TEDxDrogheda will take place in the Droichead Arts Centre on 3rd November 2017 at 18:00, providing a broad interpretation of the theme “Private Lives”, with presentations by speakers from our local community and further afield.  TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or fewer) delivered by today’s leading thinkers and doers. Tickets are now on sale, priced at €30 for a Standard Ticket and €15 for a Concession Ticket (senior members 65+, students, unemployed).

Speakers have been announced on Wednesday, 4th October, and they are:

Colin Guilfoyle – a local game developer, talking about Digital Divorce and what cheating online really means.

Brendan Murray – losing identity upon retirement.

Keith McEvoy – will be giving a talk on post-job identity crisis. Do we have to build a new #identity when starting a new business?

Janie Lazar – will be discussing what identity in Ireland really means today, & how nationality is adding to our identity, NOT defining it.

Alan Costello – how technology is and will be changing our private lives.

Vinny McCoy – will be sharing his views on how school is sometimes not the answer. Your vision defines who you are!

Sarah Archer – with a talk on playing roles & wearing masks in public.

Caradh O’Donovan – winner of several World & European #kickboxing medals, talking about her devastating diagnosis.

For more information, please visit http://tedxdrogheda.com/ or follow @TEDxDrogheda on Facebook and Twitter for instant updates.

TEDxDrogheda is a non-profit event and organizers would welcome any sponsorship or contribution from companies or individuals.

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Ignyte avatarThis is a quick update on the IgnYte 3 Application deadline. We have moved the starting date to 16 October, so if you’re interested in joining, please submit your application forms to us by email in the next two weeks.

About Ignyte

IgnYte is a 6-week youth entrepreneurship programme run for unemployed young people in the Drogheda area. The programme wil focus on entrepreneurship skills for those wishing to start their own business or develop a career pathway for themselves based on their passions and interests. Course content will include soft skill development (problem solving, goal setting, leadership), creative exercises (brainstorming, idea development) and business skills (IT skills, project planning, business plans).

Mentoring

As part of each project, each participant will be assigned a mentor. These mentors will be arranged by the Mill and will offer 1 to 1 advice and guidance for each participant.

Application form for IgnYte  six-week course:

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Please send the above application form to admin@themilldrogheda.ie 

Bill Liao is General Partner at SOSV, supporting, mentoring and investing in companies and startups at all stages of growth.

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Runs RebelBio in Europe, focusing on entrepreneurs building technologies in or around the field of synthetic biology.

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Co-founder of CoderDojo, a free global network formed to assist young people with learning computer programming, Bill also co-founded XING, a pioneering enterprise social networking platform.

The author of three books, Bill is a speaker at events such as The World Economic Forum, The Globe Forum in Sweden, TED and TEDx and also at major institutions such as The London School of Economics and The House of Commons.

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Refresh Boyne is a community of designers and developers working to refresh the creative, technical, and professional culture of the New Media industry in the Boyne region. Refresh Boyne hold events that promote design, technology, usability and standards and is part of, and inspired, by the Refreshing Cities movement.

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TEDxDrogheda 2017: “Private Lives”

TEDxDrogheda is back! The second TEDx event in the North-East of Ireland has been officially launched on Monday, 28th August 2017 under the title “Private Lives”. The event will be hosted in the Droichead Arts Centre on 3rd November 2017 and will provide a broad interpretation of the theme “Identity”, with presentations by artists, social activists, entrepreneurs, historians, and academics from our local community.  A call out for speakers is currently taking place on TEDxDrogheda website: http://tedxdrogheda.com/ , deadline for submissions – 30th September 2017.

The organizing committee consists of Anna Kurtisa – administrator at The Mill Enterprise Hub, Orlaith Carmody – former RTE news reporter and Managing Director of Gavin Duffy and Associates, Seán Ó Cearrúlláin – director of Sky High Productions, Barry James – speaker of TEDxDrogheda 2016.

