We constantly hear that the biggest challenge facing the tech giants in Ireland (and indeed around the world) is finding talented coders and developers. Facebook has famously bought up a number of burgeoning companies just to obtain the skills of their employees, as has Twitter (it recently bought Posterous). If the tech behemoths are finding it difficult to recruit good people, spare a thought for the start-ups who desperately need innovators and developers and struggle to compete with the salaries and range of benefits offered by the likes of Google and Microsoft.
A group of start-ups in Cambridge, England is fighting back with a new cool job fair in an attempt to lure some of the brightest and the best away from the Silicon Valley giants. Silicon Milkround Cambridge is inviting top tech talent to look at some of the most exciting, potentially very high-growth companies the UK is producing in order to prevent them all being snapped up by corporate giants and investment banks.
The event is organised by Metail, a promising start-up that allows consumers to virtually try out clothes online before they buy. “The most time consuming, difficult and important task for any start up is hiring great people,” says Metail CEO, Tom Adeyoola.
“Start-ups offer great challenges, the ability to work with fantastic inspiring colleagues, experience dramatic and dynamic change, have a disruptive real impact on the world and at its smallest to see your code or work come alive almost instantly in the hands of the customer”, he added.
The event which takes place on the 28th of April hopes to ape the success of Silicon Milkroundabout held in London last year. Ireland is attempting to resurrect the ailing Irish economy with home grown start-ups through incubation programmes like NovaUCD and NDRC Launchpad. Surely these companies could benefit from a similar event to attract techies that are looking for a different challenge than that offered by the growing number of multi-nationals headquartered here?