It’s probably fair to say that many of you don’t think that fashion and technology are natural bedfellows, but there is an event taking place next week that might just change your mind.
NI Tech Meet Up is on Friday 20 March from 7.30pm in Hedonist Hair, Botanic Avenue and it will be the place to be if you have an idea relating to fashion, beauty, music etc, but need help turning it into a reality.
The event is hosted by the NI Science Park (@nispweb), which is better known as being the place more established tech companies hang out, but it is now taking it’s free resources on the road to support new start-up companies. I have been working in the Park, which is based in the Titanic quarter for more than four years and it provides a great location for networking, community, business and yummy soup…so I’m predicting good things for this event.
One of my NISP neighbours, Ian Scott of video tagging company, Taggled (@Taggledtv) will be speaking at the event filling us in on his story and partnership with US company ShopStyle – the leading global digital fashion shopping platform.
There will also be a Derry contingent mingling with the Belfast wantrapreneurs, as the team from the North West Science Park, the hugely successful CultureTECH (@culturetechfest) and creative agency Wurkhouse (@wurkhouse) will be making the trip down to share their advice and stories with the audience.
Andy McDonald of NISP said, “We have almost 200 companies in the Science Park in Belfast and the North West spanning a diverse range of sectors. Science and technology underpin all of these businesses and we are now seeing an emergence of technologies and products that are transforming sectors such as the world of fashion, hospitality, sport and beauty. With the NI Tech Meet Up events we want to show that ideas, whatever sector they fall into need to be nourished early on and we can provide the business support and industry connections to make them a reality.”
Entertainment will be provided by Defcon, Irish Beatboxer Cull, and there will be a few cheeky drinks and nibbles provided. The effervescent Kwa Daniels, Founder of Bounce Education will be compering on what will undoubtedly be a great night.
Good news is the event is free, but tickets are very limited and must be applied for by visiting www.nitechmeetup.co
By Grainne McGarvey
Spotting local hidden gems from the world of beauty, health, fashion, tourism and hospitality. I have my ear to the ground (quite literally) to keep you up to date about the new or interesting products and services from our neck of the woods. If you know one – get in touch on twitter @grainnemcgarvey or at www.pulseprni.com