Galway, Ireland-Based Pocket Anatomy wins Boost Startup Competition at TNW Conference

All photos by Julia de Boer for The Next Web.

Pocket Anatomy has won the "Boost" startup competition at The Next Web (TNW) Conference in Amsterdam. The event is one of Europe’s top tech gatherings and was attended by over 2,500 influential web, technology and business leaders from all over the world. Nearly a hundred startups were selected for Boost, out of which 10 (including Pocket Anatomy) were shortlisted to pitch on stage yesterday.


Irish visual patient software company joins prestigious US StartUp Health Academy

Pocket Anatomy has become just the third European company to join the prestigious StartUp Health Academy of 63 portfolio companies, as part of sixteen new inductions this year.

Pocket Anatomy are the creators of a suite of medical education software applications that are used by medical students, healthcare professionals, and the general public for visualising the complexities of the human body. The software has been downloaded over 250,000 times on iPad and iPhone devices, and has been used by students and staff in over 50 educational institutions in the US.


Mosquito swatting game and rainwatch apps amongst winners in second annual CodeNinja competition

Students from GMIT and NUI Galway try out the Annoying Mosquito game

On 13 March, CodeNinja - an app development competition for third-level students in Galway - came to its conclusion with three prizes awarded to student teams from GMIT and NUI Galway. Through a series of workshops, CodeNinja gave students the skills and knowledge required to create their own innovative web or mobile apps. The competition was designed by local businesses and academics to train and encourage students to be creative in the cultivation of their own technology ideas, and was supported by Microsoft Ireland, GitHub, OnePageCRM, Ex Ordo, and the VP for Innovation and Performance at NUI Galway.

The winning entry was the “Annoying Mosquito” app developed by Chengxuan Xing and Adeel Gilani, both final year software development students at GMIT.


Study finds a total of 1.8 million jobs in the EU app economy, with €17.5 billion in revenues taken in by EU app companies in 2013

European Commission Vice President Neelie Kroes with NUI Galway's Dr John Breslin

Leaders from the EU app economy gathered in Brussels on 13 February for the launch of the Eurapp study report “Sizing the EU App Economy”, where guest speakers including Neelie Kroes and Rovio’s Peter Vesterbacka discussed the future of the EU app economy. Eurapp is a year-long project run by NUI Galway and Gigaom to look at the opportunities and challenges facing the EU app economy.


Smart Smartphone Shopping This Christmas

What smartphones should you be buying this Christmas? Lukasz Porwol gives some sound advice.

Christmas is coming! What should I buy for a rebellious teenager, my better half or my dear old dad? The answer is obvious …a smartphone! And even more obvious: the iPhone!

But isn’t it far too expensive? Isn’t the Samsung Galaxy S4 actually better? And hold on a sec …Sony has the waterproof Xperia Z! They are still quite pricey and someone was telling me the Nokia Windows phones are pretty awesome. And while I’m at it, the technical slang spouted by so many salespeople doesn’t exactly help! What are they talking about?!


EU App Economy Study Presents Interim Findings and Innovation Challenge Winners

Leaders from the app development community in Europe gathered in Berlin recently to discuss the current state of the EU app economy, along with innovative ideas for the future. The event featured keynote talks and hands-on tutorials by CEOs and co-founders from a variety of successful app companies who advised app companies on how to grow their businesses. Interim study results were also presented which showed that almost a third of larger European ICT companies hired at least 10 app developers this past year, with at least a 5% growth in app developer and app support teams expected by about a quarter and a third of the companies respectively.


GoPrezzo's Startup Survival Guide to the Dublin Web Summit

Image: One of the hundreds of tech startups pitching at the Dublin Web Summit 2013

Out of the 10,000 attendees at this year’s Web Summit over 2,000 are listed as the founder, CEO or employee of a technology startup. Most of these companies are manning stands in the main hall and hundreds are pitching at one of four dedicated stages running from morning until evening. With a sea of entrepreneurs vying for attention, how can a startup make it worth their while?

It’s exhausting but worth it, says GoPrezzo founder and CEO Aaron Taylor. GoPrezzo is a casual mobile gaming tournament platform with a base in both Belfast and New York. This is their first time at the Web Summit and it’s been a busy few days.


Our Top 10 List of Eye-Catching European App Companies

Based on's data, there are roughly 30,000,000 apps downloaded on a daily basis worldwide. Among the popular apps, western-European gaming applications have taken many of the top spots in the app market. It is with this inspiration that the European Commission decided to launch the Eurapp project. The project aims to help entrepreneurs gain a foothold in maintaining and expanding their businesses in the app development industry, not just on the continent, but globally as well. In this article, we have listed the top companies in the European region that caught our eye. Their impressive popularity, success and list of well-known clients are some of the reasons why they made it onto our top 10 roundup.


Eurapp: A Study Underway to Measure the Impact of the App Economy

With almost a million apps now available worldwide, a new project has begun to measure the app economy in Europe and help guide stakeholders towards success. The ‘Eurapp’ project was launched by the European Commission, and is being run by the Digital Enterprise Research Institute at NUI Galway in conjunction with leading tech industry analyst firm GigaOM Research. The project kicks off with a working workshop in Brussels on 14 June, “Shape the Future App Economy of Europe”, featuring leaders from the app industry.


Would You Pay an Ongoing 'Entertainment' Tax to use Your Mobile Device?

An Irish Government minister has recently announced that every home in the country will have to pay a TV license fee regardless of whether they have a TV or not. He is quoted as saying;

“In short, everyone benefits from the availability of these services, regardless of how content is accessed or relayed to the public and, therefore, it is my view that the cost should be borne by society as a whole.”

There are two implied premises to his argument: The first is, that people are watching more programming on their mobile devices or computers to the extent that the relationship between broadcaster and viewer has changed in some fundamental way.

Second, that watching television is not only beneficial in itself but is of benefit to society as a whole.


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