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From what I can tell so far – this app is amazing!

January 31, 2009

Lough Ouler Overnight

DUBLIN, IRELAND – It’s great when two worlds collide, and when someone describes themselves as “an IT guru by day and a Sheriff’s Department Search and Rescue volunteer by night”, I know they’ll be a good judge of Decisions For Heroes. I picked up a Mississippi blogger’s post last night via Google alerts:

I stumbled across a webapp yesterday called “Decisions For Heroes” and decided to give it a run down since I’m the IT guy for our unit. From what I can tell so far – this app is amazing!

Brilliant, brilliant :-)

For one, it was developed by someone who is a rescue volunteer so he knows exactly what is needed. So many times I see custom apps built for people that just don’t work because the coder has no clue how things need to be done.

And that’s the reason I believe this will be a success. We’re so niche, we can be the best in the world. Thanks for the write up – seriously, this feedback is great.

full post


(Image Credit: The Glendassan Valley in Co. Wicklow, Ireland. 3 weeks ago after camping out at Lough Ouler overnight, by Author.)

D4H on O’Reilly Radar

November 2, 2008

DUBLIN, IRELAND – I am in awe today, our service Decisions For Heroes has been featured on the front-page of O’Reilly Radar. Jesse Robbins (serves as co-chair of the Velocity Performance & Operations Conference and was responsible for’s website availability as “Master Of Disaster”) wrote some great words and is now ‘my hero’ ;-)

One of the most interesting DisasterTech projects I’ve been following is “Decisions for Heroes” led by developer and Irish Coast Guard volunteer Robin Blandford.

Decisions is like Basecamp for volunteer Search & Rescue teams. The focus is on providing “just enough” process to compliment the real-world workflow of a rescue team, without unnecessary complexity.

This is the winning approach for building systems that “serve those that serve others”, and is echoed by InSTEDD’s design philosophy and the Sahana disaster management system.

This is an innovative project with tremendous potential, and hopefully an early signal of coming changes in Emergency Management.

It feels unusual, it’s the first time emails have come in from around the world with congratulations for the coverage – before I even knew about it! Today, I spent the day on a mountain in Wicklow with the national Search & Rescue Dogs Association acting as an injured dog’s body. The discipline shown by the animals was awesome in this big game of hide & seek. I twittered photos live from my phone.

Hiding in wicklow mountains waiting on search dogs Waiting to be found by rescue dogs in wicklow.

Read the full article on O’Reilly Radar.


Now With Added Crunch!

September 30, 2008

DUBLIN, IRELAND – Web2Ireland put out a call for all Irish web applications to add themselves to CrunchBase. I love CrunchBase and Crunchbase-y type sites.

Here are all the companies who’ve done it so far. It’s so important people in Ireland talk with each other – join the online community of people doing the same thing as you and shout out to the world about your stuff. Thanks to Crunchbase today I found some new Irish start-ups, Babelgum & Iceberg.

Here’s our widget.


“close, but no cigar” says Guardian

September 22, 2008

DUBLIN, IRELAND – Jemima Kiss from the Guardian interviewed us on the final day of Seedcamp. You should read the entire article on the Guardian site. Below is an excerpt about D4H…

Decisions for Heroes wasn’t selected for funding at the end of the week, but ByteSurgery founder Robin Blandford made it clear that the project is not dependent on that funding to go ahead. It’s a unique idea and one that polarised the Seedcamp crowd, said Blandford. “We save lives. We run a rescue team management application that helps rescue teams reduce their response times and help them make better decisions while they are on a rescue,” he explained.

The mountain rescue, coastguard and lifeboat teas around the british Isles organise their rescues through an ad hoc system of texts and phone calls. Decisions for Heroes coordinates that, so that if both the doctors on call register that they are offline for the next six hours, a warning message will be sent to the team leader. “We’ve gained a huge amount of confidence from meeting these guys,” said Blandford – himself a volunteer for the Irish Coast Guard. “We had an hour with Marten Mickos of MySQL and Andy McLoughlin from Huddle – to have people that senior say that they love your idea is a huge confidence builder.”

“The application has the element that the end user could be a charity or a publicly funded body, and that has polarised a lot of people about how big the potential market is. Some people saw the ision as much bigger, like Umair Haque – he said we should work with the Red Cross over in Asia so they can bring tranparency to disaster relief.”

It was noticeable that there didn’t seem to be anyone from UK Trade & Investment at the Seedcamp wrap-up session. Blandford said that if this had been in Ireland, he would have expected to see the equivalent people there. And he has a meeting today with Dublin’s Hothouse programme, which could offer Decisions office space, salary subsidies and more funding.

“I think there were some teams at Seedcamp who were reliant on winning to get funding, especially the ones that are a consumer play who needed who needed the promotion. But we’ve got revenue starting to come in the next six to eight weeks – we’re hoping to convert 30% of our trail users to pay accounts.’

Is Robin back in the office today? He’s on call. He might even be dangling down a cliff face on rope right now.

Please click through to see the article in its original context.

(Image Credit: Jemima Kiss, Guardian)

Irish Blog Awards 2007

February 12, 2007

Irish Blog Awards

This year I’ve a number of my blogs successfully nominated for the Irish Blog Awards. I’d love your vote if you’ve a minute to spare.

