Fintech CoderDojo – Open day & Launch of


The theme of the dojo is Fintech and Digital as we develop projects relating to payments and fintech. The project will need participants with different skills including coding, project management, and digital communication (graphics, video & social media). For example, it takes one set of skills to set up a website or app, and then it takes a very different set of skills to generate content (text, graphics, animation & video) and publicise (via social media) the website or app. This dojo is targeted at coders 12 years and older.

11:15am: Welcome / Work to date / Plans / M1 Payments Corridor

Breanndán Casey, Innovation & Enterprise Manager, The Mill Enterprise Hub

11:25: Fintech Coderdojo, Next Stage in Project, Seeking new members

Alan Donegan, Fintech CoderDojo mentor

11:30: Launch of

CoderDojo Team – Why & how they build website. Benefits & fun of participating in Fintech CoderDojo

11:50:– How & Why, Story to date, Learning curve, Next steps.

Irish teenagers signed up to a new prepaid card service have spent over €100,000 in the last six months in 14,000 online and in-store purchases. Three teenagers are behind the ‘Makes Cents’ card for eight to 18-year-olds, which has seen over 3,000 accounts created since its inception last March. The card was created by three 16 year old students at Sacred Heart school Drogheda in partnership with Prepaid Financial Services (PFS) in Meath

‘Makes Cents Prepaid Teen cards allow Parents to monitor their Children’s expenses whilst also encouraging and teaching them to manage their money. The Makes Cents Card can be used like any debit card’

Makes Cents Team – Eva Barnett, Leah Keogh and Louisa Woods

12:10: Phase Innovate, – Teenage Technologists & App developers. Overview of Apps developed

‘We inspire girls to develop interest and confidence in STEM through hands-on activities, participation in local, national and international challenges, and positive female role models. Our goal is to reduce the gender gap in STEM fields by empowering girls to create innovative solutions to advance equality in their communities and to prepare them for tech careers. The GalTech programmes are delivered nation-wide as afterschool programmes through the help of mentors and Garda vetted volunteers. Our goal is to prepare them for local, national and international STEM competitions’

Evelyn Namayo and team

12:25: Q&A / Refreshments

1pm: Close

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PSD2 – “Challenges and opportunities in Payment Services for SMEs”

Payment Service directive II is here…. meeting the challenge, seizing the opportunity

Tuesday, May 15th, 9:30 to 12:30pm The Mill Enterprise Hub, Drogheda


9:30am:  Coffee / Welcome/ Intros by attendees

M1 Payments Corridor –   The story to date, and future opportunities

9:50:  PSD2 implementation: What are the key changes under PSD2? How does PSD2 open up the industry to fintechs? Reflections from inside the UK regulator, Do regulators like innovation? (James Borley, fscom)




10:10:  PSD2 from FDI perspective (Richard Hanlon, SVP International Vesta Corporation)





Potential for greater interaction & collaboration with SMEs, Needs of FDI sector, particularly along M1 / NorthEast region.

10:30: PSD2 from Indigenous sector “Optimising User experience for Digital Banking” – (Niall Hogan, Product Manager TouchTech)




10:50: Panel Discussion based on 3 previous presentations: PSD2 Opportunities

11:15: Coffee

11:30: Breakout – Facilitated Session

Break into groups facilitated by the speakers to discuss potential collaboration, and how M1PC group could assist.

Open discussion on M1PC – How can it benefit indigenous companies / region? Widening of concept from pure ‘Payments’. How do we make it more relevant for indigenous companies? Do they support concept? What is our niche/USP and ensure we avoid duplication of current supports?

12:30: Summary of Workshop Results / Next Steps.

12:45 – Close / Light Lunch

Please contact Breanndán Casey,, if you wish to attend the workshop.

Cybersecurity, Risk and Cryptocurrencies

Bitcoin recently surged past $7,000 to hit a new record high. Why exactly are bitcoins and other cryptocurrencies onthe rise? How secure are they?

It has been a year of unprecedented growth for the largely unregulated market, with dozens of new currencies appearing every month in “Initial Coin Offerings” or ICOs. There have been at least three dozen heists of cryptocurrency exchanges since 2011. More than 980,000 bitcoins have been stolen, which today would be worth about $4bn.

Refresh Boyne and the M1 Payments Corridor are delighted to welcome Jack Nagle to discuss the growth of cryptocurrencies, explain what exactly they are, and look at some of the potential security issues.

This will be an opportunity for informed debate on the merits and risks of cryptocurrency, and some prediction on it’ future.


Jack Nagle is Head of Business Development at DCU’s Irish Centre for Cloud Computing and Commerce (IC4). A thirty year veteran of the IT Industry, with over 20 years in the area of Security and Compliance in a career that has spanned start-ups, consulting for the European Commission, implementation of major international projects, and positions with companies as varied as Baltimore Technologies, Cybertrust, McAfee and Verizon.

Venue: The Mill Enterprise Hub, Drogheda, Louth

Date: Wednesday, November 22nd

Time: 19:00 – 21:00


Refreshments kindly sponsored by Amphenol TCS

Refresh Boyne is a community of designers and developers working to refresh the creative, technical, and professional culture of the New Media industry in the Boyne region. Refresh Boyne hold events that promote design, technology, usability and standards and is part of, and inspired, by the Refreshing Cities movement.

Certified EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) Foundation Training Course – Tuesday 11 July 2017

On the success of the Refresh Boyne talk about the new European General Data Protection Regulation, IT Governance will be running their certified GDPR Foundation course on 11 July 2017 in The Mill. Avoid heavy fines and loss of reputation resulting from data breaches. Learn from the experts how the EU General Data Protection Regulation (EU GDPR) will affect your organisation. Understand the implementation path to ensure EU GDPR compliance.

If you have any questions on this feel free to contact Conor Donnelly on or call on 01 518 0150

Date: Tuesday, 11 July
Time: 9am – 5pm
Admission fee: €595

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