We are hosting another joint Refresh Boyne/ M1 Payments Corridor event in The Mill in June and are delighted to have Conor Nolan as a guest speaker on the night. Conor is  24 year-old psychology graduate from Termonfeckin, Co.Louth, with a background in start-ups.

Blockchain stands to revolutionise communication and transaction recordation, in his Refresh Boyne talk Conor is going to discuss how using blockchain technologies helps in building trust between strangers and enabling increased provenance, transparency and privacy, and will highlight other opportunities of blockchain for various industries.

– Web Summit Speaker

– Sunday Independent’s Top 30 Under 30

– Business Development Manager of Kontainers, an enterprise software company building bespoke platforms for the biggest brands in shipping and launching a new product soon that will democratize the software for every freight forwarder in the world.

By providing rates, schedules and booking in a one-stop online package, Kontainers is trying to do to shipping what Expedia and Skyscanner have done to flying and travel: cut out the existing middlemen and install its website in their place. “We’ve digitised the entire process,” says Charles Lee, the co-founder of Kontainers. “You come on to our site, you type in your pickup location and destination and it gives you a quote in seconds.”

– Partnerships Manager in Blocknubie, an emerging, open-source platform that acts as a bridge between off-chain organizations, start-ups and the blockchain ecosystem.

Blocknubie simplifies and automates the startup process. It builds a highly personalised and structured roadmap based on each unique blockchain concept, location, market data and timeframes. This roadmap will utilise advanced artificial intelligence to map a path to success.and allows entrepreneurs to simulate their ideas in a sandbox to rapidly validate and prototype their ideas.

Refresh Boyne is a community of designers and developers working to refresh the creative, technical, and professional culture of the New Media industry in the Boyne region. Refresh Boyne hold events that promote design, technology, usability and standards and is part of, and inspired, by the Refreshing Cities movement.

 

Refreshments kindly sponsored by Amphenol TCS.

Date: Wednesday, 27 June 2018

Time: 19:30 – 21:00

Venue: The Mill Enterprise Hub

Tickets: https://bit.ly/2lffnWB 

 

On Friday, 11th May, the Drogheda Young Innovators (DYI) Competition Final for secondary school students took place at Coca-Cola International Services offices in Southgate Shopping Centre. Twenty shortlisted projects from the original 44 applications, were reviewed in detail by the judges from Coca-Cola International Services, State Street, Fitz Scientific, The Mill Enterprise Hub, and Bricks4Kidz Louth. The overall winners were George O’Carroll and Hugo Collins, students at Drogheda Grammar School, who impressed judges with their social enterprise project, “Storyboard”.

The overall winners of the Drogheda Young Innovator Awards 2018, Hugo Collins (left) and George O’Carroll of Drogheda Grammar School, with their Business teacher Alma Carney. Photo: Andy Spearman.

Storyboards was created by George and Hugo as learning tools used to help people with autism deal with anxiety in everyday life.  They list out the exact steps that are taken when performing everyday tasks or going to new places e.g. going to the barbers. These are currently freely available in the Arc cinema, Southgate Barbers, Drogheda Leisure Park, and in a few other places in Drogheda.

Prizes were also awarded in each of the three categories (Science/Technology, Business, and Social Enterprise) for both individual and team entries. This is the fifth year of the awards which focus on all aspects of Innovation, and has become an integral part of the local school curriculum.

According to Breanndán Casey, BDM of The Mill Enterprise, “This competition has gone from strength to strength each year, and with 44 applications, it’s fair to say that Innovation is alive and well in Drogheda. We work with our partners State Street, Coca-Cola International Services, East Coast Bakehouse, Bricks4Kidz, and Fitz Scientific to visit all nine schools in the region to highlight the innovation that is currently occurring locally, and to ensure that students have an opportunity to flex their creative muscles”.

Alison Cowzer of East Coast Biscuits speaking at the finals of the Drogheda Young Innovator Awards. Photo: Andy Spearman.

