Meet the Techies- Kyle Gawley of GetInvited
In the first of a series of profiles, we meet Kyle Gawley from GetInvited who is working with TAMHI on their Techies in Residence project...
We’re working with some of the best tech talent in Northern Ireland on the Techies in Residence Programme. One of these is Kyle Gawley, founder and CEO of GetInvited, the Northern Ireland based ticketing solution.
We’re delighted that we have someone like Kyle involved, who has already built solutions to problems in his own startup. Kyle will be working with TAMHI, and over the next 10 weeks Kyle will be working with them in the New Lodge area on their project together.
Tell us a little about yourself and your organisation
Get Invited is an online ticketing service that empowers event organisers to quickly and easily set up their own event webpages to promote their events and sell tickets online.
The business was founded two years ago and now powers events across the globe, from Northern Ireland’s finest events, like CultureTECH to the largest startup conference in the world – LAUNCH Festival in San Francisco.
What attracted you to the Techies in Residence Programme?
One of the most widespread issues that I see time and time again for entrepreneurs in Northern Ireland is finding technical talent.
We have lots of great engineers, but most of them are working for big companies – we’re lacking in people that can involved with new projects and help get startups off the ground.
I’m passionate about demonstrating that Northern Ireland can compete on the global stage, and the Techies in Residence programme seemed like the perfect opportunity to lend my experience to a new venture and play a part in helping another local organisation to get something off the ground.
What attracted you to working with T.A.M.H.I?
It’s an interesting and challenging problem, and most importantly – there is a wider opportunity for a scalable solution that can be implemented in similar organisations across the province and further afield.
Tell us a little about what’s exciting about this project?
I’m particularly excited about developing a product for a younger audience – this is something which is new to me and should be a lot of fun to work on.
What challenges do you think you’re going to face in this process?
It’s a huge problem that requires a very comprehensive solution, but the plan is to develop a proof of concept prototype to validate the solution and to attain the relevant metrics that will serve as a foundation for building a fully-fledged solution down the line.
How do you think this process can help VCSE organisations in Northern Ireland and further afield?
It’s hugely beneficial for these organisations to be able to benefit from the technical and entrepreneurial experience of the techies, this is something that would be reasonably expensive to source through the traditional agency route, so it’s providing them with access to resources, skills and knowledge they wouldn’t otherwise have.