- The .ie Digital Town Awards recognise and reward projects with a digital element created by town groups, local communities and individual businesses
- Prize fund of €60,000 available to support Ireland’s digital development
- Business technology platform, Square, announced as new pillar sponsor for the Awards
- Closing date for entries is Friday 1st March 2024
For the third year running, the Western Development Commission will sponsor the .IE Digital Town Awards.
The .ie Digital Town Awards shine a light on local projects that have a digital element. Town groups, community organisations, regional and national collaboration projects and individual businesses across the country are invited to enter. There is a total prize fund of €60,000 across ten categories and the closing date for entries is Friday 1st March with winners being announced at a Gala awards ceremony in Sheraton Hotel, Athlone, Co. Westmeath on Friday 24th May 2024.
Minister of State for Trade Promotion, Digital and Company Regulation, Dara Calleary TD, welcomed the launch of this year’s awards, ‘Not only do these awards highlight the benefits and possibilities of digital transformation in Ireland, they are fundamental to promoting awareness, use and understanding of digital offerings for our communities, for businesses and for our citizens the length and breadth of the country. Since the foundation of the awards, it has been inspiring to see such positive change brought about in local communities across the country through digital innovation.’
Oonagh McCutcheon, National Director of the .ie Digital Town Awards Programme said ‘The .ie Digital Town Awards create a real sense of pride for towns and communities, big and small, that are making massive leaps with digital technologies. We saw a 15% increase in the number of entries we received in 2023 compared to 2022 and as we enter the fourth year of the awards it is incredibly encouraging to see entries coming in from towns and villages the length and breadth of the country’.
‘We are also delighted to welcome our new pillar sponsor Square on board this year, a digital-first organisation which shares our passion for empowering small businesses and organisations to thrive online. Square joins our long-term supporter and category sponsor, Western Development Commission.
The ten categories in the 2024 .ie Digital Town Awards are:
- Digital Education
- Digital Tourism
- Digital Community
- Digital Business
- Digital Sustainability
- Digital Newcomer
- Digital Rising Star
- Digital Change Maker
- Digital Local Hero
Welcoming the announcement Allan Mulrooney, CEO of the Western Development Commission said;
We are delighted to be supporting the .IE awards in 2024 and in particular, highlighting new initiatives and projects that support improvements for local communities. With many people choosing to relocate to towns and villages in the western region, it is often the local community who are the driving force behind changes that support both the locals and those newcomers to an area.
The 2023 winner case study videos are available to view here.
The Awards are open to community organisations, town groups, regional or national collaboration projects and individual businesses who can demonstrate positive impacts of digital strategies. All categories are now open to businesses that use a digital element within their service.
Closing date for entry submissions is Friday 1st March 2024.
More information on the .ie Digital Town Awards, key dates, entry guidelines, applications and FAQ’s can be found here
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