City Guide: Dublin

323734_5565Ranking consistently in a leading spot on Forbe’s ‘Best Countries for Business’ list since 2010, Ireland boasts a vibrant digital sector. Its capital city, Dublin, has become a major tech hub over the past decade – serving as the European base for many multinational IT companies (10 of the top 10 global ICT companies and 9 of the top 10 global software companies have offices in the city).

The city benefits from a constant influx of global tech professionals joining the 1.8 million residents of the greater Dublin area, with many international tech workers setting up home in ‘Silicon Docks’ – a reference to ‘Silicon Valley’ and the heavyweight tech companies located in this city-central docklands area.

Not surprisingly, Dublin boasts a growing number of collaborative innovations and initiatives stemming from the city’s hyperconnected and highly skilled workforce. Incubators and accelerators are also fueling new sharing initiatives and platforms.

Take a look at the list below.

 

Mobility

GoCar – an o**** NO REPRODUCTION FEE *** DUBLIN : 31/07/2014 : Ireland?s only car sharing initiative, GoCar is this week celebrating its one year anniversary. To celebrate the anniversary, GoCar is offering to wave the ¤50 sign-up fee for the service for anyone who joins before midnight on August 1st as well as offering the first hour of use completely free of charge. For more visit http://www.gocar.ie/. Pictured celebrating its GoCar one year anniversary was Colm Brady, Managing Director of GoCar Ireland. Picture Conor McCabe Photography.MEDIA CONTACT : John Torsney, john.torsney@pembrokecomms.ie or Natalie Tennyson, Natalie.Tennyson@pembrokecomms.ie tel : 01649 6486n demand, pay-by-the-hour vehicle rental service that offers a real alternative to ownership (pictured / collaborative pioneer interview).

DublinBikes – on-demand bike sharing service throughout the city.

Uber Dublin – connecting passengers with private cars for hire.

 

 

 

 

Finance, Banking & Crowdfunding

Brett Meyers co-founder CurrencyFair

CurrencyFair – online peer-to-peer currency exchange market place, based in Dublin (pictured / collaborative pioneer interview).

FundIt – an Irish platform for artists with creative ideas to attract funding from friends, fans and followers across the world.

GRID Finance – a peer-to-peer financing platform for Irish businesses and community. organisations, based in Dublin.

iCrowdFund – a crowdfunding platform supporting donation, reward & equity based options in Ireland.

iDonate – online charity fundraising platform.

iFundraise – Irish Club, School Fundraising, Sports Club Donations platform.

Indiegogo – the easy way to raise money for yourself or someone you love.

Kickstarter – a community of millions of people committed to creating incredible things.

LinkedFinance – peer-to-peer lending for SMEs, based in Dublin.

SeedUps – equity crowdfunding for technology start-ups.

 

Travel

Experiences

Temple Bar Pub Dublin

FabFoodTrails – follow Dublin’s fabulous tasting trail to discover bakeries, food halls, street markets, cheesemongers, delicatessens and other speciality shops.

Ingenious Ireland – fun science focused tours of Dublin in the Summer – discover Irish ideas and inventions that changed the world.

Shiroube – insider tours of Dublin in almost any language.

Vayable – many novel ways to visit Dublin like a local, from a photo-lovers tour to a haunted history walking tour.

 

Lodging

Airbnb Dublin – more than 2,000 Dublin listings on Airbnb – and a selection of unique places in Ireland.

Home Exchange – 180 homes homes in Dublin.

Home for Exchange – 27 homes in Dublin.

HomeStay – 63 homes within 4 miles of the city center.

Roomorama – Dublin short term rentals, Dublin accommodation and vacation rentals.

 

Food Sharing

FOODCLOUD

Dublin Food Co-op – Dublin’s member-owned cooperative shop and community – organic wholefoods, dairy, and bakery.

FoodCloud – brings food businesses and charities together to reduce both food waste and food poverty, based in Dublin (pictured / collaborative pioneer interview).

 

 

Learning

CoderDojo Dublin – free IT coding clubs for children between 10 – 18 years of age.

LanguageExchange – weekly language exchange matching native speakers with learners.

Mentors – bringing together business owners with successful, experienced mentors.

UniWink – a collaborative online learning platform, helping undergraduate college students boost their grades

 

Collaborative Working Spaces – with various networking, community, innovation and entrepreneurial support levels.

BLOCK T – co-working space igniting arts, culture and creative practice.

Cluster – co-working in the centre of Dublin.

Co-create – co-working space in central Dublin.

Coworkinn – collaborative, shared, office space.

Digital Hub – flexible and affordable high-spec office space with world-class infrastructure and services (pictured).

Dogpatch Labs – co-working space for scaling technology start-ups located in the heart of the Dublin Docklands.

DoSpace – floating co-working community located on a barge in central Dublin.

element78 – serviced flexible work space and office space in central Dublin.

Fumbally Exchange (FEx) – shared office space and community collaboration.

Hive @Liffey Trust – a place where tech start-ups can work, meet, collaborate, network and learn.

TCube Dublin – a social enterprise co-working space for software, web and mobile tech freelancers, entrepreneurs and start-ups.

TOG Dublin Hackerspace – a supportive hackerspace in the centre of Dublin.

Tribal – early stage venture fund and co-location hub for technology start-ups.

VERSARI Hub – turnkey & flexible solutions to premise & infrastructure needs.

 

FabLab

WeCreate – make, work, learn, based on the MIT FabLab model.

 

Arts

Exchange Dublin – a collective arts centre run holding discussions, gigs, visual arts and performance.

 

Fashion

FrocknFabulous – making high-end designer dresses accessible to the ‘girl next door’.

RentMyDress – P2P platform for anyone to rent their dress.

SellMyWeddingDress – P2P platform to buy and sell once loved wedding dresses.

Siopaella – a swap boutique and consignment shop for pre-loved designer clothing & accessories.

 

Crafts

Etsy – community of Etsy sellers based in Dublin.

 

Events

FanFootage – turning fans into a crowdsourced video crew.

iRegister – an online event registration software to create an event website easily and sell tickets online for events in Ireland.

 

Advice

ThankFrank – a community of savvy shoppers who help others find the best stuff online, no strings attached.

 

Sustainable Living

Eco-Village Cloughjordan – a sustainable development 2 hours outside Dublin with 114 homes, 16 live/work units, and an enterprise centre to provide workspace and services to facilitate the growth of eco entrepreneurship.

 

On-demand services

CleanMyHome – matching people who need their house cleaned to self-employed cleaners.

Hassle.com – book a local and reliable house cleaner.

HouseMyDog – the cage free alternative to kennels, find the perfect minder for your dog.

MinderFinders – babysitting club to provide trusted childcare outside crèche hours.

Pucker – connecting freelance beauticians, stylists and hairdressers with last minute clients.

 

B2B collaboration

Car Trawler – partnership for online travel brands and ground transportation companies worldwide.

Smile Exchange – free service for businesses that encourages exchanging of resources.

 

 

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