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Communities & Tech 
Build which and what will come? 
@JohnBreslin 
@NUIGalway @Boards @TechnologyVoice @StartupGalway 
Gui...
Black Head 
My grandfather was the first lighthouse 
keeper here, having helped build it from 
1935 to 1936 with the Galwa...
Glenties 
My other grandfather was a Donegal 
postman who delivered letters daily to 
the local community all over the gle...
NUI Galway 
• As a lecturer, I’m also dealing in “signals 
and communications” of a sort 
• Have taught over 2,500 student...
Boards 
• boards.ie started life as a gaming 
community forum I set up in 1998 
• Now reaches 2.5M users each month 
• 125...
Build the tech and the 
community will come? 
It’s like you’re building a lonely house 
Mayqel at commons.wikimedia
Build the community and 
the tech will come! 
Your users should feel they are part of 
something they’ve helped to build 
...
Search for, adopt and 
embrace existing groups 
Unknown at commons.wikimedia
Converse with your users, 
digest, assimilate good ideas 
brunogirin at flickr
Recognise and highlight 
your hubs and connectors 
Calvinius at commons.wikimedia
Galway Tech Map
Startup Galway
Technology Voice 
@tom_murphy
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Communities and Tech: Build Which and What Will Come?

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Techgate, Junior Chamber International Galway / Monroe's, Galway, Ireland / 3rd December 2014

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Communities and Tech: Build Which and What Will Come?

  1. 1. Communities & Tech Build which and what will come? @JohnBreslin @NUIGalway @Boards @TechnologyVoice @StartupGalway Guillom at commons.wikimedia
  2. 2. Black Head My grandfather was the first lighthouse keeper here, having helped build it from 1935 to 1936 with the Galway Harbour and Irish Lights Commissioners (This Clare lighthouse was requested by the community of transatlantic liner captains and freighter masters using Galway Bay) Allgau at en.wikipedia
  3. 3. Glenties My other grandfather was a Donegal postman who delivered letters daily to the local community all over the glens by bicycle Marksie531 at en.wikipedia
  4. 4. NUI Galway • As a lecturer, I’m also dealing in “signals and communications” of a sort • Have taught over 2,500 students at the University during the past 15 years • Doing social media research at Insight toms at flickr
  5. 5. Boards • boards.ie started life as a gaming community forum I set up in 1998 • Now reaches 2.5M users each month • 125M users / 2.5B pages since 2005
  6. 6. Build the tech and the community will come? It’s like you’re building a lonely house Mayqel at commons.wikimedia
  7. 7. Build the community and the tech will come! Your users should feel they are part of something they’ve helped to build HM Marsh at British Library's Picturing Canada
  8. 8. Search for, adopt and embrace existing groups Unknown at commons.wikimedia
  9. 9. Converse with your users, digest, assimilate good ideas brunogirin at flickr
  10. 10. Recognise and highlight your hubs and connectors Calvinius at commons.wikimedia
  11. 11. Galway Tech Map
  12. 12. Startup Galway
  13. 13. Technology Voice @tom_murphy

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