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DCU students develop transcription service for journalists and researchers

DCU students develop transcription service for journalists and researchers

Two DCU students have developed an exciting new transcription tool that helps researchers and journalists save considerable amount of time in transcribing interviews and audio files.

Happy Scribe ( is the brainchild of André Bastié (Masters in Electronic commerce) and Marc Assens (Erasmus Computer Science), both DCU students who met while sharing a house earlier this year. They built the tool to save time in transcribing interviews for an end-of-year project and whilst neither had intended to set up a business, within days they were contacted by fellow classmates and researchers before news of the service reached journalists at

The platform allows users to simply upload an audio file and get transcriptions automatically to their mailbox from just €0.09 per minute. Using voice recognition, the service works in over 80 languages and can transcribe a one-hour interview with 20 minutes, estimating to save up to four hours.

Happy Scribe is currently located in DCU Alpha and its founders are participants in in UStart, DCU’s student start-up accelerator programme run by the DCU Ryan Academy.

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8th August, 2017