INCREASE YOUR SALES with eMarketing SOLUTIONS

TRAINER: DCM Learning
DATE: Tuesday July 31st  2018
TIME: 9am – 4.30pm
VENUE: The Mill Enterprise

, New Road Link, Greenhills, Drogheda, Co. Louth
COST: Non-Members €120/Members €96
PARKING: FREE Car Parking On Site

SUITABLE FOR
This program is suitable for all industries and mainly suited towards four types of people, business owners, employees or marketing professionals, marketing agency’s or students.
If you’re a business owner, this program is a great way to learn how to structure and implement a winning digital marketing campaign to suit your business needs. It’s also a great way to train members of your own team to ensure that they’re up to speed on the latest trends and best practices.
If you’re an employee or marketing professional, this program will certainly make you more valuable to your company, which is the surest way to get that raise or promotion you likely already deserve (but don’t have a tangible reason to request).
If you’re an agency, this program is a way to show that you are a traffic funnel specialist, which could help you attract and retain better, higher-paying clients.
If you’re a student, this program can set you apart from other graduates who merely have a
business or marketing degree, but specialized skills that employers today are desperately seeking.

COURSE OVERVIEW
• 86% of consumers use the Internet to find a local business
• 72% of consumers prefer to find information on local merchants via search
• 29% of consumers search for local businesses at least every week
Would you like to:
• Generate new leads or clients?
• Increase the conversion rates of your current leads?
• Nurture your existing clients to increase the amount they spend and/or transactions with you?
If YES then this training is for you. You will be shown a PROVEN and tested super successful sales and marketing method that will attract qualified leads; increase your impact and ignite your revenue.
This step-by-step blueprint will END the feast and famine rollercoaster so you can create a successful business, and turn complete strangers into raving fans and loyal customers who are ready to pay top euro for your products and services.
The program is a full day digital marketing workshop that’s divided into steps. Its purpose is to make it simple for business owners and marketers to understand the critical components that go into a modern day digital marketing plan and to implement highly effective results for your business.

LEARNING OUTCOMES
By the end of the course each learner will have:
• Core Marketing Funnel Design Concepts
• Identify The Perfect Audience For Your Business – Know What Your Business Goals Are & Who Your Ideal Customer Is
• Crafting A Magnetic Marketing Message & Offer for Your Target Market
• Designing Your Ideal Marketing Funnel
o Understanding Cold, Warm, and Hot Traffic
o Building Entry Point Offers
o Your Core Offering
• Launching & Scaling Your System Using Google Adwords – Learn how to set up your own high converting ad campaign, raising awareness of your products/services to your ideal target market
• The Return Path: Using E-Mail To Keep In Touch & Sell More – Learn how to optimise and scale up your campaigns by retargeting, segmenting website visitors by activity, to supercharger your sales and maximise your marketing effort. How to use email marketing campaigns to generate more sales from your prospects and to stay in contact with your clients.
• Putting It All Together

COURSE CONTENT
Section One: This module will teach you the foundations of how to think about website traffic and where it fits into YOUR business. We’ll establish goals and a “language” so that we’re on the same page throughout the workshop. You’ll craft your ideal customer profile for your business, the absolutely critical component of any successful marketing campaign.

Section Two: is where you will be introduced to traffic temperature and understanding exactly where your ideal customer is in your overall customer journey. We will start creating the assets you’ll need for your ad campaign; including how to craft the ideal marketing message and offer(s) for your target market. You’ll use our ad copy templates for cold, warm, and hot ads, to build out messages specific to your ideal customer profiles journey. You’ll also learn how to build content assets you’ll need to send traffic to.

Section Three: is where a guided process is used to get you to set up your own ad campaign. The focus will be on developing “The front door” of your campaign & business offering. This is where you will begin the process of raising awareness for your products and services with your ideal target market. You’ll be shown how to select the right campaign structure based off of your business’ current needs and execute on step-by-step instructions for building a high converting ad campaign. Then learn how to generate a structure to bring your prospects through the journey, helping them to buy your product and/or service offerings, with the goal of boosting your sales and profits.

