All Are Encouraged to Explore the Benefits of ‘Going Digital’, Communities, Individuals and Businesses Across Cavan
Cavan’s first ever Digital First Day will take place this Thursday November 17th in Cavan Digital Hub.
Over 50 Connected Hubs across Ireland are hosting free seminars, chats, tutorials, and workshops on the benefits of digital growth to attract investment, remote workers, home buyers and visitors to their area thus advancing sustainable regional development and quality of life. It’s a great opportunity for people to learn new things.
Cavan Digital Hub is hosting a business network event highlighting how businesses are ‘Scaling Through Digital’ and how technology and upskilling in digital can help improve lives, businesses, and communities across the county. It is part of a nationwide drive to help attract economic and social development and tackle the rural/urban divide through digitalisation which was launched recently by Minister for Rural and Community Development, Heather Humphreys.
Leading out this event are some of the Hub Members: Padraig Cahill, Founder of Opus Web Design, and Nikki McGoohan, Director of Propel2Gether. Also joining the discussion is Tara Humphreys, Business Advisor from the Local Enterprise Office Cavan,.
Leanne Connell, Manager at Cavan Digital Hub said “This is a great opportunity to celebrate the impact of digital within our local network. Here at Cavan Digital Hub, it’s a part of our everyday: AI, app creation, software development, cloud services, digital marketing…but to take a moment, across the country, to identify the wider impact and how a simple shift towards digital can create so many opportunities. We’re delighted to host an event in celebration of Digital First Day.”
Digital First Day is driven by a new collaboration, Digital Ireland Network (www.digital-ireland.ie), devised to highlight the potential of digital growth and social enterprise in attracting economic and social development in rural areas and to help tackle the urban/rural divide. Stephen Carolan, Enterprise Hubs Project Manager at Connected Hubs commented “We believe that the hub network across the country can act as a catalyst for communities to bring about the social change at scale envisioned in ‘Our Rural Future’.” Eoin Costello, DigitalHQ and director of the Digital First Day initiative said “Highlighting the benefits of digital will bring the community into their local Connected Hub while digitalisation will bring the impact of the hub out into the local community! It’s a win/win.”
Digital First Day is part funded through the Department of Rural & Community Development ARISE fund and sponsored by the Western Development Commission, National Broadband Ireland and the gteic network. Separately, Microsoft Ireland Hackathon teams set about creating innovative ways to unlock staff volunteerism to lend their skills to ConnectedHubs on the day. A number of staff from Microsoft Ireland will give of their time to selected hubs to help make a success of this national event.
This initiative is being driven and promoted by the newly formed Digital Ireland Network, a network dedicated to ‘Reimagining Rural Ireland’. The founding organisations include ConnectedHubs, DigitalHQ, the national domain registry .IE, National Broadband Ireland, the Heritage Council’s CTCHC Programme, DLR County Council, An Cosán, Údarás na Gaeltachta, the Western Development Commission, eTownz and Grow Remote.