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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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:

276a5f1  Anna Kurtisa – Office Administrator of The Mill Enterprise Hub

AAEAAQAAAAAAAAUVAAAAJDJiZWIxOTU5LTcxZTItNGE3Mi1iYzliLWE1MGI1ZDFiOWU1NA  Orlaith Carmody – Managing Director, Mediatraining.ie 

Image result for Seán Ó Cearrúlláin Seán Ó Cearrúlláin – Director of SkyHigh Productions

 

Image result for denise fay drogheda    Denise Fay – speaker at TEDxDrogheda 2016


 

 

 

Georgina McKenna – director at Count Her In

 

Transition year students in the nine Drogheda-based secondary schools (including Dunleer and Laytown) will have a chance to put their innovation skills to the test and win the 2017 Drogheda Young Innovators competition.

The winners of last year’s Drogheda Young Innovators competition, Cian McGrady McGuirk and Charlie Kinsella of Drogheda Grammar School, pictured at the launch of the 2017 competition with their business teacher Michelle McEneaney (right), Margaret Woods of Coca-Cola International Services, one of the sponsors, and Breanndán Casey, Business Development Manager at The Mill, Drogheda's Enterprise Hub. Photo: Andy Spearman.
The winners of last year’s Drogheda Young Innovators competition, Cian McGrady McGuirk and Charlie Kinsella of Drogheda Grammar School, pictured at the launch of the 2017 competition with their business teacher Michelle McEneaney (right), Margaret Woods of Coca-Cola International Services, one of the sponsors, and Breanndán Casey, Business Development Manager at The Mill, Drogheda’s Enterprise Hub. Photo: Andy Spearman.

Now in its 3rd year, the 2017 competition was launched on Thursday January 19th, in the new conference facilities at The Mill; Drogheda’s Enterprise Hub.

Organised by a voluntary group of teachers and local business people, the competition challenges Drogheda’s 2nd level students to think about an innovating career in science & technology, social enterprise, or business. The competition is supported by local innovative companies such as State Street, Coca-Cola International Services, East Coast Bakehouse and Fitz Scientific.

Students and teachers from local schools with sponsors and organisers at the launch of the Drogheda Young Innovators 2017 competition at the Mill Enterprise Hub. Photo: Andy Spearman.
Students and teachers from local schools with sponsors and organisers at the launch of the Drogheda Young Innovators 2017 competition at the Mill Enterprise Hub. Photo: Andy Spearman.

Applicants will attend an Innovation workshop on March 2nd at Coca-Cola’s Southgate office which will look at divergent & convergent methods of thinking in identifying and defining innovative ideas. The final will take place at East Coast Bakehouse’s Innovation Centre in Drogheda.

There are 3 main categories – Science / Technology, Enterprise / Business, and Social Enterprise. There will be cash prizes for group and individuals in each category, and one overall winner. Applications for the Young Scientist and the Student Enterprise competition will be eligible to apply.

Drogheda Grammar School scooped the top award in 2016 with its team of three – Simon Radike, Cian Mc Grady and Charlie Kinsella. They started Flashdiscs, a company developing & selling leaving certificate revision material on audio CDs.

“Recognising & rewarding our young innovators is a big deal. We want to encourage and reward Drogheda’s best young innovators. We want Drogheda to be proud of its science, business and social innovators”, said Breanndan Casey of The Mill at launch. “I fully expect some of these students to be establishing businesses in The Mill in the next decade, and building on our rich heritage of innovation”

Winners will be announced in May 2017.

Further details are on www.droghedayounginnovators.com.

Pictured at the launch of the Drogheda Young Innovators 2017 competition at the Mill Enterprise Hub were: Back row, from left: Cian McGrady McGuirk and Charlie Kinsella of Drogheda Grammar School (last year’s winners) Sean Rice and Ryan Sands of St. Joseph’s CBS, Danny Onijanwa and Barry Tiernan of St. Oliver’s Community College and Courtney Dowling of Scoil Ui Mhuiri, Dunleer. Front row, from left: Charley McKenna, Caoimhe Doyle and Anna Savage of Our Lady’s College, Greenhills, Brian Jackson, Laureen Ayson and Rosie Kelly of Ballymakenny College and Grainne Murray of Scoil Ui Mhuiri, Dunleer. Photo: Andy Spearman.
Pictured at the launch of the Drogheda Young Innovators 2017 competition at the Mill Enterprise Hub were: Back row, from left: Cian McGrady McGuirk and Charlie Kinsella of Drogheda Grammar School (last year’s winners) Sean Rice and Ryan Sands of St. Joseph’s CBS, Danny Onijanwa and Barry Tiernan of St. Oliver’s Community College and Courtney Dowling of Scoil Ui Mhuiri, Dunleer.
Front row, from left: Charley McKenna, Caoimhe Doyle and Anna Savage of Our Lady’s College, Greenhills, Brian Jackson, Laureen Ayson and Rosie Kelly of Ballymakenny College and Grainne Murray of Scoil Ui Mhuiri, Dunleer. Photo: Andy Spearman.
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coderdojo

What Is CoderDojo?

CoderDojo is a worldwide movement of free, volunteer-led, community-based programming clubs for young people. Anyone aged 7 to 17 can visit a Dojo where they can learn to code, build a website, create an app or a game, and explore technology in an informal, creative, and social environment.

codingThe Mill Enterprise Hub (Drogheda Young Innovators), CoderDojo Drogheda, and Bank of Ireland are looking for 13 to 17 year olds interested in having fun whilst working on a technology–lead project. No previous IT skills are needed, as we have mentors to work with you.

