Saturday, March 3, 2012

UX Expert, 23, Almost Refused Entry To Ireland To Hire People. Name?s Flanagan.

Screen Shot 2012-03-03 at 17.43.21As tech becomes the world's hottest subject and one of its few growth sectors, the international borders are straining as talent moves around the globe in search of the best startups and projects. European countries are increasingly alive to this, and we've seen huge efforts made by tech celebrities to lobby the White House over the Startup Visa concept. But it seems the news that the tech industry is now a big deal had not reached a certain immigration official at Dublin Airport today. An unnamed officer today turned away one of the world's top UX guys from entering Ireland because they didn't believe his "story". The "story" turned out to be told by one Brian Flanagan - a name normally recognised as being Irish in extraction, but more to the point, Flanagan is currently working with one Joi Ito on a project. The problem was that the official simply did not buy the idea that UX is a "real job" and promptly sent him off to a waiting room where he was due to be deported back to the U.S. from where he'd traveled. Despite telling officials he was in Ireland to HIRE people, he was told bluntly: "You couldn't be hiring people, you're - like - 23!"

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