Section 4: You will be shown how to optimise and scale up your campaigns, how to get started with retargeting, segment website visitors by activity, and an approach to retargeting to super charge your conversion rate and maximise your marketing efforts. Finally you will understand how to use e-mail marketing to generate more sales from your prospects, and to stay in contact with current and past clients so they will come back over and over to buy from you.

CERTIFICATION
Certified Marketing Funnel Architecture Specialist

TRAINER PROFILE
Rebecca Mahon is the founder of Savvy Business Gals, and has spent the last 15+ years solving problems and fixing businesses. She has significantly increased the bottom lines of her clients across a broad range of industries. Rebecca has dealt with virtually every type of business. She has studied, and solved, almost every type of business question, challenge and opportunity. Rebecca has demonstrated the critical ability to stimulate true breakthrough thinking and execution throughout large and small organizations. She is skilled in the areas of revenue model generation, business model generation, strategic restructuring as well as marketing makeovers of every kind. Working with Rebecca’s principles can be the difference between mediocrity and a business that generates millions in additional revenue.
She teaches businesses that there may be dozens of more effective and more profitable strategies, and options, available to them. Rebecca shows her clients how to take different success concepts from different industries and adopt them to their specific business.

HOW TO REGISTER FOR THIS EVENT
To register for this Event email M1skillnet@droghedachamber.com and we can invoice you and you may pay by card or eft alternatively go to this link on Eventbrite

https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/savvy-girls-increase-your-sales-with-emarketing-solutions-tickets-47176746920

WHAT YOU NEED TO PREPARE FOR THIS COURSE
Workbooks will be provided for use on the day, however participants of this course MUST have their own Google Adwords account already opened. This is important as you will be taken through the process of creating a campaign and you will need to have a Google Adwords account in order to do that. You will receive information on how to do this on enrolling onto the course.

We are hosting another joint Refresh Boyne/ M1 Payments Corridor event in The Mill in June and are delighted to have Conor Nolan as a guest speaker on the night. Conor is  24 year-old psychology graduate from Termonfeckin, Co.Louth, with a background in start-ups.

Blockchain stands to revolutionise communication and transaction recordation, in his Refresh Boyne talk Conor is going to discuss how using blockchain technologies helps in building trust between strangers and enabling increased provenance, transparency and privacy, and will highlight other opportunities of blockchain for various industries.

– Web Summit Speaker

– Sunday Independent’s Top 30 Under 30

– Business Development Manager of Kontainers, an enterprise software company building bespoke platforms for the biggest brands in shipping and launching a new product soon that will democratize the software for every freight forwarder in the world.

By providing rates, schedules and booking in a one-stop online package, Kontainers is trying to do to shipping what Expedia and Skyscanner have done to flying and travel: cut out the existing middlemen and install its website in their place. “We’ve digitised the entire process,” says Charles Lee, the co-founder of Kontainers. “You come on to our site, you type in your pickup location and destination and it gives you a quote in seconds.”

– Partnerships Manager in Blocknubie, an emerging, open-source platform that acts as a bridge between off-chain organizations, start-ups and the blockchain ecosystem.

Blocknubie simplifies and automates the startup process. It builds a highly personalised and structured roadmap based on each unique blockchain concept, location, market data and timeframes. This roadmap will utilise advanced artificial intelligence to map a path to success.and allows entrepreneurs to simulate their ideas in a sandbox to rapidly validate and prototype their ideas.

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.

 

Refreshments kindly sponsored by Amphenol TCS.

Date: Wednesday, 27 June 2018

Time: 19:30 – 21:00

Venue: The Mill Enterprise Hub

Tickets: https://bit.ly/2lffnWB 

 

On Friday, 11th May, the Drogheda Young Innovators (DYI) Competition Final for secondary school students took place at Coca-Cola International Services offices in Southgate Shopping Centre. Twenty shortlisted projects from the original 44 applications, were reviewed in detail by the judges from Coca-Cola International Services, State Street, Fitz Scientific, The Mill Enterprise Hub, and Bricks4Kidz Louth. The overall winners were George O’Carroll and Hugo Collins, students at Drogheda Grammar School, who impressed judges with their social enterprise project, “Storyboard”.

