This months news and events from Galway Technology Centre

Latest news from the community in GTC

We hope all of our readers had a very Happy Easter. Since our last edition, there have been lots of happenings around GTC, including the upgrade of our fibre connection to 1Gigabyte, our very informative ‘Intellectual Porridge’ breakfast with Flynn O’Driscoll and Keltie and the completion of phase one of our lighting upgrade.

(Niamh is pictured above with Kevin Daly, Lead Programmer from 9th Impact. More on this below. (Photo: Andrew Downes))

Centre News:

1Gigabyte Fibre Upgrade:

In 2008, we were the first enterprise to connect to the Galway MAN with our own dedicated fibre to the building, earlier this month in anticipation of the future needs of our community, we upgraded our connection to 1GByte with multiple redundant connections to tier 1 carriers.

We are the first centre West of The Shannon to provide this level of dedicated fibre connectivity and it shows our continued commitment to technology and keeping ahead of the requirements of the digital enterprises that are based with us. At the announcement of the upgrade, Finn Krewer, Head of Development at 9th Impact said: “Every day tens of thousands of people from all over the world play 9th Impact games on their mobile phones with 98% of our player base located outside of Ireland. The games communicate with our servers – sending and receiving information, so having super-fast and reliable broadband connection is critical to our business. Our newest game, launching next July, is a live multiplayer racing game which has significantly higher real-time communications demands so we are thrilled to have a world class fibre connection direct to our door. The 1Gbps connection will allow 9th Impact to continue to expand globally from our HQ at the GTC.”

Lighting Upgrade:

We will have completed the first phase of our energy efficiency lighting upgrade, replacing lighting throughout the public areas with low energy usage LED lights. This month we are planning phase 2, if you would like your office to be involved please let us know [email protected]


Keltie who specialise in IP and Patent Law & Management have moved in to unit 17. We would like to welcome Sean & his team them to their first European base outside the UK. From Galway they will work closely with their team in London. For more information on why they choose Galway, click here.

GTC Events:

26th April: GTC Networking Coffee morning in aid of ACT for Meningitis, 10am – 11am. The Mezzanine, GTC. Come along, join us for a coffee, network with your neighbours & support this very worthy charity by baking a cake or giving a small donation.

02nd May: Driving Productivity with the Power of 3D Printing, 09.00am – 10.30am. The Mezzanine, GTC. This event is hosted by 3D Technology who are based in unit 22 as part of the Atlantec Festival series of in-company events. James and Alan will demonstrate how global companies are using 3D printing to truly revolutionize their product development and manufacturing processes. To register click here Light refreshments will be served.

03rd May: AIB Bank at Work: AIB will be onsite in GTC to discuss any business or personal banking requirements you may have. For appointments email [email protected] or call in to unit 27 on the day.

03rd & 4th May: Why Galway? event in London. GTC, together with Galway Chamber & The Portershed (GCID) are hosting a Galway business delegation to London to promote Galway as a location for UK companies looking to add to their UK base with a European location. On May 3rd we will host a social reception in the Irish Embassy in London and on May 4th we are co-hosting a business seminar in Keltie’s office at No.1 London Bridge where we will promote Galway to an invited business delegation. If you have any contacts in London who would benefit from attending the events, please let us know: [email protected]


Tenant News:

SL Controls have announced expansion plans and are currently recruiting for 40 new roles across their offices in Sligo and Galway. Congratulations to Keith & the team. For more information click here

IQ Pharmatek who recently announced the opening of a plant in Clonmel creating 200 jobs have opened an office in Unit 4.

9th Impact have welcomed 2 new people to the team.  Alan has returned from France where he worked for Ubisoft to take over game promotion and Tara has started as the newest game artist.
In the past week, the company have launched 2 new games on Apple and Android aimed at very different audiences.  The first is called “27” and is a game for people who love Sudoku, 2048 or other IQ-testing number placement game.  The second is a storybook for parents reading to young children, called “The Bumble”, with original writing and all scenes hand-made in clay by the 9th Impact team in Unit 21.
27 on Apple:  27 on Android:  The Bumble Storybook on Apple The Bumble Storybook on Android:

Black Pug Studio, unit 18 are recruiting for more details see their website here.

Siren Solutions, unit 13 are also recruiting for a number of roles following their funding round last month. For a list of positions click here

SME Events:

26th April: Enterprise Ireland Fuelling Ambition Roadshow, Castlebar. For more information click here

5th May: Energy Conference, Galway Chamber, Galway Bay Hotel: this Conference will be of interest to all those looking to a future of renewable energy. If you would like to attend the conference please contact us at [email protected]

10th May: Futurescope. Presented by DublinBIC and held in the National Convention Centre Dublin. Event promotes engagement between SME’s and Multinationals

17th May: Google I/O Extended, Portershed : Live stream of the keynote address from Google SEO Sundar Patchi. Register here.

23rd May: Enterprise Ireland Finance for Growth, Galway. For more information click here

24th May: Enterprise Start Workshop Galway. For More information click here.

25th May: Atlantec Festival Conference: The Art of Software Development. Bailey Allen Hall. NUIG For more information click here.

If you have any news or events for our next edition or would like to speak to us about holding an event with us, please let us know to [email protected] or on twitter @galwaytech our next edition will be published in May.