Friday 21 July 2017

Techies on hunt for children's hospital cash

Ruben Leahy from Terenure at the launch of the Techies4TempleStreet charity event which will take place on Friday July 7 at the RDS in Dublin and will see more than 100 teams take part. For full details and to register your team, visit: http://techies4templestreet.ie Photo: Andres Poveda
Ruben Leahy from Terenure at the launch of the Techies4TempleStreet charity event which will take place on Friday July 7 at the RDS in Dublin and will see more than 100 teams take part. For full details and to register your team, visit: http://techies4templestreet.ie Photo: Andres Poveda
Adrian Weckler

Adrian Weckler

Up to 150 tech companies in Ireland, from Google to startups, are set to compete in a treasure hunt in aid of Temple Street Children's Hospital.

The event will is expected to see over 1,000 tech employees raise up to €250,000 for the hospital, which requires new equipment and upgrades to wards.

"For smaller companies, the treasure trail is an excellent opportunity to mingle with some of the largest multinationals in the country, including Facebook, LinkedIn, and Zendesk," said Ray Nolan, one of Ireland's most successful tech entrepreneurs.

"Despite the name, you don't need to be a techie to participate. All that's required is enthusiasm, an appetite for fun, teamwork and a desire to seek out Dublin's biggest treasure troves."

Nolan, who made over €100m from sales of stakes in Hostelworld and Skyscanner, is one of the event's patrons.

He revealed that he can complete a Rubik's Cube in 40 seconds.

"Well I used to, anyway," he says. "I had a technique. I'd aim for one side plus the top line of another. But the kids these days, they can do it in 20 seconds."

The event, which takes place in Dublin on July 7, has raised more than €400,000 for the Temple Street Children's University Hospital since 2015.

"Over 100 teams participated in 2016 from the worlds of tech, finance, law, media and recruitment, raising €200,000," said Denise Fitzgerald, CEO of the Temple Street Foundation.

"This year we're hoping to have over 150 teams from an even more diverse range of companies, big and small. Techies4TempleStreet has already made a huge difference to Temple Street Children's Hospital and its patients."

Ms Fitzgerald said that the funds raised have been put to work in the hospital to help sick children and their families, providing life-saving equipment and services.

Participants in the event will trek across Dublin city centre seeking buried treasure, completing a variety of different challenges along the way. Customer service software company Zendesk is this year's lead partner.

The winning team will be announced at a post-event party, where they'll be crowned 'Ireland's Smartest Techies'.

Cybersecurity company Corvil is the reigning champion, having won both the 2015 and 2016 Techies4TempleStreet treasure trails.

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