Sligo Town as Ireland’s Digital Town for 2019

IE Domain Registry, the company that manages and maintains Ireland’s .ie domain name, is pleased to announce Sligo town as Ireland’s Digital Town for 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.

What is happening as part of Digital Town 2019?
During September and October, IE Domain Registry, working with Sligo County Council, Sligo Local Enterprise Office, Sligo Chamber of Commerce, Sligo 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.

BREAKFAST BYTES EVENT
‘Breakfast Bytes’ – an exclusive opportunity to hear the stories of various companies’ journeys to digital success. They will share their experiences, tactics that worked and insights into customer expectations. It will be facilitated by Ocean FM’s Claire Ronan. There will be plenty of audience interaction and will be limited to 30 attendees.

Speakers at the event include:
Jean McCabe, Willow Boutique, Ennis
Rebecca Harrison, Fishers, NewtownMountkennedy
Michael Feehily, Feehily’s Florist, Sligo
Deirdre McGettrick, Kuldea, London
10th September 7.30–9.30am. The GlassHouse, Sligo
Register here: https://bit.ly/2lzgSC0

DINE & SHINE EVENT
‘Dine and Shine’– an exclusive, intimate evening event to hear three companies’ journeys to digital success. The panel will share their experiences of bringing their businesses online (good and bad!), the tactics that worked and insights into customer expectations. It will be facilitated by Ocean FM’s Claire Ronan. Audience participation is
encouraged! This exclusive event is limited to just 30 attendees.

Speakers at the event include:
Emer Taheny, COO, AppliancesDelivered.ie
Gerry Rafter, Tool & Gauge
More speakers to be announced.
17th September 6–8pm. An Chroí, South Sligo Enterprise Centre, Tubbercurry
Register here: https://bit.ly/2kb4KHn

DIGITAL TOOLS TO SAVE TIME AND MONEY IN YOUR BUSINESS
A lunchtime, drop-in workshop for business owners to get practical demonstrations of
tools they can use to save time and money in running their business. The MC will be Jess
Kelly, Newstalk’s Technology Correspondent.
Tools being demonstrated on the day will include:
 Dropbox
 Doodle Poll
 Eventbrite
 Google my business
 Slack and Microsoft Office 365
 Canva
 Pixlr
25th September 12-2pm. The Mayor’s Parlour, Sligo Town Hall
Register: https://bit.ly/2jUJ9CJ

CELEBRATION EVENT
The programme of events will culminate in a special event to celebrate Sligo as Ireland’s
Digital Town 2019, including a panel discussion on The Digital Town featuring local and
national business experts. The event MC will be Bobby Kerr of Newstalk.

Speakers at the event include:
Phil Prentice, Chief Officer, Scotland’s Towns Partnership
Ciaran Hayes, CEO, Sligo County Council
Brendan McCormack, President, Sligo IT
Conor McCarthy, President, Chamber of Commerce
David Kenny, North West Tech Cluster and Country Manager, Overstock
David Curtin, CEO, IE Domain Registry
Oonagh McCutcheon, Customer Operations Manager, IE Domain Registry
14 th October 7.30am for breakfast and networking. The main event will start at
8.00am. Finish: 9.30am. The Model Gallery, Sligo.
Register: https://bit.ly/2jSwzUw

Why Sligo?
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.
All details can be found on https://www.iedr.ie/digital-town-2019/

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