Not looking for a new tech job in Dublin? UpStarter might just change your mind
Designed to connect tech talent with great employers, UpStarter’s biggest strength is bringing employers and potential new hires face-to-face
The UpStarter event will be held in Dublin’s Mansion House on Oct 3rd. Photograph: iStock
As Ireland remains one of the most attractive countries in the world for technology giants to base their headquarters, there has never been a better time to check out what’s out there in terms of exciting job opportunities.
UpStarter is a casual networking event geared towards people who currently work in the technology industry and are keen to see what else is happening in their industry.
The event, which takes place in the Mansion House on October 3rd, promises to be a relaxed affair over drinks, and will see up to 1,500 people attending across the night.
The brainchild of Dubliner, Seán Judge, he came up with the idea for UpStarter when he struggled to hire a developer for his own company.
“We were spending a huge amount of time reviewing applications and conducting interviews with people, who if I had met in person beforehand for even five minutes, we would have known they would not have been a fit for our team. UpStarter allows companies to meet hundreds of these candidates over the course of an evening and follow up with the ones that fit well,” he says.
Judge, who started out as a stockbroker with NCB, joined Accenture in 2012. In 2015 he founded the tutoring marketplace TutorHQ which is still operating.
Now on its sixth event, UpStarter is designed to connect jobseekers with some of Ireland’s most innovative companies. It is also aimed at anyone in the process of setting up a new company, who is looking to find a co-founder and it allows them to interact with each other in a casual setting.
The event is sponsored by Accenture, in association with The Irish Times Executive Jobs, and will showcase large companies including Zendesk, Websummit, Voxpro, EY, PwC and Amazon to name a few. The 20+ companies attending UpStarter will be seeking hires for over 500 roles across Ireland. These jobs come in a variety of positions from AI experts and front-end developers to product managers and customer experience executives.
Pat Moran, Cyber Leader at PWC says of the event, “UpStarter allows us to interact with a huge range of candidates. It gives us the opportunity to inform potential candidates about our cyber, data analytics and technology positions along with our professional services opportunities.”
Judge says Ireland’s highly-educated talent pool and diverse workforce makeup has contributed to Ireland remaining one of the most attractive countries for tech companies. This has led to a huge demand from businesses in Ireland seeking assistance in finding experienced technical employees, he says.
With employees moving jobs more frequently than ever before, UpStarter is aimed at experienced jobseekers who may be looking for a career change. “Our event is different than anything else in the recruitment space. It’s casual, takes place in the evening and is more of a networking event over a few drinks than a careers fair. We want people who might not necessarily be looking for a new job to drop in and have a chance to understand the huge variety of positions that exist within Ireland,” he says.
Head of Irish Times Jobs and Education, Catriona Lannen says, “Irish Times Executive Jobs is delighted to be involved with UpStarter this year. This event provides a really good opportunity to meet face-to-face with great tech candidates, which can be hard to engage with in the current marketplace. Irish Times Executive Jobs is about connecting talent with employers digitally but it is always great to build on that in a face-to-face scenario. So this is a really good opportunity to make a personal introduction to candidates in this field, who may not be actively pursuing a new role, but are open to discussing good opportunities. We look forward to hosting a selection of jobs from the evening on Executive Jobs.”