Final call for Longford entries for ‘.IE Digital Town Awards’
Longford community groups and projects are being called upon to submit their entries for the .IE Digital Town Awards, an initiative of .IE, the managers of Ireland’s trusted online .ie address as the application date is extended for an additional week.
The awards, which have a total prize fund of €100,000 across 14 categories, opened for entries on February 21 and will now accept applications until Friday, April 1 at 5pm.
This decision was made to facilitate the high demand of interest in this year’s awards programme, according to Oonagh McCutcheon, National Director of the .IE Digital Town Programme.
“The .IE Digital Town Awards were created to honour local towns and people who, through digital projects and innovation, have contributed to the betterment of areas such as e-health, digital tourism, community, education, and digital business”, said McCutcheon.
“Since opening the application process, we have been pleased to see such strong interest in applying for the Awards this year. In response, we have made the decision to extend the deadline by an additional week to ensure that all groups and projects have a chance to get their entries in.
“To date, we have received submissions from a broad spectrum of towns and community leaders from across the country and we would like to take this opportunity to encourage any other local town or project who are considering taking part, to ensure that their application is submitted before the new deadline.
“For those seeking inspiration, we have a number of previous winners profiled on our website www.weare.ie to give people a flavour of the type of projects that won at last year’s award ceremony. We have also compiled a full FAQ section to answer any questions that potential applicants might have.
“For groups and individuals who have already started an application, the online portal will remain open for any last-minute changes or additions that they might like to make to their submission until 5pm on April 1.”
“We are delighted to welcome our category sponsors Western Development Commission, Connected Hubs, Vodafone and AIB Merchant Services.”
The .IE Digital Town Awards Categories
Ten of the awards will be for digital projects in the areas of education, tourism, health, business, and community, with a further four special awards recognising a Digital Changemaker, Digital Rising Star, Digital Local Hero, and an Overall Winner, which will be decided on by an independent judging panel.
The judging panel for this year’s special awards categories will be looking for digital leaders who show a genuine passion and ambition for their town or community, are self-motivated, and who apply digital thinking to problem solve with creative solutions and innovative ideas that ‘disrupt’ and enhance towns and communities for everyone’s benefit.
Finally, the Digital Local Hero award will recognise the unsung heroes nominated by their peers for their tireless work on community-focused and digitally led initiatives that make a town or a group in the town better.
The winners and runners up will be announced at a virtual gala awards ceremony on 8 June 2022.
The .IE Digital Town Awards is part of a €1 million investment announced by .IE in 2021 and to be delivered over four years, with a particular focus on digital enhancement and adoption in Ireland’s towns as part of its overall .IE Digital Town programme.
Learn more about applying for the .IE Digital Town Awards.
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