Sync NI Recap: Top 5 tech stories of the week (March 4th - March 8th)

  • This week saw tech companies and other businesses across Northern Ireland celebrating International Women's Day, with Bank of Ireland inviting world-renowned explorer Rebecca Stephens MBE to talk to staff as part of a series of events. We also learned that a Queen's University researcher working on emerging 5G technology won an impressive award for his work, and Irish financial tech firm PFS announced 50 new jobs. Proving that you don't need to be in Belfast to succeed, Ballymena based printing company Ballyprint announced a major investment and NI cloud software firm Anaeko revealed a new GAA kid's league sponsorship.

    It can be difficult to follow all of the tech news as it comes out, but you don't want to miss a big announcement or the latest development in the NI business scene. With that in mind, below is a list of the top five tech stories we covered last week with links and an excerpt from each:

    Ballymena printing firm invests £300k in hi-tech equipment
    Every company is trying to get eyes on its promotional material, and the printing industry in Northern Ireland has exploded in recent years as more firms invest in the impressive equipment needed to produce high-quality fliers, marketing stands, business cards, and brochures.

    Now Ballymena-based firm Ballyprint has raised the bar again with a £300,000 investment in new equipment, including the new high-tech Iridesse Production Press manufactured by Xerox. This is the world's first dry toner digital printing press that includes metallic gold, silver, white, and clear particles in addition to its full colour range, allowing the company to ... [continue reading]

    QUB researchers win award for 5G network solution
    A team of researchers from Queen's University Belfast have won global recognition and an award at Mobile World Congress for new technology that could drastically reduce the cost and complexity of 5G systems.

    The 5G mobile internet system is due to roll out across the world throughout this year, but there are still significant technical hurdles around implementation in the next generation of mobile devices. A team of researchers from Queen's University Belfast has been working on several of these problems, and has just won a major award for its work ... [continue reading]

    Bank of Ireland promotes International Women's Day
    When it comes to promoting women in leadership and tech positions, Bank of Ireland fares better than most large businesses in the UK. Women accounted for around 36% of all management and leadership roles at the company back in April 2018 when the group committed to gender equality in executive hires by 2021, while the UK average at the time was only 22%.

    The bank reaffirmed its commitment this week and launched a series of events to celebrate International Women's Day on March 8th. Over 130 guests from local businesses were invited to ... [continue reading]

    NI cloud software company Anaeko sponsors GAA street league
    Software development and sports don't usually go hand-in-hand, but Enniskillen-based cloud software and analytics firm Anaeko is a positive exception. The company is going through a period of growth with 10 new jobs opening up at its Enniskillen office, which was opened in 2017 to provide a better work-life balance for staff travelling from Enniskillen to the Belfast office.

    The health of employees and their work-life balance are important to Anaeko, and now the firm is helping to invest in the local community by sponsoring the Enniskillen Gaelic football street league. This sponsorship is part of a cross-community effort that will bring kids from ... [continue reading]

    Irish financial tech firm creating 50 new tech jobs
    Prepaid Financial Services has offices in London and Navan and offers a variety of payment technology solutions, such as e-wallets, prepaid cards, pre-paid accounts, and current accounts in both the UK and the EU. The firm has grown considerably over the past 11 years to become one of Ireland's leading FinTech employers.

    PFS now plans to hire an additional 50 staff as soon as possible to meet growth demands. The company has grown organically throughout 2018 thanks to ... [continue reading]

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