Ireland’s first National Digital Week to be held in Skibbereen

Pic shows (l to r top) Bernard Byrne, CEO AIB, Sean O'Driscoll, CEO, Glen Dimplex/ Ludgate@Skibbereen, Norah Casey; Publisher and Broadcaster, Tom Hayes, Divisional Manager of Enterprise Ireland and Louise Phelan; Vice President of Global Operations at PayPal.
and (l to r bottom) Anne O Leary, CEO, Vodafone Ireland, Ronan Harris Vice President, Google EMEA and Dee Forbes, President and Managing Director of Discovery Networks Northern Europe.
Ronan Harris, Vice President Google EMEA is one of the keynote speakers at Ireland’s first National Digital Week, which takes place in Skibbereen Co. Cork from 3-8 November 2015.  The 4 day event aims to develop entrepreneurship by making digital accessible for all, and is the first of its kind in a non-urban area in Ireland. It caters for everyone and anyone with an interest in the future of digital technology with different talks focusing on Farming 2030, education and STEM, retail, female entrepreneurship, Industry 4.0, Internet of Things, and much more.  For tickets and more see

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Posted on: 3rd November, 2015

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Contributor: West Cork People

Ireland’s first ever National Digital Week will take place from November 3-8 in Skibbereen, with over 2,000 entrepreneurs, digital marketers, technology enthusiasts and those embarking on a digital journey, expected to attend. National Digital Week aims to develop entrepreneurship by making digital technology accessible for all, and is the first of its kind in a non-urban area in Ireland. It caters for everyone and anyone with an interest in the future of digital.

The four day event has been organised by the recently established Ludgate@Skibbereen, Ireland’s first rural digital hub, and will be attended by Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources, Alex White. It will feature more than 60 high profile international and national speakers on two stages, including Ronan Harris, Head of Google EMEA, and Dr. Laurence O’Rourke, Rosetta Mission Science Operations Coordinator at the European Space Agency, who will discuss the applications of STEM in a practical way and the success of the Rosetta mission and the future of space exploration.

Ingrid Vanderveldt of the US based Empower A Billion Women 2020 organisation will also speak at the event, and she and her team will conduct workshops with attendees and showcase toolkits for entrepreneurs from their programme.

Google, Discovery Networks, Enterprise Ireland, the ESA, Musgrave Group, PayPal, Vodafone, and Microsoft are just some of the other companies presenting at National Digital Week, and there will also be a video conference from Ireland’s Digital Ambassador Lord David Puttnam.

The event will give attendees practical sessions on the latest technology trends and tools, advice and support on growing a business through digital, and taking it to the next level in terms of market, finance and internationalisation. Speakers will also discuss working or running a business from a rural location rather than a metropolitan area and how that impacts company strategy.

There will also be a multitude of seminars, workshops, exhibitions and extracurricular activities throughout the week, including cycles of the Wild Atlantic Way and a stellar line up of entertainment with live music from Jessie Kennedy, Martin Hayes and Dennis Cahill, Sasha Puttnam and special guests.

The four day conference will be held in the West Cork Hotel, Ilen Street Skibbereen and the Southern Star Old Printworks building adjacent to the hotel. Workshops will be held in the West Cork Hotel. Exhibitions will take place in the Southern Star Old Printworks building, Ilen Street, Skibbereen.

Tickets can be purchased for individual full day sessions at; For further information and details of new speakers follow @DigitalWeekIRL on Twitter #DigitalWeekSkibb.

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