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Ciaran Delaney speaks at Connect17 Conference

Our Founder Ciaran spoke recently at the Connect17 Conference in Dublin. He explains how Meetingsbooker.com is automating this multi-million industry but also by providing venues with booking technology for their own websites and now powering bookings for major business travel agencies such as Carlson Wagonlit Travel.

Take a look at his talk below!


Your Guide To The Europas - The European Tech Startup Conference


You work for a startup and you haven’t heard of The Europas?! What sort of giant rock (ahem computer) have you been hiding behind? Penned as ‘Europe’s Most Prestigious Tech Awards’, The Europas are the premier awards for Europe’s hottest tech startups.

Set up 6 years ago by Mike Butcher, a man known around the world for his role as the Editor of TechCrunch and for his endless contacts within the startup sector, The Europas celebrates the most forward thinking, progressive and innovative tech companies across Europe. Over the past few years, The Europas has grown into a fun and fantastic awards ceremony, followed by an after party and networking.

Where and when does all the action happen:

 The Europas takes place on June 16th at Old Billingsgate, a magnificent old Victorian building that was once the world’s largest fish market. The building has now been converted into a beautiful modern venue with spectacular views of London Bridge.

How to get involved:

The daytime conference is an invitation-only event and is accompanied by a parallel track called PathFounders, an exclusive event for startup Founders that is also invitation-only. If you have not been invited to attend, nut really wish to go, you can can request an invite for these invitation-only events by filling out this form here.

If you are only interested in attending the evening awards ceremony, which is where all the action happens, you can purchase a ticket on Eventbrite which includes entry to the awards as well as dinner and drinks.

Public voting, which was only open for 24 hours, has already ended, but you can check out all the shortlisted startups here.

What are the award categories:

There is a wide variety of award categories in The Europas to cover every type of startup imaginable. From the Best Entertainment, Best E-Commerce and Best Education Startup awards to the Best Mobile startup, Best Founders and Best Investor awards.

Previous notable winners of The Europas include SoundCloud (Best Entertainment Startup), Startupbootcamp (Best Accelerator Programme), BlaBlaCar (Best Sharing Economy Startup) and taxi app Hailo, which one Best Travel Startup last year.


Our pick of 5 of the best European startups:



Dubsmash: I absolutely love DubSmash. It is such an easy to use and fun app, yet so many people don’t seem to know about it. DubSmash let’s you create short selfie videos dubbed with famous sounds, which you can there share online or send to your friends.

HelloFresh: HelloFresh is a great little app that gives you delicious and healthy recipes to cook with and then delivers all the pre-measured ingredients to your door each week to ensure you maintain a healthy diet and lifestyle. This is a must-have app for people who find themselves too busy to do food shopping on a weekly basis, and end up falling back on unhealthy alternatives such as fast food.

SkyScanner: I have been using this site for a few years and never really thought of it as a startup. Skyscanner is a global travel search site that provides online comparisons for a number of flights, car rentals, and hotels. If you are looking for the cheapest flights out there, this is the go-to site.

Hassle: This is the perfect site for busy working professionals who are looking for a trustworthy cleaner to help them clean their home. Customers simply go to Hassle.com's website or download the iOS or Android app and type in their postcode to find the right cleaner for them, all in less than 60 seconds. They can then book and pay via Hassle.com's easy-to-use online platform.

Fiverr: Have a task that needs doing but don’t have the time or skills to do it? Check out Fiverr, and you might find the perfect freelancer to help you out, and for starting prices as low as 5 dollars It’s the easiest way for individuals and businesses to get everything done, at unbeatable value.

Where to stay:

Thanks to the conference’s excellent central location in London, there is a huge choice of nearby hotels to stay. Pick the right hotel, and you could find yourself doing some late-night networking at the hotel bar with top tech writers or investors from all over Europe. Stay in the right hotel and you could find yourself eating breakfast with Europe’s up and coming Founders.

