Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Mr. Richard Bruton T.D., today [Wednesday] announced a call for proposals for the Dublin City of Science programme of events in 2012.
‘Rebuilding Ireland’s international reputation for excellence in science and technology will be crucial to achieving growth and getting people back to work. I am developing a plan to put science, technology and innovation at the centre our growth and jobs policies. Part of this will involve showing to the world that we are a creative, innovative, scientific nation.
‘Dublin City of Science 2012, a highly prestigious event which was won in the face of stiff competition, offers a perfect opportunity to show the world what we can do. I think we should all get involved in this programme and help promote Ireland to the world as a centre of innovation and creativity in science and technology,’ the Minister said speaking at the launch.
The call, which will remain open until 30 June 2011, is seeking proposals for a year-long programme of events to engage the citizens of the island of Ireland in science. It is hoped to devise a programme of events that will demonstrate the reach of science into almost every aspect of our lives – education, business, the arts, sports and our communities.
Partnerships will also be sought with organisations and individuals who wish to develop events that will encourage the public to engage with science.
Dublin City of Science 2012 will showcase Irish expertise and creativity that will firmly place Ireland on the map for science excellence.
Speaking at the launch, Professor Patrick Cunningham, Chief Scientific Adviser to the Government said that: ‘the primary purpose of this call is to identify events that creatively engage with science and the public.
‘This could be by way of promoting an existing event, activity or idea. It could be something completely new, something you’d like to develop within your own organisation or institution, or in partnership with others. I would welcome activities in any format, indoor or outdoor, through the medium of theatre, film, exhibitions, workshops, debates, interactive dialogues, online events, the list is endless,’ Prof. Cunningham concluded.
Also at the launch today was the Dublin City of Science 2012 Project Director, Mr. David Fahy. He highlighted the importance to include events from a wide and varied reach.
‘While it is Dublin that is the City of Science, it is central to us that a programme is developed that stretches to include the whole island of Ireland.
‘I would urge those with an interest in science and technology and their impact on art, literature, music, sport, communities, the economy, society in general to submit proposals, Mr. Fahy concluded.
The call is available at www.dublinscience2012.ie/pep
In October we held a conference specifically aimed at online retailers called “8 Ways to Sell More Stuff” (read a review here). The feedback was very positive and we hope to produce more events in this style in 2011.
In the meantime here is the first of some of the presentations that I recorded on the day. I didn’t manage to record them all (sorry Michael Kane!) and it may be a while before I have an opportunity to tidy the other few up but there should be plenty for you to mull over in this podcast below.
This is Andrew Draper, Co-founder of Manpacks.com sharing his experience of launching not only a new online business in the last year but a business with a unique business model.
The headline sponsor of “8 Ways to Sell More Stuff” was An Post and one way you could sell more stuff is by checking out their new site ILoveShopping.ie.
Joshue O’Connor, a member of the IIA User Experience Working Group from the National Council for the Blind in Ireland, outlines what delegates can expect from the IIA User Experience Conference next Tuesday 25 November in the Burlington Hotel Dublin.
In business there are many confounding variables that face you. Internal and external pressures at every corner. If you sell products then you must have people who must decide to buy and use your products, the same for any services that you provide. The web has opened up new horizons of possibility but how do you really get it right? Trying to understand what makes your users tick is a full time job in itself and not exactly an exact science.
Therefore coming to the IIA User Experience Working Group’s annual conference on the theme of “Brand building, profitability and customer loyalty through better User Experience” will really help you. Meet with some practitioners who spend their time trying to understand the user experience. There are many diverse and experienced speakers at this event who will endeavour to share what they have learned as practitioners. You will come away from this event with, at the very least, the realisation that there is a lot to be learned when you consider the complexity of the very people you are trying to reach, and hopefully a trick or two that may help you to improve the quality of the services that you offer.
Click here to check out the progamme, speakers and register for this event. Readers of this blog can get 10% off by using the code “UEBlog” when prompted during registering. At €145.00 for non-members and €75.00 for IIA members it’s a bargain even without the discount. As they say in Irish may you enjoy and gain benefit from it!
A big IIA welcome to Patchcom Services who joined the IIA recently. Patchcom Services, established in 2002 provides IT Services to growing businesses throughout Ireland. Their experience spans a broad range of technologies with a focus on IT to support work and home life. I also had the pleasure of meeting the main man in Patchcom recently, Patrick O’Connor, at the last OpenCoffeeClub in the Digital Depot. It was clear from chatting to him and listening to him answering other OpenCoffeeClubbers’ questions about hardware and systems that he knows what he’s talking about. Also, interestingly and because I know my fellow countryfolk love the whole connections thing, Patrick has recently taken a city centre desk in the new co-working space set up in Dublin’s South William St. I have written about this before because one of our other members, Eamon Leonard of EchoLibre set up this space. It seems to me to be perfect synergy: all your technology needs in the one space!
The Digital Hub is an Irish Government initiative to create an international centre of excellence for knowledge, innovation and creativity focused on digital content and technology enterprises.
Naturally, a good number of our members also reside in the Digital Hub including one of our newest members, Gaumina. Gaumina is an International Digital Creative Agency, mastering Digital into an effective means of communication. They help brands to compete, through our team of over 90 creative and development experts.
Welcome to our newest members ThinkSmart who have just joined the IIA. ThinkSmart are a small and growing ebusiness, technology, management and marketing consultancy and training company.
They specialise in working with small to medium businesses to help them grow or develop to maximise their potential. They have a vast range of international business and consulting experience, and over the last year have begun to focus on working with businesses in Ireland, beginning initially in the Southwest with their headquarters in Killarney and have recently opened an office in Dublin.