Alison Cowzer of East Coat Bakehouse was one of the judges, and commented “I am extremely impressed by the innovation on display today across all three categories, and some of the applicants would not be out of place on Dragons’ Den. Based on the level of innovation displayed, Drogheda’s future is very bright”.  Alison also told the students to put aside the question of what they want to be in the future, and focus on what they enjoy doing and what they are good at – by doing so, they will truly excel in their future careers and entrepreneurial endeavours.

Organised by a voluntary group of local business people, teachers, and The Mill Enterprise Hub, the competition challenges Drogheda’s students to think about an innovating career in science, social enterprise, or business.

The 2018 winners who received their certificates and cash prizes included:

  • “Storyboard” – Overall winner of DYI 2018, Drogheda Grammar School (George O’Carroll, Hugo Collins)
Lisa Duffy and Karen Lynch from State Street with the Drogheda Young Innovators winners of 2018 George O’Carroll and Hugo Collins
  • “Makes Cents Prepaid Card” – Business Group Category, Sacred Heart
Luisa Woods, Leah Keogh and Eva Barnett of Sacred Heart School reeive an award from Geoff Fitzpatrick of Fitz Scientific for their project “Make Cents” at the finals of the Drogheda Young Innovator Awards. Photo: Andy Spearman.
  • “Handii”– Business Group Category, St Mary’s Diocesan School
Peter Toohey (left), Dotun Fatoki and Thomas Metcalfe of St. Mary’s Diocesan School receive the award in the Business Grioup category of the Drogheda Young Innovator Awards from Geoff Fitzpatrick of Fitz Scientific for their project on a contactless payments device called Handii. Photo: Andy Spearman.
  • “Ovea Soap” – Business Group Category, Our Lady’s College, Greenhills
Olivia Butler (left) and Victoria Fabijaniak from Our Lady’s College, Greenhills receive the award in the business category of the Drogheda Young Innovator Awards for their project Ovea Soap from Geoff Fitzpatrick of Fitz Scientific. Photo: Andy Spearman
  • “Get a girl through a day” – Social Enterprise Group Category, Our Lady’s College, Greenhills
Ciara Clarke and Anna Brodigan from Our Lady’s College, Greenhills with their project, “Get a Girl Through Her Day – Tompack” at the finals of the Drogheda Young Innovator Awards. Photo: Andy Spearman.
  • “Hele-Shaw Cell Experiment” – Science Individual Category, Our Lady’s College, Greenhills (Sorcha McGeown).
Sorcha McGeown from Our Lady’s College, Greenhills with her project “A Hele-Shaw Experiment” at the finals of the Drogheda Young Innovator Awards. Photo: Andy Spearman.

The TY students at Drogheda Grammar School will also receive a workshop from Bricks4Kidz, focusing on STEM using LEGO as a fun and practical way of learning.

“It was great to have the diverse range of ideas this year, and more importantly, to see how the students have worked on their ideas over the past three months”, said Anna Keller of Coca-Cola International Services, “We also had 80 students attend a Workshop at The Mill in April which gave students an opportunity to work on their projects and receive real feedback from students and judges”.

“We expect at least 1 in 10 of Drogheda’s students will be running their own business when they finish education” says Geoff Fitzpatrick of Fitz Scientific. He continued “The applicants have already displayed great initiative and innovation, and the DYI project gives them a fantastic opportunity to work on ideas and interact with like-minded students and entrepreneurs.”

