Irish towns compete to host remote working conference

Does your town have what it takes to host the Grow Remote conference on September 27?

Town and villages across Ireland are invited to apply to host the inaugural Grow Remote ( conference that will take place on September 27.

“Events like this typically bring €20,000 into local communities,” says event organiser Rose Barrett. “All it takes to enter your town into the competition is to fill in a simple online form.”

The one day conference, which will feature speakers from across Europe aims to boost the momentum around the remote working community in Ireland.

“It is estimated that over 216,000 people work remotely in Ireland.”

A growing remote workforce

The first of it’s kind; the conference will play host to remote workers, remote working companies and town groups. Speakers will share the latest thinking on the technology, management and opportunities for remote working. Currently, it is estimated that over 216,000 people work remotely in Ireland.

Gabe Karp, director of Europe at 10up will be speaking at the event. “We’re excited to be involved with Grow Remote. As a remote digital agency, we believe strongly in the power of remote teams,” says Karp. “As we continue to grow, we would love to find great design and engineering talent in Ireland. We need an active community in this space to make that happen, and this is an event to kickstart that.”

The emergence of new community spaces across Ireland was a key motivator for this event as they now provide the infrastructure needed in the regions to make remote work possible.

“Collaborative ecosystems and clusters offer global value, skills and a great quality of life.”

‘It’s a no-brainer’

Remote working is becoming more of a viable option for large companies. Ryan Mesches of says, “It’s a no-brainer for us; we’ve built a huge business with over 23% of our workforce working remote. Hiring remote staff allows us to continue to lead in our market by remaining more agile and flexible – and our employees love it too.”

Apply now

Town teams are encouraged to apply at before August 25 and the winners will be announced late August.

The event is supported by Bank of Ireland, Shopify, IDA Ireland and Abodoo with tickets starting at €30. More details at

Pictured above is Dan Fahy (27) who availed of local spaces and high-speed broadband to work for two international companies from his base in Kinvara, Co Galway.

About Grow Remote

Grow Remote is a community of companies, individuals and town groups who believe that smart working could and should be more accessible across Ireland. You can get involved by sharing case studies, telling them about companies that have great smart working policies, and hosting events around this theme.

Article by Tracy Keogh.