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 

 

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 

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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.

 

Bill Liao is General Partner at SOSV, supporting, mentoring and investing in companies and startups at all stages of growth.

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Runs RebelBio in Europe, focusing on entrepreneurs building technologies in or around the field of synthetic biology.

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Co-founder of CoderDojo, a free global network formed to assist young people with learning computer programming, Bill also co-founded XING, a pioneering enterprise social networking platform.

The author of three books, Bill is a speaker at events such as The World Economic Forum, The Globe Forum in Sweden, TED and TEDx and also at major institutions such as The London School of Economics and The House of Commons.

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The latest Refresh Boyne event on June 29th saw a packed house at The Cross Pub in Drogheda listening to Brendan Kearns, an Australian Digital Product Designer, based in London, speaking on ‘Creating a Design Culture’. This continues Refresh Boyne’s strong track record of bringing leading creative and technical thinkers to the NorthEast region.

For almost a decade Brendan has worked with design studios and technology companies in Australia, Europe, and North America. Currently lead designer for InVision Enterprise, the driving force behind design and collaboration at some of the world’s most innovative companies, Brendan is working on building a more powerful design process for millions of users. InVision simplifies virtually every aspect of the product design workflow and makes collaboration a core part of the process for millions of people across design, development, project management and marketing. Organisations such as Twitter, Sony, IBM, Uber, Evernote, and Salesforce rely on InVision Enterprise to power their design process.

During his talk, Brendan mentioned the following:

  • Learnings from some of tech’s best design teams
  • InVision’s seven principles of digital product design
  • How to start becoming a user-centered company
  • How designers can own user problems inside organisations.
  • Choosing the right methods for design at scale.
  • Start to create a design culture inside organisations

According to Sean Downey of Refresh Boyne “I was aware that the Boyne region had a very strong creative tradition, but I felt that a lot of the activity was fragmented and below the radar. Refresh Boyne events offer local creative talent and startups an opportunity to hear from leading thinkers across the creative and technical sectors, which are continually criss-crossing with each other”

Breanndán Casey of The Mill commented that “prior to the establishment of the Refresh Boyne voluntary organisation, it was difficult for like-minded startups in the technical and creative sectors to meet at the same event. The caliber of speakers has been very exciting, and includes startup expert Eamon Leonard, Valista Founder Raomal Perrera, and PR Guru Paul Hayes. Past topics include Gaming, Mongo DB, Lean Startup methodology, UX, and Podcasting. Our future speakers include Declan Costello, Head of IT Infrastructure at Ryanair speaking on ‘The Digital Transformation of Ryanair’, and International Investor Bill Liao of SOS Ventures on ‘Turning Impossible into Inevitable’.

All Refresh Boyne events are free and attendees can register at www.refreshboyne.org .

 

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On Thursday, 17th November, Ron Immink will be referencing the best business ron-imminkbooks of 2016 to talk about how you can be more creative and innovative in 2017.

He is a regular contributor on Newstalk radio, he does public speaking and his articles are regularly featured in the media. He blogs and tweets a lot (@orangemanta).

Ron’s current activities combine social media, narrative, story telling, dialogue learning, collective wisdom, peer-to-peer and social learning with innovation, change management, strategy and ultimately helping businesses to succeed.

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Bookbuzz helps top executives to engage with the greatest business minds. Applying the best business thinkers to the problems that companies are facing. Clients are MNCs from UK, USA and Ireland.

Date: Thursday, 17th November 2016

Time: 19:00 – 21:00

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Refresh-Boyne-Logo-300x196On Wednesday, 30th November, Patrick Mooney, UX Design Manageraaeaaqaaaaaaaaojaaaajde0zwq2nmeylwq3njgtndjkmi05mzkxlwjhodi0mdg5ntq1zq

from Optum, will talk about user experience design. With over 17 years professional experience, rooted in a technical background, Patrick brings a different mind-set to what is considered a creative discipline. He recently joined Optum, a UnitedHealth Group company, to establish, grow and lead a new UX Design Studio. He followed a calling to user experience in the noughties fulfilling a lifelong passion for user-centered design. He plays a very active part in the Irish UX scene as a co-organiser of Ireland’s largest monthly UX MeetUp group, DublinUX, and founder and host of the weekly UXoverLunch.

Date: Wednesday, 30th November 2016

Time: 19:00 – 21:00

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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.

 

Mobile App Development – which do you choose Native or Hybrid?Mohammed Malaka

There are definitely advantages and disadvantages to both. People are generally sitting in one camp or the other and defend their camp strongly.

This talk is about Mohammed’s Journey from Native to Hybrid App Development and is sure to be a hot topic and prompt a lot of questions at the end!

 

About Mohammed

Mohammed Malaka is an experienced developer and is currently a solution architect at HP. Mohammed is the organiser of the Ionic Ireland Meetup and has also spoken at the AngularJS meetup in Dublin.

He has experience in Native app development and also in developing Hybrid apps using Ionic Framework and AngularJS.

https://www.linkedin.com/in/mohammedmalaka

 

About Ionic Framework

Ionic Framework is a powerful HTML5 SDK that helps you build native-feeling mobile apps using web technologies like HTML, CSS, and Javascript.

