Events – What’s On


#SouthEastBIC and Boxworks are delighted to invite you to their first short but exciting collaborative event, a breakfast workshop:

Start-Up Workshop: Business Modelling & Value Proposition

To take part in this workshop click into the link…

#Boxworkslook forward to many more collaborative projects between themselves and South East BIC over 2018



October 2017 – Graph Databases & Yahoo’s New Search Engine

Please keep your RSVP up to date, free spots are always in demand! 

Waterford Tech Meetup is back! On Wednesday the 25th October,  organised by Marco Troisi  Senior Software Engineer at ServisBOT (WTM Organiser since 2016), WTM is inviting all interested in joining us for an introduction to Graph Databases, what they are and why are they useful. Next, there will be a talk, Yahoo’s new search engine which offers a whole new range of opportunities.

The meetup starts at 7:00 pm, with food and drinks provided. Afterwards, we are looking forward to discussions and socialising.


by John Rellis  Senior Software Engineer RouteMatch Software

With the introduction of the Relational Database Management System in the late 70s, the outlook was brightening for manageable relationships. As time went by, an irony began to emerge, the Relational Database Management System seemed to struggle with highly relational data. Traversing relationships through JOINs became an expensive exercise. Luckily, through the proliferation of NoSQL technologies and polyglot persistence, Graph Databases have emerged as a possible solution to the problem of complicated relationships.

In this talk, John will introduce the technology through a comparison of a subset of the available implementations with the goal of guiding all through their relationship troubles.

2fc64d6 – the search engine that powers Yahoo, open-sourced! 

by Richard Rodger CEO at Metsitaba

An introduction to how it works, what it does, and what it takes to run, and why it’s different from ElasticSearch. Metsitaba is building a search engine for speakers, conferences and events, and we’ve chosen as the platform. Learn from our experiences getting this awesome platform up and running!


Boxworks Comedy

with Conor O’Toole, James Moran, and Ruthe Phoenix
by Boxworks Comedy
Date: Thu 26 October 2017
Time: 20:00 – 23:00
Price: €5.92



Conor O’ Toole  – 

It’s the very first Boxworks Comedy and you should totally be there. Our headliner is Dublin Fringe Spirit Of Wit award winner Conor O’Toole. Also appearing are very funny people James Moran and Ruthe Phoenix. Alan Maguire is MCing. Boxworks is a really nice place that you’ve probably wanted to see the inside of for a while and now’s your chance. There’ll be a bar. Tickets are only €5 (plus booking fees). It’s gonna be really great and you’ll get to tell your grandkids that you were at the first ever Boxworks Comedy and they’ll be like “what’s comedy?” because all the comedy will have died when the nukes landed. Ok cool , see you there.


September 2017 – Amazon Alexa & Markdown Magic!



Hands-on with Amazon Alexa

by Ray Carroll

Smart personal assistants are now on virtually every mobile device and are moving into our physical environments such as our homes and cars, providing new and substantial avenues for businesses to reach customers. In this talk, Ray will give a simple hands-on demonstration for getting started building conversational interfaces through Alexa with the Amazon skills toolkit.

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by Dónal McCarthy
Lead Software Engineer at Bluefin Payment Systems

Could writing beautiful and useful documentation be an easy task? Dónal will show us cool tools and techniques to make this possible. A guide to generate documentation for the web and print using Markdown.


July 2017 – Layered Architecture & Killing a Legacy System

Another great Waterford Tech Meetup is on its way! On Wednesday the 26th July, we are inviting all interested in joining us for a talk that will explore the use of a layered architecture and design patterns to improve your codebase and make it more maintainable. Next, there will be a talk on the VHI’s journey moving on from an old legacy system.

The meetup starts at 7:00 pm, with food and drinks provided. Afterwards, we are looking forward to discussions & socialising

600_463181742Using a layered architecture to clean up your codebase

by Barry O Sullivan
Lead Developer at DynamicReservations

Maintaining an application is complex, and pretty soon you need to evolve past MVC, but how do you do it? Barry will explain some simple techniques on how to separate your code and use patterns more effectively. If you’re interested in improving your architecture, this is the talk for you.

600_463181743Killing a legacy

by Damien Malone
Principal Technical Architect at VHI

Damien will discuss several different approaches VHI have taken to dealing with legacy tier 1 systems, how they became legacy, the issues encountered along the way and the approach to try and prevent big bang legacy migrations in the future.


June 2017 – Survival-Oriented Architecture & the future of money

Waterford Tech Meetup is back! On Wednesday the 28th June, we are inviting all interested in joining us for a great talk on how to build software following so-called “Survival-Oriented Architecture”! Next, there will be a talk that will take us on a journey to understand the future of money and payment security.

The meetup starts at 7:00 pm, with food and drinks provided. Afterwards, we are looking forward to discussions and socialising.

600_462376957Survival-Oriented Architecture

by John Butler
Senior Software Engineer at StitcherAds

Avoiding dizziness while pivoting harder than an Olympic figure skater. Or, how to deliver software quickly while avoiding major damage!

600_462376961Bananas, Blockchains, and the Future of Money

by Stephen Moran
Head of Research at Bank of Ireland

Money. How well do we understand how it works? In this talk we will explore distributed ledgers and the rise of new forms of currency and value exchange. Security, scalability, and trust will be some of topics up for discussion.