Kelly Traynor Murphy (left) and Sarah Mannion of Ballymakenny College whose project SAFE was in the finals of the Drogheda Young Innovator Awards. Photo: Andy Spearman.
Annie Byrne (left) and Ailish Carroll from Scoil Uí Mhuire, Dunleer, pictured at the finals of the Drogheda Young Innovator Awards with their project AA Éadaí. Photo: Andy Spearman.
Reece Mullen, Adam Brady, Oran Kinch and Martin Finnegan from St. Mary’s Diocesan School with their project “Electrolock” at the finals of the Drogheda Young Innovator Awards Photo: Andy Spearman.
Dominyka Rimkute of Ballymakenny College at the finals of the Drogheda Young Innovator Awards with her project B&D Candles. Photo: Andy Spearman.
Temi Adeoti (left) and Harriette Flynn of Scared Heart School with their project “Spa-Licious” at the finals of the Drogheda Young Innovator Awards. Photo: Andy Spearman.
Conor Maguire (left) and Barry Johnson of Scoil Uí Mhuire, Dunleer with their project “Bits and Bobs” at the finals of the Drogheda Young Innovator Awards.
Robert Keogh (left) and Danila Kolesnik of St. Joseph’s CBS with their “Emergency Locator” project at the finals of the Drogheda Young Innovator Awards. Photo: Andy Spearman.
09 – Olivia Butler (left) and Victoria Fabijaniak from Our Lady’s College, Greenhills with their project Ovea Soap at the finals of the Drogheda Young Innovator Awards. Photo: Andy Spearman.
Luisa Woods, Leah Keogh and Eva Barnett of Sacred Heart School with their project “Make Cents” at the finals of the Drogheda Young Innovator Awards. Photo: Andy Spearman.
Hugo Collins (left) and George O’Carroll of Drogheda Grammar School whose project “Storyboard” won the top prize at the Drogheda Young Innovator Awards. Photo: Andy Spearman.
St. Mary’s Diocesan School boys (from left) Seb Lennon, Calum Agnew, Ryan Lannon, Sam Victory, Liam Murphy and James Ospanov at the finals of the Drogheda Young Innovator Awards with their project “Face Valu”. Photo: Andy Spearman.
Sean Savage, Scott Brady and Nathan Campbell of St. Mary’s Diocesan School at the finals of the Drogheda Young Innovator Awards with their project “Block chains in the Housing Market”. Photo: Andy Spearman.
Sacred Heart girls Rachel Callan, Shauna Murphy, Geena Gray and Eva Loftus with their project “Achieve” which is a multi-sports handbook, at the finals of the Drogheda Young Innovator Awards. Photo: Andy Spearman.

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What exactly is Artificial Intelligence(AI) and how can it be used in a financial services context?


The financial world stands on the edge of a technological revolution that will fundamentally alter the way people use financial services. The explosion of data in the financial sector has made it difficult (almost impossible) to analyse, without automated support to drive better, data-driven decisions and leveraging automations to fast and convenient service.

Refresh Boyne, and the M1 Payments Corridor are delighted to welcome Ken Cregan, Head of Financial Services Consulting, IBM Ireland, to discuss AI, and how it will change the way we interact with financial services companies (and other sectors) in the future.

The new EU regulation, PSD2, allows for banks to collaborate with third-party start-ups to better use their customers’ data. This has the potential to drive a flourish of AI developments in finance. Firms will work to enable access to their systems for account aggregators and direct-credit payment initiators and improve authentication for online payments.

Financial institutions are increasingly putting faith in AI to:

– Improve consumer personalisation and automate processes in real time.

– AI helps by analyzing larger volumes of security data and is also able to scale to the size of a company as it grows. This can aid in detecting fraudulent behaviour, suspicious transactions, and potential future attacks.

– Reducing duplicate expenses and human error

– Offering Data-Analytic driven Insights; with AI, you can process a huge volume of data which can be used to create reports that not only increase productivity and revenue, but also help with complex decision-making processes.

– Utilise Chatbots in Financial Services, decreasing costs and increasing data-driven analysis

Opportunities for Fintech Startups: AI technology is becoming increasingly accessible and affordable and is being used to help smaller startups as they can access the tools to compete with larger players within their industry.

The talk will be followed by Q&A session, and networking over pizza & beverage

Ken has over 20 years experience as a transformation consultant principally within Financial Services. Specific expertise in the area customer experience transformation. He has designed and lead some of the most innovative and challenging transformation programmes within the Retail Banking sector, and is currently working with a number leading banks, and non-banks, in applying AI to achieving business objectives.

