ConneXions 2017 - what went down! [fr]

ConneXions 2017 is over, but we haven’t finished talking about it! A fantastic franco-irish forum took place last weekend at Richmond Barracks. Our start-up market, round table talks and hackathon were busy from start to finish, a chance for professionals and particulars alike to meet, network and have a nice time!

ConneXions 2017 is over, but we haven’t finished talking about it! A fantastic franco-irish forum took place last weekend at Richmond Barracks. Our start-up market, round table talks and hackathon were busy from start to finish, a chance for professionals and particulars alike to meet, network and have a nice time!

Check out our ConneXions 2017 video!

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Friday: Welcome to ConneXions 2017!

On Friday afternoon our hackers arrived for their feeding session, ice breaking session and team creation session! Ideas were buzzing in Richmond Barracks classroom from the moment they arrived, meaning teams were formed in no time! Read more on our hackathon here!
Friday evening was also the third meetup of the French Tech Dublin Community that took place during ConneXions networking cocktail. This was an opportunity for people to meet up, discuss future projects and even pitch their startups! H.E. Stéphane Crouzat opened the ball as “CEO of the French Embassy” and gave a very dynamic and convincing pitch.

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Saturday: Start-up market & Round table talks

Saturday was our busiest day – more than twenty exhibitors at our start-up market, five round table talks with about twenty speakers throughout the day and our hackathon with seven teams taking on challenges related to tourism, business and digital literacy, as well as our visitors, there to discover what ConneXions had to offer!

Our start-ups were very diverse, with lots of education exhibitors such as Clever Books, Exit Entry, ManagExam and SpeakShake, as well as culture with CulturMoov, DubWebFest & Mirror TV and VisitorFlix. Check out the full list of start-up exhibitors here!

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Our round tables were equally diverse, covering topics such as “What does Big Data bring to Urban Services?”, “Smart City: Let’s Get Down To Your Business” and “e-education: Smart Up!”. Check out our list of topics and speakers here!

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Our hackers, of all ages, nationalities and backgrounds were busy all day hacking, be it in the classroom but also in the gymnasium where the start-up market and roundtable talks were held, as well as outside, on Richmond Barracks beautiful premises, with some games provided by Dublin.ie!

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Hacking all through the night…

As the day went, people were welcome to come and go from Richmond Barracks. At 4:30 our start-up market and round table sessions were done, but our hackathon certainly wasn’t. The classroom was open until 8pm that night, giving our teams plenty of time to prepare for their project pitch the next morning.

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And the winners are…

After all seven presentations, brunch and some hard decision making, our jury announced our three winners. 4 Seasons came third, with a festival based project – food and drink markets, performances by Dublin universities and colleges, four times a year with a different theme depending on the season. D8te came second with a project on creativity and social media; their aim is to highlight Dublin 8 on the city maps, with the help of schools, youth clubs and social clubs. Using a webpage, D8te wants locals and visitors to compete with self-created content (photos, videos, artworks and blog entries) promoting the features of their very own district: Dublin 8. Finally, our big winners of the day were The Great 8 who worked on the tourism challenge and put a lot of hard work into offering a structure that would bring tourism further into Dublin 8. The Great 8 want to bring tourism further into Dublin 8 in a fun, creative and accessible way through history and culture. They presented a very complete project, from potential partners to precise content, and convinced our jury to give them first place!
Our three teams went away with 500€, 750€ and 1250€ provided by Dublin City Council who also provided a business mentoring programme and a place on a start your own business course; as well as Dublin Passes provided by Failte Ireland, and three return flights to Paris as well as accomodation for our winning team provided by Transavia and Airbnb!

JPEG The Great 8 with H.E. Stéphane Crouzat, Greg Swift from Dublin City Council, Senator Lynn Ruane, Mark Bonham from Airbnb and Iseult Byrne from Dublin’s Culture Connect

Thanks again to everyone who came, and see you soon!

ConneXions is a forum organised by the Embassy of France in Ireland, Business France and the French Tech Dublin Community, in partnership with Dublin City Council, Institut français and Richmond Barracks, with the support of Airbnb, Alliance Française Dublin, Dublin.ie, Failte Ireland, Linkedin, Local Enterprise Office Dublin City, Smart Dublin, The Digital Hub and Transavia.

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Published on 12/10/2017

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