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May 13, 2012 / Denise

Sligo Is Enterprising: Attracting Technology Companies to Sligo event at The Digital Hub, May 24th

Team Sligo are leading a multi agency group initiative including, Sligo Chamber, IT Sligo, Western Development Commission, Sligo County Enterprise Board, Enterprise Ireland, IDA and Sligo County Council in hosting a forthcoming seminar in the Sligo is Enterprising series of seminars.

Event: Sligo is Enterprising – Attracting Technology Companies to Sligo
Venue: Digital Depot, Roe Lane (off Thomas Street) Digital Hub, Dublin
Date: Thursday 24th May 2012
Time: 6.30pm to 8pm

The aim of this event is to promote Sligo as an ideal location for technology and software companies to relocate or set-up their operations in Sligo. The key objective of this event is to:

  • Promote the benefits of working with one of Ireland’s most progressive Third Level Colleges.
  • Promote advantage of graduate output from IT Sligo.
  • Promote quality of life in Sligo and its natural hinterland.
  • Promote a comprehensive and unified approach of Sligo.
  • The event will be attended by eminent business people who have shown interest or have the potential to relocate or decentralise business units. The event will also provide a platform for companies that have already set up or relocated to Sligo to present on their experiences since setting up their operations in Sligo.

The very successful Team Hermes from IT Sligo will present their award winning project in the Microsoft Imagine Cup 2011.

Target Audience for Seminar:
• Business contacts from all agencies that have shown an interest in setting up an operation outside Dublin.
• CEOs and high level managers in technology operations in Dublin.
• High level Sligo business people working outside Sligo.
• Department Heads from various industry sectors within IDA and EI.
• Key Technology and Software prominent journalists.
Event Format:
• Padraig McKeon, Drury Communications will chair the event and the Panel discussion.
• Brief presentations from Sligo based technology companies
• Presentation from IT Sligo and Team Hermes
• A panel of experts answering questions from the audience to include:
Philip Flynn, CEO Digital Hub
John Kelly, Citirix Ireland
Fiona O’Grady – Microsoft

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March 19, 2012 / Denise

March 20th – 23rd: Enterprise and Innovation Week at IT Sligo

Following on from its success in 2011, Enterprise & Innovation Week hosted by IT Sligo’s Innovation Centre will take place from Tuesday March 20th – Friday March 23rd 2012.

Enterprise and Innovation Week is a week-long programme of Seminars, Workshops and Events to promote innovation, entrepreneurs and creativity.

For further info and booking details log on to

February 17, 2012 / Denise

Sligo Students Encouraged to Enter Competition Pathway into ‘ Ireland’s Most Exciting Industry’

 – Digital Hub launches Irish leg of Dare to be Digital –

The gaming industry offers Sligo students some of the most viable and exciting career opportunities in Ireland today. That’s according to Dr. Stephen Brennan, Director of Marketing and Strategy with the Digital Hub Development Agency (DHDA), who was speaking earlier this week at the launch of the Irish leg of Dare to be Digital.

Dare to be Digital is an international video games development competition for third-level students.  In Ireland, it is coordinated by the DHDA, and supported by the North-South Cooperation Unit at the Department of Education and Skills.

“This competition offers students from Sligo – and throughout Ireland – a foot in the door of the gaming industry, which – without doubt – is one of the most exciting and booming industries in the country,” said Dr. Stephen Brennan.  “Not only is it bucking the trend by creating jobs at a time of national recession, it is also continuously evolving in response to new technological developments.

“Many of the jobs on offer in gaming today didn’t even exist four or five years ago.  And it’s not just those with technological or mathematical skills who should consider gaming as their choice of career – in addition to coders and programmers, it also presents opportunities for artists, designers, sound engineers, translators, marketers and animators.

“The Government’s newly published Action Plan for Jobs names digital games as one of the industries that will receive support to double in size over the next two years.  This means thousands of new jobs for those ready to take their place in this new workforce.”

In Ireland, Dare to be Digital has a strong focus on promoting cross-border links: teams applying to enter the competition must include students from third-level institutions in both Northern Ireland and the Republic.

Teams of five students – usually a mix of artists, programmers and audio specialists – can apply.  Successful applicants will spend nine weeks at Abertay University in Scotland in summer 2012, developing prototype video games and receiving mentoring from industry experts.  Participating students receive a weekly stipend of £150 each, free accommodation at the University’s halls of residence, and a team budget of £200.

At the end of the competition, the students’ prototypes are displayed at talent showcasing event Dare ProtoPlay. The general public and industry experts get to play and vote for the games.  The three highest-scoring teams receive prizes of £2,500 and the chance to attend the BAFTA Video Games Awards to compete for the coveted ‘Ones to Watch’ award.

“This is a very real opportunity for Sligo students to make a name for themselves within the games industry,” said Dr. Brennan.  “At Abertay, participating teams get to meet and work with mentors from some of the biggest names in gaming – companies like Sega, Sony and Rockstar.  In terms of career development, participating in this competition is invaluable – not only do students get fantastic networking and mentoring opportunities, but they also get to develop a prototype game, which for many of them goes on to present a viable business opportunity.”

The launch of Dare to be Digital was addressed by Jamie McCormick, Marketing Manager with Gala Networks Europe, a leading publisher of free-to-play multiplayer online games; Alan Boyce, Chief Operating Officer at Nevermind Gages, a start-up established as a result of Dare to be Digital; Brigid McManus, Secretary General at the Department of Education and Skills; Maria Ginnity, Head of Enterprise Policy with Forfás; and Eleanor Thomson, the Dare to be Digital Project Coordinator at the University of Abertay.

