It’s official: Digitise the Nation rocks and it’s thanks to you!

We are so grateful to all the companies and organisations who volunteer to run events for Digitise the Nation.

It turns out that we’re not the only ones who think they’re the tops. Even Minister Rabbitte has noticed our efforts. Digitise the Nation was recently cited by the Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources as one of “a range of initiatives operating in Ireland which are helping to achieve more widespread digital inclusion.”

In addition to that accolade, Chambers Ireland has shortlisted the Irish Internet Association in the eighth annual Chambers Ireland Corporate Social Responsibility Awards.

We got a letter last week telling us that Digitise the Nation has been shortlisted in the Micro Business Category and, to put it mildly, we are delighted!

So well done to all the organisers and participants! We have to prepare some imagery for the showreel for the event in September so if you were at any of the events and took any pics that you think should be included please email them to member@iia.ie


Pierce Communications Webinar slides available

One of the very first events added to Digitise the Nation this year was a free SEO Webinar from Pierce Communications. The team have shared their content here for everyone so thanks to them for that! And enjoy!


Open for Business

The Irish Internet Association (IIA) is running its Annual Conference on 12th May, 2011 at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin.  This premier event will be attended by over 200 industry professionals.

Open for Business

Open for Business

On May 12th the Irish Internet Association will hold Open for Business: The IIA Annual Conference 2011 in the Aviva Stadium in Dublin.

The programme for this key industry conference on May 12th in the Aviva Stadium has been finalised. It features among others

  • Richard Bruton T.D., Minister for Enterprise, Jobs and Innovation;
  • Dylan Collins, Founder, Jolt Online Games;
  • Josh Holmes, Architecture Evangelist, Microsoft;
  • Constantin Gurdgiev, Macroeconomist, IBM;
  • Louise Phelan, Senior Director, PayPal
  • and many more.

Commenting on this unique internet business event, Joan Mulvihill, IIA CEO said, “To acknowledge the breadth of our membership we have created two conferences in one: the morning plenary sessions focus on Irish businesses who are consuming, commissioning and using technology to achieve their business goals while the afternoon focuses on those who are creating and crafting technologies for them as well as workshops for both.”

The term ‘conference’ is being taken literally by the IIA! con·fer·ence (kOn’for-ens)

n.1. a. A meeting for consultation or discussion. b. An exchange of views.

The theme ‘Open for Business’ was chosen to reflect an open ethos of sharing and communication – an authentic conversation for all internet stakeholders.

The optimisation of new technologies is key to staying open for business. The internet is the recognised driver in growing sales, managing risk and reducing costs.

Being ‘open for business’ is key to economic recovery and knowledge and skills must be in place to deliver. The morning panel discussion will assess the scale of the current skills deficit in delivering a smart economy.

However, to technologists the meaning of OPEN is entirely different and at times sparks opposing views  as ’Open’ typically refers to open source or open data.

The possibilities for an open government, facilitated by technology will be examined with case study presentations from Fingal County Council and an examination of the issues from Tim Willoughby, Assistant Director of the Local Government Computer Services Board. This is a unqiue opportunity for government bodies and web developers to engage in an open conversation in the hope of kickstarting change.

In parallel, throughout the day, breakout sessions will be run allowing delegates to hone in on particular topics - from cloud computing to digital marketing and ecommerce - ideal for all business owner/managers. The morning breakout conversations will be on the topics of Open (data/source/government).  The plan is to share ideas and garner a collective view on key industry issues so that this conference is part of an overall process for progress.

Click here to read more about the IIA Annual Conference 2011 Open for Business

If you are interested in sponsoring, exhibiting or speaking at this event or want more information, please contact events@iia.ie.


Social Media Surgery, Drimnagh

Social media surgeries? What are they? Drimnagh is holding a social media surgery to provide free, informal lessons on how to blog, tweet & use Facebook as part of the IIA Digitise the Nation in May.

It is open to anyone living in the Drimnagh area & the aim is to learn about social media in a relaxed, fun and friendly environment.

The surgeries are totally free. Yes free! & the purpose is to help people become familiar with digital media & start using it to stay in touch with friends or family. Social media is also a great tool to help promote your local business, to campaign more effectively & for community groups to advertise events.

If you want to set up an on-line blog we can advise you which are the best platforms for you. If you have one and need some help we can do that too, if you are a social media regular, then you can come along to network and help out.

The main point is it is fun and free. Nobody is in charge it is a collective of like minded people who want to help other people use social media tools whether that be blogs, Twitter or even Facebook!

For more information visit http://socialmediasurgery.com/surgeries/drimnagh
A social media surgery is a pretty informal gathering of people who want to learn how to use the web to communicate, campaign or collaborate. They are deliberately relaxed. You will get to sit alongside someone on the internet and they’ll show you useful free tools. If you like what you see they can also help you set up your blog, or Facebook page or Twitter account. Most social media surgeries have an event every few weeks, so you can keep coming back for help. So if you are from a community or voluntary group and want to learn how to use the social web, please come along.

For more details contact Pauline Sargent at sargent.p@gmail.com


Free ‘Web Marketing Action Plan’ for your business

Sprint006 plan“5 ways improve the profile of YOUR business on the web”
WebResults.ie will review YOUR businesses web presence and devise an action plan, identifying activities for your business to improve your performance on the web based on your market and based on the products or services you offer. What you already  have in place is taken into consideration  (if applicable) and what can be improved is identified.