 

London Bridge Hotel

Considering the conference and awards take place in a venue overlooking London Bridge, you couldn’t really stay any closer to the action than the London Bridge Hotel. The hotel also has 7 small and medium sized meeting rooms, perfect if you plan on networking or getting some work done before or after The Europas.

Grange City Hotel

Located smack bang in the centre of the city of London and only minutes walk from the Tower of London, the Grange City Hotel is a great location for your stay. This upscale business hotel also has a great variety of restaurants on offer to guests and also gives you the choice to upgrade to rooms which feature sitting areas, female-focused amenities such as doorbells and anti-mist mirrors, or executive lounge access.

Shangri-La Hotel, At The Shard

Want to be close to the awards ceremony but feel like splashing some cash on a spectacular overnight stay? The Shangri-La at the Shard is the hotel for you. This luxurious five star hotel overlooks the river Thames and is only a 15 minute taxi ride from the Canary Wharf business district, perfect if you want t schedule some business meetings before or after the awards.

Top 5 Technology Conferences Around The World For 2015

There are so many incredible technology conferences around the world, with new ones popping up each year, that it can be hard to know which ones are the best to go to. Which should you book your ticket to asap and which should you give a miss.

We have dedicated some time this week to compiling a list of our top technology conferences taking place in 2015 to put in your diary. These are the top events for discovering innovative new technology, meeting up-and-coming start-up teams, listening to inspiring fireside chats from the world’s most influential technology leaders and of course the perfect opportunity to network with people in and outside of your industry. These are the ones simply not to miss if you want to stay ahead in the industry.


5. Mobile World Congress, Barcelona

Mobile World Conference

In short: The GSMA Mobile World Congress is a combination of the world’s largest exhibition for the mobile industry and a conference featuring prominent executives representing mobile operators, device manufacturers, technology providers, vendors and content owners from across the world.  Spanning over 5 days from the 2nd to the 5th March in Barcelona, Spain, the conference attracts up to 80,000 visitors from 200 countries across the globe.

A hot topic at this year’s conference will be mobile payments thanks to the recent launch of Apple Pay and the ever increasing demand for secure mobile payment systems.

Speakers: An incredible line up including; Jimmy Wales, founder of Wikipedia,Charles Scharf, CEO of Visa and Marty Beard, COO of Blackberry.

Where to stay: Hilton Diagonal Mar Barcelona

Located in Barcelona city center, The Hilton Diagonal Mar is only 10 minutes walk form the beach and offers stunning views of the sea and the rising sun. It is also the perfect base point for traveling to the conference which is accessible from the city center by bus, metro and a free shuttle service for all attendees. 


4. SXSW – South by Southwest, Austin Texas

SXSW

In short: South by Southwest (SXSW) is so much more than a technology conference.  It is a set of film, interactive, and music festivals and conferences that take place early each year in mid-March in Austin, Texas, United States.It started as a small gathering in 1987 has now grown to a 10 day event known by technology leaders, writers, bloggers and musicians the world over.It is much more relaxed than most tech conferences, so don’t go there expecting to launch your new start-up or get millions of investment. Better to just use it as the best networking event of the year – because simply put, that’s exactly what it is!

Speakers: Dr. Astro Teller head of Google[X], Princess Reema Bint Bandar Al-Saud, Alfa Intl, Ava DuVernay, Winner of the 2012 Sundance Film Festival Best Director Award.

Where to stay: Hyatt Regency Austin

The perfect balance between the city’s vibrant energy and a resort-like tranquility, the Hyatt Regency Austin is the perfect base for SXSW. With unrivaled facilities including an outdoor pool overlooking the lake, it is the perfect place to unwind after a long day networking.Set on the shores of Lady Bird Lake, The Hyatt Regency lets you experience the best of Austin, a eclectic city famous for live music, rock-star dining and innovative ideas.