Further information about Dare to be Digital is available at: and

February 7, 2012 / Denise

Feb 27th: Internet safety workshops for parents at Sligo Education Centre


AS PART of Safer Internet Day 2012, the National Parents Council (NPC) Primary will deliver internet safety workshops for parents at the Sligo Education Centre, Ballinode on the 27th February at 7:30pm.

The workshops, organised by the NPC County branches, focus on strategies for improving communication between parents and children and negotiating boundaries to their internet use. Parents will get to speak to young people about how they use the internet, why it is attractive to them and get an insight into children’s main worries when online, such as cyber bullying. Parents will be introduced to strategies to help their children be responsible, effective and safer internet users.

February 6, 2012 / Denise

Feb 17th: Innovation the focus of Marketing Conference at IT Sligo


The 4th Annual IT Sligo Contemporary Marketing Conference will take place at IT Sligo on Friday, February 17th from 10am to 3pm.

The theme of this year’s conference, which is organised by marketing lecturers at the Institute for the regional business community and for students of the Masters in Marketing, is ‘Innovative Marketing’.

Guest speakers will include Dr. Aidan Daly, Adjunct Professor of Marketing, NUI Galway; Ms. Heather-Ann MacSharry, Director of IDA Ireland and Chairman of the Trustee Board of Bank of Ireland pension fund, former General Manager of Reckitt Benckiser and former Managing Director of Boots Healthcare; and Mr. David Bunworth,former Marketing Director of Bord Gáis Energy, former Head of Sales and Marketing at Esat BT Ireland and former Commercial Director of Aer Lingus.

All interested members of the business community are invited to attend; no registration fee will apply.

If you have any queries, or would like to book a place contact Andrew Lang by email

January 14, 2012 / Denise

Webinar ‘Virtual Worlds, Real Learning’ by James Corbett in IT Sligo / NDLR series

Thursday, January 19, 2012 from 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM (GMT)

James Corbett, MissionV

This webinar will look at the results of a virtual worlds programme involving 20 Irish primary schools and supported by the National Centre for Technology in Education.

In November 2011, MissionV ran a Science Week event in association with Discover Science & Engineering where each of the 20 schools on the programme developed chemistry themed projects and exhibited them in a massive virtual expo centre. MissionV has also partnered with Dublin City University (DCU) Centre for Talented Youth (CTYI) in Ireland to run part of its Access programme. CTYI is using the platform as a virtual school with tutors based in DCU teaching children in number of northside schools entirely through the online environment.
James Corbett graduated from University of Limerick with a degree in Computer Engineering and went on to work for the multinationals Apple, Motorola and Analog Devices. With 15 years experience in the IT industry James co-founded MissionV Education in early 2011 along with partner Margaret Keane. James acted as technical adviser to Gaelscoil O’Doghair in Co. Limerick where he introduced virtual worlds as a learning platform.
Having received seed funding from Social Entrepreneurs Ireland and the support of the NCTE, MissionV is now running a virtual worlds learning programme for 20 primary schools around Ireland. It has also partnered with DCU CTYI to run part of its Access programme.
Check out comments on the work at:
You can follow James and Margaret on Twitter @MissionVHQ or
You can register for this event here:
January 10, 2012 / Denise

Sligo based bringing voices from Ireland to the world

Lovers of Irish Literature, Music, Culture, Heritage and the Arts might like to know about a podcasting website developed by a Sligo based media company. ~ Voices from Ireland, is a website delivering high quality free audio content from Irish writers of poetry, prose and song as well as documentaries, story telling and radio style programmes about our culture, heritage and the arts. is the brainchild of Jho Harris and Sinéad McClure of All Points West Media Services in Culfadda, County Sligo. Former producers of Artbeat on Mid West Radio. Jho and Sinéad are seasoned radio producers and broadcasters whose work includes a ten year stint at the helm of ‘Artbeat’, they have also worked with Lyric FM on a series dealing specifically with Irish literature and have produced many documentaries on history and heritage and more recently with RTE Junior Radio writing and producing 2 original children’s drama series. A third children’s dramatised story telling series was broadcast on RTE Jnr in late summer 2011.

Their love of the medium of sound and its remarkable ability to transport the listener to places without visual clues and crossover into imagination, coupled with a passion for Irish Literature and Music and more than a dash of experience in the industry brought Jho and Sinéad to found, a website dedicated to spreading our unique ability for story telling and our unsurpassed culture and heritage across the world.

The site underwent extensive testing in the latter part of 2009 to ensure ease of use and that maximum sound quality could be maintained without too much strain on bandwidth. After satisfactory testing, the site went live just as 2010 began and has attracted over 1.5 million page views since January 1st 2010. Aside from the fantastic writers who have recorded exclusive content so far, a host of greatly talented people have agreed to add their remarkable work to the site and recently the site was offered the use of the entire back catalogue of RTE Radio’s Documentary On One

On you will hear recordings from some of our best writers, song smiths and documentary makers including many from Sligo. You will find exclusive interviews with the writers as well as personal podcasts with the writer sharing the story behind some of their best known work, followed by a reading/ performance of the piece in question. The site offers these podcasts free to the listener with almost 200 podcasts available and as content is being produced constantly, the visitor is offered a place to return to again and again.

On the commercial side, the company can also offer companies, in particular those in the tourism and leisure business’ an opportunity to get their message across using the unique and popular medium of podcasting, a method proving to be far more cost effective than radio advertising.

So if you enjoy all things Irish including stories, readings, unplugged music performances, interesting documentaries delivered through the medium of sound, log on to and enjoy !