Limited to 10 businesses only.

The process:

  • Webresults.ie will carry out the review over the phone or by email or in person at our offices in Richview Office Park in Clonskeagh.
  • The process will involve you (the business) answering some questions based on your business, your market and your objectives from the web.
  • Webresults.ie will subsequently carry out the review of your web presence, equipped with this information and outline an action plan on how best to move improve your performance on the web going forward.
  • You will receive an ‘action plan document’ outlining the review findings.

Simply email info@webresults.ie with your website address and contact details and Webresults.ie will get back to you.
You can also call them at ph: (01) 2071872 for more information.

This initiative is aimed at businesses who wish to get more customers through the web.

There is no cost and reviews will take place between Monday May 9th and Thursday May 12t 2011.

Image above by Sprint006 plan by J’Roo, on Flickr


One to one SEO Clinic

Leslie Gilmour of Cube Online Marketing completed our Digitise the Nation application form and is offering the following great FREE Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) opportunity:

“I would like to give 5 people the opportunity to have their web site reviewed by me for SEO.

You can either do this online using Go to Meeting, (which I will supply), or you can come into my office, or use just plain old telephone.  This will be a 30 minute quick review of your website and what you can do easily to improve your rankings in Google and get more visitors on your website.”

Leslie writes on his own blog why he is motivated to participate in Digitise the Nation.

“In my head I like the idea of community.  It is one of the few reasons I turn up at church occasionally.  It is too easy for me to moan about the lack of community feeling and harder for me to do something about it.  This is my little contribution for May 2011.”

When asked who should sign up for his SEO workout he said:

“Anyone who want to improve their knowledge of SEO, but it would be of most benefit to people who have some understanding of websites.”

You can book a half hour session with Leslie by email at leslie@cubeonlinemarketing.ie or by phone 01 685 3995. This event is free but Leslie encourages you to donate about €10 to Barnardos.

Thanks Leslie!


Digitise the Nation: get involved

In 2010 the Irish Internet Association launched a new initiative called Digitise the Nation run in conjunction with Silicon Republic.

We liked it so much that we’re doing it again! And it wouldn’t be nothing, as the song goes, without YOU!

Digitise the Nation runs from May 9th 2011 to May 13th 2011. It is a week of free (or cheap!) events to help get everyone online; to digitise the nation.

We want to reach businesses, consumers, students, children, teenagers, parents,  grandparents and their pets. Okay maybe not the pets so much.

This is an opportunity for every one of our members to bring their skills and capabilities to the very widest audience, showing everyone how the internet can be used to communicate with friends and family, transact business to business and business to consumer; how it can be used for education, self-development, career improvement, social interaction, fundraising and raising awareness and campaigns on local issues. This is a chance to show how the internet can make life easier, more fulfilling and more fun. We can show people that the internet is the ultimate communication medium and that communication isn’t one-way or two-way but every way!

So if you would like to get involved and run an event in your area please fill out this form. In this form we ask you for contact details, some details about your proposed event and your preferred date for your event.

The event can be a one off event or part of a series. It can be a brand new event, developed for Digitise the Nation, or it can be a longstanding event given a DTN11 twist.

Please contact Roseanne Smith, IIA Membership Manager, at members@iia.ie or 01 542 4154, to discuss your ideas or if you have any other queries.

You can also keep up to the minute about this initiative by following the DTN11 hashtag on Twitter, liking the IIA on Facebook or subscribe on your right for email updates or RSS feeds.


Staying in touch with Facebook and Skype

To celebrate Digitise the Nation Week Age Action Ireland will host a free talk for older IT users about Staying In Touch with Facebook and Skype. The talk will be given by Enda Flynn of Microsoft.

Places are limited.

This event is perfect for older people who would like to learn more about social media.

To book your place please email gettingstarted@ageaction.ie or call Pauline or Stella at 01 475 6989


Free training on Digital PR & Social Media Communications

An email from Michelle Daly of PaddyPower landed on my desk today:

I am giving a training session on Digital PR and Social Media Communications to a group of members from JCI Dublin, Dun Laoghaire and Fingal on Tuesday the 10th May in Dublin, 26 Merrion Square, Dublin 2.

All are welcome and of course it is free of charge!

Open to anyone, Junior Chambers Ireland is a group of young active citizens in Ireland. They are mainly young people between the ages of 18 and 40, (I love that! It makes me a young person – hurrah!) all young entrepreneurs and business people who volunteer for community, business and self devleopment projects in Ireland.

You can find out more and let Michelle know you’ll be along by contacting her at @michadaly or micha.daly at gmail.com. You can find out more about JCI at www.jcidublin.com


Engage your mind with closed captions

Following in the footsteps of RTE Radio on Wednesday Premier Captioning & Realtime will be providing live captions to the internet forPeter Kearney’s Engage your mind show on Dublin City FM’s at 3 o’clock on Thursday 12th May.

Engage Your Mind, sponsored by Dundalk Institute of Technology, is hosted by Peter Kearney every Thursday at 3pm.

The captions can be accessed at ww.seewritenow.ie

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