Are you Ireland’s most digital town?

Applications are now open for the .IE Digital Towns Awards 2022, an initiative of the .IE Domain Registry.

People and towns across Ireland are being called on to enter the annual .IE Digital Town Awards 2022, which celebrate the digital achievements of local towns and citizens across the country.

Now open for applications, the .IE Digital Town Awards has a total prize fund of €100,000 across 14 categories to honour local towns and people that, through digital projects and innovation, have contributed to enhancements in areas such as e-health, digital tourism, community, education, and digital business.

“We are excited to see how towns and communities are using digital tools and innovative thinking with transformative results for citizens and local society”

The .IE Digital Town Awards honour local town projects and people that are using digital to transform or enhance their communities for the betterment of local people, services, and society.

€100,000 prize fund

Now in its second year, there is a total prize fund of €100,000 across 14 award categories including Digital Business, Community Digital, Digital Rising Star, Digital Changemaker, and Digital Local Hero. 

“We are excited to see how towns and communities are using digital tools and innovative thinking with transformative results for citizens and local society,” Oonagh McCutcheon, National Director of the .IE Digital Town Programme.

“As we begin to emerge from the pandemic, we are excited to see how towns and communities have continued to embrace digital tools and are applying innovative digital-first thinking with transformative results for citizens, business, and local society.

“Last year’s winners set the bar exceptionally high, and we are looking forward to shining a light again on the towns, digital champions and smart ideas that are breathing new life into communities and their people.”

Last year, Dingle Peninsula was the overall winner for its innovative project ‘Reimagining Creatively Through Digital’. The focus of the Dingle team was on promoting innovation and imagining new ways of doing things through digital. 

Among the highlights of the Dingle Peninsula project was a pilot initiative to increase sustainability and productivity by collecting ‘real-time’ data using sensor technology such as current and predicted weather and soil conditions, and grass growth rates. Localised ‘real-time’ weather data also enabled tourism providers to tailor tourist packages based on changing weather conditions. 

Applications are open now and will close at 17.00 on Friday, 25 March 2022. The winners and runners up will be announced at a gala awards ceremony on 8 June 2022. 

The .IE Digital Town Awards is part of a €1m 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.

Click on link to learn more about applying for the Digital Town Awards.

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