a great core group of friends, who now come every year weve made couples, weve made businesses. Theres a real social element to what we do, which is really important.
ZI: Developers and designers just dont talk, in a lot of cases they make each others lives harder but they dont understand why. So, the idea was to break that down. And when youve got designers and developers in the room together, and they go to get lunch, theyre still going to stick together, in groups designers with designers, developers with developers. So we make sure they all stick around, and have lunch together, and hang out, and mingle.
LS In a lot of workplaces people dont necessarily talk to each other that much, they stay in their own teams. And then conferences are only focused on one thing or the other, so if they go and mingle with new people theyre still only with their own. Thats why we wanted to target our event at both groups, so that everyone could come and learn, from the speakers and from each other as well.
ZI: I come from both worlds. Developers and designers dont hate each other, but they could definitely understand each other a little more. I think developers sometimes think that designers overdesign things, and make them too complicated, when in reality they often make things easier for the user. If the developer can understand better where the designer is coming from, then they can implement their design better.
LS: The attendees who travel to our event come from absolutely everywhere, and we love to show them different cities and how great they are. Well have a lot of people coming here who havent been to Dublin before, and they get to see this great city. And were excited to do that.
ZI: Dublins what I call a large small city, in London its area by area, here its street by street you can walk a block and things change completely. Theres a really nice mix in that way. And we havent had a bad meal since we got here.
HybridConf 2015 takes place in Dublin on August 20-21.