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Digital Town 2019

Now in its second year, the Digital Town initiative promotes awareness, knowledge, use and understanding of the internet in Ireland by its citizens, businesses and communities. It also highlights the benefits and possibilities of the internet and celebrates the digital achievements of a local town.

During September and October, IE Domain Registry working with groups in Sligo including the County Council, Local Enterprise Office, Chamber of Commerce,  Business Improvement District (BID), South Sligo Smart Community and Sligo IT amongst others, will plan and oversee a number of digital events for businesses, citizens, community groups and school children.

Events include:

Micro:bits – a workshop that introduced 9 to 14-year-olds to coding the Micro:bit using Microsoft Makecode. This event was held from 13 to 16 August, at Sligo Library.

Breakfast Bytes – thanks to everyone who made it to our Breakfast Bytes event which took place on the 10th of September at The GlassHouse in Sligo. This was a digital storytelling event for business owners. Many thanks to our panellists for the event, who gave very useful insights on how to go about bringing your business online and for sharing their experiences from their own digital journey.

Dine and Shine – a digital storytelling event for business owners. Limited to just 30 attendees, this is a great opportunity to hear the stories of three companies’ digital journey to success.  Tuesday 17 September, the Enterprise Centre, Tubbercurry 6.00pm to 8.00pm.  Free to attend but booking is essential. Register now.

Website Healthchecks – five companies, selected by the LEO and the Chamber, will undergo a detailed website healthcheck and receive a report on suggested improvements.

Digital Tools to save time and money in your business – this lunchtime event will feature demonstrations of digital tools that are low cost and will help improve business efficiency. It will take place in the Town Hall on Wednesday 25 September and will run from 12pm-2pm. Master of Ceremonies will be Jess Kelly,  Technology Correspondent, Newstalk.  Free to attend but pre-registration is essential. Register now.

DIGITAL TOWN 2019 CELEBRATION EVENT

The programme of events will culminate in a special event to celebrate Sligo as Ireland’s Digital Town 2019 on 14 October in the Model Gallery at 7.30am.  Master of Ceremonies will be Bobby Kerr, and will feature an international expert in Smart Cities. Register now.

The full details of this event will be shared closer to the time.

Digital Events

Microbits, 13 - 16 August 2019, Sligo Central Library.

The first Digital Town event was a workshop for school children. Seven children were taught Micro:bit by course leader Stuart Lawn. The Micro:bit is an educational microcontroller created by the BBC in conjunction with Microsoft, ARM, and Samsung. It can be easily programmed and has a host of exciting features that will be explored. The workshop introduced 9 to 14-year-olds to coding the Micro:bit using Microsoft Makecode. The mission was to get excited about creating, rather than consuming, using electronic devices.

Micro:bits Workshop

Check out some highlights of the Micro:bits workshop which took place in Sligo Library, 13 – 16 August 2019.

Breakfast Bytes, 10 September 2019, The Glasshouse Hotel, Sligo.

Our Breakfast Bytes event took place on the 10th of September in The GlassHouse in Sligo. This was an exclusive, digital storytelling and learning event, which was moderated by Claire Ronan of Ocean FM. A huge thanks to our panellists for the event, who gave very useful insights on how to go about bringing your business online and for sharing their experiences from their own digital journey.

Panellists for Breakfast Bytes:

Jean McCabe, of Willow Boutique, Ennis, Co. Clare.

Rebecca Harrison of Fishers of Newtownmountkennedy, Co. Wicklow.

Michael Feehily, Feehily’s Florist, Co. Sligo.

Deirdre McGettrick of Kuldea, London, United Kingdom.

Cleo Devaney, Aurivo, Co. Sligo.

 

If you missed out on this event, don’t worry because we have another event coming up very soon! Dine & Shine is taking place on the 17th of September at An Chroí, Enterprise Centre in Tubbercurry, Sligo. Learn more here.

Dine & Shine from 6pm - 8pm, 17 September 2019, An Chroi, South Sligo Enterprise Centre, Tubbercurry, Sligo.

Now in its second year, the ‘Digital Town’ initiative, hosted by IE Domain Registry, promotes awareness, knowledge, use and understanding of the internet in Ireland by its citizens, businesses and communities. It also highlights the benefits and possibilities of the internet and celebrates the digital achievements of a local town.

Sligo has been chosen for its ongoing efforts in cultivating a truly digital environment, and for its success in embracing digital for its citizens and local businesses.

Dine and Shine is an exclusive, digital storytelling and learning event, moderated by Claire Ronan of Ocean FM.

Speakers:

Gerry Rafter, Tool & Gauge, Tubbercurry, Co. Sligo.

Emer Taheny, Appliances Delivered, Citywest, Dublin.

Martin McElhinney of McElhinneys, Ballybofey, Co. Donegal.

Maeve McCormack, Carraig Donn, Westport, Co. Mayo.

The panel will share their experiences of bringing their businesses online. What worked well, what didn’t work so well and a wealth of practical tips. Audience participation is encouraged!

This intimate event is limited to just 30 attendees so register now.

Why attend?

Dine and Shine is a gathering for SMEs and micro-businesses. Whether you’re a beginner online or a seasoned professional, if you want to develop or build your online presence, scale-up using digital tools, or learn about successful Irish businesses that have made it online, this event is for you.

Light dinner will be provided.

Digital Tools to Save Time & Money from 12pm - 2pm, 25 September 2019, The Chamber, Town Hall, Sligo.

This lunchtime, drop-in event will feature demonstrations of digital tools which will help improve business efficiency and productivity.  It will take place in the Town Hall on Wednesday 25 September and will run from 12pm-2pm. Jess Kelly who is the Technology Correspondent at Newstalk will be hosting the workshop. This is free to attend but pre-registration is essential. Register now.

Each demonstration will take approximately 15 minutes, so there will be plenty of time to see a range of useful tools.

Why attend?

This event is a great opportunity see how digital tools can save time & money, allowing the business owner to focus on sales and other activities.  Tools such as Google Places, Slack, Hootesuite, Doodle Poll, Pixlr and more will be demonstrated.

 

Website Healthcheck from 12pm - 2pm, 25 September 2019, Mayor's Parlour, Town Hall, Sligo.

This is a unique opportunity for a Sligo-based, small business to get an expert website healthcheck.  The healthcheck will provide a report and recommendations for improvements.  Five companies will be chosen by the LEO and the Chamber, so contact them if you are interested in participating.

This is being provided at no charge by IE Domain Registry, host of Digital Town 2019.

Videos

Christina Sanne, creator of Red Rufus, speaking about her journey and her experience in taking part in the OPTIMISE Programme.

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Liadain Aiken, owner of Liadain Aiken Knitwear, talks about the OPTIMISE website healthcheck.

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Traffic Light Report

Above is the Traffic Light Report, this is a major component within the healthcheck. Companies are graded within each of these five areas: branding & design, UX(user experience) usability, e-commerce & coding, SEO and content.

Previous Digital Town events

2018

In 2018, Gorey, Co. Wexford was selected as Ireland’s first ‘Digital Town’.  Full details of the event can here.

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