Pictured at the new dawn of the Dot IE Net Visionary Awards 2017 are David Curtin, Chief Executive, IE Domain Registry (IEDR), and Cathy McGovern, Chair of the Irish Internet Association (IIA)
The Dot IE Net Visionary Awards 2017, one of the most hotly contested awards for digital businesses in Ireland, are officially open for entries.
In partnership with the IIA and IEDR, the awards recognise best practice across four main pillars of digital excellence: technology, entrepreneurship, marketing and innovation. The awards are open to all businesses to enter. Alternatively, anybody can nominate a company or project that they believe deserves recognition. There is no entry fee and businesses can enter as many categories of awards as appropriate.
Speaking at the launch of this year’s awards, David Curtin, Chief Executive of IEDR, said: “We are delighted to partner again with the IIA on the Dot IE Net Visionary Awards to celebrate the Irish businesses that are leading the digital revolution.
“The Dot IE Net Visionary Awards showcase the businesses and leaders that are driving innovation in the online world and serve as role models for others.
“To encourage the next generation of innovators and visionaries, we need to ensure that they are not hindered by the same barriers that are preventing a significant cohort of businesses getting online today. This means uniting as an industry to ensure that businesses get the supports they need, particularly in terms of e-commerce, by improving access to resources and our broadband infrastructure.
“The Dot IE Net Visionary awards recognise the very ‘best of the best’ of Irish digital businesses. In doing so, the awards help other Irish businesses to visualise the possibilities that are open to them.”
Cathy McGovern, as the new Chair of the IIA, has recently taken over at the helm of the Dot IE Net Visionary Awards. “It is an incredible time to be working with internet technologies. There are so many people to admire in the industry that are true visionaries; it is great to have these awards to allow us to acknowledge and encourage their talent,” she said.
“Suppliers into the industry always take part enthusiastically, but the award categories are designed to recognise a diverse cross-section of industry sectors too: health, education, agriculture, financial services and retail.
“The IIA and IEDR are proud to have recognised the first generation of Irish internet visionaries such as Ray Nolan, Colm Greally, Colm Lyon and Pat Phelan, by inducting these hugely successful digital entrepreneurs into the IIA Hall of Fame. The awards serve to recognise excellence, set the bar, and challenge all businesses to be creative and daring in their goals.”
The Dot IE Net Visionary Awards will take place on 15 September at the RDS Concert Hall.
Entries are open now. For more information, see www.netvisionary.ie.
The new Board of the IIA launched its Vision and Mission this week, in the light of a recent strategic review.
At an event well attended by a mix of industry veterans, new innovators and long-standing IIA partners, plans
for 2017 were discussed and these included a wide variety of activities and initiatives. CEO Alex Gogan outlined how Advocacy will play
an important role for the organisation, to give members a voice when it comes to issues of policy and best practice.
The IEDR was announced as the primary partner for the Dot.IE Net Visionary Awards 2017, with a date for this to be confirmed shortly
The MyeComm Kit will be completed and launched and this will be a tool to help SME’s identify the best internet tools to use to drive future growth.
Enterprise Ireland is funding a number of regional events to promote the kit and members will be invited to attend these events at no cost.
Elevon were announced as new partners for the IIA and other sponsors are coming on board shortly.
The Diploma in Digital Marketing, run in conjunction with the Irish Times Training Dept., continues to be popular with two courses kicking off shortly.
Two new initiatives included an intention to launch into Northern Ireland, in the face of Brexit. And the Internet of Things (IOT) will be a focus for educational events.
All-in-all exciting times ahead and lots of opportunity for members to access resources, network, build their profile and engage with the IIA