Thursday, September 16, 2010

Gasta Tech Update: NISP 'THE SHORE' by Terry and Orlagh George

Halo News
Halo heads for the Oscars!!!

Halo gets to see the widest variety of companies interested in pitching. People sometimes assume that because Halo operates out of the NI Science Park, that only technical companies need apply – not so! We’ve had graves, chocolate, baby cots and TV production applying. And recently we had our first short film – and it won angel backing.
THE SHORE is a collaboration between three internationally renowned Northern Irish filmmakers, two-time Oscar nominated writer/director Terry George (HOTEL RWANDA, IN THE NAME OF THE FATHER), Oscar nominated Cinematographer Seamus McGarvey (ATONEMENT, THE HOURS) and composer David Holmes (OCEAN'S THIRTEEN, OUT OF SIGHT). THE SHORE is a moving and funny story about one of the personal reconciliations that coincide with national reconciliation.

Terry wrote THE SHORE because he wanted to come home and make a film that reveals a face of Northern Ireland that has rarely been seen on screen, a place of reconciliation, iconic beauty, and great humour. The film will featured in film festivals worldwide, broadcast on television, available for download on itunes, and submitted for Academy Award and BAFTA consideration.

Shooting is going on at various NI locations right now with a cast which includes Ciaran Hinds (about to appear in the last two Harry Potter films). Indeed Halo staff, purely in the line of duty you will understand, had to visit the filming and ended up ‘working’ as extras!

So don’t forget to tune in to the Oscars and who knows, you might see some Halo angels cheering their winner to the stage for the Best Short Film category!

Upcoming Events

Evening Series: 50 billion mobile devices: Who’ll get rich?
A collaboration between NISP CONNECT and MobileMonday Belfast
Wednesday 22nd Sept, 2010, Northern Ireland Science Park

This event will bring senior executives of the mobile industry (O2, the GSM Association, Google, Irish Technology Leadership Group) who will present their vision for 2014, when there will be seven times more mobile devices than humans on the planet.


VC Forum
Thursday, 23rd Sept, 2010 @ Northern Ireland science Park
An opportunity for up to 8 companies to present for funding in a room of VC’s from Ireland, UK and Europe

Invitation only

£25k Award - Search for the Next Big thing Awards Dinner
Sponsored by Bank of Ireland and Invest NI
Thurs 23rd Sept, 2010, Titanic’s Dock and Pumphouse
Announcement of the winners of the 25k award – the search for the next BIG thing

Invitation only

Frameworks: Angel Capital: How to Sweeten your Dragon
Wednesday 29th Sept, 2010, Room MS020, Intelligent Systems Research Centre, University of Ulster, Magee campus

Led by Alan Watts, Director of halo Business Angel Network – winners of the BBAA Angel Network of the year award 2010, the seminar will allow potential angel investors will understand how they can maximize their returns, while entrepreneurs will see what they need to do to sweeten their ‘Dragons’ and win that all important early investment.

Frameworks: Governance: How, when and Why to Build a Board
Thursday 21st Oct 2010, Northern Ireland Science Park

Norman's blog: “Long on bad news, short on the good: our news”
Norman Apsley, NISP Chief Executive

I dislike the imbalance of news coverage. Bad news outweighs the good and I really have very little time for that. I do enjoy the little snippets of good news that occasionally light up the ocean of gloom portrayed by our newscasters. I am indebted to Mike McKimm for one of his pieces over the summer.

I hope I’ve got it right. Because I’m so impatient with the other items on the news, I was channel flicking and missed some of it and I can’t find it on the BBC website. I was able to check it out on the weekend of the Portrush Air Show, though.

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Events and notifications from our affiliates
Get Your 15 Seconds - a Creative Industry Networking and Showcase Event
Fri 17th Sept, 2010, 5.00 – 8.00PM, Unit 21 Weavers court, Belfast

Mediazoo Studios and The 15 Second Film Festival want you to show us your bits!

We know that there are a lot of people out there, passionately making work and producing titbits of artistic fancy that rarely get noticed. Now we want you to proudly show off your bits to the world.

This is a chance either to share your work with other people from the creative industries, or just come along to meet with like-minded people

Click here for further details

Maximize your Relationship with IBM -Technology for Smarter Cities
Wednesday 29th Sept 2010, IBM Innovation Centre

If you want to increase your knowledge about working with IBM and discover the key areas in
which we want to find new partners, then come along to meet us at this key event at the IBM
Innovation Centre. Massive change is taking place in the sensor and software marketplace.
IBM is a key leader of this change with its emphasis on technology for Smarter Cities.

Click here for further details

INNOVATE 10 Conference and Exhibition
Tues 12th Oct, 2010, Business Design Centre, London

What could you do with £100k of project funding? Would your idea create a new or unexpected market opportunity?
Four areas where the underlying challenge can lead to huge opportunities are energy, sustainability, healthcare and sustainability. Focusing on these areas we'd like to invite you to enter the £600k competition for disruptive solutions. But it is not a standard competition.

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Silicon Valley comes to Ireland, ITLG
Wednesday 17th Nov, 2010, University of Limerick

Each year the ITLG leads a delegation of Silicon Valley technologists and venture capitalists to Ireland to support high potential emerging technology companies from the island of Ireland.
Attendees network and hear keynote addresses from US Delegates and Irish Dignitaries during panel discussions and the Gala Dinner.

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