“We are interested in asking whether the concept of Identity is related to personality or whether it involves something much broader such as our health, creativity, social equality, or environment”, said Orlaith Carmody, the Managing Director of Mediatraining.ie. “TEDxDrogheda represents technology, the arts, education, youth programmes, business and not-for-profit organisations.  Our common aim is to reach a diverse cross-section of our community and ensure a truly inspirational set of topics and talks”, said Graham O’Rourke.

Because TEDx events are intentionally small, designed to be intimate events that provoke discussion and promote connection, the seating at TEDxDrogheda will be limited to 100. “We are seeking an audience representing the broadest possible range of the community, including local residents and other members of the general public who are inspired by ideas and interested in connecting with others who share the same passion for knowledge”, concluded Anna Kurtisa.

Tickets will go on sale this month, priced at €30 for a Standard Ticket, and €15 for a Concession Ticket (students, unemployed, and senior members 65+).

About TEDx, x = independently organized event

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TED Talks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized. (Subject to certain rules and regulations.)

About TED

TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a conference in California 1984, TED has grown to support those world-changing ideas with many initiatives.

At a TED conference, the world’s leading thinkers and doers are asked to give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes or less. TED speakers have included Roger Ebert, Sheryl Sandberg, Bill Gates, Elizabeth Gilbert, Benoit Mandelbrot, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Brian Greene, Isabel Allende and former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown.

On TED.com, talks from TED conferences are shared with the world for free as TED Talks videos. A new TED Talk is posted every weekday. Through the Open Translation Project, TED Talks are subtitled by volunteers worldwide. Through our distribution networks, TED Talks are shared on TV, radio, Netflix and many websites.

The TEDx initiative grants free licenses to people around the world to organize TED-style events in their communities with TED Talks and live speakers. Selected talks from these events are also turned into TED Talks videos.

The annual TED Prize grants $1 million to an exceptional individual with a wish to change the world. The TED Fellows program helps world-changing innovators from around the globe to become part of the TED community and, with its help, amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities. TED-Ed creates short video lessons by pairing master teachers with animators, for use in classroom instruction or independent learning.

For information about TED’s upcoming conferences, visit http://www.ted.com/registration

Follow TED on Twitter at http://twitter.com/TEDTalks, or on Facebook athttp://www.facebook.com/TED

Organisers

This independent TEDx event is operated under license from TED.

TEDxDrogheda Team:

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Georgina McKenna – director at Count Her In

 

About Ignyte

IgnYte is a 6-week youth entrepreneurship programme run for unemployed young people in the Drogheda area. The programme wil focus on entrepreneurship skills for those wishing to start their own business or develop a career pathway for themselves based on their passions and interests. Course content will include soft skill development (problem solving, goal setting, leadership), creative exercises (brainstorming, idea development) and business skills (IT skills, project planning, business plans).

Taster Sessions

In order to aid with the promotion of the programme, we have developed 3 taster sessions prior to the full programme’s commencement. These sessions are designed to give potential participants a flavour of the content and methodology employed in the full Ignyte programme.

Session details:

1. “Problem Solving and Creativity” (18th September, 10am – 1pm)

2. “Idea generation” (25th September, 10am – 1pm)

3. “Social Media Tips and Tricks” (2nd October, 10am – 1pm)

Each participant is allowed to attend as many sessions as they like.

 

Application form for IgnYte  six-week course

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Aim: To provide the opportunity & environment for young unemployed people to explore self-employment as an alternative to a life of unemployment.

IgnYte will recruit motivated individuals who have an interest in setting up a new enterprise (social or for-profit, part-time or full-time) onto the Programme.

