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Datapac KarenDatapac, Ireland’s leading ICT solutions provider, has today announced that its General Manager and Cheekpoint native, Dr. Karen O’Connor, has been named as a finalist for the Women Mean Business: Woman in Technology Award 2017.

Karen, who currently resides in Ferrybank, Waterford, features alongside other high profile business leaders who have been nominated for displaying excellence in their field. The prestigious awards celebrate diversity in business and recognise women in business for their outstanding and inspiring contributions.

Karen has earned and enjoyed many successes in her role at Datapac and as a business leader and has recently successfully completed her Doctorate in Business Administration at Waterford IT, demonstrating her commitment to the continual pursuit of excellence business. In her time as General Manager at Datapac, Karen has transformed the managed services division, driving growth and innovation for the company as evidenced by a recent €2.1M investment leading to the creation of 35 new jobs at its Network Operations Centre in Enniscorthy.

As well as strategic business development, Karen has a specialist focus on the training, development and mentoring of colleagues. She has championed work placement programmes for students and graduates, which importantly encourage young people to consider careers in STEM, as the technology sector in Ireland continues to grow. Karen believes in workplace diversity and empowers business colleagues at all levels to be at the forefront of innovation and success in the Irish tech sector.

As a director and board member of the Wexford Chamber of Commerce, Karen is passionate about job creation in local communities and is a huge advocate of corporate and social responsibility programmes. Karen is deeply involved with Datapac’s work with various charities, community groups and local businesses, including Datapac’s continued support of the Solas Cancer Support Centre’s Run and Walk for Life, which takes place this year in Waterford city on the 8th October.

The Women Mean Business Conference & Awards 2017 will be held on Monday 2nd October in the Shelbourne Hotel, Dublin, where Karen and other female role models will share their stories and promote women in business. The Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise and Innovation, Ms. Frances Fitzgerald T.D., will provide the opening address at this high profile event.

Kyckr Limited (ASX:KYK) (Kyckr or the Company), a regulatory technology company, is pleased to announce it has signed an Australian financial institution as a client to use its global business registry service.

The agreement follows the successful completion of a proof of concept trial and will utilise Kyckr’s KYC data solution.

David Cassidy, Kyckr’s Managing Director states: “It is gratifying that we have now secured our first Australian financial institution client to use our services. Increasingly, global regulators require financial institutions to capture and update customer records against primary source information. Our services provide access to over 180 regulated primary sources, in over 120 countries.”

The contract continues Kyckr’s strong positive momentum and follows the recent signing of a multi-year collaborative partnership agreement with Bloomberg to provide business registry data for incorporation into various Bloomberg products, which are accessed by users around the world.

About Kyckr Limited

Kyckr is a global regulatory technology (RegTech) business, providing technology solutions to help protect against money laundering, fraud and tax evasion. Kyckr’s solutions are connected to over 180 regulated primary sources, in over 120 countries, providing real-time company registry information on over an estimated 80 million businesses globally. Kyckr provides an automated technology solution to maintain up to date critical company identity information, in place of the traditional error prone manual people based processes.

To learn more about Kyckr, visit www.kyckr.com.

Date: Thursday, 28th September

Time: 7:00 PM ‐ 10:00 PM

Venue: BoxWorks coworking space, 40 Patrick St, Waterford

Waterford Tech Meetup is back! On Thursday the 28th September we are inviting all interested in joining us for a talk that will show us Amazon's Alexa, allowing us to understand the potential it has from an engineering perspective. Next, there will be a talk on using Markdown, along with some simple tools and techniques, to generate beautiful documentation for our projects.

The meetup starts at 7:00 pm, with food and drinks provided.

Afterwards, we are looking forward to discussions and socialising.


Hands-on with Amazon Alexa 

by Ray Carroll 

Smart personal assistants are now on virtually every mobile device and are moving into our physical environments such as our homes and cars, providing new and substantial avenues for businesses to reach customers. In this talk, Ray will give a simple hands-on demonstration for getting started building conversational interfaces through Alexa with the Amazon skills toolkit.

Markdown Magic

by Dónal McCarthy 
Lead Software Engineer at Bluefin Payment Systems 

Could writing beautiful and useful documentation be an easy task? Dónal will show us cool tools and techniques to make this possible. A guide to generate documentation for the web and print using Markdown. 

Europe Direct

Wednesday 27th September, Boxworks, Waterford City at 6pm

Book your FREE Place

The Panel

Emma Kerins, International Affairs Executive, Chambers Ireland

Professor John O’Brennan, Professor of European Integration at Maynooth University

Dr. Mary Murphy, Senior Lecturer, Department of Government, University College Cork

June Fardey, Waterford Small Business and Agri Lending Advisor for Bank of Ireland

Chair: Eugene Crehan, Director of Programmes, CEDRE School of Business, Waterford Institute of Technology

Are you an SME or an entrepreneur with an idea but need funding? Would you like access to major investors throughout Europe? Would you like to find out about the new investment friendly environment with less red-tape for investors and entrepreneurs with good ideas? Do you want to access support for Irish SMEs on how to benefit from the Plan?

What type of companies can benefit?

  • Research-based and innovative SMEs and Small Mid-caps established and operating in one or several EU Member States (InnovFin SME Guarantee Facility)
  • SMEs and Small Mid-Caps who need a kick start to launch and expand their businesses (RSI)
  • Micro or Social -enterprises who may be having difficulty in accessing credit from other commercial lending providers (

The panellists will give the background to the investment plan and its impact to date and will discuss how it applies to Ireland and locally. They will be covering funding applications and EU grants.

The Investment Plan for Europe aims to generate at least €315 billion of funding for projects in key strategic areas to get more people back to work and stimulating economic growth

There will be time given for a Q&A.

Book your FREE place here: https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/the-eu-investment-plan-what-is-in-it-for-you-tickets-37876891803

The Europe Direct Centre is based at Central Library. For more information contact Sinead O’Higgins at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 


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