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

By John Mulgrew

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 Gapyear.com 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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