In 2013, when Dublin’s start-up scene was beginning to take off, Sean Fee took a different approach and chose a small island off Thailand to start Player.me. The gambit worked, and the social discovery platform for gamers has just been acquired by XSplit developer SplitmediaLabs for an undisclosed sum.
In the summer of 2015, Isis Anchalee made international headlines. After appearing in a campaign advertising her company’s engineering team, Anchalee had been inundated with comments about how she was too pretty to be a software engineer. And, thus, #iLookLikeAnEngineer was born.
Ireland’s ability to navigate the choppy waters of change following the UK’s dramatic Brexit from the EU will depend on three things: keeping the 12.5pc corporate tax, keeping costs low and the ability to recruit from a pool of 500m people.
This week saw the Irish release of the Ghostbusters franchise reboot, featuring for the first time an all-female team of scientists and paranormal investigators. And yet, for many, careers in science and research still seem somewhat nebulous – particularly for young women not often exposed to the idea that this is a valid and viable career option for them.