Dublin: A Pint of IoT

When you think about the Irish startup scene, Fintech comes to mind. But Ireland is much more than payments and blockchain, in fact, IoT is starting to gain more ground. Home to Intel, Google, Accenture’s AI Lab, several research institutions and universities as well as having a ‘reasonable’ cost of living (as compared to SF, NYC, and London that is), Dublin is well suited to become a growing IoT hub.

I’m here speaking at the Dublin Tech Summit, a 2-day conference meant to fill the gap that Web Summit left when they departed for sunnier weather. IoT is one of the key themes of the conference with 20+ talks and panels geared towards the topic. During my time in Dublin, I met with a dozen of IoT startups — at the conference as well as at Dog Patch Labs- and here are a few key themes that emerged:

  • Connectivity is still a thing. SiteSpy, a smart sensor powered by renewable energy that allows users to measure the exact location and orientation of objects — super useful for mobile network operators who need to know the exact positioning of their antennae.
  • IoT platforms are going strong too. Wia is a cloud platform that enables developers to build IoT apps, and Cesanta uses software libraries and embedded solutions to allow seamless communication between apps, devices, and machines.
  • Ag-tech is also big, which makes sense given Ireland’s landscape. Haysaver is a device that analyzes agricultural matter and looks at the nutritional value of feed as well as hay bale combustion, a problem that results in the death of livestock and destruction of food.
  • Despite the robot you see here, I didn’t see any robotics companies at the Summit. :(