dot conf deep dive: bitcoin, the new digital currency

NCI’s dot conf deep dive series continues on February 5th from 1pm on the topic of ‘Bitcoin – the new digital currency’. The session will be led by NCI’s School of Computing lecturer and Consultant at Version 1, Vikas Sahni, who has delivered several other very successful talks and bootcamps. Find more details and book your free place HERE through the NCI website.

The dot conf deep dive series takes place in NCI’s Cloud Competency Centre, created to support and strengthen the development of the cloud computing industry in Ireland and abroad. The Centre offers a number of courses including the MSc in Cloud Computing, Higher Diploma in Data Analytics (which are both now recruiting for a January start) and MSc in Web Technologies. It will soon be offering a Higher Diploma in Science in Cloud Computing and a Higher Diploma in Science in Computing Infrastructure.

Previous sessions have focused on XSS Hack Attacks, Amazon Web Services and Android; sign up to NCI’s mailing list via the college website to find out first about future events.


January 9, 2014 at 8:50 am Leave a comment

the dot conf deep dive sessions – a new event series from NCI!

dot conf deep dive event series

The dot conf may be ‘Ireland’s best small tech conference’ (according to tech journalist Karlin Lillington), but it has one serious drawback: it only happens once a year! Now National College of Ireland is keeping the love alive by rolling out a series of events, based on the dot conf’s popular deep dive sessions.

Smaller and more intimate than the dot conf, the deep dives will focus on technical topics including security, virtualisation and app development and will take place in NCI’s Cloud Competency Centre, created to support and strengthen the development of the cloud computing industry in Ireland and abroad.

Who are these events aimed at?

This series will appeal to the IT community and anyone with an interest in applying web technologies to their organisation. This includes: coders, developers, software architects, usability engineers, educators, bloggers, IT personnel and more.

About the first event

The first event is taking place on Thursday 29th August from 12.45 – 2pm.

There is no charge to attend and a free brown bag lunch will also be provided. Attendees are asked to bring their own laptops so they can fully participate in the activities on the day.

Topic: XSS Hack Attack – Is your web app secure?
The session will investigate a number of website vulnerabilities associated with cross-site scripting (XSS) attacks. We will look at:

  • What are the key characteristics of an XSS attack?
  • Are there different types of XSS attack vulnerabilities?
  • What measures can be put in place to mitigate the threat of your web app being susceptible to an XSS attack?

Participants will be given the opportunity to try their hands at an XSS attack against a vulnerable website and perhaps steal a few cookies along the way!

Book Your Free Place Now!

Book your free place on this event through the NCI website here. Rest assured we will only use your details to contact you in relation to this and other relevant events you might wish to come to at the college.

August 12, 2013 at 11:04 am Leave a comment

the dot conf 2013 – read all about it!

dot conf 2013 collage

Here’s a taster of some of the photos from the dot conf 2013 – check out the rest on our Facebook page! 

If you have any images or links you’d like to share from the day, please feel free to post them there.

We’ve loved hearing about your experiences – here’s a selection of what people had to say:

July 5, 2013 at 9:19 am Leave a comment

Thank you for supporting the dot conf 2013!

Huge and heartfelt thanks to everyone who helped to make this year’s dot conf the best one yet – from all the staff at National College of Ireland to our kickass speakers, generous sponsors and partners of the event, and of course, everyone who came along and enjoyed the day. A special shout out has to go to our fabulous MC, Karlin Lillington, Tech Journalist at the Irish Times.

We’re loving your blog posts – check out some of our favourites here and here and here – so do keep them coming!

We’ll be back soon with some photos and videos from the day.

July 1, 2013 at 10:35 am Leave a comment

Live Streaming… yea that’s us… yea right now

So you can’t make it to the dot conf. It’s a time of sadness for us all… BUT WAIT, never fear, the live stream is here.

Thanks to HEAnet, follow the day as it unfolds, with this handy link…


June 27, 2013 at 5:12 pm Leave a comment

Win a year’s supply of Ben & Jerry’s ice-cream, at the dot conf!

James Whelton, dot conf keynote speaker, with Ben & Jerry's co-founder Jerry Greenfield

James Whelton, dot conf keynote speaker, with Ben & Jerry’s co-founder Jerry Greenfield

Every year, in the run up to the dot conf, we like to get our giveaway on.

And this year’s is an absolute belter.

We love a bit of Ben & Jerry’s, and now we’ve more reason than most. They’ve only gone and picked our keynote speaker, James Whelton, as the cream of the crop, in Ben & Jerry’s social entrepreneur competition, Join Our Core.

CoderDojo was one of 10 organisations from across Europe that pitched ideas to 10 of Europe’s top ethical business minds. And as the overall winner, they’ll win a prize package that includes the Coder Dojo logo being featured on an exclusive Ben & Jerry’s tub in 2014!

But that’s not all. They’ve also given us a year’s supply of delicious dairy ice-cream, for one of you lucky, lucky lot.

So how do you get your hands on it?

Whether you’ve been every year or will be coming along for the very first time, we want to know why you’re excited about dot conf, and what you’re looking forward to most.

And naturally, given the digital nature of the event, we want you to share your excitement online.

Post your links – to a blog post, a YouTube video, a tweet (remember #goingdotty), a linkedin or Google + status – to the dot conf Facebook page, and we’ll announce the winner on the day.

Post your links by midnight next Wednesday, 26th June – and for your entry to be eligible, include this link back to the NCI site:

Best of luck – and see you at the dot conf!

June 21, 2013 at 1:58 pm Leave a comment

Goodfella’s at the dot conf!

Goodfella's Pizza at the dot conf

We know what’s really important to Ireland’d digital community.

Way back in the mists of time, when we were planning the very first dot conf, we asked you to tell us what you wanted from the day.

And you told us: pizza, beer, and cake.

Since then, they’ve been crucial elements of the dot conf after party. Which is just one of the reasons we’re so happy to welcome Goodfella’s pizza to the dot conf team this year.

(The others are that it’s insanely delicious, and gives us an excuse to talk like American gangsters. Got that, you wiseguys?)

And like all the best partnerships, the feeling is mutual! “We couldn’t be happier to be serving up delicious slices of Goodfella’s Pizza at the dot conf next Friday,” said Susan Weldon, Brand Manager, Goodfella’s Ireland.

“It’s the Teddy Bear’s picnic of the internet and we’re delighted to provide the perfect post-picnic pizza.”


June 21, 2013 at 11:52 am Leave a comment

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