The overall winners of the Drogheda Young Innovator Awards 2018, Hugo Collins (left) and George O’Carroll of Drogheda Grammar School, with their Business teacher Alma Carney. Photo: Andy Spearman.

Storyboards was created by George and Hugo as learning tools used to help people with autism deal with anxiety in everyday life.  They list out the exact steps that are taken when performing everyday tasks or going to new places e.g. going to the barbers. These are currently freely available in the Arc cinema, Southgate Barbers, Drogheda Leisure Park, and in a few other places in Drogheda.

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 fifth year of the awards which focus on all aspects of Innovation, and has become an integral part of the local school curriculum.

According to Breanndán Casey, BDM of The Mill Enterprise, “This competition has gone from strength to strength each year, and with 44 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, Bricks4Kidz, 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”.

Alison Cowzer of East Coast Biscuits speaking at the finals of the Drogheda Young Innovator Awards. Photo: Andy Spearman.

Alison Cowzer of East Coat Bakehouse was one of the judges, and commented “I am extremely impressed by the innovation on display today across all three categories, and some of the applicants would not be out of place on Dragons’ Den. Based on the level of innovation displayed, Drogheda’s future is very bright”.  Alison also told the students to put aside the question of what they want to be in the future, and focus on what they enjoy doing and what they are good at – by doing so, they will truly excel in their future careers and entrepreneurial endeavours.

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 2018 winners who received their certificates and cash prizes included:

  • “Storyboard” – Overall winner of DYI 2018, Drogheda Grammar School (George O’Carroll, Hugo Collins)
Lisa Duffy and Karen Lynch from State Street with the Drogheda Young Innovators winners of 2018 George O’Carroll and Hugo Collins
  • “Makes Cents Prepaid Card” – Business Group Category, Sacred Heart
Luisa Woods, Leah Keogh and Eva Barnett of Sacred Heart School reeive an award from Geoff Fitzpatrick of Fitz Scientific for their project “Make Cents” at the finals of the Drogheda Young Innovator Awards. Photo: Andy Spearman.
  • “Handii”– Business Group Category, St Mary’s Diocesan School
Peter Toohey (left), Dotun Fatoki and Thomas Metcalfe of St. Mary’s Diocesan School receive the award in the Business Grioup category of the Drogheda Young Innovator Awards from Geoff Fitzpatrick of Fitz Scientific for their project on a contactless payments device called Handii. Photo: Andy Spearman.
  • “Ovea Soap” – Business Group Category, Our Lady’s College, Greenhills
Olivia Butler (left) and Victoria Fabijaniak from Our Lady’s College, Greenhills receive the award in the business category of the Drogheda Young Innovator Awards for their project Ovea Soap from Geoff Fitzpatrick of Fitz Scientific. Photo: Andy Spearman
  • “Get a girl through a day” – Social Enterprise Group Category, Our Lady’s College, Greenhills
Ciara Clarke and Anna Brodigan from Our Lady’s College, Greenhills with their project, “Get a Girl Through Her Day – Tompack” at the finals of the Drogheda Young Innovator Awards. Photo: Andy Spearman.
  • “Hele-Shaw Cell Experiment” – Science Individual Category, Our Lady’s College, Greenhills (Sorcha McGeown).
Sorcha McGeown from Our Lady’s College, Greenhills with her project “A Hele-Shaw Experiment” at the finals of the Drogheda Young Innovator Awards. Photo: Andy Spearman.

The TY students at Drogheda Grammar School will also receive a workshop from Bricks4Kidz, focusing on STEM using LEGO as a fun and practical way of learning.

“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”, said Anna Keller of Coca-Cola International Services, “We also had 80 students attend a Workshop at The Mill in April which gave students an opportunity to work on their projects and receive real feedback from students and judges”.

“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 “The applicants have already displayed great initiative and innovation, and the DYI project gives them a fantastic opportunity to work on ideas and interact with like-minded students and entrepreneurs.”

