Tech Funding For Start Ups

The National Digital Research Centre at the Digital Hub in Dublin has made a call for applications for their NDRC LaunchPad IV scheme.

NDRC LaunchPad is an accelerator programme that helps small teams to bring their digital technology concepts to commercial reality over an intensive 12 week period.

The programme provides seed investment of up to €20,000 per team, work space at NDRC, mentoring and access to investors and entrepreneurs.

NDRC LaunchPad works with academic researchers looking to create viable commercial enterprises based on their research, and entrepreneurs with great digital ideas.

The application form is at
or you can contact them at to arrange to talk to them.

Deadline is the 8th of July..

Upcoming NDRC Events:

23rd May, NDRC is hosting Eric Ries’ ‘Startup Lessons Learned 2011’ event,

8th July, NDRC LaunchPad closing date for applications,

Hub Best In Show

The Digital Hub is calling all final-year students of Animation; Audio/Music Production; Digital Design; Film/Video Production; and Multimedia to send their final-year project to their best in show competition.

Their work will be judged by The Digital Hub and also a panel of experts and the students whose work is deemed to be the ‘best’ – the most innovative and accomplished – will benefit from an opportunity to gain work experience, facilitated by The Digital Hub, with a leading company in their field.


Deadline is the 15th of July

B2b At Siggraph 2011

This year Siggraph is taking place in Vancouver Canada from 7-11th August. This is one of the premier academic conferences and exhibitions on computer graphics and interactive technologies. It has previously taken place in TCD in Ireland. has been advised by the Canadian embassy in Ireland that the BC Government and sponsors are hosting a number of business matchmaking events during the conference.

Welcome Reception – August 7

There will be an international delegate welcome reception on the Sunday evening from 6-8pm, so delegates may wish to arrive by Sunday afternoon to participate.

B2B Matchmaking Program – August 8 – 11

If you require any additional information please contact John Sullivan, Canadian Embassy, Dublin on 01-2344019.

Gameon 2011 Galway


12th annual European Conference on Simulation and AI in Computer Games

August 22 – 24, 2011

National University of Ireland Galway, in Cooperation with
National University of Ireland

Dear Colleague,

This is a reminder that the submission deadline of JUNE 1st for GAMEON’2011 is in THREE WEEKS. Late papers can be sent in till JUNE 20TH.

The conference will feature the following invited speaker:
3D face tracking including non verbal expressions
André Gagalowicz, INRIA – Rocquencourt, Le Chesnay Cedex, France –

and the following tutorial:Utilising the Playstation 3 hardware to teach game engineering Richard Davison (Newcastle University) & Dr. Graham Morgan (Newcastle University)

A quick reminder of the topics for the GAMEON’2011
[] Games Development Methodology
[] Artificial Intelligence
[] Learning and Adaptation
[] Intelligent/Knowledgeable Agents
[] Collaboration & Multi-agent Systems
[] Opponent Modelling
[] Physics and Simulation/Graphical Simulation
[] 3D Scalability
[] Facial, Avatar, NPC, 3D in Game Animation
[] AI and Simulation Tools for games design
[] Game Design
[] Rendering Techniques
[] Voice Interaction
[] Artistic input to game and character design
[] Storytelling and Natural Language Processing
[] Online Gaming – Security Issues in Online Gaming
[] MMOG’s
[] Serious gaming
[] Wargaming Aerospace Simulations, Board Games etc….
[] Games for training
[] Games Applications in education, Government, health, Corporate…
[] Games Consoles
[] Games Console Design
[] Mobile Gaming
[] Perceptual User Interfaces for Games
[] Poster Session
[] Student Session
[] Tutorials
[] Exhibition
Conference Committee
General Conference Chair

Colm O’Riordan, National University of Ireland, Galway, Ireland
General Program Chair

Ihci Conference

the iHCI conference has just announced that this year’s keynote speaker will be Paul Adams, Product Manager at Facebook, where he works on the design and development of new advertising products. He is recognized as a leading thinker on designing social interactions, and spent four years leading user research for Google’s social web projects including Gmail, Mobile and YouTube. See

2011 marks the fifth year of the annual Irish Human Computer Interaction (iHCI) Conference. This year it will take place on the 8th & 9th of September at Cork Institute of Technology which is located in Cork City in the south of Ireland.

The conference theme for 2011 maintains the strands of interest that were established in the conferences since 2007 and places emphasis on ‘inclusivity’ both in practice and design.

The field of HCI is largely characterised by a convergence of knowledge from different fields into research that is interesting in its process as much as in its practical or academic outcomes. In an increasingly competitive climate for all research the theme for this year’s conference underlines a concern for innovation through ‘integrated practice’ and ‘inclusivity in design’.

For more see

Creative D Event


Date: May 10th 2011
Time: 10:00 – 13:00
Location: Wood Quay Venue, Civic Offices, Wood Quay, Dublin 2

CreativeD is Dublin’s only network specifically for the creative industries. We believe that collaboration with other creative industries-related projects underway in Dublin brings an added benefit to our members in terms of active engagement with these projects and the potential for business growth.

“CreativeD and the City” has been designed to create such an engagement opportunity. During the event we will get an update on the Creative Dublin Alliance (CDA), a network of diverse leaders charged with identifying and implementing solutions in response to the challenges Dublin faces as an International Competitive City Region.

The Creative Dublin Alliance will talk to CreativeD members about the projects that they are currently working on, including Innovation Dublin and the World Design Capital 2014 bid. The session will also allow for discussion about how CreativeD members can get involved.

We intend to follow the CDA session with a group discussion about how CreativeD can operate as a vehicle to effectively facilitate business growth for our members, including the identification of sales and promotional opportunities. We will also look at how CreativeD members can best showcase themselves at Innovation Dublin 2011 (17th October to 18th November) and the seminar with our European partners, which will take place in Brussels on 25th November.

You need to be there to be involved. Join us on May 10th and help to drive CreativeD forward to meet your needs.

The event is open to members of CreativeD and guests. Registration is free for members.

Registration for the event can be made by logging on to where secure payment can be made for non-members.