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Simon Cocking specialises in covering Dublin tech / start up / innovation events. You can find him on Twitter @SimonCocking 

This weekend, September 12 -14th, Ireland continues to build it’s reputation as an innovative tech hub in Europe.

Taking place will be the first hardware hackathon in Ireland, at DCU’s new Innovation Campus.

The event is sponsored by PCH, massively successful company started by Cork native Liam Casey, recently profiled in Wired UK magazine

The event is reasonably priced, at 40 euros,  great value as it covers your food for the weekend too. There is also an impressive range of people contributing their expertise to the event as speakers, mentors and judges. All potentially invaluable in terms of networking and advice opportunities.

Hardware Hackathon

The event website give you a good idea of what will be taking place and hopefully inspire you to come along.

See this video for an explanation of what PCH does, helping companies to scale up ideas for rapid mass production.

PCH video

Also provided at the event will be the ability to create 3D mock ups of the prototypes devised. This service is delivered by the growing young Irish company LayerLabz . These guys are really positive and enthusiastic about the event and their ability to supply a game changing product to the Irish market. Their two founders Alan Donnelly and Rob McGrath will be on hand to help hackathon participants with their latest 3D printer.

See tweet below for the size of it!

Founders fotoNew laser for Layerlabz

It looks like a great event, with time and resources put into the planning of it, to ensure that it goes well. All creating the right atmosphere to encourage exciting innovation, and ideally successful yet not completely predictable consequences.  Something else to look forward to in September as well as the schools going back!

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