May 18, 2021
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The (digital) show will go on! Waterford’s Toys4Engineers mastermind Covid solution

Sadly, the majority of events organised by Waterford Chamber have fallen victim to the pandemic. But Chamber CEO Gerald Hurley refused to give up on Toys4Engineers, which is traditionally one of their most popular events.

So, showing the type of innovative approach that has a hallmark of Toys4Engineers participants, the Chamber has moved this year’s event online. And instead of a traditional one-day event – the 2020 will now run over three days early next month.

“Toys4Engineers is now in its fourth year and has become the perfect platform to connect like-minded people from across Ireland and beyond in the area of engineering, be it in pharma, research, ICT, tech and so on,” Mr Hurley said.

“Ultimately the aim of the event is to showcase companies and encourage them to do business and the success of that has been noted with various contracts that were done over the past number of years.

“To date, the event has been held in WIT Arena, but in light of Covid-19, it has now moved to a digital platform and instead of one single day, it will run from October 6th to 8th via

“There was just no way we could let it go and we are delighted to have the full backing of Waterford City & County Council as our event partners. We enjoy putting it together too much and the ethos of the event is around innovation, so we challenged ourselves to embrace that and come up with a new format that would appeal to everyone.

“We have gathered some of the brightest minds in the country for our panel discussions and they will cover a broad spectrum of topics, from robotics and automation to pharma and agri-tech.”

There are four key elements to this year’s event, a digital expo, which is designed to showcase products and services through video.

Then there are the conferences, which will be held daily and moderated by industry professionals and these are kindly supported by IDA Ireland, Cobotics Skillnet and Waterford Local Enterprise Office.

Meet the Buyer, in association with IDA Ireland and Enterprise Ireland, will be done in a private capacity and aims to connect indigenous companies and multi-nationals.

There is also a recruitment element, in partnership with Crystal Valley Tech, which is designed to promote Waterford and the South East as a great place to live, work and do business, with hundreds of live roles being advertised and private meetings being held between candidates and recruiters.

Mr Hurley said all elements of the event, except for the digital expo, “are completely free”.

He added: “To showcase your products or services, we are offering you a digital platform to a target audience. This includes the filming and editing of your own video, which you can keep for further use and which will also feature on for the year ahead, as well as social media promotion. It will also be shown each day of our online event.”

If you would like to participate in the digital expo, contact:

Toys4Engineers is kindly supported by Waterford City & County Council, IDA Ireland, Enterprise Ireland, Engineering South East, Waterford Institute of Technology, Waterford Chamber Skillnet, Cobotics Skillnet, Waterford Local Enterprise Office and Metalman Engineering.

Shane Doran

Shane Doran is founder and Co-Managing Editor of News Now Media, incorporating, and He is a former newspaper editor who has held senior executive roles across five national newspaper titles, both broadsheet and tabloid. He was News Editor and Executive Editor of the Irish Independent for more than seven years and spent a number of years in South Africa where he worked as editor of The Daily Voice newspaper. Shane has held senior editorial position with The Sunday Independent, The Herald and The Irish Daily Star and has served as Executive Editor (Group) of Independent News & Media (INM), Ireland’s largest newspaper group.

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