Date: Wednesday, 16 May 2018

Time: 19:00 – 20:30

Admission: FREE

Book here: https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/future-of-artificial-intelligence-for-financial-services-tickets-45719963642 

Refreshments kindly sponsored by Amphenol TCS

Refresh Boyne is a community of designers and developers working to refresh the creative, technical, and professional culture of the New Media industry in the Boyne region. Refresh Boyne hold events that promote design, technology, usability and standards and is part of, and inspired, by the Refreshing Cities movement.

 

Drogheda Institute of Further Education (DIFE) and The Mill Enterprise Hub have teamed up to support two students who are passionate about developing a business idea. DIFE students have an opportunity to win three months free hotdesk at The Mill, and additional mentoring support, by completing a short application outlining their potential business.

According to Breanndán Casey, manager at The Mill, “This is a great opportunity for students to find out what it’s really like to be an entrepreneur and get a practical, hands-on taste of real life business in an inspiring entrepreneurial environment. The Mill currently has 30 companies employing circa 80 people. The winners will avail of a hotdesk, access to meeting rooms, high speed broadband, and support from The Mill Board”

Drogheda Institute of Further Education is the largest provider of PLC courses in the North East region. Their aim is to provide Further Education courses which are of the highest quality to school leavers, and adults returning to education.

Barbara Cooney, Deputy Principal of DIFE commented “We offer almost forty courses in a wide variety of disciplines, all of which are fully accredited by QQI and all relevant professional examining bodies.  Our diverse courses range across the following faculties: Art, Design & Technology, Business Humanities & IT, Sports, Leisure & Tourism, Community & Health Care, Applied Science. These courses can offer an ideal stepping stone to self-employment, and we’re delighted to work with The Mill on this initiative. The benefits to students include an ideal way to build their business network; develop their social skills, step out of their comfort zone, work on self-motivation commitment and reliability, and attend free networking events”.

The Mill will also put students in contact with their business partners, such as Louth Local Enterprise Office and Drogheda Chamber of Commerce.

Application Form – DIFE Hotdesk Competition

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Watch our latest video of the DYI workshop in The Mill on Wednesday, 11th April. Excellent projects, very inspiring! The best of luck to all candidates, final on 11 May in Coca-Cola (Southgate). pic.twitter.com/sYAC3gg5ag

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Why Join Aphix?

aphix software logo

As a dynamic startup company working in an exciting space that fuses e-commerce, enterprise software, mobile and cloud apps we are also looking for dynamic people.

We are an award-winning team, National Enterprise Award regional Winners 2017, All Ireland Business All-Stars category winners 2017, (ISA Finalist 2016, Best Micro Start-Up winners 2016, Tech Start-Up of the year 2015, IYBE Regional Winner 2015, InterTradeIreland Seedcorn Best Start-Up Regional Winner 2015) with a growing and global customer base.

We offer exciting career opportunities to work in the area of cutting edge product development for a global customer base. Come work with a talented team in a social, fun environment where you have real impact on the direction of our products.

A Great Team, A Great Place to Work

Teamwork is at the heart of what we do.  Our team culture comes from a very honest, open and supportive environment.  Aphix is a fun, challenging and happy place to work.  Everyone in the team is encouraged, supported and has the freedom to suggest and make changes to our product and how we work.

Our annual team days are legendary 🙂 and we regularly arrange social events, gaming nights, yoga, escape rooms/quests and much more for fun and to keep building that strong team culture.

We asked Thomas International and Catalyst Consulting to carry out an independent and anonymous staff engagement survey to benchmark us against others and continue to foster inclusion, respect and teamwork in all we do.