Please visit and vote for the following:

Best Group Blog – Sponsored by

Howth Coast Guard Blog


Team Geared Up

Best Designed Blog – Sponsored by Equisoft

Team Geared Up

Best Sport & Recreation Blog – Sponsored by

Team Geared Up

Best Specialist Blog – Sponsored by iQ Content Ltd

Howth Coast Guard Blog

Best Business Blog – Sponsored by logic+intuition

Imagefile Ireland (Client/Family-Business)

I’m pretty happy with that effort. Please do vote if you can!

Video: Reuters in Second Life

February 12, 2007

The Second Life team here in work have produced a promo video on how our company, Reuters, uses Second Life. I was surprised to see the high profile names they’ve interviewed in the virtual world – Stelios, CEO of Warner Music, Mayor of San Francisco etc.

Eitherway, it works as a good promotion for Second Life. Pity I can’t get SL running on my laptop – I’ve only had the chance to play a few times on a home desktop due to an old graphics card. Play Now.

Idea Generation: Take A Shower

January 30, 2007

I was at the Internet People event by Robert Loch back in November. It was very good, and I got to speak with Alex Tew of the Million Dollar Homepage for a good while, it was the night he broke the story of which was seen on TechCrunch the next morning. Little did I know – but an article about the event appeared in the Guardian newspaper the next day.

The best advice on the night was the open mic session when one gent suggested:

“For really great ideas you can’t beat a good shit.”

The Guardian allows visitors to leave comments on their articles, one attendee left the following additional note to the night:

A story. I met a guy recently who has his best creative thoughts in the shower. He has now installed a white-board in there with special pens available so that he can record his best thoughts. He has now fine tuned the process so much that if he has a problem to solve he takes a shower, stops thinking about the problem and hey, presto, more often than not the solution jumps back at him.

For anyone who knows me – that could be me. My very very best ideas have clicked in the shower!

Note: Probably shouldn’t disclose this, but I think it’s a form of meditation! I’m regularly in up to 40min ‘shower sessions’ just thinking, back at home in Dublin my dad had to move the main power switch to outside the door to get me out :-)

The next, Flickr or dare I say YouTube?

November 13, 2006

As I posted, I attended the TechCrunch UK & Ireland launch party last month and had a good time. They’ve just launched their video of the night, and while I wouldn’t normally post it – I thought it funny enough to mention this… jump to 1:14 as the Sam Sethi voice-over says “I’d like to hope the next, Flickr or dare I say YouTube aquisition will be out of the UK… Who that will be I can’t say right now… [Cut to still frame of Robin Blandford!]“.

Oh Yeh! I like that! – I wonder how many people will see that clip… I didn’t recognise myself the first time round, but It’ll be interesting to see how many people might recognise me!

Press Play! or visit YouTube.

CommentCasting – Momentum Building

March 28, 2006

CommentCasting in iTunes

Just a status report here, I should really write a single post or page that just describes ‘CommentCasting’ fully. It’s on the todo list for the blog. The project is getting mentions everywhere, here are some quick links to blogs…, Eirepreneur, Ambrand,, Eirepreneur again, Brian Greene’s Podcast (MP3) and Podcasting News Ireland. It’s been an action packed few days.

I’ve been on the phone to many people, lots backing the idea. It would seem the idea is liked. It was good to see Evoca launch during the week too, it shows how current and in demand my idea is. Evoca & Odeo are consumer versions of CommentCasting, I’m targeting the corporate or more professional podcasters who want an more invisible home-branded service. Think of it as the difference between Bebo & Flickr.

Lots of people have asked for an example, try this… dial ‘076 60 20 927‘ from any Irish phone or mobile phone. Enter podcast ID ‘107’… tada, your comment is here. Want more, skype me and I can arrange a beta invite for you…

Try subscribing to the feed in iTunes [Advanced] [Subscribe to Podcast], it will give you a very good taste of CommentCasting in action.

Many thanks to the active Beta Testers so far…
Liam Burke (, Brian Greene (Podcasting News Ireland), Conn Ó Muíneacháin (Irish Language Podcast), James Corbett (Eirepreneur) & Rowan Nairn (Eurekaman).

CommentCasting on ‘Podcasting News Ireland’

March 26, 2006
Podcasting News Ireland

UPDATE 21:20hrs:
I have done the interview, went very well – thanks to Brian. You’ll catch it on the next show. Just Noticed, Damien Mulley has also blogged this! This project is beginning to grow feet and walk..

Originally Posted 19:08hrs
Brian Greene of ‘Podcasting News Ireland‘ has taken CommentCasting on a beta test drive. Brian is the technical manager of Doop Design in the Docklands Innovation Park, Dublin. Doop are one of the very rare new media companies offering professional podcast production for corporations. Their services include studio design & hire, conference casting, content creation & jingle recording.

Brian having taken an initial look at CommentCasting wrote a piece on his blog:

I tried it out – and its a wonderful piece of ingenuity. I see it good for callers into the show, but also a way that the host can quickly do updates to the cast & feed while on the move… [Continue Reading]

Brian has asked me to do an interview about CommentCasting this evening for his next show on Radio WXTC, we’ll be recording on Skype if all goes well. You can read the full post over on Podcasting News Ireland and subscribe to his combined test feed.


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