Kelly Traynor Murphy (left) and Sarah Mannion of Ballymakenny College whose project SAFE was in the finals of the Drogheda Young Innovator Awards. Photo: Andy Spearman.
Annie Byrne (left) and Ailish Carroll from Scoil Uí Mhuire, Dunleer, pictured at the finals of the Drogheda Young Innovator Awards with their project AA Éadaí. Photo: Andy Spearman.
Reece Mullen, Adam Brady, Oran Kinch and Martin Finnegan from St. Mary’s Diocesan School with their project “Electrolock” at the finals of the Drogheda Young Innovator Awards Photo: Andy Spearman.
Dominyka Rimkute of Ballymakenny College at the finals of the Drogheda Young Innovator Awards with her project B&D Candles. Photo: Andy Spearman.
Temi Adeoti (left) and Harriette Flynn of Scared Heart School with their project “Spa-Licious” at the finals of the Drogheda Young Innovator Awards. Photo: Andy Spearman.
Conor Maguire (left) and Barry Johnson of Scoil Uí Mhuire, Dunleer with their project “Bits and Bobs” at the finals of the Drogheda Young Innovator Awards.
Robert Keogh (left) and Danila Kolesnik of St. Joseph’s CBS with their “Emergency Locator” project at the finals of the Drogheda Young Innovator Awards. Photo: Andy Spearman.
09 – Olivia Butler (left) and Victoria Fabijaniak from Our Lady’s College, Greenhills with their project Ovea Soap at the finals of the Drogheda Young Innovator Awards. Photo: Andy Spearman.
Luisa Woods, Leah Keogh and Eva Barnett of Sacred Heart School with their project “Make Cents” at the finals of the Drogheda Young Innovator Awards. Photo: Andy Spearman.
Hugo Collins (left) and George O’Carroll of Drogheda Grammar School whose project “Storyboard” won the top prize at the Drogheda Young Innovator Awards. Photo: Andy Spearman.
St. Mary’s Diocesan School boys (from left) Seb Lennon, Calum Agnew, Ryan Lannon, Sam Victory, Liam Murphy and James Ospanov at the finals of the Drogheda Young Innovator Awards with their project “Face Valu”. Photo: Andy Spearman.
Sean Savage, Scott Brady and Nathan Campbell of St. Mary’s Diocesan School at the finals of the Drogheda Young Innovator Awards with their project “Block chains in the Housing Market”. Photo: Andy Spearman.
Sacred Heart girls Rachel Callan, Shauna Murphy, Geena Gray and Eva Loftus with their project “Achieve” which is a multi-sports handbook, at the finals of the Drogheda Young Innovator Awards. Photo: Andy Spearman.

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What exactly is Artificial Intelligence(AI) and how can it be used in a financial services context?


The financial world stands on the edge of a technological revolution that will fundamentally alter the way people use financial services. The explosion of data in the financial sector has made it difficult (almost impossible) to analyse, without automated support to drive better, data-driven decisions and leveraging automations to fast and convenient service.

Refresh Boyne, and the M1 Payments Corridor are delighted to welcome Ken Cregan, Head of Financial Services Consulting, IBM Ireland, to discuss AI, and how it will change the way we interact with financial services companies (and other sectors) in the future.

The new EU regulation, PSD2, allows for banks to collaborate with third-party start-ups to better use their customers’ data. This has the potential to drive a flourish of AI developments in finance. Firms will work to enable access to their systems for account aggregators and direct-credit payment initiators and improve authentication for online payments.

Financial institutions are increasingly putting faith in AI to:

– Improve consumer personalisation and automate processes in real time.

– AI helps by analyzing larger volumes of security data and is also able to scale to the size of a company as it grows. This can aid in detecting fraudulent behaviour, suspicious transactions, and potential future attacks.

– Reducing duplicate expenses and human error

– Offering Data-Analytic driven Insights; with AI, you can process a huge volume of data which can be used to create reports that not only increase productivity and revenue, but also help with complex decision-making processes.

– Utilise Chatbots in Financial Services, decreasing costs and increasing data-driven analysis

Opportunities for Fintech Startups: AI technology is becoming increasingly accessible and affordable and is being used to help smaller startups as they can access the tools to compete with larger players within their industry.

The talk will be followed by Q&A session, and networking over pizza & beverage

Ken has over 20 years experience as a transformation consultant principally within Financial Services. Specific expertise in the area customer experience transformation. He has designed and lead some of the most innovative and challenging transformation programmes within the Retail Banking sector, and is currently working with a number leading banks, and non-banks, in applying AI to achieving business objectives.