  • Are you aged between 16 & 30?
  • Are you currently unemployed?
  • Are you interested in one day working for yourself instead of for someone else?
  • Are you passionate about something?
  • Have you a hobby you are enthusiastic about?
  • Do you want to explore starting a new business (perhaps based on your hobby or interests)?
  • Do you see yourself as different from others?
  • Do you envy those who work for themselves?
  • Do you feel others do not fully understand you?
  • Do you dream about one day becoming financially independent?
  • Are you not afraid of taking calculated risks?
  • Are you prepared to work hard to realise your dreams?
  • Are you willing to commit yourself 100% NOW so as to move closer to becoming your own boss one day?

If you answered ‘yes’ to most of these questions then you are ready to apply for IgnYte. Based in The Mill, Drogheda – IgnYte will fire up your ambitions & give you a fresh outlook on the future. Provided you are willing to participate fully, IgnYte will be a life changing experience. Over a 6 week period you will explore many different ideas for starting a new business, discover your true self & learn many new skills. Everybody who participates in IgnYte will be a winner.

Mentoring

As part of each project, each participant will be assigned a mentor. These mentors will be arranged by the Mill and will offer 1 to 1 advice and guidance for each participant.

So if you wish to apply for the next IgnYte programme, click below to download your application form, fill in your details & send them to Anna admin@themilldrogheda.ie.

Application form for IgnYte  six-week course

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Declan Costello – Head of IT infrastructure at Ryanair will talk aboutImage result for ryanair logo

– Where Ryanair came from,
– The changes over the last few years,
– How they achieved the changes,
– What’s coming in future

Declan has been working in IT for 19 years across Manufacturing, Finance, Gaming and Aviation sectors. Currently lead a team of Infrastructure and Operations specialists managing 200 locations, 7 data centres and all systems for the world’s largest international airline.

 

In the last 2 years they have introduced DevOps processes to the environment, migrated services to cloud vendors, re-architected the web applications infrastructure architecture to cater for increased demands of our business and customers.

Declan’s presentation is about the journey Ryanair Website has made from its beinginnings to current status. This covers the “old” Ryanair site and shows the changes they have made to make themselves more customer friendly.

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Date: Wed 30 August 2017

Time: 19:00 – 21:00

Venue: The Mill Enterprise Hub

Refreshments kindly sponsored by Amphenol TCS.

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Refresh Boyne is a community of designers and developers working to refresh the creative, technical, and professional culture of the New Media industry in the Boyne region. Refresh Boyne hold events that promote design, technology, usability and standards and is part of, and inspired, by the Refreshing Cities movement.

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The latest Refresh Boyne event on June 29th saw a packed house at The Cross Pub in Drogheda listening to Brendan Kearns, an Australian Digital Product Designer, based in London, speaking on ‘Creating a Design Culture’. This continues Refresh Boyne’s strong track record of bringing leading creative and technical thinkers to the NorthEast region.

For almost a decade Brendan has worked with design studios and technology companies in Australia, Europe, and North America. Currently lead designer for InVision Enterprise, the driving force behind design and collaboration at some of the world’s most innovative companies, Brendan is working on building a more powerful design process for millions of users. InVision simplifies virtually every aspect of the product design workflow and makes collaboration a core part of the process for millions of people across design, development, project management and marketing. Organisations such as Twitter, Sony, IBM, Uber, Evernote, and Salesforce rely on InVision Enterprise to power their design process.

During his talk, Brendan mentioned the following:

  • Learnings from some of tech’s best design teams
  • InVision’s seven principles of digital product design
  • How to start becoming a user-centered company
  • How designers can own user problems inside organisations.
  • Choosing the right methods for design at scale.
  • Start to create a design culture inside organisations

According to Sean Downey of Refresh Boyne “I was aware that the Boyne region had a very strong creative tradition, but I felt that a lot of the activity was fragmented and below the radar. Refresh Boyne events offer local creative talent and startups an opportunity to hear from leading thinkers across the creative and technical sectors, which are continually criss-crossing with each other”

Breanndán Casey of The Mill commented that “prior to the establishment of the Refresh Boyne voluntary organisation, it was difficult for like-minded startups in the technical and creative sectors to meet at the same event. The caliber of speakers has been very exciting, and includes startup expert Eamon Leonard, Valista Founder Raomal Perrera, and PR Guru Paul Hayes. Past topics include Gaming, Mongo DB, Lean Startup methodology, UX, and Podcasting. Our future speakers include Declan Costello, Head of IT Infrastructure at Ryanair speaking on ‘The Digital Transformation of Ryanair’, and International Investor Bill Liao of SOS Ventures on ‘Turning Impossible into Inevitable’.

