sligo digital town

‘IEDR Digital Town in Sligo’ Programme Launched

Sligo has been selected as this year’s Digital Town. Sligo has been chosen for its achievements in cultivating a truly digital environment in the town, and for its ongoing success in fully embracing digital for its residents and local businesses. IE Domain Registry believes that in showcasing Sligo’s efforts, it can inspire other Irish towns to begin their journey to becoming fully digital.

Pioneered and led by IE Domain Registry, the Digital Town initiative seeks to highlight the economic, social and cultural benefits of the internet to towns across the country. The initiative aims to ensure SMEs and local economies are realising the full potential of digital technology, particularly e-commerce.

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) 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 – 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 10 September, the Glasshouse 7.30am to 9.30am.  Free to attend but booking is essential. Register now.

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.

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

Digital Events

Microbits from 2pm – 5 pm, 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.

Courtesy of https://www.iedr.ie/digital-town-2019/