January 28, 2008 //
There’s more to life than Paul Walsh and sometimes I can even admit that. I want to talk about TechLudd, a networking event which I wrote about previously and wasn’t very positive on how well it would work. TechLudd in fact turned out to be a resounding success. I was wrong. Yes, folks, this too will probably appear on TechCrunch UK. Paul Walsh was wrong. Hey, it might even appear on TechCrunch.com
So yes, to repeat, I was wrong and I’d like to now praise an event that was nothing but fantastic. Anton and Jessi did a brilliant thing last week and Ireland (inc or not) is better as a result. To take it even further, I’m quite proud to be Irish with events like that. I hope there are more of them and I’ll attend if they allow me. We need people like Anton to build communities in Ireland and I’d like to support that as much as possible. I’ll also see if I can help out by pointing friends and contacts to Anton about his sports social network. It’s the least I can do, if Anton wants me to, of course.
We also need good coverage to build these communities and unfortunately the two posts on TechCrunch about TechLudd brought about the worst in all of us and I don’t think that’s good for us at all. There is more to life than Paul Walsh and the Irish coverage needs to be less about me (in the context of TechCrunch coverage so far) and more about the other companies out there. I think there needs to be a discussion of how to promote the Irish tech companies we have and how we can get them more attention. There’s a void since Blognation Ireland left us and it needs to be filled. Perhaps Anton on his own site or on TechLudd could start a discussion on what we can do next to raise awareness of tech companies in Ireland?
EirePreneur has a great post, providing more insight to the event
I’ve got to take my hat off to the people behind TechLudd and toast what was, by all accounts, a huge success. Jessica Roy says “It was the most successful most attended event, barring a conference, that the Irish tech community has ever seen”. See what you missed by browsing some of the great photo albums on Pix.ie. I’m certainly looking forward to the next event in Limerick. P.S. fair play to Microsoft for jumping in, yet again, as sponsor of a grassroots tech event in Ireland.
I’m sure Anton will appreciate the title of my post given his interest in sports