By @SimonCocking

When is it on?

Tech for Good Dublin meets monthly and the next event is 6-8pm on Tuesday 25th April at BOI Workbench in Trinity College Dublin

How many years has it been going?

It’s almost brand new. We started in March 2017 so people who get involved now are there at the start and can help shape the group!

What was the inspiration to start it?

Ellen and Mairin both live with one foot in the technology world and another in the non-profit sector and see so much potential for using technology to make a difference. Tech for Good groups have sprung up around the world, but nothing had been established in Dublin which is a hub of tech activity and full of people who want to contribute their skills. So it was a no brainer really, the group was long overdue.

What exciting things can people look forward to for the 2017 version?

At our first event Lye Ogunsanya from TechFugees showcased global and local tech projects which focus on refugees; a growing area with lots of innovation. At the April event we will look at Virtual Reality and applications within the humanitarian sector. We are keen to include speakers from tech companies and non-profits at future events and our members are also encouraged to participate, either by presenting or proposing topics for practical workshops or side-projects. The experience, skills and commitment of members is really strong, with many experts in their fields coming along so we are very excited about that potential.

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What opportunities are on offer for people / startups / investors and companies attending?

Anyone is welcome to attend and as we are a new group we are still figuring out our long term goals, so bring your ideas and influence the group! There is huge potential for learning, making connections and also finding an area where you can support or contribute to projects that deliver impact. Plus we have a good laugh and free tea and coffee.

What tips would you give to people attending to get the most out of it?

Being a friend or colleague along and share your ideas when we talk so people know your skills and interests. Take a post-it and add your ideas to our Ideas Board and post questions on the MeetUp group. We also have a LinkedIn group (kindly set up by member Aws who works there). Or tweet us @Tech4GoodDublin

How can people book tickets / when does it usually sell out?

Yes the events are popular so join our MeetUp and book your tickets on Eventbrite  – it’s a good idea to come a bit early if you want to be sure of a seat.

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