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Globetrotting tech whiz Dan Bladen touches down in Northern Ireland

Chargifi CEO Dan Bladen (left) with Alastair Hamilton, Invest NI CEO
Chargifi CEO Dan Bladen (left) with Alastair Hamilton, Invest NI CEO

By Mark McConville

A tech whiz whose travels around the world gave him the inspiration for his firm is now set to pitch up in Belfast.

Dan Bladen is opening a technology and business development hub for his company Chargifi, a provider of cloud-connected wireless charging technology.

The 30-year-old was inspired to start the business after spending six months globetrotting back in 2012.

He said he realised he visited venues that had power sockets so he could "recharge and reconnect with friends and family back home".

He added: "If we had gone travelling in 2006, we would have a connection problem, WiFi wasn't as ubiquitous as it is today.

"Now, the problem is power - simply staying charged."

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