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E23: Woody Scal, Chief Business Officer, FitBit

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Fitbit was established in 2007 and dominates the fitness tracker market
They’ve just announced revised versions of their Flex and Charge trackers and some Fitbit execs were in Dublin to officially open their new EMEA HQ, where they say they’ll employ 50 people by the end of this year.

I sat down with Chief Business Officer, Woody Scal and we discussed gamification, new products and how companies might be able to unlock the potential of fitness tracker data for the benefit of customers, health services and society as a whole, but first, I asked Woody about this significant investment for Fitbit, outside the US.

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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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