DataKind Dublin (DataKind DUB) launched in August 2014, ready to harness the pool of local data professionals and assist organisations working to improve people's lives.
Ireland has a rich heritage of NGO work overseas and is home to the European headquarters of some of the world's biggest technology companies like Google, Facebook and Microsoft.
Eager to see big data techniques put to work solving difficult societal issues, the Chapter's ultimate goal is to help charities and institutions understand the power and impact data science can have on their ability to deliver their mission more effectively.
With close ties to organisations like the Open Knowledge Foundation, Open Data Ireland, and Code for All Ireland, DataKind DUB is ready to collaborate with both companies and charities to share ideas and projects, paving the way for the growing local data-for-good movement.
This video was created to give a flavour of the buzz, excitement and positivity that a Startup Weekend generates. Hopefully after watching it you'll also want to get involved - it really is one of the best routes of entry into the startup community.
Attracted by the possibility of learning more about the world of startups, typically, 80 - 100 people from a diverse range of backgrounds will sign up to participate.
A healthy mix of development, design and business skill sets converge to pitch ideas and then support the most attractive by forming multi-disciplinarian teams to validate, iterate and build those out over a timeframe of approximately 72 hours.
The weekend's kick of around 6pm on a Friday with teams formed, ideas iterated and startups created with the ultimate goal of presenting these newly created businesses, to a panel of judges in front of an auditorium packed with peers as well as members of the public.
Generous support from corporate backers, like Bank of Ireland and Google, ensure that all participants can be safely fed and watered in salubrious and creative environments.
More importantly still, perhaps, is the involvement of the experienced staff members of supporting sponsors as well as other members of the startup ecosystem and community who voluntarily give up their weekends to help to stress test, and critically evaluate all ideas in addition to mentoring and coaching all participating teams.
The startups are further supported by an experienced facilitator, supporting the deliver of a seasoned model, well proven to output startup companies within what is really an incredibly short time frame!
If you'd like any more information or to find out how you can get involved then you should check out @SWDub on Twitter!
What inpsired Dublin Beta, possibly one of Dublin's earliest, and probably most honest tech. startup events?!
Kilmacud Enterprise Club 3 October 2015