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Cristina Luminea: ThoughtBox Learning

Named as one of the Best of App Store 2012, ThoughtBox is led by Cristinea Luminea, the Founder and CEO who I spoke with about coding in schools, working in partnership with established brands and about quitting your job, because you think you have a good idea.

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ThoughtBox Learning make beautiful educational apps by applying the principle of Gameful Learning to engage a young audience – primarily with their Numerosity suite of Apps that teach Addition, Subtraction, Division, Multiplication and soon, the Order of Operations.

Supported by the NDRC and Wayra, ThoughtBox was named as one of the Best of App Store 2012, and has been downloaded in almost 60 countries. ThoughtBox is led by Cristinea Luminea, the Founder and CEO who I spoke with about coding in schools, working in partnership with established brands and about quitting your job, because you think you have a good idea.

Unsurprisingly, ThoughtBox has picked up a few awards and accolades along the way:

  • App Store Best of 2012 – Apple App Store
  • 12 BEST Children’s Educational Apps of 2012 – Teachers With Apps
  • People’s Choice Award – Dublin Beta 2012
  • Best Education App – The Appys Dublin 2012
  • Best Gaming App – The Appys Dublin 2012
  • Best Free to Play Game – The Games Fleadh 2012
  • Honorable Mention for Best Educational Games category – Best App Ever Awards 2012
  • 16 of the best maths apps for kids from 2013 – Apps Playground
  • Kids Safe Certified
  • Teachers with Apps Certified

External Links & References

  1. ThoughtBox Website : ThoughtBoxLearning
  2. Gamefication : Wikipedia

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Heather Brunner, CEO & Chairwoman, WPEngine

Last year, I met Heather Brunner, CEO of WPEngine in Lisbon. In an interview broadcast on Midlands 103FM we chatted about WPEngine’s investment outside of the US, in the UK and Ireland but in this extended version we talk about a lot more.

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Last year, I met Heather Brunner, CEO of WPEngine in Lisbon. In an interview broadcast on Midlands 103FM we chatted about WPEngine’s investment outside of the US, in the UK and Ireland but in this extended version we talk about a lot more.

What has powered the growth of WPEngine since 2010? What’s life at a tech company in the Silicon Hills of Austin, Texas? How WPEngine’s customer focus is in their DNA and the importance of WordPress in democratising publishing in a new media world.

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BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition : 2017

The BT Young Scientist is one of the oldest competitions of its type in the world. From Jan 11 – 14, 50,000 people will visit Dublin’s RDS to see the work & experiments of students from the island of Ireland. BTYSE lumni have gone on, like Patrick Collison from Stripe, to found multi-billion dollar companies and to do good, like Emily Duffy with her Duffily Bag. I spoke to teacher Tracey O’Leary from Presentation Secondary School in Clonmel, and two of her students, Caoimhe Woods, 14 and Aoibhin Foley, 13, have created an app called Diabetica to help diabetics manage their illness as well as John Sims from Mary Immaculate, Lisddonvarna who’s been bringing students to BTYSE for 28 years, including Jessica Kelly, a 15 old transition student who’s created an app for civic crowd-sourcing, Saoránach.

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The BT Young Scientist is one of the oldest competitions of its type in the world. From Jan 11 – 14, 50,000 people will visit Dublin’s RDS to see the work & experiments of students from the island of Ireland. BTYSE lumni have gone on, like Patrick Collison from Stripe, to found multi-billion dollar companies and to do good, like Emily Duffy with her Duffily Bag. I spoke to teacher Tracey O’Leary from Presentation Secondary School in Clonmel, and two of her students, Caoimhe Woods, 14 and Aoibhin Foley, 13, have created an app called Diabetica to help diabetics manage their illness as well as John Sims from Mary Immaculate, Lisddonvarna who’s been bringing students to BTYSE for 28 years, including Jessica Kelly, a 15 old transition student who’s created an app for civic crowd-sourcing, Saoránach.

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Cartoon Forum 2016 in Toulouse, France.

Cartoon Forum is a pitching & co-pro forum for animated TV projects. 3 days, producers have the opportunity to pitch their project in front of 900 broadcasters, investors and other potential partners from 30 countries. Since its creation in 1990, 680 series have found financing, with a total budget of 2.3 billion EUR.

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This year, Cartoon Forum was held in Toulouse, from September 13-16 with 950 participants including producers, broadcasters and investors. 2016 was the inaugural year a special ‘Focus on…’ country, with the selected country being Ireland.

Cartoon Forum is a pitching & co-pro forum for animated TV projects. 3 days, producers have the opportunity to pitch their project in front of 900 broadcasters, investors and other potential partners from 30 countries. Since its creation in 1990, 680 series have found financing, with a total budget of 2.3 billion EUR.

Images by and © Cartoon Media

Interviews:
Annick Maes: Director of Cartoon Forum Director
Paul Young: Animation Ireland & Cartoon Saloon, Ireland.
Eileen Bell: Enterprise Ireland
Deirdre Barry: Salty Dog Pictures, Ireland.
Cliff Parrott: Salty Dog Pictures, Ireland.
Nayoung Cho: Anyzax Animation, South Korea,
Zsuzsana Krief: Director, The Adventures of Candide – Popfilm, Hungary.
Ben Harper: Creative Director, Giant Animation – Creepers, Ireland.
Adrian Mulvey: Producer, Keg Kartoonz, Ireland.

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