Ionic is focused mainly on the look and feel, and UI interaction of your app. That means it is not a replacement for PhoneGap or your favorite Javascript framework. Instead, Ionic simply fits in well with these projects in order to simplify one big part of your app: the front end. We recommend reading Where does the Ionic Framework fit in? to get a good understanding of Ionic’s goals.

Ionic currently requires AngularJS in order to work at its full potential. While you can still use the CSS portion of the framework, you’ll miss out on powerful UI interactions, gestures, animations, and other things.

Ionic 1 is the stable version at the moment but Ionic 2 which is based on Angular 2, recently released, will also be released soon. Ionic 2 has overhauled nearly every part, from the way that users navigate through your pages, how we efficiently manage UI, to how we help you wield the true powers of the underlying device.

 

Date: Wednesday, 26 October 2016

Time: 19:00 to 21:00

Admission: Free

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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.

 

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Refresh-Boyne-Logo-300x196On Wednesday, 25th May 2016, Shane Breslin paid a visit to The Mill to give a talk on digital strategies. Shane Breslin is a digital consultant with over 15 years experience in online content, digital strategy, and marketing communications. As past-Deputy Editor and Editor of Joe.ie, he helped to build it into one of the largest lifestyle brands for Irish males, which currently has 3.1m unique users each month, 450,000 Facebook fans, and 220,000 Twitter followers. In the past few years, he has worked as a marketing and digital consultant for a range of clients, and also opened Blackbird Books, an independent bookshop in Navan in 2015.

He has shared a few tips on how to:

– choose the right advertising platform for YOUR business

– measure the cost effectiveness of your ad campaigns

– target the right customer, and much more!

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On Monday, 21st March 2016, Brian Connolly, the producer of one of the leading podcast series in Ireland – An Irishman Abroad, gave an enjoyable talk as part of the Refresh Boyne series of events on how to start your own podcast.

He shared some tips on:

– Recording and editing a podcast

– Deciding on the length of a podcast

– Choosing the right voice-overs, music, recording environment and speech pace

– Getting the most out of listeners’ feedback

– Organizing a skype interview within a podcast,

and much more!

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Having started out his career in the area of broadcast imaging (branding through sound) and writing radio jingles, Brian is now a final year PhD student with research interests in the application of psychoacoustic phenomena concerning the non-linearities of the inner ear within contemporary music composition. Since starting his PhD in 2012 at Maynooth University, Brian has composed the music for Keith Barry’s The Dark Side tour, was subsequently credited as writing the effects music for Barry’s TV3 show Brain Hacker as well as having written and presented the RTÉ lyric fm documentary Why Music Can’t Stay Still. Brian teaches Acoustics and Psychoacoustics at undergraduate and postgraduate level at Maynooth University and in the past 18 months alone his groundbreaking research into the ear as an instrument has been widely showcased at high profile events in Ireland, England, Scotland, United States of America, Canada and Mexico.

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Refresh-Boyne-Logo-300x196avatars-000172917004-o1ixmr-t500x500Refresh 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, and we are delighted to welcome Brian Connolly, the producer of one of the leading podcast series in Ireland – An Irishman Abroad, to The Mill.

https://anirishmanabroad.podbean.com/ 

Since its inception in 2013 An Irishman Abroad has become one of the biggest independent podcasts in Ireland  which the Telegraph stated ‘could turn out to be one of the biggest podcast hits since Ricky Gervais picked up a laptop.’ In 2013 An Irishman Abroad was announced the Best New Audio podcast on iTunes and has made iTunes’ Best of.. lists for 2014 and 2015 as well as being listed in Podbean’s Top 10 podcasts in the Society and Culture category for 2014 and 2015.

Having started out his career in the area of broadcast imaging (branding through sound) and writing radio jingles, Brian is now a final year PhD student with research interests in the application of psychoacoustic phenomena concerning the non-linearities of the inner ear within contemporary music composition. Since starting his PhD in 2012 at Maynooth University, Brian has composed the music for Keith Barry’s The Dark Side tour, was subsequently credited as writing the effects music for Barry’s TV3 show Brain Hacker as well as having written and presented the RTÉ lyric fm documentary Why Music Can’t Stay Still. Brian teaches Acoustics and Psychoacoustics at undergraduate and postgraduate level at Maynooth University and in the past 18 months alone his groundbreaking research into the ear as an instrument has been widely showcased at high profile events in Ireland, England, Scotland, United States of America, Canada and Mexico.

Brian will talk about:

  • What podcasts actually are, and the different preconceptions about them;
  • The podcast industry and reasons why it is successful as an industry;
  • Social media promotion, do’s and don’ts, basic tips on how to start up a podcast and how to bring it to the audience;
  • Finding the right equipment;
  • Narrowing your topic and find your niche;
  • Recording, producing and editing your podcasts;
  • Getting started with creating your RSS podcast feed;

Date: Monday, 21st March 2016

Time: 19:30 – 21:00

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