Date: Wednesday, 16 May 2018

Time: 19:00 – 20:30

Admission: FREE

Book here: https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/future-of-artificial-intelligence-for-financial-services-tickets-45719963642 

Refreshments kindly sponsored by Amphenol TCS

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.

 

Drogheda Institute of Further Education (DIFE) and The Mill Enterprise Hub have teamed up to support two students who are passionate about developing a business idea. DIFE students have an opportunity to win three months free hotdesk at The Mill, and additional mentoring support, by completing a short application outlining their potential business.

According to Breanndán Casey, manager at The Mill, “This is a great opportunity for students to find out what it’s really like to be an entrepreneur and get a practical, hands-on taste of real life business in an inspiring entrepreneurial environment. The Mill currently has 30 companies employing circa 80 people. The winners will avail of a hotdesk, access to meeting rooms, high speed broadband, and support from The Mill Board”

Drogheda Institute of Further Education is the largest provider of PLC courses in the North East region. Their aim is to provide Further Education courses which are of the highest quality to school leavers, and adults returning to education.

Barbara Cooney, Deputy Principal of DIFE commented “We offer almost forty courses in a wide variety of disciplines, all of which are fully accredited by QQI and all relevant professional examining bodies.  Our diverse courses range across the following faculties: Art, Design & Technology, Business Humanities & IT, Sports, Leisure & Tourism, Community & Health Care, Applied Science. These courses can offer an ideal stepping stone to self-employment, and we’re delighted to work with The Mill on this initiative. The benefits to students include an ideal way to build their business network; develop their social skills, step out of their comfort zone, work on self-motivation commitment and reliability, and attend free networking events”.

The Mill will also put students in contact with their business partners, such as Louth Local Enterprise Office and Drogheda Chamber of Commerce.

Application Form – DIFE Hotdesk Competition

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Watch our latest video of the DYI workshop in The Mill on Wednesday, 11th April. Excellent projects, very inspiring! The best of luck to all candidates, final on 11 May in Coca-Cola (Southgate). pic.twitter.com/sYAC3gg5ag

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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 2018 Drogheda Young Innovator competition.

08/02/2018 Pictured at the Launch of the Drogheda Young Innovator’s Programme, 2018, at The Mill – Drogheda’s Enterprise Hub were girls from Our Lady’s College, Greenhills (from left) Last year’s winner Blathnaid Murphy, Olivia Butler, Victoria Fabijaniak, Ellen Hickey, Emma O’Brien, Louisa Keller, Eleanor McHugh and Alicia Boland. Behind are Ruth Savage the Enterprise teacher at Greenhills, Adele Ryan and Steve Rees of Bricks4Kidz, Cormac Bohan of State Street, Geoff Fitzpatrick of Fitz Scientific and Patrick Dermody of Coca-Cola International Srevices. Photo: Andy Spearman.
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Now in it’s 4th year, the 2018 competition was launched on Thursday February 8th, 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.

Applicants will attend an Innovation workshop on April 11th in The Mill Enterprise Centre, where they can get real time feedback on their projects from the judges and other students. The final will take place at Coca Cola’s Southgate office.

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.

Blathnaid from Our Lady’s College in Greenhills scooped the top award in 2017, who impressed judges with her business, “Daisy’s Pawsome Bowties”. Blathnaid, at twelve years of age, is the youngest winner of the DYI competition.

“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 2018.

Further details are on www.droghedayounginnovators.com .

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As part of Local Enterprise Week 2018, The Mill and the Local Enterprise Office Louth are delighted to invite you to the upcoming Refresh Boyne talk in The Mill Enterprise Hub.

As Managing Director of eir Television and eir Sport, Glen’s responsibilities include the strategic, operational and commercial direction of the eir Television platform, channels and apps. Prior to joining eir, Glen was Managing Director of RTE Television from 2010 -2016 where he was responsible for the commercial, editorial, operational and strategic direction of all of RTE’s Television channels. He was a member of the RTE Executive Board and was President of the EBU Television committee which represents the interests of over 70 public service television channels across Europe and North Africa.

