Internet Day

A day of celebration which aims to promote awareness, knowledge, use and understanding of the internet among citizens, businesses and communities.

To mark Internet Day 2018, we have launched the ‘Digital Town’ initiative which will highlight the benefits and possibilities of the internet and celebrate the digital achievements of a local town.

We have chosen Gorey, Co Wexford as the 2018 Digital Town. We will celebrate Gorey’s digital achievements and highlight the importance and impact of the internet on society, on businesses and on communities, while demonstrating the benefits and potential of digital towns.

Why Gorey?

Gorey has been chosen for its achievements in cultivating a truly digital environment in the town, and for its ongoing successes in fully embracing digital for its residents and for local business. We believe that through showcasing its efforts, Gorey can inspire Irish towns to begin their journey to becoming fully digital.

Launch of Internet Day 2018. Amanda Byrne, District Manager, Wexford County Council; David Curtin, CEO, IE Domain Registry; Michael D'Arcy, Minister for State, Department of Finance; Oonagh McCutcheon, Customer Operations Manager, IE Domain Registry

Launch of Internet Day 2018. Amanda Byrne, District Manager, Wexford County Council; David Curtin, CEO, IE Domain Registry; Michael D’Arcy, Minister for State, Department of Finance; Oonagh McCutcheon, Customer Operations Manager, IE Domain Registry

What’s happening?

Over the month of October, working with Wexford County Council, The Hatch Lab and Gorey Chamber of Commerce, we are planning and overseeing a number of digital engagements aimed at showcasing Gorey and developing additional digital skills and know-how for people and organisations in Gorey.

This work will culminate in the official launch and celebration of Internet Day 2018 in Gorey on 25 October in the town centre – Civic Square, The Avenue.

Digital engagements

The Kitchen @ Gorey: Cathy Farrell chats about how important the internet is for her business. She also outlines how useful it was having a food photographer to capture more professional product images to use across their digital assets.

Abodoo: Vanessa Tierney discusses the benefits of smart working for all. She also outlines the talent available in Gorey and what they are doing to promote that to employers.

Paytient Payments: Ruairi Gough chats about the benefits of new software he has developed locally to help dentists offer patients different structured payment options at point of sale. He also talks about his ability to run a global business from Gorey.

Wild About: Fiona Falconer explores the benefits of our OPTIMISE programme to an SME, and the importance of small, local businesses to rural economies.

Digital Town: John O’Connor from the Hatch Lab, Amanda Byrne from Wexford County Council and Jim Hughes from Gorey Chamber of Commerce discuss how Gorey has embraced digital and the important of digital to the economic strategy for the area.

Fashion boutiques: Joe Dalton from Breakthrough Brands and our Customer Operations Manager, Oonagh McCutcheon discuss the benefits of email marketing training for local fashion boutiques in Gorey.

Creagh College: Conn Ó Muíneacháin from Blacknight Internet Solutions and our Customer Operations Manager, Oonagh McCutcheon tell us about the recent web training provided to students in Creagh College and also the .ie domains and hosting packages that will be made available to five students so their websites will be available online. Tony McGrath from Creagh College discusses the benefits of this for his students.

Internet Day – 25 October

Official launch: We will host the official launch and celebration in the IE Domain Registry Digital Dome on Internet Day at 10am, where Irish entrepreneur and broadcaster Bobby Kerr will act as Master of Ceremonies. Our CEO David Curtin will deliver a short address and reveal the results of a national consumer survey on the attitudes to and use of internet technology and the digital behaviour of Ireland’s regional towns. Following this, there will be a discussion on ‘The Digital Town’ with a panel of local and national business experts.

Confirmed panellists include:

  • Tony Hanway, CEO, Virgin Media Ireland
  • Jim Hughes, CEO, Gorey Chamber of Commerce
  • Louise O’Connor, Chief Digital Officer, Abodoo
  • Annette Soraine, Board member of Fastrack to IT
  • Oonagh McCutcheon, Customer Operations Manager, IE Domain Registry

Open to all: From 11am-3pm, in the IE Domain Registry Digital Dome there will be a team of leading digital experts will be available to provide free advice and digital demonstrations to business owners, community groups and citizens on all matters digital including skills,  e-commerce, website development and mobile video. All are welcome to attend this free event.

Digital demonstrations delivered will include:

  • A short workshop on ‘Digital Animation & Mobile Video Made Easy’ which will show businesses how to shoot professional quality video and animations using their mobile device, even if they have never created video before
  • ‘How to build a website in 20 minutes’ which will demonstrate how to build a website from scratch in 20 minutes with a newly registered domain and no coding required

There will also be an opportunity to try out a mixed reality experience, which immerses people in a 3D painting canvas called Tilt Brush. Using Virtual Reality brushes people will be able to paint in real life size with three-dimensional strokes that surround them, in essence sculpting with light. The freedom to paint in mid-air is a magical experience that unleashes creativity where the only limit is the imagination.

How to get involved

  • Follow us on Twitter @IEDR_dot_ie for updates on activity
  • Check in for activity and updates on our website
  • Like and share Internet Day 2018 updates with your friends, family and colleagues. Use hashtag #InternetDay2018 in tweets and posts to join the conversation!
  • Visit the IE Domain Registry Digital Dome at Civic Square, The Avenue on Thursday 25 October

Previous Internet Days

2017: To celebrate Ireland’s third annual Internet Day, we hosted an evening with Wikipedia founder, Jimmy Wales. Mr Wales, previously ranked as one of TIME Magazine’s most influential people in the world, founded the free encyclopedia, Wikipedia, in 2001. Wikipedia is the fifth most visited website globally and counts half a billion unique visitors each month.

At the event, Mr Wales discussed the threats to online knowledge-sharing and his mission to combat the rise of ‘fake news’ with evidence-based journalism via his new site WikiTRIBUNE. Launching later this year, WikiTRIBUNE is a collaborative online news publication that allows professional journalists and volunteers to work side by side, co-researching and co-writing articles together. Mr Wales took selected questions from the audience via Twitter in a Q&A session at the end of his address moderated by Irish Independent Technology Editor, Adrian Weckler.

Watch: Jimmy Wales’s keynote speech

Watch: Jimmy Wales Q&A with Adrian Weckler

2016: Ireland’s second Internet Day, Thursday, 27 October, put the spotlight on the benefits of e-commerce and how SMEs can overcome other challenges, like exporting to international markets and using digital tools to transform customer experience. It was a half day SME seminar moderated by entrepreneur and broadcaster Bobby Kerr.

Delivering the headline address was Emma Sinclair MBE, who, at 29, was the youngest ever person to float a company on the London Stock Exchange. Her business, Target Parking, revolutionised the UK parking sector. Joining Emma Sinclair was Sïmon Saneback, an award-winning Swedish entrepreneur, and Jorij Abraham, who is director of research and advice at Ecommerce Europe. Other speakers included Allister Frost, an award winning chartered marketer and former Head of Digital Marketing at Microsoft.

Watch: Emma Sinclair’s keynote speech

Watch: Highlights

Watch: Panel discussion – Using technology to transform customer experience

Watch: Allister Frost’s keynote speech

2015: Internet Day featured a free public exhibition, The History and Future of the Internet in Ireland, and two morning discussion panels on e-commerce and the internet in 2030, with participants from Google, Dogpatch Labs and Irish start-ups Pointy and Sedicii. Futurologist Rudy de Waele addressed attendees on emerging trends in internet technology and how they’ll affect society in the decades to come.

Internet Day also featured a selection of gadgets from past and present to view and interact with, including the revolutionary virtual reality headset, the Oculus Rift.