How To Travel The World & Work Online with Niall Doherty @ Boworks Co.Work.Space 

Irishman Niall Doherty quit his desk job in 2010 and soon after began a 3.5-year trip around the world without flying, funding his travels by working online as a freelance web designer. Since ending his no-fly trip, he’s been jumping around Europe, to living in such places as Amsterdam, Berlin, and most recently Gran Canaria.


In his talk, Niall will share:
How he’s managed to work for himself online and visit more than 40 countries since 2010
Stories of other Irish people who’ve done similar
Specific steps you can take to you can build an online business and earn money from anywhere, even if you’re starting out with no skills or experience

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Learn more about Niall and his work at the following links: 29 Things I Learned From Travelling Around The World Without Flying:

Around The World Without Flying:

100 Ways To Earn $100 Online:

20-minute talk at Nomad City 2016 in Gran Canaria:


Spreading load over Space and Time With Waterford Tech Meetup

Please keep your RSVP up to date, free spots are always in demand!

APIs to IPAs – Leaving Tech to Brew Beer
by Gráinne Walsh
Founder of Metalman Brewing Co.
The true story of Gráinne, who left a brilliant career in tech to follow her true passion: producing beer!

Spreading load over Space and Time

by David Martin
Senior Software Engineer at Red Hat

Processing requires CPU, Space (Memory or Disk) and Time – if you want to process a lot of data, you have some options. To process things in a short amount of time, you need a lot of CPU and/or Space. If you’re not worried about how long it takes, you need a lot of Space & Time. In this talk, we’ll explore what this means for a server application processing requests from multiple clients.

Derek Rowe & Keith Barry @ Boxworks  

DerekRowe  BSP organised a fantastic charity work shop in Mindset & Nutrition last night with his co-host KeithBarry in aid of local charity #SOLAS here in Boxworks. Shared his life story, his struggles, his battles, his demons, & how he has come out the other side. This is a man to be admired. Well done Derek. It was a great night. Check out his website people!



highres_455951950Richard Rodger on Microservices Service Discovery
Nathan McGrath on Using Flux Architecture with Angular 2

Tech Meetup @ Boxworks

Beyond the browser: from web apps to desktop apps
by Adam Lynch (@lynchy010)

Product Lead & Senior Software Engineer at TeamworkChat
A look at what it’s like to develop desktop applications using NW.js and Electron, the ups and downs of building one, living with one, using one codebase for the desktop and the Web, and more.

The Truth About Microservices
By John Frizelle (@johnfriz)

Platform Architect at RedHat Mobile
Microservices are all the buzz at the moment, but the truth is that Microservices architectures are hard. A balanced look at Microservices, at some of the common misconceptions and what the actual reality of running and managing a microservices architecture is like.

The Waterford Tech Meetup is a chance to connect with (and learn from) like-minded people to discuss wide ranging topics of a technical nature. We meet on the last Wednesday of every month with the aim to have 1 or 2 talks, with ample time for socialising.

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Waterford Business Group (established March 2013) is made up of local employees and business owners that meet weekly and whose mission and ethos is to contribute to the growth of Waterford City in business, community and tourism.


Wed 12th Oct ‘Service Design & Innovation with HillaryCoghlan 6pm to 7pm
Wed 19th Oct ‘Blow Your Own PR Trumpet’ with Michael Garland 6pm to 7pm
Thurs 27th Oct ‘Why Most Adverts Fail’ wtih JohnHayes 6pm to 7pm


Website Launch

Cllr Eddie Mulligan launches his new website
with Lisa Chambers TD,

581868_1669692983306747_9117565139199906822_nCllr Eddie Mulligan lives in Knockboy, on the Dunmore Road, with his wife Dervla and daughter Erin, who attends the Gaelscoil in Ballygunner.
A former Irish Naval Officer, Eddie has an affinity with the challenges being faced in the coastal communities of the ward. From an upbringing in a self employed family to his previous business interests, Eddie is only too well aware of the challenges facing businesses and their most valuable asset, the employees. Having had to close businesses and deal with the consequent stressful effects on his family and employees, Eddie can relate to the financial stresses everyone in the community is under.
Two of Eddie’s brothers and his sister have emigrated since the Recession commenced and as Councillor, Eddie strives to make a difference and secure a local future for ourselves and the next generation.

Fianna Fáil TD for Mayo.
Lisa-ChambersLisa Chambers TD, a newly elected TD for the Castlebar electoral area is also a qualified Barrister. Lisa attended Ballintubber national school and St. Joseph’s secondary school in Castlebar, and holds a degree in Law and Commerce from the National University of Ireland, Galway, a Masters in Commercial Law from UniversityCollege Dublin and a Barrister-at-Law Degree from Kings Inns.

Lisa has also done work with the National Woman’s Council of Ireland in trying to get more young people and more women involved in politics, and has been
a member of Fianna Fáil since 2009 and was a candidate in the 2011 General Election. Since that time she has served on the Fianna Fail National Executive as one of the Party’s five Vice Presidents and is about to commence my third term in that office. Lisa is also Chairperson of the National Executive’s European Affairs Committee.