E25 Mark Cummins, co-founder of Pointy

Pointy co-founder Mark Cummins discusses what motivated them to set up Pointy, challenges they needed to overcome setting it up, the success of Pointy thus far, their ultimate goal and much more in episode 25 of AI in Action

Welcome to episode 25 of AI in Action, the podcast that breaks down the hype and explores the impact that Data Science, Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence are making on our everyday lives.

Our goal is to share with you the insights of technologists and data science enthusiasts to showcase the excellent work that is been done within AI in Ireland.

Today’s guest is Pointy co-founder Mark Cummins. Pointy lets local retailers put their stock online so that they can be discovered via search engines using a small electronic device “The Pointy Box” that plugs into a shop’s barcode scanner and point-of-sale system. Whenever a product is scanned, Pointy automatically recognises it and uses the information to build up a website so that customers can easily find them online.

In today’s really interesting podcast, you will learn about:

  • Mark’s background, including what he learned during his time with Google
  • What inspired him to set up Pointy
  • How they went about creating the Pointy box and the website platform for local retailers
  • Challenges they needed to overcome
  • How they manage the supply chain and make sure the products are in stock
  • Benefits that Pointy has brought to local retailers
  • The ultimate goal with Pointy
  • Mark’s thoughts on where AI is heading in the near future



What did you make of Mark Cummins’ podcast? Where do you see the future of Artificial Intelligence and data science heading in the next few years? We would love to hear your thoughts so please leave a comment below.

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AI Awards 2018: Deadline Extended until 14 September
Connecting Ireland’s AI ecosystem for a higher purpose

We have extended the deadline until Friday 14 September to give more of you the chance to take part in the inaugural AI Awards and have the opportunity to showcase your skills and expertise to the AI community on the island of Ireland.

The AI Awards is a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to promoting, advancing and rewarding corporate and academic excellence in Artificial Intelligence (AI) innovation, research & development and products.

It is our mission to support the AI community by recognising the hard work and dedication of those working in the field and to help promote and market Ireland globally as the first-choice home for AI investment and job creation in research and product development.

For more information about the awards and how to apply, check out www.aiawards.ie

Author: AI Ireland

AI Ireland is a non-profit, community-led initiative that aims to showcase and share the knowledge in Data Science, Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence. We host monthly meetups, run the AI in Action podcast and will hold the AI Awards this November. Our goal is to bring together players in the field of AI in order to forge and strengthen ties, and to celebrate the development of AI for the greater good.

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