All Refresh Boyne events are free and attendees can register at www.refreshboyne.org .

 

Refresh Boyne is a community of designers and developers working to refresh the creative, technical, and professional culture of the New Media industry in the Boyne region. Refresh Boyne hold events that promote design, technology, usability and standards and is part of, and inspired, by the Refreshing Cities movement.

 

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On Friday, 12th May, the Drogheda Young Innovators (DYI) Competition Final for secondary school students took place at East Coast Bakehouse’s Centre of Innovation. Twenty shortlisted projects from the original 100 applications, were reviewed in details by the judges. The overall winner was Blathnaid Murphy, a student at Our Lady’s College, Greeenhills, who impressed judges with her business, “Daisy’s Pawsome Bowties”. Blathnaid, at twelve years of age, is the youngest winner of the DYI competition.

The judges of the Drogheda Young Innovators (DYI) competition were (from left): Geoff Fitzpatrick of Jack Cody’s Brewery, Alison Cowzer of East Coat Bakehouse, Cormac Bohan of State Street and Sean McEntee of The Mill Enterprise Hub.

Prizes were also awarded in each of the three categories (Science/Technology, Business, and Social Enterprise) for both individual and team entries. This is the fourth year of the awards which focus on all aspects of Innovation.

According to Breanndán Casey, BDM of The Mill Enterprise, “This competition has gone from strength to strength each year, and with circa 100 applications, it’s fair to say that Innovation is alive and well in Drogheda. We work with our partners State Street, Coca-Cola International Services, East Coast Bakehouse, and Fitz Scientific to visit all nine schools in the region to highlight the innovation that is currently occurring locally, and to ensure that students have an opportunity to flex their creative muscles”.

Over 50 students had an opportunity to question a panel of local innovators including Alison Cowzer of East Coast Bakehouse / Dragon’s Den, Geoff Fitzpatrick of Fitz Scientific, Cormac Bohan of State Street, and Sean MacEntee of The Mill Enterprise on starting and growing a business, and how to ensure that innovation remains a focal point of your business. Alison Cowzer of East Coat Bakehouse commented “I am extremely impressed by the innovation on display today across all three categories. The standard is very high, and I can see how the judges had an extremely difficult process to pick the winners. Based on the level of innovation displayed, Drogheda’s future is very bright”.

Organised by a voluntary group of local business people, teachers, and The Mill Enterprise Hub, the competition challenges Drogheda’s students to think about an innovating career in science, social enterprise, or business.

The 2017 winners who received their certificates and cash prizes included:

