As an undergrad I was quite active in the NUI Maynooth IT society. We called it MiNDS>. Though These days it’s written as Minds. I have a soft spot for Rowan Nairn’s original site design and logo featuring that angular bracket. To my surprise I was recently contacted by some guy wanting to talk to MiNDS>. I think he was flogging SEO, however I pointed him at the committee email address. I don’t run MiNDS> anymore. But I did write a small paragraph on why the committee may not reply to him on the subject of SEO. It makes for good reading as to the personal accomplishments of several alumni.
“Many of our past members are the technical plumbers for both the Google and Amazon Irish operations. At least one of our alumnus works in the PowerSet team that develops an engine that Microsoft are integrating with Bing. Furthermore, several other alumni members have completed PhDs in the area of heterogeneous distributed searching and sorting and several others own web development and SEO firms. We’re bursting at the seams with high-quality talent.”
And that’s just from the people I know about. I’m getting all teary eyed thinking about days in the Union, modding Athlons into MPs and general mayhem. Someone should write an official history. Maybe I can meet Mags for a coffee some day and get the story about the founding. I was at the meeting that she took over from the postgrads (or I believe I was) but I don’t remember the whole story.