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Overview of Digital Dún Laoghaire

Since Digital Dún Laoghaire’s inception in March 2016 our network has run dozens of free business events with a total attendance to date in excess of 1,100 business people. Our work is made possible by the membership fees of the Bank of Ireland contribution of coworking space to DigitalHQ clg

It is more important than ever that the business community of  Dún Laoghaire Town is supported in maximising the potential of our town in every sense. The goal of Digital Dun Laoghaire is to support this through helping businesses in our town transition to the digital economy, to help attract and grow new businesses here and project Dun Laoghaire Town through digital channels as a great place to shop, work and spend time.

Our outputs

In addition to the support of Bank of Ireland we receive support from Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Council to deliver the following outputs:

  • Newsletters for the town for a Business2Consumer and Business2Business audience.

  • Managing the town's website and social media.

  • Delivering events that build networks and attract new businesses to the town.

  • Initiatives/training that enable local, traditional businesses to get more business from the web.

 

In terms of more information on the events we deliver, they are as follows:

Our Meetups

Each month we bring together the local community of digital/tech entrepreneurs and traditional business owners through our morning Meetups. At these interactive sessions we discuss various topics that are key to scalable business growth in an informal 'fireside chat' format with three to four guest speakers. During the discussion questions and inputs are taken from the floor from attendees.

 

These meetups take place in the Bank of Ireland, Dun Laoghaire starting at 7.30am and finishing up at 8.45am on the dot so that the attendees can get to their work places on time. 

Profile of Attendees - 40 to 50 local digital/tech and traditional business owners, consultants and free lancers.

For the benefit of the broader business community we capture the outputs from each meetup, to see the typical outputs click here for an example. 

Our Lunchtime Briefings

Our Lunchtime briefings take place in alternate months to our Meetups in the Bank of Ireland, Dun Laoghaire from 1pm to 2pm. The goal of our briefings is to provide practical actionable advice from expert speakers that can be easily implemented to help increase revenue or reduce costs for small businesses.

Profile of Attendees - It is generally a very broad group of 20 to 25 attendees from shops owners to estate agents, from software companies' staff to business advisors. All are there to learn so in general they are at a beginners level in terms of each topic.

 

What’s the format? The format is that we have three experts for each Briefing speaking to a set of their slides on different aspects of the topic of the Briefing.

 

How long is the speaking slot? Each speaks for approximately 10/15 minutes and then 5 minute Q&A.

 

We aim to finish at 2pm on the dot so that the attendees can get back to their businesses.

For the benefit of the broader business community we capture the outputs from each meetup, to see the typical outputs click here for an example. 

How to get here
By Bus: 46A, 7A, 7, 45A, 111, 63
By Train: 5 minute walk from Dún Laoghaire DART
By Car: Parking is available in these locations

Our History to Date

Honorary Patron to Digital Dún Laoghaire Minister Mary Mitchell O’Connor T.D. with Digital Dún Laoghaire project director Eoin Costello. 

 

  • March 2016 - First steering group meeting was March 2016 in the BID’s office when it was initially proposed to be Startup Dun Laoghaire.

  • May 2016 - Eoin Costello officially engaged as the BID’s Digital Connector to lead the Digital Dún Laoghaire initiative.

  • September 2016 - Minister Mitchell O’Connor becomes Patron and officially launches Digital Dún Laoghaire with Bank of Ireland’s Colin Kingston.

  • March 2017 - Infographic launched capturing the outputs of the first 12 months of the Digital Dún Laoghaire initiative.

  • May 2017 - Launch of the BID’s strategic plan for the Digital Transformation of Dún Laoghaire Town.

  • June 2017 - PierConnect officially opened.

  • September 2017 - “Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council will identify and promote Dun Laoghaire Town as a new Digital, Creative and Technology hub for the region in partnership with Digital Dun Laoghaire, Dun Laoghaire BID and IADT” - Dublin Regional Enterprise Strategy 2017 - 2019

  • October 2017 - Digital Dún Laoghaire made PierConnect (Bank of Ireland, Dun Laoghaire) its home for activities.

  • March 2019 - The Dun Laoghaire Town BID's 5 year term ended on 31st March 2019 and the Board decided not to seek an additional term. A number of the Board members set up the not-for-profit entity DigitalHQ clg to continue key elements of the digital agenda of the BID including Digital Dún Laoghaire. 

  • In response to an article in the Irish Times ( Dún Laoghaire's continuing failure to reinvent itself ) we felt motivated to write this letter to the Editor which, as yet, the Irish Times has not published.