  • “Daisy’s Pawsome Bowties” – Overall winner of DYI 2017, Our Lady’s College, Greenhills (Blathnaid Murphy).
Blathnaid Murphy of Our Lady’s, Greenhills, the overall winner of the Drogheda Young Innovators (DYI) competition with her company “Daisy’s Pawesome Bowties” receives her awards from Geoff Fitzpatrick of Jack Cody’s Brewery. Photo: Andy Spearman.
  • “YAMA music portfolio” – Business Group Category, Our Lady’s College, Greenhills
Our Lady’s College, Greenhillls students Emma O’Brien and Eleanor McHugh whose project ‘Yama Portfolio’ won an award in the finals of the Drogheda Young Innovators (DYI) competition.
  • “Daisy’s Pawsome Bowties”– Business Individual Category, Our Lady’s College, Greenhills.
Blathnaid Murphy of Our Lady’s, Greenhills, who won the Individual Business category and was also the overall winner of the Drogheda Young Innovators (DYI) competition speaks about her company “Daisy’s Pawesome Bowties” at the presentation ceremony at East Coast Bakehouse.
  • “Help Bees – Throw Seeds” – Social Enterprise Individual Category, Scoil Uí Mhuiri (Patrick Dorian)
Patrick Dorian of Scoil Uí Mhuire, Dunleer who won first prize in the Social Enterprise Individual category of the Drogheda Young Innovators (DYI) competition with his project “Help Bees – Throw Seeds” receives his award from sponsors Alison Cowzer of East Coast Bakehouse and Cormac Bohan of State Street.
  • “Totem” – Social Enterprise Group Category, Drogheda Grammar School
Matthew O’Loughlin (left) Kaan Mese and Obefemi William Funmilayo of Drogheda Grammar School with their project called “Totem” at the finals of the Drogheda Young Innovators (DYI) competition.
  • “The antimicrobial potential of tree bark extracts” – Science Individual Category, Our Lady’s College, Greenhills (Niamh Ann Kelly)
The winner of the Individual Science section of the Drogheda Young Innovators (DYI) competition, Niamh Kelly of Our Lady’s College, Greenhills, is presented with her award by Geoff Fitzpatrick of Fitz Scientific.
  • “Edible insects for sustainable future” – Science Group Category, St. Oliver’s Community College

“It was great to have the diverse range of ideas this year, and more importantly, to see how the students have worked on their ideas over the past three months”, says Sean MacEntee, a Director at The Mill Enterprise Centre, “We also had 80 students attend the Innovation Workshop at Coca-Cola in March which gave students an opportunity to work on the innovation process.

“We expect at least 1 in 10 of Drogheda’s students will be running their own business when they finish education” says Geoff Fitzpatrick of Fitz Scientific. He continued “Blathnaid has already won a National Student Enterprise Award, and is the youngest winner of this competition. In the future, I’ve no doubt that these students will be employing people in Drogheda and making a very positive contribution to the local economy and community. This project gives them an opportunity to work on ideas and interact with like-minded students and entrepreneurs.”

