By @SimonCocking. We caught up with Ronan Leonard, aka The Tec Dr, who will be moderating an IoT panel at Dublin City University Alpha Innovation Campus, at our event on May 30th. Learn more by coming to the DCU / ITN IoT event on May 30th, last few tickets available here.
1 min pitch for what you are doing now?
At the moment I am busy recording and editing my podcasts for Irish Tech News. I also write articles and cover various conferences and product launches for Irish Tech News. The next conference I will be covering for Irish Tech News is LavaCon which is taking place in Croke Park.
When I am not doing that I am also writing blog content for various clients as well as doing some freelance writing for foreign-based tech publications. The clients that I write blog posts like me to research a certain topic and then write an article on it.
How was the last 12 months, what worked well, what didn’t move as quickly as you would have liked?
In January 2016 I recorded my first podcast and the first one was published mid April 2016. When I first thought about doing podcasts I did not know how well they would do but when the first one was released it got to number 2 in iTunes Tech Podcast Charts, so I knew I was doing something right. The one thing I wanted to do that would make the Irish Tech News podcasts stand out was to never keep covering the same topics and the usual suspects (i.e. the faces that you always see speaking at conferences) are not interviewed. Another important thing that the Irish Tech Podcast does very well is support startups especially Irish ones, and it’s nice to be able to interview new companies that might become unicorns.
— The Tec Dr (@tecdr) June 27, 2016
What are your plans for the future?
Having started blogging in tech security over 3 years ago it helped me break into tech journalism and I want to continue writing blogs for business as well as curating them and training people how to write blog posts.
Whilst doing research on podcasting last year including what equipment to use, plus where I was going to store my podcasts, I noticed that there was no up to date books on podcasting to help anyone who wants to start doing a podcast, so I am researching for an ebook on podcasting which I plan to start writing later this year.
What will you be doing at this event?
I will be moderating one of the panels which I am really looking forward to.
What inspired you to participate?
Having always had an interest in new technology that can help change the world for the better, the Irish Tech News IoT event will allow me to see the latest Irish IoT developments and startups.
Which influencers and websites do you follow to keep up to date with the latest developments?
Besides Irish Tech News, I am a big fan of Tech Crunch and their editor Mike Butcher. I also like CNET and follow Brian Honahan on Twitter as he keeps me up to date on the latest security issues. I also listen to The Innovation Show podcast and TED Radio Hour podcast. When I was writing earlier this month on WannaCry, Twitter was great as it kept me up to date with was happening in Ireland and worldwide.
How can people find out more about what you are working on?
By following me on Twitter @tecdr