We are delighted to be exhibiting again at Web Summit 2018 in Lisbon. It was a wonderful cross between a tech conference and a music festival last year, so lets hope for more of the same! The event is a great gathering to learn from others building similar software, and look forward to a good mix of tech talk and insights into the cutting edge.
The autotech should be interesting this year, IoT (internet of things) is becoming a bigger part of automobile industry and transport industry, including new infrastructure and smart cities, some of which exist already in development in countries like Estonia, of all places, and new smart cities being planned and build in Saudi Arabia, a city called NEOM.
Sophie, the first citizen robot I am sure will make a return, and a much more philosophically charged atmosphere on both AI and Blockhain technologies are much more likely to be heated up this year on the ethics and technological challenges ahead.
Auto Repair Bill like to keep quite in the growing tech sphere here in Limerick City, however our growth seems to gain attention even if we just happen to drop our name in casual conversation in a local pub, and wind up on siliconrepublic.com. It always pays to go out and have a few drinks and do some networking.
We are delighted to listed with some other superb limerick startups, some of whom we’ve had the pleasure of mingling with during many of the city’s startup events in recent years. We wish all the best to everyone else out there in the difficult startup years, and hope your success continues well into the future, may we all prosper together.
A massive thank you to all our customers who got us this far and continue to carry us further!
We were delighted to exhibit at this years Web Summit in Lisbon, Portugal. Aside from being an excuse to visit a fabulous sun drenched country, it was a most enlightening event with a whole new world of technology emerging all around us, including some interesting movements in auto tech. The event attracted a lot of high profile public figures and celebrities, including Al Gore, President and PM of Portugal, Stephen Hawking, Wycleff Jean and high profile government and financial types, hence the maddening airport like security entering the event every morning.
Self driving cars and ‘smart cities’ were discussed heavily, and many significant advances in commercial transport and fleet logistics, the first areas we are beginning to see driverless vehicles. Public transport in some cities around the world are also piloting driverless trains/buses or aiming to do so soon. Autonomous driving still has a lot of speculation and doubters, and sure the technology is far from perfect, it is getting damn close. I was extended a personal invite to check out an actual self driving car, I could not go far in the confines of the conference grounds but it was interesting to see how well the car reacted on its own to the environment around it.
We took the opportunity to figure out how best to scale our operations from industry leaders, as well as seeing what else is happening in the software eco-system for auto repair. Some of the most interesting avenues are of course further integration with 3rd party data services and parts services, we were hoping some of these may have been at the Web Summit but unfortunately not.
Interaction between shop and customer is something we will explore more as well as updating our mobile experience, we are in talks with several agencies that may be able to help in speeding up delivery on this. Further expansion in the mobile space can allow a better shop-customer experience and this is high on our agenda now, but more on these developments at a later time.
The conference was more focused on AI and FinTech, these topics were hotly debated not just technologically but also philosophically and in terms of the impact AI and robotics are and will have in our future, exciting times would be an understatement on what is on the way. One of the most interesting was a talking robot that was somewhat self aware, proclaiming that it fears itself, therefore so should humans also, for me, this is a little too close to Terminator and Skynet already and we are only dipping our toes! The rise of the machines is very real and humanity does need to exercise caution and responsibility with new technologies, the military often tend to ignore such warnings as history tells.
Most casual conversations with other attendees tending to wind up on the subject of blockchain and Bitcoin, so much to the extent that during the three days of the event there was a significant dip and immediate recovery in bitcoin valuation, and blockchain startups were well represented and some with very novel and charitable concepts, one notable one was for helping fund education in Africa.
Below are some of the better automotive related shots we got at the event, unfortunately no footage of testing the self driving car.
Formula 1 Racing Car
Remote controlled cars, drawing on a canvas, it was fairly nuts at the end of the day!
We are busy with preparations underway for our exhibit at this years Web Summit in Lisbon, and have now been assigned our day and booth location. Auto Repair Bill will be exhibiting at Booth A347 of the Software Conference on Day 2, Wednesday 8th November, at the MEO Arena in Lisbon.
Be sure to stop by and visit us! We will be in Lisbon from 3rd Nov – 11 Nov, please feel free to drop an email or tweet if you wish to arrange a meetup. Look forward to seeing everyone there!
As we get excited for our trip to exhibit as an Alpha Startup in Lisbon for this years Web Summit, we got a glimpse of what to expect and what to do at the Runway to Web Summit event in Dublin on thursday night at Dogpatch Labs, with both interesting and very funny talks. There was a good representation of startups here as to be expected. Although judging by a show of hands not many appeared, or admitted to having the runway to get to Lisbon, so it is hard to know who we may see again when we arrive in Lisbon! The talks were very casual and Irish, with crazy anecdotes about bathrooms and buying used underwear, with a good deal of swearing thrown just for good measure and added liveliness to the room certainly!
Spark of Genius Panel
On a more serious note the panels were interesting and insightful with the benefit of both hindsight and foresight from those who had been through the mill, and survived. Sponsored by ESB Spark of Genius, a panel of three recent finalists and winners from Spark of Genius gave their insights to approaching the scale of an event like the Web Summit and how they made it work for them. It seems the most important take away here was to not make an appointment with an investor before 2pm due to the Night Summit after parties which are both legendary and brutal for an early morning.
Paddy Cosgrave & Eamon Leonard debating a wide range of issues form tech to toilets
Paddy Cosgrave (Founder of Web Summit) and Eamon Leonard (Cohort) had an entertaining mix of story telling, advice for the summit, anecdotes about the Web Summit first office and having to use the toilet in the Italian restaurant up the road, from little things, big things grow. Of course they poked fun at the infamous wifi incident in Dublin a few years ago, but I’m sure everything will run smoothly in Lisbon!
Auto Repair Bill will be exhibited at this years Web Summit in Lisbon, November 6-9, 2017.
We are excited to meet others in the AutoTech and SaaS business, it promises to be an interested event in a beautiful city. Anyone who would like to book a time to speak with our team our CEO is welcome to do so by contacting us through our website and we will see you there!
We will post more details such as our booth location once it has been assigned to us. Updates will be posted here and on our social media channels.
A small number of our users have had some quirky experiences with our PayPal subscription system over the past few months, this was partly a fault on PayPal’s end, and partly a fault on our backend systems communicating with PayPal. It had been a thorny prickle in our back end for some time, dealing with PayPal limitations and adjusting our own backend.
The problem stemmed from customers missing a payment on their renewal date; PayPal would attempt a re-charge 5 days later, however the failed payment triggered our systems to deactivate account upon failed payment, this led to some users unwittingly and quite understandably selecting a new plan by accident to reactivate, as you can imagine this setup caused a lot of confusion and we issued refunds or special deals to all affected customers. We sincerely apologize to our affected customers are grateful of their continued custom, feedback and support of Auto Repair Bill.
Our new system will now allow you a grace period to keep using your account until the final PayPal payment attempt, depending on your PayPal account and how long you have it, the type of account, etc, determine how many retires are made, the maximum is 3 attempts, 5 days apart, now your account will only be deactivated if you miss the third payment.
Please note we have also introduced flagging of accounts that may attempt to abuse this generosity on late payments. As we grow, we can afford this to facilitate our loyal customers, everyone has a slow month every now and then and we appreciate that, and our software motto is to make your day to day business easier to manage!
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