Stephen Finnegan, Sean Savage and Ben Tracey from St. Mary’s Diocesan School with their mini company “Custom Crafts” at the Drogheda Young Innovators (DYI) final.
Matthew Lenehan (left) and James Ludlow from St. Mary’s Diocesan School whose company M&J Displays won through to the final of the Drogheda Young Innovators (DYI) competition.
Andrew McCormack from St. Mary’s Diocesan School whose project Mac Crafts was in the final of the Drogheda Young Innovators (DYI) competition.
Andrejs Telica and Matthew O’Connell from St. Mary’s Diocesan School whose project AM Productions with Cormac Bohan of State Street who was one of the judges at the Drogheda Young Innovators (DYI) competition.
Seb Lennon and Calum Agnew of St. Mary’s Diocesan School with their project “40 licks” was in the final of the Drogheda Young Innovators (DYI) competition.
Alex Finnegan and Ryan Farrell of St. Mary’s Diocesan School with their project “AR Crafts” at the final of the Drogheda Young Innovators (DYI) competition.
Jack Bogue and Dylan Gallagher of St. Mary’s Diocesan School tell Geoff Fitzpatrick, one of the judges of the Drogheda Young Innovators (DYI) competition, about their project called “Scentsational”.
Christopher Healy and Connor Brennan of St. Mary’s Diocesan School with their project “Common Scents” at the finals of the Drogheda Young Innovators (DYI) competition.
Patrick Dorian of Scoil Uí Mhuiri, Dunleer with his project “Help Bees – Throw Seeds” at the finals of the Drogheda Young Innovators (DYI) competition.
Jamie Winter, Nick Callan and Adam Callanan of Scoil Uí Mhuiri, Dunleer with their project “Pro Teen” at the finals of the Drogheda Young Innovators (DYI) competition.
Blathnaid Murphy of Our Lady’s College, Greenhills, who was the overall winner of the Drogheda Young Innovators (DYI) competition with her Daisy’s Pawesome Bowties mini company.
Matthew O’Loughlin (left) Kaan Mese and Obefemi William Funmilayo of Drogheda Grammar School with their project called “Totem” at the finals of the Drogheda Young Innovators (DYI) competition.
Drogheda Grammar School girls Megan Semple, Carly Gallagher and Alex O’Callaghan with their project Flash Photobooth at the finals of the Drogheda Young Innovators (DYI) competition.
Greenhills girls Jennifer Milne, Lana O’Connor, Laura Doorly, Rebecca McCullough and Katelyn Teelan with their project called “Bandit” at the finals of the Drogheda Young Innovators (DYI) competition.
Amy McGuire of Our Lady’s College, Greenhillls, with canine friend Doggie Denz at the finals of the Drogheda Young Innovators (DYI) competition.
Our Lady’s College, Greenhillls student Niamh Kelly explains her project entitled “The Antimicrobial Potential of Tree Bark Extracts” to Sean McEntee, one of the judges of the Drogheda Young Innovators (DYI) competition.
Our Lady’s College, Greenhillls students Emma O’Brien and Eleanor McHugh whose project “Yama Portfolio” was in the finals of the Drogheda Young Innovators (DYI) competition.
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On March 2nd, more than 70 students from Drogheda, Dunleer and Laytown, attended an Innovation Workshop organised by the Coca-Cola International Services team in Drogheda, as part of the Drogheda Young Innovators (DYI) Competition, managed by The Mill Enterprise Hub.

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The transition year students availed of an opportunity to work on their ideas for the competition, and to practice some divergent and convergent thinking as part of the brainstorming process. They also heard sixteen year old local student, Aizzah Adil, outline her visit to Washington DC for the recent US Presidential Inauguration ceremony, and her thoughts on attending the Global Young Leaders Conference.

According to Anna Keller, Business Systems Director, Coca-Cola International Services, “We hope that the workshop opened students’ eyes and minds to new ways of thinking, and will act as an idea generator for students as they complete their DYI application. “Innovation is crucial to the success of Coca-Cola, and after the workshop, all of the local Coca-Cola International Services team commented on the ingenuity, enthusiasm, and creativity of the students. Judging by the quality of material at the workshop, we’ve no doubt that the Drogheda region is producing future business and social leaders which we can be proud of”.

 

The guest speaker, Aizzah Adil, who is a student at Our Lady’s College, Greenhills, vividly outlined her thoughts on how the best leaders operate. According to Aizzah, “we were lucky to meet a number of international leaders from the world of Arts, Business, and Politics. The common thread amongst them is that they can bring other people onto their team, and are also open to listening to advice, when needed”. In a passionate speech, Aizzah spoke of her wish to ‘change the world’, and was adamant that all the students in attendance were capable of doing so.

“The Drogheda Young Innovators competition has allowed us an opportunity to develop the innovation mind-set amongst local transition year students ”, said Breanndán Casey, the BDM of The Mill Enterprise Centre, “This year the programme is being developed and supported by innovative local companies, such as State Street, Coca-Cola International Services, East Coast Bakehouse, and Fitz Scientific. It is great to see local companies showing their support to youth entrepreneurship projects in Drogheda, and fantastic that we can highlight innovation that is taking place every day in our community. The students now have a hunger to work on their projects and aim to attend the final at East Coast Bakehouse’s Innovation Centre on May 12th. The generous sponsorship of cash prizes for group and individuals has helped to see the number of applications in 2017 double to over 100, highlighting the number of innovative ideas in the region”.

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