Survey of Team Relationships and Engagement

Benefits

We offer many benefits to everyone on our team and work hard to make this a healthy, fun and rewarding work environment.  These include:

  • Growth and opportunity.  As an Enterprise Ireland backed HPSU (high potential startup) company we are funded and focused on high levels of growth providing strong career options.  We provide regular formal and informal career feedback and carry out annual pay reviews.
  • Work with great people.  Our team is passionate, driven and successful – join us if you are too!
  • Social.  We hold regular company sponsored team lunches, nights out and our annual weekend conference.
  • Benefits.  We offer a number of schemes and benefits to all employees equally:
  • Industry benchmarked salaries
  • Annual leave – from 22 to 25 days per year (depending on length of service)
  • Bike-to-work scheme.  We also offer a further company subsidy to make this scheme even more attractive.
  • Flexible Work Hours
  • Remote Working (subject to role and length of service)
  • How to Apply

    If you are interested in joining our product team, please send us your CV and a cover email to jobs@aphixsoftware.com.

    Please Note: We hire great people, not just great qualifications! So, tell us in the cover note what you are passionate about, what you do outside of work and why you feel you are the best candidate for this position!

As part of Local Enterprise Week 2018, The Mill and the Local Enterprise Office Louth are delighted to invite you to the upcoming Refresh Boyne talk in The Mill Enterprise Hub.

As Managing Director of eir Television and eir Sport, Glen’s responsibilities include the strategic, operational and commercial direction of the eir Television platform, channels and apps. Prior to joining eir, Glen was Managing Director of RTE Television from 2010 -2016 where he was responsible for the commercial, editorial, operational and strategic direction of all of RTE’s Television channels. He was a member of the RTE Executive Board and was President of the EBU Television committee which represents the interests of over 70 public service television channels across Europe and North Africa.

Traditional TV has changed dramatically in the last 5 years, with increased use of the internet and social media. Increased competition may see Technology giants such as Amazon, Netflix and Facebook all weighing up the possibilities of getting involved in Premiership football. Amazon have already netted the rights to show 37 ATP tennis tournaments in the UK and Ireland, with Facebook beginning to broadcast Champions League matches thanks to an agreement with Fox Sports. Amazon Prime is now livestreaming NFL games. A recent report revealed that the average U.S. Wi-Fi–enabled household streams an average of one hour and 40 minutes of Netflix content directly to their television on a daily basis. In August 2017, the Social media giant Facebook made a move into dedicated video, pitting it against YouTube and TV networks. Facebook Watch will be personalised so that users can discover new shows, based on what their friends are watching, and viewers will also be able to see comments and connect with friends and dedicated groups for shows.

Refresh Boyne and The Mill Enterprise Hub are delighted to have Glen speak on the future of TV and how technology will affect our viewing habits, and access to sports.

 

 

Date: Wednesday 7th March
Time: 7.00-9.00pm
Location: The Mill Enterprise Hub, Drogheda
Speaker: Glen Killane, Managing Director, Eir Television And Eir Sport.

Book your ticket here: https://futureinteractions.eventbrite.ie

 

 

Refreshments kindly sponsored by Amphenol TCS

Refresh Boyne is a community of designers and developers working to refresh the creative, technical, and professional culture of the New Media industry in the Boyne region. Refresh Boyne hold events that promote design, technology, usability and standards and is part of, and inspired, by the Refreshing Cities movement.

 

As part of Local Enterprise Week 2018, Drogheda Chamber and Local Enterprise Office Louth are delighted to invite you to the Launch of Skillnets North East and Speed Networking session in The Mill.

Venue: The Mill Enterprise Hub, DroghedaLEO logo

Booking: Book via https://droghedachamber.ie/event/free-m1-drogheda-chamber-skillnet-launch-speed-networking/?instance_id=85www.droghedachamber.ie

Drogheda & District Chamber of Chamber is delighted to announce the new M1-Drogheda Chamber Skillnets which will enable businesses along the M1 access subsidised training in a local setting. Member companies actively participate in determining their own training needs and how, when and where training will be facilitated. Programmes are optimised to suit the needs of employed learners, through both formal and informal learning.

The M1-Drogheda Chamber Skillnets will be offering a wide variety of courses throughout 2018 which will benefit local companies, from startups to established International companies. The launch will highlight the benefits of participating in the network, and will be an opportunity to inform the network of your specific training needs.