Traditional TV has changed dramatically in the last 5 years, with increased use of the internet and social media. Increased competition may see Technology giants such as Amazon, Netflix and Facebook all weighing up the possibilities of getting involved in Premiership football. Amazon have already netted the rights to show 37 ATP tennis tournaments in the UK and Ireland, with Facebook beginning to broadcast Champions League matches thanks to an agreement with Fox Sports. Amazon Prime is now livestreaming NFL games. A recent report revealed that the average U.S. Wi-Fi–enabled household streams an average of one hour and 40 minutes of Netflix content directly to their television on a daily basis. In August 2017, the Social media giant Facebook made a move into dedicated video, pitting it against YouTube and TV networks. Facebook Watch will be personalised so that users can discover new shows, based on what their friends are watching, and viewers will also be able to see comments and connect with friends and dedicated groups for shows.

Refresh Boyne and The Mill Enterprise Hub are delighted to have Glen speak on the future of TV and how technology will affect our viewing habits, and access to sports.

 

 

Date: Wednesday 7th March
Time: 7.00-9.00pm
Location: The Mill Enterprise Hub, Drogheda
Speaker: Glen Killane, Managing Director, Eir Television And Eir Sport.

Book your ticket here: https://futureinteractions.eventbrite.ie

 

 

Refreshments kindly sponsored by Amphenol TCS

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.

 

As part of the M1 Payments Corridor initiative, The Mill and partners has been working with local teenagers on a Digital Payments Dojo for the past year. It is a fun and exciting project relating to payments and payments technology that allows the group to develop their skills in Coding, Project management, and Digital communication (graphics, video & social media).

Impacts to date include:

– Development of Digital Payments Info website, https://bit.ly/DigitalPaymentsInfo

– Fortnightly meetings where teenagers work on projects

– Visit to MasterCard Centre of Excellence

– Presentation at Paypal on Blockchain as part of Louth LEO Enterprise week in March 2017

The next stage is to create and develop an App related to digital payments. However, we need additional support from mentors to realise this ambition. The Dojo-ers have the raw talent, but need some assistance from experienced app developers.

The Dojo-ers will make a short presentation outlining their achievements to date, and what they plan to achieve in coming year. Please register to attend, and find out more about becoming a mentor: https://bit.ly/2BPkrGT.

The second half of the session will include a facilitated workshop amongst Dojo-ers and attendees on how we want the Dojo to develop, and a look at some of the technical opportunities of developing a Payments App.

M1 Payments Corridor is a key part of the Government’s NorthEast Action Plan for Jobs which proposes the creation of a ‘digital payments hub’ along the M1 economic corridor with the potential to create hundreds of sustainable new jobs. It is an industry grouping of ePayments / Fintech companies, and allied stakeholders (IDA, EI, DCU, DKIT, Louth Economic Forum), promoted by The Mill, that serves the wider geographic M1 corridor in a Fintech vertical known as ePayments. Industry members of the M1 Steering Group include Vesta, PayPal, State Street, Aphix Software, Yapstone, and Coca-Cola International Services.

Date: Saturday, 10 February

Time: 11:00 – 14:00

Venue: The Mill Enterprise Hub, Greenhills, Drogheda

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GastroGays are a blogging duo consisting of Drogheda native, Patrick Hanlon, and Russell James Alford. Originally from Ireland and having spent four years in London growing all things GastroGays they’rere now based back in Ireland, where it all began…

“Though our blog found its feet in the tough times of austerity Dublin, it flourished in London and we really found our voice there. But all good things come to an end and in mid-2017 we relocated back to Ireland, packed in our jobs and decided to turn GastroGays into our main job as we entered our fifth year of blogging

So what is GastroGays all about? Well, three things: Food. Travel. Eurovision. Our raison d’être is food in all its various forms and our passion and expertise is food-led travel.”

This will be a great opportunity to hear how Russell and Patrick developed an award-winning blog, and discuss the future challenges and opportunities in blogging and social media.

Date: Wednesday, 31 January 2018

Time: 19:00 – 21:00

More info on Gastrogays: https://gastrogays.com/

Register now: https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/blogging-with-gastrogays-tickets-42355559619