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SmartSimple was born in the winter of 2002 at the University of Toronto, the brain child of Michael Reid and Keith Yau.

Our first office was located in Toronto, Canada, with three employees, five users and one client.

Going International: Our Block Party Dublin Event Was A Complete Success

Going International: Our Block Party Dublin Event Was A Complete Success

 
 Photo by Claudine Ting
 

On November 22, we hosted our first Block Party event in Dublin, Ireland in collaboration with Science Foundation Ireland (SFI). “We hosted Block Party Dublin to give the SmartSimple client community in Europe a chance to get together, learn from each other and share best practices,” says Claudine Ting, Marketing Specialist of Client Success at SmartSimple. “It was a great chance to meet face-to-face with people we don’t get to see very often.”

 
 SmartSimple’s CTO, Keith Yau, and Eric Lauer, SmartSimple’s Director of Customer Experience presenting the recent upgrades and product updates. Photo by Claudine Ting

SmartSimple’s CTO, Keith Yau, and Eric Lauer, SmartSimple’s Director of Customer Experience presenting the recent upgrades and product updates. Photo by Claudine Ting

 

Block Party Dublin was graciously hosted in the offices of our friends and clients at Science Foundation Ireland. The event started with a networking breakfast where attendees from all across Europe including Chevening, Enterprise Ireland, Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust, Novo Nordisk, and LEO Foundation got a chance to meet their peers and community.

Afterward, we broke out into groups in a Best Practice Exchange Workshop which empowered users to teach and learn from each other’s experiences. These workshops are such an important aspect in our Block Parties as some of the most impactful learning opportunities come from stories and applications from fellow peers.

 
 SmartSimple’s EMEA Director of Operations, Chris Kulczyk leading a Best Practice Workshop Session. Photo by Claudine Ting

SmartSimple’s EMEA Director of Operations, Chris Kulczyk leading a Best Practice Workshop Session. Photo by Claudine Ting

 

After lunch, Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) took the podium and gave an engaging Client Demo presentation. They are a statutory body in the Republic of Ireland with the responsibility for funding applied research in the areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) with a strategic focus.  SFI shared their practices on how they’ve successfully used SmartSimple to elevate and simplify their research grants management process. This presentation was followed up with an EMEA Town Hall-style session where our leadership team answered questions about our technological capabilities to help with GDPR compliance and our expanding global services.

 
 The team at Science Foundation Ireland presenting their client demo at Block Party Dublin. Photo by Claudine Ting

The team at Science Foundation Ireland presenting their client demo at Block Party Dublin. Photo by Claudine Ting

 

We were honored to have the opportunity to host and collaborate with such incredible minds within our community across international waters. “With our European client base growing at a really fast rate, we feel that events like these are more essential than ever,” says Claudine. This Block Party is only the beginning of more international events to come, and we’re excited to continually provide support and face-to-face, resources.

Take a look at what happened at our Block Party Dublin event in the recap video below.

 
 
 
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