On the 7th of July, Dublin’s techies take to the streets for a day of fun challenges, team building and, most importantly, to raise money for Temple Street Children’s University Hospital. Now in its third year, the Techies4TempleStreet event has been steadily growing and this year is aiming to raise €250,000 to fund vital equipment for the patients of the children’s hospital.
Tech Community Unites
The event was originally the idea of Tom Kennedy, who is one of the founding members of tech giant Hostelworld. Keen to find a novel way for the tech community to support Temple Street, he decided to reach out to his contacts in the Irish tech sector and create a fun way they could get together and raise money for this worthy cause. Those involved in supporting the initiative include Diane Hodnett, an e-health and technology founder and CEO; Colum Twomey, MD Zendesk European HQ; Ray Nolan, Hostelworld co-founder and XSellco CEO; and Sharon McCooey, Director International Operations at LinkedIn – among many others.
A firm fixture on the techie calendar, the event is jam-packed with fun-filled activities and chances for bonding. On arrival, you’ll get a goody bag and participate in a motivational warm-up with your team before being let loose on the streets of Dublin. As for the treasure hunt itself, Emma Barrett, who heads up the event explains: “There are loads of different challenges scattered across Dublin City from figuring out puzzles in St. Stephens Green to filming themselves busking on Grafton Street. All the challenges this year are mapped out through an app and for some they will have to post the proof on Twitter with our hashtag so we know they’ve completed it. After all the challenges, the teams come back to the RDS where there’s a party and they announce who the ”Smartest Techies” are this year.
Join in the Fun
Fancy joining the fun? There are still a few spots left for teams of 6 to 10 and you can register your company on the Techies4TempleStreet website. Emma explains: “Some of the bigger companies are registering multiple teams this year which is great. For smaller companies, it’s a fantastic opportunity to network. We have a huge variety of companies participating like banks, start-ups, and also large tech companies like Airbnb and LinkedIn. There are companies of all shapes and sizes and we’re encouraging everyone to get involved.”
You can get involved by registering here.