Irish towns and villages to vie to host remote work conference

2023 conference aims for substantial conversation for sustainable changes remote working will bring to Ireland.

Towns and villages across Ireland are being invited to apply to host the third Grow Remote conference that will take place in April next year.

The one day conference, which will feature speakers from across Europe aims to cut through the noise around remote work and social impact.

“Events like this typically bring €50,000 into local communities”

The conference will take place on 27 April 2023 and will attract remote workers, remote companies, town groups and leaders in social change issues.

Societal changes posed by remote work

Speakers will share the latest thinking on urban development, new talent programmes for communities, climate change, and inclusion, amongst other topics.

“Events like this typically bring €50,000 into local communities,” said Grow Remote general manager John Evoy. “All it takes to enter your town into the competition is to fill in a simple online form.”

Town teams are encouraged to apply at before July 31st and the winner(s) will be announced late August.

John Riordan, former chairman at leading remote employer Shopify said: “Since hosting the first conference in 2018, Grow Remote has asked the critical questions when it comes to remote work. This time leaders will come together to discuss the societal changes, benefits and challenges that exist when employment unlocks from location. If we think about this like the coming of the internet, we really need to ensure the whole country is remote ready.”

“We know the benefits of remote work, but we need to discuss how we implement the benefits of it into Sustainable Development Goal plans, how we attract talent to Ireland, how cities will change and more – we need a more substantial conversation around the changes this will bring” 

Dónal Kearney, Community Manager at Grow Remote added: “The last time we opened up the location to communities to host a Grow Remote event we had over 50 applications and it was really competitive.

“We know there are some brilliant communities who are uniquely set to host this third national event and I’m really looking forward to seeing what towns and villages all over Ireland have to offer.”

John Kennedy
Award-winning editor John Kennedy is one of Ireland's most experienced business and technology journalists.