3. Velocity, Santa Clara, California

Velocity Conference

In Short: Velocity is the best place on the planet for web ops and performance professionals to learn from peers, exchange ideas with experts, and share best practices and lessons learned about challenges and progress in web operations. Most companies with outward-facing dynamic websites face the same challenges: pages must load quickly, infrastructure must scale efficiently, and sites and services must be reliable, without burning out the team or breaking the budget.So, why attend Velocity? It will help you to build faster web Apps, spend quality time with industry experts and spend three intense days devoted to web operations and performance. Runs from May 27th to 29th in Santa Clara, California.

Speakers: Have not been released yet but they are actually accepting proposals if you fancy speaking at it!

Where to stay: Santa Clara Marriott

The Santa Clara Marriott, part of the ever expanding Marriott Hotels group (which now has almost 1 million rooms worldwide) is an excellent choice for your stay in Santa Clara.In the heart of Silicon Valley, the Santa Clara hotel is just minutes from the Santa Clara Convention Center and San Jose International Airport, and is within walking distance of Levi Stadium. Make the most of the sunny Californian weather by using their large outdoor pool and leisure center, in a hotel that is known and frequented by an endless stream of business travelers. Excellent choice for late night or early morning networking!


2.CES International, Shanghai, China

Consumer Electronics Conference. ShaghaiIn short: 

In Short: The International CES is a global consumer electronics and consumer technology trade show that takes place every January in Las Vegas, Nevada. However, this year they are hosting the first ever CES in Asia,which takes place from May 25th to 27th in Shanghai, China. The conference will include a series of keynotes and conference sessions designed to highlight the global innovations taking place in the consumer technology industry and reflected in the exhibits on the show floor. As China is one of the fastest growing market for new technology, this is the perfect chance to go to a technology conference outside of both silicon valley.

Speakers: More famous for product debuts than speakers, such as the launch of; Smart devices such as Tablets and Notebooks, The Plasma TV, Blu-ray discs and Microsoft Xbox!

Where to stay: Le Royal Méridien Shanghai

This 5 star luxury hotel located on one of the most important streets in Shanghai, in China’s financial and commercial hub, is the perfect hotel to base yourself for your stay. With a choice of 4 restaurants,2 bars and an incredible on site spa, in addition to stunning views of the Shanghai skyline, this hotel has everything you need to unwind after a long day of networking. All the bedrooms have dazzling views of the Bund and the city’s skyline and state-of-the-art-technology including high speed WIFI – essential when attending a tech conference!


1. Web Summit,Dublin, Ireland

Dublin Web Summit

In short: Last year Guardian Media called Web Summit the  ‘Davos for Geeks’ while the event itself promoted the event with the phrase ‘where the tech world meets’. Only in it’s fifth year, this new kid on the block had become on of the biggest and hottest tech events overnight. Attracting hugely influential speakers from the top tech companies around the world, such as Drew Houston of DropBox,Werner Vogels of Amazon and Peter Thiel of PayPal, Web Summit attracted 20,000 attendees last year over a 3 day period, and this number is growing each year. The event is split up in a variety of ‘mini summits’ such as music, enterprise, builders, marketing, investors and the always popular night summit which is where all the most important networking is done and where many big investment deals have been signed.

Speakers: This year’s have not been confirmed, but last year included Bono. Eva Longoria, John Collison and Padmasree Warrior

Where to stay: The Herbert Park Hotel, Dublin

Less than a stones throw away from the RDS, which is the venue for the Web Summit 2015, this luxury 4 star hotel is the perfect base. Voted Ireland’s Business Hotel of the Year for 2015. Facilities are second-to-none and include  the hotel’s own AirSpeed dedicated wi-fi network which provides high speed internet access at all times and is offered free of charge to residents and conference delegates. With the hotel less than a 5 minute walk from the Web Summit, it is the perfect spot for hosting Pre or Post conference meetings with other delegates or for simply getting some work done in the mornings or evenings.