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Friday Night Mash-up: Tech-heads turn out for networking and tech-savy beer

By John Mulgrew

Published 01/04/2014

The Brewbot keg in action at the Friday Night Mashup in Belfast
The Brewbot keg in action at the Friday Night Mashup in Belfast
Rachel Davis from Friday Night Mashup with representatives from sponsors Little Big Shot
Friday Night Mashup crowd
Damian Cranney from winning pitching company Roll TV
Aaron Taylor, organiser at Friday Night Mashup
Brian John Spencer and Barton Creeth
Speaker Tom Griffiths
Event speaker Stephen Houston
Vincent Breslin from Sian's Plan
Jason Lacken from demo-ing company Receet
Herman Chan from Friday Night Mashup, Damian Cranney from winning demo company Roll TV, Brian Daly from The Summit, and Graeme Stuart from Friday Night Mashup
Live cartoonist Brian John Spencer
Graeme Stuart from Friday Night Mashup, with Paul McConnon and Paul Hamill from Inflyte, Brian Daly from The Summit, and Herman Chan from Friday Night Mashup
Digital Strategy consultant Ben Bland addressing Friday Night Mashup

Tech-heads turned out in their droves for a host of business networking, guest speeches and technologically-savy Belfast beer.

While traditional expos often focus merely on the tech and a certain degree of formality, Friday Night Mash-up offers a chance for like-minded individuals to meet with other big thinkers, technology enthusiasts, investors and media.

Over 150 turned out for the second such event to take the Titanic Pump House in Belfast by storm - with the inaugural show taking place in November last year.

And to help ensure the night flowed freely, so did the beer.

In Friday's case, Belfast firm Brewbot brought a keg of blonde ale - produced using their smart phone driven self-contained system.

The 'Mash-up' is a regular event series, created to "connect and empower Northern Ireland's entrepreneurs to go out and take on the world".

Speakers at the event on March 28 included founder and Acorn Incubator CEO Tom Griffiths.

He was joined by 'halo' business angel of the year Stephen Houston. The event was also addressed by Brian Daly from The Summit.

Run by entrepreneurs for entrepreneurs, the tech event was organised by a team of seven young individuals including Aaron Taylor, founder of GoPrezzo, a mobile games tournament platform based in New York and Belfast.

On Friday, four hi-tech companies - Receet, Inflyte, Freshly Baked Games and Roll TV demo-ed at the event - with Roll TV named as top pitching company on the night.

For more information on the Friday Night Mash-up, click here

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