The theme of the new dojo is Digital and we are planning to run a fun and exciting new project relating to payments and payments technology.

This project will have mentors / participants with different skills, including Coding, Project management, Digital communication (graphics, video & social media).

For example, it will take one set of skills to set up a website or app, and then it will take a very different set of skills to generate content (text, graphics, animation & video) and publicise the website or app.

There will be a competition with a cash award next year, so don’t miss out on the opportunity to build technology skills and participate in a substantial project before you leave school!

bank-of-irelandpng-1The first Dojo will be held in the Bank of Ireland on St. Laurence Street from 11:30am to 1:00pm on Saturday 8th October.

Please phone Anna at The Mill on 041-9802444, or email admin@themilldrogheda.ie to confirm your free place, or to ask any questions. 

paypal_2014_logo_detailIrish shoppers spent €4.3 billion in 2015 online. Online commerce is a huge market bursting with opportunity for companies of all-sizes. With the cluster of Payments service companies in the North East, Louth is ideally positioned to take advantage of new opportunities in the fast growing and evolving payments industry. Businesses can take advantage of these opportunities.

This event, hosted by PayPal, is your opportunity to learn how to capitalise on that growing trend. Anthony Rafferty, PayPal’s Director of Merchant Services, will explain their Braintree service which can offer your company free processing on the first €50,000 worth of transactions.

This seminar will be followed by a tour of PayPal’s facility in Dundalk, providing a unique insight into how the company operates.

Admission: FREE

Date: Tuesday, 8th March

Time: 14:00 – 16:00

Pre-booking is essential, so please register your interest here: http://bit.ly/1Oblpvi

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A nice piece in the Drogheda Independent newspaper on 28th January, highlighting a visit from the Tánaiste Joan Burton and local TD Ged Nash to The Mill! With the official launch of the programme, applications for Ignyte 2 are now accepted on our dedicated page.

Tanaiste Joan Burton launches - Ignyte - Ignyte - Free Start your own Business programme for those unemployed aged 16 to 30 years of age in Drogheda Dundalk Balbriggan Louth

Over a 12 week period you will explore many different ideas for starting a new business, discover your true self & learn many new skills.

Ignyte training occurs three days per week from 10am to 12:30pm. The first six weeks will take place at the training room in The Mill Enterprise Hub and mentors will work with participants on a one-to-one basis over the following 6 weeks.

Tanaiste Joan Burton

Please contact Sean MacEntee on 087 2586916 or phone The Mill directly (041 9802444) to obtain extra information.

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Ignyte – The Free Start your own Business programme for those unemployed aged 16 to 30 years of age in Drogheda, Dundalk,  Balbriggan and surrounding areas in County Louth

Ignyte avatarOn Monday the 29th of September the first edition of IgnYte began. Shane, Paul & Stephanie from Development Perspectives (DP) were early arrivals in the Mill to greet Mary, Meggan, Sophia & Lyndsey. Jamie & Christina would join the group later that week. Naturally all of the participants were nervous as they were unsure of what lay ahead. The same could be said of DP & myself. We need not have worried as Shane led the group through a series of ice–breakers. What struck me most about the group was their immediate openness & honesty. Questions were answered with a directness that was refreshing beyond belief.

Over the next 18 workshops (spread over 6 weeks) all 6 participants will be brought through a structured programme which will help them to identify their talents & passions, ideas for an enterprise & evaluation of their business ideas. A Mentor will be assigned after week 3. The person assigned will act as both a Buddy & a Business Mentor. A panel of volunteer Mentors has already been established .

I am very pleased with the experiential learning approach adopted by DP. It is delivered with sensitivity & good humour. Well done Shane, Paul & Stephanie!

Back Row: Sophia, Jamie, Sean, Christina

Front Row: Mary, Shane, Stephanie, Megan, Lyndsey

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What is ‘Innovate Drogheda’?

A series of 4 events celebrating Drogheda’s Industrial & Entrepreneurial past with its present and future entrepreneurs. The events will cover the Brewing/Distilling, Engineering, Food and Printing sectors.

The Mill Enterprise Hub is partnering with Drogheda Millmount Museum to deliver the seminars.

Why ‘Innovate Drogheda’?

Drogheda has been producing entrepreneurs for hundreds of years, is still doing so and The Mill was opened in 2014 to encourage and support new and existing businesses in the Drogheda region.

Format:

One hour meeting on Thursday evenings, 8 to 9pm.

Free Entry.

Two Guest Speakers.

  • Local historian to outline past economic conditions in Drogheda and focus on one specific industrialist/entrepreneur – will be topical/quirky: 15 to 20 minutes
  • Local entrepreneur to talk about current success/obstacles overcome in similar sector: 20 minutes
  • Q&A: 20 minutes
  • Coffee/Tea

Find out more…

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The Mill, Drogheda’s new Enterprise Hub, as part of Louth County Enterprise Board’s Enterprise Week, recently held 2 very successful seminars for Women in Enterprise & for the Food, Hospitality & Tourism sectors. Each seminar had an attendance of 35-40 & the feedback has been overwhelmingly positive.

Louth Enterprise Week

We want to thank the Louth County Enterprise Board for their support for both events.