Voxgig is an event software startup. Since September 2017, we have been creating a new social network for the events sector. We pride ourselves on our people, who are a special combination of software experts and event professionals.
Our mission is to equip event speakers, organizers and attendees with a single, centralized platform that enables them to have the very best event experience.
No matter what your role in technology events, chances are you’re familiar with the pain of working with endless emails, spreadsheets and platforms. You use one tool to plan your trip, another to submit your bio to the organizers, another to contact the caterer to change the numbers for lunch… sound familiar?
At voxgig, we have been through it all too. We’ve been organizing, attending and speaking at technology events all our working lives. We’re already using the voxgig software platform to make working on the events that we organize easier and more fun.
We value openness, trust, flexibility and diversity – externally as well as internally. Our software experts are committed to open source software (OSS) and the global software community. This is reflected in our open approach to collaboration and transparency. Yes, we make a living out of this, but it’s also important to us to make a meaningful contribution to quality and equality in the software world.
One example of this is our work on World Speech Day (WSD). In 2018, we are hosting and running this global event. Running every year on March 15th, WSD celebrates speeches and speech-making through live speaking events across the world.
Meet the team
Richard Rodger, Founder, CEO
Richard Rodger founded voxgig in September 2017. He is an international conference speaker, a published author, and an industry-leading expert on cloud technology with a specialization in microservices.
Richard was co-founder and co-CEO of his previous company, nearForm, where he helped take the company from scratch to an annual turnover of €17 million. Previously, he was CTO of FeedHenry, a mobile application platform provider that was acquired by RedHat for €63.5m in 2014.
For several years, Richard has been an active member and influencer of the open source software (OSS) community. He is the creator and maintainer of senecajs.org, a microservices framework for Node.js. Richard is also the host of the monthly Dublin Microservices meetup.
Richard writes a weekly column in the Irish Independent newspaper. His latest book, The Tao of Microservices, will be published by Manning in March 2018.
Natalie Gray, Head of Business Development
Natalie Gray has more than 20 years’ experience in event management, sponsorship, training, conference content curation, and customer solutions.
She has a strong track record in building communities through events and partnerships. From 2007 to 2017, Natalie oversaw the successful delivery of multiple conferences and training workshops in both London and New York. In recent years, she played a key role at the software training and events company Skills Matter, helping to grow Europe’s largest software developer community. She also built the venue hire team for CodeNode, the company’s tech events and community venue, creating £2 million worth of business in just two years.
Natalie has a keen interest in promoting diversity in the technology sector through creating connections, promoting inclusion initiatives and organizing workshops.
In her personal time, Natalie enjoys spending time with her family and serving as Chair of her school’s Parents Association.
Natalie now heads up business development at voxgig, building long-term relationships with clients, partners and speakers.
Orla Shanaghy, Copywriter
Orla Shanaghy is a copywriter, translator and published fiction author. At voxgig, she is responsible for writing and editing marketing collateral.
She has a background in multinational software organizations. She worked in Walldorf, Germany at the global headquarters of SAP, the world’s fourth-largest independent software supplier. There, she was responsible for translating user interface text, system documentation and Help text from German to English, as well as writing technical documentation.
Previously, Orla was technical writer at the Dublin office of Swedish networking and telecommunications giant Ericsson.
Orla is a keen public speaker, holding gold medals in Public Speaking, and Speech and Drama from the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts (LAMDA). She chairs panels and conducts interviews at a variety of events.
Outside voxgig, Orla is a published author of fiction and non-fiction. She recently published Mental, her first short story collection. Her short stories were shortlisted for the Fish Short Story Prize 2012 and the William Trevor Prize 2007.