Skillnets also strongly encourage peer to peer networking, and this launch will include a facilitated speed networking session for circa 40 participants. Attending the launch is free, includes light lunch, but tickets need to be reserved  Please see www.droghedachamber.ie to register for the event.

Drogheda & District Chamber of Chamber is delighted to announce the new M1-Drogheda Chamber Skillnets which will enable businesses along the M1 access subsidised training in a local setting. Member companies actively participate in determining their own training needs and how, when and where training will be facilitated. Programmes are optimised to suit the needs of employed learners, through both formal and informal learning.

The M1-Drogheda Chamber Skillnets will be offering a wide variety of courses throughout 2018 which will benefit local companies, from startups to established International companies. The launch will highlight the benefits of participating in the network, and will be an opportunity to inform the network of your specific training needs.

Skillnets also strongly encourage peer to peer networking, and this launch will include a facilitated speed networking session for circa 40 participants. Attending the launch is free, includes light lunch, but tickets need to be reserved  Please see www.droghedachamber.ie to register for the event.

Date: Tuesday, 6th March

Time: 12pm to 2pm

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As part of the M1 Payments Corridor initiative, The Mill and partners has been working with local teenagers on a Digital Payments Dojo for the past year. It is a fun and exciting project relating to payments and payments technology that allows the group to develop their skills in Coding, Project management, and Digital communication (graphics, video & social media).

Impacts to date include:

– Development of Digital Payments Info website, https://bit.ly/DigitalPaymentsInfo

– Fortnightly meetings where teenagers work on projects

– Visit to MasterCard Centre of Excellence

– Presentation at Paypal on Blockchain as part of Louth LEO Enterprise week in March 2017

The next stage is to create and develop an App related to digital payments. However, we need additional support from mentors to realise this ambition. The Dojo-ers have the raw talent, but need some assistance from experienced app developers.

The Dojo-ers will make a short presentation outlining their achievements to date, and what they plan to achieve in coming year. Please register to attend, and find out more about becoming a mentor: https://bit.ly/2BPkrGT.

The second half of the session will include a facilitated workshop amongst Dojo-ers and attendees on how we want the Dojo to develop, and a look at some of the technical opportunities of developing a Payments App.

M1 Payments Corridor is a key part of the Government’s NorthEast Action Plan for Jobs which proposes the creation of a ‘digital payments hub’ along the M1 economic corridor with the potential to create hundreds of sustainable new jobs. It is an industry grouping of ePayments / Fintech companies, and allied stakeholders (IDA, EI, DCU, DKIT, Louth Economic Forum), promoted by The Mill, that serves the wider geographic M1 corridor in a Fintech vertical known as ePayments. Industry members of the M1 Steering Group include Vesta, PayPal, State Street, Aphix Software, Yapstone, and Coca-Cola International Services.

Date: Saturday, 10 February

Time: 11:00 – 14:00

Venue: The Mill Enterprise Hub, Greenhills, Drogheda

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GastroGays are a blogging duo consisting of Drogheda native, Patrick Hanlon, and Russell James Alford. Originally from Ireland and having spent four years in London growing all things GastroGays they’rere now based back in Ireland, where it all began…

“Though our blog found its feet in the tough times of austerity Dublin, it flourished in London and we really found our voice there. But all good things come to an end and in mid-2017 we relocated back to Ireland, packed in our jobs and decided to turn GastroGays into our main job as we entered our fifth year of blogging

So what is GastroGays all about? Well, three things: Food. Travel. Eurovision. Our raison d’être is food in all its various forms and our passion and expertise is food-led travel.”

This will be a great opportunity to hear how Russell and Patrick developed an award-winning blog, and discuss the future challenges and opportunities in blogging and social media.

Date: Wednesday, 31 January 2018

Time: 19:00 – 21:00

More info on Gastrogays: https://gastrogays.com/

Register now: https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/blogging-with-gastrogays-tickets-42355559619